Local News

  • Sam’s Club opens in E'town

    Sam’s Club store in Elizabethtown is set to open Thursday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at  8:30 a.m.

    The store traditionally serves small businesses, company spokesman Jason Wetzel said. But club members can shop for a variety of bulk and individual household items — from food to furniture to jewelry and clothing. The Elizabethtown store off Ring Road near U.S. 31W will feature a tire center, a deli and a bakery.

    The store offers environmentally friendly features, such as skylights and a water preservation system in the restrooms.

  • Fundraiser scheduled Thursday to assist speech students

    After seven years as middle school speech coach, Katy Blair Cecil is traveling down a trail that her father, Garland Blair, blazed in 1968.

    Blair, who died in 1999, coached the LaRue County High School speech and debate team until 1992. During his tenure, his teams won several state and some national championships. When he retired from coaching, his daughter Kim Mather took over the duties and Cecil is continuing that family tradition.   

  • ‘One Man’s Lincoln’ to be performed Feb. 11

    The play “One Man’s Lincoln” will be presented in Hodgenville Feb. 11.

    The performance is sponsored by The Lincoln Museum and the Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave as a “gift to the community” for the Lincoln Bicentennial, said museum director Iris LaRue. It features an actor portraying Abraham Lincoln’s law partner Billy Herndon.

  • Council backs decision to slash Main Street funding

    Several Main Street members attended Monday night’s Hodgenville City Council meeting to show their support for the downtown improvement organization.

    The city’s contribution to Main Street was slashed by $500 per month – and the group hoped to convince the council to overturn or modify Mayor Terry Cruse’s decision.

    They were unsuccessful.

    Larry Davis, president of Main Street, reminded council members of about $140,000 worth of improvements in the downtown area made possible through the Main Street program.

  • Main Street director resigns after executive board meeting

    Sixteen months ago, Hodgenville Main Street Director Rhonda Weidman arrived in town, greeted by a nearly empty office.

    Her new digs were supplied with a couple of file boxes and a broken office chair. Her enthusiasm for the new job undimmed, she promptly brought in her own computer and furnished the space with a new chair and supplies.

  • BBB warns against trying to cash in on Obama memorabilia

    Posters, buttons, coins, plates, cologne, bobbleheads: these are just a few examples of the kinds of Obama memorabilia that are getting snatched up by Americans wanting to own a piece of history. However, for those who are looking to get rich off of such merchandise, Better Business Bureau warns that the only value for most Obama memorabilia is sentimentality.

  • Fort Knox tightens security measures

    Entering Fort Knox has become more complicated as the post aligns its security procedures with the country’s other military installations.

    “We’re having a little more accountability,” Fort Knox spokesman Ken Beyer said.

    There was no specific event behind the decision, he said.

    Fort Knox still encourages members of the surrounding community to use its facilities, such as the Bowling Center and Lindsey Golf Course, Beyer said.

    “We’re not trying to keep anybody from coming on the post,” he said.

  • Assault charge dismissed in alleged ‘car attack’

    A Hodgenville woman, accused of assaulting a rival last April, will not be required to spend additional time in jail.

    Tonya D. Bell, 34, got into an argument with another woman over a man in a parking lot in Ovesen Heights, according to police reports. 

    Officers said Bell drove her car into the side of the victim’s vehicle and also struck the victim with the car.

    Bell fled the scene in her car  and allegedly forced another vehicle off the road.

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

  • Magnolia family wins $2,600 gas card

    2008 was not the greatest year for Kelly Calhoun and her family.

    First, came the death of her husband’s grandmother in January and the ensuing funeral costs.

    Then, her husband Marty was injured in an explosion at work. He suffered second degree burns over 30 percent of his body. He’s unable to work at this time and is experiencing post traumatic stress syndrome.

    Their pet cat Whiskers, a rescue animal, died after being neutered.

    Most recently, their electricity went out and they had to clean out a large freezer of meat.

  • Master Cattlemen classes begin Tuesday

    Registration is under way for what may be the final year of the popular Kentucky Heartland Master Cattlemen program. The classes, which start Tuesday, Jan.