Today's News

  • Data indicates 24 percent of LaRue's children live in poverty

    LaRue County has escaped much of the economic downturn faced by most of the nation the last two years. The latest unemployment data provided by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training shows a 9.7 percent unemployment rate, compared to the double-digit rates found around the country.

    However, many residents – even those who have managed to hang on to their jobs – have made budget adjustments as they face mandatory furlough days, reduced hours and other cutbacks by employers.

  • Suicide is a preventable community health issue

    More than 33,000 suicides occur in the U.S. each year, making it the 11th leading cause of death for all ages. This is the equivalent of 90 suicides per day, or one suicide every 16 minutes. Simply defined, suicide occurs when a person takes his own life. While this loss of life can be devastating to the person’s immediate family, suicide also affects the health of the entire community. Family, friends, and associates of persons who commit suicide may have feelings of shock, anger, sadness, guilt and depression.

  • LaRue County Public Library offers new reading programs for children

    Laurel Sisler recently joined the staff of the LaRue County Public Library as the youth services librarian.

    Sisler, a native of Barren County, lived in LaRue County as a teenager and now lives in Hart County. She attended college at Texas Tech and Indiana University at Bloomington.

    Sisler will be in charge of Story Hour beginning in April with the theme, “Bugs, Birds and Bunnies.

    Story Hour is 11 a.m. every Tuesday for ages 3-5, except April 13 when the library will be closed. The children will enjoy stories, songs, games and reading skills.

  • Regional Transportation and Highway Safety Committee to meet

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    The committee will look at potential low-cost solutions.

  • Lincoln Memorial Building now open to park visitors

    It has been a year since visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park were allowed inside the Memorial Building.

    The building, which houses the traditional birthplace cabin of the 16th president, was closed in September 2009 to solve longstanding mold problems and issues with the heating and air system. The work took several months longer than expected and cost about $1.5 million, according to park officials.

  • Clogging lessons offered Tuesdays at parks

    The Lincoln Cloggers meet Tuesdays at the LaRue County Parks and Recreation Center, 200 City Park Road, Hodgenville.

    For more information, contact Bonita Pendleton at 766-2398 or e-mail bonneta@scrtc.com.

  • Woman recovering from Old E'town Road wreck

    A Hodgenville woman is in serious condition in a Louisville hospital following a single-vehicle crash.

    Pamela Jewell Tabor, 27, was driving a 1996 Dodge Intrepid on Old Elizabethtown Road near the intersection of Carter Brothers Road about 7 p.m. Sept. 7 when she lost control of the vehicle.

  • Upton Days begins Friday

    The Upton Days Festival begins Friday evening with a fish fry, silent auction and home canning contest.

  • Bowens' basement salutes lower 48 states

    When Eddie Bowen wants to refer to a map of the USA, he need look no farther than a stone wall in the basement of his log cabin home in Magnolia.

    Bowen created the 8x15-foot map of the contiguous 48 states by cutting various shaped rocks into recognizable individual states and adhering them to a concrete wall.

    “I really owe this idea to my fifth-grade teacher, Jesse Ruth Hunt, who imprinted in our minds the shapes of the states so we could name them if we saw them,” Bowen said.     

  • Amount of 'Payday Loans' now monitored on state database

    You have probably heard them called deferred deposit checks, cash advance loans, payday loans, or post-dated check loans. Whatever they are called, these loans always share certain features. They are all for a short term, for a small amount, and have a high service fee. They are the most expensive type of “loan” available and should be used only as a last option.