Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader http://weku.fm en Georgetown Student Wins Miss Kentucky 2012 http://weku.fm/post/georgetown-student-wins-miss-kentucky-2012 <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/14/2258805/jessica-casebolt-of-pikeville.html">Jessica Casebolt, a 19-year-old Georgetown College student</a>, was named Miss Kentucky 2012 on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. &quot;This has been the most amazing experience in my life, and I know it&#39;s only going to get better,&quot; she said. Casebolt, one of 31 young women who competed for the title, will represent Kentucky in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:57:27 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 29605 at http://weku.fm Georgetown Student Wins Miss Kentucky 2012 Noted Pianist and Philanthropist Dies http://weku.fm/post/noted-pianist-and-philanthropist-dies <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/12/2107203/teresa-garbulinska-saykaly-noted.html"><font face="Arial, Geneva, sans-serif"><span style="line-height: 20px;">Teresa </span></font>Garbulinska Saykaly<font face="Arial, Geneva, sans-serif"><span style="line-height: 20px;">, 79, </span></font></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; "><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/12/2107203/teresa-garbulinska-saykaly-noted.html">a </a>noted concert pianist and Lexington arts philanthropist, died early Monday after a long illness.&nbsp;Born in Poland, she won the Polish National Mozart Competition in 1956 and went on to perform throughout Europe and the United States, including at Carnegie Hall in New York.&nbsp;She was a student of piano virtuoso Henryk Sztompka, who was a well-known student of Ignace Paderewski. As a result, her husband of 44 years, Dr. Ronald Saykaly, said, she was sometimes referred to as &quot;the musical granddaughter of Paderewski.&quot;</span></p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:37:39 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 23087 at http://weku.fm Noted Pianist and Philanthropist Dies Students Scramble for Final Four Tix http://weku.fm/post/students-scramble-final-four-tix <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/12/2107162/uk-students-swarm-for-prized-ncaa.html">Marcey Bronczyk was beaming</a> and breathless Monday afternoon as she stood outside the ticket booth at Memorial Coliseum.&nbsp;Bronczyk, 53, and her son Chris Bronczyk, 24, both University of Kentucky students, had just won the right to buy tickets to the UK men&#39;s basketball team&#39;s opening-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Louisville.</p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:11:44 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 23083 at http://weku.fm Blue Grass Airport Installs Scanners http://weku.fm/post/blue-grass-airport-installs-scanners <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/27/2086773/new-body-scanners-being-installed.html">Body scanners at Blue Grass Airport</a> will replace metal detectors as the primary passenger screening method. The &quot;advanced imaging technology&quot; scanners are being installed and workers are being trained this week. Some passengers might go through them later this week, but the new machines should be fully operational at the Lexington airport by early next week, said Jim Fotenos, Transportation Security Administration spokesman. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:48:42 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 22255 at http://weku.fm Blue Grass Airport Installs Scanners 10,000 Without Power After Snow http://weku.fm/post/10000-without-power-after-snow <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/21/2078235/more-than-10000-in-e-kentucky.html">The number of Eastern Kentuckians </a>without power continued to shrink Tuesday, as Kentucky Power worked to resolve the outages. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 10,700 Kentucky Power customers did not have electricity, down from a peak of about 34,000 who had been left in the dark Monday afternoon. A weekend snow storm dumped six to eight inches on parts of southeastern Kentucky, causing downed power lines and fallen tree limbs. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:36:17 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 21910 at http://weku.fm Lexington Baby Boutique Opens Milk Depot http://weku.fm/post/lexington-baby-boutique-opens-milk-depot <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/26/2042939/lexington-baby-boutique-to-open.html">When the freezer of Jessica Santangelo&#39;s</a> refrigerator started to fill up with her expressed breast milk, she decided to buy a standalone freezer. Then that freezer started to fill up. Santangelo&#39;s 7-month-old daughter has started eating solid foods, so she doesn&#39;t drink as much milk as she once did. But come Thursday, it will become a lot easier for Santangelo and other women to share their milk with other mothers and babies. Mother Nurture, a Lexington baby boutique and breast-feeding resource center, is opening Milk Depot, a drop-off location for donated breast milk. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:34:56 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 20423 at http://weku.fm Lexington Baby Boutique Opens Milk Depot Study Estimates the Impact of Casinos on Economy http://weku.fm/post/study-estimates-impact-casinos-economy <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/17/2031120/chamber-of-commerce-study-casinos.html">Allowing casinos at eight Kentucky racetracks</a> would have an estimated $1.7 billion economic impact on the state during the casinos&#39; first full year of operation, according to a study released Monday by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. That would include $464.7 million in gaming tax revenue, $164.6 million of which would go to racing-industry programs, according to the Kentucky Gaming Market Analysis and Impacts Report, which was paid for by racing-industry interests. Eight casinos also would create nearly 11,000 full-time jobs with a payroll of $289.3 million, the study found. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:29:49 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 19876 at http://weku.fm Farmer's Crickets in High Demand http://weku.fm/post/farmers-crickets-high-demand <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/08/2019949/garrard-county-woman-ships-tens.html">The farms surrounding Elaine Henderson&#39;s</a> little plot on a hillside in Garrard County raise cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and horses, but Henderson has a decidedly smaller herd &mdash; of crickets. Each week, Henderson Cricket Farm ships tens of thousands of live crickets to pet stores, bait shops, individuals and the Louisville Zoo. &quot;I&#39;m selling all I can grow,&quot; Elaine Henderson said. &quot;I&#39;ve turned customers away.&quot; Sun, 08 Jan 2012 17:35:20 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 19374 at http://weku.fm Farmer's Crickets in High Demand Explosion Lights up Estill Sky http://weku.fm/post/explosion-lights-estill-sky <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/03/2013735/apparent-gas-line-explosion-lights.html">A gas line explosion lit up</a> the sky in Estill County on Monday night. The blast occurred about 7 p.m. along Ky. 89 about 7 miles outside of Irvine, Estill County Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor said. There were no initial reports of injuries, but 30 to 35 homes within a half-mile radius of the explosion were evacuated, said Melissa Jessie, public information officer for the Estill County Emergency Management Agency.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:06:53 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 19055 at http://weku.fm Herds of Feral Pigs Go Wild in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/herds-feral-pigs-go-wild-kentucky <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/03/2013569/wild-pigs-on-the-rise-in-kentucky.html">Randy Kelley has engaged in a frustrating</a> and discouraging battle the past four or five years on his Henry County farm. His 200-pound foe: a wild pig. Actually, that should be plural because these pigs tend to run in herds. &quot;They&#39;re just rooting my farm up,&quot; Kelley said. &quot;They just go through your fields and tear it all to pieces. ... You never get it back like it was.&quot; Kelley&#39;s property in the Bethlehem community is just one example of what the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources calls a disturbing trend. An invasion of wild hogs in counties throughout the state is leaving muddy bogs of overturned ground and ruined crops in its wake. Feral swine have been in isolated areas of the state for decades, but in 2008, officials started an increase in reports of wild hogs in areas where they had not been seen before, said Steven Dobey, wildlife program coordinator for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Wild hogs have now been reported in 37 counties.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:04:54 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 19054 at http://weku.fm Herds of Feral Pigs Go Wild in Kentucky Companies Offer Holiday Decorating Services http://weku.fm/post/companies-offer-holiday-decorating-services <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/12/1991680/companies-fill-a-seasonal-niche.html">Some people enjoy dragging boxes of Christmas</a> decorations down from the attic or up from the basement to transform their homes into winter wonderlands. For others, not so much. And for them, there are a number of decorators in town willing to do the job. &quot;This type of work has really increased the last 15 years,&quot; said Best of Flowers owner Mary Jo Johnson, whose company decorates 10 to 20 homes each holiday season. &quot;Every year, it gets a little stronger.&quot; Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:31:08 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 17860 at http://weku.fm 2011 Among Kentucky's Wettest Years http://weku.fm/post/2011-among-kentuckys-wettest-years <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/06/1984489/lexington-has-second-wettest-year.html">Lexington has had the second-wettest</a> year on record and is slightly more than 2 inches from tying the record for precipitation set in 1935, when the city received 65.76 inches. The rainfall helped break records for the wettest years in Louisville and Paducah.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:42:39 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 17490 at http://weku.fm 2011 Among Kentucky's Wettest Years Opposition Over Proposal to Move Mail Processing http://weku.fm/post/opposition-over-proposal-move-mail-processing <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/29/1976430/postal-workers-customers-criticize.html">Scores of postal workers and customers</a> turned out Monday night to voice their opposition to a proposal to shift Lexington&#39;s mail-processing operations to Louisville or Knoxville. About 300 workers would be affected if the proposal to shut down operations at the Nandino Boulevard postal processing center is implemented. The post office has said that moving the operations out of Lexington would create more jobs in Louisville and Knoxville, but 103 positions would be eliminated entirely. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:43:12 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 17078 at http://weku.fm Copper Thieves Disable 450 Street Lights http://weku.fm/post/copper-thieves-disable-450-street-lights <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/23/1969969/copper-thieves-disable-450-stret.html">The state Transportation Cabinet says </a>copper thieves recently disabled about 450 street lights along interstates and other major roads in Fayette and other Central Kentucky counties. The damage could total up to $500,000, depending on how many lights have to be completely replaced rather than simply repaired, according to a news release. Many of the lights that are affected are on the ramps for interstates 64 and 75. The state says it plans to fight the problem by installing surveillance cameras and a monitoring system that will detect instances of tampering with a lighting circuit. It will also have people periodically driving through affected areas to check for suspicious activity.</p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:56:49 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 16788 at http://weku.fm Lex. Park Honors Fallen Officer http://weku.fm/post/lex-park-honors-fallen-officer <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/10/04/1907208/lexington-neighborhood-uses-park.html "><strong>Dozens of people gathered in a little park</strong></a> near Transylvania University on Monday night to dedicate a memorial to fallen Lexington police officer Bryan Durman. Seth Brewer, president of the Northside Neighborhood Association, which owns the park, said the group decided to honor Durman because &quot;he was our guy.&quot;<br />&quot;He was our officer, and he died here, so it seemed right,&quot; he said. Durman, 27, was hit by a sport-utility vehicle on North Limestone while investigating a noise complaint on the night of April 29, 2010. He was the first Lexington police offer to die in the line of duty in about 25 years. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:24:48 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 13658 at http://weku.fm Lex. Park Honors Fallen Officer Wilmore may Ban Horses, Large Livestock http://weku.fm/post/wilmore-may-ban-horses-large-livestock <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/20/1889284/wilmore-moves-toward-banning-horses.html">Just one Wilmore City Council member</a> said &quot;neigh&quot; Monday night when the council took a step toward prohibiting horse owners and anyone else with large farm animals from keeping them in town. Under the ordinance, which exempts poultry and goats, residents of Wilmore would not be able to keep horses, cattle, sheep, llamas, donkeys, mules or buffalo within the city limits unless they had two acres per animal. The animals also could not be kept within 200 feet of a neighboring residence, city park, church or school.</p><p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:02:33 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 12787 at http://weku.fm How to Avoid Louisville's Traffic Congestion http://weku.fm/post/how-avoid-louisvilles-traffic-congestion <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/18/1886302/heading-west-from-lexington-heres.html">Central Kentuckians planning on driving to Chicago</a>, St. Louis, Indianapolis or other points west and northwest over the coming months will probably want to give their planned routes a second glance before heading out. The emergency shutdown of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge that spans the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Ind., could put a serious snarl in the typical paths taken from Lexington to some major cities. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:07:53 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 12659 at http://weku.fm After Days of Heat, Relief On Way http://weku.fm/post/after-days-heat-relief-way <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/04/1868684/after-days-of-heat-in-central.html">Central Kentuckians who suffered through</a> the sweltering heat of the past several days can take heart: Monday&#39;s high should be about 30 degrees lower than Saturday&#39;s. Saturday&#39;s high of 98 degrees in Lexington was 2 degrees shy of the record for the day, set in 1953, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. It was the fourth straight day with a high in the 90s. But he said &quot;the first powerful cold front&quot; of the season is on the way. Sun, 04 Sep 2011 15:40:34 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 11815 at http://weku.fm Fewer Tobacco Crops Dot Kentucky Landscape http://weku.fm/post/fewer-tobacco-crops-dot-kentucky-landscape <p>A drive in the Kentucky countryside once meant frequent vistas of tobacco, growing golden green or &mdash; after it had been cut and spiked &mdash; wilting to a golden brown on sticks propped up in rows. Today, those scenes are more scarce. &quot;It&#39;s going to be a thing of the past after a while,&quot; said Teddy Greathouse, who grows 120 acres of burley tobacco in Woodford, Scott and Franklin counties and is in the midst of a monthlong harvest. &quot;I tell my grandkids, this is liable to be something you won&#39;t see.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:23:30 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 11524 at http://weku.fm Fewer Tobacco Crops Dot Kentucky Landscape 5th Suspect Guilty of Georgetown Scam http://weku.fm/post/5th-suspect-guilty-georgetown-scam <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/23/1854060/fifth-person-pleads-guilty-in.html">A fifth person has pleaded guilty</a> to participating in a scam that robbed the Minova plant in Georgetown of hundreds of thousands of dollars. As part of a plea agreement, Anthony W. Moore pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Minova is an international company that produces chemicals and equipment for use in underground mining. The Georgetown plant is its North American headquarters.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:03:05 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 11057 at http://weku.fm Flight 5191 Sculpture to be Unveiled http://weku.fm/post/flight-5191-sculpture-be-unveiled <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/01/1831820/flight-5191-sculpture-unveiling.html#ixzz1TsulJG8C">A sculpture honoring the 49 people who died in the crash</a> of Comair Flight 5191 will be unveiled this month at a service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the crash. The dedication service, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at The Arboretum on Lexington&#39;s Alumni Drive, will include remarks by local ministers and family members of three people who died in the crash. More than 350 family members and friends of the crash victims are scheduled to attend. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:58:37 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 9759 at http://weku.fm Flight 5191 Sculpture to be Unveiled 7 Counties Declared Disaster Areas http://weku.fm/post/7-counties-declared-disaster-areas <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/26/1824052/obama-declares-disaster-area-for.html#storylink=omni_popular%23wgt=pop">President Barack Obama has declared seven</a> Eastern Kentucky counties a disaster area as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 19-23. The state government and local governments &mdash; as well as some non-profit organizations &mdash; in Bell, Breathitt, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin and Perry counties will be eligible for federal aid to help pay for emergency work and repairing facilities damaged by the severe weather. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:30:00 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 9347 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Woman Wins Miss Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/bowling-green-woman-wins-miss-kentucky <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/17/1814214/ann-blair-thornton-of-bowling.html">Ann-Blair Thornton, a 21-year-old from </a>Bowling Green, was nearly speechless Saturday night after being crowned Miss Kentucky 2011. &quot;I don&#39;t know if this is real,&quot; she said. &quot;Looking back on all the years I&#39;ve put into this, I never dreamed it would be real.&quot; Shortly after the glittering crown was placed atop her head at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Thornton said the first thing she planned to do as Miss Kentucky was &quot;give my parents a hug. This is all their doing,&quot; she said.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:08:00 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 8771 at http://weku.fm Bowling Green Woman Wins Miss Kentucky Cheerleader Survives Four Story Fall http://weku.fm/post/cheerleader-survives-four-story-fall <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/07/11/1808589/university-of-kentucky-cheerleader.html">A University of Kentucky cheerleader</a> was seriously injured in Rhode Island on Thursday when he fell 44 feet while teaching a gymnastics class. His father credits his training in tumbling with saving his life. Dylan Smith, 19, had been tumbling when &quot;he kinda lost his balance&quot; at the end of a series of moves and landed against a door that had been nailed shut, his father, Hugh Smith, said in a telephone interview. The door, on the fourth or fifth floor of the building, led only to open air. It gave way, and Dylan Smith fell out backward, Hugh Smith said.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:12:14 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 8370 at http://weku.fm Worker Suspended after Expulsion of Gay Men http://weku.fm/post/worker-suspended-after-expulsion-gay-men <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/19/1780622/hazard-pool-employee-suspended.html">As protesters spoke out on</a> Saturday against the expulsion of two gay men with intellectual and developmental disabilities from a city-owned pool in Hazard, the city took several steps to try to remedy the situation. Kim Haynes, the city employee who cited the Bible while telling the men and their caregiver to leave the Hazard Pavilion on June 10, will be suspended without pay for five days because of his &quot;failure to be respectful to the public,&quot; &quot;unsatisfactory job performance&quot; and &quot;his use of inappropriate language&quot; about pool policies, the city said in a press release. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:22:03 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 6900 at http://weku.fm Protest Threatened Over Gay Men's Eviction http://weku.fm/post/protest-threatened-over-gay-mens-eviction <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/14/1774098/gay-advocacy-group-threatens-public.html">The Kentucky Equality Federation says</a> it is planning a public protest because two gay men with intellectual and developmental disabilities were kicked out of a recreational center run by the city of Hazard on Friday. The federation, which advocates for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, says the two were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. The city&#39;s attorney, however, said the facility does not discriminate, and &quot;there is a dispute as to the facts of what transpired.&quot; Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:17:15 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 6392 at http://weku.fm New Intersection Should Cut Wrecks, Gridlock http://weku.fm/post/new-intersection-should-cut-wrecks-gridlock <p>Construction began Monday night on a project intended to alleviate congestion at the Harrodsburg and New Circle Road interchange in Lexington. he project is the first in the state and one of only a handful in the nation that uses what&#39;s known as a double crossover diamond or diverging diamond design, which has motorists crossing over and driving on the left side of the road. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:18:33 +0000 Karla Ward, Lexington Herald-Leader 5743 at http://weku.fm New Intersection Should Cut Wrecks, Gridlock