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Today's News

  • UPTON; Uptonville and Walnut Hill: A tale of two churches

    Along the road into Upton, right past the town welcome sign, lies a church that was established in 1927 – Walnut Hill Baptist.

    Although the building’s white paint is peeling from the wood siding, and the parking lot lies vacant, the history and memories stored in its walls are irreplaceable.

    The congregation was established in 1927 and met at a nearby schoolhouse until the church’s construction was completed in 1929.

  • UPTON; Rider's Grocery opened in the 30's

    What’s the best way?

    Rider’s Best Way ... or Rider’s Grocery, as the now Hometown IGA in Upton was once called.

    During the 1930’s, Leon Rider, the stepfather of current IGA owner Larry McKinley, operated a small grocery store, named Rider’s Grocery.

    The store opened in 1936 and served the Upton community for 44 years providing general grocery items, as well as feed for livestock.

    Inside additions, including a deli and an ice cream cooler, led to the store’s name being changed to Rider’s Market.

  • UPTON; Choo choos!
  • Courthouse to close Thursday for funeral

     The LaRue County Courthouse will close at noon Thursday, July 25, to allow employees the opportunity to attend the funeral of Christopher Allan “Chris” Jackson. The courthouse will reopen after the funeral.

    Jackson, 43, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at University of Louisville Hospital after a long bout with cancer.

    He was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and Director of Emergency

    Management and LaRue County E911. He worked through much of his illness.

  • UPTON; Early Upton centered around the railroad

    A railroad town, Upton had a depot that was built in 1857 by George Upton.

    The depot was later sold by Upton to the L&N or Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company in the early 1900’s.

    Once the railroad was established, Upton became a shipping point for cattle, tobacco, produce and timber; and also served as a main form of transportation for locals.

    “When I was going to college in Western Kentucky – Bowling Green, I took the train – you just flagged it down and got on,” said Upton native, Larry McKinley.

  • UPTON; Upton Days 2013 is in the works

    Hodgenville has Lincoln Days. Elizabethtown has the Heartland Festival.

    Upton has Upton Days each September.

    The town’s festival begins with the Upton Days parade. The list of activities and events changes depending on weather and participation in certain contests.

  • UPTON; Upton house is untouched by time

    Sitting quietly, disguised with new yellow siding and green shutters, the Andrew Jackson Upton House has stood at the corner of Peachtree and Grayson streets in Upton since before troops invaded during the Civil War.

    Built in 1851 by Andrew Jackson Upton, grandson of the town’s founder, the Upton House holds an interesting history.

    During the time that the Andrew Jackson Upton family lived in the house, it boasted several innovations.

  • UPTON; 'Much more than hardware'

    For many years, large, looming, chain home improvement stores have carried away customers from the original businesses that started it all.

    But some have withstood the test of time.

    Established in 1977, Jones Do It Best Home Center, as it is called today, has played a role in Upton history.

    Ralph Jones, the son of the store’s founder, Harvey Jones, recalls Upton in its heyday.

  • UPTON; Upton's racing legend: Ralph Jones

    The roar of an engine and the in-flight-feeling Ralph Jones got as he sped his way to the finish line is only part of his story.

    Jones started racing at the Bonnieville Speedway on a dirt track.

    “There was a guy named L.C. Duncan, had a 1950 Plymouth and wanted to know if I wanted to drive his car, and I did, and it started from there,” said Jones.

    In 1963, Jones started racing regularly on small tracks and at fair races while he was still attending college.

  • 2011 Lawsuit 'Hell is Real'

     HARSTON v. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET

    Jimmy HARSTON; Norman Cottrell; and Bill Sullivan, Appellants v. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET, Department of highways Appellee.

    Jimmy Harston; Donnie Kimbro; and Brenda Kimbro, Appellants v. Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, Appellee.

    Nos. 2010-CA-000615-MR, 2010-CA-001124-MR.