Local News

  • Twenty-two indicted by grand jury in June

    Twenty-two people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury June 21.

    The majority face drug-related charges.


  • Stanton takes over jail management

    In the wake of the weekend’s escape, Jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo has turned over “day-to-day duties” to an administrator, according to Rodney Ballard, deputy commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

    Jail Consultant Joey Stanton was appointed as chief administrative officer by Trumbo Monday, according to LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner.

    “Joey’s taking a stepped-up role to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Turner said. “Mac is still jailer.”

  • Camp Invention returns to LaRue County July 5-9

    The Camp Invention program returns to LaRue County this summer. A week of daytime excitement, children are immersed in imaginative play that both reinforces and supplements school-year learning through inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), as well as history and the arts. America is facing a critical talent gap in these areas, known as the international “language” of innovation. 

  • Drug dog Andy dies

    Andy, the K-9 officer of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department, had a reputation for being high energy and chewing on items.

    Those qualities may have proven to be his downfall. In May, Andy “apparently chewed a hole in a sheet of plywood” covering his pen, poked his head through it and got stuck, according to Sheriff Bobby Shoffner.

    Andy, a National Narcotics Detective Dog, died of strangulation or other neck injury, apparently from trying to get his head out of the hole.

  • Peppers are a bright new choice for local growers

    With a drop in the production of tobacco, a new crop is beginning to emerge on LaRue County farms, providing some color to the once monochromatic tobacco fields.

    Scotty Lee, owner of Lee’s Garden Center, said peppers have been a great product for LaRue County farmers in the past and have reentered the county’s agricultural scene.

    “In the past, this area has always had a large pepper acreage,” he said.

  • Facade grants on hold

    Several Hodgenville business owners were notified last week that the “facade grants” they had applied for have been denied.

    The matching grants were offered by The Kentucky Department for Local Government to businesses and residences served by the local Main Street/Renaissance Association. The grant offered matching funds to do external repairs to improve their buildings. The business owner pays the entire cost of the improvement to the building and is reimbursed for half.

    Hodgenville Main Street Manager Celia McDonald learned last Tuesday of the decision.

  • Send us your best shot

    Send us your best shot.

    The LaRue County Herald News is sponsoring a photo contest this summer. Three categories are offered – nature, landscapes, animals; people; and Lincoln heritage.

    A separate category for youth – those photographers 13 and younger – is being offered. The entry should include the photographer’s age to be considered in this category.

    We’ll print the winning photos and you’ll enjoy all the fame you can stand.

    There is no charge to enter.


  • Judge orders man to seek help for alcohol abuse

    A Hodgenville man drew the ire of LaRue County District Judge C. Derek Reed when he allegedly showed up in court intoxicated - for the second time.

    Robert Earl Burk, 45, was charged June 2 with alcohol intoxication, first and second offenses. His arraignment in District Court was June 16.

    When Burk approached the bench, Judge Reed asked if he had been drinking. Burk said he had been drinking the previous night. Reed said there was a strong odor of alcohol about Burk and required him to take a Breathalyzer test before he accepted his plea of guilty.

  • City's surplus property to be auctioned

    Hodgenville City Council has settled a dispute with a Hodgenville man who attempted to purchase the old city hall building last year.

    Last year, Harold Warren offered the high bid for a frame building near the bridge in downtown Hodgenville. He believed he had purchased an adjacent parking lot as well.

  • Rape charge to be heard by grand jury

    Accusations that a LaRue County man made sexual contact with two children more than 20 years ago were heard Wednesday in District Court.

    In a preliminary hearing, LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed found probable cause to send the case against Charlie Monroe Warren to a grand jury.