Maj. Gen. James C. McConville officially assumed command of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in a formal ceremony Friday. McConville relieves Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who served as commander for two years. Campbell will take a position in the Pentagon, where he will be the deputy chief of staff of operations. He will also head the transition team for Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff.
If voters say yes Oct. 4 to expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, alcohol provisions for the three cities will differ based on each city’s classification. A yes vote in Radcliff, Hardin County’s only second-class city, would give the city all of the privileges of wet status, including bars, but fourth-class cities Elizabethtown and Vine Grove still would be limited in alcohol sales, said Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
As he walked around a busy construction site on a sunny day this week, Northpoint Training Center Warden Steve Haney acknowledged how fresh the memories of the fiery night in 2009 still seem. "It's hard to believe it's almost been two years, it really is," Haney said during a tour of the rebuilding project. No serious injuries or deaths were reported, but six buildings, including the kitchen, canteen, and multipurpose buildings burned and had to be razed. There was also significant damage to several of the dorms.
Officials at Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport are continuing to work to bring commercial air service to the city and region. Rob Barnett, airport manager, said the airport is constantly discussing options with several leisure destination carriers as well as business-hub connectors. “We’re still continuing to try to meet with air route developers and work with them,” Barnett said. He added that development of new routes at regional airports has come to a virtual standstill.
As methamphetamine labs continue to flourish in southcentral Kentucky, federal funding cuts to area drug task forces threaten to undermine meth eradication efforts. South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force investigators have had to cut back on the number of miles they drive and the amount of surveillance they conduct because the combination of high gas prices and decreased funding has dealt the agency a crushing blow.
On at least four occasions last year, 5-year-old children in Kentucky faced charges for alleged criminal mischief, harassment, abuse of a teacher and criminal trespassing. In all, 2,117 criminal charges have been filed against children 10 and younger in Kentucky since 2006. It's a number that shocked a key state lawmaker, who now plans to hold legislative hearings on the issue. "It merits our attention,'' said state Rep. John Tilley, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
A federally funded program based at Eastern Kentucky University is helping rural communities across the country prepare for emergencies and disasters. Consortium director Amy Hughes says the program is meeting a real need.
It’s not just the students in the classrooms across Kentucky who are learning new subjects this year. Classes are underway in many sections of the state. It’s also a time of learning for many educators from Kindergarten through college. The last in a series of workshops designed to orient college faculty and staff on recently enacted education reforms is scheduled Monday in Williamsburg
Guaging public sentiment on a wide variety of issues is common practice today. But, political surveys may top the list. And, assessing Congressional performance is a question routinely put before likely voters.
“Congress tends to be unpopular and has been for decades really since we’ve done polling…there’s some ups and downs, but this we’re reaching new lows every day at this point,” said Joe Gershtenson
Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.
Clark County recyclers and legislators have reached a compromise on the two disputed drug-related theft ordinances, and the Clark County Fiscal Court has passed second readings of those two and a third ordinance. Jerry Joiner, manager of Stuff Recycling, and Spencer Blue, vice president of Freedom Metals, appeared before the commission and expressed thanks for coming up with a compromise and working with them on the ordinances.
The $325,000 in renovations to Frankfort's Orlando Brown House are officially complete, and Rep. Ben Chandler was on hand for a celebration ceremony Thursday morning. Project supporters say the facelift for one of Frankfort’s historic homes successfully preserved its 1850s look while adding 21st century perks, like air conditioning and a ramp for visitors with mobility challenges.
The B-52s are ready to drop some tunes on spectators, a few School for the Creative and Performing Arts grads offer a parting show, and the art of bugs. All this is on tap this weekend in Lexington. Weku’s Stu Johnson spoke to Lexington Herald arts reporter Rich Copley about these events
A former admissions officer at the for-profit Spencerian College in Louisville told the Lexington Herald-Leader Thursday that executives being investigated by Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway have urged employees to support his opponent in the fall election. Campaign finance records show the chancellor of Sullivan University, which owns Spencerian, and his executives contributed $12,000 to Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool’s campaign.
The campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities, leaving the GOP nominee without anyone to run his day-to-day operations. Luke Marchant joined the campaign in May to replace Scott Jennings, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, who stayed on as a consultant.
Summer break is officially over, but 10-year-old Tantalissia Champs doesn't seem to mind. The Maxwell Elementary School 5th-grader was ready for the start of a new school year. "I am so excited. I couldn't wait." Classroom lessons resumed for thousands of students across the Fayette County Public School district Thursday.
University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari is championing a new cause in Kentucky: financial literacy education. The program being launched by the Calipari Family Foundation for Children, tech company EverFi, Inc., and area banks is called "Vault." The online interactive program aims to educate elementary school students on a particularly timely issue: how to handle money. EverFi CEO Tom Davidson says the program presents students with real world scenarios involving budgeting, job planning, and saving in a language they understand. Coach Calipari says the idea actually came about before he moved to the Bluegrass.
Hardin Memorial Hospital must pay more than $3.1 million to the federal government as part of an $8.9 million agreement involving claims of improper Medicare billing dating back to 2001. Stephanie Collins, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Kentucky, said the settlement does not concern patient care or diagnoses. No criminal allegations were made and no court proceedings are pending.
While many believe that backpacks with wheels are the best way for young students to combat heavy loads of homework, that’s not always the case. Several schools and school districts across the country have banned the backpacks because they clog up hallways, don't fit in lockers and cause general trouble when students run down the halls dragging them after they've tipped over from going too fast. And that’s also the case in Shelby County. Three elementary schools have banned the wheeled backpacks for those exact reasons.
Community leaders and officials from FP International in Hopkinsville announced Thursday the company will add a machine build operation to its Christian County facility. The project will result in 60 new machine manufacturing jobs over the next several years and a $3 million investment.
The pastor of a Lexington church raised some eyebrows while pleasing others as he spoke this week to a teacher appreciation breakfast in Hopkinsville. While some lauded the Rev. Dr. C.B. Akins’ speech for its pertinence, others thought the oration was demeaning and uncouth to its target audience of teachers. “I think you are always going to get a mixed reaction when dealing with reality and dealing with facts,” Akins said in a telephone interview Thursday. “You don’t expect everybody to be for change except a wet baby.”
At the 2011 Leadership Louisville luncheon at the Galt House East on Thursday, the mayors of Lexington and Louisville went before more than 1,000 leaders to pitch their vision for a regional economic development initiative to improve the cities' competitiveness in advanced manufacturing. Mayors Jim Gray and Greg Fischer pointed to the Toyota plant in Georgetown and the Ford and GE plants in Louisville as evidence that the state's two largest urban areas already are a center of advanced manufacturing, but it can do more.
Harold Dennis, a survivor of the Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people on a Hardin County church trip died, wants young people to learn about the dangers of underage drinking and drinking and driving. He’s on the production team for a documentary about the crash, and he’s the only member of the team who was personally involved in the nation’s worst drinking and driving crash. Dennis, a football standout at North Hardin High and UK, will tell his story alongside other survivors in the documentary “IMPACT: After the Crash.”
Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh on Thursday said Fort Knox’s energy advancement policies are “light years” ahead of many installations in the country, and the “lessons learned” from Fort Knox’s pioneering example could and should be explored throughout the rest of the Army. McHugh, the Army’s top civilian, visited the post to review its energy program and said the military is taking a serious look at curbing energy consumption to save taxpayer money and prove good environmental stewards.
The Casey Anthony trial has inspired another piece of legislation in Kentucky. State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, pre-filed a bill this week that would make it a felony not to report a dead body. This follows a bill filed in July by Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, and co-sponsored by Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, that would make it a felony to not report a missing child 12 years old or younger within 12 hours of the disappearance, known as "Caylee's Law."
7 p.m. Friday. For those who travel Harrodsburg Road, that's D-day, the moment when one of Lexington's busiest arteries shuts down for 58 hours as state road crews build a new interchange at New Circle Road. When the road reopens at 5 a.m. Monday, it will feature Kentucky's first double crossover diamond interchange, in which motorists cross over to drive on the left side of the road so they don't have to cross in front of oncoming traffic when making left turns.
Community and airport leaders Thursday announced a plan to expand the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport terminal. The expansion will create additional flights while significantly increasing the size of the waiting area, baggage handling and pick-up areas. The project will add three full-time and several part-time positions, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.