2009 Year End Review

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Week by week review of the headlines

By The Staff

Jan. 7 – City may cut Main Street funding by 25 percent, Lincoln Bicentennial events planned for Feb. 11-12, Red Hill Cemetery opens new section, Mat Hawks defeat top-ranked Union County, Lady Hawks defeat Caverna; Deaths: Zula Mae Ackerman, Harold William Baker, M.D., Arthur Russell Gaines, William Jackson Edmonds, Wade G. Gibson, Robert Lindsey, Anna Lucille Allen Salazar, Freda Mable Underwood Thompson

Jan. 14 – City Council backs decision to slash Main Street funding, Main Street director resigns, Dwayne Whitlock retires after 34-year career with Kentucky Division of Forestry, Lady Hawks defeat Bardstown Bethlehem, Tyler Hornback reaches 1,000 point milestone; Deaths: Charles A. Council, Frances Gardner Ragland, Rose Shelton, Larry Eugene Skaggs, Pamela Elise Thomas, Lawrence Allen Thompson; Births, Brennan Reed Sherrard

Jan. 21 – Campbellsville University to open satellite campus in Hodgenville, grand jury indicts Wayne Canter on trafficking charges, visitation to Lincoln sites increased by 18.1 percent, Hawks defeat Hart County, Lady Hawks defeat Hart County; Deaths: Janet L. Hornback, Robert Henry Philpott

Jan. 28 – School board votes 3-2 to extend superintendent’s contract, Celia McDonald named interim Main Street manager, middle school wrestlers state bound, LaRue Hawks fall to Central Hardin; Deaths: Mary Lee Berry, Margie Christine Hoyle, Archie Wayne Murrell, Theo B. Terry Jr., Jesse A. “Coochie” Warren

Feb. 4 – State of emergency declared in county after ice storm, power outage sends dozens to shelter, bicentennial plans shift after storm closes park, state wrestling duals canceled; Deaths: Judy H. Beams, Frances Xavier Maupin, Clearcie McGirt Pearman, Norma Aline Reynolds, Mary D. Stiles

Feb. 11 – New Lincoln penny unveiled, cleanup begins after storm, Damon R. Soone, of Bardstown killed in collision on Bardstown Road; Deaths: Mary Price Atwell, Egene Connor, Daymon Earl Goldsmith, Robert Thomas Hines, Lois Jane Smith, Sherry Shickle Bottoms Lemons, Owen R. Mahoney, E. Leona Mather Terry

Feb. 18 – Abe’s 200th birthday celebrated with release of new penny, visitors flock to park in Lincoln tribute, 11 Mat Hawks qualify for state tournament; Deaths: Joseph Branic, William Robert Brown, Virginia Sherrard, Damon R. Sonne, Garry E. Riggs

Feb. 25 – State contractor begins storm clean-up, slick roads lead to two crashes, Emily Martin, LaRue County Library director plans to retire, Mat Hawks take seventh in state, Hawks advance to district playoffs; Deaths: Veronika Tracey Combs, Leonard Daniel Edlin Jr., John E. Elliott Jr., Anita Louise Parrett, Hubert Mitchell Wright

March 4 – New Lincoln penny brings wealth to sellers, Hawks are 18th district champs, Lady Hawks lost to Hart County; Deaths: Mayme Agnes Clyde, David Wayne South; Births: Hayley Jade Helm

March 11 – Sherry Jensen, convicted robber of Magnolia Bank denied shock probation, agencies agree communication was needed after ice storm, city council tables Hazle issue due to health issues, Cody Stephens defends state high school rodeo championship, LaRue has six elementary school state wrestling champs, Gary Canter inducted into 5th Region Athletic Directors Hall of Fame; Deaths: Earl Lee Carter, Anita Louise Lee, Elizabeth Plouvier Underwood

March 18 – LCHS speech teams wins state championship, Tonya D. Bell charged with arson, Conservation District celebrates 65 years; Deaths: Sherry J. Durst, Emma Lou Jaggers, Ralph Hubbard; Births: Brooklyn Riley Skaggs

March 25 – CATS scratched while Frankfort decides new standards, bear spotted by policeman, Peggy Newton named ExCEL winner, The LaRue County Herald News wins state history award, baseball team wins against Caverna; Deaths: Lucille Howell Cecil, Forrest W. Kelly, Bruce Stillwell; Births: Molly Claire Abbott, Madalyn Avery Amos

April 1 – Three Michigan men charged in Murrieltown Road burglary, churches plan a variety of Easter programs, Judge says not enough proof in arson case against Tonya D. Bell, Lady Hawks win opening game, Hawks win against Caverna; Deaths: Billy Wade Berryhill, James Arthur Ford, Michael Edward Hardee, William Edward Williams

April 8 – Jail deputy charged with promoting contraband, genealogy society finds new home in old police station, Nolin RECC to raise rates, Hawks win two, lose two in Florida, Lady Hawks drop three games in Florida, Tyler Davenport places second in shot put at LaRue tri-meet; Deaths: Mycia B. Bell, Fred Benjamin Burress, William Clayton Gribbins, Dora E. Warren Hall, Jean Willian, Gisele Taylor, Sam L. Montgomery

April 15 – Hodgenville man charged with rape of 8-year-old, foster parents charged with drug possession, federal grand jury indicts chiropractor for tax evasion, McDougal Lake has new entrance and boat ramp, Truman Padgett takes first in 400 meter race, jerseys of Lady Hawks, Tesha Paysen, Amanda Eastridge and Brandy Meers to be retired; Deaths: Sylvia S. Aubrey, Helen Hill, Ruthene Bell Priddy, Ralph Richards Sr.

April 22 – Lincoln Museum Library to open April 30, school board sets graduation for May 29, man charged with indoor marijuana grow, Tesha Paysen starts for U of L softball team, tennis team defeats Bardstown and Campbellsville; Deaths: George Ray Gaddie, Thelma A. Lee, Norma Jean Spalding Mattingly, Nellie Higgason Sandidge, Gary W. Spratt

April 29 – Concealed deadly weapon classes coming to LaRue, Ashley Litsey wins national championship in forensics, Lady Hawks defeat Caverna; Deaths: Creed Clopton, Edna Pearl Warren Grimes, Leola Imogene Thompson, Maudie Agnes Edlin Meredith, Edison Eugene Williams; Births: Caden Dale Hack

May 6 – Fort Knox Federal Credit Union to build branch in Hodgenville, OEA investigates school board members Dick Greenwell and Ronnie Chelf, Deputy Russell McCoy’s 3-year-old Belgian Malinois certified National Narcotics Detective Dog, Lincoln Museum Library and Research Center opens. Dylan Parr, Michelle Seymour top seeds in tennis, LaRue defeats Meade and Fort Knox, Hawks baseball wins over Green County and Caverna; Deaths: Charles R. Reese, Joseph Edward Roach; Births: Olivia Faith Taylor

May 13 – New law gives residents more time to pay property tax bills, Abe statue shining like a new penny after cleaning, Relay for Life begins May 15, Hawks stun DuPont Manual; Deaths: Ralph E. Lobb, Billye Dale Seymour, Hal G. Skaggs

May 20 – Former sheriff John A. Smith and former mayor, R.K. Keith die, school board member asked to resign by audience member, Lady Hawks defeat Hart County, Hawks blank Caverna, Michelle Seymour advances to state tennis tournament, several LaRue athletes advance to state track meet; Deaths: Dorothy Florence Dawson Bullock, Pearl Deaver Hendren Howard, Howard W. Highbaugh, R.K. Keith, Homer B. Nicholas, John A. Smith Sr.

May 27 – LaRue County Truck Sales owners plead guilty to fraud, LaRue Baptist 4-H groups restores historic Little Mount Cemetery, city offers free movie night, 194 seniors to graduate, Hawks win district, drop to E’town in region, Lady Hawks fall in first round of region, Michelle Seymour wins first match at state, drops second to Sallee of E’town; Deaths: Pearl A. Allen, Jesse Ray Gibson, James Earl Wix Jr., Avis Morgan Gowen, Cecil Loyd Kennedy, Howard W. Highbaugh, Deward E. Caven, Arvin LaFollette Jr.; Births: Olivia Anne Clark

June 3 – Kim Fisher beats odds, walking again after being paralyzed in wreck, first annual Daniel Parker Statistical Leader Award presented to Drew Newberry, J.T. Thompson and Shaquille Cox; Deaths: Bertha Matilda McCubbin Berry, Goldie Druen Burba, Ned Earl Littlefield Jr., Sarah Margaret Hornback Massie, Paul R. Meredith, Russell Eugene Pierce

June 10 – Trapper hired to deal with coyote pack, veteran, Guthrie Catlin takes honor flight to D.C., volunteers build Gospel of Grace Church in days, Upton’s Wabash Motorsports offers tons of mud and fun; Deaths: Dorothy Motley Hardee, Faye E. Libby, Pearl Miller Lobb, G.R. Loyall, Joseph Odell Morgan, Harold Eugene Savage, Antonio Lugo-Santiago

June 17 – Police investigate shooting death of Nathaniel Richardson, public tennis court in ruins, school district taking bids, Michelle McKamey wins tennis tourney; Deaths: Virgil Leon Bryant, Carl T. Cruse, Sylvester Price, Nathaniel Jerome Richardson, Harolyn Cantrell Stewart

June 24 – Joseph Edward Wimsett of Mt. Sherman faces sex abuse charges in three counties, Beverly Reliford of Greensburg charged with trafficking after wreck, Dylan Parr named sophomore of the year by area tennis coaches; Deaths: Walter Daniels, William Lafe Haycraft, Veronica Lynn McDonald, Robert Lee Swarm, Herman Stearman Milby, Mabel C. Wells; Birth: Shelby Elizabeth Wooden

July 1 – College courses available through Campbellsville University, Upton man dies in fire; Deaths: Christine Beatress Jones Chelf, Gerald W. Corder, Frances Carter England, Melvin Blane Kennedy, John Harold Payne

July 8 – Joseph Edward Wimsett of Mt. Sherman, accused of sexual abuse, skips LaRue and Nelson court dates, Douglas Richardson joins park staff as Brue retires, Pat Helm retires as LaRue County’s director of EMS; Deaths: Errol Paul Johnson II, Frances Almeda Johnson, Mildred Allen Payton, Ollie Marie Russell, Oscar Velpeau Strickland, Helen Miracle Skaggs, Robert Sydnor Smith

July 15 – New nursing home project takes next step, former resident, Robert Emmett Grattan Jr., dies in police fire, call center in Bardstown may bring 500 jobs to region; Terry and Kyle Caven tops at E’town tennis tourney; Deaths: Rozella Milby Jones, Bro. A.J. Parrish, Jesse Thomas Massie, Charles Donald Elmore

July 22 – Sonora man, Robert Allen Kincaid charged with indoor grow bust netting 209 pot plants, board evaluates superintendent in open session; Deaths: Peter Francis Ballard, Mike Hardin Jr., Carolyn Smith Jaggers, Chester L. Perkins, Mary Monin Summers Walker

July 29 – Escaped inmate Ryan Robinson captured in Indiana, groundbreaking ceremony held for new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home building, Emily Whitlow named Miss LaRue County Fair; Deaths: Flossie M. Smith Crowe, Elmer Estes Jr., Beverly French, Barbara Ann Hicks Bray, Martha Daugherty Hubbard Pettrey, Kevin Edward Whitfield

Aug. 5 – Buffalo woman Tracy Lynn Dotson charged in shooting her husband, workers tackle mold problem at Lincoln Memorial Building, 12 people charged by sealed indictment, third Lincoln cent to be unveiled in Illinois; Deaths: Robert C. Duncan, Annie P. Ford Dye, Michelle Ann Lawson, Laura Dean Castleman Brewer Husk, Margaret Louise Buchanan, Elmer Lee Rucker, Bernard M. Skaggs, Leora Willis; Births: Caroline Christine Hawkins, Ryann Lee Engstrand

Aug. 12 – Lennie Vincent dies in motorcycle crash, groundbreaking held for new Ft. Knox Federal Credit Union branch, enrollment down at LaRue County School; Deaths: Kenneth E. Barnes, James Gilbert Grimes, Eelin Stiles Hackworth Scott; Birth: Dakota Laine Allen

Aug. 19 – Christopher Miller pleads guilty to 722 counts of sex crimes, clean up progressing on Firestone building, former employee files civil suit against school system, bicentennial penny unveiled in Springfield, Lady Hawks win first three volleyball games; Deaths: Harold Wayne Bailey, Patsy Ann Blair, Harold Eugene Burton, Samuel G. Goff Sr., James Minor Sullivan Jr., Joseph Leon Greenwell Sr., Jerry Holman, Mildred Miller, Frances Maxine Sloan, Samuel Turner, Aileen Jaggers, Lennie C. Vincent

Aug. 26 – Michael S. Sams charged with manslaughter after hit and run, four months added to escaped inmate, Ryan David Robinson’s sentence, Hawks win season opener; Deaths: Paul Swim Brownfield, Mae F. Cobb, Corbett Lile Key, Raymond Spurgeon, John Edward Whitlow, Brenda Jo Shaffer

Sept. 2 – City garbage rates increase, Lincoln Days cutting expenses after loss of corporate sponsor, downtown businesses may be added to National Register, school being proactive against H1N1. Deaths: Cora Underwood Curry, Roger Dale Hutcherson, Audrey G. Hatfield Neat

Sept. 9 – Upton woman struck by train water tower bid under $1 million, Lady Hawks win Slam Jam; Deaths: Marsha G. Thompson Goldsmith, Joseph Donald Nevitt, Edward A. Elliott

Sept. 16 – Three Magnolia residents charged with manufacturing meth, new pharmacy planned for Hodgenville, Roger and Arlene Perkins lose their Buffalo home to fire, Hawks defeat Green County, LaRue’s girls’ soccer team defeats Monroe; Deaths: Edna Maxine Amos, Elsie Meredith Hall, Anthony W. Morgenthal, Wanda F. Murray, April LeChel Pierce, Alvia Ross Sorrell; Births: Evan and Ethan Smith

Sept. 23 – Ayanna Humphrey, 2, recovering from pit bull attack, school board keeps tax rate at 2008 level, First Baptist youth hold March for Christ, No Child Left Behind show schools on track, Hawks defeat Glasgow, Lady Hawks volleyball team defeats North Hardin; Deaths: Maria Caraballo, Ruth Sharon Catlett, Col. Howell Edwards Jones Sr., Bertha Louise Heath Morgan, Stella Polley Parker, William Marshall Ross, Owen Stanley Trumbo, Mike Willman, Keetyn Noah Scott Cundiff, infant, George B. Truitt, Evelyn S. Sprowls; Births: Destinee Jade Beeler, Raegan Marie Sidebottom

Sept. 30 – Deputies nab smuggled contraband at jail, Jim Sayre named grand marshal for Lincoln Days Parade, Steven Lewis Tucker charged with child porn, Kids Crew faces bleak financial future, Hawks defeat E’town, soccer Hawks roll over opponents, LCMS Ladies dominate tournament; Deaths: James Thomas Carter, William Marshall Ross, Rosia C. Warren, Evelyn S. Sprowls; Births; Aleah MaKay DeSpain, Landen Joseph Guy Childress

Oct. 7 – Jennifer Rose Priddy charged in theft from dental office, David McFarland sentenced to 18 years for shooting death of stepdaughter Sabrina Shirley, Savannah Hines crowned homecoming queen, Hawks’ homecoming hopes dashed by Central Hardin; Deaths: Dorothy Durham Davenport, Rebecca Kargle Duffer, Ruth DeSpain, Shirley Estelen Morris, John Devereaux Phillips

Oct. 14 – Chamber to try evening meetings, storm winds leave damage along Hardin-LaRue line, third-grader AnnClaire Gribbins finished third in 1,600-meter run in North Hardin Invitational; Deaths: Ruby Cruse Wooden, Ruth Jean Fina Krueger, Rev. Wendell Morgan; Births: Aven Lee Carter, Izaiah Matthew Jackson Coty, Brooke Amber Riggs

Oct. 21 – Christopher E. Miller sentenced to 16 years in child sex abuse case, alleged meth-mom flees, leaves daughter at hospital, Michael S. Sams, indicted for murder in traffic accident, LCMS wins blackout battle against Adair County, Lady Hawks volleyball team earns place in regional tourney; Deaths: Harold Thomas Allen, Nola Christine Burgess Elliott, William Holton, William Garrett Wilson

Oct. 28 – Inmate Nick Rager indicted in valium ring, alleged meth-mom and boyfriend surrender at jail, Hawks fall to Bullitt East, Lady Hawks fall to Bethlehem; Deaths: John Calhoun Brannen, Cliston Bray Jr., Elizabeth A. Davenport, Charles R. Highbaugh, Allene Kinney, Sammie Lee Underwood, Barbara Kay Stillwell

Nov. 4 – Joel Ray Sprowls recovering from stroke, shots disrupt party at American Legion Post 87, more drugs found at LaRue jail, Thomas McGrew named grand marshal of Veterans Day Parade, Hawks finish season at 6-4; Deaths: Curtis Wood Lewis, Marshall E. Morrison, Charles M. Strange

Nov. 11 - Five escape fiery crash, driver, Aaron Morales charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Emily Johnson tops in National FFA competition, veterans honored by parade and program, free vaccine available to few for H1N1, LaRue Hawks advance in playoffs, runners quality for state meet, LCMS seventh and eighth grade girls claim championship; Deaths: Freddie Catlett, Darrell Bernard Clifford, Mary W. Norris, Barbara Logsdon Wells, Roy Kenneth Turner, Irene Smith, Edward Frank LaMuth,

Aline G. Thompson; Births: Isabella Rose Thompson, Hayden Wade Glass

Nov. 12 – Kenneth Craig Mattingly charged in shooting death of Donald Marshall, schools to provide flu shot clinics for students, Campbellsville University christens Brockman Center, Hawks playoff hopes end at Marion Co.; Deaths: Gordon Conner, Edward Frank LaMuth, Donald Carey Marshall, Gary Francis Morley, Carrie Bowling Rock, James Edwin Scott Jr., Roy Leo Veirs; Births: Elisha Gabriel Sisney, Isabella Rose Thompson

Nov. 25 – Reed Farris, of Magnolia dies in Ky. 210 crash, FFA teens win $5,000 in soybean video contest, Joel Ray back on stage after stroke, Mat Hawks win tournament; Deaths: James E. Cecil, Reed Farris, Mary Beachie Houston Fraze, Grady E. Terrill, Roger Dale Jackson; Births: Maddox Jay Castile, Ainsley Paige Grant

Dec. 2 – Smokeless tobacco top health risk at LCHS, employment seminar offers advice and hope to job seekers, Bo Haun, tri-sport athlete dons Hawk mascot suit; Deaths: John H. Marcum, Sixfrido Mendex II, Juanita Coffey Stovall, Claborn Lee Walters; Births: Airisa Danielle Wolford

Dec. 9 – School board considers early release Fridays, runaways from Life Connection found after two-hour search, Santa’s Helpers struggle to meet need, H1N1 clinics held at schools, Lady Hawks open season with pair of wins, Mat Hawks tops at Oldham Super Duals; Deaths: Tony Ray DeSpain, Bobby Allen Hodge, Jimmie Jewell, Richard Eugene Pepper, Marvin R. Price, Joseph Gordon Newton, Otis Carvelle Williams, Wayne Stewart Seng Sr.; Births: Jayden Michael Hagerdash

Dec. 16 – Hunting banned at McDougal Lake, ambulance service missing $3,000 worth of stabilizer boards, Hawks out hustle Breckinridge and Hart County, Lady Hawks fall in overtime, Mat Hawks dominate Nelson County Duals; Deaths: James Alfred Brown Sr., David Duane Cobble, Betty Lois Davis, Thomas G. Downs Jr., Annie Frances Priddy, Jacklyn May Trumbo; Births: Rylee Wayne Cundiff, Makenna Janai Riggs, Donavon Chase Sheroon

Dec. 23 – Smoketown II latest victim in burglary ring, HES children honor classmate Ashley Long, fire destroys Tom’s Pallet Recycling, school board approves early release Fridays for students, Hawks defeat Caverna, fall to North Hardin, Lady Hawks in tourney final; Deaths: Charles Froman Beams, Patrick Neil Edlin, Virginia Mather Gardner, Joseph LaVaughn Higdon, Kelly Lynn Jeffries, Beulah Vincent, Karleigh Nicole Waller, Elizabeth Jean Nall Kasey, Ottie Freeman Priddy; Births: Josie Rae Blair, Elizabeth Mae  Smith

Dec. 30 – Buffalo apartment project back on track, burglary suspects apprehended in Louisville, Chad T. Frith sentenced to two years after injuring infant; Deaths: Naomi Lucille Skaggs Bailey, Helen Marie Botto, Phyllis Ann Casteel, Dayna C. Dodson