Today's News

  • 1952 tornado tore swath through south section of Hodgenville

    The Leap Day tornadoes will go down in history as one of the area’s worst natural disasters.
    Downtown Hodgenville has been spared for decades of such severe damage.
    Ronnie Benningfield, correspondent for The LaRue County Herald News, said the path of the tornado that hit Hodgenville Feb. 29 was similar to the one that destroyed numerous houses and fairground buildings in 1952.

  • KSP accepting donations for tornado victims

     In the wake of the severe weather and tornado outbreaks across the state, Kentucky State Police posts and headquarters will serve as designated drop off sites for items needed in devastated communities. 

  • Man charged with trespassing in storm-damaged area

    A Hodgenville man was charged Friday with criminal trespass after he allegedly refused to leave the area surrounding  storm-damaged KC Estates.
    Donald Lee Russell III, 24, was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing; buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; and failure to notify address change.
    Police Chief Steve Johnson said the area had been plagued with onlookers since minutes after the tornado struck. The National Guard was called in to help local law enforcement and firefighters with patrols.

  • Relay for Life Fundraisers - March 7, 2012

     Luminaire sale ends May 4

  • Sports Shorts updated 03-07-12

    Saddle Club to meet
    The LaRue County Saddle Club will meet 7 p.m. March 8 at Golden Corral’s meeting room in Elizabethtown to finalize horse shows for 2012. For more information, contact Carol Crim at 270-765-9798 or jec4009@windstream.net.
    Lincoln Area Longbeards Banquet

  • Cancer survivors to be honored at Relay for Life dinner

    LaRue County cancer survivors have the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy a great dinner in their honor 6:30 p.m. March 22.
    The event, at First Baptist Church Hodgenville on Tonieville Road, gives the local Relay for Life County Committee a time to register survivors for the upcoming May 11 Relay and hear from Sister Rita Jerrell, a Hero of Hope for the American Cancer Society. Make reservations by calling 234-3309 by March 16. Each survivor’s meal is free and one guest may attend with the survivor for $5.

  • Newspaper-in-Education Week

     Each week, The LaRue County Herald News supplies 738 newspapers to teachers who request them for use in their classroom.

  • Joanna Hinton named interim school board member

     Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holiday has appointed Joanna Hinton as an interim member of the LaRue County School Board.

  • National Weather Service confirms EF-2 tornado was responsible for LaRue's damage

    Nineteen homes and three businesses were damaged after a pair of tornadoes cut a swath through LaRue County Feb. 29.
    The National Weather Service has confirmed that the “Leap Day” storms began with an EF-1 tornado that touched down on Kyle Street off Tanner Road just after 11 a.m. It ripped a roof from a house and scattered debris across a field and roadway.
    The second, an EF-2 tornado, touched down in south Hodgenville about 11:15 a.m. with wind speeds estimated at 111 to 135 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Residents share stories of Leap Day tornadoes

    Moments after a pair of tornadoes roared through Hodgenville on Feb. 29 – Leap Day – residents walked outside their homes to assess damage and attempt to reach loved ones. Many wore looks of shock and disbelief.
    Some became frustrated when their cell phones wouldn’t work, dropped the call or failed to connect. No towers were damaged, officials said. The phone failure was the result of so many calls jamming the system.
    Others took photographs to record the day’s events or post on Facebook.