Today's News

  • President grants Beshear’s request for a major disaster declaration

    Gov. Steve Beshear received word Thursday from the White House that President Barack Obama has granted the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, following the devastating winter storm that has paralyzed parts of the state and left hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians without electricity, water and heat.

  • Writer disappointed in new U.S. policy

    I was saddened this week to hear our new president has reversed previous administration policy on a ban that prohibited giving federal funds to international groups that perform abortions and provide information on it.

  • Crews still working around clock to restore power


    Heavy ice has knocked out power lines throughout LaRue County and much of Kentucky. A state of emergency has been declared. According to a news release from the governor's office, 607,000 Kentuckians were without power for much of last week. It is being called the largest blackout in Kentucky history.

    According to a Nolin RECC spokesperson, about 27,000 customers in LaRue and Hardin counties are without power and restoration is expected to take several days. Crews are working around the clock.

  • National Guardsmen bring supplies of food and water

    Individuals will not be reimbursed by FEMA for extra expenses incurred during last week’s ice storm. That’s the latest word from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

    In a roundtable discussion with county judge-executives and mayors across the state Friday, Gen. John W. Heltzel, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management said counties can receive 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA for expenses directly related to the disaster. That includes overtime for workers, debris removal equipment and generators.

  • Hintons take second in Farm Bureau contest

    A Scottsville couple have been named winner of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Outstanding Young Farm Family contest.

    Bart and Sarah Jones received the first-place award last week at Farm Bureau’s annual meeting at the Galt House Hotel.

  • Hawks avenge only 18th District loss


    LaRue County avenged an earlier loss to Green County and earned the top spot in the 18th District standings.

    The boys' varsity basketball team is 17-3 on the season following Friday night's 61-58 win in Greensburg. The Hawks' only loss in district play came Jan. 9 at home against Green County.

    Next up for the Hawks is a Tuesday night game at Nelson County. The team makes another road trip Friday to Taylor County. The next scheduled home game is Saturday, Feb. 14, against Logan County.


  • Demand for alternate heat sources outstrips supply

    Some local stores had to close their doors due to power outages during the ice storm; for others, business was booming.

    Rock and Rogers and IGA Express struggled to keep supplies of kerosene for those operating portable heaters. Long lines formed at the pumps as word leaked out about new shipments.

    Smith’s Hardware had a constant influx of customers asking for kerosene heaters and portable generators, said owner Steve Smith.

    “At times, I had to lay the phone off the hook,” Smith said. “If I took one call (Thursday), I took 80.”

  • Bicentennial plans shift after storm closes park

    The ice storm that hit Kentucky last week has created problems for the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration Feb. 12.

    The event, marking the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth near Hodgenville, was to be held at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site and the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek.

    However, both sites have been closed since the limbs started falling Tuesday night.

  • Christian Brotherhood aids Hodgenville during storm

    The Marrowbone Christian Brotherhood came to the aid of Hodgenville during the recent ice storm that ravaged most of the state. Emanuel Hostetler, a member of the group from Marrowbone, said they are a rapid response team during times of disaster. Hostetler said the group of about 20 men cleared trees from roadways and yards and removed logs jammed under two bridges in the Whitlock Hollow area.

  • Unemployment office cannot process electronic claims

    Due to weather conditions and power outages, the Elizabethtown (Hardin County) office of employment and training is unable to process electronic unemployment insurance claims at this time.

    Claimants may file initial or reopened unemployment insurance claims through the Call Center at (859) 547-3362 or online at www.kewes.ky.gov/. To file a new extended claim, they must file online.

    To request a check on a regular continued claim, claimants may call the Voice Response Unit at (866) 291-2926 or go online at www.kewes.ky.gov/.