Today's News

  • ENGAGEMENT: Aaron L. Gibson and Tammy K. Beams

     Aaron L. Gibson and Tammy K. Beams of Upton announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

    The bride to be is the daughter of William and Sheila Beams of Hodgenville and Jimmie and Della Wood of Hodgenville. She is the granddaughter of Genrose Ward and the late Eura Ward of Magnolia; and the late Victor and Ova Beams of Hudgens.

    She is a 1991 graduate of LaRue County High School. She is employed at 20/20 Eyecare as an optical technician.

  • Notes from Groundhog Hill: The Hunger Games

     Greetings, Vegetation of Groundhog Hill, or should I say, Tributes.

    Welcome to the First Annual Hunger Games for Gardens where you shall be pitted against your fellow flora for moisture in the ultimate challenge for survival. Yes, zinnia versus zinnia. Butternut squash versus zucchini. Only the most hardy of you shall live in this specially designed arena which simulates the planet Mercury, or at the very least, the city of Phoenix.

  • COLUMN: Snakes are usually beneficial

     Many people fear snakes, but despite the fright they can cause, the majority of snakes are beneficial and harmless. Of the 20 or so snake species found locally, only two are venomous, the Northern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake.

    If you are scared of snakes, try to remember that they are useful — they keep the rodent population in check by eating mice, chipmunks, insects and other pests.

  • Students should check KEES accounts for accuracy

     Kentucky high school students and 2012 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

    KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

  • Sonora man joins ECTC coaching staff

     Elizabethtown Community and Technical College President Dr. Thelma White announced last week the college would be fielding club-level teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men's basketball and women's tennis.

    Starting with the fall semester coming up in August, the Barons are back.

    The college last had basketball teams in the 1980s. Dean of Students Dale Buckles remembers how students in those years had something to take school pride in.

    He wants current students to experience that same feeling.

  • ON EDUCATING LARUE: New state tests measure standards

    Soon, results from Kentucky’s schools assessment system will be available.  

    To understand those reports and the assessment system better, here is some information from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    With the passage of Senate Bill 1 in 2009, Kentucky’s public education system underwent many changes including more rigorous academic standards and new state tests to measure those standards.

  • COLUMN: Common questions when freezing vegetables

     Every year when summer squash and zucchini start coming in abundance I get asked how to preserve it. Here are the instructions from “So Easy to Preserve,” a food preservation resource from University of Georgia:

    Freezing summer squash – Choose young squash with tender skin. Wash and cut into one half inch slices. Water blanch three minutes. Cool promptly, drain and package, leaving one-half-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.

  • Boil water advisory lifted

    A boil water advisory issued by the City of Hodgenville Tuesday was lifted at 3:18 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

    The City issued a boil water advisory at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday for residents on Fairview Drive.

    The advisory was issued after a waterline break in the Fairview Drive area. No other areas were affected, according to reports from the city.

    For more information contact City Hall at 270-358-3832 or the Hodgenville Water Plant at 270-358-8717.

  • Elizabethtown Community and Technical College - Honors List

     Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has announced the names of students who made the Dean's List and the President's Honor List for the spring semester. The President's Honor List is awarded to full-time and part-time students who are eligible based on the following criteria:

    Full-time degree-seeking students earning a 4.0 grade point average and successfully completing at least 12 hours of course work for the academic term, excluding developmental courses, are included in the full-time student President's Honor List.

  • COLUMN: Attract birds and butterflies to your garden

     Add a little extra color and motion to your summer garden with containers designed to attract birds and butterflies. Many garden centers continue to sell annuals throughout the summer and many of these mid-season annuals are a bit bigger, providing instant impact.