Today's News

  • New law gives residents more time to pay property tax bills

    A new bill designed to restrict fees and penalties placed on delinquent property tax bills went into effect in LaRue County this spring. The law may give residents more time to pay taxes before they go into the hands of third parties.

    House Bill 262 also transfers responsibility of selling the bills from the sheriff's office to the county clerk's office. The sheriff's office still retains commission from the sales.

  • Funeral for R.K. Keith is today

    The funeral for R.K. Keith, a business and community leader who served three terms as mayor of Hodgenville, will be held Tuesday afternoon. He died Saturday at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. He was 84.

  • Debris pickup ending

    State forces and contractors have been working to clean up the debris left behind from the January ice storm.

    After the initial pass through, contractors will not make additional trips. Any debris that was not removed during the initial pick up will be the responsibility of residents and business owners. 

    The Transportation Cabinet is asking property owners not to place additional debris on state right of way. Work schedules may be impacted by weather conditions.

  • Litsey named poetry champion

    Twenty-seven members of the Western Kentucky University Forensic Team traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, and Peoria, Ill., during Feb. 28-March 1.

    Fourteen members of the WKU team swept the Bowling Green State University tournament, followed by Eastern Michigan University and University of Akron.

    Ashley Litsey, a senior from Hodgenville, was tournament champion in poetry interpretation and third in prose interpretation in the BGSU portion; tournament champion in poetry interpretation in the Miami portion.

  • Discussions continue over lengthy school bus rides

    Recent school board meetings have been consumed by issues revolved around transportation – specifically, the amount of time some students spend riding the bus each day.

    Newly elected board member Norbert Skees arrived at his second meeting in February and requested the transportation department look into the length of time students spent on the bus and “come up with a plan of improvement.”

    “That plan needed to include cost to determine affordability," he said. "At this time, no such plan has been presented to the board.”

  • Vazquez accepted in People to People

    Kiara Vazquez, a student at LaRue County Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Vazquez will join groups of students April 6-12 in Washington, D.C., to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.

    Vazquez was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

  • Girl Power Club supports community

    The Hodgenville Elementary School Girl Power Club meets once a month 2:45-5 p.m. with the coordination of Hodgenville Family Resource Center and Expanded Food and Nutrition Assistant Program. The mission of this club is to have fun while building friendships, learning respect for others and promoting leadership and community spirit.  

  • City Council holds first reading of budget ordinance

    Hodgenville City Council held first reading of a budget ordinance Monday for fiscal year July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010. Anticipated general fund revenues are $875,500; operation and maintenance account revenues are $946,500; wastewater fund revenues are $496,360; road fund revenues are $42,000.

    The full ordinance will be printed in the Herald News after second reading.

    In other business:

  • Shining like a new penny

    Thomas Podnar pressure-washed the sculptures on Lincoln Square, then applied a coat of Butcher’s Paste Wax on Monday to protect their finish.

    As part of the process, Podnar heated the head of the 100-year-old A.A. Weinman statue with a propane porch before applying the wax with a brush. Podnar works for McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory Inc. of Ohio. The project is in conjunction with the Kentucky Arts Council.

  • WKU students place seventh in robot competition

    Western Kentucky University’s electrical engineering juniors and seniors placed seventh in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Southeastern Regional Conference Student Hardware Competition in Atlanta on March 7.

    Eleven students from WKU’s electrical engineering senior and junior class participated in the Student Hardware Competition, which required teams to design and build an autonomous recycling robot. WKU’s robot was awarded the best mechanical design.