Local News

  • Inmate charged for driving county truck

    Charges are being filed against a LaRue County jail inmate who was spotted driving a county truck by officers last week.

    Bobby Council, 25, of Magnolia, is being charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy.

    McCoy and Sheriff Bobby Shoffner were visiting LaRue County Middle School about 1:15 p.m. Sept. 30 when they observed an inmate behind the wheel of a truck at the LaRue County Maintenance Garage (county barn). The county barn is located across the road from the school.

  • Father charged in assault of infant

    A Hodgenville man accused of injuring his 8-month-old son was charged Sept. 18 with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

    Chad T. Frith, 32, of College Heights, told officers he “became upset with the child because it wouldn’t stop crying,” said Lt. Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police.

    There was also evidence of bruising on the baby’s face and chest, Johnson said.

    Both Johnson and Chief John Cottrill are investigating.

  • Frazier Museum actors recreate Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    A pair of actors from the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville recreated a portion of the Lincoln-Douglas debates Aug. 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville.

    It was 150 years ago – to the day – that Republican Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Stephen A. Douglas began their verbal battle for a seat on the Illinois Senate.

    J. Barrett Cooper portrayed Douglas, a short, thickset, proud and arrogant man nicknamed “The Little Giant.”

  • Progressive tour of Lincoln sites is today

    A progressive tour of historic central Kentucky sites that have a direct connection to President Abraham Lincoln or the lives of his family and friends will take place Sunday, Oct. 12.  Explore President Lincoln’s roots, talk with state and national park staff, and visit the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville for an in-depth exploration of the Lincoln family’s early years in Washington and LaRue counties.

  • Museum's Lincoln Library to open by year's end

    The Lincoln Museum staff has been “up to their eyeballs in dust and books” for several weeks as work progresses on the long-anticipated Lincoln Library.

    Museum director Iris LaRue said the library will add 3,000 square feet to the existing facility and will showcase more than 3,500 Abraham Lincoln and Kentucky-Civil War-related books.

  • Jail earns praise for drug cleanup

    In July 2007, a state inspection turned up drug paraphernalia, pornography, homemade knives and alcohol at the LaRue County Jail. In addition to the contraband search, 59 inmates were tested for drug use. Four tested positive for marijuana; eight for cocaine.

    A year has made a big difference at the jail.

    On Sept. 2, two state inspectors again checked the facility. This time, 47 inmates were tested – all had negative results.

  • I-65 crash claims one

    A fiery crash claimed the life of a truck driver Thursday morning along northbound Interstate 65 in LaRue County, not far from the Hardin County line.

    According to Kentucky State Police spokesman Steve Pavey, the crash involved two tractor-trailer vehicles, one of which ran into the back of the other and burst into flames.

  • Congressional candidates discuss variety of issues

    By Ben Sheroan

    General Manager

  • Field fires plague county

    An “uzi” of a field fire kept the three county fire departments busy Thursday evening on Herbert Howell Road.

    That’s how firefighter Lester Pearsall described the blaze that broke out in a harvested cornfield. Pearsall said at one point, the flames nearly trapped several firefighters as they tried to extinguish it. The fire also broke out in another field across the road.

  • Lincoln Days festivities begin

    Lincoln Days schedule

    Oct. 2                                            

    6:30 p.m. - Opening ceremonies and reception on Lincoln Square

    7:30 p.m. - Talent show, preliminary round

    7:30-8:30 p.m. - Art show inside Lincoln National Bank


    Oct. 4

    6 a.m. - Streets Closed