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  •  After a year that saw an 18 percent drop in admissions, the Stephen Foster Drama Association is retooling for next summer with the aid of local governments.

    Nelson County Fiscal Court voted Nov. 16 to give $30,000 to the non- profit theater company and the Bardstown City Council decided Dec. 28 to pitch in $12,500. It marks the first time the municipalities have given money directly to the arts organization.

    The association’s managing artistic director Johnny Warren said the extra funds will be used to replenish a depleted marketing budget.

  • When Tim Shockley was minister of music and youth at Buffalo Baptist Church during the early 1990s, he enjoyed and appreciated his musical calling, but also felt a passion of a different type, another calling which led him to become associated with Hospice (now Hosparus).

  • In 1905, Las Vegas was established when a railroad company auctioned 110 acres of land. The Wright brothers succeeded in keeping their third aeroplane in the air for 30 minutes. Tsar Nicholas II begrudgingly granted Russia's first constitution. And in New Hope, John Davis, the town's blacksmith, and his wife, Elizabeth Brady Davis, welcomed a baby girl, Mary Stella.

    On Dec. 7, Mary Stella Boone celebrated her 105th birthday with a steady stream of friends and family.

  • Jim Evans has had many unusual calls for help during his 25 years as LaRue County dog warden.

    “I’ve had calls for me to come and get possums, coons, and horses,” said Evans, who is retiring at the end of the year. “I’ve even had a call for me to catch a skunk and a three-foot lizard.”

    As dog warden, his actual responsibility was to pick up only the canines, so he would usually refer the callers to the appropriate people who could capture the other animals. He has had his hands full, sometimes literally, with dogs.

  • Local funeral home operators Brad Turner and Todd Skaggs are offering a 3,500 square-foot home in Hodgenville for the taking.

    The only stipulation is that the person who takes the home must pay an earnest deposit and agree to pay for moving the historic Victorian-style house off the property located next to Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home on Water Street.

  • The sign above Gatlin Constant’s display in the foyer at Hodgenville’s IGA on Saturday mornings says a lot about the 11-year-old: “Help Me to Help Others.”

    For almost seven years, the lad has dedicated himself to giving to those in need.

    “He has the biggest heart of any kid I’ve ever met,” said Renee Wright, one of his fifth grade teachers at Hodgenville Elementary School.

  • LaRue County Chamber of Commerce members expressed mixed emotions last Wednesday as they bid farewell to Executive Director Rita Williams.

    Williams is stepping down from the executive director position after about five years of service. In October, Williams took a leave of absence as she campaigned for the seat of Mayor of Hodgenville. When she lost the race, she decided to step away from chamber of commerce duties.  

    Friends, past presidents and other chamber leadership filled the Lincoln Museum Community Room to show appreciation for Williams.

  • Valerie Viers returned to her hometown of Hodgenville from a two-year Peace Corps stint in Jordan with the realization that though Arab culture and customs are quite different from those of Americans, people are basically the same everywhere.

    “The kids love to play the same games as our children, for example tag, and their version of duck-duck-goose,” said Viers, who served as an English teacher at a girls’ school there. “They watch American shows like Hannah Montana, Tom and Jerry and Sponge Bob Square Pants.

  • Dinky Gowen will present his annual Kid's Day Christmas Spectacular on Sunday.

    The free event will be held at LaRue County Parks and Recreation and begins at 2 p.m. It offers two hours of magic, ventriloquism, comedy, face painting and generous door prizes.

    Elvis impersonator Joseph Williams is new to the show this year with a performance that is "sure to rock the house," Gowen said.

  • 44th annual Toy Drive

    Bobby Morrison and Santa’s Helpers are in need of new and used toys and batteries to be given away at Christmas. For pickup, call Snookie Morrison at 270-234-3313 or drop off at 760 Salem Lake Road, Hodgenville. Donation boxes are available at LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, Abe’s Country Cookin’ and Dollar General Store.

    Chamber luncheon

  • Extension Council to meet

    County Extension Council will meet noon Nov. 11 at the Extension Office. Future program ideas will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public. Afterwards the Extension District Board will meet.

    District Board to meet

    The LaRue County Extension District Board will meet Nov. 11 at the Extension Office following the noon County Extension Council meeting.

    Dairy district meetings

  • Some might say that Aaron Wheeler’s line of work is for the birds.

         After all, his involvement with the LaRue County High School Future Farmers of America led to a national award at the FFA convention in Indianapolis Oct. 20-23.

         Wheeler, 18, who lives at White City, was named national winner in the Wildlife Production and Management - Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Award Program.

  • HES fifth graders

    The HES 5th grade 4-H Club will meet 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12 in the cafeteria.

     

    Poultry Club to meet

    The LaRue County 4-H Poultry Club will meet 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Extension Office.  Anyone with an interest in poultry is encouraged to attend.  New members are welcome.

     

    Candy sale

  • A local man found a way to symbolize his respect for the U.S. Army by creating the symbol himself.

    A logo created by Terry Wise, a cartoonist and contractor for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Systems assigned to the 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion, was selected as the theme logo for the Year of the Station Commander program, which recognizes work that station commanders, who are in charge of recruiters, do.

  • Grammy Award winning country music artist Bryan White will perform at a benefit concert for diabetes research and awareness in Elizabethtown. The event, “Concert for a Cure,” will take place Nov. 13 at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, 384 W.A. Jenkins Rd., Elizabethtown. A health fair and auction will also be held before the concert.

    J.D. Shelburne and Alex Jennings will open for White.

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  • The LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center will be featured in an upcoming segment of KET’s Kentucky Life.

    Show host Dave Shuffett visited the Leafdale Road site Friday, conducting interviews for the show. Guests included LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner and Dr. William H. Martin, chairman for the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board.

    Shuffett’s focus is on properties purchased through the efforts of KHLCFB. He visited Tebbs’ Bend in Taylor County – another project of the KHLCFB Friday morning.

  • Arlene Quinones is off to the races – again – as she embarks on yet another challenge. A student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Quinones is working on her associate degree in business administration and human resources.  And while the prospect of an office job is appealing to her, it will definitely be a change in lifestyle.