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Today's News

  • LaRue's unemployment is second lowest in state

    Unemployment rates fell in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2010 and June 2011, including LaRue County, while 19 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 June 2011 rate was 7.5 percent, down from 9.1 percent a year ago and down from 8.3 percent from May 2011. Of a workforce of 7.384 people, 6,832 were employed.

  • 'Stop the Traffick' begins Lincoln road trip

    A classic 1964 Volkswagen Beetle traveled through Hodgenville Wednesday, drawing stares with its burdensome luggage rack and growing number of fender autographs.

  • COLUMN: Half the fun of fair is second-guessing the judges

    The 104th LaRue County Fair came to a close Saturday.
    It marked what to many, was the hottest, most humid fair in recent memory. The most comfortable spot on the grounds hands-down was the new Bobby Morrison and Jim Phelps building where the beauty and baby pageants were held.

  • City worker injured when tanker flips

    A single vehicle accident involving a city waste truck last Wednesday sent the driver to the hospital.
    According to Hodgenville City Clerk MaDonna Hornback, city worker John Thurman, 58, of Buffalo, was en route to a disposal site behind Abraham Lincoln Elementary School to dump a tank of water when the tanker vehicle he was driving overturned.
    City Police Chief Steve Johnson said the 1989 GMC waste truck tipped when the load shifted while rounding a corner.

  • Former Pamida manager to serve one year

    A former retail store manager was sentenced to one year in jail after being found guilty of theft by unlawful taking.
    Bill Woodrow Willis, 30, of Radcliff was accused of making illegal transactions on cash registers without items being purchased at Pamida in Hodgenville. According to court records, Willis falsely entered transactions into the store’s computer, claiming they were returns and taking the cash for himself.

  • Hunter's owner dies

    A former Hodgenville business owner died Saturday at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
    Jodi Faye Richardson, 38, of Elizabethtown, owned Hunter’s Ice Cream and Grill (the current location of Hodgenville Grill).
    She was a 1991 graduate of LaRue County High School.
    She is survived by her husband, Lowell Richardson Jr.; two sons, Maxwell Wyatt Richard-son and David Hunter Richard-son, all of Elizabeth-town; and her parents, the Rev. Don and Brenda Wyatt Flanigan of Sonora.

  • The Herald News gives away six subscriptions at Fair

    The LaRue County Herald News held free one-year subscription drawings each night of the LaRue County Fair.
    Winners are Dale Rock of Hodgenville, Johnny Hodge of Hodgenville, Sharon Hornback of Elizabethtown, Janelle Mather of Buffalo, Melinda Parrish of Sonora and Erin Perry of Hodgenville.
    Many thanks to everyone who participated and visited The Herald News booth.

  • Gardner retires from E'town City Police

    Originally from LaRue County, Elizabethtown City Police Chief Ruben Gardner, 65, retired at the end of July.
    He graduated from Hodgenville High School in 1964 and started working for EPD in January 1970. He began as a patrolman and worked his way up to chief, a position he’s held since 1990.
    In his 21 years as police chief, Gardner has several accomplishments he’s proud of, he said, listing the department’s accreditation, the organization of the Greater Hardin Narcotics Task Force and the department’s new building.

  • School begins Aug. 4

    The big yellow buses hit the road Thursday, Aug. 4, as LaRue County students return to class.
    There will be a few changes in store for them.
    Hodgenville Elementary students will be greeted by a new principal, Sue Osborne, who takes over for Penny Cecil. Cecil has accepted a position at central office.
    Osborne served as principal of Washington County Elementary School from 2002-10 and Elementary Curriculum Supervisor in Mercer County this past year.
    She met many of her new students Aug. 2 at the school’s open house.

  • Jail update: Federal prisoner program struggling

    LaRue County Detention Center is one of several detention facilities across the state that are bracing for the financial strains of House Bill 463.
    HB 463, a bill aimed at reducing prison sentences for low-risk, non-violent drug offenders, went into effect last month.
    The reductions in prison populations are estimated to save the state $40 million annually, but in return will strain the small budgets of local governments. County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner estimated in March that the potential reduction in funding would equal a $750,000 deficit to the jail.