Today's News

  • Claycomb named master commissioner

    For the first time in two decades, LaRue County has a new master commissioner. Hodgenville attorney Thomas P. “Tom” Claycomb was sworn in last month by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    He takes over from attorney Carl Howell, who has retired.

    The master commissioner assists circuit court in enforcement of duties – for example, conducting sales of property to satisfy liens, mortgages or claims of ownership. It’s commonly thought of as “selling at the courthouse door.”

  • Howell retires from law practice, new master commissioner named

    After a career that included three years as an FBI special agent and 45 years as a LaRue County attorney including 20 as master commissioner, Carl Howell has retired.

    “I’ll still do some work in handling estates, but as of the end of May, I have been retired,” Howell said from his home on Campbellsville Road.

  • LaRue park hosts 10U state tournament

    Several hundred people are expected to visit LaRue County this week for the West Kentucky Cal Ripken 10U State Tournament.

    Sixteen teams from around the state will play a total of 31 games at LaRue County Park and Recreation.

    Pool play begins Wednesday July 16. The championship game is 4:15 p.m. July 20.

    LaRue County is in the “A” pool with Germantown, Jeffersontown and Barren County. LaRue plays against Germantown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and against Jeffersontown at 9 p.m. Friday, July 18.

  • 'The City's business': Court of Appeals says public knowledge of affair will not jeopardize mayor's right to a fair trial.

    On June 28, 2013, Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant on Hodgenville City Hall. They seized numerous financial and personnel records – the contents of which led to the indictments of then mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    Other documents that were seized from the mayor’s desk were sealed after Ron Mather, Cruse and Hornback’s attorney, asked the Court of Appeals to intervene.

  • School Calendar - July 16


    First day of school

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


    Summer reading at ALES

    Summer reading will be held 10 a.m. to noon July 23 at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School for both HES and ALES students. AR points will count toward next school year and door prizes are given out every 30 minutes.


    Abraham Lincoln Elementary School will hold registration 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 29. Parents may bring supplies at this time if needed.

  • Duncan named FRYSC Region 11 chairperson

    This year, Marsha Duncan, LaRue County School Districts Youth Service Center coordinator, assumes an additional role, having been chosen as chairperson of the 13-county, 18-school-district Family Resource and Youth Services Center Region 11 Advisory Council.

  • There's always room for the Farm page

    A few months ago, I was invited to become an at-large board member of the Kentucky Press Association. I’ve learned a lot at the few meetings I’ve attended – which is always a good thing.

    On a couple of occasions, I’ve felt very out of place. There are several representatives from the state’s largest dailies on that board – and their experiences and outlooks are different from mine.

  • Bradley graduates

    Deena Bradley, senior vice president of Magnolia Bank in Hodgenville, was among 190 bankers receiving graduation diplomas from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

    The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects. Students traveled from 20 states and Mexico to participate in the session.

    Bradley received 180 hours of classroom instruction and 30 hours of reviews during the course.

  • Magnolia Bank earns 5-star rating

    Magnolia Bank has been recognized as one of the strongest banks in the nation, based on June 30, 2014, financial data.

    The bank has earned BauerFinancial’s highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability.

    To earn Bauer’s 5-Star Superior rating, a bank must excel in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability. 

  • Scholar: Whelan honored by TIP

    Jonathan Whelan, the home-schooled seventh-grade son of David and Beverly Whelan of Howardstown, was recognized in Duke TIP’s Kentucky Recognition Ceremony at Western Kentucky University on May 23.

    To be eligible to participate in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, a student must have scored in the top 5 percent of his grade on a national standardized achievement test. Eligible students are then required to take either the ACT or SAT alongside college-bound 11th and 12th graders.