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  • State police concentrate on Thanksgiving traffic

    With fuel prices hovering around $1.70 a gallon, KSP expects increased traffic on the roadways this holiday.

    Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    This includes the four-day holiday driving period surrounding that date when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions. Often, family celebrations include alcohol, which later evolves into impaired driving. Add that to heavy holiday traffic and you have a recipe for disaster.

  • Lincoln Museum's library opens today

    With support from the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, the Lincoln Museum is preparing to open its research library Dec. 1.

    Four second-floor rooms have been restored, computers installed, the shelves assembled and the books put on the shelf. It’s been a lot of long hours for Museum Director Iris LaRue and a crew of largely volunteer laborers.

    “I had never created a library from banged up old drywall,” Russell Hinkle said during a break from the work last week.

  • Listen to Laura Bush's speech online

    Laura Bush's address to the invitation-only audience Tuesday at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is now available to the community.

    The LaRue County Herald News has posted the entire speech, along with its slideshow of images from her visit, on our home page. The audio was supplied thanks to Lee Bramblett of WQXE-FM radio.

  • Road to Congress paved in humor

    Funny things happened to Brett Guthrie on his way to Congress.

    Guthrie’s travels around the 21 counties that comprise the 2nd Congressional District featured a lot of miles, countless handshakes and weekends filled with community festivals and parades. While pursuing votes, the Republican found some instances of humor.

    One of the funniest moments came at the expense of Richie Sanders, a fellow state senator who frequently accompanied Guthrie when he traveled in the area.

  • Play explores the complex relationship between Lincoln and Kentucky

    Many people know that Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky and spent the first seven years of his life in the commonwealth. Few, however, realize how connected Lincoln remained to Kentucky throughout his life.  Now, during the bicentennial commemoration of Lincoln’s birth, the Kentucky Historical Society Museum Theatre program explores the complex relationship between Lincoln and his native state in the play Lincoln’s Life Through Kentucky Eyes.

  • Herald News headlines

    News, features and sports are compiled in the weekly print edition of The LaRue County Herald News, which is delivered Wednesday morning by our carriers and is available at local stores and newsstands. Here are some of this week's top headlines:

  • USPS warns against postcard fraud

    The U.S. Postal Service issued an alert about postcards that look very similar to the green card left by carriers when a package or letter is being held for pickup.

    Hodgenville Postmaster Bob Hummer wants local residents to be aware of the notices, which say they are from “Mail Center” and list a post office box in Naples, Fla.

  • Laura visits LaRue

    Laura Bush posed with schoolchildren, praised their knowledge of Abraham Lincoln and emphasized “the next generation of stewardship of our national parks” as a legacy for future generations.

    The first lady spent Tuesday morning in Hodgenville to help launch a fundraising campaign on behalf of six national parks that honor Abe.

  • Schools stress traffic safety

    Traffic tangled a part of Monday night’s LaRue County School Board meeting as concerns about congestion and the safety of students and police officers at the district’s two elementary schools.

    Steve Hall, engineer with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, was on hand to offer an assessment about traffic at Hodgenville Elementary School and Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and to suggest possible solutions.

  • McConnell re-elected to Senate leadership

    The U.S. Senate Republican Conference held leadership elections Tuesday for the 111th Congress and Kentucky's Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues to serve as Republican Leader.

    “I am honored that my colleagues re-elected me to serve as the Republican Leader in the 111th Congress,” McConnell said. “As Republican leader, I will continue to use my clout to advance Kentucky’s interests and to ensure that our voice is heard.”