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Today's News

  • Lincoln National to merge with Kentucky Home Bank

    Lincoln National Bank, a subsidiary of HAMBAC, Inc., has announced its plans to merge with Kentucky Home Bank, a subsidiary of Kentucky Home Bancshares, Inc. The merger is contingent upon regulatory approval and the approval of KHB’s shareholders.

  • Hodgenville to ‘light up’ Christmas

    Hodgenville’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, Light Up Hodgenville, is kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

    The event, organized by city councilman and local business owner Larry Davis, will begin with 20 minutes of holiday music, performed by the LaRue County High School Christmas Brass Ensemble.

    The 30-minute ceremony will begin with an invocation by First Baptist Church’s youth minister Claude Ramey. Master of Ceremony Alex LaRue and Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Levee will speak. Gordon Thomas will sing, accompanied by the brass ensemble.

  • Santa Run

    A family’s brief message: “We need a winter coat, please – or anything you can give us,” underscores the type of assistance many LaRue County families need this winter.

    The message, scrawled at the bottom of an application for the Christmas Eve Santa Run, and others like it, brought tears to the eyes of longtime Santa Run volunteer Ann “Snookie” Morrison.

    “We’re out to help the kids ... and that’s what we’re doing,” she said.

  • Security tightened at schools

    LaRue County’s middle and high schools have tightened entrance security another notch.

    Visitors must push a buzzer at the front door and identify themselves before being allowed into the buildings. Then, they must sign in at the front office before proceeding farther.

    Office staff monitor multiple camera feeds, including one above the main entrance so they can see who is buzzing in.

    “We’ve had the system in operation since the second week of November,” said Rip Collins, director of pupil personnel.

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  • Kynect premiums going up

    Most premiums for private health insurance purchased through Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, will increase in 2015.

    Most of the people who have used Kynect have been added to Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Only about 85,000 Kentuckians used the site to purchase private plans.

    Health insurance companies have filed their rate requests for 2015, and the state Department of Insurance has approved most of them, reports Adam Beam of The Associated Press.

  • Workers saw slight increase in personal income

    Workers in LaRue County saw a slight increase in personal income in 2013, according to estimates released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    In 2013, per capita personal income was $37,924, up from $37,297 in 2012, and up from $36,762 in 2011.

    The county is ranked 18th in the state out of 120 counties for personal income, and 46th for percent change.

    Oldham County is first with per capita personal income of $49,428, followed by Hickman, Woodford, Jefferson, Fayette, McCracken, Kenton, Campbell, Union, Meade and Hardin Counties.

  • Man charged with burglary of Bardstown bank

    Bardstown Police caught a suspected armed burglar hiding behind a Christmas tree early Monday at Lincoln National Bank.

    After responding to an active burglary alarm a little after 5 a.m., police found a silver Kia parked in the drive-through and broken glass, according to a press release from Bardstown Police.

    Officers entered the building and found Ronald G. Newberry, 61, of Bardstown, hiding behind a Christmas tree. Police said he had a 9mm Beretta handgun in a duffle bag along with several silver coins and bars that were located on the counter in the bank.

  • Brass Ensemble returns to Light Up Hodgenville

    UPDATE: Light-Up Hodgenville will be held in the Civic Center, due to anticipated inclement weather.

    The LaRue County High School Brass Ensemble is taking up their horns to bring holiday joy to the people of Hodgenville. Headed by city councilman Larry Davis, the quintet will perform Christmas hits at the Light Up Hodgenville tree lighting ceremony on Friday.

    The group consists of five LCHS students: Hunter Phillips, Marc Jackson, Bryan Downs, John Michael Lawler and Lauren Parker. Davis is also helping out by playing tuba when needed.

  • Two charged after traffic stop

    Two people face drug charges after a traffic stop turned up various items on Nov. 25.

    Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Nick Pruitt pulled over a vehicle after he noticed an expired registration tag. After he noticed a strong smell of marijuana from the vehicle, he obtained permission from the driver, Jacob A. Byers, 22, of Elizabethtown, to search the car.

    Pruitt found inside the car a package of Aleve-D (which contains pseudoephedrine HCl), marijuana and paraphernalia.