Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger en Lawsuit for Alcohol Sales in Junction City <p><a href=",0,4823021.story">Beer has been on Junction City store</a> shelves less than a month, but officials already face legal fire for allowing alcohol sales. Junction City resident Joseph O. Perry and Liquor Mart of Danville are suing the City Council, Mayor Jim Douglas and others for allegedly violating state laws that require fourth-class cities &mdash; the smallest allowed to sell alcohol &mdash; to have populations of at least 3,000. The lawsuit claims Junction City did not have the authority to hold a vote on alcohol sales because the city&rsquo;s population is less than the benchmark. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 19:51:11 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 19228 at Blood Drive to Support Injured Hunter <p><a href=",0,7961599.story">Kinney Noe has used 42 pints</a> of blood in the fight for his life. During his first surgery at the UK Chandler Medical Center alone, doctors transfused 32 units to keep him alive. &ldquo;That means that there&rsquo;s 42 people who had to go in and give blood to give what he needed,&rdquo; daughter Kindra Witak said. &ldquo;Had those people not given blood, he would have died the first day.&rdquo; But Kinney Noe has now survived longer than a month since falling from a tree stand onto a limb that impaled him, damaging his liver, lungs and diaphragm Nov. 13. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:17:31 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 18148 at Blood Drive to Support Injured Hunter Junction City Alcohol Sales Start This Week <p><a href=",0,1686489.story">Junction City residents are only days</a> away from being able to purchase alcohol in the city. Beer could appear on shelves as early as this week and liquor will follow suit in about a month, city police chief and local Alcohol Beverage Control administrator Merl Baldwin told the Junction City Council on Tuesday. So far, three merchants have completed local requirements for the unlimited amount of retail malt beverage licenses, and submitted applications to the Kentucky ABC Department, which ultimately awards the licensees. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:07:00 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 18082 at Garrard Middle School Fencer Ranks Nationally <p><a href=",0,1282487.story">Star Wars lightsaber battles and other sword-fighting cinema</a> helped spur Sawyer Cornett&rsquo;s early interest in fencing. But the 11-year-old possesses the manners and maturity of a man at least twice his age. A man who would choose a &ldquo;gentleman sport&rdquo; over more popular alternatives. In short, Edmond Dantes without the goatee and vendetta. While his Garrard Middle School classmates make rugged tackles and scramble for basketballs, Cornett travels to Lexington several times a week to train with former Egyptian national fencing team coach Amgad Khazbak. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:37:02 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 17852 at BBQ Sauce Blazes Trail of Success <p><a href=",0,3823852.story">When fingers started pointing, David Kleckner started worrying</a>. Guests at a Keeneland buyers&rsquo; dinner were sampling lamb legs with his homemade barbecue sauce for the first time and fidgeting to find its creator. &ldquo;They were asking about who&rsquo;s responsible for the sauce,&rdquo; Kleckner, 58, said. &ldquo;I just thought, &lsquo;Man, I hope nothing&rsquo;s wrong.&rdquo; But Kleckner&rsquo;s concern dissipated as one person after another complimented his flavorful concoction and asked to buy some for themselves &mdash; by the gallon.</p><p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:42:37 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 17014 at Mercer Teen to Perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade <p><a href=",0,5967503.story">At 3 a.m. this Thanksgiving,</a> as visions of sweet potatoes dance in our heads, Olivia Perkins, 18, will prepare to perform for more than 50 million people. She&rsquo;ll walk to arguably the most famous New York City block and practice a days-old routine one last time. Perkins is one of about 50 high school color guard members and dancers from across the nation selected to join the Macy&rsquo;s Marching Band after sending in audition tapes this spring. Only two other students from Kentucky will march in the about 200-person band, and both are instrumentalists, she said. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:07:08 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 16655 at Mercer Teen to Perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Garrard in Need of Animal Shelter Location <p><a href=",0,7072111.story ">Garrard County officials are still looking</a> for a place to build a new county animal shelter after the Fiscal Court rejected a plan Monday to move it to the fairgrounds. The Garrard County Fair Board preliminarily agreed to give the county land for the shelter at the back of the fairgrounds if the county would provide funds to pay off the fair board&rsquo;s $183,600 loan with Whitaker Bank, then accept repayment from the fair board at 0 percent interest. Part of the money to pay off the bank would have to come from the county&rsquo;s hospital debt-service fund. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:26:29 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 16295 at Junction City Paves Way for Alcohol Sales <p><a href=",0,1095533.story">Junction City is quickly moving away from prohibition </a>with preliminary approval of two ordinances detailing alcohol requirements and restrictions. The City Council unanimously approved first reading Thursday of ordinances allowing package liquor sales, retail beer sales and alcohol by the drink at restaurants. The measures will not take effect until the council votes on a second reading Monday, said Merl Baldwin, city police chief and soon-to-be local Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:50:07 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 15215 at Perryville Considers Reducing Police Coverage <p><a href=",0,2878751.story">A group of Perryville residents have expressed desire</a> to maintain the city&rsquo;s current police staffing rather than switching from a full-time to part-time police chief. More than 30 residents attended the Perryville City Council&rsquo;s open forum Thursday, and the majority spoke negatively about the possibility of reducing police coverage from about 60 total hours a week to about 40. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:56:33 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 14775 at Perryville Considers Reducing Police Coverage Danville Blowout Creates Camaraderie <p><a href=",0,2707518.story">Two teams from Danville High School</a> spent weeks crafting the perfect privy to race in the Penn&rsquo;s Store Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday. But an hour before the first heat, coordinators deemed both vehicles unfit for action due because their front wheels were not properly fixed. Never fear &mdash; turtle team to the rescue. Sun, 09 Oct 2011 16:45:43 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 13958 at Danville Blowout Creates Camaraderie Lancaster, Garrard Officials Discuss Merger <p><a href=",0,1610877,full.story">Lancaster and Garrard County officials </a>swapped opinions Monday about creating a commission to study a merged charter-county form of government. Representatives from the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, Bluegrass Area Development District and Department for Local Government attended Monday&rsquo;s meeting at the request of the Lancaster City Council to offer answers and opinions.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:18:51 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 13231 at Science Teacher Leaves Test Tubes Behind <p>Boyle County Middle School science teacher Mike Tetirick is leaving three-beam balances, graduated cylinders and thermometers in the last century with landline phones and CD players.&nbsp;
Instead, his eighth-graders are using state-of-the-art Vernier probes to measure everything from temperature to force to pH levels, and they&rsquo;re likely the only students in the state to do so, he said. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:43:21 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 12937 at Accusations of Bungled Death Investigation <p><a href=",0,2825202.story">A drug overdose investigation took </a>the unlikely forefront of the Lancaster City Council meeting Monday. Two Lancaster residents were charged with felonies after Paint Lick resident Brandon Hubbard, 18, died in April, but the county attorney&rsquo;s office has since discharged both cases, Lancaster Deputy Police Chief Allen Weston said. Hubbard&rsquo;s aunt, Angie Hubbard, told the council she now feels the investigation was handled inappropriately by officials.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:32:08 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 12353 at Kentuckians Recall Sept. 11 <p><a href=",0,3544243,full.story">Happiness still shines through a framed picture of Ben Ehmen, 83</a>, and wife Jeannette Davis, 77, during their first joint trip to New York City. Ehmen scoops his wife off her feet in the photo edited to look like he&rsquo;s balancing on a tight rope between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The pretend peril livens their certain smiles because, there, enveloped in a symbol of American prosperity, they assumed they couldn&rsquo;t be safer. Handwritten on the back of the photograph is the date &mdash; Sept. 10, 2001. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:12:22 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 12206 at Kentuckians Recall Sept. 11 Garrard County Library Raises Taxes <p><a href=",0,6344733.story">The Garrard County Public library board recently voted</a> to raise taxes for the fourth year in a row. But, this time, residents and county officials rallied against the increase. About a dozen residents and two Fiscal Court magistrates attended the board&rsquo;s mandatory tax hearing Tuesday and argued against the hike, which sets the new tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100 of real property. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:54:41 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 11988 at Garrard, Lancaster May Study Merger <p><a href=",0,4378306.story">Garrard County Fiscal Court demonstrated willingness </a>to explore partial or complete merger with Lancaster at its Monday meeting. Court members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a commission to study the options for unification, ranging from consolidation of some units to merger of both governments. Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:38:10 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 10206 at Mine Shields Inc. Almost Certified <p><a href=",0,7307121.story">One final test stands between Mine Shields Inc.,</a> and certification that could create more than 100 new jobs in Garrard County. But it&#39;s a big one. The test, which will take place Thursday in New Mexico, is the last of five necessary to get the company&#39;s mine refuge chambers approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Mine Shields CEO Connie Hendren said. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:27:53 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 8896 at Mine Shields Inc. Almost Certified Kentucky American Looks to Expand <p><a href=",0,7189954.story ">The Lancaster City Council may have a third option</a> when considering how to solve pending water plant capacity issues. Representatives from Lexington-based Kentucky American Water came to the council&rsquo;s work session this week to express preliminary interest in purchasing the city&rsquo;s water and sewer plants. John-Mark Hack, KAW director of government affairs, said the company will not know if it wants to make an offer on the plants until it conducts a thorough study of each, mostly through examining city documents. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:42:54 +0000 Mandy Simpson, The Advocate Messenger 6006 at