Today's News

  • COLUMN: God shapes and re-shapes our lives

    Look into the New Year
    George W. Smith
    Now that Christmas and New Year’s parties are over, what should we do?  
    When the party is over there is “stuff” that has to be done. It is back to everyday living – clothes to wash, house to be cleaned, taking out the garbage, working from 9 to 5.
    Since the parties are over, we need to get down to business. For Christians there are two important things that need to be taken care of in the new year.

  • COLUMN: Holiday expectations lead to frustration

     All of us begin thinking about the holidays with great expectations. On the side of the positives, we think of how great it will be to see family, gorge ourselves on all sorts of food that isn't good for us and how much the experience will bring us closer together. It is as if we set up the scenarios in our minds of humorous anecdotes to share, the exact schematic of how the family get-together will play out and it will end in classic movie fashion wrapped in a bow.

  • BASKETBALL: Hawks win National Guard Holiday Classic

     With 10.4 seconds left, LaRue County coach Paul Childress wanted Kelton Ford to drive the Hawks ahead.

    During a timeout, he told his junior guard to spread out the Bardstown Bethlehem defense and do what he does best: split the defenders and motor inside.

    Ford zoomed his way through, got fouled and hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds left to lift LaRue County to a 45-43 win Thursday over Bethlehem in the championship game of the National Guard Holiday Classic.

  • ON EDUCATING LARUE: Good study habits increase hope of success

     The start of a new year is a good time for students to resolve to rid themselves of poor study habits and, in their place, to develop study skills that will help them be successful.

    Self-discipline is a key factor to better study habits and, as a result, better grades. As the study habits improve, so do the chances for students to transition into adult life more successfully, to bridge the gap between high school and the adult world.

  • FAME: Austin Gollaher: Lincoln's savior

     Austin Gollaher Lincoln's Childhood Companion (1805-1898) "Where is my old friend and playmate Austin Gollaher . . . I would rather see Gollaher than any man living." 

    Abraham Lincoln


    Of Lincoln's childhood companions Austin Gollaher is best known as the man who claimed to have saved his life. Gollaher was born in 1805, died in 1898, and is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery near White City in LaRue County. 

  • Kindergarten students enjoy a day on 'The Polar Express'

     Hodgenville Elementary School Kindergarten students’ incorporated the story of “The Polar Express” into their celebrations. 

    Kelly Ray’s class arrived to school with pajamas on and was surprised to find the book coming to life with train tracks leading into their classroom.  Throughout the day the class wore conductor hats, wrote a Five Senses Poem about what they see and hear on the train, listened to the book, watched the movie and had a visit from Santa Claus.

  • FAME: JOEL RAY SPROWLS: 'Too busy living to worry about dying'

     Joel Ray Sprowls.

    The name is synonymous with LaRue County, country music and The Lincoln Jamboree.

    People may forget where Abraham Lincoln was born – but they know Joel Ray. Anyone who has worked the LaRue County booth at the Kentucky State Fair can attest to that fact.

    Fair visitors smile as they share tales about the entertainment and jokes they heard at the Jamboree – even if they attended decades ago.

  • FAME: The Great Diamond Hoax

     Sometimes, historians get it wrong.

    That’s the case in the story of John Slack – one of the men referenced in “The Great Diamond Hoax” published in “Fame – LaRue County’s Famous and Infamous” Nov. 17, 2010.

  • FAME: Fenton Johnson: Crossing literary rivers

     Author Fenton Johnson, a New Haven native, graduated from LaRue County High School in 1971.

    Any student who took a class with English teacher Garland Blair will probably remember Johnson’s name. Blair held them to the academic standards and test scores Johnson recorded 1968-1971.

    Johnson, the son of P.D. Johnson Jr. and Nancy Hubbard, is an associate professor in the creative writing program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has written four books with a “fifth circulating.”

  • FAME: Hal Z. Cox: Had to tell someone

     It was said of Hodgenville's Hal Z. Cox that perhaps the single most remarkable thing about him was his capacity for making the people around him feel good about themselves. He did that every day with his friendly greeting and smile; but when special occasions called for it, he wrote poems to celebrate, recognize, sympathize or encourage as only he could do.