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Today's News

  • A single spark leads to 70 years of smiles

    Like a forest fire that begins with a single, small spark, Eugene and Marjorie French’s 70-year marriage was sparked with one wide, winning smile.

    “We met at Jericho Methodist Church during a revival,” recalled Marjorie, 86. “That night, when we first looked at each other, he smiled at me; the next night he sat by me; and, two weeks later, he showed up at my house.”

  • Highbaughs have pulling in the blood

    For the Highbaughs, tractor pulling isn’t just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.

    David Highbaugh was runner-up at the Kentucky Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull on Jan. 2. Although runner-up is a prestigious placement, the veteran puller had won the pull in 2013 and 2014.

    David and his father, Lanny, are both from LaRue County and have been pulling competitively since 2004. For Lanny, this is his second go-round in the scene, as he also competed in the 1970s pulling four-wheel-drive trucks.

  • ‘Shoeper Bowl’ goal is to collect 6,000 pairs of shoes

    Dewayne Gibson, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, is looking ahead to an exciting Shoeper Bowl as well as Super Bowl Feb. 1.

    Shoeper Bowl is the name for a drive, sponsored by Sports Reach and Audience One, to collect 6,000 pairs of shoes for distribution in countries where Sports Reach ministers. Feb. 1 is the culmination date.

  • Johnson returns to work in ‘limited capacity’

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steven Johnson was suspended with pay earlier this month after being charged with official misconduct.

    He returned to work last week in a “limited” capacity, according to Mayor Kenny DeVore.

    His job duties include public safety and code enforcement. His police powers are restored in emergency situations or when requested by acting-Chief Marcus Jackson or Mayor DeVore – or if he witnesses a crime.

    Mayor DeVore said he “ran it by the attorneys” before bringing Johnson back to the force.

  • Marion County farmer dies in grain bin

    A Marion County man was killed after he became trapped in a grain bin at 911 Merrimac Road in Bradfordsville around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

    Joseph Gary Blanford, 64, of Holy Cross, had climbed into the bin to attempt to unclog the auger when the soybeans caved in on top of him, causing him to be buried in the soybeans, according to a press release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

    Blanford was pronounced dead by Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney at the scene. Dabney said Blanford died as a result of asphyxia.

  • Missouri suspects spotted near New Haven

    Local police and the FBI are on the lookout for two men with ties to a kidnapping in Missouri who were last seen near Bardstown.

    Police announced that they’re looking for the suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous, after a stolen van involved in the abduction was found wrecked on the Bluegrass Parkway Thursday.

    At press time, both suspects were still at large and authorities say it’s unknown if the suspects are still in Kentucky.

  • Sheriff’s audit referred to Attorney General

    The State Auditor released last week the remainder of audits from the LaRue County Sheriff’s office between 2011 and Feb. 28, 2013.

    Audits for the period of April 16, 2011 to April 15, 2012, and March 1, 2013 to April 15, 2013, were released last month by the Auditor of Public Accounts.

    Stephenie Hoelscher, a spokesperson for the state auditor’s office said a certified public accountant was contracted to do the audit – and it is not unusual for a CPA to do the work.

  • 'Where Opportunity Knox' assists veterans

    Where Opportunity Knox is bringing its breakfast program, “Veterans: A Workforce and Talent Solution,” to Hardin County, providing tools and insights to help companies of all sizes hire veterans.

  • Kentucky Press Association honors: Herald takes third in State

    The LaRue County Herald News staff collected several awards last week at the Kentucky Press Association Advertising and Editorial Awards in Louisville.

    The Herald took third place in General Excellence in the mid-sized weekly category.

    Editor Linda Ireland had three first-place entries: Best General News Story – “Mayor removed after 12-hour hearing”; Best Feature Story – “Like a Rock”; and Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story – coverage of mayor’s ouster.

  • LCHS drama teams up with Kelly Dean Sanders dinner

    The LaRue County High School Speech and Drama program is teaming up with the Kelly Dean Sanders Fund to present Dinner and a Show to raise funds for both programs.

    On Feb. 8, community members will get an opportunity to have a great meal and see the LCHS production of Neil Simon’s Rumors for a $15 donation. All the profits will be split between the two programs.