Saturday marked the 34th anniversary of the fire that raged through Northern Kentucky's Beverly Hills Super Club, killing 165 people. Though unhappy that people still cannot have legal access to the site to pay their respects, especially those directly affected by that fateful night, Dave Brock is fighting a much larger battle: exposing what he believes is the truth of what really happened May 28, 1977. Brock had been a busboy at the club for five years, and was working the night it burned down. To this day, he and a handful of others contend the fire was arson.
Summer heat and humidity settle into the region through at least Thursday. The National Weather Service is calling for a high near 90 today, and temperatures should climb into the mid-90s for Monday’s Memorial Day celebrations, said Myron Padgett, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. “It’s above normal, but we’re not quite setting records,” Padgett said.
Last week, Kentucky Utilities asked the state Public Service Commission for a rate hike that will increase customers’ bills by 12.2 percent over the next four years. KU says it needs the additional revenue to pay for the $2.5-billion in improvements to its coal-fired generating plants like the E.W. Brown facility near Burgin — improvements mandated by the EPA. KU has already taken steps to significantly reduce the amount of sulphur dioxide coming from the massive smokestacks at Brown. And the electric company turned to a neighbor six miles down Burgin Road, Mercer Stone, to help solve its emissions troubles with limestone taken from the ground at Mercer Stone’s facility.
The possibility of giving KY 38 a new route was one of the top options aired at a meeting about the slide-ravaged highway. State Rep. Rick Nelson told about 70 people present at the meeting that his preferred option was to give the highway a new route.
Copper thefts in neighboring counties have recently caused several phone outages for people in Harlan County. The areas of the county that report being affected are the Tri-Cities and Evarts. “Last week we had a long distance phone outage after someone stole fiber optic cable in Perry County,” said Chris Campbell, account executive at Windstream Communications. “We went out and restored it, only to have the thieves come back at night and steal cable from the same section again.” He estimates that 4,000 customers in Harlan County were affected by last week’s outage. Company officials confirm another outage the week before that, also caused by thefts in Perry County.
Tourism interests in Lake Cumberland country are hoping for increased visitation as they head into the fifth summer season with a planned lower water level at the giant reservoir. Visitor numbers dropped significantly after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers quickly lowered the lake level in January 2007 as part of the process of fixing leaks at Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds the 101-mile-long lake.
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.