Today's News

  • Pamida and Shopko complete merger

    The merger between two of the nation’s leading Midwest-based general merchandise retail chains, Shopko and Pamida, is now complete, creating one of the largest U.S. retailers focused on serving smaller, rural communities.

    With nearly $3 billion in annual revenues, the combined entity, which is retaining the Shopko name, features nearly 350 locations in 22 states with more than 20,000 employees.

    Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. 

  • United Way surpasses goal

    United Way of Central Kentucky beat all previous records by raising $1,031,200 through its annual campaign, according to campaign chair Marilyn Ford. Donations continued to roll in until the last day of the fundraising drive on Feb. 29.

    "Our goal was very lofty, significantly higher than what we raised last year,” said Ford. “Because of the generosity of citizens from our five county area, we have surpassed that goal. I couldn't be more pleased."

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Tips on storm damage repair

    If you are on the hunt for a reputable contractor after severe weather rolled through the area yesterday, be aware of those who may try to take advantage of your situation: The home repair rip-off artist who may overcharge, perform shoddy work, or skip town without finishing your job.

    BBB urges homeowners to use extreme caution when dealing with “door-to-door” or “out of state” solicitors who offer “quality work at great prices.” The BBB offers the following tips for consumers who may be facing major repairs after a disaster hits home:

  • KSP scholarship offered

    The Kentucky State Police is accepting applications from Kentucky high school seniors who are interested in qualifying for $1,000 scholarships that can be used for education expenses beginning in the fall of 2012. To be considered, students must complete and submit all application materials, which are available on the KSP website at www.kentuckytstatepolice.org, by April 1.

  • PHOTO: Leadership LaRue visits Frankfort

     Members of the Leadership LaRue County class visited Frankfort in February. From left, Jessica Davis, Jeremy Hinton, Faith Miller, JoAnna Hinton, Allison Shepherd, Adam Gordon, Beth Turner, Diana Leathers, Nedra Jurcak, Clint Williams and Patti Donahue. The class is sponsored by the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.

  • BOYS' 5TH REGION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Hawks too much for Taylor

        After Wednesday night’s first Boys’ 5th Region Basketball Tournament quarterfinal, Kelton Ford thinks he has put one myth to rest.
        The scouting report on the LaRue County junior guard might need to include one more item: just as deadly from the outside as he is driving to the hoop - especially when you don’t guard him tightly like the Taylor County Cardinals.

  • Mumford named medical director for Passport

     Dr. James Mumford has accepted the position of medical director for Passport Health Plan. He is joining the Plan’s medical affairs team and will be responsible for improving the Plan’s quality and clinical processes. Dr. Mumford was most notably a previous surveyor for the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

  • Officials confirm tornado

     The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF2 tornado touched down in LaRue County about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Wind speeds are estimated at 111 to 115 miles per hour.

    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner and Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse have signed a declaration of emergency.

    According to Chris Jackson, LaRue County’s 911 coordinator, 19 homes and one business have significant damage with the bulk of the damage occurring in KC Estates off Lincoln Boulevard.

  • PHOTO: Sen. Carroll Gibson

     FRANKFORT – Senate Majority Whip Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, discusses legislation with Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, in the Kentucky Senate.

  • Roads closed, traffic signals out after storm


    Latest Road Update From District 4


    * Closed – KY 3211 in Taylor County just north of US 68 due to High Water

    * Closed – KY 210 just east of Etown in Hardin County 

    * Closed – Shoulders of Lincoln Parkway near storm crossing just east of Etown to prohibit traffic from stopping/parking (Driving lanes are open) Unnecessary traffic asked to detour

    * Closed – US 31E just north of LaRue County High School (power lines)