Local News

  • Jessie Lee Cates: Celebrate Country

    A small town waitress – with a heart of gold and a ton of talent – has dreams of making it big in Nashville.

    It sounds like the plot of a feel-good movie – and it’s a very close description of a story playing out in Hodgenville.

  • County’s 911 service restored after lightning strike, cellphone problems persist

    LaRue County’s 911 service is slowly being returned to its original status after a lightning strike on July 26 knocked out the system.

    The service was out of commission for “24 hours and 58 minutes,” according to 911 Coordinator Nathan Hall.

    The system went down at 11:17 July 26 in a shower of sparks. The dispatcher on duty escaped injury – but wouldn’t have been as lucky if he had been touching a metal object, said Hall. Technicians were contacted but their response time was delayed due to inclement weather.

  • Public Record for the week of August 6


    The following marriage licenses have been issued in LaRue County.

    Eulane Chaney Arthur, 52, and John Thomas Gardner, 53, both of Hodgenville

    Jodi Lynn Gaw, 25, and Gary Andrew Carney, 27, both of Buffalo

    Brystal Jordan Dennis, 24, and James Darren Jared II, 25, both of Hodgenville

    Judy Lynne Bottoms, 45, of Hodgenville, and Gary Lee Chaffin, 39, of Cecilia

    Elizabeth Scott Ross, 49, of Elizabethtown, and Carl Alton Elliott, 53, of Shelbyville, Tennessee

  • Old jailhouse roof repaired
  • Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry assists families


    There are many food pantries in LaRue County. Most are open once or twice a month, but there is one that is available every week. Magnolia Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s Shepherd’s Pie Pantry is open 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, with an optional church service beforehand at 4:15 p.m.

    Unlike many pantries in the area, Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry does not require that people be from LaRue County to receive food.

  • Phelps files for mayor

    The deadline for candidates to file for nonpartisan races is only days away. All paperwork must be filed by 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in the LaRue County Clerk’s office.

    All six seats on Hodgenville City Council are up for grabs, as are two seats on the LaRue County School Board (District 3 – Lincoln Farm and Buffalo; and District 5 – Hodgenville, Otter, Atilla and Mount Sherman).

    City Council members serve two-year terms; school board members serve four years.

    One person, Jim Phelps Jr., has filed for mayor. The term is for four years.

  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar as local store opens

    “The battle for America’s poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree’s agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion,” Paul Ziobro and Shelly Banjo report for The Wall Street Journal. “The chains thrived during the recession as the number of working Americans living in poverty increased by nearly 40 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The two chains operate more than 13,000 stores nationwide.

  • Multiple break-ins plague Park

    Hodgenville City Police continue to investigate a break-in that occurred last weekend at LaRue County Park and Recreation.

    Groundskeeper Brience Willian said someone entered a storage building and took some of his Craftsman tools and a string trimmer. It appeared they purposely took only items belonging to him, he added.

    Last month, his 6X12-foot lawnmower trailer was stolen from Park and Rec.

    In all, he has lost about $1,600 worth of items to thieves in the last two months, he said.

  • Man stabbed in New Hope

    A man was stabbed at a bar in New Hope July 25, according to police.

    Around midnight Friday, Nelson County Sheriff deputies responded to Four Corners Bar in New Hope to investigate a complaint of a stabbing release.

    Police said 23-year-old Jamie J. Owens, of Bardstown, was stabbed by Dustin Thompson, 21, of New Hope.

    Thompson was charged with first-degree assault.

    Owens was air lifted to U of L Hospital. 

  • Water Works recognized by State

    Hodgenville Water Works was recognized last week by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

    HWW was among 61 water treatment plants in the state that “consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards,” according to a news release.