Local News

  • Chamber luncheon set for noon today

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce's monthly Brown Bag luncheon begins at noon Wednesday at the Lincoln Museum Community Room on Lincoln Square.

    The guest speaker is Jim Rousey, a volunteer with the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence. KYCPE is the official state affiliate of the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Program.

  • New law gives residents more time to pay property tax bills

    A new bill designed to restrict fees and penalties placed on delinquent property tax bills went into effect in LaRue County this spring. The law may give residents more time to pay taxes before they go into the hands of third parties.

    House Bill 262 also transfers responsibility of selling the bills from the sheriff's office to the county clerk's office. The sheriff's office still retains commission from the sales.

  • Funeral for R.K. Keith is today

    The funeral for R.K. Keith, a business and community leader who served three terms as mayor of Hodgenville, will be held Tuesday afternoon. He died Saturday at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. He was 84.

  • Debris pickup ending

    State forces and contractors have been working to clean up the debris left behind from the January ice storm.

    After the initial pass through, contractors will not make additional trips. Any debris that was not removed during the initial pick up will be the responsibility of residents and business owners. 

    The Transportation Cabinet is asking property owners not to place additional debris on state right of way. Work schedules may be impacted by weather conditions.

  • Discussions continue over lengthy school bus rides

    Recent school board meetings have been consumed by issues revolved around transportation – specifically, the amount of time some students spend riding the bus each day.

    Newly elected board member Norbert Skees arrived at his second meeting in February and requested the transportation department look into the length of time students spent on the bus and “come up with a plan of improvement.”

    “That plan needed to include cost to determine affordability," he said. "At this time, no such plan has been presented to the board.”

  • City Council holds first reading of budget ordinance

    Hodgenville City Council held first reading of a budget ordinance Monday for fiscal year July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010. Anticipated general fund revenues are $875,500; operation and maintenance account revenues are $946,500; wastewater fund revenues are $496,360; road fund revenues are $42,000.

    The full ordinance will be printed in the Herald News after second reading.

    In other business:

  • Shining like a new penny

    Thomas Podnar pressure-washed the sculptures on Lincoln Square, then applied a coat of Butcher’s Paste Wax on Monday to protect their finish.

    As part of the process, Podnar heated the head of the 100-year-old A.A. Weinman statue with a propane porch before applying the wax with a brush. Podnar works for McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory Inc. of Ohio. The project is in conjunction with the Kentucky Arts Council.

  • Sonora boy treated after hit and run

    A Sonora boy was injured Monday after he was hit by a truck on Maple Street, police said.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, the mother of Nikki Meiser, 10, reported the hit-and-run shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.

    The boy’s grandmother, Loretta Meiser, said Tuesday that the driver was not located after the incident.

    Her grandson was treated for minor injuries Monday night and released from Hardin Memorial Hospital, she said.

    “There were no broken bones or anything,” Meiser said.

  • Bardstown changes liquor laws

    Grocery, liquor and convenience stores in Bardstown can sell packaged liquor on Sundays starting July 1. Bardstown City Council unanimously passed second reading of the ordinance Tuesday. May 12, allowing the sales in all three store types as well as altering the hours for Sunday liquor-by-the-drink sales. The ordinance calls for hours for all liquor sales on Sunday to be 1 p.m.-midnight. They had previously been 2 p.m.-midnight. The ordinance allows sales until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

  • Car hydroplanes, strikes utility pole

    Michael Maggard, 19, of Hodgenville, escaped serious injury when he lost control of his car Friday afternoon.

    About 4:45 p.m., Maggard’s 1988 Chevrolet Camaro hydroplaned when it hit a patch of water on Campbellsville Road just outside city limits. The car struck two driveway culverts and two signs before its final collision with a telephone pole in front of 1368 Campbellsville Road.

    It took about four hours to clear the scene and replace the pole.