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Community News

  • 15 years of ‘Sweet’ Success at State Fair

    Patrick Durham and his son Forrest Durham welcome State Fair goers in the West Wing Lobby, where The Sweet Shoppe has been located now in their 15th year at the Kentucky State Fair.

    What started 15 years ago with eight flavors of fudge and an 8 foot display, has turned into a Kentucky State Fair success for a local Hodgenville business.

    Pat Durham, owner of The Sweet Shoppe in Hodgenville, KY, reflected back on the first trip to the Kentucky State Fair in a recent interview.

  • Newton’s Bring the Farm to Louisville

    Ray Newton and his wife Marlene work together along with 30 other dedicated individuals that come back and help each year at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Ray Newton of Newton’s Homemade Ice Cream uses antique hit and miss engines to make ice cream ‘like momma and daddy used to make’.

  • Groundbreaking Grant Shown to Mitigate Impact of Childhood Trauma

    Semple Elementary first-grade teacher Christina Carter read a story to her class about a child who faced stressful events every day, making it hard to focus at school. After the story, she gave her students a prompt – if Ms. Carter only knew. Some of the responses were eye-opening.

    “If Ms. Carter only knew ... I get my sister ready in the morning and that’s why we are always late.”

    “If Ms. Carter only knew ... I live with my grandparents because my mom and dad are both in jail.”

    And the most heartbreaking one...

  • Big changes coming for Christmas Blessings program

    Although Christmas is 6 months away, Christmas Blessings is already gearing up for the holiday season. Substantial changes are being made to the program in hopes that it will provide a quality experience for participating families.

    A letter from Nathan Wheeler, the director Christmas Blessing that read, “This year will be different than last. We learned a lot from our first year and we are hopeful that this year will go smoother.”

  • United Way helps LCS expand after-school activities

    Schools strive to increase attendance, student performance, and parent engagement

    A partnership with United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK) will bring new after-school options to children at Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Hodgenville Elementary and LaRue County Middle School during the 2019-20 school year.

  • Chamber kicks off First Friday

    Summer is here and that means the return of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce First Friday’s. The first Friday of June, July, and August will be set aside to bring family and friends together in downtown Hodgenville.

    This Friday, June 7 will kick off the summer events with live music by Limestone Creek, a scavenger hunt that once completed will be entered into a drawing for prizes, as well as food vendors, local businesses that will open extended hours, and all kinds of activities for families in the community to enjoy.

  • Juneteenth to be celebrated in Hodgenville

    Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas. Its name is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”, the date of its celebration.

    Today it is observed primarily in local celebrations which will be the case in Hodgenville this year.

  • Tire Amnesty Event this week

    A Waste Tire Amnesty Event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 2, 3, and 4. Any Kentucky citizen will have the opportunity to bring their unused tires to the LaRue County Maintenance Garage on Lincoln Boulevard, Hodgenville, across from the LaRue County High School. There is no fee for disposing of unwanted tires at the event, though there are a couple of rules.

  • Support The Lincoln Museum on KY Gives Day

    The Lincoln Museum is participating in KY Gives Day on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

    Kentucky Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event bringing charities and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible all through a single online giving site and in just 24 hours!

  • Relay Survivors Dinner 2019

    LaRue County Relay for Life celebrated with its 8th Annual Survivor Dinner on Tuesday, April 23 at First Baptist Church Hodgenville. Approximately 125 survivors, caregivers, and guests attended. With Ron Benningfield providing the entertainment, the evening was enjoyed by all.