Local News

  • Goodlett federal trial delayed

    After having his state trial delayed last week, former LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett has now had his federal trial delayed.

    Goodlett was scheduled to have a sentencing hearing on Friday, October 20 in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky in Louisville at 10 a.m. However, U.S. District Judge David J. Hale signed an order resetting the sentencing hearing for November 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the same court. No reason was given for the postponement.

  • Embry Trial Rescheduled for 2018

    After having her trial rescheduled three times, the jury trial for a LaRue County woman’s animal cruelty case is now back on the docket for next year.

    Jane Embry of Magnolia is charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty. She appeared for a review of her case in LaRue County District Court on Wednesday, October 18. District Judge C. Derek Reed scheduled her jury trial for February, 16, 2018 in the same court.

  • Treatment Questioned at Jail

    With one settled earlier this year and one still pending, the LaRue County Detention Center has been dealing with two federal lawsuits this year as a result of their alleged treatment of inmates.

    The first lawsuit that is currently ongoing was originally filed in August 2015 by the late Brandon Branham as the plaintiff. As a result of his death, the plaintiffs in the case are now Marilyn K. Branham, administrator of the estate of Brandon Branham; Melissa Strickland, parent and guardian of Brandon Branham’s minor child and Mariah Carey, wife of Brandon Branham.

  • Rocket Man

    Mavrick Cook wanted to do something big for his art class project this year, and he reached new heights with the finished product.

    The LaRue County High School senior created a 10-foot tall papier mache rocket for Monique Hanna’s art class.

    “I’ve always been interested in space. Last year, I built a NASA astronaut named Atom, and I had wanted to build him a rocket to travel in, too, but I never got around to it,” he explained. “I challenged myself to build it this year.”

  • LCS responds to lawsuit

    The LaRue County School District has answered a federal lawsuit that was filed against them by several former LaRue County High School students.

    Five former LaRue County High School students filed a federal lawsuit in September against the LaRue County School District and Goodlett. Three other former LCHS students have joined as plaintiffs since the original filing. The students are all female and are now adults, but were minors and students between 2012 and 2016 when Goodlett was employed at LCHS.

  • Lt. Gov visits LaRue

    Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton visited LaRue County last week and shared her unique life story that led her to become the first African-American in Kentucky to be elected to a statewide office and the third African-American woman to serve as lieutenant governor of any U.S. state.

    Hampton was the guest speaker at the Hodgenville Rotary Club on Thursday, October 19. Hampton started by sharing her story of the struggles her and her family faced when she was growing up in Detroit during the 1960s.

  • Woody and Chloe are paddling into Hodgenville


    We are excited to announce that Woody and Chloe and their owner Leigh Anne Florence will be making their way to Hodgenville for a special visit on Friday November 3.

    The free event is being sponsored by the LaRue County Public Library and The LaRue County Herald News, in cooperation with The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hodgenville.

  • ‘Born so young’: Joel Ray Sprowls turns 90

    What’s my age again?

    Around October 18 (Joel Ray Sprowls’ birthday) each year, folks ask Sprowls a question they’ve been trying to figure out for at least the past 63 years he has owned, produced, and emceed the Lincoln Jamboree—“How old are you?”

    Always ready with a quick response, Sprowls readily replies, “Well, it’s hard to say because I was born so young.”

  • Financial aid words students need to know

    High school seniors headed to college this fall need to become familiar with some financial aid terms that they will probably hear. This list from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help.

    Accrue. This term, which means to increase or accumulate, is often used to refer to interest on loans. It means that the interest is added to your loan until the loan is fully paid.

  • Local Charity Fundraiser turns 10

        The LaRue County Country Club will be the backdrop for this weekend’s annual St. Jude Charity fundraiser. Now in its 10th year, organizer Tommy Locke says it’s going to be a ‘great night of fun, food and fellowship’ for a great cause.