Local News

  • Unemployment benefits increase

    Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that will give Kentuckians drawing unemployment insurance benefits an additional $25 per week. 

    The agreement provides dollars through the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, which passed as part of the federal economic stimulus package signed by President Obama.

  • Herald News headlines

    For the first time since 1995, The LaRue County Herald News has implemented a price increase for single-copy buyers. The newspaper being delivered today will cost 75 cents apiece. For details about the change, read General Manager Ben Sheroan's column posted online under the Opinion section.

    Home-delivered subscriptions do offer convenience and an annual discount of more than 22 percent from the single-copy price. To start a subscription in time for next week's print edition, call 358-3118.

    Here are some of the top headlines from this week's Herald News:

  • KSP planning checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police will be conducting traffic safety evaluations on roadways in all eight Post 4 counties, including LaRue, during the next month. Troopers will be conducting safety checkpoints on various roadways most often during weekend nights when impaired driving traffic is at a maximum. Officers also may initiate checkpoints at other times during the week.

    The primary focus of these safety checks will be to reduce the incidence of drug and alcohol impaired drivers, however, officers also will be emphasizing the use of child safety seats and seat belts.

  • Phoenix Club sponsors local events

    The Phoenix Club is a student-based organization of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    This spring the club is sponsoring two community events. At 11 a.m. April 11, the club will sponsor and participate in a Walk for Awareness at Freeman Lake in Elizabethtown. All community members are invited to participate. For each mile walked, one dollar will be contributed by the Take the Walk organization to a charity of choice. More information is available at www.takethewalk.net.

  • New Haven child waits for multi-organ transplant

    Max Dickerson pulled a fast one on the assistant principal at New Haven School when Lent began this year.

    New to the area, Mario Riley didn’t know Max very well. So when the second-grader told him with a solemn look that he was giving up chocolate for Lent, Riley, impressed with Max’s dedication, said he’d join him by giving up Mountain Dew. Riley followed through on his pledge – only to learn that Max never ate chocolate anyway.

  • Talent showcase to benefit senior’s Project Graduation

    A talent showcase will be 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the LaRue County High School auditorium. All proceeds will benefit Project Graduation, the all-night chaperoned party thrown for local graduates.

    Performers include Ricky Whitlock, Mallory Skaggs and several high school students. The small school state champion speech team will also give a presentation.

    Admission is $8 adults; $5 students.

    For tickets or more information, call Ricky Whitlock at 268-3344 or Deborah Whitlock at 358-9924.

  • Weather watch issues

    For the second time today, LaRue County residents have been alerted to the possibility of dangerous weather conditions.

  • Solid waste coordinator needs help finding culprit

    Have you had a roofing project done in the last few weeks?

    If so the LaRue County solid waste coordinator needs your help.

    Someone who recently did a roofing project on an older home dumped a load of old and leftover roofing shingles and waste materials on a LaRue County road about March 16-18.

  • LaRue’s unemployment rate jumps to 12.4 percent in January

    Unemployment rates rose in 119 of Kentucky’s 120 counties between January 2008 and January 2009 and stayed the same in Martin County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate jumped to 12.4 percent, up from 8.5 percent in December 2008.

    The rate was 4.9 percent in December 2007. Of a 7,314 workforce, 908 people are without jobs.

  • Judge: Not enough proof in arson case

    LaRue County District Judge C. Derek Reed failed to find probable cause against a Hodgenville woman charged with second-degree arson, burglary and criminal mischief March 25. Probable cause refers to evidence that would make a reasonable person believe a crime has been committed.

    Tonya D. Bell, 34, was accused of entering a garage owned by Arthur Allen March 8 and setting it on fire. Besides the building, a riding lawnmower, couch, go-cart, air compressor and toys were destroyed, according to court records.