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       Interstate 65 Northbound is closed near Mile Point 75 due to a semi crash.  One southbound lane is blocked, as well.
    The scene is estimated to take 4 hours to clear.  Updates will be sent as time estimates to get a lane open are solidified.
    Traffic volume on the interstate is heavy.  Northbound motorists traveling through between Bowling Green and Elizabethtown are urged to use the William Natcher Parkway north to the Western Kentucky Parkway east and rejoin I65 in Elizabethtown.

  • Family Worship Center buys Sunrise Manor

    The old Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, which sat vacant for two years, is being repurposed.
    The rooms that once housed the aging or infirm will be turned into Sunday school rooms and office space.
    Family Worship Center of Hodgenville purchased the 46-year-old building at absolute auction Saturday, Nov. 16, for $181,000.
    Members of the church hugged each other after auctioneer Gary Reynolds said, “sold.”

  • Skaggs enters Distinguished Young Woman program

    For the first time in several years, LaRue County has a participant in the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program, formerly called Junior Miss.
    Brigitte Skaggs, daughter of Mike and Denise Skaggs of Hodgenville, will represent LaRue County in the state program in January at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center.
    Skaggs competed as an at-large entrant (for those counties without programs) in September at Campbellsville University.  

  • Not a fish tale: Magnolia man finds hidden artistic talent

    Kurt Hencye has learned to paint.
    At age 37, the Magnolia man tackled his first art project – detailing a ceramic largemouth bass. Using a small brush, he painstakingly blended colors and dabbed paint on each scale.
    It took six months to complete. He’s proud of the result – doubly so because Kurt is legally blind.
    Kurt, whose failing sight is genetic, can see things up close but even at arm’s length, things begin to blur. Late in the day, when his eye muscles begin tiring, his sight worsens.

  • Volunteers working to make a merry Christmas for local families

    The pressure is on at Santa’s Workshop.
    Ann “Snookie” Morrison and her handful of dedicated volunteers have been working in the Phelps-Morrison building at the LaRue County Fairgrounds for a couple of weeks, organizing the 47th annual Santa Run.
    The Run, started by Snookie’s husband, Bobby, delivers new and gently-used toys and clothing to children around LaRue County via the “Santa Bus” – an aging, refurbished school bus. Fire departments in each community open their doors each year to the children and volunteers.

  • LaRue under tornado watch

    LaRue County is under a tornado watch.

    The National Weather Service alert will be in effect until 10 p.m. EST. All residents are encouraged to be aware of changing weather conditions and be prepared to take cover if a warning is issued.

    Severe weather with damaging winds are expected this afternoon and tonight, according to forecasters. A squall line will pass through Kentucky bringing damaging straight line winds and the possibility of spawning tornadoes.


    A boil water advisory, issued by Hodgenville Water Works for customers on Polley Avenue, Vaughn Avenue, Kirkpatrick Avenue, Underwood Avenue, Williams Court and Shoffner Loop, was lifted at 1 p.m. Friday.

    The advisory was issued due to a water main break.

    For more information, contact Hodgenville City Hall at 358-3832.

  • 222 closed at bridge

    KY 222 remains closed over I65 due to a semi losing an oversized load on the bridge.  The weight of the load is complicating efforts to remove it.  Bridge engineers are on-site evaluating how to safely remove the oversized cargo.  The bridge/road will remain closed for at least the next 4 hours.
    Motorist wishing to travel across the bridge will have to either travel north or south on I65 to the nearest exit (Exit 91 for Northbound and Exit 81 for Southbound) and enter I65 toward their destination from that point.

  • Water bills show small increase

      Customers of LaRue County Water District No. 1 will see an increase in water bills. The minimum bill for the first 1,000 gallons increased from $14.93 to $15.02 – or 9 cents.

    The monthly bill for a residential customer using an average of 5,000 gallons of water per month will increase from $41.41 to $41.86. This is an increase of 45 cents or 1.1 percent.

    The increase occurred due to a rate increase passed on by the City of Bardstown, a supplier of the water district.

  • PHOTO: Dryer fire caused little damage

     Buffalo and Magnolia firefighters extinguished a dryer fire on Ford Road, Mount Sherman, about 11:30 a.m. Friday. The volunteers carried the smoking appliance outside from a main floor laundry room. Minor damage was reported.