Les Fogle remembered as entrepreneur

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As Rising Sun readies to begin another school year and plan for a Second Annual Alumni Basketball on Saturday, Aug.12th, the Shiner fans will say farewell to one of its biggest promoters… Les Fogle.

Les passed away on Sunday, July 30th. Many newcomers to the community might not recognize the name. For sports fans, he played a big part in the Shiners’ basketball success in the 1980s.

Before the world wide web, laptops and smart phones were prominent, there was channel 6 sports and videographer Les Fogle.

The first video broadcast of a Rising Sun High School basketball game was recorded on VHS and broadcast on the local cable station in the back of the Ohio County Newspaper office. There were occasional live broadcasts and coaching shows along with taping and showing of community events. The cable channel is now channel 14 on the local cable lineup.

However, Les will be known most as a community minded entrepreneur.

He and his wife Donna operated Lesco 5 & 10 on Main Street (currently housing DeVille’s Pharmacy). Who can forget taking their children to have their pictures on a horse by Howard Summey. Later the couple opened the Snack Shack across the street on Main Street. Les also worked at the Rising Sun Post Office for many years.

Rising Sun is looking forward to having a passenger car ferry open through the development by Rising Star Casino. However, it was Les Fogle who operated a passenger ferry between Rising Sun and Rabbit Hash, Ky. He operated a tractor trolley and was a big part in the development of tourism.

He truly was community minded.

Funeral arrangements were unavailable at the time this story was written.

Tim Hillman