Local News

  • Deputy returns to duty

    The LaRue County Deputy Sheriff that was involved in a shooting last month recently returned to duty.

    According to LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Bennett returned to duty last week. Bennett was placed on paid administrative leave after he shot Jason Shafer, 35, of Eliza­beth­town, following a 20 minute vehicle pursuit after he attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The incident occurred on April 18, 2018.

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  • Cat in the Courthouse

    If cats really did have nine lives, Miss Kitty would be on her fifth seeing that the average life span of a cat is only five years, and Miss Kitty is twenty-four. But Miss Kitty is no average cat. Nearly 20 years ago this feline took up residence in LaRue County’s own courthouse. But when it comes to Miss Kitty, she raises more questions than the Gunsmoke star herself, some of which only she knows the answer.

  • HMH and Baptist Health Enter Purchase Agreement

    Hardin Memorial Hospital (HMH) and Baptist Health announced Tuesday, May 1, 2018, they are entering into a $361.4 million asset purchase agreement through which Baptist Health would acquire HMH, subject to a vote of the HMH Board of Trustees and appropriate regulatory approvals.

  • New Details About Shooting

    On the April 18, 2018 the KSP Post 4 received a notification of an officer involved shooting.

    At approximately 3:08 p.m. a vehicle pursuit that began in the Buffalo community occurred. According to KSP Trooper Scotty Sharp, Post 4 Public Affairs Officer, LaRue County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Bennett observed Jason Shafer, 35 years of age from Elizabethtown, operating a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck. Deputy Bennett had knowledge that Mr. Shafer had outstanding warrants for his arrest.


    An error was made during the production process of the April 25, 2018 edition of The LaRue County Herald News. The Candidate Q & A featured on page 18A incorrectly stated the party affiliation for Magistrate District #4 candidate Troy Benningfield, and Judge Executive candidate Joe Pearman. Both gentleman are DEMOCRATS and will face opposition in the May 22 primary.

    We regret the error, and a corrected Candidate Q & A is provided in today’s edition and can be found on page 22A.

  • Candidate Q & A

    All candidates for the contested races of LaRue County Judge Executive, LaRue County Jailer, Magistrate District #3, and Magistrate District #4 received a letter containing the same two questions. 1. What would you like to see continued or improved upon if you are elected to your respective position? 2. Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the position? Candidates’ responses were limited to 250 words per question. Voting for the respective positions will be May 22, 2018.

    LaRue County Judge Executive.

  • Hodgenville council passes mayor, council raises

    The Hodgenville City council passed a second reading of ordinances that will raise the salary for the mayor and council members.

    All council members were present at the special called meeting on Thursday, April 19 and all of them voted unanimously to pass both ordinances. Both ordinances will take effect on January 1, 2019. The council passed both ordinances without any discussion.

  • HMH is coming to Hodgenville

    The Hardin Memorial Hospital Board recently voted to build a new LaRue County family medical practice in Hodgenville.

    According to a news release from HMH, a new 7,400 square foot facility will be built on Lincoln Drive in Hodgenville next to the new LaRue County Library. HMH has signed a 15 year lease with Aulbach Pence, LLC who will construct the building and they said the total cost of the Hodgenville building is unknown at this time.

  • Significant Accomplishments of the 2018 Session

    By Brandon Reed


    While many in Frankfort and the media focused on a select few issues this session, there were many other successes of the General Assembly in 2018.

    I was proud to support initiatives that truly put some of the most vulnerable members of our society first, including children, law enforcement, and the unborn.