Homeowners, renters and business owners in six additional Kentucky counties are now eligible for federal assistance to help recover from the effects of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the Commonwealth from April 22 to May 20. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated Ballard, Daviess, Henderson, Lawrence, McLean and Pike counties. These counties join 55 other Kentucky counties where residents who suffered damages should register with FEMA to start the federal disaster aid process.
Faye Coakley doesn’t normally surf the Internet, but the Mortons Gap woman has been on the Web nonstop this past week searching for updates on her missing relatives. Floyd and Martha Huff and Cherry Huff, Coakley’s uncle and two aunts, all reside in Joplin, Mo. An EF5 tornado laid much of the city bare after it ripped through Joplin last Sunday evening. All three Huffs, who are in their early 80s, are still unaccounted for. The lack of news is fraying Coakley’s nerves.
Kentucky is home to Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, but military families that don't live close to those installations may not be getting all the support they need. Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton knows what it's like to have a child deployed overseas. Her son served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army Reserves. "It translates into a lot of stress. And I personally think when the community can rally around and support those folks, it makes for a healthier community."
Two central Kentuckians are lending a helping hand with tornado relief work in Joplin, Missouri. Craig Infanger and his wife Janis got the call from the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. By 8 am Friday, they were bound for Joplin. The Infangers have volunteered for the Red Cross with other disaster relief work, including Hurricane Katrina, and they were eager to help victims of the devastating tornado.
Columbia Gas of Kentucky customers will pay 7 percent less for natural gas in the next three months because the state Public Service Commission has approved the utility's quarterly gas-cost-adjustment proposal, which will be effective through September. Customers who are supplied by Columbia Gas and have been for the past 12 months will pay $5.4551 per thousand cubic feet, down from $5.8813.
A Shelbyville business is considering doubling the size of its plant, and state economic development officials announced an incentive package for the company on Thursday. Creative Packaging Company, located at 1700 Isaac Shelby Drive, is considering doubling its 100,000 square-foot plant, and the potential expansion could create 25 new jobs over a 10-year period. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Board in Frankfort granted preliminary approval for $500,000 in state tax incentives for the project, which calls for adding the new jobs at an average hourly rate of $10.88 to $12.51 per hour, averaging $14 per hour after employee benefits are included.
Gov. Steve Beshear's campaign says the list of Republicans backing the Kentucky Democrat's re-election bid this fall is growing. But the man Beshear faces this fall says there are many reasons why some Republicans would be donating to a sitting governor's re-election campaign. On the day before Kentucky Republicans held their post-primary unity rally at GOP headquarters in Frankfort, Gov. Beshear's campaign released the names of 70 Republicans backing his re-election bid. Among the names was former lieutenant governor Steve Pence.
In a decision that drew both groans and applause, Danville City Commission voted to hire longtime mayor John W.D. Bowling as interim city manager Thursday night. Bowling, who served three terms as Danville mayor, will be paid $6,000 a month beginning June 1 when the employment contract goes into effect. Bridgette Milby, acting interim city manager since shortly after Paul Stansbury was suspended, will return to her position as head of codes enforcement.
Alcohol abuse helped drive Tina Anderson into amassing a criminal record, but Warren County Drug Court has given her a new lease on life. A 45-year-old Bowling Green resident, Anderson was one of 37 people recognized Thursday during the drug court graduation ceremony in Bowling Green. Speaking during the ceremony, Anderson talked about how drug court gave her the structure she needed when she was ordered to enter the program in July 2009.
When James E. Keown joined the United States Air Force in 1948, he couldn’t have known that his four younger brothers would all decide to follow in his footsteps and serve in the military, but they did. “It was just like a chain reaction,” said Donald Keown. In total, the Keown brothers have 53 years of service to their credit and they all now have bricks in the Veterans Memorial Garden at Bowling Green's Old Courthouse.
The cancellation of Richie Farmer’s divorce hearing is either a sign he and his wife want to settle privately or don't have issues that warrant a judge's attention, attorneys and others say. Farmer and his wife, Rebecca, had been scheduled to appear before Franklin Family Court Judge Squire Williams III on Thursday, but a one-sentence document in the case said the hearing had been canceled by mutual agreement.
Property owners in Clark County living along county roads might want to take heed if they have trees with limbs hanging out into the roadways. After receiving several complaints about tree limbs obstructing drivers’ views along some county roadways, Clark Fiscal Court is considering clearing the limbs and then billing property owners.
This Memorial Day weekend, Sally Shipley of Shelby County at last will lay to rest her uncle – a pilot in World War II whose remains were thought lost. Now, 67, years later, Army officials not only have identified his remains but also those of his 11-member crew from their crash site in Papau, New Guinea, near northeast Australia.
As a high school sophomore, Jacob Raleigh made a vow to himself. After Raleigh was part of a Letcher County Central doubles team that lost in the first round of the 2009 Kentucky state tennis championships, he promised he'd get back to the state tournament before his high school days were over. Back then, Jacob would never have dreamed what a challenge that would be. Nor the magnitude of the accomplishment once he pulled it off. The Jacob Raleigh who played in the '09 state tennis tourney was a hard-serving left-hander whose game was built on power. Back then, it would have seemed unnecessary to note he had two arms.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Thursday approved three $500,000 economic development bond grants to Harrodsburg to aid a trio of companies expanding there. The companies — Corning, Hitachi Automotive Systems America and Wausau Paper — will be required to hire nearly 300 new workers overall as part of their expansions to receive the grants. All three have also been granted other tax incentives in recent months.
A 2-year-old child killed Wednesday in a lawn mower accident had been riding on the mower with her father and brother when she fell off, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said. Ginn said Adelaide McReynolds died from multiple blunt-force and sharp-force trauma at the family farm in Lexington. Ginn said McReynolds had a history of letting his children ride on the mower with him.
The graves of veterans will be barren of flags this year at local cemeteries, unless placed there by family members. Since 2006, members of the AMVETS Post 124, based in Maysville placed American flags on the graves of war veterans at cemeteries in Mason, Bracken and Fleming counties.
While severe weather has devastated sections of the Midwest, most of Kentucky has remained relatively unscathed. Severe storms and heavy rains have caused a number of problems, but the city has dodged the worst incidents. Most notably, several waves of storms were headed for the area Wednesday, but scattered, bringing only strong winds and rain, and not tornadoes.
The University of Kentucky Athletic Association Board has approved an annual budget of 83.6 million dollars for the next fiscal year. That's four million dollars more than last year's spending plan. Despite the increase, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart says there are no plans to give back any additional money to the university for non-athletic scholarships.
The pilot of a small plane that crashed in a mountainous area of North Carolina, killing four people from Kentucky, reported a fire on board just before the fatal descent, a federal official said Thursday. Authorities did not officially release the names of the victims Thursday, but family members confirmed those who died were three young women from Knott County and the pilot, a Lexington native who had been living in Hazard and working for a flight service there.
A Madison Central High School secretary admitted Thursday that she'd had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student and pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy charges. Lynda Chase, 37, is set to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. July 7 in Madison Circuit Court. The prosecution, which opposes probation, has recommended that Chase serve three years in prison. She also would have to register as a sex offender and receive treatment as a sex offender. "I had an inappropriate relationship with a minor," Chase said Thursday in court.
NEWPORT - Tens of thousands of dollars worth of bail bonds are being turned over to the Kentucky State Treasury each year because people who posted the bonds fail to claim the money after the defendant shows up in court. Campbell Circuit Clerk Taunya Nolan Jack is trying to track down those people and return their money before it has to be turned over to the state treasury. A bookkeeper in the office, Lisa Auteri-McIntyre, has been searching court records, the Internet and reverse directories to try to pair the money with its owners.
OWENSBORO — The founder of the Imperial Klans of America was sentenced Thursday to serve four years in federal prison in connection with trafficking methamphetamine and painkillers. Ron Edwards, who moved his Klan compound from Muhlenberg County to outside of Dawson Springs in 2003, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term.
More than 30 million people plan to drive at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, according the AAA travel group. The thousands who plan to drive Interstate 71/75 through Northern Kentucky could spend part of their holiday stuck in traffic. State transportation officials say the work to repair and replace concrete on the interstate will continue through the holiday weekend.
Memorial Day weekend is among the deadliest for ATV riders. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 28 people were killed in ATV accidents during the four days surrounding 2010 Memorial Day, which means that there was an average of seven deaths a day nationwide. Five of the cases involved individuals under the age of 16. “We don’t have data on why so many fatalities occur during this time, but the reports we receive clearly show the trend,” said Carl Purvis, with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Opening round play was interrupted for more than three hours by a thunderstorm.The first day of play had already been postponed by an hour-and-a-half to allow the course to recover from heavy rains that drenched the area Wednesday night. Another round of rough weather around midday sent golfers to the clubhouse and fans looking for shelter. Kyle Swafford of London, Kentucky and his friend Johnny Shouse of Lawrenceburg waited out the storm at the souvenir tent. Swafford said he hasn’t decided whom to root for in the championship.
Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College in Kentucky have both been visited by members of the Commission on Presidential Debates. The two institutions both applied to host debates in next year’s presidential race. Officials with the schools confirmed today that members of the commission visited both campuses to tour potential venues.
Changes are ahead for Lexington’s legislative districts. The latest figures from the US Census show some of the districts within Lexington Fayette Urban County Government are unevenly populated. Boundaries need to be redrawn, but those district lines cannot be solely based on race or ethnic background.
Bill Johnson of Elkton has again prevailed in the Republican primary for Kentucky Secretary of State. On election night, Johnson defeated Hilda Legg of Somerset by just over 1,100 votes, but Legg sought a recheck of voting machine tallies. The recanvass shows Johnson picking up five votes, and Legg gaining 11.