Local News

  • School board discusses athletic insurance

    Several items were discussed and approved by the LaRue County School Board during the regular meeting on Monday, April 17. The hot topic item was the approval of student accident/athletic insurance.

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association eligibility rules state that participating schools must have medical insurance in place with coverage limits meeting their requirements and it’s the responsibility of each member school to ensure and certify that each student has insurance coverage throughout the year.

  • Jaggers named head coach

    Josh Jaggers has been rehired as the new LaRue County Hawks varsity football head coach.

    Jaggers was announced as the new head coach on Tuesday, April 18 at the LaRue County High School auditorium in front of current players, school staff and others. 

  • Filling the paramedic shortage

    Mike Cottrell, LaRue County director of emergency medical services, is hopeful that Campbellsville University’s Brockman Center in Hodgenville might soon be a regional center for training Paramedics.

    Many departments across the state are facing a shortage of the trained medical professionals. Regional EMS directors from Hardin, LaRue, Washington, Marion, Nelson, Meade, and Jefferson counties discussed the shortage of paramedics at a meeting last week, according to Cottrell.

  • Tourism video filmed in Hodgenville

    The Kentucky Department of Tourism is filming an upcoming commercial and they chose Hodgenville as one of the locations to be featured in the commercial.

    Employees with the advertising agency Scoppechio were in Hodgenville on Wednesday, April 12 shooting footage for the commercial at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park and on the square in downtown Hodgenville. The Kentucky Department of Tourism hired Scoppechio to create the commercial.

  • LaRue Co. familiar with Tornadoes

    Spring in LaRue County brings with it not only flowers and showers, but also severe storms and tornadoes.

    One powerful storm struck Hodgenville in the wee hours of Saturday morning, March 22, 1952. That twister first dropped down just southwest of town near Tanner Road, leaving behind a 150-yard wide path of destruction along a 2.7-mile trail into town. It raced up Kirkpatrick to the area where Rose Circle is now, leaped over some houses and then dropped to the ground again near the fairgrounds, destroying more houses and several fairgrounds buildings.

  • Rep. Brandon Reed's bill to relieve hiring restrictions for schools becomes law

    Governor Matt Bevin recently signed into law a measure to relieve employment burdens on local school districts. House Bill 277, sponsored by Representative Brandon Reed of Hodgenville, would no longer disqualify an aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law from working in a school system if their relative serves on the local school board.

  • Balanced Health ribbon cutting

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 14 for Balanced Health, a new clinic in Hodgenville owned and operated by Nurse Practitioner Sharon Fields.

    “I’ve been a nurse practitioner for 10 years and an RN since 1978,” Fields said. “When I first started, I worked with Dr. Catlett. I was there for 3.5 years then worked In Elizabethtown at Hardin Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. I did work for an ENT for a while too.”

  • Lincoln Memorial steps project

    The steps to the memorial building are now temporarily closed due to a construction project to repair and improve them. The steps will be closed until May 26, weather permitting. A temporary fence has been erected closing the steps and visitors can access the park by the Boundary Oak trail, boardwalk or two other staircases that lead up to the Memorial Building.

    The 56 steps represent the number of years in President Abraham Lincoln’s life. The renovation of them is the first time they have been renovated since they were built in 1911.

  • Teacher of the year candidate

    LaRue County High School FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Misty Bivens was named a 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year candidate on Thursday, April 6.

    Bivens was one of 24 teachers across the state selected to receive a 2018 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award from Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education. The award qualified them as a candidate for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

  • Funnel cloud spotted in Hodgenville

    All of LaRue County and the surrounding area was on high alert last Wednesday, April 5 when a storm system rolled through the state bringing high winds, hail and heavy rains.