Local News

  • Boil water advisory affected south Hodgenville

     Residents and businesses in the south end of Hodgenville had some interruption in water service last week, followed by a boil water advisory.

  • Fire reported on Goodin-Williams Road

     LaRue County firefighters were dispatched to 1100 Goodin-Williams Road on a reported house fire about 1:30 p.m. Monday. The resident had been burning an old shed on the property and the flames had spread to the back of an unoccupied house. The property owner had the situation in hand with a garden hose by the time firefighters arrived.

    Weston Heath sprayed the chimney area of the unoccupied frame house with a garden hose.

  • Utility trailer, reported stolen four years ago, recovered in KC Estates

     A utility trailer, reported stolen by its Louisville owner four years ago, was recovered Friday after its owner saw it on TV.

  • Little damaged reported during Friday's storm

     LaRue Countians braced for another round of bad weather Friday evening. A tornado warning was issued about 4:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service. 

  • 1952 tornado tore swath through south section of Hodgenville

    The Leap Day tornadoes will go down in history as one of the area’s worst natural disasters.
    Downtown Hodgenville has been spared for decades of such severe damage.
    Ronnie Benningfield, correspondent for The LaRue County Herald News, said the path of the tornado that hit Hodgenville Feb. 29 was similar to the one that destroyed numerous houses and fairground buildings in 1952.

  • KSP accepting donations for tornado victims

     In the wake of the severe weather and tornado outbreaks across the state, Kentucky State Police posts and headquarters will serve as designated drop off sites for items needed in devastated communities. 

  • National Weather Service confirms EF-2 tornado was responsible for LaRue's damage

    Nineteen homes and three businesses were damaged after a pair of tornadoes cut a swath through LaRue County Feb. 29.
    The National Weather Service has confirmed that the “Leap Day” storms began with an EF-1 tornado that touched down on Kyle Street off Tanner Road just after 11 a.m. It ripped a roof from a house and scattered debris across a field and roadway.
    The second, an EF-2 tornado, touched down in south Hodgenville about 11:15 a.m. with wind speeds estimated at 111 to 135 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Residents share stories of Leap Day tornadoes

    Moments after a pair of tornadoes roared through Hodgenville on Feb. 29 – Leap Day – residents walked outside their homes to assess damage and attempt to reach loved ones. Many wore looks of shock and disbelief.
    Some became frustrated when their cell phones wouldn’t work, dropped the call or failed to connect. No towers were damaged, officials said. The phone failure was the result of so many calls jamming the system.
    Others took photographs to record the day’s events or post on Facebook.

  • Take care when handling storm debris

     With storms impacting much of the Commonwealth, many Kentuckians are cleaning and restoring their homes and properties. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has specific guidelines for proper disposal of debris in the aftermath of severe weather.

    Storm-affected Kentuckians should be aware of health, safety, and compliance hazards associated with debris handling and disposal. These hazards include, but are not limited to, burning of debris, asbestos removal, and mold growth.

  • Storms pass through county with little damage

    The tornado warning issued earlier Friday for LaRue County has expired.
    Little damage was reported in the county, according to 911 Coordinator Chris Jackson. A large window in the old Polley building on Lincoln Boulevard was blown out by winds and the old Druthers building on Old E'town Road lost some shingles. A tree was downed across Old E'town Road but was removed quickly.
    A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect.