Today's News

  • Joel Ray's Restaurant celebrates 53rd year

     Joel Ray’s Restaurant in Hodgenville celebrates its 53rd 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. Several superstars have dined here: Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Englebert Humperdink, Johnny Cash Band and many others.

  • Mowing crew reports damage to equipment

     A mowing crew reported damage to a bushhog May 31 after it allegedly was struck by a minivan driven by Theodore Krueger, 84, of Hodgenville.

    The tractor operator, Kenneth Milburn, 37, of Magnolia, reported that the collision occurred on Bardstown Road near the intersection with Stone House Loop, according to LaRue County Deputy Brian Smith.

    Smith said the crew had placed signs along the road, warning motorists of the mowing.

  • Local firefighters collect more than $12,500 for Crusade for Children

    LaRue County’s WHAS Crusade for Children collection totaled about $12,500, according to Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks.

    LaRue and Hodgenville fire departments staffed check points at intersections with buckets collecting money for the Crusade, which was started in 1954 by WHAS-TV to raise money for agencies, schools and hospitals to assist special needs children.

    Fire departments raise about 60 percent of Crusade’s money.

  • Firestone building burns

     One of LaRue County’s eyesores burned early Monday.

    According to Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks, dispatch received about 15 calls just after 12:30 a.m., reporting that the old Firestone building, located at 803 S. Lincoln Boulevard, was on fire.

    The concrete block building, with its collapsed roof and broken windows, has been discussed by Hodgenville City Council numerous times in terms of community safety and unsightliness. It has been empty for years.

  • PHOTO: Heath presents barn quilt project to Rotary Club

     Beverly Heath representing Clothesline of Quilts was the featured speaker at Hodgenville Rotary Club’s meeting. Heath is pictured with barn quilt designs on display throughout LaRue County. 

  • Wathen earns merit scholarship at EKU

     Sean-Michael Wathen of Magnolia, a recent graduate of LaRue County High School, has been awarded a Music Department Scholarship and Regents Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University.

    Wathen was a member of the Band of Hawks, honor graduate and member of the chess club. He is the son of John and Kim Wathen.

  • UK College of Agriculture taking nominations for Hall of Distinguished Alumni

     The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has initiated a Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The award will be presented annually to no more than two living nominees. Nominations for the first inductees are being accepted through Sept. 30. Additional posthumous awards will be presented for the first three years to acknowledge the contributions of alumni from earlier generations.

  • PHOTO: Three sluggers

     Three sluggers from the Major League Nationals team had homeruns Friday night in their game against the Yankees. Ty Morris and Brandon Cecil had back-to-back homeruns in the first inning on the first two pitches, while Briar Holt had a grand slam in the third inning knocking Morris, Cecil, and Chase Puyear in. The Nationals won the game 13-3.

  • Little League Baseball reunion set for June 15

     For the past six decades, Ed Lewis of Hodgenville has been connected with LaRue County Little League baseball, either as a player, coach or umpire.

    “I played the first year the league began, which I believe was 1955 or ’56,” recalled Lewis, who works part time at Grant’s Appliance Parts in Hodgenville.  “Our games were at the county fairgrounds.”

  • PHOTO: Hobart Wilkins Reunion

     Those attending the Hobart Wilkins reunion are front from left, Ruth Nicholas, Ramona Dever, Gonda McCubbin; back, Kevin McCubbin, Chuck Dever, Billy Dever, Harley Dever, Ricky Wilkins, Mona Bell, Larry Crowe, Betty Hornback, Mike Wilkins, Billy Dunn, Connie Milby, Lisa Pickerell, Brenda Slaughter, Peggy Sprowles, Sue Myer and David Dever.