• Hodgenville Post Office announces holiday hours

    The Hodgenville Post Office service window will close at noon Dec. 31. Customers may pick up packages at the back dock until 4:30 p.m. that day. Collection times remain at 5 p.m. both dates. There is a doorbell by the rear cargo doors.

    LaRue County Reads volunteer session

  • The Kentucky Depart­ment for Public Health encourages Kentuckians to call a new toll-free hotline with their questions related to 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and seasonal flu for the latest news and information about flu.

    The toll-free hotline number is 1(877)843-7727 and it will operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

    Information on the H1N1 virus  also is available by visiting the redesigned Health Alerts Web site at healthalerts.ky.gov.

  • U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier this month that both chambers of Congress approved his request of $8.57 million for agriculture research and development projects at several of Kentucky’s universities. The funding is included in the FY 2010 Agriculture Appropriations conference report, which awaits the president’s signature.

    “With this funding, students, faculty, and farmers from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky can continue to make strides in agricultural innovation and research,” McConnell said.

  • Severe soil compaction can reduce yields, especially in corn-soybean rotations.

    To maximize profits, grain producers must identify fields where soil compaction limits production and carry out appropriate remedies only in those fields. Since compaction usually is not uniform in a field, it is necessary to assess several areas within each field to determine the extent and severity of the problem.

  • Severe soil compaction can reduce yields, especially in corn-soybean rotations.

    To maximize profits, grain producers must identify fields where soil compaction limits production and carry out appropriate remedies only in those fields. Since compaction usually is not uniform in a field, it is necessary to assess several areas within each field to determine the extent and severity of the problem.

  • A community effort is providing an authentic look and feel to the set of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The play is a joint venture between the LaRue County High School speech and drama team and community actors and will be performed at the high school auditorium.

    Local contractors designed and built the set, but as an old proverb states, “the devil’s in the details.”

    The prop manager for the play, Edie Gibson, has gone to a lot of trouble to track down period decorations and furniture for the set.

  • Candy, cake and cookie sale at Wesley Meadows

    Wesley Meadows United Methodist Church annual candy, cake and cookie sale will be 9 am.-2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the fellowship hall. Containers for candy and cookies will be for sale or you can bring your own. For more information, call 325-3740 or 358-3300.


  • Sisters Abby and Martha Brewster certainly don’t look like serial killers who have just disposed of their 12th victim. The two genteel characters in LaRue County High School speech team’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” could just have easily been retired schoolteachers.

    In fact, the two women who play those roles are retired LaRue County school teachers Phyllis Blakeman (Abby) and Susie Litteral (Martha).

  • The LaRue County Extension Service conducts corn and soybean variety plots annually in cooperation with a local farmer and participating grain dealers.  For the fourth year, the cooperator was Carlos Tucker on the Duel Creekside Farm. Seed companies supply seed, assist at planting and harvest and sponsor a field day.

    Farmers use the yield information, along with other plot data and information to help decide which varieties to grow next year. Each company was permitted to enter two varieties of both corn and soybeans.

  • Eugene Daub and Rob Firmin, principals of Daub & Firmin Studios, have been selected as the artists to create the Rosa Parks sculpture for the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol.

    The firm designed the Boy Lincoln statue in Hodgenville for the Lincoln Bicentennial.

    A panel formed by the National Endowment for the Arts selected finalists from more than 100 artists nationwide, according to a press release. The winners were chosen from the finalist group by the Joint Committee on the Library of the United States Congress.

  • Nineteen students in Jennifer Keith’s Financial Literacy and Financial Services classes flew to Chicago, Ill., in November. They were accompanied by six chaperones.

    The LaRue County High School students financed the trip by selling about $3,000 worth of T-shirts and sweatshirts. Magnolia Bank, Lincoln National Bank and Citizens Union Bank contributed to the cause.

    It was the first trip in an airplane for many of the students. After checking into their hotel, they visited the Shedd Aquarium and explored downtown Chicago. They had dinner at The Pizzerio Uno.

  • Public Retirees to meet

    Kentucky Public Retirees, Lincoln Trail Chapter, will meet Dec. 14 at Stone Hearth Restaurant, 1001 N. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with an express lunch. The Heartland Fillies will sing.

    Blood sugar testing

    A registered nurse will offer free blood sugar testing 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at Flaget Health Connection, 111 N. Third St., Bardstown. Entrance is at the rear of the building.

    Sewing classes

  • A new Christian ministry, Cowboy Church, rode into town in June and pastor Eric Page is rounding up more members in Tuesday night services at the LaRue County Fairgrounds. “Cowboy church is for anyone who wants to come, but it is especially convenient for those people whose schedules won’t allow them to attend regular church, or who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional church setting,” said Page, who lives near Sonora.

    His invitation to prospective attendees is, “Bring your horse, bring your dog or bring your friend.”

  • Cub Scout Pack 151 got into the holiday spirit last week when it collected and distributed dozens of canned goods to help needy families.

    The pack donated the goods to the Hope Food Pantry at Hodgenville United Methodist Church.

    Food pantry coordinator Susan Phelps said the food will be put to good use. The pantry opened in October providing assistance to 29 families. In November, 46 families requested help.

    “This fills a need in the community,” Phelps said of the pantry. “People are having a hard time financially.”

  • Roy Leo Veirs died a fighter on Nov. 10.

    The 47-year-old dairy farmer battled a rare and painful cancer for three years. And during those years of treatments, tests and hospitalizations, he maintained a smile on his face, a great faith in God and no trace of self-pity.

    The way he led his life – during the good years and the bad – left an impact on many people, as evidenced by the large crowd that converged on the funeral home after his death.

  • There are medical risks associated with handling wildlife and certain safety precautions should be taken. Diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonotic diseases.

    Disease prevention and food safety can be helped by following simple steps:

  • Numerous 4-H members and volunteers will be recognized 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet at the Extension Service office.

    The meal is potluck with the 4-H Council providing the meat, drinks and paper products. All 4-H members are welcome to attend, however, invitations were mailed to those who will be receiving recognition during the banquet. Please RSVP if you will attend by calling 358-3401.

  • The U.S. Postal Service has issued this list of holiday shipping cut-off dates to ensure packages arrive on time. Some dates have passed.


    Express mail – Dec. 18

    First class and priority mail – Dec. 11

    Parcel airlift – Dec. 1

    Space available mail – Nov. 21

    Parcel Post – Nov. 13


    Dates vary for delivery. Check with your local post office.


    First class and priority mail – Dec. 21

    Express mail – Dec. 23

  • This has been a great year for forage production in LaRue County. We’ve had plenty of rain and thus grass for the grazing season with lots to spare for haymaking. We still have accumulated fescue pasture that can be grazed this winter. In recent years, cattle producers have been feeding hay for months by this time of year.

  • Four LaRue County FFA students will share $5,000 in a contest sponsored by The Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.

    Valerie Sherrard and Emilee Whitt took first place while Craig Dunn and Julia Johnson took second in a video contest sponsored by the board. The teams produced videos themed “#1 Advocate for Animals” that were shown on the Internet site www.youtube.com. Winners were decided based on number of views.

    Sherrard and Whitt had 22,144 views in the month-long contest and won $3,000. Their video was about grazing lands.