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KSR County Spotlight: You’ll Find A Pal In Allen County


Welcome back folks!  Hope you all enjoyed your stay in Adair County.  Did you eat too much?  I know I did.  Now let’s hop on the Cumberland Parkway and head southwest to our next stop on this county tour, Allen County!

Allen County

Founded in 1815, Allen County was named after Colonel John Allen.  Allen was born in Virginia, then moved to Kentucky as a child. He then went back to Virginia to study law. After dying in the War of 1812, there are now counties named after him in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana for some reason.  Being one of our state’s few prohibition, or dry counties, Allen County does not permit the sale of alcohol.  But don’t let that stop you from having a night out on the town doing, um, whatever it is people do at night without alcohol.

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Allen County’s largest city is Scottsville, with just over 4,200 people.  Scottsville’s central location to Bowling Green (20 miles), Nashville (60 miles), and Louisville (120 miles)  make it possible for you to have an easy weekend away.  I don’t know why you’d want to leave though, because Scottsville was just named Kentucky’s 5th safest city by Safewise.  With zero car thefts or arsons and only 1 violent crime reported in 2012, the only gun shots you’ll hear will be at the Dumont Hill Civil War reenactment each June.

Allen County was also home to one of the greatest character actors you’ve probably seen 50 times without realizing it.  Charles Napier was born in Mt. Union in 1936.  After a stay in the Army and graduation from WKU in 1961, Napier’s entertainment career began.  Usually cast in ‘tough guy’ roles due to his chiseled jaw and deep voice, Napier appeared in everything.  Seriously, everything.  You an action movie guy?  He was in Rambo.  More of a comedy person?  Austin Powers.  Drama? Silence of the Lambs.  Terrible movies?  Ernest Goes To Jail.  See … everything.

So there you have it.  Whether you’re going out for a day on Barren River Lake or grabbing a bite at Hickory Hill Barbecue before heading downtown to check out the Scarecrow Invasion, Allen County offers something for all ages.  As we keep the tour rolling, remember to email me at [email protected]com with things that make your county great.  Now on to our next stop across the state … Magoffin County, you’re on the clock

Article written by Corey James

27 Comments for KSR County Spotlight: You’ll Find A Pal In Allen County

  1. Danielle Manning
    9:08 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    If you think “Ernest Goes to Jail” is a terrible movie, then there is something wrong with you.

    • ukbradstith
      11:22 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

      Seriously though, the part where the ink pen busts in his mouth while he is in the courtroom is hilarious.

    • I came...I saw...I got blowed up!
      11:24 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

      I hurriedly came to the comment section to respond to that “terrible movie” line and was quite pleased to see the very first response was defending the movie. If you can’t see the funny in that flick or the talent of Jim Varney than I have to consider your posts more aptly described composts. That’s right, I’m defending Ernest Goes to Jail. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?!

    • Is this the way you'd treat your mother??
      11:33 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

      Kid’s probably too young to even know Jim Varney’s hometown.

  2. Blasphemy
    9:33 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    Comedy: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. *drops the mic and walks away*

    • Corey James
      10:14 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

      That was going to be my go-to had I thought more people had seen it. The Will Ferrell/Abe Lincoln scene is one of the best ever.

  3. Steve in Frankfort
    10:25 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    How about Charles Napier as Tucker McElroy, the leader of “The Good Ole Boys”, the redneck band in “The Blues Brothers”? Funny movie!

  4. Caytfish
    10:27 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    I’m a student at wku and the only reason I visit scottsville, catfish. This place is called harper’s and it’s all you can eat for like $7-8. The place looks sketchy but it is always packed to the brim with people. Also to add to its awesomeness it’s a double wide trailer.

    • Just Saying
      11:20 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

      Not really catfish…look at the frozen perch boxes in the dumpsters….

  5. he
    10:34 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    i’m off to london eng-uh-lund.

  6. TCBMan
    10:46 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    Charles Napier was also the voice of the Incredible Hulk in the classic TV series. He replaced Ted Cassidy AKA Lerch form the original Addams Family show after the second season of the Hulk.

  7. Scotchville Resident
    11:01 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    How could you miss that Scottsville is home to the first ever Dollar General Store?

  8. ukbradstith
    11:24 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    Cool, he played basketball on the same high school team as my grandpa, had forgotten about that until now.

  9. Louis Friend
    11:28 pm June 10, 2014 Permalink

    His death scene in Silence of the Lambs is one of the greatest of all time.

  10. Heather
    12:09 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks for spotlighting Allen County but you left out Jim McDaniels! Former LA Laker! Not surprising though, he tends to get thrown to the wayside a lot. But other than that, Allen County does have a few things of distinction to offer. Harper’s Catfish and the first Dollar General Store. Not much else going on and most young people, like myself, are dying to get out.

  11. Courtney also forgot Napier’s tour de force performance in his guest role on 2 episodes of “BJ and the Bear”. He was a bad guy who turned good in the 2nd episode, a brilliant metaphor for pro wrestling. Classic.

  12. Russ Meyer
    1:49 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    He was a mean old bastard in Supervixens.

  13. cris
    7:38 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    Ha! Napier was my uncle’s roommate at WKU

  14. Clam
    9:17 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    The Blues Brothers is one of the best and most famous comedies ever, and Napier had a very important role in that–lead singer of “The Good Old Boys.” He was the victim of the old “glue your foot to the gas petal” stunt.

    I live in Bowling Green, and Scottsville seems to supply most of the hair dressers and mechanics in BG.

  15. Terri Holder
    9:36 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    Scottsville also has a great summer arts program: Arts on Main. Free to the public, the Allen County-Scottsville Arts Council has brought several Grammy winners to the Pavilion on East Main. The Nashville Jazz Orchestra will be performing on June 14th and The Renaus on June 28th.

  16. Jamie Boler
    10:52 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    Scottsville also has an awesome revitalization program that has been at work in the downtown for over 12 years now and continues to work to revitalize the downtown with an incredible restaurant getting ready to open in the oldest building on the square, the Arts on Main Summer Concert series is fantastic going on right now, we host some great downtown Farmers Markets events starting in July and then get ready for the Invasion of the Scarecrows in October. We are the birth place of Dollar General and have the oldest store still in operation located right on our square downtown. There is a lot more to share but think it is worth coming to check out for yourself.

    • Just Saying
      11:26 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

      And tell us how that is going…any industries providing jobs for our citizens? Revitalization means nothing if no one is able to enjoy it but a select few…DG is now owned by a private holding company, please list the “more to share” items and if you head to Scottsville be prepared to be disappointed. No I’m not usually a negative nanny, but let’s get real and not “sell” something that is nothing.

  17. Kurt from Port Oliver
    11:59 am June 11, 2014 Permalink

    One of the coolest places you’ll find anywhere is Paradise Point on Barren River Lake just as you cross into Allen County on 31-E. Funky, bohemian place for breakfast, lunch and shopping for really off-beat stuff.

  18. ann lane
    12:06 pm June 11, 2014 Permalink

    And what about our school system!!! We have one of the finest around, grades 1 – 12 on the same
    Campus grounds. Great teachers and sports. We also have one of the finest formally known as the YMCA now The Core in this area. We are so proud of our beautiful town. Also we make the only
    Peanut butter sandwiches around. SMUCKERS. We have a lot to offer.

  19. JaredKY
    1:46 pm June 11, 2014 Permalink

    I think KSR really needs to have someone connected to the county do these write ups. I’ve learned more in the comment section on both of these than reading the damn article. There’s a lot of info missed about these counties/communities that you just can’t find on Wikipedia I’ll volunteer for Cumberland County.

  20. Shannon Griffith
    5:12 pm June 11, 2014 Permalink

    Cant believe that they did not mention the famous Harpers Catfish. Family owned with about three generations working there. Its the one highlight dinner of vacations spent in Kentucky. People from all over Kentucky and Tennessee waiting outside to get in. My son wants to franchise it in Indiana.