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Local News

  • City’s water tower project proceeds after rezoning

    The Greensburg Street water tower project is one step closer to completion.

    The process was stalled when it was learned the proposed site for the tower was zoned incorrectly.

    On Thursday, the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission corrected the issue by recommending the lot at 375 Greensburg St. be rezoned from residential to public. The change brings the land into compliance with the comprehensive plan.

  • Thomas the Tank Engine returning to Railway Museum

    Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven.

    The appearances are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Thomas, the beloved and courageous storybook engine, is set to roll into Kentucky Railway Museum for the Day Out With Thomas 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour, presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in children’s entertainment, and sponsored by The LEGO Group.

  • Bluegrass adds high speed 3G

    Bluegrass Cellular recently added 3G high-speed data service coverage to its cellular towers in Glendale, Upton and Sonora. The new sites will improve 3G data service in those areas and also along the Interstate 65 corridor. These sites add high-speed wireless data access to the existing 3G, EV-DO high-speed data network that Bluegrass Cellular has in place across its 38-county coverage area.

  • National Guard seeks names of those fallen for memorial

    The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund is asking anyone who knows of a Guardsman who perished in the line of duty to contact them so they can be added to the plans for a memorial.

    Funds are being raised now to construct a memorial to be located at the entrance to Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. The memorial will pay tribute to those who perished and also will honor and recognize all those who have served. The memorial will focus on the modern period which began on March 19, 1912, when the Kentucky State Guard officially became the Kentucky National Guard.

  • Small crowd enjoys first Movie Night

    About 20 people attended the first city-sponsored “Movie Night” Saturday.

    Although the crowd was sparse, the ones who did attend seemed to enjoy the film “Stuart Little” and the free popcorn and drinks.

    Andrea Ross said the movie was good and she plans to bring her family to the other free shows this summer.

    Other movies scheduled are “North by Northwest” on June 20; “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” on July 18; and “We are Marshall” on Aug. 8. Each film will start at 7 p.m.

  • Three men injured after truck strikes tree

    Three men were injured in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday about four miles north of Hodgenville after their vehicle slammed into a tree.

    Just before 3 a.m., Justin Masterson, 20, of Sonora was driving southbound on U.S. 31E in a 1997 Ford pickup when he ran off the left side of the roadway and hit a tree, according to Kentucky State Police. Masterson was flown to University Hospital in Louisville and was listed in serious condition in intensive care Monday evening.

    A landing zone was set up for Life Net in a field near the wreck site.

  • Softball event wraps up festival

    After two days packed with activities, the annual Sonora Days celebration wraps up today with a softball challenge for teams of experienced players.

    The tournament field is limited to participants age 40 or older.

    Action begins at 1 p.m. today.

    The festival, staged by Sonora Merchants Inc., attracted thousands to the community on KY 84 just across the Hardin-LaRue county line. It featured a street dance, cruise-in, parade, classic car cruise-in, tractor pull, pageants and plenty of music, food and craft vendors.

  • Sonora Days fills the weekend

    A parade, classic car cruise-in, tractor pull and plenty of music are highlights of this year’s Sonora Days Festival.

    The festival, set for Friday through Sunday, selected the theme Music on Main. It’s sponsored by Sonora Merchants Inc.

    Friday night, there will be a street dance, cruise-in, beauty and children’s pageants and food and craft vendors. The pageants are open to all.

    Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the country music performed at 8 p.m. at Cardin’s Pro-Lix.

  • Helm retires from LaRue EMS

    Pat Helm, LaRue County director of emergency medical services, tendered his resignation due to retirement, effective May 31, at the fiscal court meeting May 26 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Tommy Turner, county judge-executive, said he has had discussions with a possible interim director for Helm, who is retiring with 27 years’ service.

  • Joel Ray's Restaurant celebrates 50 years

    Joel Ray’s Restaurant in Hodgenville celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Joel Ray Sprowls bought the restaurant June 6, 1959, and for 14 years it operated on a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. The motto was “we may doze – but never close.”

    Several superstars have dined here: Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Englebert Humperdink, Johnny Cash Band and many others.