Hope for the Holidays

From our friends at Hosparus in Elizabehtown:

It’s hard to believe the holiday season will soon be upon us. This time of year can be especially difficult for those coping with the loss of a loved one. The Hosparus Grief Counseling Center offers a series of support groups that provide a safe environment for grieving adults to share and be supported during their holiday grief experiences. The attached flyer is from Hosparus Central Kentucky group in Elizabethtown, but we offer them in our other service areas as well. Visit our calendar of events to find a group in your area: www.hosparus.org/events.html

Hope for the Holidays Flyer

Give A Day for Hunger

United Way of Central Kentucky is recruiting community volunteers to replenish Backpack Program bags for the Give a Day for Hunger event beginning on Tuesday, October 11th and ending on Saturday, October 15th at Feeding America’s Volunteer Center, located at 300 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

This volunteer event is appropriate for even the kiddos– ages 5+ with parent supervision. 

**In order to make sure we have enough space and work for everyone to do, businesses, schools, churches, and larger groups are encouraged to volunteer during the week while families and individuals are encouraged to volunteer on Saturday. However, please pick whichever date works best for you!

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ashley Tiemann at 270.737.6608 or by emailing atiemann@unitedwayck.org.

Give a Day for Hunger Flyer


BBB Warns: Beware of Scams Surrounding Hurricane Matthew

BBB Warns: Beware of Scams Surrounding Hurricane Matthew

Scammers pretend to represent charitable efforts


Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning those who want to help victims of Hurricane Matthew to be cautious when giving money or other assistance to charities. Fundraising efforts are already showing up on crowdfunding sites like Gofundme.com. While some efforts are legitimate, others are scammers posing as fake charities to take advantage of those who want to help.


“When a naturual disaster like this occurs, scam artists come out of the woodwork,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO of the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western KY. “If you want to give, do your homework first, to be sure your donation is helping the right people.”


The best way to help is to donate money to a reputable humanitarian organization that has a long history of responding to local, national, and international disasters. The BBB offers the following tips to help you decide where to direct donations:

  • Be cautious of organizations with copy-cat names. They may be similar, but not exactly the same as the reputable charities.
  • Be cautious when giving online to unfamiliar charities. Many fake websites are set up after disasters, to “raise money.” All they are doing is stealing your personal information.
  • Be cautious of emails and social media. Spam messages and emails may claim to link to a relief organization, or have attachments in the emails that contain a virus. Posts on social media may claim to show “never seen before” pictures of the disaster area, taking you to a fake website where personal information may be stolen.
  • Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. You may want to avoid the middleman and give directly to charities that have a presence in the region. Check out the ultimate recipients of the donations to ensure that the organizations are equipped to effectively provide aid.
  • Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations assist victims. All charities have fund-raising and administrative costs. Even a credit card donation will involve, at a minimum, a processing fee.
  • Rely on respected experts to evaluate a charity. Be cautious when relying on third-party recommendations such as bloggers, because they may not have fully researched the listed relief organizations. BBB provides a Wise Giving Guide to charities at www.bbb.org/charity. The guide shows which charities are accredited by the BBB and whether they meet the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Do NOT be pressured into making contributions, as reputable charities do NOT use such tactics.

For more information on this event, contact Reanna Smith-Hamblin at

502-588- 0043 or rsmith-hamblin@louisville.bbb.org.



Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO

Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky

844 South 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40203


502-588-0043 direct

502-588-0080 fax


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Welcome Putters Par & Grill

It was a great day Friday for a ribbon cutting. Check out the new restaurant at the LaRue County Golf Course – Putters Par & Grill. Owner is Davey Graham.












Abraham Lincoln Birthplace to Host Night Sky Program

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
News Release

For Release: Immediate
Contact: Park Ranger Jennie Jones or Park Ranger Natalie Barber
Phone: 270-358-3137

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace to Host Night Sky Program

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP will be hosting a Night Sky Program Friday, October 7, from 8:00 – 9:30 pm Eastern Time at the Knob Creek Boyhood Home Unit.

Dr. Mark Pitts and Dr. Marco Ciocca from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University will be conducting the evening activities. The program will begin with a short talk and explanation on the use of star charts to explore the night sky. Visitors will then have the opportunity to view celestial bodies through telescopes provided by EKU. A new moon will allow for dark skies and viewing of fainter objects such as nebulae, clusters, and the Milky Way.

Kids can take their stargazing experience to another level by creating their own universe out of Galaxy Dough and marbles (while supplies last).

Hot apple cider will be provided during the program.

The Knob Creek unit is located 7 miles northeast of Hodgenville, KY on US Highway 31E at 7120 Bardstown Road.

In the event of inclimate weather, the program will be rescheduled for Friday, October 14, from 8:00 – 9:30 pm Eastern Time.

Visitors must bring a flashlight, wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Everyone is encouraged to arrive and park before 8:00 pm to “maintain dark skies” for good viewing.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions, call the park at 270-358-3137.

For more information on the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, visit the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/abli or the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LincolnBirthplaceNPS


September 21, 2016

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

(P) 270/358-3137
(F) 270/358-3874

September Chamber Luncheon


September Chamber Luncheon
Wednesday September 21, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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The September Luncheon is the United Way Campaign Kick Off. Trinity Searcy with Karbec LLC, is the United Way of Central Kentucky’s 2016 Campaign Chair and Scott Conway with Magnolia Bank, United Way of Central Kentucky’s Board Chair will be speaking.
The venue for the September Luncheon is the Hodgenville Woman’s Club.

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The Chamber is grateful to the businesses, organizations, and individuals who continually choose to invest with their time, talents, and contributions. Special thanks to the following renewals: Rita Williams, Save-A-Lot, Lincoln Days Celebration, The Lincoln Museum, Allen’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Garrett’s Furniture, LaRue-Carey Insurance Group, LaRue County Community & Economic Development, Vision First, LaRue County Golf Association, Nina Cundiff, Commonwealth Broadcasting, Hodgenville Machine & Tool, Konsei USA, All the Way Plumb Bed & Breakfast Farmstay, Papa John’s, Hosparus, City of Hodgenville, Comcast, Blakey Printing, Houchens IGA, and LaRue County Farm Bureau Board.

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The Chamber would like to welcome our newest members who have joined recently! For more information about these great members click on the membership directory!

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Leadership LaRue Class 2016-2017



The new class of Leadership LaRue is underway with a great start. This month the class enjoyed a kick-off luncheon and a team building day at Elizabethtown Community  & Technical College. The class will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Follow their journey this year on the Chamber’s Facebook page as we share pictures and videos from their experiences.

The Leadership LaRue Class includes:

Michelle Brown – Karbec, LLC

Jimmy Curle – LaRue County Public Library Board

Tammy Davidson – Sunrise Manor

Adam Estes – Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

Dana Garrett – United Way of Central Kentucky

Michele Mattingly – Lincoln National Bank

Lindsey Peace – Magnolia Bank

Ginger Perry – Farm Credit Mid-America

Doug Ponder – LaRue County Herald News

Debbie Rucker – City of Hodgenville

Kendra Slayton – Hardin Memorial Hospital

Jessica Stowers – Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

Charlotte Tucker – LaRue County Board of Education

Marcy Ward – LaRue County Cooperative Extension

Scott Williams – First Baptist Church Hodgenville



Pictured front row left: Adam Estes, Jessica Stowers, Lindsey Peace, Dana Garrett, Doug Ponder, Scott Williams, Ginger Perry and Jimmy Curle

Back row from left: Michelle Brown, Michele Mattingly, Charlotte Tucker, Marcy Ward, Kendra Slayton and Debbie Rucker. Not pictured is Tammy Davidson