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  • Log house holds decades of history

    A couple of months ago, Greg and Bonnie Ballard purchased about 100 acres and an old farmhouse on Bardstown Road at auction.
    They wanted to expand their farming operation and expected to have the house bulldozed as soon as possible.
    But when they walked inside, they had second thoughts. Inside the frame house is a two-story log house, built about 1890. The huge old logs are visible in a corner near the front door. The original stone fireplaces and hand-hewn handrail are still inside. There’s even a “Harry Potter” style room under the stairs.

  • Hepatitis outbreak was impetus for clean water

    A little more than 50 years ago, a young boy fell victim to an outbreak of hepatitis.
    Dale Meers spent part of his summer break under a doctor’s care as his parents, John T. and Genrose, worried about his prognosis as they heard of other cases in the Buffalo area.
    His physician, Dr. Carson Crabtree, believed the outbreak of hepatitis was linked to dirty water.
    Hepatitis, a broad term for inflammation of the liver, is linked to poor sanitation. It can be mild – lasting a couple of weeks –or disabling.

  • Water District benefits about 99 percent of county

    You never miss the water ‘til the well runs dry.
    The old adage has been used to refer to anything that is underappreciated. It’s easily understood by anyone who has gone for any amount of time without a reliable water supply.
    The day Karl Highbaugh’s home was hooked up to a LaRue County public waterline is one of his most memorable.
    For about two years, Highbaugh “hauled water” in milk jugs from a nearby farm to his home between Hodgenville and Sonora.

  • Home damaged by fire

     LaRue County and Buffalo Fire Departments responded to a house fire about 4 p.m. April 24.

  • Dirt being hauled out of city; mayor says more is available

    A lot of dirt is being excavated as the City’s sewer line and water main improvement project progresses.
    The City is responsible for disposing of the soil, as part of the agreement with the contractor, said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse.
    A number of loads have been hauled and deposited at Vic Kahill’s property on Lincoln Farm Road. Cruse said the property has a “large hole” at the back of the lot.

  • PHOTO: Looking Back at LaRue

    Local attorney Carl Howell Jr. shares this photo of downtown Hodgenville circa 1942 with readers of The LaRue County Herald News. The view is of East Main Street (Bardstown Road) leading toward the town square. That’s the back of the old LaRue County Courthouse at the end of the street. Donahue Ferrill Chevrolet was on the left – later moving to the right side of the street where the Ford dealer was located.

  • Proposed pipeline may cut through county

    A proposed pipeline that will transport natural gas from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Louisiana’s Gulf Coast may pass through LaRue County.
    Plans call for pipelines that would transport the liquids from producing areas to a transmission system in Hardinsburg where they would connect to another transport system to Eunice, La. The proposal also calls for a processing plant to be built in Louisiana and upgrades to existing lines.
    LaRue County Judge/executive Tommy Turner received a letter from the developers a few months ago asking about rights-of-way.

  • Man recovering from shooting

    A LaRue County man is in stable condition after being shot in the chest Sunday evening.
    Dennis Locke, 55, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville following what police described as a “family dispute.”
    LaRue County Sheriff Merle Edlin said Locke “will be all right.”
    Edlin said the dispute had been going on “about all day” and culminated with Locke’s 24-year-old son Kevin Locke attempting to get a 9 mm weapon away from his father.
    Dennis Locke was hit in the upper shoulder, Edlin said.

  • Woman injured in crash on Dan Dunn Road

    Jenny Cowles, 28, of Gray Road in LaRue County, was injured about 8 a.m. Monday when she lost control of the 2010 Toyota Camry she was driving.
    The vehicle ran off the roadway in the 2000 block of Dan Dunn Road and overturned. Cowles was able to crawl out of the vehicle.
    She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS.
    LaRue County Deputy Robby Brownfield investigated.

  • Advocate: Changes to childcare benefits will hurt families

    Childcare programs throughout the state, including LaRue County, have already begun to feel the effects of changes to the Childcare Assistance Program.
    On January 30, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services passed changes to CCAP to make up for an $86 million shortfall.
    The change reduces the poverty level from 150 percent to 100 percent for those eligible for the program. About 20,000 children from low-income families will be ineligible for subsidized childcare.