Local News

  • Magnolia Mall opens, work continues on restaurant and salon

    About 500 people visited the Magnolia Mall during its grand opening Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Since then, there has been a steady stream of customers, according to one of the developers, Christine Shelton.

  • Greensburg man injured in Buffalo crash

    A Greensburg man was injured Oct. 5 when the vehicle he was driving rear-ended another car.

    Deputy Brian Smith said the crash was a chain reaction when a car that was not involved in the accident, slowed to make a turn.

    James Shuffett, 26, was driving a 1990 Honda Accord in the 900 block of Greensburg Road, Buffalo, about 11 a.m. when he failed to stop in time to avoid a collision with John Biggs, 40, of Columbia.

    Biggs, who was driving a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder, had stopped to avoid hitting another car that was turning.

  • Elizabethtown man injured in crash

    An Elizabethtown man was injured Oct. 4 in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Lincoln Parkway and West Main Street.

    Phyllis Hazle, 77, of Hodgenville, was driving a 1987 Chrysler Fifth Avenue south on Lincoln Parkway, attempting to make a left turn onto West Main about 3 p.m., according to Deputy Brian Smith. Hazle failed to see an oncoming vehicle and pulled into the path of a 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Zora Brown, 70, of Elizabethtown.

    Brown’s vehicle “T-boned” Hazle’s vehicle, causing considerable damage to both cars.

  • Teen recovering from farming accident

    A LaRue County teen is recovering from a farming accident that occurred Tuesday, Oct. 4.

    Dereck Rock, 15, was working in tobacco on Airline Road with his grandfather Jimmy Rock about 1 p.m.

  • BEHIND THE SCENES: Nifty Needles stitch heartfelt gifts

    The sewing group “Nifty Needles” meets monthly at the LaRue County Extension Office – giving back to the community one stitch at a time.
    Headed by Master Clothing Volunteer Rosa Smith, the group completes a variety of service projects for those in need, including cancer patients, senior citizens and preschoolers.
    Smith completed a two-year program offered by the University of Kentucky Extension Office to become a Master Clothing Volunteer and teach others the art of needlework.

  • Sunrise Manor residents move to new facility

    “Here’s your new room.”
    That statement was made at least 122 times last Wednesday as Sunrise Manor Nursing Home residents moved into brand new living quarters.
    The transition from the 1967-era building to the spacious “big house on the hill,” as some staff members refer to it, was completed in a matter of hours.  

  • Lincoln Days: Mansfield wins Lincoln Lookalike for third year

    This year's Lincoln Days Festival honoring Hodgenville's famous native son was marked by cool temperatures, a light breeze and sunny skies.

    The Saturday morning crowd appeared light but picked up as visitors arrived for the 2 p.m. parade.

    Seven men vied for the coveted title of Lincoln Lookalike while three women competed for the Mary Todd Lookalike contest.

    John Mansfield of Nashville, Tenn., won his third title. He won in 2006 and 2008 and also won the oratory contest back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

  • Billboard suit awaits Kentucky Supreme Court review

    Jimmy Harston owns three billboards in the counties of LaRue ("Hell Is Real"), Hart ("If you died today where would you spend eternity") and Warren ("Jesus Saves").

    In 2008, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet filed a civil suit to force Harston to remove the billboards because Harston did not have a permit to erect the signs. Harston has argued he was told he didn't need a permit because the billboards are a ministry to the traveling public and do not advertise anything.

  • Lincoln Days: Sit-down dining available at Christian Church annex

    The Christian Women's Fellowship at Hodgenville Christian Church will have the church annex open for sit-down dining Saturday during Lincoln Days.
    Homemade soups, sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks and sweets available.

  • Boy Lincoln statue returns to square

    The “Lincoln as a Boy” statue returned to its original spot Thursday on Lincoln Square – just in time for the weekend’s Lincoln Days Celebration.
    The sculpture, a depiction of Abraham Lincoln at age 7 standing with his dog Honey, was knocked from its base by a car on April 10.
    It was dragged under the front end of the car across the traffic island, suffering scrapes, scratches and dents. Honey lost part of an ear.