Midway University Launches First Wrestling Program

Dec 13, 2017
midway.edu

For the first time in its 170 year history, Midway University is starting a wrestling program.

The school’s head coach will be Jake Brumbelow, who started two wrestling teams at colleges in Georgia.

“You’re going to get a lot of blue collar kids that end up becoming firemen, police officers, and teachers and that kind of thing.   They’re hard working guys and it’s just a really good fit for that area and the culture of the sport and for campus,” said Brumbelow.

KentuckyNewsNow.Com

Officials from McCracken County met with state officials in Frankfort Tuesday to discuss solutions to long-time issues with the halfway house in Paducah. The privately owned facility allows inmates who are about to end their prison sentence transition back into society. McCracken County commissioner Bill Bartleman says over the last five years, more than 160 inmates have walked away or escaped - and an additional 600 inmates violated rules and returned to prison. He says two escapes in the past month resulted in car theft, a burglary and the assault of a police officer. 

Mary Meehan

Another community in south central Kentucky has signed off on the creation of a needle exchange for drug abusers. In a 4-3 vote, the Barren County Fiscal Court approved the program that will allow intravenous drug users to swap dirty needles for clean ones at the local health department.

KSP Making Changes To Attract Recruits

Dec 13, 2017
Kentucky.com

As Louisville and state police are having trouble recruiting officers, some departments are making changes.

Kentucky State Police changed its hiring process to bring in more recruits. Local and state police say they are having trouble recruiting and retaining officers. 


kentucky.com

An effort to crack down on shoplifting at popular Lexington retailers resulted in 28 arrests and recovery of more than $12,000 in stolen property. 

Lexington Detective Gene Haynes says the operation focused on a number of businesses along Nicholasville Road including the Brannon Crossing Center. “The people that are out shoplifting are the same guys that are breaking in cars.  They are the same people that are stealing checkbooks.  They are the same people that are stealing credit cards,” said Haynes.  “So, it kind of encompasses all of that.”

Iconic UK Landmark Coming Down

Dec 12, 2017
Kentucky.com

University of Kentucky is demolishing an iconic campus landmark. Kirwan-Blanding Tower is coming down.

Built in 1967, UK officials say the two, 23-story towers are outdated and renovations would be too expensive. UK Board of Trustees approved the measure Tuesday. The 13 acres where the towers now sit, along with a dining hall, will eventually become green space.

Over the last years UK has built nearly 7,000 new dorm rooms and modern dining halls. That means the rooms in Kirwan are surplus. No date has been set to begin demolition.

UK Board Approves Land-Street Swap Deal

Dec 12, 2017
kentucky.com

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved Tuesday a land/street swap with Lexington Urban County Government.  Only one step remains to make the deal final.

MissingMarines.Com

Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class Albert Strange was 18 when he died in the Pacific Theatre in 1943. The native of Mammoth Cave was among the approximately 1,000 U.S. casualties from the Battle of Tarawa on the Gilbert Islands. Representatives from the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency traveled to the battle scene in May to conduct excavations in hopes of finding unidentified remains. 


WFPL

Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson refused to resign and said an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenager “has no merit” during a press conference this Monday morning at his Fern Creek church.

Johnson, who is a pastor, was responding to a report released Monday by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which found allegations of arson and sexual assault against the state lawmaker. The report also called into question significant portions of Johnson’s resume.

The Bullitt County Republican rejected all the claims in the story.

Kentucky.com

Retired teachers are voicing concerns about the ability to for Kentucky schools to hire quality teachers should a core component of the proposed pension plan be enacted. Kentucky Retired Teachers Association Executive Director Tim Abrams says having teachers switch to 401(a) plans would be a drain on taxpayers and offer fewer benefits.

Abrams said many teachers are willing to forgo cost-of-living adjustments to help fix the system. That is, he said, until he tells them what it would mean to their bankbook. 

Pages

Fund Drive

Winter Fund Drive - Dec 13-15

Donate now to automatically be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing of $1000 travel voucher on Southwest through Fly Louisville and a $250 gift card at Leather Inc. Click Donate for more information.

Ohio Valley ReSource

Some Rare Good News Concerning Opioids

Dec 14, 2017
Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

A survey put out by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found a rare bit of good news about the opioid crisis. As Aaron Payne reports, fewer teenagers are using opioid drugs.

The Monitoring the Future Survey results shows a continued decrease of opioid misuse by teens.

National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow says this is encouraging news as overdose and addiction rates continue to rise for adults.

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

 

  

The sound of power tools blends with teenage chatter as students clamber around, under, and over a trailer bed that they’re busy turning into a home. They’re part of a project called “Building It Forward,” which has vocational classes building tiny houses as a way of gaining practical skills and new confidence.

LBJ Library

Law professor Philip Alston is a United Nations expert on extreme poverty. In his position as a U.N. Special Rapporteur  he reports on places where pervasive poverty and human rights issues intersect, places such as Haiti, south Asia and central Africa. His latest work, however, is taking him to parts of the U.S., including the Ohio Valley.

MORE STORIES FROM THE OHIO VALLEY RESOURCE