Local News

  • Toll-free number offers flu answers

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health encourages Kentuckians to call a new toll-free hotline with their questions related to 2009 H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu for the latest news and information about flu.

    The hotline number 1-877-843-7727 will operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

    Information on the H1N1 virus is readily available by visiting the redesigned Health Alerts Web site at healthalerts.ky.gov.


  • Pre-trial conference set in chiropractor case

    A pre-trial conference for Richard Gilbert will be Oct. 28 in U.S. District Court (Western District) in Louisville.

    Gilbert, a LaRue County chiropractor, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 7 on charges of tax evasion and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.

    The court already has heard motions from Gilbert to dismiss, which was denied, and to establish identity. The court allowed his motion for electronic filing accessibility.

  • ECTC to sponsor community choir

    This fall, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is sponsoring a community choir to sing sections of Handel’s Messiah. All singers are invited to participate. There will be no auditions for chorus members, but all singers are expected to learn their parts.

    Members of the Louisville Orchestra will accompany the performance.

  • McFarland sentenced to 18 years for shooting death of stepdaughter

    Family members of Sabrina Shirley gathered Monday to witness the sentencing of the man who shot and killed the young mother of two.

    In late August, David McFarland, 45, accompanied by attorney Bart Adams, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the July 2007 death of Shirley, his former stepdaughter.

  • Get moving with your fellow Kentuckians on Second Sunday

    It’s time to get up off the couch and head outdoors ... or at least its time to save the date to get up and moving. On Oct. 11, LaRue County is participating in a statewide event to promote healthy living.

    The LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service is promoting Second Sunday — an event that encourages physical activity. People in communities throughout the state will simultaneously participate in the event, turning Kentucky’s reputation of being one of the unhealthiest states in the country upside-down and promoting a healthy lifestyle. 

  • Talent show winners announced


    First – Blake Merryman

    Second – Paul Hedge

    Third – Michaela Rock


    First – Chase Riffe

    Second – Abby Modrowski

    Third – Brittany Cruse


    First – William Wesson

    Second – Stephanie Metcalf

    Third – Aaron Harp

    The top three winners of the talent contest received cash prizes.

  • LaRue’s unemployment decreases from July

    Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2008 and August 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate increased from 7 percent to 11.3 percent in that timeframe; however, the rate decreased from July 2009 when the rate was 14.3 percent.

    Of 7,234 potential workers, 6,418 are employed.

  • Lincoln Days float winners

    The award winning floats of the Lincoln Days Parade.

  • Lincoln Days art contest winners

    Lincoln Days Art Contest Winners sponsored by The Lincoln Museum.

    Wes Kendall, Lincoln Division, first, “Gettysburg Prose”, Janet Gream, Lincoln Division, second, “Knob Creek”, Carl McKinley, Open Division, first, “Kentucky Horse Farm”, Theresa Shelton, Open Division, second, “Grain Bin at Irvington”. Martha Hollenback, Open Division, honorable mention “Wind in the Trees”.

    Burrows named People’s Choice winner

  • Lincoln contest winners announced

    Abraham Lincoln Lookalike

    First – Larry Elliott

    Second – Jim Rubin

    Third – Whit McMahan

    Lincoln Oratory Contest

    First – Nicholas Bur

    Second – David Kreutz

    Third – Jim Rubin

    Mary Todd Lookalike

    First – Betty Mansfield

    Second – Mary Elliott

    Third – Debbie Grise