Today's News

  • ENGAGEMENT: Jordan Ashley Dudgeon and Dave Ross Atwell

    John and Joetta Dudgeon of Falls Of Rough announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Jordan Ashley Dudgeon to Dave Ross Atwell of Greensburg.

    The prospective groom is the son of Denny and Debby Atwell.

    The wedding will be 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church in Hodgenville.

    All family and friends are welcome. Invitations have been sent to out-of-town guests.

  • Readers assist with Bloyd's Cafe token mystery

    A couple of weeks ago, Tim Meredith contacted The LaRue County Herald News, seeking information about a token.

    His letter said: “A friend was searching through his pocket change for a soda and noticed a token from H.M. Bloyds Café, Hodgenville, in the mix. He, knowing I am a life-long resident of Hodgenville, gave it to me…. I wonder if anyone has heard of the business and possibly the location and era. The token lettering is in very good condition and the beer must have been cheap.”

  • COLUMN: This Christmas, look back at life's lessons

    When I was a child I celebrated Christmas the same way children celebrate today. I demanded the most expensive gifts, never clothes, and if I didn’t get what I wanted I threw a fit.

    After years of hearing my dad tell of how Christmas was when he was a kid, I finally woke up and listened.

    Dad lived in the country, down a dirt road, in Stephensburg. My Mamaw and Papaw were poor as a pluck-feathered hen. Papaw worked in the rock quarry down the road and Mamaw stayed home, raising eight kids in a two-bedroom house on a piece of land they called their home.

  • Buffalo bell, Magnolia millstone lend history to ALES

    Two relics in the midst of a flower garden at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School are tokens of the educational heritage passed down from the former Buffalo and Magnolia schools that consolidated into ALES in 2007.

    A large school bell from Buffalo and a huge millstone from Magnolia stand as silent witnesses to the thousands of people from rural LaRue County who received their public education at the two schools.

  • Five indicted by grand jury

    Five people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury Nov. 15.

    Ronald W. Skaggs(1989) of Buffalo was indicted on a charge of first-degree rape. The alleged offense occurred May 2008.

    Bail was set at $50,000 cash only

    Kentucky State Police investigated.

    Edward James “Homer” Joiner(1971) of Hodgenville was indicted on two counts of first-degree trafficking in controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. The alleged offenses occurred in May and July.

  • Arson case ends in mistrial

    The trial of a Hodgenville man charged with arson ended in mistrial last week.

    Phillip Dale Despain, 31, was accused of causing a fire Dec. 30, 2007 that destroyed a Hawkins Road barn. He was indicted for the act by a LaRue County grand jury March 15. Circuit Judge Charles Simms III declared the mistrial after deciding that certain testimony was inadmissible in Despain’s case.

  • Donald Sprowles retires from Parks and Rec

    Donald Sprowles, who is retiring Dec. 31 as director of LaRue County Parks and Recreation, could be called the poster child of multi-tasking.

    Starting at age 13, when his 39-year-old father died of a heart attack, Sprowles, who lives on Ferrill Hill in Buffalo, has always taken on added responsibilities.

    Residing on a farm in the Levelwoods area, Sprowles continued the farm operation after his father’s death as well as attended school full time, first at Levelwoods, then at Buffalo High School where he graduated in 1955. 

  • Gaunt to serve 10 years for escape

    A Ludlow man will serve 10 years for his escape from the LaRue County Detention Center.

    A jury found George Richard Gaunt III guilty of second-degree escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and of being a persistent felony offender last week.

  • Driver charged with reckless homicide

    The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision last week has been charged with reckless homicide.

    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy said Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, knew the brakes on his pickup were faulty before the Nov. 22 crash occurred - but continued to drive it. The wreck resulted in three injuries and one death.

    Smith was also charged with driving on a revoked or suspended license and failure of non-owner to provide insurance, according to McCoy. Warrants for contempt of court and theft by deception were served also.

  • Lee is a finalist for Iron Man

    Alex Lee, a senior running and defensive back on LaRue County’s Hawks football team, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Army Iron Man of the Year that honors Kentucky’s best two-way high school football players.

    Lee, 6-1, 205 pounds, earned the week-three Army Iron Man of the Week after rushing for 104 yards with a touchdown and grabbing an interception in LaRue County’s 19-7 win over Shelby County.