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Today's News

  • LaRue County Middle introduces Spanish instruction

    LaRue County Middle School has introduced Spanish instruction this year.
    Instructor Tiffany Early, who also teaches Spanish I at LaRue County High School, said a lot of schools across the nation are starting foreign language study at an earlier age.
    “As diversity increases and our economy globalizes, it is becoming imperative for our students to develop second language skills,” said Early, who has four years teaching experience including one year at Corbin Middle School and three at Knox Central High School in Barbourville.

  • Lincoln Days: Mansfield wins Lincoln Lookalike for third year

    This year's Lincoln Days Festival honoring Hodgenville's famous native son was marked by cool temperatures, a light breeze and sunny skies.

    The Saturday morning crowd appeared light but picked up as visitors arrived for the 2 p.m. parade.

    Seven men vied for the coveted title of Lincoln Lookalike while three women competed for the Mary Todd Lookalike contest.

    John Mansfield of Nashville, Tenn., won his third title. He won in 2006 and 2008 and also won the oratory contest back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

  • Childhood obesity creates long term health problems

    Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5 percent to 18 percent over the same period.

  • Adyani wins Farm Bureau talent contest

    The LaRue County Farm Bureau Variety Show was held Sept. 24 in conjunction with the annual meeting.

    First place was Amanda Adyani singing Taylor Swift’s "Our Song." She is the daughter of Bonnie and Jason Wolford. She will represent LaRue County at the Kentucky Farm Bureau District 3 contest on Nov. 3 in Grayson County.

    Second place was Rachel Sheffer with a dance performance of "To the Sky." Third Place was Caleb Sheffer with a dramatic interpretation of "A Ref’s Point of View – Volger on the Line."

  • COLUMN: God wants us to love the unlovable

    An actor was playing the part of Christ in an outdoor drama in the Ozarks. He was carrying the cross up the hill when a tourist began heckling him. Finally, the actor playing Christ laid his cross down and went over and punched out the heckler.

    The director said, “I know he was a pest, but we can't have the person playing Christ doing this, because Christ did not retaliate. If you do his again, you are fired.”

  • Billboard suit awaits Kentucky Supreme Court review

    Jimmy Harston owns three billboards in the counties of LaRue ("Hell Is Real"), Hart ("If you died today where would you spend eternity") and Warren ("Jesus Saves").

    In 2008, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet filed a civil suit to force Harston to remove the billboards because Harston did not have a permit to erect the signs. Harston has argued he was told he didn't need a permit because the billboards are a ministry to the traveling public and do not advertise anything.

  • PHOTO: Hometown Wireless holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Hometown Wireless on Shawnee Drive, Hodgenville, celebrated its grand opening Friday with a ribbon-cutting sponsored by the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce. Among those attending are Jim Ferrie and Diane Ferrie, owners; Jill Givan, Stephanie Thomas, Andrea Coomer, Tammy Fischer, Michael Fischer, Nina Cundiff, Stephanie Rock, Jessica Davis, Ramona Coffey, Tommy Turner, Candis Carpenter, Bob Sims.

  • PHOTO: Magnolia Mall holds ribbon-cutting

  • COLUMN: Be glad in the Lord and shout for joy

    But now I come to you and these things I speak in the world that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. John 17:13

    Did you know that worry-warts usually have a higher than average IQ? But they also tend to have a bad case of the “what-ifs.”

    “What if I wreck the car … or get sick … or lose my job … or don’t measure up to the challenge?”’

    Now most of this stuff never actually happens but the fear of it overwhelms them and prevents them from living life now.

  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race for ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert “Bob” Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.