Today's News

  • Let our voices be heard

    It seems you can’t pick up the newspaper or turn on the television these days without reading or hearing about climate change legislation. The concern is focused on the American Clean Energy and Security Act that proposes a government plan called “cap-and-trade.” Congress says they want to pass legislation that will make a change in the energy industry by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere. I have no objections with passing clean-air legislation that is affordable to all Americans.

  • 26 road signs stolen in county last month

    Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told members of LaRue County Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville yesterday that 26 road signs have been stolen during the past month.

    “They’ve been taken pretty much from all over the county,” Brown reported.  Areas hit include six signs from the Roanoke area, nine from Barren Run, five from Parker Grove, four from Middle Creek, and four from Country Lane.

    The county spent $1,912 to replace the signs, according to Brown. 

  • Thanks from local genealogy society

    On behalf of the LaRue County Genealogical Society, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the grand opening of our new LaRue County Genealogical Society Library.

    Thanks to the City of Hodgenville, we now have a place to both house and share the many books that for years have been stored in basements, closets and car trunks. Census records, marriage and death records and many other books and records of the history of LaRue and surrounding counties now are available to anyone who would like to come in and do research.

  • LaRue escaped inmate captured in Indiana

    A LaRue County inmate enjoyed a short burst of freedom last week when he failed to return to the jail after work release.

    Ryan David Robinson, 25, of Sandridge Road, Magnolia, was serving a 179-day sentence on contempt charges after failing to pay child support. According to court documents, he was required to pay $218 per month and was in arrears more than $1,100.

    Last month, he petitioned the court – in a hand-printed statement – asking for the privilege of work release.

  • Kathy Ross named Mother of the Year

    This year’s Mother of the Year is a former educator, volunteer and cancer survivor.

    Monday night at the LaRue County Fair, the LaRue County Extension Homemaker organization honored Kathy McDowell Ross for her “huge heart, strong faith, positive attitude and passion to better the community.”

    Ross teaches Sunday school at First Baptist Church Hodgenville, was the first LaRue County teacher to receive the WHAS 11 ExCel award and started the Wonderful Wednesday program in LaRue County Schools.

  • E'town man dies in motorcycle wreck

    An Elizabethtown man died Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving struck a car near Sonora.

    According to Trooper Ryan Johnson of Kentucky State Police, a 1998 Nissan Altima, operated by Ronald C. Beavers, 55, of Glendale, was backing from a driveway at 871 Silver Mine Road, one mile west of Sonora.

  • FSA nominations due today

    Farmer and rancher candidate nominations are under way for local Farm Service Agency county committees. The nomination period continues through Monday, Aug. 3, with elections taking place this fall.

    The Elizabethtown Service Center will hold elections for LAA2, a position held by David Simcoe; and LAA4, a position held by Jimmy Boyd.

    LAA2 includes Franklin Cross Roads, Stephensburg and Eastview. LAA4 includes Roanoke, Hodgenville and Gleanings.

    Nomination forms should be sent to Elizabethtown FSA Office, 529 Westport Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

  • Lady Hawk softball camp well attended

    The LaRue County High School Lady Hawks had a very successful softball camp July 20-22 with 28 athletes attending.

  • Butterflies prefer Lilliput zinnias

    Many gardeners plant zinnias because of their vibrant colors and ability to attract butterflies. In a recent study, researchers with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture found butterflies are attracted to one zinnia cultivar over others.

    UK Entomology Professor Ken Yeargan and Graduate Research Assistant Sarah Colvin found that Lilliput zinnias attracted more than twice the number of butterflies than State Fair, Pinwheel and Oklahoma cultivars during a seven-week period.

  • Hickman captures Soap Box Derby title

    In only her second year of competition, LaRue County’s Miranda Hickman has captured the Louisville Division Soap Box Derby title.

    The win qualified the 11-year-old daughter of Ron and Karen Hickman to compete in the international championship in Akron, Ohio. 

    “Ecstatic!” is how Miranda, who’ll be a sixth-grader at LaRue County Middle School, described her feeling after winning the division title at LaGrange June 6.

    That win makes five first-place finishes she has earned this year in races throughout the state.