Today's News

  • National motocross champ off to Murray

    Not only has Reese Merrick, a 2014 LaRue County High School graduate, earned a diploma for his work in school, he also is the holder of state and national motocross titles, claiming his first when he was 7 years old.

    “I was sitting in our living room, watching motocross on TV with my stepdad,” the 18-year-old Upton area resident recalled. “I wanted to do what they were doing, and I told him that I wished I had a bike so that I could do that.”

  • Glendale Children's Home sells

     Ron Biddle of Carlisle traveled more than 200 miles to look at Glen Dale Children’s Home one final time Saturday as the property was being sold at auction.

    The property that once housed troubled and orphaned children and closed five years ago included more than 272 acres and 13 decaying structures broken up into 10 tracts sold Saturday for more than $1.77 million, including buyer’s premium. The sale averaged more than $5,900 an acre.

  • Police Chief charged with misconduct

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson was served Saturday evening with a summons to court. He is accused of first-degree criminal misconduct and hindering prosecution, both misdemeanors.
    A fellow city officer told prosecutors that Johnson warned then-Mayor Terry Cruse that Kentucky State Police were looking for him and advised him to "lay low."
    Cruse was indicted in December on charges of abuse of public trust.
    The accusations against Johnson first surfaced immediately after Cruse's indictment, resulting in KSP seizing the Chief's phone.

  • UPDATE Hodgenville man arrested in connection with killing, home invasion

    The three other suspects wanted in connection with the death of a Morehead man after a home invasion are in custody.

    The Morehead News reported Jaque Abrams, 19, has been charged with murder. He is lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center.

    Julius ‘Jubee’ Kolowitz, 20, turned himself in. Anthony ‘Rell’ Paysen, 19, was arrested in his hometown of Hodgenville.


    Kentucky State Police in Morehead have arrested an Elizabethtown teenager in a Sunday killing of a 20-year-old man in Morehead.

  • State Convention a success for LaRue County Future Farmers of America

    LaRue County FFA attended the 85th state convention. Several members were honored for contests held at region; others competed in state contests.

    The organization was recognized as a Gold Rated chapter and one of the top 15 chapters in the state. It now receives a National Rating.

    Six members received their state FFA degree – the highest degree awarded by the state to the organization. They are: Kyle DeVary, Kyle Edlin, Branden Pepper, Vickie Rhinehart, Sarah Stults and Austin Stillwell.

    Stillwell was a state officer candidate.

  • Court briefs - June 25

    Final sentencing conducted

    Joshua Jason Logsdon (1984) pleaded guilty May 19 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count of possession of controlled substance, third or greater offense. Recommended sentence is one year. A count of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed. Pre-sentencing investigation was waived by defendant. Probation denied. Final sentencing conducted.

    Guilty plea entered

  • Swimming pool now open

    The LaRue County Park and Recreation swimming pool opened Tuesday.

    There were a few delays as workers cleaned and painted the area. The kiddie pool will not open due to water leaks, according to interim Mayor Kenny DeVore.

    The pool will be open every day until school starts back on Aug. 6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

    It can be rented 6-9 p.m. for pool parties.

    Admission to the pool is $6 for ages 12 and older and $3 for ages under 12. A pool pass for a family of four can be purchased for $30.

  • School Calendar - June 25


    Kindergarten registration

    Hodgenville and Abraham Lincoln Elementary Schools are still registering new kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year. Register your K student by Friday, June 27. Call ALES at 270-358-4112 or HES at 270-358-3506 for details.

    First day of school

    The first day of school for students is Aug. 6. Fall break is Oct. 6-10.


    Office closed

    The HES front office will be closed June 30-July 4.

    Student registration

  • Camps provide summer learning activities

    With cooperation among LaRue County School District’s gifted program, family resource, and youth service centers, more than 125 students enjoyed a week of activities at Hodgenville Elementary School that ranged from learning how to play guitar to how to make a fruit smoothie in a plastic bag.

    Quest 2014 camp, that ran Monday through Friday mornings last week, offered enrichment classes to primary talent pool students and identified gifted and talented students.

  • Several local students attend ASSET conference

    Western Kentucky University’s Department of Agriculture hosted 27 students at the Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows (ASSET) Conference June 15-19.

    The five-day conference is designed for students who have completed their junior year of high school and are interested in attending college and studying agriculture. The conference focused on activities that consist of leadership, communication and social development; making the most of a college experience; and created awareness of the opportunities within the agriculture industry.