Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era en Farmers Can Get Federal Loans for Drought Recovery <p><a href="">On account of the recent drought</a>, the federal government is offering low-interest loans to farmers in Christian, Todd and Trigg counties who need help recovering from losses in crops. These counties and 23 others in Kentucky received the designation of &ldquo;natural disaster area,&quot; according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:59:29 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 29606 at Slow Medicaid Payments Trouble Physicians <p><a href="">Three private companies that took</a> over management of Kentucky&rsquo;s Medicaid system in November have become a clogged channel between payments from the state and the hospitals and doctors who need the money. Jennie Stuart Medical Center, the Christian and Todd County health departments and Pennyroyal Mental Health Center are awaiting months&rsquo; worth of back payments, causing major budget shortfalls. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:29:09 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 22476 at Debate Over Prescription-Only Cold Meds <p><a href="">Kentucky lawmakers may soon vote</a> on legislation that would require a prescription for cold medicines commonly used for making methamphetamine. Several local officials believe meth production in Kentucky will drop dramatically if such a law takes effect. The chemical in this medicine, pseudoephedrine, is the only ingredient absolutely necessary for making meth, Commonwealth&rsquo;s Attorney Lynn Pryor said.</p><p> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:01:19 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 19794 at Student Robbery Suspect Might Avoid Jail Time <p><a href="">An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty</a> on Wednesday to pulling a gun on a fellow student in a boys&rsquo; bathroom at Christian County High School. In return, the commonwealth&rsquo;s attorney is offering him a chance to avoid prison time and get the criminal charges cleared from his record. Kevon Burrus attended CCHS as of Oct. 1, 2010, according to court records. He was 17 at the time, and a detective said Burrus went by the nickname &ldquo;K-Money.&rdquo; Court records show he had several criminal charges as a juvenile. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:04:13 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 14715 at Jury Recommends Sentence for Man Accused of Incest <p><a href=" "><strong>A jury in Christian County</strong></a> convicted a 39-year-old man Thursday of having sex with a girl in his family. The jury recommended he spend 30 years in a state prison. The defendant, Francisco G. Rodriguez, will be eligible for parole after he serves 20 years, according to Kentucky law. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:04:46 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 13883 at Alcohol now sold at Lake Barkley State Park <p><a href="">Lake Barkley State Resort Park became</a> eligible to sell alcohol in early August. But the park started with a &ldquo;soft opening&rdquo; &mdash; offering only beer cans at the golf course pro shop &mdash; and just introduced its full selection at the dining room and convention center on Tuesday night. The park now offers wine, liquor and bottled beer, including a range of Kentucky brands, Park Manager John Jordan said. However, the new beverage choices entered the menu quietly. The park will not advertise alcohol products, and it will not add a bar to the dining room, Jordan said.</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:03:15 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 11634 at Settlement Ends Police Brutality Lawsuit <p><a href="">The Fort Campbell soldier who claimed Hopkinsville police</a> brutalized him during a 2008 arrest, by needlessly shocking him twice with a Taser, received a $100,000 settlement from the city&rsquo;s insurance company. The company, Kentucky League of Cities, made the decision to settle, said Hopkinsville City Attorney Doug Willen. The settlement did not require the city to admit wrongdoing on the part of the three officers involve Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:45:15 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 11586 at Former Oak Grove Police Chief Sues City <p><a href="">Milton Perry, Oak Grove&rsquo;s former police chief</a>, believes the city violated his state and federal rights when Mayor Dan Potter fired him in March. At the time, Potter cited &ldquo;ongoing leadership issues&rdquo; and said Perry had jeopardized the police department&rsquo;s liability insurance coverage for the second time in three years. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:06:17 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 11141 at Bacteria Keeps Lake Barkley Beach Closed <p><a href="">The beach at Lake Barkley State</a> Resort Park, which usually opens on Memorial Day weekend, still hasn&rsquo;t opened this year because the waters have tested for high levels of E. coli bacteria. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got our fingers crossed that next week we&rsquo;ll open,&rdquo; park manager John Jordan said in a phone interview Friday. The bacteria has forced closings of Lake Barkley&rsquo;s beach in the past &mdash; most recently in 2009, Jordan said. He doesn&rsquo;t know why the bacteria builds up, but he cited the goose population as a potential factor. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:24:48 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 6901 at Sheriff Owes Back Taxes, Fines, Interest <p><a href="">W.D. &ldquo;Billy&rdquo; Stokes, who served</a> as Todd County&rsquo;s sheriff through the end of 2010, owes the county $11,769 in penalties and interest he accrued by paying taxes late, the state auditor&rsquo;s office determined. The county may have the option of suing Stokes to collect the debt. But Stokes believes the tax penalties resulted from a misunderstanding with the IRS. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:56:22 +0000 Nick Tabor, Kentucky New Era 5400 at