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  • Trooper injured on I-65

    A Kentucky state trooper working his final shift on the force was hit by a vehicle Saturday in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 afternoon while walking on the shoulder of the road to issue a speeding ticket.

    Sam Shacklette, 46, a 20-year veteran of KSP, had “about an hour left in his shift,” said KSP Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory. Gregory said Shacklette was scheduled to retire at midnight Saturday.

  • PHOTO: Hot enough to pop corn
  • Former teacher honored by Lindsey Wilson

    History will be made when the Lindsey Wilson College community celebrates the college’s 83rd homecoming on the weekend of Sept. 12-13.

    Six individuals will be honored by the college; a new homecoming queen and king will be crowned; and a new Blue Raider Bob mascot will be unveiled.

  • PHOTO: Rotary guest
  • Joel Ray: Come for the music, stay for the jokes

    Joel Ray Sprowls, owner and producer of the Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville for 60 years, is known as much for his comedy as his emceeing the show.

    He can even boast of earning an encore for wearing one of his trademark flashy sequined suits and another for a joke, one of thousands he has told on stage.

  • Man charged with assault, trespass

    A Hodgenville man is facing numerous charges after allegedly assaulting a woman in her apartment Aug. 25.

    James Christopher Matthews, 19, who recently moved to the area from Edmonton, according to police, allegedly held a knife to a woman’s throat and threatened to kill her. Charges filed include second-degree assault, fleeing and evading police (on foot), second-degree attempted burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.

  • New Haven mayor dies

    New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson died Thursday after an illness following surgery.

    City Clerk Linda Mattingly said he passed away around noon at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    He was in his fourth year as mayor after having served two terms on the New Haven Board of Commissioners.

    He had also been the city’s police chief for 17 years.

    “He did a great job as mayor,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be sadly missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

  • Clayton Homes building sold

    After sitting vacant for almost six years, the Clayton Homes building in LaRue County’s Industrial Park has been sold.

    Businessman Tim L. Aulbach, through Bella Development LLC, purchased the property from CMH Hodgenville, Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., for $1.5 million.

    LaRue County Community and Economic Development Director Bob Sims made the formal announcement of the sale at Thursday’s meeting of the LaRue County Industrial Foundation.

  • Jamboree celebrates 60 years

    As he enters his 60th year as owner and producer of the Lincoln Jamboree and his 56th year as proprietor of Joel Ray’s Restaurant, Joel Ray Sprowls’ path to longevity has been like the Energizer Bunny: He takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin.’

     “I’m like a cat with nine lives, and I think I just lived my eighth one,” he quipped.

  • EMS hosts responder training

    LaRue County EMS will host a National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Sept. 3 at its classroom on Lincoln Boulevard.

    Mike Cottrell, county EMS director, told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 26 the four hours of instruction will provide guidelines to best protect emergency workers when working an accident.

    Cottrell said the recent I-65 accident that took the life of a Glendale volunteer fireman emphasized the need for such training.