Today's News

  • FAME: Peck Hickman started career at Hodgenville High

     Bernard "Peck" Hickman, best known for turning the University of Louisville's men's basketball team into one of the nation's best, tipped off his coaching career at Hodgenville High School.

    The former coach and athletic director at U of L, who died in 2000 at the age of 88, began mentoring the Hodgenville teams in 1935 after receiving a bachelor's degree in physical education at Western Kentucky University (then State Teacher's College) where he was a star guard.

  • FAME: Herman Bell: Mount Sherman contributed to pro baseball

     A Mount Sherman native made his mark in pro baseball.

    Herman S. “Hi” Bell, born July 16, 1897, played nearly a decade for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants as a right-handed pitcher.

    According to the Cardinals Encyclopedia (Mike Eisenbath, Stan Musial), “Bell etched his name into history books July 19, 1924 when he became the last big league pitcher to start and win both ends of a doubleheader.”

    He was pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Braves.

  • FAME: Leland Howard: On the trail of the Double Eagle

     The 1933 Double Eagle has been called the most beautiful coin ever minted. It shows Lady Liberty striding forward, wearing a flowing gown and her hair blowing in the wind.

  • FAME: Bernard Paul Coy: Against the rock that was Alcatraz

    • The saga of LaRue Countian Bernard Paul Coy’s escape attempt from Alcatraz was chronicled in a book “Six Against the Rock” by Clark Howard and in a 1987 film by the same name. David Carradine portrayed Coy in the movie, which is available on DVD.

  • 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.