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Today's News

  • Nurse practitioner joins staff of Magnolia clinic

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Family Care Center in Magnolia has a new face.

    Kimberly Gambino recently accepted the position as the overseeing provider at the clinic. She is a certified family nurse practitioner who received her Master of Science in Nursing at Western Kentucky University in 2008. She is working on a doctorate from Bellarmine University in Louisville. She hopes to complete this step in her education and career by next spring.

    Gambino also teaches a class of nursing students at St. Catharine College in Bardstown.

  • MAGNOLIA; Pioneering woman was at helm of Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home

    Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home in Magnolia is the second longest operating business in LaRue County. (The LaRue County Herald News is the first.)

    Founded by Charlie Dixon in 1895 the business began operations in the building that is now home of the Magnolia Post Office.

    The post office building was used only as a storefront as during that time a funeral was usually held at the home or in a church.

  • MAGNOLIA; A little history...

    Magnolia began as a stage coach stop along the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike about 1850. The first house in the vicinity was built prior to 1840. A post office was established in April 1851. Postmaster David Harris named the post office in honor of his wife. After the Civil War, the post office was moved to its present site in a community then known as Center Point, but which soon took the name of the post office, Magnolia.

  • MAGNOLIA; Businesses adapt to town's changes

    Magnolia began as a stagecoach stop along the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike about 1850. It gained its first post office in 1851 which was named after Postmaster David Harris’ wife.

    After the Civil War, the post office was moved to the town of Centerpoint, but the name reverted to Magnolia.

    The Old Providence Church, later Magnolia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was built in the 1840s. Soon, several stores were established and the town began to grow. In the mid-1870s Magnolia had a population of 30. The 2010 census places the number at about 500.

  • MAGNOLIA: Arthur Meredith Walters – Kentucky Human Rights Hall of Fame

    A Magnolia native was one of the first inductees of the Kentucky Human Rights Commission Hall of Fame in 2000.

    Arthur Meredith Walters is most recognized for his role as the Louisville Urban League executive director from 1970 to 1987. The Louisville Urban League’s mission is to assist African-American and disadvantaged persons in the achievement of social and economic equality primarily through education, employment, housing, family development, and community development.

  • MAGNOLIA; Raglands, Smiths were early settlers

    The Ragland name is one that you hear often in LaRue County. But few people know how deep those roots grow.

    Gideon Ragland relocated to Center Point, what is now Magnolia from Virginia in December 1808. He purchased 1,000 acres of land for $1,000 partly with monies from a Revolutionary War grant. This was the same month that Thomas Lincoln purchased the farm at Sinking Springs, mere months before the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

  • MAGNOLIA; Town Pride: Magnolia Majors were the first LaRue team to make it to Sweet 16

    The 1947 Magnolia Majors basketball team was the first team in LaRue County to compete at the state Sweet 16 tournament.

    Players were Charles Read, Bill Lemons, J.D. Avery, Stuart Pepper, Coleman Miller, Charles Ward, Donald Mather, Hobart Bowen, Johnny Catlett (manager), Darnall McCubbin, Kenneth Bell, and Coach W.L. “The Fox” Reed.

    “We had a really great team that year. There were very few guys in our high school but our team was very, very good,” said Charlene Akin, a freshman and cheerleader for the team.

  • MAGNOLIA; Town's history encapsulated in Magnolia Mall

    For most of its history, education has been an important part of the Magnolia community.

    The community’s first school was built in 1847, followed by two more schools built on surrounding farms.

    Magnolia College was built in 1879-80. Citizens of the town raised money to help build a brick building which was first designated the “Classical and Normal College.”

    The building burned May 31, 1894, according to the June 7, 1894 edition of The Herald News.

  • KHIC gives 'kick start' to youngest students

    In a race, a fast start can mean the difference between winning and losing.

    Similarly, providing children with opportunities for getting the best start possible in education can also make success in school more likely.

    To do that, United Way of Central Kentucky through Kids Crew Plus, and Hodgenville and Abraham Lincoln elementary schools’ family resource centers are piloting a summer program called KHIC (pronounced “Kick”) Start.

  • School Board hears personnel recommendations

    The LaRue County School Board heard the following personnel recommendations July 15:

    Employment of: