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Today's News

  • Superintendent evaluation is 'lowest in 12 years'

    The LaRue County School Board on Monday shared the results of Superintendent Sam Sanders’ annual evaluation.

    The board, at its regular meeting, released the evaluation in a PowerPoint presentation before adjourning to a closed session to discuss the details with Sanders.

    “It gives board members an opportunity to make comments and look at the job as a whole. It tells the superintendent what part we think he’s excelling in and parts we think he needs work,” said Board Chair Michael Hornback.

  • Coach Howell accepts new role with Hardin school

    For the last 34 years, Aaron Howell has associated himself with the color blue. Growing up he found himself, like many people in Kentucky, a big University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. In high school he sported the E’town blue, and then UK blue as a college graduate. His first job as an assistant coach was at North Hardin with school colors of blue and black.

  • 10U tournament brought 16 top teams to county

    LaRue County hosted the West Kentucky Cal Ripken 10U State Tournament last week, giving residents a chance to enjoy the best of youth league baseball action.

    The LaRue County All-Stars, coached by Jerry McBride, had the three toughest teams – out of 16 – in their pool.

    The team “played hard and was excited to be there,” said McBride, but it wasn’t enough to overpower the eventual two-time state champion – Germantown; Jeffersontown; and three-year finalist Saint Matthews.

  • Mayor details City's needs and wants

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore had a laundry list of needs and wants, ranging from a fire truck to fire extinguishers, to present last week to Hodgenville City Council.

    He received approval to check on a fire truck for the city. The 1992 E-One truck is equipped with a 110-foot ladder, seating for six in an air-conditioned cab, a 260-gallon water tank and 40-gallon foam tank. It has 3,840 hours on the engine and comes with $10,000 worth of parts.

    The price tag is $60,000.

  • Meredith brings home another state championship

    Madeline Meredith won her division in the 50-meter backstroke in the 12-and-under Kentucky Long Course State Championship with a time of 34.60 seconds. She set another state record for the 9-10 years age group.

    A member of the Elizabethtown Dolphins’ swim team, she broke a teammate’s record of 34.81 set in April 2013.

    She also took second in the 100-meter backstroke; fourth in the 100-meter butterfly; and fourth in the 100-meter freestyle.

    She took third for overall points.

  • Little Merchants: Newspaper carriers featured in new book

     About 50 years ago, Grant Wise was hired at his first job.

    He was only 11, but he handled duties that would make some grownups cry in protest.

    Up at 3 a.m., seven days a week, he pedaled his bicycle, while hefting a heavy canvas bag, for miles through the dark streets of Hodgenville – no matter the weather. He retraced his route in the afternoon.

    He was a newspaper boy.

  • 911 Service is down

    LaRue County's E-911 system is down. According to dispatch, a direct lightning strike occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, knocking out the trunk cabinet controlling the phone system.

    A service technician has been notified - but the severe weather has delayed his arrival.

    For emergencies, call:

    Hodgenville Police Dept (270-358-3013)
    LaRue County Detention Center (270-358-9876 must push extension number 3)

  • DUI CASE: Judge overrules some motions, to consider others

    Several motions in Sam Sanders’ DUI case were overruled Thursday in LaRue District Court by Special Judge Lisa P. Jones.

    Doug Hubbard, Sanders’ attorney, had asked for the case against the school superintendent to be dismissed due to the release by police of a dash cam video. The tape was shown by several TV stations.

    Judge Jones took the request under submission and will make a written ruling.

  • UNSEALED: prosecutors ask for change of venue in criminal case as city hall love letters come to light

    Prosecutors in the criminal case against former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback have requested a change of venue.

    The petition, filed Monday in LaRue Circuit Court, says extensive media coverage over the last seven months – including stories in The LaRue County Herald News and The News-Enterprise, radio and television stations – has prohibited the state from empanelling a fair and impartial jury. Cruse also took out political advertisements in The Herald News outlining his defense during his run for sheriff.

  • Tourism adds $9 million in economic benefit to area

    A new National Park Service report shows that 163,928 visitors to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in 2013 spent more than $9 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 134 jobs in the local area.