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  • Body found in pond identified

     The body of a woman was found in a Hodgenville pond about 8 p.m. Thursday, according to LaRue County Deputy Coroner Brad Turner.

    She has been identified as Rose Marie Akin, 62.

    Turner said she lived in a mobile home park beside the pond – located in front of the county maintenance garage on Lincoln Boulevard.

    Her family filed a missing person report with KSP Wednesday afternoon. She was last seen at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

    An autopsy is being performed. So far, no evidence of foul play has been found, said Turner.

  • Mayor removed after 12-hour hearing

      Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse was removed from office Thursday, May 15, after a nearly 12-hour public hearing at City Hall.

    The meeting was a continuation of a May 1 hearing that was halted by moderator Douglas George due to the lateness of the hour.

  • Power, phones out in Hodgenville

    A strong thunderstorm, accompanied by hail and 68 miles per hour winds, tore through Hodgenville just before 6 a.m. Thursday.

    Power and landline telephones have widespread outages.

    Tree limbs - many of them large - have toppled on houses. 

    Motorists should be aware that traffic lights are not working and to use caution in city streets and intersections.

     

  • Kentucky Kingdom opens May 24

    With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.

  • Mayor ousted

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse was removed from office Thursday night by a unanimous vote of City Council.

    The 10-hour session, moderated by Douglas George, included testimony from Police Chief Steve Johnson, accountant Dana Burba, City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke, water plant supervisor Gerald Gaulke, former City Clerk Rebecca Reynolds and Detective Clinton Turner.

    Councilman Kenny Devore was voted in as interim mayor and was sworn in after the meeting. 

  • PHOTO: Truck fire

    Officers shut down Lincoln Boulevard for a short time about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after a pickup caught fire near the intersection at Creekfront Park. There were fuel tanks in the bed of the pickup. Hodgenville, LaRue County and Buffalo firefighters responded to the scene.

  • Crew tackles clean-up of historic cemetery

    The last burial in Little Mount Cemetery took place about 100 years ago.
    Since then, the graveyard on Leafdale Road has been overtaken by a stand of trees, poison ivy and saw briars.
    A towering oak has grown around a tombstone with an illegible inscription. Many stones are broken; others are toppled. Wind and ice have broken limbs and trees.
    Volunteers have attempted clean-ups over the years, but it has been difficult to find sufficient funding and manpower to make a great impression.

  • Lincoln Park to plant chestnut trees

     Workers at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park will plant 20 American chestnut trees at the picnic area on Saturday, May 17.  

    The blight-resistant trees, known as “Restoration Chestnuts 1.0,” are the products of The American Chestnut Foundation national breeding program which breed native American chestnuts with blight-resistant Chinese chestnuts. 

  • Relay for Life begins Friday

     Pajama Party! This is the theme of the 2014 LaRue County Relay for Life which will be held this Friday, May 16 at Hodgenville Elementary School. Survivor registration begins at 6 p.m. with the actual ceremonies kicking off at 6:30. The Heartland Fillies, a local women’s barbershop singing group, will be on hand to entertain survivors and the gathering crowd.

  • Martha Wilkinson, widow of former governor, dies at 72

     Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson died Wednesday, May 7, at 72. Her husband, former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, served from 1987 to 1991.

    Mr. Wilkinson is remembered for his role in the Kentucky Educational Reform Act and implementing a state lottery while Mrs. Wilkinson was an advocate for adult literacy.

    She died in Florida. Arrangements are pending but it's thought she will be buried in Florida beside her husband, who died in 2002.