Today's News

  • Brewer’s choice: Family more important than trophies

    When school begins today in LaRue County, one familiar face will be missing in the halls of LaRue County High School.

    Alexis Brewer, 17-year-old Lady Hawks basketball standout, confirmed Sunday, she has enrolled in Bardstown High School, in lieu of finishing her senior year at LaRue County schools.

    Brewer is reported to be one of the top-10 recruits in the state, and has broken numerous records in her career at LaRue. A contender for Miss Kentucky Basketball, Brewer said “I just want to have a good senior year, and enjoy the time with my dad.”

  • Sheep and goats on the rise in LaRue

    The farm landscape has changed in LaRue County in the past few years. The fastest growing herds are goats and sheep, rather than beef or dairy cattle, according to Gil Myers of Magnolia.

    Myers, a goat and sheep producer himself, said there are many reasons to start your own flock.

    “Many people, like myself, got into goats for clearing brush,” he said. “Goats can eat up to six-feet off the ground.”

    They complement cattle because they eat weeds that cattle won’t touch.

  • Chiggers, what an itch!

    There was a little chigger that wasn’t any bigger than the point of a very fine pen.… is the beginning of a youth camping song.

    Just thinking about chiggers makes me itch.

    You’ll find chiggers in the good old summertime in overgrown bushy areas, in shady humid areas near stream banks, and under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.

  • Harvest season comes again

    Steve LaRue

    Groundhog Hill

    August, named in honor of the deified Roman Emperor Augustus, is the month of harvest.

    This month at Groundhog Hill, I hope to harvest Peruvian purple corn, late top crop green beans, a few Rutgers and Cherokee purple tomatoes, sunflowers, cantaloupes, radishes, and of course, zinnias.

    So far, the purple corn is taking its own (and hopefully, sweet) time. The other day, I urged the now-gigantic stalks in both English and in Spanish to hurry up and to produce some bloody corn.

  • Hawks: Ability, Belief, Commitment, Dedication

    By David Dawson


    When it comes to sports philosophy some coaches use advance terminology with their teams. But, for the LaRue County Hawks Soccer team it is as simple as “ABCD.” Ability, Belief, Commitment and Dedication is the philosophy the Hawks have adopted this season.

    The Hawks soccer team hopes to improve on a 7-11, 2013 campaign under second-year Head Coach Derek Bell by making the alphabet a part of their daily routine. According to Coach Bell the season should start slow and gain momentum.

  • Lady Hawks ready to meet challenge

    By David Dawson


    Laura Kudrna, now in her third year as the Lady Hawks head soccer coach, is facing some changes in her youthful team. Gone from last year’s successful team (15-3) are Peyton Gardner, Courtney Johnson, Shelbi Brooks, Abby Modrowski and Sydney Price – who all played key roles in winning the Lady Hawks’ first district championship.

    With change comes challenges. This team will certainly have a totally different dynamic when it begins its season Aug. 18 at John Hardin.

  • Man stabbed in New Hope

    A man was stabbed at a bar in New Hope July 25, according to police.

    Around midnight Friday, Nelson County Sheriff deputies responded to Four Corners Bar in New Hope to investigate a complaint of a stabbing release.

    Police said 23-year-old Jamie J. Owens, of Bardstown, was stabbed by Dustin Thompson, 21, of New Hope.

    Thompson was charged with first-degree assault.

    Owens was air lifted to U of L Hospital. 

  • Water Works recognized by State

    Hodgenville Water Works was recognized last week by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

    HWW was among 61 water treatment plants in the state that “consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards,” according to a news release.

  • AGSTRAVAGANZA: Fresh Start ready to go

    AGstravaganza, a fun, agriculture-education event sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau, is looking to be even bigger this year than last, which saw nearly 500 people attend the final dinner and concert. Attending any of the individual farm tours will get you a ticket to the event, where visitors will be able to choose a free meal of either a pork or beef burger. They will also be able to watch the free concert by country up-and-comer J.D. Shelburne.

  • J.D. Shelburne to perform at AGstravaganza finale

    John Herndon

    Landmark News Service

    I had driven through the backroads to meet up with J.D. Shelburne.

    He’d done the same to catch up with a writer he knew little about.

    But that wasn’t really that unusual. I’m a sports writer who’s just as comfortable talking about cattle as baseball. Shelburne could fill the nets from 3-point land at Spencer County High School but is now working his way up the ladder in Nashville.