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  • 'Freedom Drive' arrives at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace on July 27

    It's difficult to escape the subject of slavery when discussing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

    Although slavery was outlawed with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, human trafficking is now the world's fastest-growing criminal activity.

  • Hodgenville man struck by lightning

     According to LaRue County 911, a Hodgenville man was struck by lightning during a storm about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    Steve Druen, 42, was sitting in a metal lawn chair outside his home on S. Lincoln Boulevard when lightning struck a nearby light pole, according to City Police Chief Steve Johnson. The lightning "came across the yard and got him," Johnson said.

    Druen was able to walk to the ambulance that transported him to Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was treated and released.

  • Family returns to historic home after fire

    Five and a half months ago the home of Terry and Sandy LaFollette on Old E’town Road suffered severe damage due to a house fire. Today the structure is beautifully restored.
    “I thank God and the firefighters every day,” said Sandy LaFollette. “Without them I wouldn’t be standing here.”
    The home, built in 1892, caught fire in February near the dryer area, in the center of the home.
    The house was nearly a total loss, but due to the efforts of local volunteer fire departments, the frame of the house was saved.

  • Firefighter loses home to flames

    A trailer fire on Cissal Hill Road Wednesday left one firefighter injured and another battling to save his own home.
    LaRue County firefighter Chris Schmittou wasn’t at home when the fire broke out about 11:50 a.m. But he was among the first firefighters to arrive at the scene.
    The blaze was described as “25 percent involved” upon the firefighters’ arrival.
    The fire is believed to have originated near the bedrooms. A definite cause is unknown at this time. Schmittou describes it as “pretty much a loss.”  

  • Fair begins Friday with horse show

    LaRue County Fair Board members are putting the final touches on the fairgrounds in preparation for the 104th LaRue County Fair – the oldest, continuously-running fair in the state.
    Board member Jimmy Engle said the arenas will be graded prior to the horse shows that kick off the fair Friday and Saturday.
    “There are just a lot of little things,” he said. “We’ve just about got it under control.”
    He gives much of the credit for the fair’s opening to Fair Board President Ann “Snookie” Morrison.

  • Child recovering from dog attack

    A 9-year-old boy is recovering from serious wounds sustained during a dog attack.
    Franklin Parks was playing outside July 7 at a relative’s house on Dangerfield Road, according to his mother, Rebecca Parks. Franklin had been warned to stay away from an adult dog that was loose in the yard. However, the dog had puppies and he attempted to pet one of them. That’s when the adult dog, described as a “pit bull,” mauled her son, Rebecca said.

  • One injured in Ky. 470 crash

    Spencer Pittman, 19, was injured when he lost control of the Ford Thunderbird he was driving on Ky. 470 Friday afternoon.
    According to Deputy Brian Smith, the car hydroplaned and landed in a ditch, striking a tree. Pittman refused treatment at the scene but was transported to the hospital by private vehicle, Smith said.

  • Man injured in intersection wreck

    A passenger was injured in a two-vehicle collision Thursday at the intersection of Ky. 210 and Ky. 470.
    According to Deputy Eric Williamson, a Ford pickup driven by Gary Sprowls, 62, was struck in the passenger side by a Dodge Dakota Sport driven by Monica Underwood, 35, of Buffalo. Underwood’s vehicle was traveling on Ky. 470, crossing Ky. 210 and pulled in front of the Dodge.

    Sprowls’ passenger, Kathleen Cooney, 55, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS after she complained of chest pain.
     

  • Vandals attempt to torch historic horse barn at fairgrounds

    Vandals attempted to burn one of the oldest structures in LaRue County last week.
    About 4:30 a.m. July 5, someone attempted to set fire to the 1907 horse barn at the LaRue County Fairgrounds. Cardboard boxes were piled against a stall and ignited. The flames scorched the wall but did no lasting damage.
    The 104-year-old barn, made of cedar and oak, is the last original structure standing at the fairgrounds. Volunteers, including Fair Board member Jimmy Engle, worked countless hours last year to restore it and several monetary donations were made by community members.

  • New Haven teen injured in wreck

    A New Haven man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash.

    Dillon Downs, 18, of Stiles Road, was driving a 1995 BMW on N. L&N Turnpike toward White City when he lost control of the vehicle. It slid off the right side of the roadway, spun and struck a tree.

    Deputy Eric Williamson said the driver’s door was pinned against the tree and firefighters had to remove the top of the car to remove Downs. The roadway was closed about an hour.