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Today's News

  • Despain: A family tradition

    For the Despain family, racing was and is a “family tradition. In the mid 1950s, the late Vernon “Jim Bob” Despain began racing stock cars, or hot rods, as they were called in those days and raced at the stock car track that was located at the LaRue County Fairgrounds in Hodgenville that was promoted by the Louisville Automobile Racing Association.

  • In-house TV station saves ALES valuable time

    Each school day at 7:45 a.m., a LaRue County television station, WABE-TV, goes on the air.

    Before you start reaching for the remote Abraham Lincoln Elementary (hence the call letters) and its signal reaches every classroom at ALES, but not outside the building.

  • Farm calendar

    Fall sewing classes

    Master Clothing Volunteer Rosa Smith will be offering beginning classes for adults on sewing and pattern fitting on Tuesday afternoons Oct. 27-Dec. 15. Classes will be at the LaRue County Extension Service at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville. Call 358-3401 for more information and to register. Class sizes are limited.

    Poster entry deadline

  • Language lives and can harm

    What seems like a very long time ago, I studied Latin–for two years in high school. I also studied German in high school for a year and French for two years in college. I’m no good at any of them.

    Life experiences indicate that such studies were beneficial even though my memory for names is porous indeed. Any knowledge of another language surely puts one’s first language in perspective. Further, English has a lot of roots in Latin and other languages both in its general structure and numerous words.

  • Ancestral Trails enjoys Mather’s presentation

    Ancestral Trails Historical Society met earlier this month with Steve Mather presenting a program on grave dowsing. He illustrated how it was done by using a male and female to lie on the floor and let the dowsing rods indicate the sex of the person. The dowsing rods can determine the height of the person also. The society hopes to have him return next spring and illustrate the art of grave dowsing at a local cemetery.

    The next meeting will be Nov. 6 at the public library in Elizabethtown.

  • LaRue students participate in 4-H Leadership Academy

    Ashley Cottrell, Valerie Sherrard and Emily Farrar are participating in the 4-H Teen Leadership Academy, an eight-month program for teens from LaRue, Hardin, Meade, Grayson and Breckinridge counties. On Oct. 16-17, they participated in a retreat at Camp Loucon that emphasized leadership and communications skills as well as participation in the camp’s low ropes course.

  • Rogers completes basic training

    Navy Seaman Phillip A. Rogers, son of Laurice D. and John L. Rogers of Hodgenville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    During the eight-week program, Rogers completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness.

  • Hornback rides for cancer fundraiser

    Tim Hornback of Elizabethtown, formerly of LaRue County, rode in the Ride to Conquer Cancer event in September.

    The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two-day cycling fundraiser for the Norton Cancer Center of Louisville. More than 400 riders from all over the country participated, cycling 152 miles from Louisville to Lexington and back. Each participant was required to meet a $2,500 fundraising level.

    Hornback raised $7,630 – placing him in the top 10 fundraisers for this year’s event. He participated in honor of his wife Carolyn, who is a cancer survivor.

  • LaRue gamblers spent, won millions in lottery

    LaRue County gamblers won more than $1.2 million in prizes from the Kentucky Lottery this fiscal year, a report released last week by the agency showed. 

    Revenue in LaRue County, from scratch-off tickets and other Kentucky Lottery products totaled $1,885,921, the report showed, while pay outs here topped $1,227,981.

    The Kentucky Lottery has paid more than $3 billion to the Commonwealth since it began in April 1989.  Money generated from the lottery has funded more than 120,000 college grants and scholarships.

  • Fall fun available at local farms

    Fall farm fun is attracting school and church groups with pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hay rides. Four LaRue County locations will be up and running by the weekend plus a fifth operation just north of the county line off Kentucky 210.

    Here’s a rundown of the offerings:

    Lee’s Garden Center, 1918 Bardstown Road, Hodgenville, 358-9897, www.leesgardencenter.com. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.