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Today's Features

  • Josh and Lauren Ragland of Magnolia are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Evan Ragland.

    He was born June 12, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

    Grandparents are David and Debbie Ragland of Hodgenville; and Kent and Lynne Simpson of Georgia.

  • Shonda and Johnny Underwood, of Columbia, wish to announce the birth of their son, Alec Wade, born July 18, 2013.

    Grandparents are Lynn and Norm Hoffman, Seretta and Jerry Parnell and Jimmy Skaggs.

    Great grandparents are Mary L. Sexton and Stanley Harmon.

  • Kelli Williams of Hodgenville and Troy Jolly of Hardinsburg, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

    The wedding will take place 6 p.m. Aug. 17, 2013, at Sportsman Lake, Hodgenville.

    All friends and family are invited to attend.

    The couple will reside in Hodgenville after the wedding.

  • E.S. Ferrill shared this information about his grandfather, William Ferrill. (The story was found on a genealogical website.)

    William Ferrill came to LaRue County (then Kentucky County, Virginia), from Culpepper, Va., in 1788. He came when a very small child with his mother, a young widow.

    His mother’s brothers, John and James Howell, accompanied them on horseback.

  • In LaRue County’s history, there have been few entrepreneurs to match Edward Stanton Ferrill.

    Ferrill, the grandfather of Linda Back of Hodgenville, turned a small drugstore in Buffalo into a booming wholesale business during a time when almost every other business was struggling or going belly-up.

    The secret to his success? He never went into a new venture until he had the cash saved to start it.

    “E.S.” as he was known, was born Feb. 19, 1862, to Henry and Mary Jane Ray Ferrill. He was raised on a farm on the Rolling Fork River.

  • The Buffalo Elementary School’s gym has a history that reaches back to the 1800s when it was built not as a gymnasium, but as an academic wing of East Lynn College, which longtime Buffalo resident John T. Meers said originally opened in 1860.


    “The original structure was T-shaped and what is now the gym contained classrooms which the college used,” Meers said. “When they separated the two buildings, they moved a section that became a lunchroom on the bottom floor and Masonic and Eastern Star lodge above, and the other part became a gym.”


  • Growing up in Buffalo in the 1930s and ‘40s was a lot like living in the idyllic, if fictional, Mayberry, according to local businessman Joel Ray Sprowls.

    “Everything was laid back; there was no rushing around like today,” said Sprowls, who attended Mount Tabor School and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1946.

    Though the atmosphere was relaxed, Sprowls and the other kids in town always found plenty to occupy them.