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Today's News

  • Dollar General opens in Magnolia

    Magnolia’s Dollar General Store opened last week.
    The grand opening ceremony is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday, but word about the new store has spread quickly in the small community.
    Saturday, the parking lot was packed with vehicles and inside, the aisles were full of residents filling carts with food items, clothing or cleaning supplies.
    Hazel Hodges was looking over every aisle, putting a few items in her cart, but mostly browsing in the well-lit store.
    “It takes awhile to get through everything,” she said.

  • Herald News wins General Excellence Award from Kentucky Press Assocation

    The LaRue County Herald News received a General Excellence Award Friday from the Kentucky Press Association. The Herald took third in the state among medium-sized weekly newspapers.
    Individual awards in writing, design and photography earned points in the annual KPA Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest.
    Correspondent Ronnie Benningfield racked up three awards for sports writing. He took first and third for Best Sports Story and second for Best Sports Feature. He also won second for Best Business or Agribusiness Story.

  • Extension Office promotes health and wealth challenge

    Benjamin Franklin, that famous American patriot, once said, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
    Recognizing that it may take a few more steps for many of us to achieve those goals, the LaRue County Extension Office has organized a life-changing challenge: “Small Steps to Health & Wealth Challenge.”
    Extension Agent Theresa Howard said the series of classes “will be similar to the past programs I’ve done on Lighten Up LaRue County, except we’re adding money management info too.”

  • Man's claim of domestic violence may shorten jail sentence

    A man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of his stepdaughter will return to court in February.
    David McFarland, 47, of Magnolia, claims he was the victim of domestic abuse and should be exempt from the requirement that he serve 85 percent of his 18-year sentence, according to court records. He is incarcerated at Northpoint Training Center.

  • LaRue Schools closed

    LaRue County schools are closed Wednesday due to wintry weather.
    About 3-inches of snow fell overnight. 

    The area is under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. today. Snow began to fall steadily shortly after midnight. Total accumulation in the area is expected to be as much as 5 inches.

  • 'Mystery Shopper' scam arrives in LaRue County

    A scam using the lure of easy money for becoming a “Mystery Shopper” has surfaced in LaRue County.
    Terry Davenport received a letter from “Bestmark” offering him the chance of participating in a consumer research survey in “selected retail stores, restaurants and various other commercial establishments .…”
    Mystery Shoppers are used by market research companies to measure the quality of service and gather other information about products.
    The letter, written on official-looking stationery, promised $300 per week and included a check for $1,990.

  • LCHS Speech Team continues hot streak

    The snow hasn’t slowed the LaRue County High School Speech Team, which has traveled to two tournaments over the past three weeks and brought home plenty of hardware to continue the momentum started in the first semester. With regionals and state right around the corner, the team is gearing up to make an excellent showing at State for LaRue County.

  • Project Graduation: Raising funds to keep our children safe

    Project Graduation, observed at many high school campuses throughout the nation after Commencement exercises, gives the new alumni a drug-and-alcohol-free opportunity to celebrate with several chances to win cash prizes and valuable donated items.
    In order to help raise funds for the annual event, LaRue County High School’s Project Graduation committee is trying innovative methods, one of which involves a Senior Tree of Memories which senior Ellen Huff, one of Monique Hanna’s advanced art students, painted on a second floor wall of the high school.

  • BARNYARD TALES: Stiles Ford Road barn is 100-plus years old

    Nancy Bell Raine was born on a farm on Stiles Ford Road. Her father, George Bell, bought the farm from S.C. Cessna on April 2, 1909. It is now owned by Eugene Allen.

    Nancy thinks the old barn that is still on the property was there when her father purchased the farm. If so, it is more than 100 years old.

    The barn is somewhat unique because of the drive-in loft. Allen said, in years past, he has backed his wagon loaded with bales of hay into the loft. That beat hoisting the hay up to the loft with the wagon parked on the ground.

  • Add exercise without changing your routine

    What is the main reason you give for not getting enough exercise in your day? 

    Are you too busy, too tired when you get home from work, or just don’t have the energy to even think about exercising? 

    We give all sorts of excuses. What if activity wasn’t a dreaded thing and what if you could make it fun and fit it into your normal everyday routine? It is possible to incorporate more activity into your day by doing simple things.