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Today's News

  • Joel Ray's Restaurant celebrates 50 years

    Joel Ray’s Restaurant in Hodgenville celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Joel Ray Sprowls bought the restaurant June 6, 1959, and for 14 years it operated on a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. The motto was “we may doze – but never close.”

    Several superstars have dined here: Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Englebert Humperdink, Johnny Cash Band and many others.

  • Attempted murder charge

    Landmark News Service

    A New Hope man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing another man May 24 in Marion County.

    The fight between William Bennington, 45, of New Haven and Johnny Lanham, 46, of New Hope began as a verbal altercation and escalated into a stabbing.

    Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call about the stabbing at Hawks Place in Loretto at about 12:23 a.m.

    Bennington was stabbed in the abdomen and was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.

  • Genealogy Society holds open house

    An open house is being conducted today to celebrate the new home of the LaRue County Genealogy Society.

    The group opened its research center and library in April inside the former Hodgenville city police station at 109 N. Greensburg St.

    The building, which is one block east of the square, also houses the city maintenance department. The police moved to a former church education center next of Hodgenville City Hall.

  • Program pairs kindergarten students with seniors

    A group of Hodgenville Elementary School kindergarten students spent a day immersed in the 1950s.

    The students, along with Sunrise Manor Adult Daycare clients, were treated to concert by Glen Rice in the Hodgenville Civic Center. It was the finale of retiring teacher Martha Page’s Service Learning Grant project that partners students with an older mentor.

    Page’s classes have been involved in SLG projects for 10 years.

    The students have been visiting the day-care clients for six weeks and learning about music and life in general from 50 years ago.

  • Hutchins named distinguished alumnus in Nelson County

    Nina Cook Hutchins, a longtime LaRue County educator, received a Distinguished Alumnus award April 25 during the 10th annual Senior Class and Alumni Celebration at Nelson County High School.

    Hutchins graduated from Old Kentucky Home High School in 1966, which later was consolidated into what is now NCHS.

  • LCHS greenhouse gets jump on spring planting

    Small seedlings bask in soothing warmth inside LaRue County High School’s greenhouse.

    “We start seeding the week we get back from Christmas break,” said Misty Bivens, in her eighth year as an agriculture teacher at LCHS. “We plant in germination flats and then transfer to the final containers.”

    She has 30 students gaining green thumbs in her Greenhouse Technology class, but many others who aren’t enrolled in that class help out.

  • Fort Knox Federal Credit Union to build branch in Hodgenville

    A Fort Knox Federal Credit Union spokesman confirmed Monday that a branch office will be built in Hodgenville.

    Michael Bateman, vice president of marketing, said few construction details are available, but the land purchase closed last week. The branch will be located in the Cradle of Lincoln development across from Hodgenville Elementary School.

    The office probably will be similar to the most recent branch opened in Campbellsville in February. It will be the 13th member service operation for Fort Knox Federal.

  • Woman’s Club members attend convention

    The Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs held its 114th annual convention April 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

    The Hodgenville Woman’s Club received many awards. The Public Affairs – Citizenship in Action was present to president Katie Cooper. This award is presented to the club that promoted civic pride in their community through club projects. The club also received a 100 percent club award, which means all state guidelines were followed. 

  • Set your priorities on God’s level

    Getting to know God in a personal way should be our greatest priority in life. If we plan to spend eternity with him, then it would seem like a good thing to get to know him now. And it may be later than you think.

    We are here today and gone tomorrow. Realizing how quickly life goes by is a good priority to have. James said our life is like a vapor (4:14). We must then have our priorities right. We only get one chance at life on this earth. The poet said, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past.”

  • Sheriff attends conference

    LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner and Deputy Russell McCoy attended the Law Enforcement Conference in Gatlinburg, Tenn., earlier this month.

    Topics included gangs, illegal immigrants, hate crimes, identity theft, drugs, missing children and terrorism.

    The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement Coordinating Committees.