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

    The 200th observance of the birth of Hodgenville’s famous native son will be celebrated Feb. 12.

    Abraham Lincoln was born on that day in 1809 in a log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm. The barefoot frontier boy grew up to become our 16th president – a man who became known as the “savior of the union” during a time of turmoil.

  • Birthday party raises funds for childhood cancer research

    Elyssa Hawkins will celebrate her eighth birthday 3-5 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Hodgenville Elementary School gym with a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that promotes childhood cancer research. The event was rescheduled because of last week's ice storm.

    Family-friendly games include putt-putt golf, foam darts and ring toss. Snacks are also available.

    Magician Dinky Gowen will present a 30-minute illusion show at 4 p.m. Escape artist Jennifer Wheat will also perform.


    FEB. 11

    One Man’s Lincoln

    The play “One Man’s Lincoln” will be presented at the LaRue County High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for tickets to the two-hour play. Tickets are required, however. The Lincoln Museum will host a dinner prior to the play at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call the museum at 358-3163 or e-mail abe@lincolnmuseum-ky.org.

    FEB. 12

    Opening ceremony on Lincoln Square

  • 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.