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  • Victim identified in College Street homicide

    An Elizabethtown woman has been arrested in connection to a Friday homicide in LaRue County.

    Belinda Martin, 26, is charged with receiving property stolen from a residence at 241 College Street in Buffalo.

    Kristie Lynne Allen, 28, was found dead at that address Friday evening, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    Allen, according to officials, is the daughter of Beverly D. Constant Allen of Buffalo and David W. Allen of Hodgenville.

  • Death investigation in Buffalo

     Kentucky State Police are investigating a death that occurred about 6 p.m. Friday on College Street in Buffalo. Trooper Norman Chaffins said the death was the result of "an apparent homicide."

  • FAME: Austin Gollaher: Lincoln's savior

     Austin Gollaher Lincoln's Childhood Companion (1805-1898) "Where is my old friend and playmate Austin Gollaher . . . I would rather see Gollaher than any man living." 

    Abraham Lincoln


    Of Lincoln's childhood companions Austin Gollaher is best known as the man who claimed to have saved his life. Gollaher was born in 1805, died in 1898, and is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery near White City in LaRue County. 

  • FAME: JOEL RAY SPROWLS: 'Too busy living to worry about dying'

     Joel Ray Sprowls.

    The name is synonymous with LaRue County, country music and The Lincoln Jamboree.

    People may forget where Abraham Lincoln was born – but they know Joel Ray. Anyone who has worked the LaRue County booth at the Kentucky State Fair can attest to that fact.

    Fair visitors smile as they share tales about the entertainment and jokes they heard at the Jamboree – even if they attended decades ago.

  • FAME: The Great Diamond Hoax

     Sometimes, historians get it wrong.

    That’s the case in the story of John Slack – one of the men referenced in “The Great Diamond Hoax” published in “Fame – LaRue County’s Famous and Infamous” Nov. 17, 2010.

  • FAME: Fenton Johnson: Crossing literary rivers

     Author Fenton Johnson, a New Haven native, graduated from LaRue County High School in 1971.

    Any student who took a class with English teacher Garland Blair will probably remember Johnson’s name. Blair held them to the academic standards and test scores Johnson recorded 1968-1971.

    Johnson, the son of P.D. Johnson Jr. and Nancy Hubbard, is an associate professor in the creative writing program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has written four books with a “fifth circulating.”

  • FAME: Hal Z. Cox: Had to tell someone

     It was said of Hodgenville's Hal Z. Cox that perhaps the single most remarkable thing about him was his capacity for making the people around him feel good about themselves. He did that every day with his friendly greeting and smile; but when special occasions called for it, he wrote poems to celebrate, recognize, sympathize or encourage as only he could do.

  • FAME: James 'Boo' Brewer

     LaRue County resident James “Boo” Brewer was inducted into the Dawahares/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of fame in 2004.

    Brewer set state records in multiple sports at Bardstown High School before graduating in 1988. In college, he was a standout player for Denny Crum's Louisville Cardinals and spent seven years playing professional basketball in Europe. He was assistant coach for several years at LaRue County High School and Middle School.

  • FAME: Ray 'Curly' Sanders: Hee Haw, y'all!

     Ray “Curly” Sanders who went on to tour with country music legend Ray Price, was a regular on the Hee Haw television series, and performed on the Grand Ole Opry, started his musical career in Hodgenville at the Lincoln Jamboree.

    Joel Ray Sprowls, owner/producer of the Jamboree, recalled that his first meeting with Sanders, from Cecilia, was at a talent show Sprowls emceed at Buffalo School in May 1954.

    “The Kentucky Rangers band won the contest and Curly was their featured singer,” Sprowls said. 

  • FAME: Bobby Lewis made country music history with a lute

     Bobby Lewis, born in Hodgenville in 1946, was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Lewis, a Grand Ole Opry performer and recording artist, began his career at age 9 when his brother Jack taught him some chords on a borrowed guitar. The full-sized guitar was a bit large for the youngster, so he found a lute in a variety store. He strung and tuned the lute like a guitar and before long, he was playing many venues.