Kentucky Ex-lawmaker, Radio Station Operator, Dies

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Russell County business owner and former state lawmaker Mae Hoover has died after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 70.

Hoover's son, Jeff, is the Republican floor leader in the Kentucky House.

In 1966, Mae Hoover and her husband, Welby, bought WJRS-FM, bringing FM radio to Russell County. In 1967, they purchased WJKY AM, and Mrs. Hoover operated both stations until her death.

Welby Hoover won a state Senate seat in 1986 but died before he could be sworn in. Mrs. Hoover won the special election and served two years.

Mae Hoover was the driving force behind many of Russell County's current traditions.

Some 40 years ago, she established the Lakefest celebration in Jamestown, which has evolved into a three-day event every Fourth of July that draws thousands.

Her funeral will be Monday at Jamestown United Methodist Church.

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