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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Home energy savings tips

    There are several no-cost or low-cost improvements you can make to your home to reduce your winter bills. According to the U.S. Department of

    Energy, 46 percent of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling your home.

    To reduce your heating costs, adjust your thermostat to as high or as low as is comfortable in the winter. You may also want to consider a programmable thermostat. By turning back the temperature during the day while you are at work, the Department of Energy estimates you can save about $180 per year in energy costs.

  • COLUMN: Where's the outrage from rural America?

    In contrast to the outrage expressed at Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans were unlikely to vote for him because they benefit from one government program or another, so he wouldn’t be campaigning too hard to reach them, no one has railed about Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's recent comments that rural America is “becoming less and less relevant” to government and to politicians, the editorial page of the Duluth News Tribune notes.

  • Fall fire season ends Dec. 15

    Fall forest fire hazard season officially ended Dec. 15, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning.

    "Recent precipitation has decreased the number of forest fires in the last few days, but it only takes a few warm, dry days to create conditions favorable for fires; therefore, we continue to urge caution with outdoor burning," said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry.

  • COLUMN: Glory to God in the highest: By his grace we are saved

    Christmas is all about God coming to earth as a man, so that men might come to God. At Christmas we see what God has done for us in the person of Jesus Christ. Men have attempted to remove God, but he is at the heart of Christmas.

    There was a heavenly host with the angel who announced to the shepherds, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men" (Luke 2:14).

  • ENGAGEMENT: Brandi Eastridge and Bo Piper

     Pat and Donetta Eastridge of Sonora announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brandi Eastridge, to Bo Piper, son of George and Kathy Piper of Sonora.

    The bride-to-be graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Middle Grades Education. She is employed by Hart County Schools as a middle school language arts teacher.

    The prospective groom attended Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and is employed at Altec Industries.

  • National Guard Holiday Classic

      BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT/SPECIAL EVENT SCHEDULE

    National Guard Holiday Classic

    At LaRue County

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27 (QUARTERFINALS)

     

    Winner's Bracket

    Game 01: DeSales vs. Crittenden County, 3 p.m.

    Game 02: Caverna vs. Thomas Nelson, 4:30 p.m.

    Game 03: LaRue County vs. Shawnee, 6:30 p.m.

    Game 04: Washington County vs. Carroll County, 8 p.m.

     

  • Trial date set for Christopher Gribbins

     Christopher Gribbins, 46, has pled not guilty to a murder charge in connection with the death of David Litsey Jr., 22, of Lebanon. Gribbins entered his plea Dec. 6 in Marion Circuit Court.

    Litsey was shot around 1:21 a.m. Nov. 9 outside of the Raywick Bar and Grill, which Gribbins owns. After the shooting, Litsey was transported to Spring View Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

  • City Council votes to refinance bond

     Hodgenville City Council voted to refinance a bond through Kentucky Rural Water Finance Corporation that will save the City about $12,000 on the life of a loan.

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse told the Council Dec. 10 that $1.249 million was borrowed in 2004 through an amended assistance agreement.

    The bond has been paid down to about $750,000, according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    In other business:

    • City Council held second reading of an amendment to the Planning and Zoning ordinance.

  • BIRTH: Daniel and Sara welcome Danilyn Skaggs

     Daniel Skaggs and Sara Davis of Hodgenville announce the birth of a daughter, Danilyn Aras Skaggs.

    Danilyn was born Nov. 17, 2012, at Flaget Memorial Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and was 20-inches long.

    Her maternal grandparents are the late Chuck and Sandra Davis. Her paternal grandparents are Sue and Donnie “Cuz” Waggoner of Hodgenville and Teresa Skaggs of Big Clifty and the late Danny Skaggs.

    Great grandmothers are Laverne Skaggs and Barbara Payne of Hodgenville. 

  • JUST ASK: Warning siren

     Why doesn’t the siren sound at noon like it used to?

     

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    E-911 Coordinator Chris Jackson said the Hodgenville weather siren stopped working a couple weeks ago.

    “We have contacted the repair service to have it repaired,” he said.