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  • Retired HES teachers enjoy annual luncheon

    A group of retired teachers and staff from Hodgenville Elementary School have taken to meeting for lunch on the first day of school. The luncheon, now its seventh year, has grown over time.

    The Aug. 6 luncheon took place at the LaRue County Extension office.

    More than 20 retired teachers and staff members now attend the event annually. Their ages range from 54-to-90 years old, and they retired at different times. The longest-retired is Lillian Allen, who retired in 1988- 26 years ago. Two new retirees, Carol Henry and Mary Lou Newton just retired this year.

  • Glendale firefighter memorialized

    When Jonathan Upton was looking for a mentor after joining the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department, he found one in Jonathan French.

     “Whenever I had a question, he would answer it to his best,” Upton wrote in an email. “He was one heck of a firefighter. If you had a question about firefighting, he was the man to ask.”

    Upton and French became friends about three years ago. Volunteering for the fire department was at the heart of that bond.

    “He loved firefighting,” Upton said.

  • Firefighter's funeral is Monday

    Jonathan French, 25, one of 23 firefighters in the Glendale Fire Department, was killed early Wednesday morning when a firetruck was struck by tractor-trailer while responding to a vehicle fire at the 87-mile marker in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65. French, his mother, Lisa French, 43, and his uncle, Chief Richard Peters, were in the finishing stages of extinguishing a van fire around 3 a.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by John M. Hatton of Covington struck a fire truck.

  • Friends recall fallen firefighter Jonathan French

     When Jonathan Upton was looking for a mentor after joining the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department, he found one in Jonathan French.

     “Whenever I had a question, he would answer it to his best,” Upton wrote in an email. “He was one heck of a firefighter. If you had a question about firefighting, he was the man to ask.”

    Upton and French became friends about three years ago. Volunteering for the fire department was at the heart of that bond.

    “He loved firefighting,” Upton said.

  • Glendale firefighter dies while fighting vehicle fire

    A Glendale firefighter lost his life early Wednesday when he was struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 65.

    The Glendale Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 2:54 a.m. at the 87-mile marker in the southbound lane.  

    At 3:28 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 4 received a call concerning an accident involving a tractor trailer and a fire truck at the same location.

  • Jessie Lee Cates: Celebrate Country

    A small town waitress – with a heart of gold and a ton of talent – has dreams of making it big in Nashville.

    It sounds like the plot of a feel-good movie – and it’s a very close description of a story playing out in Hodgenville.

  • County’s 911 service restored after lightning strike, cellphone problems persist

    LaRue County’s 911 service is slowly being returned to its original status after a lightning strike on July 26 knocked out the system.

    The service was out of commission for “24 hours and 58 minutes,” according to 911 Coordinator Nathan Hall.

    The system went down at 11:17 July 26 in a shower of sparks. The dispatcher on duty escaped injury – but wouldn’t have been as lucky if he had been touching a metal object, said Hall. Technicians were contacted but their response time was delayed due to inclement weather.

  • Public Record for the week of August 6

    Marriages

    The following marriage licenses have been issued in LaRue County.

    Eulane Chaney Arthur, 52, and John Thomas Gardner, 53, both of Hodgenville

    Jodi Lynn Gaw, 25, and Gary Andrew Carney, 27, both of Buffalo

    Brystal Jordan Dennis, 24, and James Darren Jared II, 25, both of Hodgenville

    Judy Lynne Bottoms, 45, of Hodgenville, and Gary Lee Chaffin, 39, of Cecilia

    Elizabeth Scott Ross, 49, of Elizabethtown, and Carl Alton Elliott, 53, of Shelbyville, Tennessee

  • Old jailhouse roof repaired
  • Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry assists families

     

    There are many food pantries in LaRue County. Most are open once or twice a month, but there is one that is available every week. Magnolia Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s Shepherd’s Pie Pantry is open 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, with an optional church service beforehand at 4:15 p.m.

    Unlike many pantries in the area, Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry does not require that people be from LaRue County to receive food.