Today's News

  • Ireland, Carpenter honored by Society of Professional Journalists

    Two members of The LaRue County Herald Newsí staff were honored June 23 by the Society of Professional Journalists at the Louisville Metro Journalism Awards ceremony.

    Editor Linda Ireland won three first-place awards and one second-place in the non-metro division. Staff writer/graphic artist Candis Carpenter had one first-place award.

    Ireland and Carpenter shared the win in feature photography for 2010 Lincoln Days coverage.

  • Missing Gravel Switch woman found

    The Kentucky State Police Post 15 - Columbia is conducting a missing person investigation in regards to Patricia Ann Moddrelle, 78, of Gravel Switch.

    Mrs. Moddrelle is 5 foot 1 inches and weighs about 160 pounds with brown-grey hair and hazel eyes. The last contact with Mrs. Moddrelle was on June 27, 2011 and she was last seen wearing black or green pants with black or tan shoes. Mrs. Moddrelle is possibly operating a maroon 1996 Ford Taruas station wagon with a possible destination of Danville.

  • Bardstown OB/GYN has his medical license suspended

    A Bardstown obstetrics/ gynecology doctor's medical license was suspended last month, with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure alleging poor judgment and complications during and after surgery, a 44 percent "complication rate" at Flaget Memorial Hospital, and citing past restrictions placed on the physician's privileges to operate at Flaget.

    An emergency order issued May 26 prohibited Dr. James T. Dodge, D.O., from "performing any act which constitutes the 'practice of medicine,'" which includes any diagnosis or treatment.

  • Boil Water Advisory lifted

    A boil water advisory for eight Hodgenville streets was lifted about noon Wednesday, June 29 by Hodgenville City Hall.

    The advisory was issued at 1 p.m. June 28 for the following areas:
    Kirkpatrick Avenue, Williams Avenue, Underwood Avenue, Vaughn Avenue, Rose Circle, Shoffner Loop, Maple Avenue and Polly Avenue.
    The advisory was issued due to a water main break at the corner of Kirkpatrick and Churchill.
    For more information, contact the Hodgenville Water Plant at 358-8717 or City Hall at 358-3832.

  • Building permits: May 2011

    May 2011
    Information compiled from Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning records:
    • Alice Clark, 2288 Lyons Station Road, New Haven, plat land division  
    • Sharon Choate, 1735 Jenkins Road, Upton, residence singlewide  
    • Barbara Jean Foster, 126 Underwood Ave., Hodgenville, storage pole  
    • Jeff Nash, 865 Bird Road, Magnolia, deck post  
    • Tommy Thompson, 550 E. Leafdale Road, Hodgenville, plat land division  

  • Unemployment rate falls in county

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between May 2010 and May 2011, while 16 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  
    LaRue County’s unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, down .1 percent from April and a drop from 9.7 percent in May 2010. Of a potential 7,443-person workforce, 6,829 people are employed.

  • Scammers hit LaRue County

    If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
    LaRue County residents have been hit by scammers in recent weeks. While the styles are different, the results are the same: They want your money.
    Chief Deputy Russell McCoy said the “secret shopper scam” cost a local woman about $2,400 when she was fooled by a realistic-looking money order.

  • COLUMN: 'Milky Moo' kicked bucket of memories for farmer's daughter

    June is Dairy Month.
    It’s a good time to reflect on how times have changed. LaRue County once had dozens of dairy farms. Today, there are four.
    Another rarity is the family milk cow. That may evoke thoughts of “Little House on the Prairie” and “Old Bessie” with a bell around her neck. But for many of us, a good milk cow was more than a joke on an old TV show. She contributed to the family’s livelihood and was in some cases, a pet.

  • Bell's farm tour coincides with midwest flooding

    When Andrew Bell flew with a group of fellow Kentucky Farm Bureau members to view Midwest feedlots, he was surprised at the extent of land he saw that was flooded by the swollen Missouri River.
    “The heavy rains plus snow melt caused a great amount of flooding,” said Bell, who with his dad, Larry, raises 25 head of Angus on their farm near Gleanings.
    “When we flew into Omaha, the river had flooded almost to the airport,” he said. “The water was in houses and the Interstate was shut down for 20 miles.”  

  • Chamber of Commerce honors several at annual banquet

    An educator, a pair of sports-minded men and one of LaRue County’s oldest businesses were among those honored Thursday night as the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual awards banquet at First Baptist Church.
    Paul Mullins, principal at LaRue County High School, was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Mullins was praised for his positive attitude and the improvements made at the high school as he led faculty and students through the Laptops of LaRue project.