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  • Councilman Otis Smith dies in sleep

    Long-time Hodgenville City Councilman Otis R. Smith, 78, died in his sleep at his home last week.
    His wife Rita said Smith had complained of a “stomach bug” for several days, but his death came as a surprise.
    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse said at Monday’s council meeting that he considers Smith’s death “a personal as well as business loss.”
    Smith, he said, was a good friend.

  • Emergency Management urges sheltering in place

    Torrential downpours and severe storms have plagued LaRue County residents for several weeks.
    Residents, especially those in mobile homes, may think to look for shelter in the event of severe weather. However, Chris Jackson with LaRue County Emergency Management says instead of traveling, it is best to “shelter in place”. “We don’t encourage travel in imminent weather,” Jackson said. “It’s not safe.”

  • Federal government moves to eliminate paper checks

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years.
    Beginning May 1, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits now must choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will no longer be an option.
    People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

  • Historic preservation work set for Lincoln sites

    Beginning May 3, a crew from the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) in Fred­erick, Maryland, was to conduct masonry preservation work at the Sinking Spring site and Plaza Basin at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville. The work is expected to take five to six weeks. Although the masons will try to keep work sites open to the public, the stairs leading to the Sinking Springs will be closed when work begins there.

  • Old courthouse relics in rubble

    In 1967, the old LaRue County courthouse near the center of downtown Hodgenville was demolished.
    A need for space and deteriorating conditions led to the construction of a new courthouse on West High Street.  
    The county was not wasteful; many of the items that made up the old building were distributed amongst other agencies, facilities and citizens.

  • Wi-Fi available in downtown Hodgenville

    Downtown Hodgenville is now a Wi-Fi hotspot.
    The LaRue County Middle School Problem Solving Team began meeting in January and quickly decided to take on the task of making Wi-Fi accessible to LaRue County residents and tourists alike.
    The team, headed by Doris Jean Holleran and Tom Rossi, won the State Governors Cup competition in March for their problem-solving plan.
    With the help of Lincoln National Bank, team members have successfully implemented their problem solving strategy, allowing downtown visitors to reap the benefits.

  • LaRue County Schools closed Tuesday

    LaRue County Schools were closed Tuesday as a safety precaution. The school system reports that flooding had made some main roads impassable.
    Record April rain followed by more than an inch each day this month has caused flooding.
    The Rolling Fork River along the Nelson County line already is out of its banks and is expected to crest today. Roads in some low-lying areas also are underwater or threatened by high water.

  • Raw sewage: Causes, costs and complications

    A recent sewer line collapse has caused several issues for residents on Orchard Street in Hodgenville.
    A failing clay sewer pipe, 15 feet below the surface, has demanded the attention of city officials since torrential downpours have plagued the county.
    City officials began having issues with the pipe around April 25 and knew instantly that it was one of two problems, either a clog or a failure in the line.

  • LaRue Schools closed today; Several roads closed

    LaRue County Schools are closed today as a safety precaution. The school system reports that flooding has made some main roads impassable.

    According to Phil Fulkerson, director of transportation and maintenance, the following roads are closed due to flash flooding: Peak Road, Airline Road, Hawkins Road, Cruse Road, Brooks Road, Blanton Road, Walter Reed Road, Ky. 222, Fork Road, Ferril Hill Road, Cannon Lane and U.S. 31E at Abraham Lincoln Elementary.

    Record April rain followed by more than 1 inch each day this month has caused flooding.

  • Fiscal Court hears storm damage reports, discusses mesonet

    Strong winds early Tuesday morning toppled four trees onto county roads, according to Clyde Veirs, LaRue County road supervisor.
    Veirs told LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Tuesday that crews cleared two trees off Hawkins Road, one on Goodin-Williams, and another on Dan Dunn Road.
    He said his department has been busy throughout the county cleaning out leaves and brush that have washed into tiles because of the recent heavy rains.