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April 2, 2018

It's always good to meet our new pastors in the Lawrence Co./Ft. Gay area and this one is no exception. Coming to us from Boyd County almost a year ago, Scot Hoeksema arrived Friday ready to begin his Louisa ministry.

Scot Hoeksema Scot Hoeksema Scot Hoeksema began serving First United Methodist Church in June, 2017. Prior to moving to Louisa, he served as the pastor of Grassland Community Church in Boyd County for four years and as a student pastor for Bethel UMC in Russell County for two years.

Scot has been married for 37 years to Rev. Pat Hoeksema, a native of Reading, PA, who is the pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Greenup, KY. Together they have three daughters, Katie (Columbus, OH), Alison, married to David Coleman (Lexington, KY), and Kelly, married to Kris Kachurak (Atlanta, GA). They have one granddaughter, Cora, the 11 month old daughter of Alison and David.

Scot is a native of Muscatine, IA, and has also lived in St. Louis, MO, Allentown, PA, The Hague, Netherlands, Antwerp, Belgium, and Columbia, MD, before moving to Lexington, KY.

Scot received his call to ministry later in life. Initially, he obtained a degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and later a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. His call to ministry followed careers in medical research, the paper industry, biotechnology and home remodeling.

He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in May, 2013. At Asbury he was a member of the Theta Phi Honor Society, the Eta Beta Rho Hebrew Honor Society, and the Leitourgia et Homiletica Honor Society. He was ordained an elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference in June, 2016.

Locally, Scot is a member of the LOUISA Rotary and has recently been elected chairperson of the Louisa Ministerial Association.

He is passionate about the scriptures, Holy Communion, social justice, the kingdom of God here on earth, leadership development, bringing the Word of God to all peoples, and the Church of the 21st century. Scot enjoys photography, ceramics, poetry, art, literature, and gardening.



March 28, 2018

Police take out shooter behind school

The News-Enterprise

A suspect in a shooting death earlier today was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon by Kentucky State Police behind John Hardin High School.

Authorities say a man believed to be responsible for shooting his wife to death on Wise Lane in Elizabethtown drove to the high school to pick up his child when he was confronted by police behind John Hardin High School.

The man was shot and killed by Kentucky State Police.

KSP Post 4 spokesman said police were notified of the shooting and contacted the school district to go on lockdown so the individual couldn’t enter the building.

He said the man was located behind the school in a van and was shot and killed. He couldn’t confirm if the man pulled a gun on police.

Gregory said KSP, Radcliff Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrived at JHHS to try and locate the individual.

Three schools — John Hardin High School, Bluegrass Middle School and New Highland Elementary School — were placed on lockdown before 1 p.m. and the lockdown was lifted at the middle school and elementary school around 1:45 p.m.

All students were safe during the lockdown.

School officials and law enforcement will hold a news conference soon to address the situation.


March 28, 2018

Panty-less woman tased twice by police during arrest for public intox...


Ms. Wright after she got her panties on...Ms. Wright after she got her panties on...A Parkers Lake woman was arrested Tuesday night after reportedly resisting arrest and fighting with officers while wearing nothing but a T-shirt.

Rhonda Kaye Wright, 49, of Parkers Lake was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and assault after the incident and lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.

According to the arrest citation, Deputy Alex Jones and Kentucky State Police Trooper Donnie Jones responded to a complaint call at 3629 Vanover Ridge Road around 11 p.m.

The deputy approached the front entrance and noticed blood on the door. After first knocking several times with no response, eventually a female voice could be heard from inside. After several requests to open the door Wright came out to the porch wearing only a T-shirt. 

The officers asked her to go back inside and put pants on, but when she returned she was still only wearing a shirt. A second request for her to get dressed was made, but she refused to comply.

After being informed that she was to be placed under arrest for alcohol intoxication Wright allegedly became combative and taken in to custody. When placed in the back of the police cruiser, Wright allegedly began to kick at the window of the vehicle, causing damage in the process.

Deputy Jones advised her to stop kicking, an order she reportedly refused to follow. The officer discharged his taser twice in an effort to get the struggling woman under control. Even after the taser application, Wright continued to fight, kicking Deputy Jones and head-butting the window of the cruiser.

After her arrest she was transported to Leslie County by a Transport Officer, where she continued to behave violently.

Wright reportedly has had several similar incidents in Pulaski County, where she lived previously.

By Greg Bird
The McCreary County Voice