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  • LaRue County celebrates 175th anniversary

    The 175th Anniversary of LaRue County was held with a celebratory luncheon event Sunday, October 28 2018. More than 120 members of the community gathered to celebrate the occasion with a lunch prepared by the recently recognized ‘Best in Kentucky’ winners from LaRue County. Attendees were given a commemorative Lincoln Bicentennial Cent souvenir set, and keepsake programs documenting the 175 years of LaRue County.

  • “It’s time for a change”

    Since 1959, Joel Ray’s Restaurant has been serving meals in Hodgenville, KY. It is currently located inside the Lincoln Jamboree, home of the legendary Joel Ray Sprowls located at 2579 Lincoln Farm Road in Hodgenville, KY.

    Joel Ray Sprowls bought the restaurant June 6, 1959, and for 14 years it operated on a 24-hour, seven days a week schedule. Several superstars have dined there including Faron Young, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe, Englebert Humperdink, Johnny Cash Band and many others. The motto was “we may doze – but never close.”

  • Adult Education Program is # 1

    The LaRue County School Adult Education program, known to many as the GED program, has recently been named # 1 in the Top 25 Kentucky Adult Education Programs for fiscal year ending July 12, 2018. The overall top 25 is determined by the county’s ranking performance in three different categories.

  • HMH emergency department experiencing record numbers

    Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) leaders said the hospital emergency department (ED) team cared for 266 patients on one day recently and is on track to care for more than 70,000 patients in 2018 making it one of the busiest in Kentucky.

    HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson said what is especially encouraging is that while the number of patients increases, the ED team’s patient scores for quality, compassionate care improved.  Johnson said that is no easy task and praised the HMH ED leadership team.

  • Nolin RECC names its next President, CEO

    The Board of Directors of Nolin RECC has selected Gregory R. “Greg” Lee as the cooperative’s next President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Lee, currently Nolin’s Vice President – System Operations, will replace retiring CEO Mickey Miller who will retire on January 4, 2019. Lee was chosen from a large pool of interested and highly-qualified applicants and selected during a comprehensive executive search performed by Mr. Roy Palk, President of New Horizons Consulting with offices in Lexington, Kentucky and Bradenton, Florida.

  • Animal shelter caring for Houdini

    Houdini, the Interstate 65 goat, is in the hands of Hardin County Animal Care and Control after being injured on Sunday, October 21.

    Animal control and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office were alerted Sunday that Houdini was injured. The injury was a result of an apparent “I-65 mishap”, according to a news release from the Hardin County Government.

  • Wanted: sign vandals

    Wanted! The mysterious vandal who has been defacing stop signs all around LaRue County. The price for information regarding his whereabouts; $500.

    This may sound like something out of Wyatt Earp or Tombstone, but it is in fact the real deal. A bounty has been set in LaRue County to catch anyone who vandalizes road signs within the county.

    You may be asking yourself if this really is an issue for the county, and the answer is yes.

  • HMH prepares for cold, flu cases

    Hardin Memorial Health’s (HMH) Emergency Department (ED) already is seeing flu cases. Patients have already tested positive for the flu in the ED, where HMH is set to care for more than 73,000 patients in 2018. 

    HMH Vice President for Emergency Services Deanna Parker shared her team’s plans for flu season as part of a presentation on emergency care at the HMH Board of Trustees meeting last week.  

  • Election season causing more scams

    As Election Day approaches, Kentuckians may be receiving calls from candidates, political organizations and now scammers, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

    Beshear recently issued a scam alert to help Kentuckians avoid providing their personal information over the phone to a scammer who claims he or she can help Kentuckians register to vote or vote by absentee ballot.

  • Ten indicted by Grand Jury

    Ten people were indicted by the LaRue County Grand Jury on Monday, October 15. Most of the indictments were for drug and theft charges. All those indicted will be arraigned in LaRue County Circuit Court on November 5, 2018.

    Rhonda M. Copelin, 44, of Sonora was indicted for first degree bail jumping. The alleged act occurred on August 20, 2018 when she failed to appear for her pre-trial conference. Her bail was set at $5,000 cash.