Today's News

  • Unemployment rate up

    Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2008 and April 2009,  between May 2008 and May 2009, and again between June 2008 and June 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate in April 2008 was 5.2 percent. A year later, it was 11.5 percent. In May 2009, the rate was 12 percent, up from 5.9 percent in May 2008.

  • Hodgenville singer plans video shoot

    Country music singer Clay Underwood, formerly of Hodgenville, will hold a video shoot of his single “New Beginnings and Old Honky Tonks” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at WhaBah Steakhouse Saloon in Bowling Green.

    For more information on the location, visit www.whabah.com.


  • Buffalo woman charged in husband's shooting

    A Buffalo woman has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly shooting her husband Saturday morning.

    Tracy Lynn Dotson, 32, and her husband Anthony Dale Dotson, 44, were involved in a “domestic dispute” at their home at 1429 Brooks Road, according to investigating officer Chief Deputy Marcus Jackson.

    Anthony Dale Dotson allegedly “began breaking items” and his wife told him “she didn’t want to fight, that he should leave,” Jackson said.

    “She said he came at her and she shot him,” Jackson said.

  • Applicants denied conditional use permits

    The LaRue County Board of Adjustments denied three of four requests for conditional use permits during a July 27 meeting.

    A resident may ask for special permission to operate a business on property that is not zoned business. The board hears the case and if it approves the request, may stipulate certain provisions on the conditional use permit.

    Adjoining property owners must be notified of the BOA meeting date.

  • Third bicentennial penny released Thursday

    A group representing LaRue County will be on hand Thursday when the U.S Mint unveils the third in a series of four 2009 Abraham Lincoln bicentennial pennies.

    The coin depicting Lincoln's professional life in Illinois will be unveiled Thursday at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Community leaders and tourism representatives left Hodgenville on Wednesday to be on hand for the ceremony.

    The second coin, representing Lincoln’s years in Indiana, was rolled out May 15. It was preceded by the Feb. 12 presentation of the cabin penny in Hodgenville.

  • Church calendar

    Clothing outreach

    A clothing closet outreach is being organized by First Baptist Church and Parkway Baptist Church. These churches invite other community churches to become involved by donating gently used clothing. Tentatively, collection will be at First Baptist gym prior to distribution. Distribution will be once each quarter to students and families that indicate a need.

    A meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at First Baptist on Tonieville Road. All interested churches and parties are invited to attend. For more information, call 358-3193.

  • Upton letter carrier honored for million miles of safe driving

    Bill Wilcox can honestly say he’s worth a million – in miles, that is.

    Wilcox was inducted Friday morning into the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Club — an honor reserved for employees driving 1 million miles, or 30 years, without an at-fault accident. He’s the first letter carrier in Upton to receive the honor.

    “This is a huge accomplishment,” said Officer in Charge Patrick Gray. “He carries a 92-mile route five days a week. That’s a lot of miles to travel every day for 30 years.”

  • Fort Knox Federal outlines plans for Hodgenville

    Several Fort Knox Federal Credit Union employees and board members introduced themselves to LaRue County residents at brief groundbreaking program and reception Friday.

    President and CEO Bill Rissel said construction will begin immediately at 299 Lincoln Drive across from Hodgenville Elementary School. The property, purchased from Carl Howell Jr. and Sharon A. Howell, sold for $265,000.

    Carolyn Flanders Drake, executive vice president and a life-long LaRue County resident, said the new office should be complete by May.

  • Faith can control our fears

    Why do we have fear? One may say that the devil is behind it all. The devil does not want us to have happiness and peace. Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden caused him to fear when he heard God’s voice calling to him. He had disobeyed God and knew he was not ready to face him.

  • No money for NATTBatt site in Glendale

    Hopes of establishing a lithium-ion battery research center and production facility in Glendale lost power Wednesday when federal development dollars went elsewhere.

    The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries consortium picked the industrial site along Interstate 65 and Kentucky 222. Their announcement in April included the prospect of 2,000 new jobs but was contingent on receiving Department of Energy funding. The not-for-profit NAATBatt group had requested between $300 and $400 million.