Lisa Autry

Friday marks the third week of a partial government shutdown stemming from the debate over funding for President Donald Trump’s southern border wall.  One of the towns feeling the effects of the debate is Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln. 

When you drive through Hodgenville, you soon notice that it's Lincoln country.  The presence of our nation’s 16th president is felt everywhere: statues in the middle of the town square, the Lincoln Museum, Lincoln National Bank, the Lincoln’s Loft Bookstore, and the local radio station, Abe 93.7.

“Our town sees anywhere from 200,000 to 250,000 visitors each year," said Lincoln Museum Assistant Director Rob Thurman.

Hodgenville Police Chief Charged With Misconduct

Jun 30, 2014
City of Hodgenville

Kentucky State Police have charged the police chief in Hodgenville with official misconduct and hindering prosecution.

A statement from the KSP post in Bowling Green says the charges were filed Friday in a summons against Steven Johnson, who will have a court date in July.

The charges come amid an investigation of former Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback, who have been indicted on charges of theft and abusing public trust. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hodgenville Mayor Kenny Devore told The News-Enterprise that the charges won't immediately change Johnson's status as police chief. He said it was common knowledge that police might file charges against Johnson.

National Park Service

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is planning special events to celebrate the 205th birthday of the nation's 16th president.

Park Superintendent Bill Justice told The News-Enterprise that a wreath will be placed at the symbolic birth cabin, a newly donated item will be unveiled and a documentary film about Yosemite National Park will be shown.

Lincoln's birthday is Wednesday. The events at the park in Hodgenville will begin at 2 p.m.

Justice said everyone is invited to join the park in remembering Lincoln and his legacy.

Celebrations Set for Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville

Sep 5, 2013
National Park Service

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War will be commemorated Saturday at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville with two performances by the band Privates by Choice.

The park says the band will perform original musical scores highlighting the nation's difficulties during the war. The band features guitar, mandolin, violin, hammered dulcimer, cello, mountain dulcimer, bass and some light percussion.

The free performances will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT.

Visitors should bring a blanket or lawn chair for the concert. Parking is available in the visitor center lot on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call (270) 358-3137 or click here.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is temporarily closing some trails so that hazardous trees can be removed. A statement says trails in the picnic area the Lincoln's birthplace will be closed Wednesday through Saturday.