Local News

  • Add young Abe to your Christmas tree

    The newest adornment in downtown Hodgenville is featured on the latest Christmas ornament developed by the Lincoln Museum.

    The new statue of Abraham Lincoln as a boy is depicted in bronze on the light beige globes being sold for $7 each. The museum began developing an annual commemorative ornament in 1991, said Iris LaRue, museum director. The new statue ornament is the fifth in a series of seven in the bicentennial series, honoring the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth on Feb. 12, 1809.

  • Lexington will host fruit, vegetable conference

    After a difficult 2007, including a late freeze and extreme drought conditions, Kentucky’s fruit and vegetable growers saw better growing conditions in 2008. Soon, growers will have an opportunity to hone their skills when the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture hosts a joint meeting of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association and the Kentucky Grape and Wine Short Course, Jan. 5 and 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington.

  • Band of Hawks Christmas concert is tonight

    The LaRue County Band of Hawks will hold a Christmas concert 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the LaRue County High School auditorium.

    The concert will feature the middle school bands and the high school band. 


  • KB Toys closing, files Chapter 11

    KB Toys Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with plans to close its chain of stores, including its Towne Mall location in Elizabethtown.

    The Elizabethtown store is having a closing sale, according to its manager, who was unaware of any definitive closing date.

    The Pittsfield, Mass.-based retailer cites sharp declines in consumer spending in its petition for bankruptcy protection.

    KB Toys Inc. has 460 stores companywide and six in Kentucky. It opened its first store in 1922 and is the country's oldest mall-based toy store.

  • Wind advisory in effect

    A wind advisory has been issued for 35 Kentucky counties, including LaRue, until 7 tonight.

    The National Weather Service said southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph will persist through this afternoon. Some locations, especially in areas of slightly higher elevation, may see gusts as high as 50 mph at times.

    Winds will shift to the northwest as a cold front works through the region later today, with wind speeds decreasing gradually through early evening.

  • LaRue schools closed again Wednesday

    LaRue County Schools will be closed Wednesday for a second consecutive day.

    The winter storm which arrived early Monday evening and lasted through the Tuesday morning rush hour brought freezing rain and the first appreciable snowfall of the season.

    The arctic chill which arrived Monday eased a bit by Tuesday afternoon as the work of road crews became evident on major city, county and state roads. Many neighborhood streets and sidewalks remain covered in snow and ice prompting the school system to cancel classes again Wednesday.

  • Headlines from the Herald News

    Here are a few of the top headlines in this week's print edition of The LaRue County Herald News.

  • Graves in Buffalo Cemetery desecrated

    Shonda Darnell and her mother Robin Edwards placed a wreath adorned with red poinsettias and silver bells at the gravesite of a family member Thursday in Buffalo Cemetery. By Sunday afternoon, the item was gone and the tombstone of Shonda’s father and Robin’s deceased husband had been vandalized.

    “They kicked the vases off (the side of the tombstone) and took the shepherds’ hooks,” Edwards said.

    And the vandals did not stop there.

  • Governor proposes budget cuts

    Gov. Steve Beshear proposed a plan Thursday to address the state’s budget crisis that would utilize a 70-cent increase in cigarette taxes and double the tax rate on other tobacco products to protect funding for education as well as the state’s most vulnerable populations through Medicaid and mental health services.

  • Jail inmate fined for driving county truck

    A LaRue County jail inmate who was spotted driving a county truck while on community work release was fined for the violation, but will not have to serve extra jail time.

    Bobby Council, 25, of Magnolia, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license, after  Sheriff Bobby Shoffner and Deputy Russell McCoy observed him Sept. 30 behind the wheel of a truck at the LaRue County Maintenance Garage.