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  • Power outage sends dozens to shelter

    As power outages spread across LaRue County last week, residents began searching for alternative heat sources.

    Some stood in lines at stores, waiting to fill containers with kerosene for portable heaters. Others purchased firewood or propane heaters. Others drove several hours to neighboring states in hopes of finding a heater.

    Some moved in with friends or relatives. And when all else failed, they sought refuge from the American Red Cross.

  • Coming in the Herald News

    The print edition of The LaRue County Herald News arrives today with stories about the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the ice storm aftermath dominating the paper.

    Here are a few of the top headlines:

    New penny unveiled in honor of Lincoln's 200th birthday

    Warm weekend accelerates cleanup  after ice storm

    350 in county still without power after two weeks

    National Guard supplies water, food through FEMA

    Main Street under fire; group's certification in doubt


    About 90 percent of LaRue Countians were without power after a strong winter storm blew into the area last Tuesday. Ice coated power lines, snapping poles and downing trees. About an inch of snow compounded the problem.

    Judge-Executive Tommy Turner issued a state of emergency that day due to the power outages and impassable roads; the state’s and federal government’s declaration followed.

  • Fiscal Court approves jail contract

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates approved a contract with Southern Health Partners for medical service to the county’s jail inmates Jan. 27.

    “We were fortunate to have two companies in a bid war, so we have a price that will save us considerable money,” said Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive. With an annual contract renewable for three years, the $148,500 yearly cost provides a nurse at the jail for eight hours every day, which Turner said would save a staff person position.  

  • President grants Beshear’s request for a major disaster declaration

    Gov. Steve Beshear received word Thursday from the White House that President Barack Obama has granted the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, following the devastating winter storm that has paralyzed parts of the state and left hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians without electricity, water and heat.

  • Crews still working around clock to restore power


    Heavy ice has knocked out power lines throughout LaRue County and much of Kentucky. A state of emergency has been declared. According to a news release from the governor's office, 607,000 Kentuckians were without power for much of last week. It is being called the largest blackout in Kentucky history.

    According to a Nolin RECC spokesperson, about 27,000 customers in LaRue and Hardin counties are without power and restoration is expected to take several days. Crews are working around the clock.

  • National Guardsmen bring supplies of food and water

    Individuals will not be reimbursed by FEMA for extra expenses incurred during last week’s ice storm. That’s the latest word from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

    In a roundtable discussion with county judge-executives and mayors across the state Friday, Gen. John W. Heltzel, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management said counties can receive 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA for expenses directly related to the disaster. That includes overtime for workers, debris removal equipment and generators.

  • Demand for alternate heat sources outstrips supply

    Some local stores had to close their doors due to power outages during the ice storm; for others, business was booming.

    Rock and Rogers and IGA Express struggled to keep supplies of kerosene for those operating portable heaters. Long lines formed at the pumps as word leaked out about new shipments.

    Smith’s Hardware had a constant influx of customers asking for kerosene heaters and portable generators, said owner Steve Smith.

    “At times, I had to lay the phone off the hook,” Smith said. “If I took one call (Thursday), I took 80.”

  • Bicentennial plans shift after storm closes park

    The ice storm that hit Kentucky last week has created problems for the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration Feb. 12.

    The event, marking the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth near Hodgenville, was to be held at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site and the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek.

    However, both sites have been closed since the limbs started falling Tuesday night.

  • Unemployment office cannot process electronic claims

    Due to weather conditions and power outages, the Elizabethtown (Hardin County) office of employment and training is unable to process electronic unemployment insurance claims at this time.

    Claimants may file initial or reopened unemployment insurance claims through the Call Center at (859) 547-3362 or online at www.kewes.ky.gov/. To file a new extended claim, they must file online.

    To request a check on a regular continued claim, claimants may call the Voice Response Unit at (866) 291-2926 or go online at www.kewes.ky.gov/.