Community News

  • Volunteers make Christmas spirit year-round

    Perhaps that chain-clanking, mega-moaning ghost Jacob Marley hit on the true Spirit of Christmas when he wailed to Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, “Business? Mankind was my business – the common welfare; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business.”

    Too late, Marley realized that the true Christmas feeling which so many people seek at this time of year is found not in receiving, but in giving.

    A group of about 66 volunteers at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville, however, would make Marley’s ghost proud.

  • Avoid weight gain during the holidays

    Holiday seasons often bring extra weight gain. Over the years, these extra few pounds can add up until obesity looms later in life. Discovering how to prevent these extra pounds may also help reduce the risk of other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, as well as other serious health problems. To keep from feeling deprived during the holidays, fix traditional favorites, but eat smaller portions.

  • Wade attends D.C. banking conference

    Billie W. Wade, CEO of Citizens Union Bank, recently returned from a meeting of America’s Community Bankers Council, a division of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C.  Composed of approximately 100 bankers representing all 50 states, the council meets twice each year to advise the association on issues affecting the nation’s community banks and their customers.

  • Shipp honored as ‘champion’ at prayer center

    Julian Shipp was honored as a “Champion of Champions” Oct. 6 at Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville.

    Shipp earned this recognition by reading all 36 books in the Champions of Honor Curriculum since January 2006. In addition to a commemorative silver sword he earned last year, Shipp was presented a shield and figurine of a knight on horseback. The ceremony, which recognized 86 men, was officiated by the Rev. Charles A. Brewster, who founded Champions of Honor in January 2005.

  • Share and Care honors founder

    The Share and Care Club honored its founder during the group’s monthly luncheon Nov. 25 at the Hodgenville Christian Church annex.

    Jonell McCaleb invited six women to her home for a luncheon in 1998, shortly after the death of her husband, Henry. Each was dealing with the loss of a spouse and together the women formed a support group.

    It has been meeting monthly since October 1998 and now has 43 dues-paying members, according to Hilda Harned.

  • New support group forms in Hodgenville for bariatric patients


    More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese and bariatric surgery is becoming a popular option for taking off excess weight and, more importantly, keeping it off.

    Gastric banding surgery is the fastest-growing weight loss procedure in the United States. It involves a small adjustable band that circles the upper part of the stomach, limiting the amount of food a person can eat at one time. It’s less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than  standard gastric bypass procedures.

  • CUB collects stuffed bears

    Citizens Union Bank locations are collecting Teddy Bears for its Ardi's Bears program. 

    Ardi's Bears is a non-profit organization, which collects bears for gifts to children in need through organizations such as The Dream Factory, Wayside Christian Mission, the Center for Women and Families, children in orphanages and hospitals, and also to senior citizens in nursing homes. 

  • $1,420 raised for Hubbard Cemetery

    The Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby spoke at the Hubbard Cemetery fundraiser Oct. 11 at LaRue County High School. Cosby is senior pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville – a church with about 10,000 members.

    The fundraiser provides for the upkeep of the cemetery on College Street in Hodgenville.

    Hope McNeill, who helped organize the fundraiser, said about 200 people attended and $1,420 was raised. The program still is receiving donations and Cosby declined his speaker’s fee, donating it back to the cemetery fund.

  • 12 teams already enrolled in Relay for Life

    LaRue County’s Relay for Life is off to a good start.

    The event is months away but a kickoff Saturday resulted in the enrollment of 12 teams in the fight against cancer. That’s only one less than the 13 teams who participated in the overnight benefit last year, said Becky Hawkins, who along with her husband, Bill, are the local team recruiters.

  • Quilt provides lesson in World War II history

    Janet Marcum demonstrates the patchwork of events which comprise the events we know as history.

    Using the 20 patches of her World War II history quilt, Marcum reviewed highlights of the period during the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Wednesday. An active member of the LaRue County Genealogical Society, Marcum has made the presentation a half-dozen times to groups interested in history.