Today's News

  • Camp Invention returns to LaRue County July 5-9

    The Camp Invention program returns to LaRue County this summer. A week of daytime excitement, children are immersed in imaginative play that both reinforces and supplements school-year learning through inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), as well as history and the arts. America is facing a critical talent gap in these areas, known as the international “language” of innovation. 

  • Drug dog Andy dies

    Andy, the K-9 officer of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department, had a reputation for being high energy and chewing on items.

    Those qualities may have proven to be his downfall. In May, Andy “apparently chewed a hole in a sheet of plywood” covering his pen, poked his head through it and got stuck, according to Sheriff Bobby Shoffner.

    Andy, a National Narcotics Detective Dog, died of strangulation or other neck injury, apparently from trying to get his head out of the hole.

  • Peppers are a bright new choice for local growers

    With a drop in the production of tobacco, a new crop is beginning to emerge on LaRue County farms, providing some color to the once monochromatic tobacco fields.

    Scotty Lee, owner of Lee’s Garden Center, said peppers have been a great product for LaRue County farmers in the past and have reentered the county’s agricultural scene.

    “In the past, this area has always had a large pepper acreage,” he said.

  • Facade grants on hold

    Several Hodgenville business owners were notified last week that the “facade grants” they had applied for have been denied.

    The matching grants were offered by The Kentucky Department for Local Government to businesses and residences served by the local Main Street/Renaissance Association. The grant offered matching funds to do external repairs to improve their buildings. The business owner pays the entire cost of the improvement to the building and is reimbursed for half.

    Hodgenville Main Street Manager Celia McDonald learned last Tuesday of the decision.

  • Kenzi Langley wins talent contest at Taylor County Fair

    A LaRue County High School student was recently named the winner of the Coca-Cola Talent Contest at the Taylor County Fair.

    Kenzi Langley, a 15-year-old from Hodgenville, competed in the contest held at the Taylor County fairgrounds June 7. She sang Beyonce’s “At Last” and took home first place.

    As a result, Langley will be competing in the next stage of the talent contest at the Kentucky State Fair this summer.

    Langley said the competition was stiff and winning was unexpected.

  • Texas traveler visits LaRue in covered wagon

    February 2009. That’s when James Newton began his cross-country journey. Last week, he finally made it to the Bluegrass State and paid a visit to LaRue County.

  • Fair Board plans to restore historic barn

    When 81-year-old Jim Phelps Sr. was an 8-year-old lad, he would sneak off from his parents’ home in Hodgenville and run to the LaRue County Fairgrounds horse barn where Jack Thompson, also a Hodgenville resident and owner of Noble Kalarama, would let young Phelps ride with him in his sulky around the race track there.

    Kalarama, who claimed the world’s grand champion fine harness horse title in 1940, was just one of many horses stabled in the fairgrounds barn built for the opening of the first LaRue County Fair in 1907. 

  • Free concert planned for birthday celebration

    For her 90th birthday, Beulah Polley will receive a gift that literally will be music to her ears – a concert by a 19-piece band.

    Her son, Jimmie, a 1964 LaRue County High School graduate and leader of the Signature Jazz Orchestra, is honoring his mother with a two-hour performance June 26 in the LCHS auditorium. Moreover, the concert will be free and open to the public.

    “I told Mother this was for her, even if she were the only person there,” said Polley, who lives in Crestwood.

  • Abundant clover setting stage for cattle bloat problems

    Reported cases of frothy bloat in cattle are up quite a bit in 2010 compared to recent years.

    Several University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists weighed in with possible explanations for the higher incidence of bloat. Ray Smith, extension forage specialist, said he and his colleagues have been in regular contact with livestock producers and industry representatives throughout the state.

  • Send us your best shot

    Send us your best shot.

    The LaRue County Herald News is sponsoring a photo contest this summer. Three categories are offered – nature, landscapes, animals; people; and Lincoln heritage.

    A separate category for youth – those photographers 13 and younger – is being offered. The entry should include the photographer’s age to be considered in this category.

    We’ll print the winning photos and you’ll enjoy all the fame you can stand.

    There is no charge to enter.