Today's News

  • Man critical after motorcycle crash

    A Magnolia man is in critical condition after losing control of the motorcycle he was driving.

    Aaron Barnes, 44, was operating an eastbound 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle about 5 p.m. in the 3600 block of South L&N Turnpike (Ky. 470). He lost control and the vehicle left the roadway, according to Kentucky State Trooper Jeff Gregory.

    “Preliminary investigations point to speed being a factor in the accident. The operator was not wearing a helmet,” according to Trooper Gregory.

  • Man sentenced to life for killing stepson

    A Louisville man was sentenced to life for killing his stepson.

    Josh Gouker admitted to beating 14-year-old Trey Zwicker to death with a pipe in May 2011.

    Gouker’s son, Josh Young, now 17, is charged with complicity in the crime, although Gouker has said he acted alone.

    Zwicker’s body was found in a ditch near Liberty High School, not far from his home.

    Young’s trial began last Monday. Gouker originally claimed Young struck Zwicker with a baseball bat. His story has changed several times since then.

  • Sonora man charged with trafficking in marijuana

    A Sonora man was charged Aug. 1 with cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants; drug paraphernalia, buy or possession; possession of marijuana; and trafficking in marijuana, 8 ounces to 5 pounds.

    Lenin Wieman Jr., 50, of Murrieltown Road, was allegedly growing 10 marijuana plants beside a cornfield, according to an arrest report by the LaRue County Sheriff’s office.

    He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.

    His bond was set at $25,000 cash. He will be arraigned Aug. 7 in LaRue District Court.

  • Walking horse show will benefit historic horse barn

    The Bluegrass Walking Horse Association will host a two-day horse show at the LaRue County Fairgrounds.

    Arlene Gray, who is helping to organize the event, said a portion of the proceeds from the Aug. 17-18 show would be used to renovate the 1907 horse barn at the fairgrounds.

    “It is an awesome barn,” said Gray. “It wouldn’t take much to restore it ... you walk in there and you feel like you’re in a horse barn.”

  • Grimes mentions Hodgenville woman in campaign speech

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes – a Democrat who hopes to take Republican Senator Mitch McConnell’s job in November – mentioned a Hodgenville woman in her campaign’s kickoff speech July 31.

    Grimes told a story about Mary Lowe-Jackson, who she said was ignored by McConnell when she tried to visit him in his office.

    Grimes said Jackson had an appointment but was told McConnell did not have time to meet with her.

  • Big crash, no injuries
  • Corrections/Clarifications -August 7, 2013

    Birthday wrong
    Madison “Mac” Mather’s will celebrate his 99th birthday is Dec. 11. The incorrect date was given in last week’s story. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the error.

    Wrong grade
    “Miss Ann” Flanders taught second-grade at Magnolia Elementary School when she began her career. It was incorrectly stated last week that she taught first-grade. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the error.

  • Two injured in van vs. ambulance crash

    Two people were injured Sunday afternoon when the van they were riding in was struck by a Taylor County ambulance.

    Dr. Michael Keller, 46, and Jackie Harley (Keller), 48, of Magnolia were transported from the scene to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS.

    They were treated and released.

  • Two charged with theft of barn lumber

    Two Bonnieville residents have been charged with the theft of lumber from an old barn.

    Constable Tim Ford received a report of damage to two cornfields and lumber being removed from a 150-year-old barn in the Airline Road area. He tracked down a suspect who had once worked on a neighboring farm.

    “I went into Hart County and got close to the residence,” said Ford. “They were in the front yard taking nails out of the boards.”

  • Church Calendar -August 7, 2013

    Marriage Conference
    Parkway Baptist Church, 325 Old Sonora Road, Hodgenville, is hosting a marriage conference simulcast “Sex, Love, and Communication” by Jimmy and Karen Evans on Aug. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. with simulcast at 8 p.m. It continues 9 a.m. Aug. 10. The cost is $25 per couple. Refreshments will be served.

    Hubbard Cemetery fundraiser