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  • Arts historian chronicles life, work of Nelson silversmith

    Less is known about Bardstown silversmith and clockmaker Jonathan Simpson than about his work, but Gary Dean Gardner wants to change that.

    The independent scholar of southern history and decorative arts is working with local historians Francis X. Smith Sr., Dixie Hibbs, Bjoern Lorenzen, David Hall and others on a survey of the work of the nationally renowned 19th century craftsman.

    He is also writing a comprehensive biography of Simpson.

  • Judge Heyburn, Kentucky gay marriage judge, dies

    U.S. Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II, a Republican who carved an independent and progressive path in three decades on the federal bench, upholding school desegregation and striking down laws that forbade gay marriage, died Wednesday, according to U.S. District Court clerk Vanessa Armstrong.

    He was 66 and had battled liver cancer.

    Heyburn was nominated to the bench in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush at the recommendation of Sen. Mitch McConnell but hardly followed in the conservative senator's footsteps.

  • Library's program goes 'Prime Time'

    The LaRue County Public Library’s family literacy project ended Tuesday – but the impact it has had on families is expected to be far-reaching.
    Prime Time Family Reading Time, funded by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council and Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, provided supper and reading material to about 30 people each week. The library was one of 14 in the state selected for the program, which is designed specifically for underserved families with children ages 6 to 10.

  • Novelist discusses slavery in Kentucky

    Marse Williams stepped away from the carriage, held up an official-looking paper with facing markings on it. “All this talk about the Emancipation Proclamation.” He wadded up the paper as if it were garbage and threw it on the ground. “This is the first day of 1863, but it’s still Kentucky. It doesn’t free any of you.”

    “It doesn’t free you,” he pointed toward Joe while he ground the paper beneath his boot heel. “Or you.” He pointed toward Rachel.

  • A classmate recalls Estel Myers

    Estel Myers, along with his younger siblings Orville, Iola,Kenneth and Bert, moved to the Leafdale road area in 1934.

    The children attended Stone House School, along with area families like the Dunn's, Powell’s, Pearman's, Riggs, Sidebottom's, and Ovesens. Their teachers at the one-room school were Jenny Nichols and Robert Wallace.

    After finishing his studies at Stone House, Myers decided to continue his education at Hodgenville High School, where he became close friends with Robert Dunn.

  • 'Belly of the Beast' tells Estel Myers' story

    Forward of Belly of the Beast

    "On December 13, 1944 Estel Myers was herded aboard the Japanese prison ship Oryoku Maru with more than 1,600 other American captives. Almost 1,300 of them would be dead by journey's end...."

     

    Japanese atrocities during World War II have been an overlooked fact in many history books. Although thousands of Americans were taken prisoner in the Pacific arena, few survived to tell the tale.

  • FERC initiates pipeline environmental assessment study

    Residents and agencies concerned about Kinder Morgan's proposal to convert a pipeline to carry NGLs through Kentucky now have an opportunity to provide comments and input on the project's environmental impact.

  • News of Record - April 22, 2015

      Marriages

    The following marriage licenses have been issued in LaRue County.

    Amanda Rae Mortensen, 26, and Justin Alexander Lee, 24, both of Hodgenville

  • Elvis and Meatloaf concert combines with food drive

    Elvis and Meatloaf will appear Saturday night at LaRue County Park and Recreation.
    Jesse Perkins and Colonel Perkins, brothers from the Ball Holler area, have been performing tribute concerts since the 1980s. Jesse began recreating Elvis performances while he was still in high school. Colonel joined the act in the late 1980s.
    The Perkins brothers have combined their concerts with fundraisers for various charities over the years, including animal shelters and the Historic State Theater.

  • Wildlife artist Ray Harm dies

    Kentucky naturalist and wildlife artist Ray Harm died April 9, 2015, at his home in Sonoita, Arizona. He was 88.

    Harm, who had been described as Kentucky's “most noted bird artist since John James Audubon,” was known for his intricately observed and detailed paintings of wildlife, in which he conveyed both personality and poetry of animals.

    He had been suffering from prostate cancer and was under Hospice care at the time of his death, said his daughter Linda Stampf of Richmond.