Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader http://weku.fm en Elementary School Principal, Dean Resign After Investigation http://weku.fm/post/elementary-school-principal-dean-resign-after-investigation <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/01/2356759/cardinal-valley-elementary-principal.html">The principal and the academic dean at Cardinal Valley Elementary School in Lexington have resigned following a Fayette County Public Schools investigation into allegations of misconduct. Fayette Schools Spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall confirmed Monday afternoon that Cardinal Valley principal Ivonne Beegle and academic dean Suzanne Ray resigned on Friday. Responding to questions Monday, Deffendall said the school district could not provide details of the investigation or the nature of the allegations involved. But she said the allegations did not concern school finances, students or testing.</a> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:49:40 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 33768 at http://weku.fm Elementary School Principal, Dean Resign After Investigation Schools Work with UK on High School Program http://weku.fm/post/schools-work-uk-high-school-program <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/10/2331580/fayette-schools-university-of.html">A new program would allow Fayette County students to attend high school on the University of Kentucky campus and complete up to 45 hours of college credit by the time they graduate. Details of the program, a joint venture between UK and Fayette County Public Schools, are being worked out, and a site will have to be identified on UK's campus. The Fayette school district will work with UK's College of Education to develop the program.</a> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:36:04 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 32725 at http://weku.fm Tobacco Crop Withstands Drought http://weku.fm/post/tobacco-crop-withstands-drought <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/23/2308753/kentuckys-tobacco-crop-withstands.html">Conrado Olvera, armed with a tomahawk</a> and a spear, moved in a decades-old rhythm. This annual farm ritual is being played out again in Kentucky tobacco fields, as farm workers like Olvera get down to the laborious job of cutting and housing the state's burley crop. It has been a long, hot and dry summer on Kentucky farms, but tobacco generally has fared better than corn and some other crops. Dry weather, however, is continuing. And burley experts say tobacco that hasn't been irrigated might need one more good rain to assure a profitable year. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:27:48 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 31849 at http://weku.fm Tobacco Crop Withstands Drought EKU Warns Students About Dangerous Jail Escapee http://weku.fm/post/eku-warns-students-about-dangerous-jail-escapee <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/02/2281964/eku-warns-students-staffers-about.html">A search continued Thursday</a> for an Estill County jail escapee, and Eastern Kentucky University urged its students and staffers to take precautions while the man remains free. Daniel Patterson, who escaped Wednesday from a deputy jailer, is the estranged husband of an EKU employee, according to authorities. Police said Patterson should be considered dangerous. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:16:13 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 30598 at http://weku.fm EKU Warns Students About Dangerous Jail Escapee UK Employee Suspected in Bank Robberies http://weku.fm/post/uk-employee-suspected-bank-robberies <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/28/2275007/woman-is-charged-in-connection.html">Police arrested Crystal R. Little, </a>29, shortly after a bank robbery in Lexington on Saturday morning and charged her in connection with that robbery and three others dating to 2010. Little, charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second- degree robbery, was being held in the Fayette County jail.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:51:58 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 30384 at http://weku.fm UK Employee Suspected in Bank Robberies UK Employee Charged in Connection with Robberies http://weku.fm/post/uk-employee-charged-connection-robberies <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/28/2275007/woman-is-charged-in-connection.html">Police arrested Crystal R. Little,</a> 29, shortly after a bank robbery in Lexington on Saturday morning and charged her in connection with that robbery and three others dating to 2010. Little, charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second- degree robbery, was being held in the Fayette County jail. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:02:12 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 30337 at http://weku.fm UK Employee Charged in Connection with Robberies Heat Takes Toll on Trees, Crops and Horses http://weku.fm/post/heat-takes-toll-trees-crops-and-horses <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/02/2246560/heat-takes-toll-on-trees-crops.html">Trees across the region</a> are drooping from lack of rain; produce farmers are watching their crops shrivel; and horse farms are taking steps to protect their priceless Thoroughbreds as hot, dry weather continues to scorch Central Kentucky. &quot;I see trees that are already losing their leaves; trees that are dry as toast; trees that are dying,&quot; said Lexington arborist Dave Leonard. &quot;It&#39;s probably the worst situation I&#39;ve ever seen this early in the season, and that&#39;s going back 40 years. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:19:56 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 29032 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Abnormally Dry http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-abnormally-dry <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/25/2237683/lexington-fire-called-to-more.html">You can sum up this week&#39;s </a>Kentucky weather like this: It&#39;s hot and about to get hotter; it&#39;s dry and about to get drier. The National Weather Services says that while Tuesday will be pleasant in Lexington, with a high around 79, temperatures will skyrocket later this week, hitting the high 90s by Friday. Meanwhile, there&#39;s little chance of rain. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:30:18 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 28637 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Abnormally Dry Summer Break Starts Early for Many Schools http://weku.fm/post/summer-break-starts-early-many-schools <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/23/2199040/milder-weather-means-school-is.html">Thanks to last winter&#39;s mild</a> weather and few snow days, many Kentucky schools are closing in May for the first time in years. It&#39;s quite a change from last year, when making up seven snow days kept Fayette schools open until June 3. It also that means students, parents and teachers can look forward to almost three full months of freedom. Thu, 24 May 2012 14:20:16 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 26991 at http://weku.fm Ash Trees in Danger From Voracious Beetle http://weku.fm/post/ash-trees-danger-voracious-beetle <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/07/2179751/lexingtons-beautiful-ash-trees.html">The emerald ash borer has killed</a> many ash trees since appearing in Kentucky in 2009, but arborists fear this could be the year when the voracious beetle really sinks its teeth into some of Lexington&#39;s most beautiful ash trees. Fortunately, even trees infested with ash borers can be saved if treated with chemical agents, said John Saylor, arborist-technician with the Urban County Division of Environmental Policy. Tue, 08 May 2012 17:22:31 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 26135 at http://weku.fm Ash Trees in Danger From Voracious Beetle New Jessamine Law Targets Underage Drinking http://weku.fm/post/new-jessamine-law-targets-underage-drinking <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/24/2163108/new-jessamine-law-holds-adults.html">Jessamine County officials</a> will hold a forum for the public next week to explain provisions of the county&#39;s &quot;social host ordinance,&quot; which makes it a misdemeanor for adults to hold parties where underage drinking occurs. The Jessamine County Health Department and several other agencies are jointly holding the session, which is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at West Jessamine High School. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:05:24 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 25473 at http://weku.fm Residents Raise Concern Over Pipeline Repair http://weku.fm/post/residents-raise-concern-over-pipeline-repair <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/16/2152710/residents-raise-concerns-about.html">Phillip Stokely was just a boy in 1972,</a> when his father&#39;s house in Clark County was damaged by construction of a crude-oil pipeline through the north edge of the property. Now, 40 years later, Stokely owns the house, and he&#39;s afraid the same thing will happen all over again. Marathon Petroleum is replacing parts of the pipeline, and it wants to route a new section of pipe past the south end of Stokely&#39;s home. The company&#39;s plan would have put the edge of the pipeline right-of-way only about 15 feet from the house&#39;s foundation. Marathon recently agreed to move the right-of-way back to about 70 feet from the house. Stokely doesn&#39;t like it but says he can probably live with it. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:39:53 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 24960 at http://weku.fm UK Celebration Shooting Victim Loses Foot http://weku.fm/post/uk-celebration-shooting-victim-loses-foot <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/03/2137887/mans-foot-amputated-after-being.html">A Louisville man&#39;s foot was amputated</a> after he was wounded in a shooting incident early Tuesday at South Limestone and Virginia Avenue in Lexington, police said. The victim&#39;s name was not immediately available, and police were looking for the person who shot him. Lt. J.J. Lombardi said the incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. near the area where celebrations were going on after the University of Kentucky&#39;s NCAA national championship victory over Kansas. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:20:14 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 24339 at http://weku.fm Schools Reopen in Temporary Locations http://weku.fm/post/schools-reopen-temporary-locations <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/19/2117369/morgan-magoffin-schools-reopen.html">Morgan County reached another milepost</a> on the road to recovery Monday as 1,900 public school students returned to classes for the first time since the March 2 tornado ravaged the community. The start of classes was especially triumphant for the staff and students of West Liberty Elementary School. Their school was destroyed, so they resumed their studies in the manufacturing and warehouse space formerly occupied by Boneal Inc. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:13:31 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader & Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 23514 at http://weku.fm Schools Reopen in Temporary Locations Knox Factory Roof Collapses After Rain http://weku.fm/post/knox-factory-roof-collapses-after-rain <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/15/2112364/knox-county-factory-roof-collapses.html">Part of the roof at a Knox County factory</a> collapsed after heavy rain early Thursday night, injuring a number of people, authorities said. Initial reports indicated some people were trapped in the building. But WYMT-TV at Hazard reported that three people were injured and that all had been removed from the wreckage. Kentucky State Police at Hazard confirmed the incident. The collapse occurred about 8:30 p.m. at Tru Seal Technologies Inc., a firm that makes insulating glass sealant. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:34:48 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 23316 at http://weku.fm Death toll at 20 in Tornado-Ravaged Kentucky Counties http://weku.fm/post/death-toll-20-tornado-ravaged-kentucky-counties <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/03/2093069/death-toll-rises-to-14-at-least.html">Kentucky&#39;s death toll from a wave</a> of violent storms Friday climbed steadily on Saturday, reaching 20 fatalities with an estimated 300 injured and at least one man missing. The storms were the worst to hit the eastern part of Kentucky in almost 25 years. EF3 tornados hit Magoffin, Menifee and Morgan counties, east of Lexington, and an EF2 tornado hit Laurel County, in southeastern Kentucky, the National Weather Service said. The EF scale, which goes from 0 to 5, rates tornadoes based on wind speed. An EF3 storm has speeds of 136 mph to 165 mph. An EF2 measures 111 mph to 135 mph. An EF2 or higher is considered a significant tornado. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 13:30:11 +0000 Valarie Honeycutt Spears & Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 22573 at http://weku.fm Death toll at 20 in Tornado-Ravaged Kentucky Counties Lawmaker Pushes for Charter Schools http://weku.fm/post/lawmaker-pushes-charter-schools <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/19/2075679/state-rep-says-he-wont-give-up.html">State Rep. Brad Montell says he doesn&#39;t know </a>where his charter-school bill is headed in this session after a hearing in the House Education Committee last week, but he said he isn&#39;t giving up. The education committee heard two hours of testimony from charter-school proponents and opponents Tuesday but did not vote to send House Bill 77 to the House floor. Montell, a Shelbyville Republican, has been pushing charter legislation for at least three years, but Tuesday was the first time his proposal had gotten an actual committee hearing. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:46:46 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 21774 at http://weku.fm New Kentucky Student Assessment Test http://weku.fm/post/new-kentucky-student-assessment-test <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/29/2047726/new-kentucky-student-assessment.html">More than 500,000 Kentucky public school students</a> will take the state&#39;s new K-Prep test for the first time this spring, and educators are concerned that the results could leave many families confused and concerned. The new test was mandated under Senate Bill 1, the 2009 reform package that the General Assembly passed to strengthen Kentucky&#39;s public education system. Scores will look radically different from those on the old CATS test, which K-Prep replaces. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:59:08 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 20559 at http://weku.fm Neighbors Describe Terror of Estill Blast http://weku.fm/post/neighbors-describe-terror-estill-blast <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/04/2014195/gas-line-still-burns-in-estill.html">Lingering flames stopped shooting</a> from a broken gas transmissions pipeline in Estill County on Tuesday, leaving authorities with the task of determining what caused the Monday night explosion that wrecked the line. The blast frightened residents across Estill County, some fearing the nearby Blue Grass Army Depot, which stores large quantities of nerve gas, near Richmond had exploded. No injuries were reported, and most of the 30 to 35 families evacuated after the blast had returned to their homes by late Tuesday, according to the Estill County Emergency Management Agency. But a few homes near the gas line sustained damage such as broken windows or seared siding, officials said.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:58:04 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 19129 at http://weku.fm Neighbors Describe Terror of Estill Blast Veterans Salute Those Laid to Rest http://weku.fm/post/veterans-salute-those-laid-rest <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/02/2013089/volunteer-honor-guard-makes-sure.html">When 21-year Army veteran Floyd E. Douglas</a> was laid to rest at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Pulaski County last month, 17 men and women, all veterans wearing the uniforms of the various military services, were there to render full military honors. They saluted the casket. They fired the traditional 21-volley rifle salute. They carefully removed the American flag from the casket, folded it in the prescribed manner, and presented it to the Douglas family, along with the shell casings from the salute. Finally, they completed the service with an emotional playing of taps. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 20:17:20 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 19002 at http://weku.fm School Chief calls Evolution Theory, Not Fact http://weku.fm/post/school-chief-calls-evolution-theory-not-fact <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/13/1992514/kentuckys-plan-for-biology-tests.html">Hart County&#39;s school superintendent</a> is arguing that a new test that Kentucky high school students will take for the first time next spring will treat evolution as fact, not theory, and will require schools to teach that way. Superintendent Ricky D. Line raised the issue in recent letters and email messages to state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Kentucky Board of Education members. Line wants them to reconsider the &quot;Blueprint&quot; for Kentucky&#39;s new end-of-course test in biology.</p><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:03:59 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17941 at http://weku.fm Christmas Tree Banned at Lexington City Hall http://weku.fm/post/christmas-tree-banned-lexington-city-hall <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/09/1988107/lexington-fire-department-orders.html">Bah, humbug! A 16-foot,</a> natural Christmas tree recently installed in the lobby at Lexington City Hall has to go. The Lexington fire department advised city officials Thursday that the tree constitutes a fire hazard and violates a state regulation prohibiting live or natural trees in places of public assembly. Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said his department received a complaint about the tree, insisting that removing it has nothing to do with firefighters&#39; recent disagreements with Mayor Jim Gray over health insurance.</p><p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:13:17 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17715 at http://weku.fm Fifteen KY Pearl Harbor Survivors on 70th Anniversary http://weku.fm/post/fifteen-ky-pearl-harbor-survivors-70th-anniversary <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/07/1985861/on-70th-anniversary-only-15-pearl.html">They witnessed history at Pearl Harbor</a>, and lived to tell about it. Vaughn Drake, 93, of Lexington, and Frankfort&#39;s Herman Horn, 91, are among the area&#39;s last living Pearl Harbor survivors. Indeed, Drake is the last known survivor still living in Lexington. Statewide, only 15 survivors are still listed with the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling. The chapter once had more than 100 members. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:10:45 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17558 at http://weku.fm Pearl Harbor, As Seen From Japan http://weku.fm/post/pearl-harbor-seen-japan <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/06/1984588/lexington-woman-remembers-pearl.html">Hinako Regier was 9 years old,</a> living with her family in Osaka, Japan, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. &quot;I thought we were all going to die,&quot; she said. The war left her family financially ruined. Regier moved to the United States in 1957, and she said she has spent much of her life working for peace.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:37:41 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17500 at http://weku.fm Pearl Harbor, As Seen From Japan Memories of Pearl Harbor Still Fresh 70 Years Later http://weku.fm/post/memories-pearl-harbor-still-fresh-70-years-later <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/05/1983583/70-years-later-memories-of-pearl.html">On Wednesday, America will observe the 70th anniversary</a> of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which shocked the nation, crippled the U.S. fleet and thrust Americans into the middle of the biggest war in history. It remains a defining moment in history that affects us to this day. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association now lists just 15 attack survivors alive in the state, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:55:06 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17416 at http://weku.fm Jessamine County's Young Superintendent of the Year http://weku.fm/post/jessamine-countys-young-superintendent-year <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/30/1978393/jessamine-countys-young-chosen.html">Jessamine County Schools Superintendent</a> Lu Young was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.</p><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:30:10 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17166 at http://weku.fm Superintendent of the Year from Jessamine http://weku.fm/post/superintendent-year-jessamine <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/30/1978393/jessamine-countys-young-chosen.html">Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Lu Young</a> was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.</p><p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:25:36 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 17164 at http://weku.fm Jessamine Schools Target Underage Smokers http://weku.fm/post/jessamine-schools-target-underage-smokers <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/07/1949657/jessamine-schools-taking-aim-at.html">Students younger than 18 who bring tobacco to East or West Jessamine</a> high schools in Nicholasville can find themselves paying a steep price. School resource officers at the two Jessamine County high schools now issue citations to underage students if they are caught with cigarettes or tobacco products on school property. The tickets are referred to Jessamine County Juvenile Court, where students can face fines of as much as $150 for violations, Jessamine Superintendent Lu Young said. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:03:49 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 15756 at http://weku.fm School Officials Investigate Weapon Case http://weku.fm/post/school-officials-investigate-weapon-case <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/27/1936857/fayette-school-officials-investigating.html">Fayette Public Schools officials</a> are trying to determine whether a student who took a gun to the Eastside Technical Center on Wednesday also might have had the weapon at another school. Most students go to study at Eastside from their own home high schools, including some who travel from Scott and Woodford counties. A few students who have part-time jobs go to Eastside from their work sites. If the student with the gun came from another school, school officials said, it&#39;s possible he also had the weapon at that school. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:25:09 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 15153 at http://weku.fm School Clerk Might Not Qualify for Probation http://weku.fm/post/school-clerk-might-not-qualify-probation <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/27/1935793/judge-not-sure-madison-school.html">A former Madison Central </a>High School secretary serving a three-year prison sentence for having sex with a student might not be legally eligible for shock probation, Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse told attorneys Wednesday. He said he &quot;came across&quot; a chart that appeared to indicate Lynda Chase might would not qualify under state sentencing and probation guidelines. That development came as a surprise because it had been assumed since Chase&#39;s sentencing that she would be eligible for probation after serving a month in prison.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:22:03 +0000 Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader 15132 at http://weku.fm School Clerk Might Not Qualify for Probation