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  • Upton Days Festival under way

    The Upton Days Festival begins Friday evening with baby, food and coloring contests and karaoke.

    All events will be in the Community Center at 377 College St. There is a $2 admission fee at the door for all events with no charge for ages 10 and younger.

    Kathy Williamson, one of the event’s organizers, said she has fielded several calls about the baby contest from non-local residents. The contest is limited to Upton residents only.

  • Cardboard Nation fundraiser is tonight

    Sleeping in a cardboard box may not seem like an enjoyable night, but this Friday, there are over a hundred locals who will choose to do just that. The event is called Cardboard Nation and it allows citizens to experience homelessness for one evening by sleeping in a cardboard box and eating from a soup kitchen without the simple pleasures of life such as electronic games, cell phones or even a pillow.

  • New Haven mayor honored

    Landmark News Service

    The Tessie R. Cecil Pavilion was officially dedicated Friday night to the New Haven mayor for which it's named.

    Tessie Cecil has served as mayor in the small town in the southern portion of Nelson County for 19 years ago. But her dedication to the city began more than 30 years ago when she moved there with her husband where together they raised their family.

    State Sen. Dan Kelly was in New Haven to honor Cecil during the dedication, which was part of the weekend's Iron Horse Festival.

  • Main Street event to be held Sept. 26

    The Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance Association will hold a dinner and concert event Sept. 26 at the Civic Center. Water’s Edge will appear in concert following the dinner.

    Tickets for the concert alone, or for the dinner and concert may be purchased at the Main Street Office, the Chamber of Commerce or from any Main Street Board member.

    Tickets are $20 for dinner and concert; $15 for concert alone.

    Reservations are requested by Tuesday.

  • Water tower bid less than $1 million

    Caldwell Tanks Inc., a Louisville-based company, submitted the low bid on the Greensburg Street water tower project Sept. 3. The bid was $918,700 – just shy of the $1 million projected cost.

    Phoenix Fabricators of Indiana was the only other bidder at $1,063,441.

    The proposals were opened in front of several company representatives and consultants at Hodgenville City Hall.

  • Saturday night tradition marks 55th anniversary

    It began in 1954 in a rented theater on Lincoln Square. A radio disc jockey with a house band introduced acts and sprinkled in occasional quips and jokes.

    Every Saturday night for the past 55 years, Joel Ray Sprowls' Lincoln Jamboree has entertained audiences in Hodgenville. Despite fires, an airplane crash and a stroke, the host and the show have gone on.

  • Leadership LaRue alumni organize association

    The Leadership LaRue County alumni meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Museum Community Room. The group will discuss bylaws and officers.

    Meat, bread and drinks will be furnished. Bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to serve about 20 people.

    For more information, contact Rita T. Williams, executive director of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, at 358-3411 or info@laruecountychamber.org.

  • Railway Museum capitalized on Thomas' brief visit

    Kentucky Railway Museum employees took a risk this year when they decided to invite Thomas the Tank Engine for a total of four days in July instead of the previous schedule of six.

    The event, which usually runs from Friday until Sunday on two consecutive weekends, was only open two days each weekend.

    Lynn Dawson, marketing director with the Kentucky Railway Museum, said the idea came about when the museum acquired additional cars, allowing them more train capacity for the busy weekend.

  • MicroHose bringing 125 jobs to Taylor

    It's the hose that grows jobs in Taylor County.

    MicroHose is expected to be manufacturing its patented "hose that grows" by early next year, creating 125 new jobs.

    Armed with $3 million in state Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act incentives, work to ready the MicroHose facility on Industrial Drive is under way. Unveiled locally in July at a Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the 6-foot MicroHose expands to 30 feet through water pressure. A 10-foot hose will expand to 50 feet.

  • County Clerk audit released

    State Auditor Crit Luallen released the audit of the 2008 financial statement of LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits of county clerks and sheriffs.

    The audit found that the clerk’s financial statement presents fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the LaRue County Clerk in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting.