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  • Arson suspected in Buffalo house fire

    A Buffalo firefighter lost his home to fire early Christmas morning.
    Buffalo Fire Chief Wendell Perkins said the blaze was called in just after midnight. He believes two fires were set inside the home of Troy Wilmoth on Greensburg Road.
    “There was no electricity to the house,” Perkins said, “and it appeared the door had been kicked in.”
    Wilmoth was at work when the blaze was reported.

  • Crews continue to clear state highways

    Residents in Nelson County along KY 1066 and KY 458 may be wondering when the debris cut by the LaRue County Inmate Program almost two months ago will be cleared.

    According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet information officer Chris Jessie, there have been many factors contributing to the response of clearing the road sides.

    "There is one bucket truck in the area that we have for cutting," Jessie said. "The state crews come back and do the chipping. We've been waiting for the ground to dry so we could get bigger equipment out there."

  • Movie filmed at Lincoln Homestead State Park

     Lincoln Homestead State Park in Springfield will be the backdrop in some scenes of an upcoming Civil War-era film.

    Production crews garnered attention at the park last week, as traffic was briefly stopped at times while filming took place.

    The movie, a title wasn't disclosed, was also at Stephen Foster in Bardstown and Copper Canyon near Hopkinsville.

    Writer, director and producer Fred Ray said the film is “a small drama with some gunfire.”

  • Santa Bus plans annual run on Christmas Eve

     The Santa Bus will make its annual Christmas Eve run Saturday, bringing toys, jackets and gloves to families in their own communities.

  • Mount Sherman Post Office receives brief reprieve

     The U.S. Postal Service said last week that it will delay the closure or consolidation of any post office until at least May 15, 2012.

  • Two injured in crash near Magnolia

    Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash near Magnolia Dec. 17.

    About 8 p.m., Andrew Parrett, 24, of Hodgenville, was driving a 1998 Honda CRX north on U.S. 31-E near the intersection of Country Lane.

    Parrett attempted to pass a vehicle on the crest of a hill and lost control of the vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy. The vehicle flipped at least three times and came to rest in an upright position.

    Parrett’s passenger, Jason Cornelius, 23, of Elizabethtown, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in a ditch.

  • Two injured in crash near intersection

    Two men were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Dec. 18.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Cory Sidebottom, 24, of Hodgenville, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Camaro south on North L&N Turnpike near the intersection of Leafdale Road about 4:15 a.m. when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway.

    The driver overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the roadway, struck a concrete pole and vacant residence and came to rest facing west in the northbound lane.

  • House fire: Woman treated at hospital for smoke inhalation

    A Hodgenville woman suffered smoke inhalation when her house burned Sunday evening.

    Whitney Darst, 25, called 911 about 6 p.m., saying she was trapped in a back bedroom of her Leafdale Road home. The room was filling with smoke and the door felt hot.

    She was rescued by Buffalo firefighter, Craig Wright, who was first on the scene.

    Wright said he smashed the window with a rock and pulled Darst out of the smoke-filled room. 

  • State will not exhume animal grave at Taylor County Animal Shelter

    Taylor County's top official says investigators won't dig up a makeshift grave at the Taylor County Animal Shelter, a shelter that harbors LaRue County strays, to perform tests after all.

    And, he says, inmates are no longer being used to perform work at the animal shelter in response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

    In November, the Central Kentucky News-Journalreceived a letter from inmate Andy Stewart, who said he was working at the animal shelter when several animals were buried alive.

  • A killer goes free: Stories from families affected by shock probation

     Cindy’s story

     “It’s the worst thing a parent can ever go through, just knowing how she suffered. There’s just no way it will ever make sense to me at all.”

    Cindi McIntosh of Shelbyville, whose daughter, Beth McIntosh-Shreve, 37, a nurse at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, was brutally murdered in 2007, leaving behind three children.

    Carolyn’s story