Today's News

  • Complaints may have led to OEA investigation

    Complaints about the LaRue County High School band program are thought to have triggered an Office of Education Accountability investigation of a school board member.

    School board member Norbert Skees, who has a child in band, said he was among parents raising issues about first-year band director Jaime Smith with school administrators.

    He said concerns with Smith developed because he is a parent, not because of his service as a school board member.

    “On two different occasions, I was treated with total disrespect by the band director,” Skees said.

  • Chamber presents three awards at banquet

    A civic organization, a federal employee and a local businessman were honored Thursday night as the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual awards banquet at First Baptist Church.

  • Museum presents vintage motorcycle exhibit

    The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St., Louisville, will present “The Wind in Your Hair: Vintage Motorcycles” July 18 to Sept. 19. The exhibit will feature vintage motorcycles manufactured between 1900 to 1970, memorabilia and accessories, and three motorcycle-related photography collections by Michael Lichter, Danny Lyon and Sarah Lyon.

    The museum also will host a series of restoration and customizing workshops, and lectures about collecting motorcycles and the cultural influences of motorcycles in the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Mushroom hunter shares ‘dryland fishing’ tips

    When Marty Stillwell goes fishing, he doesn’t require a rod and reel, or pole; he doesn’t even need water.

    All the Mt. Sherman resident carries is a sack to put his catch in and plenty of patience, for Stillwell is a dryland fish hunter.

    Dryland fish is what many people in Kentucky and Tennessee call a type of mushroom known as a morel. Other terms also exist for the delicacy - hickory chicken, sponge mushroom or merkels (miracles, based on a story of how a mountain family was saved from starvation by eating morels).

  • Herald News holding summer photo contest

    Send us your best shot.

    The LaRue County Herald News is sponsoring a photo contest this summer. Three categories are offered – nature, landscapes, animals; people; and Lincoln heritage (it is the Bicentennial after all).

    A separate category for youth – those photographers 13 and younger – is being offered. The entry should include the photographer’s age to be considered in this category.

    We’ll print the winning photos and you’ll enjoy all the fame you can stand.

    There is no charge to enter.


  • Grandparent complains about band banquet, director

    Penny Van Dyke describes herself as one of the LaRue County High School band’s biggest supporters. However, she said she felt compelled to voice numerous complaints about the program to the school board.

    Van Dyke told the board that she had been denied tickets to the end-of-the-year band banquet, her grandson Michael Large was not treated well at the banquet and cited concerns about actions of band director Jaime Smith.

  • Kentucky announces holiday crackdown on drunken drivers

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety  is reminding everyone to Drive Smart during the July Fourth holiday period. Officers will be out in force, cracking down on any violation, with an emphasis on impaired drivers. The Drunk Driving. Over the Limit, Under Arrest enforcement blitz will run from Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5.

  • Traffic alert for Interstate 65

    A project to rehabilitate a set of twin bridges over Green River and U.S. 31W along Interstate 65 in Hart County began Saturday, June 20, and will continue for a month.

    The southbound bridge over U.S. 31W at mile marker 64 will be reduced to one lane through 10 a.m. June 25. The same work pattern will be repeated June 27-July 2.

  • July 4 celebrations planned at Lincoln Park and Buffalo church

    A pair of very different community events are planned for the Fourth of July.

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is presenting two programs from the Frazier International History Museum and a living history military encampment.

    The Civil War military encampment will be at the site 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Re-enactors include Eric Franz, Jeremy White and Vestal Rodgers.

    Costumed interpreters present “Mr. Lincoln Looks Back” at 11 a.m. and “Day in a Soldier’s Life: The American Civil War” at 2 p.m.

  • GED program helps adults realize their dreams

    As the GED candidates walk across the stage of LaRue County High School’s auditorium June 25 to receive their certificates, each will have finished a journey that was marked by dogged determination overcoming all obstacles.

    One of those people is Rhiannon Robbins Ward who dropped out of a Jefferson County high school when she was a sophomore. After quitting school, Ward soon realized that a high school diploma or GED would be a necessity if she were to achieve her career goal of becoming a registered nurse.