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  • INFAMY: Cable and Clopton terrorized LaRue

     In 1990, a pair of serial killers struck in LaRue County.

    James Ray Cable and Phillip Clopton were suspected of kidnapping, killing and dismembering two Louisville teenagers. The girls, Bridget Allen and Sherry Wilson, both 14, left home one day in January 1990 and were never seen again.

    In March that year, a severed arm washed up in Pottinger Creek near New Hope. Authorities determined the arm had been sawn from the body of a young person, but the victim was not identified for several months.

  • FAME: Custer Gardner: Last man to hang

     Elijah Custer Gardner lived in Pike View, just a few miles from LaRue County’s southern border. However, so many of his relatives lived – and still live – in LaRue County and so much of the action crossed county lines, we are including him in this section.

  • FAME: John Thomson Hodgen: Splint inventor

     The widespread use of fracture splints during the Civil War can be attributed partially to John Thomson Hodgen, born in Hodgenville on Jan. 19, 1826.

  • FAME: James Akin: Egging on success

     A LaRue County native hatched a concept that’s helping couples coping with infertility to conceive by creating the world’s first donor egg bank.

  • FAME: Linda Peeno: Far from a 'Damaged Life'

     Born in Hodgenville, Linda Peeno is the daughter of James Phelps, Sr. Today, she is a physician who has become one of the country’s most prominent whistleblowers in government on issues dealing with health care.

  • FAME: Clarkie Mayfield: Hero of supper club fire

     On May 28, 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, the third deadliest blaze in U.S. history, claimed the life of former LaRue County High School football coach and teacher, Herman Clark “Clarkie” Mayfield. The 35-year-old was one of 165 victims.

  • FAME: Carl Brashear was the original 'man of honor'

     Carl Brashear was born in Tonieville on Jan. 19, 1931. The son of African American sharecroppers, McDonald and Gonzella Brashear, and the sixth of eight children, grew up to become a breaker of racial barriers and a master in the Navy. 

  • Bald eagles spotted in New Haven

     On Dec. 18, Stephanie Wimsett, New Haven, came home from church to find two eagles circling her pond on Lyons Station Road.

    "I saw the juvenile eagle a few days before but didn't realize that is what it was because its head wasn't white," Wimsett said. "I guess they were fishing around our pond. A few days later the adult bald eagle flew to another set of trees and we haven't seen him since."

  • Veteran's Memorial is a touching tribute to Hodgenville soldier

    The end of the nine-year Iraq war came Dec. 15 with a ceremony at Andrews air base.
    All U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year – but that comes as bittersweet news to families who lost a loved one. According to the Military Times, 4,487 American troops were killed in the controversial war and 32,000 were wounded.
    We’ll honor their sacrifice, knowing that a ceremony – no matter how beautiful, no matter how patriotic – will not touch their family’s grief.

  • Hundreds benefit from Santa Run

    A good Samaritan is credited with saving the efforts of volunteers preparing for the 45th annual Christmas Eve Santa Run.
    Former Hodgenville Fire Chief Terry “T.O.” Ovesen came to the rescue on Dec. 23 when the aging “Santa bus” broke down at the gas pump, according to Ann “Snookie” Morrison.