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  • Kenzi Lewis earns golden ticket to American Idol

    A Hodgenville teen sang her way to Hollywood during a tryout for TV’s American Idol.
    Kenzi Lewis, 15, auditioned for the popular show at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., last summer with Etta James’ “At Last,” Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
    A Facebook photo shows Lewis and family members leaving Ryman after getting her “golden ticket” to Hollywood.

  • Green County man dies after farming accident

  • Lost ring signifies life for those who seek it

    By JEFF D'ALESSIO

    HODGENVILLE - The white gold ring with a blue stone and Daniel Parker were inseparable.

    If it wasn't on his hand, it was attached to his key chain with his car and house key. At times the ring could be found around his neck.

    It was rare that the ring wasn't in some way with Parker.

    That 2001 State Duals Championship ring he earned as a freshman on LaRue County High School's wrestling team meant everything to him, his mother, Linda Ireland, said.

  • Herald News wins General Excellence Award from Kentucky Press Assocation

    The LaRue County Herald News received a General Excellence Award Friday from the Kentucky Press Association. The Herald took third in the state among medium-sized weekly newspapers.
    Individual awards in writing, design and photography earned points in the annual KPA Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest.
    Correspondent Ronnie Benningfield racked up three awards for sports writing. He took first and third for Best Sports Story and second for Best Sports Feature. He also won second for Best Business or Agribusiness Story.

  • 'Mystery Shopper' scam arrives in LaRue County

    A scam using the lure of easy money for becoming a “Mystery Shopper” has surfaced in LaRue County.
    Terry Davenport received a letter from “Bestmark” offering him the chance of participating in a consumer research survey in “selected retail stores, restaurants and various other commercial establishments .…”
    Mystery Shoppers are used by market research companies to measure the quality of service and gather other information about products.
    The letter, written on official-looking stationery, promised $300 per week and included a check for $1,990.

  • 'Dinner and a Show' fundraiser will highlight LCHS Speech Team

  • Old photo identified as 'Ballinger School'

    Longtime reader Melanie Thompson identified the old photo published in the Jan. 19 issue of The LaRue County Herald News.

    The photo also ran in the Aug. 24, 1978 issue of the Herald News and Thompson’s grandmother had saved the information. Thompson and her daughter Mandy found the clipping while looking through a box of old photos.

  • Schools closed Friday

    LaRue County students will enjoy a long weekend as classes were called off Thursday in anticipation of the approaching snow storm and again Friday, after about 3-inches of snow fell on the area. That brings a total of eight days missed due to inclement weather this school year.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning that ended at 1 a.m. Friday.

    Local and state crews have made good progress clearing main roads, but backroads are still slick. Drivers should use caution in intersections as well.

  • Electric rates to increase

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted a rate increase to Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the wholesale electric power supplier for Nolin RECC and 15 other member cooperatives.

    The PSC approved the rate increase for service rendered on and after Jan. 14, 2011. EKPC sought the rate increase to strengthen its financial condition and continue building equity.

  • Lincoln Heritage House nears completion

    After months of work, reconstruction of the Lincoln Heritage House at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown is almost finished.