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  • Kentucky Kingdom opens May 24

    With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.

  • Mayor ousted

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse was removed from office Thursday night by a unanimous vote of City Council.

    The 10-hour session, moderated by Douglas George, included testimony from Police Chief Steve Johnson, accountant Dana Burba, City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke, water plant supervisor Gerald Gaulke, former City Clerk Rebecca Reynolds and Detective Clinton Turner.

    Councilman Kenny Devore was voted in as interim mayor and was sworn in after the meeting. 

  • PHOTO: Truck fire

    Officers shut down Lincoln Boulevard for a short time about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after a pickup caught fire near the intersection at Creekfront Park. There were fuel tanks in the bed of the pickup. Hodgenville, LaRue County and Buffalo firefighters responded to the scene.

  • Crew tackles clean-up of historic cemetery

    The last burial in Little Mount Cemetery took place about 100 years ago.
    Since then, the graveyard on Leafdale Road has been overtaken by a stand of trees, poison ivy and saw briars.
    A towering oak has grown around a tombstone with an illegible inscription. Many stones are broken; others are toppled. Wind and ice have broken limbs and trees.
    Volunteers have attempted clean-ups over the years, but it has been difficult to find sufficient funding and manpower to make a great impression.

  • Lincoln Park to plant chestnut trees

     Workers at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park will plant 20 American chestnut trees at the picnic area on Saturday, May 17.  

    The blight-resistant trees, known as “Restoration Chestnuts 1.0,” are the products of The American Chestnut Foundation national breeding program which breed native American chestnuts with blight-resistant Chinese chestnuts. 

  • Relay for Life begins Friday

     Pajama Party! This is the theme of the 2014 LaRue County Relay for Life which will be held this Friday, May 16 at Hodgenville Elementary School. Survivor registration begins at 6 p.m. with the actual ceremonies kicking off at 6:30. The Heartland Fillies, a local women’s barbershop singing group, will be on hand to entertain survivors and the gathering crowd.

  • Martha Wilkinson, widow of former governor, dies at 72

     Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson died Wednesday, May 7, at 72. Her husband, former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, served from 1987 to 1991.

    Mr. Wilkinson is remembered for his role in the Kentucky Educational Reform Act and implementing a state lottery while Mrs. Wilkinson was an advocate for adult literacy.

    She died in Florida. Arrangements are pending but it's thought she will be buried in Florida beside her husband, who died in 2002.

  • Teen injured in crash

     A Hodgenville teenager was injured April 29 in a two-vehicle crash.

    Stephen Moore, 20, of Payneville, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt south on Lincoln Farm Road just before 5 p.m., according to the LaRue County Sheriff’s office. Payne said he was going to turn left into the parking lot of Lincoln General Store and did not see a northbound Ford Ranger pickup. The Cobalt was struck when he turned in front of the pickup.

  • Pipeline companies halt project

     The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, which would have crossed a dozen Kentucky counties over a 180-mile route – including LaRue County – appears to be dead.

    Williams Co. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, the two energy companies behind the controversial project, announced Monday that they could not put together a large enough customer base for natural gas liquids to make the project viable.

    NGLs are used in plastics and commercial fuel – and are generally classed as hazardous materials.

  • Teacher, daughter identified as Botland victims

    Kathy Netherland and her daughter were killed in a double homicide, Kentucky State Police Post Four investigators released today just after 5 p.m.

    "Based on investigations and autopsies performed this morning at the State Medical Examiner’s Office, both deaths are being ruled as homicides," the release said. "The cause of death will not be released at this time."