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  • Softball event wraps up festival

    After two days packed with activities, the annual Sonora Days celebration wraps up today with a softball challenge for teams of experienced players.

    The tournament field is limited to participants age 40 or older.

    Action begins at 1 p.m. today.

    The festival, staged by Sonora Merchants Inc., attracted thousands to the community on KY 84 just across the Hardin-LaRue county line. It featured a street dance, cruise-in, parade, classic car cruise-in, tractor pull, pageants and plenty of music, food and craft vendors.

  • Sonora Days fills the weekend

    A parade, classic car cruise-in, tractor pull and plenty of music are highlights of this year’s Sonora Days Festival.

    The festival, set for Friday through Sunday, selected the theme Music on Main. It’s sponsored by Sonora Merchants Inc.

    Friday night, there will be a street dance, cruise-in, beauty and children’s pageants and food and craft vendors. The pageants are open to all.

    Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the country music performed at 8 p.m. at Cardin’s Pro-Lix.

  • Helm retires from LaRue EMS

    Pat Helm, LaRue County director of emergency medical services, tendered his resignation due to retirement, effective May 31, at the fiscal court meeting May 26 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Tommy Turner, county judge-executive, said he has had discussions with a possible interim director for Helm, who is retiring with 27 years’ service.

  • Joel Ray's Restaurant celebrates 50 years

    Joel Ray’s Restaurant in Hodgenville celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Joel Ray Sprowls bought the restaurant June 6, 1959, and for 14 years it operated on a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. The motto was “we may doze – but never close.”

    Several superstars have dined here: Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Englebert Humperdink, Johnny Cash Band and many others.

  • Attempted murder charge

    Landmark News Service

    A New Hope man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing another man May 24 in Marion County.

    The fight between William Bennington, 45, of New Haven and Johnny Lanham, 46, of New Hope began as a verbal altercation and escalated into a stabbing.

    Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call about the stabbing at Hawks Place in Loretto at about 12:23 a.m.

    Bennington was stabbed in the abdomen and was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

  • Genealogy Society holds open house

    An open house is being conducted today to celebrate the new home of the LaRue County Genealogy Society.

    The group opened its research center and library in April inside the former Hodgenville city police station at 109 N. Greensburg St.

    The building, which is one block east of the square, also houses the city maintenance department. The police moved to a former church education center next of Hodgenville City Hall.

  • Deadline for summer youth employment program extended

    The application deadline for the GEL-IN Summer Youth Employment Program has been extended to Friday, June 5. GEL-IN, administered by the Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board, focuses on green initiatives, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. Young people ages 16 to 24 and Workforce Investment Act eligible are encouraged to apply. The project start date is June 22 and will run through July 31.

    Participants will be paid $7.25 per hour for their work.  

  • Salvage efforts planned at Lincoln Heritage House

    Landmark News Service

    An early-morning fire Friday at Freeman Lake Park has Elizabethtown reeling as an integral piece of history was left in ruins. While offering no insight into a possible motive, Elizabethtown police arrested a 34-year-old man later in the day on an arson charge.

  • Lincoln memorial to be dedicated in Louisville

    An Abraham Lincoln memorial, sponsored in part by the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, will be dedicated at Louisville Waterfront Park from 8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4. Gates open at 8 p.m. for the sunset ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

  • LaRue's EMS director retires

    Pat Helm, LaRue County director of emergency medical services, is retiring effective May 31.

    Tommy Turner, county judge-executive, said he has had discussions with a possible interim director to take over for Helm, who is retiring with 27 years' service.

    "The person with whom I met is mulling over whether to take the interim job and will get back to me on it, but regardless, this person is someone that would not be seeking the position on a permanent basis," Turner said during Tuesday's meeting of LaRue Fiscal Court.