Local News

  • Fort Knox soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
    According to the Department of Defense, 1st Lt. Demetrius M. Frison (US Army), 26, of Lancaster, Pa., died May 10 in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Magazine names E'town area among best in nation for jobs

    The area has earned a new economic recognition.

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area ranks 16th in the nation when an online journal of information related to urban issues, New Geography, posted its annual ranking of the best cities for new jobs. The rankings included all 398 statistical areas for which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports monthly employment data.

    LaRue County is included in the EMSA.

  • LaRue's Relay for Life begins Friday

    LaRue County’s annual Relay for Life will begin this Friday at Hodgenville Elementary School.
    Last year, 13 teams raised $61,000 for The American Cancer Society. Nine teams are signed up for this year’s event hoping to reach their goal of $65,000, according to coordinator Bill Hawkins.
    The 12-hour event spans over two days and offers several different entertainment events.
    Tentative schedule is as follows:
    May 13
    6 p.m. – registration starts
    7 p.m. – opening ceremony

  • Councilman Otis Smith dies in sleep

    Long-time Hodgenville City Councilman Otis R. Smith, 78, died in his sleep at his home last week.
    His wife Rita said Smith had complained of a “stomach bug” for several days, but his death came as a surprise.
    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse said at Monday’s council meeting that he considers Smith’s death “a personal as well as business loss.”
    Smith, he said, was a good friend.

  • Emergency Management urges sheltering in place

    Torrential downpours and severe storms have plagued LaRue County residents for several weeks.
    Residents, especially those in mobile homes, may think to look for shelter in the event of severe weather. However, Chris Jackson with LaRue County Emergency Management says instead of traveling, it is best to “shelter in place”. “We don’t encourage travel in imminent weather,” Jackson said. “It’s not safe.”

  • Federal government moves to eliminate paper checks

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years.
    Beginning May 1, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits now must choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will no longer be an option.
    People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

  • Historic preservation work set for Lincoln sites

    Beginning May 3, a crew from the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) in Fred­erick, Maryland, was to conduct masonry preservation work at the Sinking Spring site and Plaza Basin at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville. The work is expected to take five to six weeks. Although the masons will try to keep work sites open to the public, the stairs leading to the Sinking Springs will be closed when work begins there.

  • Old courthouse relics in rubble

    In 1967, the old LaRue County courthouse near the center of downtown Hodgenville was demolished.
    A need for space and deteriorating conditions led to the construction of a new courthouse on West High Street.  
    The county was not wasteful; many of the items that made up the old building were distributed amongst other agencies, facilities and citizens.

  • Wi-Fi available in downtown Hodgenville

    Downtown Hodgenville is now a Wi-Fi hotspot.
    The LaRue County Middle School Problem Solving Team began meeting in January and quickly decided to take on the task of making Wi-Fi accessible to LaRue County residents and tourists alike.
    The team, headed by Doris Jean Holleran and Tom Rossi, won the State Governors Cup competition in March for their problem-solving plan.
    With the help of Lincoln National Bank, team members have successfully implemented their problem solving strategy, allowing downtown visitors to reap the benefits.

  • LaRue County Schools closed Tuesday

    LaRue County Schools were closed Tuesday as a safety precaution. The school system reports that flooding had made some main roads impassable.
    Record April rain followed by more than an inch each day this month has caused flooding.
    The Rolling Fork River along the Nelson County line already is out of its banks and is expected to crest today. Roads in some low-lying areas also are underwater or threatened by high water.