Local News

  • Happy 206th Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

    LaRue County celebrated its most famous son on Thursday. Abraham Lincoln’s 206th birthday celebration took visitors across the county of his birth, as events took place throughout the day.

    Things got started at 10 a.m., as a group gathered for a wreath-laying at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, in front of the traditional cabin. Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd presenters were onhand. Longtime Lincoln presenter Jim Sayre spoke during the ceremony.

  • Discovery of headstone may cause revisionist Lincoln history

    DECATUR – A recently uncovered headstone at Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur could rewrite part of the family history of Illinois' most famous figure.

    That headstone belongs to Mary Hanks, who was the second cousin of Abraham Lincoln. While history books say she was born in 1824 and was buried in 1843, the headstone suggests she was instead buried in 1813, which would make her the oldest recorded burial in Decatur and perhaps the oldest in the entire state of Illinois.

  • Fire department makes run at Landmark

    The Hodgenville Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 806 Landmark Drive at 10 p.m. Saturday.

    The smoke, it turned out, came from a heater. Several people left their apartments until the smoke cleared.

  • Schools closed Wednesday, Feb. 18

    LaRue County Schools will be closed Wednesday.

  • Reported drowning in a well in Cox's Creek

    The Nelson County Sheriff's Office has confirmed they are investigating the death of an unnamed 57-year-old woman who apparently drowned in a cistern at a farm in the 1800 block of Whitesides Road in Cox's Creek.

    A press release from Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said foul play is not suspected.

  • Herald delivery delayed

    We have received notice from the delivery department in Elizabethtown, that the delivery of The LaRue County Herald News, by their carriers has been delayed. Every effort is being made to get the majority of these papers delivered TODAY, Thursday, February 19, 2015.

    We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as they work to deliver your product to you as quickly as possible.

  • School closed Tuesday

    LaRue County Schools are closed Monday and Tuesday due to the winter storm.

    Significant snowfall is expected throughout today.

    Some areas could get up to a foot of snow.

    Travel will be treacherous with some roads nearly impassable. Have an emergency kit of blankets, food, water and flashlights if you must travel.

    Local officials ask that you stay at home if possible.

  • School closed - Winter storm warning

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for central Kentucky.

    LaRue County Schools will be closed Monday.

    Significant snowfall is expected tonight and Monday.

    A winter storm will spread accumulating snow into the Ohio Valley beginning late this evening. Snow will be heavy at times. Especially on Monday morning. By Monday evening total accumulations will exceed 4 inches across most of the region. Some areas could get up to a foot of snow.

  • Boil water advisory for Hodgenville (lifted)

    The boil water advisory has been lifted for all of Hodgenville.

  • Alexander Walters: From slave to spiritual leader

    Alexander Walters was born in Bardstown in 1858, the son of two LaRue County slaves. His first breath came in the floor of the kitchen of what is now the Talbott Tavern in Bardstown. At the time, it was called The Donahoe Hotel.

    The future didn’t hold much promise for the little black baby born that August morning, the sixth of eight children.

    Unbeknownst to those gathered, that baby would grow up to become a leader, not only in Kentucky, but across the United States, Europe and Africa. However, his roots remained firmly planted in the Bluegrass State.