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Today's News

  • Fiscal Court hears jail and road reports

    Joey Stanton was appointed chief administrative officer for the LaRue County Jail in June.

    Since then, nearly the entire staff of the jail has been replaced.

    At last week’s meeting of LaRue Fiscal Court, Stanton said many of the new hires are LaRue County residents.

    “When I came on … 48 percent of our employees were residents of LaRue County,” he said. “Currently, 71 percent of them (25 total employees including part time) reside in LaRue County.”

  • Old city hall fetches $60,000

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  • Shepherd joins Herald News staff

    Allison Shepherd has been named general manager/advertising manager of The LaRue County Herald News in Hodgenville.

    Shepherd will be responsible for the operational oversight, coaching and leadership of the newspaper’s staff to improve the news product and grow paid circulation. Her duties also include direct advertising sales for the weekly newspaper.

    Shepherd, 45, has an extensive sales and operational management background in a broad range of industries including agri-business, maintenance supply, automotive, trucking and media.

  • Heat stress can affect pregnancy rates in beef cattle

    Heat stress reduces conception rate of cows to 30-35 percent and can result in fetal loss between 25-45 days of pregnancy. Both of these factors have lead to low pregnancy rates this year.

    Pregnancy checking of cattle is a valuable management tool to know about and deal with this situation. Checking for pregnancy will allow a beef producer to make timely culling decisions and focus resources on the sound, reliable breeders.

  • Level I drought declared in state

    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I Drought Declaration for five drought management areas in western and central Kentucky. These five areas are in addition to the three currently under the Level I declaration.

    Hardin, Grayson and Meade are within the new Level I drought declaration areas. Serious impacts to agricultural water needs, wildfire risk and other water-sensitive sectors can be expected in the designated areas.

  • Hughes making the most of return home

    As I began my time in LaRue County, I was first introduced to Jeff Hughes.

    Jeff is president of the Lincoln Days Celebration that begins Saturday, Oct. 2. Jeff has served on the Lincoln Days committee for four years and has worked very hard this year getting the event sponsors and supporters all going in the same direction.

    Born and raised in Hodgenville, Hughes left small town life to go to the “Big Cities,” believing he would never return. But after working some 30 years, Hughes found his way back home to Hodgenville.

  • LaRue students participate in 4th District chorus

    Twenty-four LaRue County elementary students joined more than 150 others in song Saturday as they participated in the Fourth District Treble Chorus at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown.

    The fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students from 11 area school districts climaxed weeks of practice as they performed five songs – “The Silence and the Song,” “Gloria,” “Enter with Singing,” “A Song to End All War” and “With a Banjo on My Knee.”

  • School Calendar

    ALL SCHOOLS

    Early release Fridays

    Elementary school students will be released at 1:15 p.m. Fridays; middle and high school students will be released at 1:30 p.m. Fridays.

    Fall break

    Fall break is Oct. 4-8.

    ALES

    Fourth District Choir

    Fourth District Choir practice is 2:45-4 p.m. Sept. 23. The group will perform 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Bardstown Baptist Church.

    Open Library

    Open library is 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28.

    HES

  • Dining out? Order smart to cut calories and control weight

    Have a plan. Do some homework to find nutrition information about the restaurants that you go to the most. You can do some research online or ask for printed material at the restaurant. If you eat at a certain restaurant often, check their website for the nutrition facts and calories amounts of the dishes you order over and over again.

    Order the smallest portion. You usually eat about twice as many calories when you eat out than you would at home, so ordering the smallest size is a big step in the right direction.

  • Grandparents Day packs in proud grannies and papaws

    There’s something special about the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. Some have even said that no cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.

    Perhaps that’s the reason both district elementary schools and the middle school were packed with papaws and mammaws as they celebrated Grandparents’ Day last week. 

    “It creates a great atmosphere,” said Marsha Duncan, Youth Service Center coordinator whose office sponsored the two-day event at LaRue County Middle School.