Local News

  • Fiscal Court receives state grant for solid waste

  • Technology may improve jail and ambulance service

    During last week’s LaRue Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates discussed some new technologies they hope will improve various areas within the community.

    The court is providing some funding for updating security within the LaRue County Jail. Closed circuit cameras are being installed throughout the jail. The camera system will allow officials who are given a password to access the visuals obtained by the system with a simple Internet connection.

  • Community comments heard at Mesonet meeting

    A public hearing June 22 reviewed possibilities for building a Kentucky Mesonet weather station in LaRue County.

    Western Kentucky University and the National Weather Service sponsor the Mesonet project, which builds weather towers across the state in an effort to allow counties to gather accurate information regarding the weather. The stations measure temperature, rain fall and humidity, among other things, and are used for agricultural, educational and weather safety purposes.

  • Twenty-two indicted by grand jury in June

    Twenty-two people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury June 21.

    The majority face drug-related charges.


  • Stanton takes over jail management

    In the wake of the weekend’s escape, Jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo has turned over “day-to-day duties” to an administrator, according to Rodney Ballard, deputy commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

    Jail Consultant Joey Stanton was appointed as chief administrative officer by Trumbo Monday, according to LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner.

    “Joey’s taking a stepped-up role to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Turner said. “Mac is still jailer.”

  • Camp Invention returns to LaRue County July 5-9

    The Camp Invention program returns to LaRue County this summer. A week of daytime excitement, children are immersed in imaginative play that both reinforces and supplements school-year learning through inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), as well as history and the arts. America is facing a critical talent gap in these areas, known as the international “language” of innovation. 

  • Drug dog Andy dies

    Andy, the K-9 officer of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department, had a reputation for being high energy and chewing on items.

    Those qualities may have proven to be his downfall. In May, Andy “apparently chewed a hole in a sheet of plywood” covering his pen, poked his head through it and got stuck, according to Sheriff Bobby Shoffner.

    Andy, a National Narcotics Detective Dog, died of strangulation or other neck injury, apparently from trying to get his head out of the hole.

  • Peppers are a bright new choice for local growers

    With a drop in the production of tobacco, a new crop is beginning to emerge on LaRue County farms, providing some color to the once monochromatic tobacco fields.

    Scotty Lee, owner of Lee’s Garden Center, said peppers have been a great product for LaRue County farmers in the past and have reentered the county’s agricultural scene.

    “In the past, this area has always had a large pepper acreage,” he said.

  • Facade grants on hold

    Several Hodgenville business owners were notified last week that the “facade grants” they had applied for have been denied.

    The matching grants were offered by The Kentucky Department for Local Government to businesses and residences served by the local Main Street/Renaissance Association. The grant offered matching funds to do external repairs to improve their buildings. The business owner pays the entire cost of the improvement to the building and is reimbursed for half.

    Hodgenville Main Street Manager Celia McDonald learned last Tuesday of the decision.

  • Send us your best shot

    Send us your best shot.

    The LaRue County Herald News is sponsoring a photo contest this summer. Three categories are offered – nature, landscapes, animals; people; and Lincoln heritage.

    A separate category for youth – those photographers 13 and younger – is being offered. The entry should include the photographer’s age to be considered in this category.

    We’ll print the winning photos and you’ll enjoy all the fame you can stand.

    There is no charge to enter.