Local News

  • Community Health Clinic struggles to make ends meet

    The national recession has placed its share of wounds on families and the fallout still is being felt locally.
    In 2010, the Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties lost $53,210, forcing the facility to tap into its reserve funds just to stay afloat, said Executive Director Jane Cornell.
    The loss was punctuated by a 20 percent reduction in state funding and the absence of United Way support, Cornell said, a ripple effect still resounding at the midway point of 2011.

  • LaRue County High School Class of 2011 Graduation

    About 167 students participated in the graduation ceremony at LaRue County High School Friday.
    Andrew Skaggs was named valedictorian; Shelby Rogers was named salutatorian.

  • Work on Interstate 65 continues

    One lane of southbound Interstate 65 in LaRue and Hart Counties is completed in a summer long project to resurface all lanes from Munfordville to Elizabethtown.  Thursday, contract crews finished the inside Southbound Lane and began moving Northbound on the inside lane at Munfordville (exit 65).

  • Herald News correspondent dies at age 97

    Minnie Powell Smith, long-time White City correspondent for The LaRue County Herald News, died May 31 at the age of 97.

    Smith’s health began failing several months ago and she recently became a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, where she passed away.

    Smith was the oldest member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in White City. She taught Sunday school and held a Bible study with Sunrise residents for several years. Smith worked in the activities department at Sunrise Manor for many years and began volunteering at the facility after her retirement.

  • FREE MOVIE NIGHT: 'Up' to be shown June 18

    Saturday, classic cars and an animated movie will provide free family entertainment in downtown Hodgenville.
    The streets will roll up about 4 p.m. as the Goodtime Cruisers bring nostalgia to Lincoln Square in the form of muscle cars, Model Ts and custom wheels.
    In addition, the City of Hodgenville will host its next free summer movie “Up” at 7 p.m.
    This 96-minute animated movie features the voices of Edward Asner and John Ratzenberger.

  • CHOO! CHOO! Thomas the Tank Engine arrives in New Haven

    Thousands will flock to New Haven during the next two weekends to take a ride on the big, blue train engine with a smile on his face. Thomas the Tank Engine will roll into the Kentucky Railway Museum for the 10th year in a row Saturday.

    “Beginning this weekend, we're probably looking at drawing close to 14,000 people. It is the largest event that we do here,” said Lynn Dawson, marketing director at the Kentucky Railway Museum.

  • Boston man dies in Nelsonville wreck

    A Boston man died Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle car accident on KY 52, Nelsonville Loop.

    Theodore Vittitow, 76, was traveling west toward Boston at about 5:19 a.m. when he failed to navigate a curve in the road. His vehicle, a 1991 Chevy S10 pickup, ran off the left side of the road, down a ditchline, and stuck a large tree, according to a report from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Vittitow suffered possible chest, neck and back injuries, and was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

  • Valedictorian, Salutatorian named

    Two students have been named for their academic achievements throughout their high school careers.
    Andrew Skaggs, the son of John and Lisa Skaggs, has been named Valedictorian.
    Skaggs will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and intends on going to the University of Louisville Speed School to pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering.
    His activities in high school were Varsity Soccer, speech and debate team, Academic Team, the Future Problem Solving Team and youth group.

  • Sparks fly in council meeting

    A LaRue County Middle School site based council meeting led to a heated debate last month.
    LaRue County Middle school teacher Eddie Paden addressed the council as a parent, with concerns he has regarding field trips and rewards that have taken place at the middle school during the 2010-2011 school year. Also addressed was the amount of budgeted money for registration and mileage used to attend professional development conferences.

  • Inmates hit the road

    The LaRue County Detention Center signed a contract this year with the Kentucky Transportation Department to assist with state road clean up.
    According to Melinda Reynolds, Class D Coordinator for LCDC, a Kentucky state law regulating how far trees must be trimmed away from state roads initiated the contract implementation.