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Today's News

  • Twain's humor presented at Woman's Club

    Curtis O’Dell loves to walk.
    Two years ago when he was 73 years old, the Tennessee native walked 150 miles from Knoxville to his home in Hodgenville.
    On April 21, he’ll begin a journey of a different kind – portraying the American humorist and author Mark Twain at 6:30 p.m. at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club.    
    Sporting neck-length white hair and an ample snow-white moustache, O’Dell, has according to many people, an uncanny resemblance to Twain.

  • City pool won't open

    Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent in recent years in an attempt to keep open the city-owned swimming pool.
    Monday night, Mayor Kenny DeVore announced to city council his decision to plug the financial leak: the pool will not open this summer.
    “It’s still leaking water and we’ve spent no telling how much (on it),” he said. The city spent $9,000 on chemicals last season and Park and Recreation lost $5,000 over the summer trying to keep it open.

  • Council divided on mayor's hiring request

    Hodgenville City Council balked Monday night at the mayor’s proposal to hire a finance and accounting clerk.
    Mayor Kenny DeVore said the current staff – a full-time city clerk, a full-time deputy clerk and a part-time licensing clerk – cannot handle the workload at City Hall. He asked for the creation of a 30-to-40-hour position that pays up to $15 an hour.

  • Blakeman's art collection to benefit Lincoln Museum, speech program

    Walking through rooms of her home filled with a lifetime of her artwork, Phyllis Blakeman uttered the undisputable.
    “Nobody lives forever, and when I’m gone, I don’t want anyone to have to go through all this stuff, so I’ve decided to have an art exhibit and clean my house,” said Blakeman, who lives in Hutcherson Heights in Hodgenville.
    As so often has happened in her life, what Blakeman does benefits others.

  • Report: LaRue gains jobs, loses workers, pay

    LaRue County had a net gain of 16 jobs over the last five years, according to a recently released report by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
    The study, “Recovery from the Last Recession: How Kentucky’s Nine Regional Economies Performed,” shows the number of LaRue County jobs went from 2,676 to 2,692, an increase of .6 percent.

  • Benefit will assist with infant's medical bills

    Jaxton Davis Flowers was born March 16 with several abnormalities in his heart.
    Just minutes after his birth, he was taken to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville where he underwent numerous tests before undergoing a six-hour open heart surgery on March 19.
    His grandmother, Patricia Lewis, said his heart had numerous defects including a double outlet right ventricle, transposition of the great arteries, and a septal hole in the heart.
    He underwent a second surgery March 30 to receive a pacemaker.

  • Nolin faces $7.6 settlement

    Nolin RECC, which serves nearly 34,000 households in Hardin and LaRue counties, will pay the United States government more than $7.6 million under a non-prosecution agreement and civil settlement.

    The settlement relates to allegations of improper billing to Fort Knox under an Army energy-saving program that was uncovered in an audit report issued Sept. 8, 2014, by the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General.

  • Five Democrats running for treasurer in primary

    Kentucky Democrats will have plenty of options when they go to the polls May 19 to select their nominees.

    Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is in the final year of his second term in office, so he is ineligible for re-election.

    Neville Blakemore of Louisville, Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Daniel B. Grossberg of Louisville, Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling and Rick Nelson of Middlesboro are seeking to succeed Hollenbach.

  • Detours expected at Upton exit

    Motorists traveling Ky. 224 across Interstate 65 may experience short delays for the next few months as overpass construction continues.

    A signal will be activated this afternoon to allow alternating one-way traffic over the interstate, according to the Transportation Cabinet District 4 office. Demolition work on the existing overpass will allow for completion of a new span in order to accommodate widening I-65 to six lanes. The signal is expected to remain active until early June.

  • Last day of school is May 28

     The last day of school for LaRue County students will be Thursday, May 28 – as long as the weather cooperates and no more days are missed.

    The LaRue County School Board voted Monday to amend the calendar, making up days lost to snow. Students have missed seven instructional days this year – but will make up only six.