Local News

  • Sonora school building sold

    The City of Sonora will purchase the former Sonora Elementary School building. The Hardin County School Board voted May 21 to sell the building that formerly housed Sonora Elementary to the town government.

    Sonora placed two bids for the building, one for $43,000 that would be paid at the closing of the deal, and one for $45,000 that would be paid in $15,000 increments. The School Board unanimously chose the $43,000 bid.

  • Regional farm workshop set for Thursday in Munfordville

    The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy will hold a regional workshop Thursday, May 28, at the Hart County Extension Service in Munfordville.

    The workshop begins at 9 a.m. CDT and is one of 11 workshops that GOAP will hold to discuss new policy and program changes of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

    GOAP’s compliance team, area project analysts, and others will discuss all new policy changes, as well as, changes concerning KADF programs, including the new on-farm energy investment area and the County Agricultural Investment Program.

  • School Board member asked to resign by audience member

    Monday’s meeting of the LaRue County School Board turned heated when an audience member asked one of the board members to resign.

    Donna Miles and Penny Van Dyke, both of Hodgenville, addressed the board during the “audience comments” portion of the meeting.

    Van Dyke voiced her support for board member Norbert Skees. She said she is “very proud he is trying to address issues that have been a problem.”

  • WWII veterans honored for service

    Two area World War II veterans received French Legion of Honor medals for helping defeat Germany.

    Blond H. Puckett and James Calvin Sarver received the honors May 14 before a group of family and fellow vets gathered at Pritchard Community Center.

    Dave Jarrett, a veteran service officer for Disabled American Veterans, worked with the French Consulate in Chicago on the presentation. Those who receive the award – which Napoleon established – are considered knights of the French Republic.

  • School Board meeting centers on transportation, safety

    Monday night’s school board meeting gave board members, minus chairman Ronnie Chelf, a chance to review and discuss in detail the bus routes for the county.

    Phil Fulkerson, transportation director, and Ron Whitlock, area director of transportation, presented a detailed overview of the bus routes displayed on a map of the county, and discussed some possible alternatives to certain routes.

  • Former sheriff, three-term mayor die within week

    Two men who spent several years as civil servants passed away last week.

    Former LaRue County Sheriff John A. Smith Sr., 81, of Magnolia died May 11 at Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville.

    Former Hodgenville mayor R.K. Keith, 84, died May 16 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home – the facility he served as a volunteer for many years.

    Smith served as deputy 1970-78 and as sheriff 1978-82. He was an unopposed Democratic candidate for sheriff elected in November 1977.

  • Audit: City ends year with cash balance of $1.75 million

    The City of Hodgenville had an ending cash balance of $1.75 million for fiscal year July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008, according to a financial audit prepared by Clauson, Mouser and Co., PSC.

    The city ended the fiscal year with $182,000 less in the cash balance from a year earlier. End of year capital assets totaled $14.7 million.

    The city’s combined assets increased $1.58 million, up 14.5 percent from the previous year. Mouser said the increase was primarily due to Lincoln Bicentennial projects and infrastructure improvements.

  • HMH's board passes $10.4 million budget

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  • 3,000 attend penny unveiling

    Nearly 3,000 people gathered at a Spencer County, Ind., park May 14 for the U.S. Mint’s release of a new penny that pays homage to Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood years.

    Several local residents attended the penny’s release at Lincoln State Park. One reported standing in line about an hour to purchase six rolls of pennies.

    The coins depict a teenage Lincoln reading a book while taking a break from rail splitting.

    Most of the pennies were sold at face value to coin-collectors; children were presented the coins as souvenirs.

  • Orchard holds special event today

    Hinton's Orchard and Farm Market plans a new agritourism outing today. The family business will conduct its first Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They hope to make it an annual event.

    A car show is among the event's highlights and a pie-eating contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. In addition to enjoying the spring treat of fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake and pies, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available off the grill.

    Of course, strawberries will be available for sale and you can save by picking them off the vine yourself.