Local News

  • Weather closes court, schools, park

    Bitter cold greeted LaRue Countians Monday as they prepared to leave for work.

  • Barn fire

     A barn owned by J.J. Childress burned to the ground about 5 p.m. Jan. 2. A tractor is believed to have caught fire inside the structure on Mount Sherman Road. Magnolia and Buffalo Fire Departments responded to the scene. Some hay that was stored inside the barn also was destroyed.

  • One injured in crash

    Jessica Campbell, 22, of Elizabethtown, was injured Jan. 2 when she lost control of the 2005 Ford Ranger pickup she was driving north on Old Elizabethtown Road. The pickup, owned by Gipe Automotive, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. It appeared to have rolled three times and came to rest right side up. She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS. Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson assisted with traffic control.

  • Deer 1, van and pole, 0

    A Hornback Plumbing van suffered extensive damage when it struck a utility pole Dec. 31.

    Richard Walker, 37, was driving the 2007 work van on Salem Lake Road when a deer ran into his path, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. Walker swerved to avoid hitting the deer and ran off the right side of the roadway, striking the pole. 

    The pole was broken “about 10-feet-up,” said McCoy.

    Walker and the deer were not injured. 

  • Farewell, Ruthies

    On Jan. 2, Hodgenville said good-bye to a long-time cherished restaurant, Ruthie’s Lincoln Freeze.  Estes Excavating tore the building down just after the New Year but the memories will live on for many who loved to eat and hang out there. Above, owner Ronnie Chelf took pictures of the demolition process.

  • Memorial held for drowning victims

    As neighbors and visitors bowed their heads for a moment of silence at the place where three people lost their lives in the floodwaters of Pottinger Creek last Sunday, the only sound was the gentle gurgling of the stream, now calm on a clear December day.

  • Postage prices going up Jan. 26

    The cost of mailing a first class letter goes up on Jan. 26.  The cost increases by 3 cents per letter.  The increase is called “temporary” and will last for two years.  

  • Lawsuit filed in eminent domain case

    The claim by developers of a proposed hazardous liquids pipeline that they have the power of eminent domain was challenged Dec. 5 in Franklin Circuit Court, according to Jerry Hardt, communications director, of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

  • Two die in trailer fire near Loretto

    Two people died as a result of a trailer fire near Loretto early Monday morning.

  • Concerns for maintaining, improving roads a top priority

    The results from a transportation survey sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to help develop its Long Range Transportation Plan have been released.