http://www.laruecountyherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en From Hodgen’s Mill to Hodgenville: city celebrates bicentennial http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/hodgen%E2%80%99s-mill-hodgenville-city-celebrates-bicentennial <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2018-02-14_at_8.59.13_am.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> For LaRue County residents, each February comes with a sense of pride as we commemorate the birth and birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. This year brings not just one, but three historical dates to celebrate including Lincoln&rsquo;s birthday and Hodgenville&rsquo;s bicentennial as well as LaRue County 175th anniversary. To honor this historical trifecta, the 2018 Lincoln Luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday February 18 at the Woman&rsquo;s Club in downtown Hodgenville and will feature a keynote speaker as well as local award presentations.</p> Love by a string http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/love-string <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lucille_and_howard_skaggs_closeup.jpg" alt=" Lucille and Howard Skaggs will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary May 22. Howard will be 95 March 15 and Lucille will observe her 90th birthday May 6. " title=" Lucille and Howard Skaggs will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary May 22. Howard will be 95 March 15 and Lucille will observe her 90th birthday May 6. " align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> Howard and Lucille Skaggs&rsquo; marriage that has lasted almost 75 years had its beginnings in a single piece of string hung over a door.</p> <p> The occasion was an Easter egg hunt in 1941. Howard and Lucille Bailey were neighbors who grew up near the Hart County community of Hammonsville. Both families&rsquo; children had met at a neighbor&rsquo;s home for the egg hunt.</p> Making dreams come true http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/making-dreams-come-true-0 <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc3798-2_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> On Friday, February 9, during the LaRue County High School Homecoming pep rally, TaVias Washington asked a girl to go to prom with him this year in front of the entire school. But she is not just any girl, she&rsquo;s Kennedy Heath. TaVias and Kennedy have known each other since they both were in elementary school.</p> Celebrating Lincoln’s 209th birthday http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/celebrating-lincoln%E2%80%99s-209th-birthday <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2521.jpg" alt="A group gathered on the square early Monday morning to lay a wreath at the foot of the Lincoln statue sculpted in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Pictured on the front row from left to right are: Mary Ann Dean, Kelley Eckmann, Tommy Turner, Sarah Quesenberry, State Representative Brandon Reed, Melanie Wells, Iris LaRue, Katie McDowell and Kayla Burchell. Pictured on the back row from left to right are: Jeffrey Stanfield, John Detre, Jeff Eckmann, Patrick Durham, Rob Thurman and Alex LaRue. " title="A group gathered on the square early Monday morning to lay a wreath at the foot of the Lincoln statue sculpted in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Pictured on the front row from left to right are: Mary Ann Dean, Kelley Eckmann, Tommy Turner, Sarah Quesenberry, State Representative Brandon Reed, Melanie Wells, Iris LaRue, Katie McDowell and Kayla Burchell. Pictured on the back row from left to right are: Jeffrey Stanfield, John Detre, Jeff Eckmann, Patrick Durham, Rob Thurman and Alex LaRue. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> As the rest of the country prepares to observe President&rsquo;s Day on February 19, this week Hodgenville celebrated Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s 209th birthday on February 12.</p> <p> The city commemorated the day with two simple ceremonies. First, a crowd gathered on the square downtown at 8:30 a.m. Monday to lay a wreath at the foot of the Adolph Alexander Weinman statue. At noon, a second ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park took visitors to the top of the hill to lay a wreath at the symbolic birth cabin.</p> Goodlett sentenced to nine years http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/goodlett-sentenced-nine-years <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/177710_179638_frt.jpg" alt="Mugshot of Kyle Goodlett at the Grayson County Detention Center. " title="Mugshot of Kyle Goodlett at the Grayson County Detention Center. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The shocking child pornography saga of former LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett is close to an end.</p> <p> Goodlett was sentenced to nine years in prison in U.S. District Court on Thursday, February 8. His prison sentence will be followed by a ten year period of supervised release.</p> <p> Goodlett is currently being held at the Grayson County Detention Center where he is awaiting his prison assignment, which he will receive in the next 30 to 60 days.</p> Santa gets new helpers in 2018 http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/santa-gets-new-helpers-2018 <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic2_10.jpeg" alt="Santa’s Helpers Program coordinator Ann “Snookie” Morrison is pictured in front of “Rudolph” the Santa Bus before it’s final run on Saturday, December 23, 2017. " title="Santa’s Helpers Program coordinator Ann “Snookie” Morrison is pictured in front of “Rudolph” the Santa Bus before it’s final run on Saturday, December 23, 2017. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Changes are in the works for a well known LaRue County program that has helped needy families each Christmas for the past five decades. The Santa&rsquo;s Helpers program will be taken over by several churches in LaRue County.</p> Hometown Teams exhibit final days http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/hometown-teams-exhibit-final-days <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/verda-dunn-hacker-p1150034.jpg" alt="Verda Dunn Hacker with a display of items focusing on women in sports, including her retired basketball jersey. The women in sports display continues through Saturday, February 24 when the exhibit closes and moves on to Flemingsburg." title="Verda Dunn Hacker with a display of items focusing on women in sports, including her retired basketball jersey. The women in sports display continues through Saturday, February 24 when the exhibit closes and moves on to Flemingsburg." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> FINAL DAYS OF THE EXHIBIT</p> <p> Open through February 24, 2018</p> <p> Thursday: 4 to 8 p.m.</p> <p> Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p> Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p> Sunday: 3 to 5 p.m.</p> <p> The exhibit will be open on Monday, February 19 (President&rsquo;s Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p> Located in the Community Room in downtown</p> <p> Hodgenville, no admission fee.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Bizarre incident leads to stolen vehicle http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/bizarre-incident-leads-stolen-vehicle <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/inmateimg022018zzz20178_02122018122133.jpg" alt="Nathan Bottoms. (Photo of Summer Smith not available) Photo courtesy of the LaRUe county detention center" title="Nathan Bottoms. (Photo of Summer Smith not available) Photo courtesy of the LaRUe county detention center" align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> Officers with the LaRue County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office found themselves in a bizarre incident that lead to two arrests and a stolen vehicle.</p> <p> According to the arrest citation, officers initially responded to a vehicle off the roadway on Salem Church Road and that the vehicle was possibly involved in an accident.</p>