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Today's News

  • Lincoln Days 2012 Elementary Art Contest Winners

     Students from Abraham Lincoln Elementary and Hodgenville Elementary Schools entered their best artwork in the Lincoln Days Elementary Art Contest.

    Pictures can be viewed in the windows of Garrett's Jewelry Store and LaRue Insurance on Lincoln Square through Lincoln Days weekend.

    Overall winner is fourth-grader Preston Self; second place is fourth-grader Campbell Sims; and third place is fifth-grader Savannah Bandurske.

    Winners in each grade level are:

  • COLUMN: Countdown to a healthier child

     A common question that many parents have is: How can I teach my child to eat healthy and keep fit? The Kentucky Department of Public Health has begun a new campaign to help families answer this question. And, it's simple: 5-2-1-0.

    These four numbers stand for:

    (5) Five or more fruits and vegetables every day,

    (2) Two or less hours of screen time,

    (1) One hour or more of physical activity,

    (0) Zero sugary drinks.

     

  • Lincoln Park picnic area to be renovated

     The picnic area at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is undergoing some renovations.

    The aging pavilion, which was closed in July, has been demolished. The corner posts were rotting and it was considered unsafe. A new one will be constructed, according to Park Superintendent William Justice.

    Other improvements are accessible picnic tables and grills, animal-proof accessible trash and recycling containers. A loop trail will connect the existing picnic area pads to allow for easier access between them for people with mobility impairments.

  • Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission offers hike in Hardin County

     The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission will host a fall hike through the Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve in Hardin County at 1 p.m. Oct. 6.

    KSNPC Ecologist Martina Hines will lead the hike along a 3.5 mile trail that is rated moderate to strenuous with some steep sections. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and bring portable water. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the preserve prior to the hike.

    Registration is required by contacting the commission at 502-573-2886. There is no cost for this event.

  • COLUMN: Web site can assist with crop decisions

     Corn, soybean and wheat prices have all done well this year, although yields (especially corn) have suffered. Many grain farmers are considering planting wheat this fall and following with a soybean double crop.

    However, double crop soybeans are more susceptible to summer drought and typically yield about 20 percent less than full season soybeans. Let’s consider an example of a planting decision and possible implications using a UK agriculture economics web based decision aid.

  • COLUMN: Every family has secrets - could diabetes be one of them?

     Do you know your family’s health history? Or is it like a secret no one wants to talk about?

    Many health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, run in families. Many people who get type 2 diabetes have one or more family members with the disease.

  • More than 200 attend Tour de LaRue

     About 225 recreational cyclists ranging from just a few years old to senior citizens participated in the ninth annual Tour de LaRue bike ride Sept. 22 at Hodgenville Elementary.

  • PHOTO: Giant elephant ear visits HES

     Second graders at Hodgenville Elementary School were in awe of a giant elephant ear leaf plant brought in by their teacher, Ashley Clifford. Clifford’s father, Jim Phelps of Hodgenville, grew the plant in his greenhouse. He had to cut the plant because it was taking over. The elephant ear also visited Susan Phelps’ class at Hodgenville United Methodist Church (Kingdom Kids) and Mrs. Ray’s class at HES. There was a new plant starting in the stem of this ear. 

  • Jobless rate down in August

     Unemployment rates fell in 98 Kentucky counties between August 2011 and August 2012, while 20 county rates increased and two stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

    LaRue County’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in August compared to 8.2 percent in July. It was 7.9 percent a year ago.

    Of a 6,843 civilian workforce, 6,346 people were employed.

    Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.5 percent.

  • Emily Gibson earns degree from Georgia Institute of Technology

     Emily Gibson of Hodgenville has earned a MS in History and Sociology of Technology and Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

    Gibson was among about 850 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech's 243rd commencement exercises.

    The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's leading research universities.