Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger en Ramped Up Debate Security Gives Danville New Look <p><a href=",0,7655301.story">Danville recently won accolades</a> from a website for being among the Top 10 Mayberry-like towns in America, and it’s not too difficult to see the parallels that connect that bucolic TV town of the 1960s to our fair city’s station in 2012. Mayberry had its town band and its pie-eating contests and Danville has its Great American Brass Band and BBQ festivals. In both locations, friendly crowds gather to hob-nob with their neighbors and guests, there’s hardly a hint of trouble, and a good time is had by all. Mayberry, however, never hosted a vice presidential debate.</p><p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 22:10:21 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 34012 at Ramped Up Debate Security Gives Danville New Look Longest Serving Republican Calling it Quits <p><a href=",0,5891539.story?page=2">Even before the House had voted to approve</a> the redistricting plan that would reshape Danny Ford&rsquo;s 80th District, the auctioneer from Mount Vernon grew wistful, foreshadowing the end of his 30-year legislative career before he announced his retirement. As he was railing against the Democrats&rsquo; redistricting plan on the House floor, Ford took time to &ldquo;thank the people of Lincoln County for allowing me to serve as their state representative for all these past many years.&rdquo; After the plan - which basically removed Lincoln from the 80th District and replaced it with Casey County and piece of Madison &mdash; was approved, Ford let it be known that this would be his last term, ending his run as the longest serving Republican in the state House since 1900. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:52:43 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 20557 at Longest Serving Republican Calling it Quits Former Police Chief Sues Harrodsburg <p><a href=",0,2252388.story">Rodney Harlow, who was passed</a> over last week when Harrodsburg City Commission selected Billy Whitenack as police chief, has filed a lawsuit seeking to regain his job. The suit alleges the defendants violated the Policeman&rsquo;s Bill of Rights and Harlow&rsquo;s right to due process because they failed to inform Harlow of citizen complaints against him and then used those complaints as grounds for his termination. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:44:14 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 18414 at Former Police Chief Sues Harrodsburg Lancaster Hires New Police Chief <p><a href=",0,3413525.story">After nearly a year of turmoil</a> within its police department, Lancaster City Council brought in a veteran outside lawman to help restore order. &nbsp;Rodney Kidd, a retired sergeant who worked 18 years for Louisville Metro Police, was hired Monday to become Lancaster&rsquo;s first official police chief since Mayor Brenda Powers dismissed longtime chief Ronald Lamb in January.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:47:14 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 18338 at Harrodsburg to Debate Restaurant Tax <p><a href=",0,3835604.story">For the past four years, folks eating out in Harrodsburg</a> have paid an extra 3 cents for every dollar they dropped in local restaurants, with that additional money going to help fund tourism activities in Mercer County. On Tuesday evening, the Harrodsburg City Commission is hosting a forum to let residents and restaurant owners air out their feelings about the 3 percent restaurant tax created by the commission in 2007.</p><p> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:51:24 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 16954 at Meth Contaminates Inmate on Litter Patrol <p><a href=",0,6230976.story">A Northpoint Training Center inmate</a> suffered minor injuries Tuesday when he was exposed to a discarded meth lab while picking up trash along Hogue Hollow Road in southern Boyle County. Deputy Sheriff Jody Adams said the inmate, who was not identified, may have inhaled some chemical residue when the bottom of a bag he was collecting broke open and spilled materials and ingredients used to make methamphetamine.</p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:46:27 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 16815 at Buyer of Mercer Farm Hardly an Aloof Billionaire <p><a href=",0,295122.story">In the back of the Lexington Convention Center ballroom</a>, the buzz early Wednesday afternoon was that a group of Amish farmers from Indiana were the ones bidding to buy all 5,529 acres of Anderson Circle Farm. The Amish contingent did indeed make a serious play to buy several parcels of the farm, but the one really driving the price was the giant of a man with white hair sitting at a bidder&rsquo;s table in the center of the room. A young woman two tables away identified him as Jim Justice II and pulled up a Forbes profile of him on her iPad showing he was a West Virginia coal king, one of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth estimated at $1.1 billion. Justice finally scared off everybody else with back-to-back $500,000 raises that sealed the deal at $25 million. It was all his. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:00:45 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 16520 at Buyer of Mercer Farm Hardly an Aloof Billionaire Anderson Circle Farm Auctioned for $25 Million <p><a href=",0,1225588.story">A West Virginia billionaire bid</a> $25 million on Wednesday to purchase Mercer County&#39;s Anderson Circle Farm on U.S. 127. Forbes Magazine lists Jim Justice II was one of the 400 richest Americans. Unlike some bidders who wanted to purchase parts of the farm and development it, Justice says he plans to keep the property as a working farm with cattle, thoroughbreds and cash grains. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:40:52 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 16445 at Hustonville Fire Chief Resigns After Dispute <p><a href=",0,1125616.story">Hustonville finds itself with a new fire chief</a> and fewer volunteer firefighters Thursday after a dispute over one of the town&rsquo;s two haunted houses boiled over in a post-Halloween meltdown. Mayor Cecil Maddox said he dismissed Chief Stanley Shepperson on Wednesday afternoon, mostly because Shepperson left the fire department open and allowed cast members of the adjacent Hustonville Haunted House to use it as a dressing room during the last few weeks. Shepperson, however, said he resigned the post because the mayor has been giving him grief and meddling in the department&rsquo;s affairs for the past year. The disagreement over the haunted house was the final straw, he said. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:27:27 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 15584 at Calendar Salesman Cons Police <p><a href=",0,1988983.story">When looking for marks,</a> sheriff&rsquo;s offices and police departments would not seem like the smartest choices for a con man. Yet calendar salesman Richard L. Clements Jr. allegedly has targeted a handful of law enforcement agencies around the state and now he&rsquo;s on the run. Clements, 45, of 111 Magnolia Way, Apt. A, Nicholasville, was indicted last week by a Mercer County grand jury for theft more than $500. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:51:57 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 15230 at Harrodsburg to Ticket Loud Cars <p><a href=",0,5287745.story">Harrodsburg police officers</a> have started handing out tickets fort loud mufflers and loud stereos. The action came after several citizen complaints about the loud noises at all hours of the day and night.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:26:21 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 14977 at Harrodsburg Declares State of Emergency <p><a href=",0,5432625.story">Things have gotten bad enough at Harrodsburg&#39;s wastewater treatment plant </a>that city commissioners declared a state of emergency Monday so it can make repairs quickly without going through the normal bidding process. The plant is still operating effectively but is in danger of coming out of compliance with state regulations for treating wastewater, which could result in fines, Mayor Eddie Long said. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:09:02 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 14157 at Alcohol Issue in Harrodsburg <p>Without alcohol sales, business at the 19th Hole restaurant at Mercer County&#39;s Bright Leaf Golf Resort is drying up and it will soon close. &nbsp;But, if the restaurant is annexed into Harrodsburg, which allows sales, it likely would stay afloat and prosper. &nbsp; That&rsquo;s what Helen King, the self-described matriarch of Bright Leaf Resort, told City Commissioners on Monday night. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had the restaurant many years. We&rsquo;ve tried to stay dry, but everything has become wet around us,&rdquo; King said. &nbsp;&ldquo;Our restaurant is failing because we can&rsquo;t compete.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:20:42 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 14072 at Student Engineering Program Receives Boost <p><a href=",0,2849582.story">A Mercer County high school</a> student engineering program on the budgetary chopping block until the county&#39;s industrial authority made a $10,000 donation is now flourishing. The industrial authority saw its donation as a good investment to help the several Mercer County employers who depend on qualified engineers.</p><p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:29:56 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 13667 at Casey Company to Add New Line, New Jobs <p><a href=",0,6209881.story">Casey County&#39;s Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment</a> is partnering with an Italian farm equipment manufacturer to begin making and distributing some of the Italian company&rsquo;s products in the United States. In July, Tarter added 75 new jobs and looks to add another 50. The company already employs more than 600 in Casey County. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:02:52 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 13458 at Rural Areas Affected by No Saturday Mail <p><a href=",0,5986964.story">As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money </a>by the bagful, the idea of dropping Saturday mail delivery is gaining momentum again. President Barack Obama endorsed the notion Monday as part of his economic growth and debt reduction plan. At the Danville post office Tuesday, Holly Henson reacted passionately to the possibility of losing Saturday mail service. &ldquo;Sometimes, America just needs to hang on to its traditions,&rdquo; Henson said. &ldquo;Even if it doesn&rsquo;t make financial sense, it makes common sense. It may be broken but don&rsquo;t fix it.&rdquo; Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:19:30 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 12868 at Rural Areas Affected by No Saturday Mail Jailer Sues Gossip Website <p><a href=",0,6045457.story">Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch </a>is going after those he claims have defamed him by posting unkind and untrue comments about him anonymously on the gossip website Topix. Gooch filed a lawsuit in Lincoln Circuit Court alleging &ldquo;unknown defendants intentionally and maliciously published statements on the website Topix with knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.&rdquo; The &ldquo;false statements&rdquo; injured Gooch&rsquo;s personal and professional reputation and caused severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment, the lawsuit maintains.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:41:22 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 8667 at Jailer Sues Gossip Website Harrodsburg Officer Arraigned on Sex Charges <p><a href=",0,1331164.story">A Harrodsburg police officer indicted </a>on 146 counts related to an alleged three-year sexual relationship with a juvenile pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in Mercer Circuit Court. Jason Elder, 31, entered the not guilty plea in his first appearance before Judge Darren Peckler, who set a $10,000 bond releasing Elder on his own recognizance and prohibiting him from any contact with the girl or her family. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:11:35 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 7185 at Galbraith Thinks it's his Time <p><a href=",0,3683156.story?page=2">Thirty years after he proposed legalizing marijuana</a> in Kentucky, it continues as the issue often associated with gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith. But Galbraith is slightly resentful that he&rsquo;s been saddled as a one-trick pony. &ldquo;I can give a speech talking about 10 different planks in my platform and I know that when the story comes out the next day the first thing that gets mentioned is marijuana,&rdquo; he says. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:31:34 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 6219 at Galbraith Thinks it's his Time Great American Brass Band Festival Begins <p><a href=",0,4657631.story ">While there&rsquo;s no doubt that Saturday is the star </a>of the Great American Brass Band Festival, Friday has developed into more than simply a warm-up act for the main event. Beginning with the history conference at 9 a.m. and wrapping up with a concert more than 12 hours later, Friday features a full slate of opportunities for festival-goers to get the party started, both in Danville and at venues outside the city. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:32:49 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 6117 at Budget Watchers Take Break at Band Festival <p><a href=",0,476023.story">After three years of tightening budgets</a> and cutbacks, Danville&#39;s Great American Brass Band Festival is finally able to exhale a little bit this year.Not that the festival has returned to it&rsquo;s pre-recession level of funding and spending, but executive director Niki Kincade senses the event is gaining weight again after the lean times of recent years.&ldquo;This year, we&rsquo;ve caught up a little bit,&rdquo; Kincade said. Thu, 26 May 2011 18:28:07 +0000 Todd Kleffman, The Advocate-Messenger 4711 at