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  • New chief Steve Johnson shares a slice of Mayberry

    When newly-appointed Police Chief Steve Johnson first joined the squad 33 years ago, he worked the night shift. One cold winter’s evening, he received a call on Hill Street.
    “The subject was drunk and had walked in a lady’s house,” Johnson said. He left his cruiser running, due to the cold temperature, and walked up to the house.
    “She said she didn’t know where he went so I started tracking him in the snow.”
    The tracks headed back toward the cruiser and Johnson felt his heart drop.

  • Hodgenville's new police chief has wealth of experience

    Long-time Hodgenville City Officer Steve Johnson has been named Chief of Police.
    Mayor Terry Cruse recommended Johnson for the position at last week’s city council meeting and the vote was unanimous.
    “I think he deserves to be the next chief,” said Cruse. “He has done better than well, taking care of business.”
    Johnson, who joined HCP in July 1977, has served as acting chief since January when previous chief Johnny Cottrill was sworn in as jailer. Before that, he was a lieutenant for many years.

  • Three injured in Campbellsville Road crash

    Three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday on Campbellsville Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Lola Davidson, 55, of Elizabethtown, was traveling west on Ky. 210 near the intersection of Lincoln Parkway about 5:30 p.m. The vehicle struck the curb and Davidson overcorrected into the eastbound lane of traffic into the path of a 2011 Toyota Camry driven by Sonya C. Handley, 44, of Hodgenville.

  • Safety concerns prompt bridge closure near Howardstown

    Erosion due to recent rains and flooding prompted the Department of Highways to close the 176-foot bridge at Mile Point 0.2 on KY 84 in Nelson County near Howardstown. On Thursday, divers and sonar imagery confirmed scouring of one of the bridge piers.

    The bridge was re-opened at noon Tuesday with a three-ton weight limit. Advanced warning signs will be visible and detour signs posted well in advance of each bridge approach.

  • Perkins Brothers perform in fundraiser concert for Feast on the Word Ministries

    The Perkins Brothers, also known as Elvis and Meatloaf.com, return for another fundraiser concert April 16.
    Earlier this year, Jesse and Colonel Perkins, brothers from Ball Hollow, hosted a fundraiser for a no-kill animal shelter. Saturday’s country music show will benefit Feast on the Word Ministries based in Elizabethtown.

  • PHOTO: Lincoln Park voted 'The Best'

    Readers of Kentucky Living Magazine voted Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park as the “Best Place to Visit” for the second year. Above, Acting Superintendent Gail Bishop and National Park staff display the award from the magazine.

  • PHOTO: Steve Johnson appointed Chief of Police

    Veteran officer Steve Johnson was appointed and sworn in as Hodgenville City Police Chief Monday after a unanimous vote by city council. Johnson, who has been with the department 33 years, has been acting chief since Jan. 1. Mayor Terry Cruse, middle, watches as City Clerk MaDonna Hornback swears in Johnson.

  • Work continues on Interstate 65

    Bridge repair resumes along Interstate 65 April 10 as contract crews began reducing northbound and southbound traffic to one lane on three sets of bridges:  Nolin River in southern Hardin County (MP 83.16), Bacon Creek in northern Hart County (MP 70.36) and US 31W in Munfordville (MP 64.2).

  • Fort Knox officer falls in Afghanistan

    A Fort Knox officer on his first combat tour died Sunday of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his base with indirect fire in Khwost Province in Afghanistan.
    U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert F. Welch III, 26, of Denton, Texas, was an ordnance officer assigned to Company B, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.
    Lt. Welch is the third member of 3/1 to die in the past two months.
    He began his military service in October 2008 and arrived at Fort Knox in July 2009.

  • Environmental Center to be featured on 'Kentucky Life'

    The LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center will be featured in an upcoming segment of KET’s Kentucky Life.
    Show host Dave Shuffett visited the Leafdale Road site in November, conducting interviews for the show. Guests included LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner and Dr. William H. Martin, chairman for the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board.