Local News

  • Sparks: dedicated servant

    Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks, 55, passed away Wednesday, May 17 at his home on West Maple Avenue in Hodgenville.

    Hodgenville Mayor Ken DeVore said the sudden and unexpected loss of Sparks has left a large void in the community.

  • Services for Hodgenville Fire Chief announced

    The services for Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks have been announced.

    Walton Lee "Wally" Sparks, 55, of Hodgenville, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at his residence.

    He was a 911 Dispatcher for LaRue County; Chief of the Hodgenville Fire Department; a member of the LaRue County Fire Department, Hodgenville Methodist Church, B. R. Young Lodge #132 F&AM in Hodgenville and LaRue County Sportsmans Lake.

    Wally was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. and Wanda Stephens Sparks.

  • Hodgenville fire chief dies

    Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks, 55, passed away Wednesday night.

    According to the LaRue County Coroner’s Office, Sparks was found dead at his home Thursday morning on West Maple Avenue in Hodgenville and the cause of death was an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    No further information has been released at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.

  • Countdown to 2017 Graduation

    The graduation ceremony for the 58th graduating class of LaRue County High School will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

    The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the LCHS football field and the gates open at 6 p.m. Seniors are required to meet in the LCHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

    LCHS Principal Denise Skaggs said the event will be moved into the high school gymnasium in case of inclement weather.

    “We will notify the public by 3 p.m. on Friday through One call and social media if we need to move to the LCHS gym,” Skaggs said.

  • Fiscal court approves budget

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved its 2017-18 tentative $7.5 million budget while meeting at the LaRue County Courthouse in Hodgenville on May 9.

    According to Tommy Turner, county judge-executive, the budget includes no new taxes, but does include some new purchases while continuing contributions to fire departments, parks and recreation and special tax districts such as the soil conservation district and chamber of commerce.

    Turner said budgeted purchases include an ambulance and dump truck.

  • Legal action taken against former SNAP Fitness owners

    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday, May 10 that his office has recently taken action against SNAP Fitness Center in Hodgenville.

    According to a news release from Beshear’s office, by law, fitness centers or gyms, spelled out in statute as “health spas,” are required to file an annual registration statement with the Office of the Attorney General, and post a bond, if they charge an initiation fee or have pre-paid memberships. Each bond amount is based on the number of memberships.

  • I do it for the kids

    A LaRue County Middle School teacher was recently recognized and awarded as she was one of 50 teachers that chosen out of more 8,000 teachers across the nation in a Zulily contest.

    LCMS Special Education teacher Dana Sprowles was recently awarded $500 in Zulily credit to help outfit her classroom. The e-commerce company held a “Thank a Teacher Contest” during Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12 where they honored more than 50 teachers across the nation with $500 to spend on their classrooms.

  • Dedication for HPD officer killed in duty

    A Hodgenville Police Officer who was killed in a car crash during a pursuit in September 2012 will be honored with a service at Hodgenville City Hall followed by a dedication of a flagpole in his name at the Hodgenville Police Department.

    Hodgenville City Hall received a donation from Modern Woodmen, which funded the purchase and placement of a flagpole at Hodgenville Police Department.

    “The Department needed a flagpole and it only made sense to dedicate it to Officer Mark Taulbee,” Hodgenville Police Chief Marcus Jackson said.

  • Bryan recognized by James Madison Fellowship

    LaRue County High School teacher Kendrick Bryan has received national recognition as he was selected as a 2017 James Madison Fellow.

    The James Madison Fellowship Foundation annually selects one fellow from each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.  Fellows receive $24,000 to fund graduate education to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

  • Paula’s Hot Biscuit turns 20

    Peace, Love and Bacon Grease is on the menu this week at a locally eatery in Hodgenville, KY.

    Paula’s Hot Biscuit will celebrate 20 years in business this weekend with an open house celebration.

    Owner Paula Varney started the business after having worked for her father, James LaRue for over 20 years followed by owning and operating what was known as Abe’s Market located on Lincoln Boulevard from 1993-1997.