David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger http://weku.fm en VP Debate Gives Centre College Valuable Exposure http://weku.fm/post/vp-debate-gives-centre-college-valuable-exposure <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-vp-debate-gives-centre-college-valuable-exposure-20121016,0,1873788.story">Even if Centre College spent the millions it cost to put on last week’s vice-presidential debate on advertising instead, officials say the school could never come close to the kind of attention it got from the world’s media. Michael Strysick, communications director at Centre, said initial data indicates the publicity value of the attention was at least four times greater than the initial cost. The school, the smallest ever to host a vice-presidential or presidential debate, reportedly spent about $3.3 million to put on the event.</a> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:47:50 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 34412 at http://weku.fm VP Debate Gives Centre College Valuable Exposure White House Correspondent Looking Forward to Danville Debate http://weku.fm/post/white-house-correspondent-looking-forward-danville-debate <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/debate2012/amn-white-house-correspondent-looking-forward-to-danville-stop-20121008,0,2594624.story">Ed Henry has logged thousands of miles following President Barack Obama, but like many of his colleagues in the White House press corps, he will take a detour to Danville this week to cover the vice presidential debate at Centre College Thursday night. Henry is the Fox News White House correspondent. Although he has traveled to countries all over the world, Henry said he is eager for a visit to one of the few states he has never been to for what is expected to be a high-energy showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.</a> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:36:57 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 34083 at http://weku.fm White House Correspondent Looking Forward to Danville Debate Media Set to Converge on Danville for Debate http://weku.fm/post/media-set-converge-danville-debate <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-media-set-to-converge-on-danville-20121004,0,5916628.story">One week from today “DANVILLE, Ky” will be one of the most prevalent datelines in the news business. At the conclusion of Wednesday night’s broadcast of the first presidential debate in Denver, moderator Jim Lehrer informed the audience of a projected 50 million viewers, “The next debate will be the vice presidential event on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, Ky.” Now, the cameras and coverage will shift to the meeting between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.</a> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:31:26 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 33896 at http://weku.fm Media Set to Converge on Danville for Debate GOP Leaders Approve of Ryan Pick http://weku.fm/post/gop-leaders-approve-ryan-pick <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-local-gop-leaders-like-ryan-pick-will-make-for-lively-debate-20120811,0,2086902.story">Now that Mitt Romney</a> has made Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan his running mate voters and politicos finally have something to sink their teeth into in the lead up to the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate at Centre College. Local and state Republican leaders seemed well pleased by Romney&rsquo;s Saturday morning surprise. Kentucky Republican Chairman Steve Robertson said Ryan was a fiscal hawk who would appeal to Kentucky voters tired of out-of-control spending at every level of government. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:37:44 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 31149 at http://weku.fm Centre's Tech Team Tested by VEEP Debate http://weku.fm/post/centres-tech-team-tested-veep-debate <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-centres-veteran-tech-team-tested-by-debate-prep-20120714,0,3184454.story">A group of battle-tested techies </a>at Centre College will play a vital &mdash; albeit a largely invisible &mdash; role in the success of 2012 vice presidential debate. Art Moore and his team are responsible for building from scratch the pathways through which billions of pieces of data will course before, during and after the Oct. 11 event.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:54:47 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 29650 at http://weku.fm Centre's Tech Team Tested by VEEP Debate Centre College Prepares for Presidential Debate http://weku.fm/post/centre-college-prepares-presidential-debate <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-new-improved-100m-spending-spree-has-centre-ready-to-shine-for-october-debate-20120421,0,3793064.story">Centre College will reprise its role </a>as the smallest school to host a vice presidential debate in October, but additions to the campus over the last 12 years will be vital to both staging the event and accommodating an increasing enrollment. Preparations for the debate are in full swing at the school that likes to tout its reputation for punching above its weight, but some of the work that helped secure the event for the second time includes permanent additions to the campus. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 15:51:56 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 25278 at http://weku.fm Centre College Prepares for Presidential Debate Tornado Relief Efforts Organized http://weku.fm/post/tornado-relief-efforts-organized <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-local-relief-effort-being-organized-to-help-victims-of-deadly-weather-20120305,0,5019364.story">Some individuals and organizations are focused</a> on helping their fellow Kentucky residents recover from deadly weather that hit Eastern Kentucky on Friday. Central Kentucky was largely spared from the destructive force of the tornadoes that killed at least 21 people and injured hundreds more in Morgan, Menifee and other counties, but Kelly Votaw of Harrodsburg has first-hand experience with the aftermath of the devastating weather events. She was part of a group that went to Joplin, Mo., last year to help with the massive recovery effort there and is currently working from the list of items that were needed there in the immediate aftermath. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:55:47 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 22644 at http://weku.fm Mild Winter Saves City Money http://weku.fm/post/mild-winter-saves-city-money <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-mild-winter-saving-cities-counties-money-20120203,0,1438312.story">The mild weather this winter may have been</a> a disappointment for those hoping for a white Christmas or some snowy recreation, but it has also meant hundreds of thousands in savings for governments across the state. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday, Groundhog Day, meaning six more weeks of winter if you are superstitious. However, if that means six more weeks of mid-50s temperatures during the day, city and county road crews will be able to live with that. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 21:13:10 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 20784 at http://weku.fm Mild Winter Saves City Money Danville Searches for City Manager http://weku.fm/post/danville-searches-city-manager <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-danville-begins-city-manager-search-20120110,0,1086501.story">Danville City Commission signed off</a> on a brochure Monday that will be used to attract candidates for city manager, but the actual hire likely is still months away. The City Commission voted unanimously to approve the informational packet compiled by the Mercer Group, an Atlanta search firm the city hired in November for $7,500 to advertise the position and pass along a slate of 10 applicants. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:44:27 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 19490 at http://weku.fm Tobacco Operation Puts Down New Roots http://weku.fm/post/tobacco-operation-puts-down-new-roots <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-tobacco-operation-puts-down-new-roots-20111229,0,3853992.story">The owners of one of the few remaining</a> independent tobacco warehouses operating in the state have moved on from one historical site in Danville to another building used by another former tobacco auction mainstay during the fall selling season. Growers have come from as far away as Indiana, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, and owner Jerry Rankin said about 2 million pounds of tobacco have been sold at the two warehouses. Sun, 01 Jan 2012 17:43:31 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 18952 at http://weku.fm Tobacco Operation Puts Down New Roots Lawmaker Wants Change in Governor's Race http://weku.fm/post/lawmaker-wants-change-governors-race <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/cky-lawmaker-wants-to-change-governors-race-20111228,0,3671124.story">A local state representative with some first-hand</a> experience in gubernatorial politics has pre-filed a bill that would change the way slates are chosen for the state&#39;s top two offices. Rep. Mike Harmon&#39;s bill would allow candidates for governor to wait until the general election to name their lieutenant governor running mates instead of having to pick someone before the primary as is currently required. Candidates would have four weeks after the May primary to name a candidate. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:25:29 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 18762 at http://weku.fm Lawmakers Eye Drug Abuse http://weku.fm/post/lawmakers-eye-drug-abuse <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-lawmakers-eye-drug-abuse-in-prefiled-bills-for-upcoming-session-20111224,0,5975280.story">Several bills pre-filed by lawmakers</a> ahead of the Kentucky General Assembly&#39;s regular session next month deal with either drug use among recipients of state and federal funds, or limiting access to illegal drugs. A new version of District 36 Rep. Lonnie Napier&#39;s amendment requiring drug testing for people seeking public assistance, including food stamps, has been submitted for consideration after a similar bill was killed in committee previously. He said he expects a different outcome once the legislature returns Jan. 3. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:51:26 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 18654 at http://weku.fm Boyle Recieves Constitution Square http://weku.fm/post/boyle-recieves-constitution-square <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-officials-celebrate-transfer-of-constitution-square-20111222,0,4293872.story">Several dozen people filled a room</a> Wednesday at Danville&#39;s Grayson&#39;s Tavern to celebrate the state&#39;s official announcement that Constitution Square State Historic Site will be turned over to Boyle County. The announcement comes after months of talks between county and state officials about the details of the arrangement for one of the state&rsquo;s smallest historic sites. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:13:50 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 18478 at http://weku.fm Boyle Recieves Constitution Square State Will Release Prisoners http://weku.fm/post/state-will-release-prisoners <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-state-to-begin-releasing-inmates-20111221,0,2233999.story">In January, the state will begin releasing</a> prisoners by the hundreds under parole-like supervision guidelines. The move involves prisoners who have six months left on their sentences. However, locally, the move apparently will not have a large immediate impact. Currently, 982 inmates across the state are eligible for release when the program starts Jan. 1, but as many as 3,000 could be set free by the end of 2012. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:38:46 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 18413 at http://weku.fm Two Spooky Kentucky Locations Featured http://weku.fm/post/two-spooky-kentucky-locations-featured <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-national-tv-show-to-feature-perryville-battlefield-rocky-point-20111130,0,5022217.story">Two of Central Kentucky&#39;s spookiest</a> locations are about to find themselves in the national spotlight. The house at Rocky Point in Harrodsburg and Perryville Battlefield are the subject of the Travel Channel show &ldquo;Ghost Adventures,&rdquo; which will air the episode featuring the landmarks at 9 p.m. EST Friday.</p><p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:48:56 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 17236 at http://weku.fm Centre Gears Up for 2012 Debate, Uses 2000 Debate for Ideas http://weku.fm/post/centre-gears-2012-debate-uses-2000-debate-ideas <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-back-to-the-future-as-centre-gears-up-for-2012-debate-memories-of-2000-prove-valuable-20111119,0,333379,full.story ">&ldquo;From historic Danville, Kentucky</a>, good evening and welcome to this year&#39;s only vice presidential debate&hellip;&rdquo; That simple introduction from CNN&rsquo;s Bernard Shaw signaled the beginning of the 2000 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman for the viewing public, but for the people who worked to make the event happen it signified the culmination of a whirlwind year. An idea few thought possible had become a reality. Both those at Centre and with the Commission on Presidential Debates will tell you the fact the school has many of the same people in place was big reason why the debate is coming back to Danville in 2012. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:33:42 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 16597 at http://weku.fm Centre Gears Up for 2012 Debate, Uses 2000 Debate for Ideas Three-Year-Old Fights Cancer, Family Copes http://weku.fm/post/three-year-old-fights-cancer-family-copes <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-bradlees-battle-perryville-boy-3-fights-cancer-as-family-tries-to-cope-20111029,0,6237981.story">A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for the most world-weary adult</a>. When it is a young child, it can be downright seismic for a family and an entire community. &quot;You&#39;re going along and things seem perfectly fine and then something like this comes and tears your whole life up,&quot; said Vicki Ruiz. Her 3-year-old grandson, Bradlee Aguilar-Moreno of Perryville, has been at St. Jude Children&#39;s Research Hospital in Memphis since Aug. 30 being treated for an aggressive form of cancer called anapestic ependymoma Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:15:21 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 15325 at http://weku.fm Three-Year-Old Fights Cancer, Family Copes Danville Could Owe $177,000 in Overtime http://weku.fm/post/danville-could-owe-177000-overtime <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-danville-may-have-to-pay-177000-for-firefighter-overtime-20110830,0,508505.story">Danville is still deciding whether </a>to dole out about $177,000 in back pay the Kentucky Labor Cabinet says it owes firefighters following a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling last week. The case heard by the Supreme Court was based on a lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court on behalf of Danville and 11 other cities, counties and fire departments claiming entities were protected by sovereign immunity from honoring claims of unpaid overtime. The Supreme Court also upheld earlier opinions that the Labor Cabinet does have jurisdiction to take administrative action against the agencies.</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:18:17 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 11522 at http://weku.fm Problems Between Boyle, Mercer Red Cross http://weku.fm/post/problems-between-boyle-mercer-red-cross <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-changes-at-red-cross-create-rift-20110802,0,7697648,print.story">Changes in the operation of the American Red Cross</a> have led to the dissolution of the Boyle County chapter director position and prompted the chapter board to take matters into its own hands. In a letter received by The Advocate-Messenger, Emanual Gray, board chairman of the Danville-based Central Kentucky chapter of the Red Cross, which serves Boyle and Mercer counties, detailed what he said are troubling financial and administrative changes over the past several years.</p><p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:32:55 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 9765 at http://weku.fm Wood Waste Fuel Efficient and Cheap http://weku.fm/post/wood-waste-fuel-efficient-and-cheap <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-boyle-wood-to-help-power-campbellsville-company-20110727,0,6167020.story">Boyle County has a new way to dispose of wood waste </a>from both industries and individuals that should save the county money while helping power a Campbellsville company. Boyle Fiscal Court approved an agreement Tuesday with Cox Interiors Inc., a business that mills interior doors and windows, under which the company will chip and haul untreated wood to be used as fuel. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:09:27 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 9425 at http://weku.fm 19 Arrested in Mercer Drug Roundup http://weku.fm/post/19-arrested-mercer-drug-roundup <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/cky-nineteen-arrested-in-harrodsburg-ky-drug-roundup-20110622,0,3140819.story">Law enforcement conducted a</a> sweeping roundup of drug offenders Tuesday that so far has netted 19 people in Mercer County. Sheriff Ernie Kelty said officers from his agency and Harrodsburg and Burgin police departments got an early start, executing warrants stemming from 34 sealed indictments on drug-trafficking charges. The raids started about 5 a.m., and all those arrested were in custody by 10 a.m. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:13:39 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 7186 at http://weku.fm NAACP Investigates Hiring Practices in Schools http://weku.fm/post/naacp-investigates-hiring-practices-schools <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-naacp-investigating-hiring-practices-in-mercer-schools-20110621,0,1403223.story ">The head of the Danville-Boyle County chapter </a>of the NAACP says the group will investigate minority hiring practices in the Mercer County school district. In a letter sent last week to Mercer County Elementary School Principal Jennifer Meadows, the school board and interim superintendent Dennis Davis, Danville-Boyle County NAACP President Norman Bartleson said parents and residents had contacted him with concerns about the lack of diversity among the district&rsquo;s faculty. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:39:23 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 7072 at http://weku.fm Former Mayor Now Danville's City Manager http://weku.fm/post/former-mayor-now-danvilles-city-manager <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-breaking-news-bowling-hired-as-danvilles-interim-city-manager-20110526,0,4203604.story">In a decision that drew </a>both groans and applause, Danville City Commission voted to hire longtime mayor John W.D. Bowling as interim city manager Thursday night. Bowling, who served three terms as Danville mayor, will be paid $6,000 a month beginning June 1 when the employment contract goes into effect. Bridgette Milby, acting interim city manager since shortly after Paul Stansbury was suspended, will return to her position as head of codes enforcement. Fri, 27 May 2011 17:14:43 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 4859 at http://weku.fm Harmon says Moffett Ticket Made Good Run http://weku.fm/post/harmon-says-moffett-ticket-made-good-run <p><a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-primary-election-harmon-says-ticked-made-a-good-run-in-gubernatorial-race-20110518,0,450638,print.story"> <strong>It got much closer than many expected</strong></a> but in the end not close enough. Everything that needed to happen seemed to fall into place for gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett and his running mate, state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County, to have a big upset in the Republican primary Tuesday. In the end, though, low turnout and what appeared to be a sizable response from the Tea Party movement that swept a number of state and federal officials into office last fall were not quite enough. In the Republican primary, Senate President David Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, ended up with about 48 percent of the vote to 37.9 for Moffett and Harmon. Wed, 18 May 2011 17:11:03 +0000 David Brock, The Advocate-Messenger 4115 at http://weku.fm