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  • Writer dives deep into the rise, fall of the 'Cornbread Mafia'

     When Jim Higdon III was a student at Columbia University, he met a lot of intellectuals who he said could not find Kentucky on a map, yet they were entertained by the stories he shared from Marion County.

    “I realized at some point there was a currency in the stories from here, that we had the market cornered on awesome stories,” Higdon said.

  • Gas is 21.3 percent higher than last year

     The U.S. average price of gasoline ($3.26 per gallon), has declined significantly in recent months but still remains 21.3 cents per gallon higher than the U.S. average price recorded last year at this time.

    “As 2011 has come to a close, that's cause for concern,” says Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com. “Why? For the past seven years, the average price movement from the beginning of the year to the peak price posted during the year has been $0.93 cents per gallon, and as high as $1.31/gallon.”

  • Man cited for DUI, endangerment in New Haven Road wreck

     A Hodgenville man is accused of driving drunk with a 1-year-old child in his van, which allegedly sideswiped a truck on New Haven Road New Year’s Eve night.

    Richard Curtsinger, 47, was injured in the wreck, complaining of non-life-threatening chest, head and neck pain, according to Nelson County Sheriff’s Dep. Reece Riley. Curtsinger was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital, where he was cited for first-degree driving under the influence, aggravated circumstances, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and failure to wear a seat belt.

  • Top 7 stories of '11

     Jamie Shaw Marksbury returned to work Jan. 3, nearly five months after she was involved in a small plane crash outside Hodgenville. 

  • KSP investigating Buffalo homicide

     A young woman known for her laughter and warm smile was found dead Friday inside a Buffalo home. 

  • Victim identified in College Street homicide

    An Elizabethtown woman has been arrested in connection to a Friday homicide in LaRue County.

    Belinda Martin, 26, is charged with receiving property stolen from a residence at 241 College Street in Buffalo.

    Kristie Lynne Allen, 28, was found dead at that address Friday evening, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    Allen, according to officials, is the daughter of Beverly D. Constant Allen of Buffalo and David W. Allen of Hodgenville.

  • Death investigation in Buffalo

     Kentucky State Police are investigating a death that occurred about 6 p.m. Friday on College Street in Buffalo. Trooper Norman Chaffins said the death was the result of "an apparent homicide."

  • FAME: Austin Gollaher: Lincoln's savior

     Austin Gollaher Lincoln's Childhood Companion (1805-1898) "Where is my old friend and playmate Austin Gollaher . . . I would rather see Gollaher than any man living." 

    Abraham Lincoln

     

    Of Lincoln's childhood companions Austin Gollaher is best known as the man who claimed to have saved his life. Gollaher was born in 1805, died in 1898, and is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery near White City in LaRue County. 

  • FAME: JOEL RAY SPROWLS: 'Too busy living to worry about dying'

     Joel Ray Sprowls.

    The name is synonymous with LaRue County, country music and The Lincoln Jamboree.

    People may forget where Abraham Lincoln was born – but they know Joel Ray. Anyone who has worked the LaRue County booth at the Kentucky State Fair can attest to that fact.

    Fair visitors smile as they share tales about the entertainment and jokes they heard at the Jamboree – even if they attended decades ago.

  • FAME: The Great Diamond Hoax

     Sometimes, historians get it wrong.

    That’s the case in the story of John Slack – one of the men referenced in “The Great Diamond Hoax” published in “Fame – LaRue County’s Famous and Infamous” Nov. 17, 2010.