Today's News

  • FAME: Spiro Agnew: A short-timer

     Spiro Theodore Agnew, who served as vice president under President Richard Nixon, lived for a short time during the 1940s in Hodgenville. Agnew attended public schools in Baltimore before enrolling in Johns Hopkins University in 1937, where he studied chemistry. After three years he transferred to law school at the University of Baltimore, where he attended night classes. He supported himself by working for an insurance company, where he met Elinor “Judy” Isabel Judefind, his future wife. 

  • Noble Kalarama: Was it murder?

     In addition to being the home of a United States president, LaRue County also has produced many other notables including a world champion that possessed a hint of nobility.

  • FAME: Cyrus Wilson: Blast that Sue Mundy

      The American Civil War was a time of drama, especially for Kentucky, a state that was literally caught in the middle of the action. With confusion in the air, one rebel soldier shook the state with scandal. 


  • INFAMY: Cable and Clopton terrorized LaRue

     In 1990, a pair of serial killers struck in LaRue County.

    James Ray Cable and Phillip Clopton were suspected of kidnapping, killing and dismembering two Louisville teenagers. The girls, Bridget Allen and Sherry Wilson, both 14, left home one day in January 1990 and were never seen again.

    In March that year, a severed arm washed up in Pottinger Creek near New Hope. Authorities determined the arm had been sawn from the body of a young person, but the victim was not identified for several months.

  • FAME: Custer Gardner: Last man to hang

     Elijah Custer Gardner lived in Pike View, just a few miles from LaRue County’s southern border. However, so many of his relatives lived – and still live – in LaRue County and so much of the action crossed county lines, we are including him in this section.

  • FAME: John Thomson Hodgen: Splint inventor

     The widespread use of fracture splints during the Civil War can be attributed partially to John Thomson Hodgen, born in Hodgenville on Jan. 19, 1826.

  • FAME: James Akin: Egging on success

     A LaRue County native hatched a concept that’s helping couples coping with infertility to conceive by creating the world’s first donor egg bank.

  • FAME: Linda Peeno: Far from a 'Damaged Life'

     Born in Hodgenville, Linda Peeno is the daughter of James Phelps, Sr. Today, she is a physician who has become one of the country’s most prominent whistleblowers in government on issues dealing with health care.

  • FAME: Clarkie Mayfield: Hero of supper club fire

     On May 28, 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, the third deadliest blaze in U.S. history, claimed the life of former LaRue County High School football coach and teacher, Herman Clark “Clarkie” Mayfield. The 35-year-old was one of 165 victims.

  • Quit smoking tips for 2012

     As 2012 approaches, so does the human resolve to make life changes, such as losing weight, increasing exercise – or quitting smoking and tobacco products.

    If quitting smoking tops your list of 2012 resolutions, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) recommends the use of one or a combination of available tobacco cessation resources. These range from group cessation to telephone coaching to online cessation and are available at no cost to all Kentuckians.