Bell County school officials have ended the tradition of having a minister lead prayer over the public-address system before high school football games because of a complaint from a Wisconsin-based group that promotes the separation of church and state. Friday's home game against Lexington Catholic was the first in decades that didn't include a prayer before the game, said Bell County Superintendent George Thompson.
The interim director of the Fayette County Detention Center has lots of ideas for moving forward. Former director Ray Sabbatine) was called back into a leadership role earlier this summer. Sabbatine says a ‘fish eye’ type camera at the booking area of the jail could enhance ‘transparency’ by streaming video and audio on a web site.
The revamped 2012 Camry made its debut at Toyota's Georgetown plant Tuesday. Company executives hope the new design, its first in five years, will jumpstart sales after a series of setbacks in recent years. Georgetown Toyota plant president Wil James unveiled the latest version of Toyota's top sedan to a large gathering of employees. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky chairman Steve St. Angelo was also hand to generate enthusiasm for the redesign, which he hopes will send a clear signal to the industry.
Hundreds of aircraft take off and land every day at Kentucky’s 59 airports, and another one’s been proposed for Gallatin County near the Kentucky Speedway. Only six are certified to offer passenger service… Lexington, Louisville, Paducah, Owensboro, Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky-Cincinnati. The remaining 53 are designated as general aviation airports. They don’t offer passenger service but are still costly to operate.
It takes a bit more effort to get inside Lexington’s city hall these days. Work crews are moving ahead with the final phase of cosmetic improvements along Main Street. For possibly another week, most workers and visitors to city hall must use a side door. Project manager George Milligan says their excavation uncovered some surprises.
“We found basements that came all the way out under the sidewalk. We found coal chutes that had just been concreted over that required some additional work to clear those types of problems,” said Milligan.
Lexington's Urban County Council is moving forward with a plan to fix the city's sanitary sewer system. The Lexington Division of Water Quality recommended to council members Tuesday that improvements to the sewer system be designed to handle up to 3.2 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Based on weather statistics, that kind of storm happens around once every two years.
Health department officials from Clark and Rowan counties believe norovirus is responsible for an outbreak of gastrointestinal symptoms in both counties. After a clogging competition at the Morehead Conference Center Saturday, Aug. 13, several dancers and spectators started experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms. Dancers from Winchester’s Studio One School of Dance were among the cloggers attending the competition.
LEXINGTON – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is set to face a 2011-12 schedule that features three nonconference opponents who finished last year ranked in the top 20, 18 home games – including one in Rupp Arena – and a pair of games on ESPN2, UK head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Tuesday.
An extradition hearing for Azra Bašic, accused of war crimes against civilians during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s, has been set for Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Lexington. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier set the date Monday during a status hearing. Bašic, who is being held in the Fayette County jail, appeared in court in jail garb
LOUISVILLE – Highway construction and repairs across the Southeast would have to be canceled or delayed if Congress allows the nation’s federal surface transportation funding program to expire, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Tuesday.
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced Core Molding Technologies, a plastics molding company, will establish a new operating subsidiary and manufacturing location in Warsaw. The operation, which will support a significant new business venture outside the company’s traditional heavy truck customer base, will create 39 new jobs and entail a more than $3 million investment.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, according to CNN, struck Washington, D.C. shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries and only minor damage has been reported. The quake was felt in Eastern Kentucky, a Lee County resident said. The quake's epicenter was in Northern Virginia and it was felt up and down the East Coast, CNN reported.
The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the musicians can’t play. That’s because the Louisville Orchestra has joined Wayne Newtown and the Richardson Symphony in Texas on the America Federation of Musicians “unfair list.”
The Medical Center at Franklin unveiled its completed $4 million surgery expansion project to the public Monday. The 9,700-square-foot renovation and new construction includes two operating suites, an endoscopy suite, a six-bed recovery unit and other surgical support services. With the new addition, surgeons have more room to do more complicated surgeries.
A gas leak at a construction site briefly shut down a Danville street Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of a nearby Centre College building and putting glass-blowing equipment in jeopardy. The street was shut down for about an hour, and the few people in the arts building, including Professor Stephen Rolfe Powell and one of his assistants, were evacuated.
Danville has another interim city manager. After almost two hours in executive session Monday, the City Commission unanimously approved hiring Ron Scott to take over the position left vacant when John W.D. Bowling resigned last week. Scott, who moved from Frankfort to a farm on U.S. 127 in 1993, worked for the Kentucky League of Cities for 26 years, including 15 years as the assistant executive director and director of insurance and risk management. Since retiring from KLC in 2001, he has worked as a contract lobbyist for Preservation Kentucky.
Kentucky Downs will open its gambling room with 200 instant racing machines on Sept. 1, the Franklin track announced Monday. A brief opening ceremony is planned at 10 a.m., then it is off to the historical races. Instant racing allows players to bet on previously run races; the games are designed to mimic electronic slots or video lottery terminals and appeal to bettors who wouldn't necessarily be drawn to traditional pari- mutuel wagering.
Raising more eyebrows in Kentucky’s race for attorney general, Republican candidate Todd P’Pool announced Tuesday that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will headline a campaign fundraiser in October.
The 3-Point Volunteer Fire Department is no longer certified by the state to operate as a fire department, and efforts are underway by a group of 3-Point residents to form a new fire volunteer fire department in that community. Until this happens, Williamsburg Fire and Rescue will be responding to fire and emergency calls in the area. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said he received a letter from the state fire commission Friday notifying him that 3-Point was no longer recognized as a "qualified certified" fire department.
When Arnie heard that a woman was trapped alone in an elevator, he was off to the rescue. He climbed down the elevator shaft, crawled through the roof and kept her company until she was freed. The next day, he sent flowers. In his official capacity, Arnie LeMay, 58, is director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Unofficially, he’s “the engineer with a big heart.” Hospital CEO Chip Peal calls him Frankfort’s MacGyver. Arnie can fix, build or rig anything, which makes him a lifesaver at home, at work and across the globe.
LOUISVILLE – Two Kentucky highway projects – reconstruction of U.S. 68/KY 80 through Land Between the Lakes and the first completed phase of the Newtown Pike Extension, in Lexington – Monday were singled out as two of the top transportation projects in the Southeast.
A fifth person has pleaded guilty 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.
A Northern Kentucky mother and daughter remained hospitalized in Indianapolis after being crushed by the falling stage at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13. Shannon Walcott, 34, of Erlanger, suffered broken ribs, broken vertebrae, a broken pelvis and a third-degree burn on her leg. Her 10-year-old daughter Jade a suffered a crushed skull, fractured neck vertebrae and an ear laceration.
It's been 14 years since the first murals appeared along the floodwall in downtown Maysville and they have begun to show their age. This summer, muralist Herb Roe, one of the leading artists on the projects for Dafford Murals, was contracted to give the murals a face-lift.
More than 1,500 University of Kentucky students got out of their dorms and into the Lexington community Monday as part of the annual UK FUSION service event. Junior Son Doan first heard about UK For Unity and Service in Our Neighborhoods, or FUSION, a couple of years ago as a freshman. The finance major spent his Monday afternoon painting a pavilion at the Living Arts and Science Center.
Monday found fairly a consistent flow of students into Richmond’s book stores. Classes resume this week at a number of state universities across the Commonwealth. The job market is on the minds of many of the college students. If all goes as she plans, Lancaster Junior Sarah Elliot will graduate next year from Eastern Kentucky University with a nursing degree. Then, Elliot hopes to work for a Lexington hospital. Despite the slow economy, the health industry is relatively health. Still, Elliot worries job seekers may soon flood the healthcare professions.
Female police officers from close to 60 nations are in Lexington for training. Among them are officers with the United Nations police division. U-N gender officer Lea Biason says some of the training is for international peacekeepers. “These are the minimum requirement skills needed for police officers to be deployed in international peace keeping operations,” said Biason.
The 107th Kentucky State Fair kicked off last week, drawing people from all across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio's Devin Katamaya toured the fair, and brought his recorder along with him. The Kentucky State Fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Depending on your taste, you can see animals, catch a show, and eat foods that seem to surprise people every year.
Kentucky’s horse racing industry could benefit from a new sustainability program. A state initiative will help racetracks comply with environmental regulations and reduce their footprint. Horse racing is important to Kentucky’s economy, but huge events like the Derby take their toll on the environment—from the trash produced to animal waste and electricity usage.