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Local News

  • Brashear remembered

    LaRue County is known by everyone for being the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, but another LaRue County native who also come from humble beginnings, received some of the recognition he deserves last week.

    The Tonieville Bridge on Lincoln Parkway has officially been named the Carl Brashear Memorial Bridge. A sign unveiling ceremony was held at the LaRue County Courthouse at noon on Wednesday, July 25. The signs were placed on both sides of the bridge after the ceremony.

    The life of Brashear

  • I might need your rockin’ chair

    Although George Jones sang about not needing a rocking chair, a lot of other people disagree and they turn to one talented LaRue County man to fix their rocking chairs.

    Rob Hutchins of Buffalo has been caning chairs for more than forty years. The process of caning is a method of weaving chair seats and backs with special material. Caning includes a variety of different styles and the process is known to bring out the style and character of a chair.

  • Woohoo in Brazil

    The LaRue County Herald News was delivered by other staff members for a couple of weeks last month as Herald News driver Randy “Woohoo” Williams went on a mission trip in Brazil.

  • Hoping for a mild one

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates are likely hoping for a mild winter as road salt bids almost doubled what they were last year.

    Meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 24, magistrates approved the low bidder, Compass Minerals out of Overland Park, Kansas, at $113 per ton.  Detroit Salt Company bid $114 per ton while Morton and Cargill, bidders in the past, didn’t bid this year, according to LaRue County Judge/executive Tommy Turner.

  • Playing music throughout Europe

    Two LaRue County young women were part of the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music, a group composed of about 500 high school band and choir students from across the state, who embarked on a two-week European tour where they performed and enjoyed sight-seeing opportunities in seven countries.

  • Proposed gym/stadium project continues on

    During the first LaRue County School Board meeting for Superintendent David Raleigh held on July 16, the school board approved a revised BG-1 project application for the proposed LCHS gym/stadium.

    The plan has been ongoing since the fall of 2017 and recently hit a roadblock following a report that cited several issues with the soil where the proposed building site is located. A report was issues by Terracon, who was chosen to perform the tests as the lowest proposed bid.

  • New library is taking shape

    The new LaRue County Public Library is expected to be opened in late November or December.

    Dana Jolly, Executive Director of the library, said the actual construction of the new building is supposed to be completed by the end of September.

    “At one point the construction process was behind five to six weeks due to weather and our misfortune of part of the building receiving storm damage,” Jolly said. “At this time, the construction company has only requested a four day extension to the original contract.”

  • Man indicted for sexual offenses

    A local man has been indicted for several sexual offenses including rape, incest, and sexual abuse.

    Gerald T. Hay, 57, of Sonora was indicted by the LaRue County Grand Jury on Monday, July 16 for one count of first degree rape, incest, and three counts of first degree sexual abuse. All the allegations reportedly occurred in LaRue County.

  • Update on new laws

    On July 14, 2018 several new Kentucky laws went into place. The legislative passed 197 bills during the 60 day General Assembly. Some of the bills which will affect the lives of LaRue County citizens are Senate Bill 48, and House Bills 1 and 263.

  • Storms knock out power

    Several severe storm systems passed through the state on Friday, July 20 bringing high winds, heavy rains and hail to LaRue County and several other counties throughout the state.

    LaRue County Emergency Management Director Dennis Wells said that the most damage happened in the southern and western parts of the county as the storms cause downed trees and downed power lines in Magnolia, Upton and surrounding communities. Several LaRue Countians also reported barns and sheds damaged by the storms.