Local News

  • Zoning change approved for Magnolia Mall

    Magnolia Elementary School set empty for four years after students were moved to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. It is now zoned for business use and the building’s new owners plan a variety of shops inside the old classrooms.
    Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning recommended the rezoning Tuesday to LaRue Fiscal Court. Fiscal Court, in turn, approved the recommendation.

  • Gardner retiring as E'town Chief of Police

    A job opening for chief of police was posted Friday on Elizabethtown's city government website.

    Chief Ruben Gardner, a LaRue County native, is retiring effective July 31, Mayor Tim Walker said. Gardner has held the position for 21 years and has been a member of the Elizabethtown Police Department for 41 years.

    According to EPD's website, Gardner has been a resident of Hardin County since 1965. He began working as a patrolman in 1970, and by 1977, was lieutenant of investigations.

  • Electricity rates likely to increase

    FRANKFORT – Electric rates across Kentucky would likely increase as utilities prepare to spend around $9 billion over the next five or six years to comply with proposed or pending federal environmental regulations, a state legislative committee heard Thursday.

  • PHOTO: State tractors catch fire

    LaRue County firefighter Eric Clark insures that the fire that demolished state mowing tractors May 31 is completely out. The tractors were parked on Salem Lake Road.

  • Community Health Clinic struggles to make ends meet

    The national recession has placed its share of wounds on families and the fallout still is being felt locally.
    In 2010, the Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties lost $53,210, forcing the facility to tap into its reserve funds just to stay afloat, said Executive Director Jane Cornell.
    The loss was punctuated by a 20 percent reduction in state funding and the absence of United Way support, Cornell said, a ripple effect still resounding at the midway point of 2011.

  • LaRue County High School Class of 2011 Graduation

    About 167 students participated in the graduation ceremony at LaRue County High School Friday.
    Andrew Skaggs was named valedictorian; Shelby Rogers was named salutatorian.

  • Work on Interstate 65 continues

    One lane of southbound Interstate 65 in LaRue and Hart Counties is completed in a summer long project to resurface all lanes from Munfordville to Elizabethtown.  Thursday, contract crews finished the inside Southbound Lane and began moving Northbound on the inside lane at Munfordville (exit 65).

  • Herald News correspondent dies at age 97

    Minnie Powell Smith, long-time White City correspondent for The LaRue County Herald News, died May 31 at the age of 97.

    Smith’s health began failing several months ago and she recently became a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, where she passed away.

    Smith was the oldest member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in White City. She taught Sunday school and held a Bible study with Sunrise residents for several years. Smith worked in the activities department at Sunrise Manor for many years and began volunteering at the facility after her retirement.

  • FREE MOVIE NIGHT: 'Up' to be shown June 18

    Saturday, classic cars and an animated movie will provide free family entertainment in downtown Hodgenville.
    The streets will roll up about 4 p.m. as the Goodtime Cruisers bring nostalgia to Lincoln Square in the form of muscle cars, Model Ts and custom wheels.
    In addition, the City of Hodgenville will host its next free summer movie “Up” at 7 p.m.
    This 96-minute animated movie features the voices of Edward Asner and John Ratzenberger.

  • CHOO! CHOO! Thomas the Tank Engine arrives in New Haven

    Thousands will flock to New Haven during the next two weekends to take a ride on the big, blue train engine with a smile on his face. Thomas the Tank Engine will roll into the Kentucky Railway Museum for the 10th year in a row Saturday.

    “Beginning this weekend, we're probably looking at drawing close to 14,000 people. It is the largest event that we do here,” said Lynn Dawson, marketing director at the Kentucky Railway Museum.