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  • Teen recovering from farming accident

    A LaRue County teen is recovering from a farming accident that occurred Tuesday, Oct. 4.

    Dereck Rock, 15, was working in tobacco on Airline Road with his grandfather Jimmy Rock about 1 p.m.

  • BEHIND THE SCENES: Nifty Needles stitch heartfelt gifts

    The sewing group “Nifty Needles” meets monthly at the LaRue County Extension Office – giving back to the community one stitch at a time.
    Headed by Master Clothing Volunteer Rosa Smith, the group completes a variety of service projects for those in need, including cancer patients, senior citizens and preschoolers.
    Smith completed a two-year program offered by the University of Kentucky Extension Office to become a Master Clothing Volunteer and teach others the art of needlework.

  • Sunrise Manor residents move to new facility

    “Here’s your new room.”
    That statement was made at least 122 times last Wednesday as Sunrise Manor Nursing Home residents moved into brand new living quarters.
    The transition from the 1967-era building to the spacious “big house on the hill,” as some staff members refer to it, was completed in a matter of hours.  

  • Lincoln Days: Mansfield wins Lincoln Lookalike for third year

    This year's Lincoln Days Festival honoring Hodgenville's famous native son was marked by cool temperatures, a light breeze and sunny skies.

    The Saturday morning crowd appeared light but picked up as visitors arrived for the 2 p.m. parade.

    Seven men vied for the coveted title of Lincoln Lookalike while three women competed for the Mary Todd Lookalike contest.

    John Mansfield of Nashville, Tenn., won his third title. He won in 2006 and 2008 and also won the oratory contest back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

  • Billboard suit awaits Kentucky Supreme Court review

    Jimmy Harston owns three billboards in the counties of LaRue ("Hell Is Real"), Hart ("If you died today where would you spend eternity") and Warren ("Jesus Saves").

    In 2008, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet filed a civil suit to force Harston to remove the billboards because Harston did not have a permit to erect the signs. Harston has argued he was told he didn't need a permit because the billboards are a ministry to the traveling public and do not advertise anything.

  • Lincoln Days: Sit-down dining available at Christian Church annex

    The Christian Women's Fellowship at Hodgenville Christian Church will have the church annex open for sit-down dining Saturday during Lincoln Days.
    Homemade soups, sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks and sweets available.

  • Boy Lincoln statue returns to square

    The “Lincoln as a Boy” statue returned to its original spot Thursday on Lincoln Square – just in time for the weekend’s Lincoln Days Celebration.
    The sculpture, a depiction of Abraham Lincoln at age 7 standing with his dog Honey, was knocked from its base by a car on April 10.
    It was dragged under the front end of the car across the traffic island, suffering scrapes, scratches and dents. Honey lost part of an ear.

  • Mesonet now functional

    After a three-year delay, a real-time weather station or “mesonet” has been installed at the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center.

  • Buffalo man dies in crash

    A Buffalo man died early Monday as a result of injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Hart County.
    Joshua Wyatt Gibson, 23, was driving a 2004 Pontiac GTO on U.S. 31-E near Hammonsville School Road just after 7 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to Kentucky State Trooper Joel Huff.
    The car went into a right spin as it exited the left side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. The car’s left side then struck a large tree causing the driver to be partially ejected out the right door.

  • FOUND: Willisburg boy located

    Details are sketchy, but a 7-year-old Willisburg boy who had been missing since Saturday, has been located.

    Randall Leon Chesser was last seen at his residence at 4482 Lawrenceburg road in Willisburg, Ky., at about 6 p.m. Kentucky State Police reports that he was found at 2:45 p.m. Monday by a ground search team from Mercer County next to a creek about three miles from his residence.

    He is being transported to a medical facility for observation.