Local News

  • Cox’s Creek woman drowns in cistern

    Nelson County first responders battled freezing temperatures and hazardous roads Monday, Feb. 16, while responding to a drowning at a Cox’s Creek farm on Whitesides Road.

    Nancy Dugan, 56, was found drowned in a cistern on her farm at 1845 Whitesides Road.

    Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said in a press release that foul play is not suspected.

    Dugan lived on the cattle farm that has long been in her family, neighbors said. She was reportedly last seen Sunday, Feb. 15.

  • Two cited after crash on Dan Dunn Road

    Two people were cited Monday afternoon following a crash on Dan Dunn Road.

    Leah Krupinski, 18, of Hodgenville, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix on the narrow road just before 4 p.m.

    According to Deputy Doug Sherrard, Krupinski’s car met a 1992 Buick Park Avenue, driven by Frisby Chadren, 35, of Shepherdsville, on the crest of a hill. Snow was piled up on both sides of the roadway. There was no center line and each party stated that the other driver was on the wrong side of the road.

  • Upton house destroyed by fire

    A fire gutted a house Saturday night on Riggs Street in Upton, leaving it in ruins.

    Upton Fire Chief Froman Peters said the fire appeared to have started near or in the electric panel box of the older house.

    “The studs the electrical box was mounted on were black to the floor,” Peters said, noting the burn pattern pointed to the box as the origin.

    Peters said the occupant told him a breaker was causing trouble for the last few days before the fire started.

    Peters said the initial alarm came in around 6:15 p.m.

  • Carl Brashear: a true ‘man of honor’

    “It is not a sin to get knocked down. It’s a sin to stay down.”

    Those are the words that run along the top of carlbrashear.org, a website for the Carl Brashear Foundation. And they’re words Carl Brashear lived by. As the first African American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy, Brashear opened doors to the military for the rest of the black population.

  • Family loses home to fire

    Angie Pitchford left her home on West High Street Monday morning to return books to the library – just down the street. She returned home to find the two-story frame house covered in heavy smoke.

    “The library books were overdue,” she said. “We were renewing them so we could keep checking out.”

  • Octavia brings memories of winter ‘78

    February 2015 is headed for the record books as the National Weather Service says it will be one of the worst in the state’s history.

    LaRue County was hit with 12-to-14-inches of snow on Feb. 16 – and an additional 2-to-3 inches falling overnight Tuesday, courtesy of Winter Storm Octavia. An Arctic cold blast later in the week meant the snow wasn’t going anywhere. Wind chill advisories were issued Wednesday.

  • Woman recovering after being struck by truck

    A New Haven woman was injured Wednesday, Feb. 18, when she was struck by a pickup.

    Kenneth Goodgine, 57, of Bardstown, was driving a 1991 Chevrolet extended cab truck north on Bardstown Road in the Athertonville area. About 7:10 p.m. the pickup met a southbound truck “that had bright lights,” according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Another winter storm on the way

    It has been a long, cold week for LaRue Countians – and there is more to come.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning Friday night through Saturday afternoon.
    Residents should be prepared not only for frigid temperatures, but also another round of snowfall and a nasty wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain.
    By Friday late afternoon, residents will start seeing snowflakes again.  

    There could be significant accumulations of snow, sleet and ice, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Snow clearance priority map
  • Crews work to stay ahead of the cold

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway district road crews continue plowing and salting roadways this afternoon following the morning's newest round of snow - the second this week - and are preparing for a new, lighter round later today.


    Crews in most districts are racing against time and temperature. Their challenge is to get roadways cleared before pavement temperatures drop too low for de-icing substances to be effective.