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  • LaRue County Farm Bureau Appreciation Dinner

    The citizens of LaRue County support agriculture and its farmers as well as, if not better than, any other county in the state. Several local LaRue County farmers along with the LaRue County Farm Bureau thought it was time that they show thanks for the support they receive from the community.

    We’ve all been caught behind a farmer on a tractor on the square in downtown Hodgenville a time or two, but this time, they are going to be blocking all traffic into the square.

  • Lincoln's life on display

    Two sisters, both originally from LaRue County, have donated a large collection of miniature dioramas and shadow boxes to the Lincoln Museum. The collection contains scenes from Lincoln’s life including his boyhood home, Lincoln’s farewell address, a scene from the hotel room after he had been shot as well as his funeral procession. Also included in the collection are scenes from Hodges Mill and many pieces depicting life on the frontier.

  • Sprowls recovering at home

    LaRue County’s very own Country music legend Joel Ray Sprowls had a medical scare last Saturday night after having to leave during the show at the Lincoln Jamboree.

    Sprowls, who is the owner and emcee at the Lincoln Jamboree, said he had to leave the stage when he started feeling sick after the first 30 minutes of the show.

  • Teddy visits Lincoln's Birthplace

    Visitors at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park on Independence Day had the opportunity to meet a president whose personality and adventurous spirit has captivated the imaginations of people for generations.

    Despite the rainy weather, many people came to listen to a presentation and meet Theodore Roosevelt brought to life by living historian, Joe Wiegand.

  • Old warrants added to E-warrant system

    A lot of questions and concerns are being raised by people in the community after the LaRue County Attorney’s Office started adding around 300 archived warrants to the E-warrant system last week.

    The E-warrant system was adopted in LaRue County in January 2011 and LaRue County Attorney Kyle Williamson said that a lot of the warrants they are entering go back several years or decades due to the way the warrant system worked before the E-warrant system was adopted.

  • Making trash into treasure

    Just one look at woodworking hobbyist Jim Hornback’s completed projects and even the most skeptical doubter would say one man’s trash truly can be another’s treasure.

    Hornback finds pieces of overstocked or scraps of furniture items, stacks of lumber, flawed doors, boards, and cabinets and transforms them into professional looking pieces of furniture.

    He and Ruth, his wife of 52 years, hunt for those seconds and scraps as they travel to auctions, seconds stores, and other places that might hold the raw material for his next project.

  • Vets reactions to fireworks

    The July Fourth holiday for most people is a time of fun, food, and fireworks.

    But for some returning combat veterans and others traumatized by gunfire, the sound and smell of the fireworks could take all the fun away.

    “For quite a while after I got back, any loud noise—firecracker, truck backfiring, or some similar thing—and I would think, ‘Incoming!’ and want to hit the deck,” recalled Larry Clopton of Mt. Sherman who saw combat as a rifleman with the First Air Cavalry in Vietnam in 1970.

  • Taxes increased for Signature HealthCARE

    The property tax assessment appeal hearings for two organizations were held last Thursday and the assessment for Signature HealthCARE resulted in an increase from the original assessment from the LaRue County PVA Office.

    The hearings were a result of tax assessment appeals from Signature HealthCARE of Sunrise Manor and Buffalo School Apartments. The LaRue County PVA office originally assessed Sunrise Manor at $15,750,000 (approximately 163,720 in property taxes) and Signature HealthCARE appealed it with a reduction to $8,490,000 (approximately $88,252 in property taxes.)

  • A visit from the queen

    It isn’t every day that royalty comes to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. A swarm of bees, which includes a queen bee, have recently taken up residence in a hollow cedar tree at the park.

    “The swarm landed on the tree about three weeks ago,” said Joyce Gellhaus, frequent visitor of the park.

    Gellhaus, who along with her husband Dan, keep bees, said that if the number of bees becomes too large for the box or hive they break off.

  • Courthouse taking on new shape

    The LaRue County Courthouse and annex is taking on a different shape.

    LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner said the renovations are on schedule and several projects have already been completed.