Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader en EKU Given Meteorite Found in the 1930s <p><a href="">As a child, Donna Lewis remembered her grandfather using a 33-pound oblong rock as a doorstop by the front door. Later, after her grandfather, Tilmon Brooks, died in the 1990s and the rock came into her possession, Lewis used it as an ornament in her flower bed near Pineville in Bell County. Later, her husband took the rock to universities where it was confirmed to be a meteorite, the remains of a meteor or "shooting star" that crashed into the earth.</a> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:38:48 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 34685 at EKU Given Meteorite Found in the 1930s Thousands Watch VP Debate on Centre lawn <p><a href="">Over the cries of a protestor in a tree, a crowd of thousands at Centre College's vice presidential debate festival listened intently to the broadcast of the debate on a large screen TV on the campus lawn. Hearing the debate proved challenging as an anti-abortion protestor shouted from up a tree on the edge of the festival lawn. He was still shouting nearly an hour into the debate, having climbed even higher to avoid law-enforcement agents who had put up a ladder.</a> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:37:12 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader & Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader 34253 at Thousands Watch VP Debate on Centre lawn Nearly 100 Centre Students Get Tickets for Debate <p><a href="">Danville City Hall is festooned with red-white-and-blue bunting. The debate hall has been checked for lighting and sound. And downtown merchants have decorated their windows. It's game day for Centre College and Danville as they host their second vice presidential debate in a dozen years. On Wednesday, the eve of the nationally televised debate between Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, people in the city and on campus said they were eagerly anticipating their night in the spotlight.</a> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:10:48 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 34205 at Danville Prepares for VP Debate <p><a href="">Company's coming, so the Boyle County seat is cleaning house. In this case, the guests will be a sitting vice president, his general-election opponent and several hundred media and other out-of-towners for the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate. Danville went through it all before in 2000, when Centre College hosted its first vice-presidential debate. This time, the town knows the drill.</a> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:12:16 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 33319 at Danville Prepares for VP Debate Officials to Study Economic Impact of Weapons Plant <p><a href="">Madison County officials announced Wednesday the initial funding and launch of a regional study that will look at the economic impact of the plant that will destroy 523 tons of chemical weapons. The plant now under construction at Blue Grass Army Depot south of Richmond is about 55 percent finished. Destruction of the weapons is scheduled to start in 2020 and will be finished in 2023, if not earlier. The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will pay for the $120,000 study, which will look at how the weapons disposal plant influences the local and regional economy.</a> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:06:06 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 32521 at Officials to Study Economic Impact of Weapons Plant Paul Ryan Boosts Debate at Centre College <p><a href="">The 2000 vice-presidential</a> debate at Centre College was billed as the &quot;Thrill in the &#39;Ville,&quot; but the upcoming Oct. 11 contest there might well be &quot;The Smackdown in Town.&quot; National and state political junkies are licking their chops in anticipation of the Danville debate since U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has been added to the Republican ticket. He&#39;ll go up against Vice President Joe Biden. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:35:52 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 31256 at Paul Ryan Boosts Debate at Centre College Georgetown Votes to Expand Alcohol Sales <p></p><p style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 620px !important; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 20px; "><a href="">Georgetown residents voted Tuesday</a> to expand alcohol sales and thus end beer runs to wet territories across the county line.&nbsp;In unofficial returns, the vote was 3,175 to 1,258 in favor of allowing package sales of alcohol at groceries and convenience stores, a margin of 71.6 percent to 28.4 percent. Unincorporated Scott County will remain dry despite the result.&nbsp;Voters approved alcohol sales in larger restaurants in 2000, but package sales had been prohibited. If people wanted to buy a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine, they typically went to Fayette County or elsewhere.</p><p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:16:04 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 30486 at Lawmaker Dewayne Bunch Remembered <p><a href="">More than 450 people turned</a> out Sunday for the funeral of former Republican state lawmaker Dewayne Bunch, who was hailed as &quot;a man of valor.&quot; Bunch, 50, who died Wednesday, suffered a head injury last year while trying to break up a fight at Whitley County High School, where he was a teacher. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:31:42 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 29635 at Lawmaker Dewayne Bunch Remembered Police Investigate Disappearance of Billboard <p><a href="">Lexington police said Thursday</a> they would investigate the disappearance of a controversial billboard message that denounced homosexuality and abortion. The message on a billboard appeared last week and cited Bible passages beneath the statements &quot;Homosexuality is an abomination&quot; and &quot;Abortion is murder.&quot; The vinyl sign, which listed a phone number for Bluegrass Church of Christ in Scott County, was missing Thursday, leaving a blank billboard. Police contacted the church and took a theft report, spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:04:24 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader & Amanda Hancock, Lexington Herald-Leader 27367 at Police Investigate Disappearance of Billboard Bank's Grants to Help Tornado Victims <p><a href="">Banks typically don&#39;t give money away</a>, but one lender is doing just that to help Kentucky tornado victims. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati has a program in which homeowners and renters who were displaced or who suffered damage to their primary homes might be eligible for grants of as much as $20,000 toward the purchase, construction or repair of a home. Because these are grants, the money doesn&#39;t have to be repaid. Mon, 14 May 2012 15:02:27 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 26419 at Bank's Grants to Help Tornado Victims Bill Clinton Speaks at Rupp Arena <p><a href="">In a post-Earth Day address Monday,</a> former President Bill Clinton encouraged Fayette County students to follow through on their efforts to ensure that people and nature exist in harmony. In an address to 5,000 to 6,000 students, teachers, parents and politicians at Rupp Arena, the 42nd U.S. president praised the efforts of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, a coalition of students that promotes environmental awareness. The students encourage others to conserve energy and try to live in a way that doesn&#39;t deplete resources. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:19:23 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 25401 at Bill Clinton Speaks at Rupp Arena Feds Discuss Destruction of Chemical Weapons <p><a href="">The U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday</a> that it will take another $2 billion and another two years to rid Kentucky and Colorado of their stockpiles of chemical weapons. But the director a Berea-based watchdog group said he is confident that the nerve and blister agents at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County can be destroyed before 2023, which is the revised completion date for their destruction. The previous completion date was 2021. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:39:31 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 25107 at Alcohol Debate for Berea College <p><a href="">Boone Tavern has long been known</a> as a place for iconic Southern fare such as spoonbread or &quot;chicken flakes in a bird&#39;s nest,&quot; a dish of creamed chicken served over a crispy shell of shredded potatoes. Although &quot;tavern&quot; is part of its name, the 103-year-old hotel and restaurant has never sold alcohol. Nevertheless, out-of-town diners often ask for drinks with their meals. That could change in the wake of last week&#39;s East Berea Precinct vote of 146 to 57 favoring the limited sale of alcohol by the drink at Boone Tavern. Whether that actually happens is up to the 30-member board of trustees of Berea College, which owns Boone Tavern. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:16:44 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 24607 at Alcohol Debate for Berea College A Month Later, Kentucky Counties Struggle <p><a href="">It was only a month ago</a> that an outbreak of tornadoes barreled through Kentucky and killed 24 people. Only a month, but sometimes, for Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield, it seems as if more like six months have passed. So much has happened on the way to recovery, and so much more remains to be done, Westerfield said.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:47:37 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 24320 at Police Add Patrols for Tonight's Game <p><a href="">Extra police officers are already out</a> on the street ahead of Monday night&#39;s post-game festivities. During a press conference Monday afternoon to detail plans for traffic and crowd control, Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said several hundred officers were out Saturday night following the University of Kentucky&#39;s win over Louisville in the Final Four matchup and he anticipated the same for the title game Monday night against Kansas. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 20:28:30 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 24271 at Police Add Patrols for Tonight's Game EKU Student Accused of Murder, Kidnapping <p><a href="" style="font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; ">Police said Tuesday that they</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; "> have arrested a man on two counts of murder and other felony charges stemming from the disappearance and apparent deaths of two people who were reported missing in June 2010.&nbsp;Daniel R. Keene, 26, of Richmond was booked into the Madison County jail late Monday night by Richmond police. He is charged in the deaths of </span>Sonsaray<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; "> &quot;</span>Sonsi<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; ">&quot; </span>Warford<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; "> and Charles </span>DeMarcus<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; "> &quot;Chew&quot; Walker, Richmond police </span>Maj<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; ">. Bob Mott said.</span></p><p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:43:37 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 23940 at EKU Student Accused of Murder, Kidnapping Schools Reopen in Temporary Locations <p><a href="">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 Schools Reopen in Temporary Locations Obama Declares Disaster for Kentucky <p><a href="">President Obama issued a major disaster declaration</a> for Kentucky on Tuesday night, triggering the release of federal funds to help people recover from the storms in the state last week. The president&#39;s action makes federal funding available to businesses and residents in Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Menifee, Morgan, and Pendleton counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. Earlier Tuesday, residents and business owners re-entered the devastated Morgan County seat for the first time since Friday&#39;s deadly tornadoes. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:58:46 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader & Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader 22754 at Obama Declares Disaster for Kentucky Morgan Co. Residents Assess Damage <p><a href="">On Saturday morning, Merle Nickell </a>did what he does most mornings: He took a walk near Old Mill Park. Except things had changed radically since his last walk. The town was barely recognizable after a storm that residents called a tornado struck Friday rearranging the face of the Morgan County seat. &quot;There&#39;s so much destruction, it&#39;s just incomprehensible to me,&quot; said Nickell, 85. Four people &mdash; three in the county and one in West Liberty &mdash; died as a result of the storm, Kentucky State Police Lt. David Jude said Saturday. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 20:53:35 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 22583 at Morgan Co. Residents Assess Damage Storm Smashes West Liberty into Rubble <p><a href="">A powerful storm that hit about 6 p.m.</a> Friday smashed the core of West Liberty in Morgan County city into rubble. Endre Samu, in the public affairs office of Kentucky State Police in Morehead, said three people were dead in West Liberty and at least 75 were injured. Emergency responders and citizens hastily banded together to form search parties during the night. Morgan County Deputy Sheriff Kenny Dulin said dozens of people were missing.</p><p> Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:35:57 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 22547 at Member of 1956 Carr Creek Five Dies <p><a href="">E.A. Couch, who was among the</a> starting five of the 1956 Carr Creek basketball team that won the state high school championship &mdash; and who played for legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp &mdash; died Wednesday at his home in Paintsville after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 75. &quot;He was an excellent ball shooter. A fine gentleman,&quot; said Freddie Maggard of Corbin, a guard on the 1956 Carr Creek team.</p><p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:50:31 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 22409 at Member of 1956 Carr Creek Five Dies Much of Eastern Kentucky Still Without Power <p><a href="">Eastern Kentucky counties continued</a> to dig out Monday from a weekend snow that left more than 34,000 customers without power at one point. Hardest hit were Perry, Knott, Leslie and Letcher counties, where 6 to 8 inches of snow brought down tree limbs and utility lines. Breathitt, Pike and Floyd counties also had significant outages.</p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:56:22 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 21823 at UK Wants to End Sale of Davis Poster <p><a href="">If you&#39;re trying to sell one of those Anthony Davis</a> &quot;wingspan&quot; posters on an Internet auction site or anywhere else, the University of Kentucky has a message for you. Stop it. The university is &quot;in the process&quot; of issuing a cease-and-desist order to people attempting to sell the popular posters that depict the shot-blocking forward with his arms outstretched over 10 basketballs, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Thursday. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:57:53 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 21224 at Lexington's Urban Mountain Challenge <p><a href="">Dr. Jonathan Feddock of Lexington is a true stair master</a>. The 30-year-old radiation oncologist climbed 29 stories of the Lexington Financial Center, the city&#39;s tallest building &mdash; 638 steps &mdash; in 2 minutes, 46 seconds to take first in the overall male division of Saturday&#39;s inaugural Urban Mountain Challenge, organizers said. And get this: He did it after breaking his right foot during an October run. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:05:17 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 20590 at Lexington's Urban Mountain Challenge Weapons Destruction Plant Almost Complete <p><a href="">The destruction of chemical weapons </a>was completed in 2011 in Anniston, Ala., and Umatilla, Ore. Meanwhile, construction continues on a pilot plant in Madison County that will begin to destroy a stockpile of chemical weapons in about five years. Construction of the plant at Blue Grass Army Depot south of Richmond is 45 percent complete. The plant won&#39;t be finished until 2016, and destruction of the 523 tons of weapons won&#39;t be finished until 2021, according to current schedules.A major milestone in the plant&#39;s construction came in October when workers finished installing the vessels that will neutralize the chemical agents and explosive components inside the World War II-era rockets and projectiles. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:06:20 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 18657 at Ex. Richmond Police Sgt. Indicted on Porn Charges <p><a href=" "><strong>A former Richmond police sergeant </strong></a>was indicted by a Madison County grand jury on 10 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, the state attorney general&#39;s office said Wednesday.<br />James &quot;J.J.&quot; Rogers, 36, was arrested Tuesday at his Richmond home. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond, according to jail personnel. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:41:45 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 17633 at Berea Man Indicted for Rape, Kidnapping, Incest <p><a href=" "><strong>A Hart County grand jury </strong></a>has indicted a Berea man on charges of rape, kidnapping and incest, Kentucky State Police said Wednesday.&nbsp;Larry W. Hurley, 43, was indicted Tuesday in connection with an alleged Aug. 27 sexual assault involving an 18-year-old woman, said Detective Eric Salman of the Bowling Green post. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:29:38 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 17630 at Lexington to Hire 30 New Police Officers <p><a href="">After a two-year &quot;dry spell&quot; in which no new recruits</a> were added to the police force, Lexington will hire a class of 30 trainees, Mayor Jim Gray announced Thursday. The Urban County Council approved the hirings on Thursday. The recruits are scheduled to begin training Jan. 3. Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said that Thursday &quot;may be the happiest day that you&#39;ve seen me have in a long, long time.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:53:22 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 17288 at Lexington to Hire 30 New Police Officers Teen Who Failed to Help Charged in Berea Shooting <p><a href="">An 18-year-old Berea resident </a>has been charged with complicity to murder and attempted murder because he allegedly didn&#39;t do anything to stop a man from shooting two others Monday morning after a fight, police said Tuesday. Randall J. Burgess Jr. was charged Monday night in connection with the killing of Zackary Flower, 25, and the wounding of Kevin Price in an apartment building at 301 Chestnut Street. Burgess also was charged with first-degree burglary. Matt Denholm, 27, had been charged earlier Monday with murder in the double shooting along with assault and burglary. Police said roommates Flower and Price intervened Sunday night to help an unidentified man with whom Denholm was fighting in the apartment&#39;s parking lot. Denholm subsequently lost the fight but vowed to return. He broke through a door to get into the apartment Monday morning.</p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:03:22 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader 16789 at Berea Shooting Suspect Arrested <p><a href="">Police apprehended a former Berea</a> College public safety officer and Army veteran suspected in a double shooting in Berea Monday morning that killed one man and wounded another, authorities said. About 1:30 p.m., Matt Denholm, 27, was taken into custody without further incident after a brief standoff in Louisville with police, said Berea police spokesman Capt. Ken Clark. Denholm had two people with him in a vehicle until a relative talked to him by cell and convinced him to let those people go.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 20:00:44 +0000 Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader & Jennifer Hewlett, Lexington Herald-Leader 16670 at Berea Shooting Suspect Arrested