Local supermarkets are luring in customers to do their Thanksgiving meal shopping with low prices on the main dish: the turkey. The American Farm Bureau Federation released its annual survey last week on the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner, up 13 percent to $49.20 this year. But for many cooks looking for what they consider a healthier and more flavorful turkey, $49 will be the cost of just the bird.
Standing alongside his new Harley Davidson motorcycle Friday, Cpl. Donald Hole wiped away tears as his fellow soldiers crowded in around him. Hole is a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, which returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in April. In February, Hole’s daughter, Megan, 25, was murdered in Indiana. As Hole flew back to the states, his fellow soldiers pondered a gift for him. Spc. Joseph Catlin, who has been friends with Hole since 2009, said they collected money for flowers, but also wanted to give Hole something else.
Rain and storms are headed toward Kentucky. Most of the rain should fall Tuesday and begin to subside by the middle of Wednesday. But not before we could be hit by storms with high winds, hail and the possibility of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. But the weather on Thanksgiving should be ideal with sun and highs in the mid-50s and a high near 60 on Friday with partly cloudy skies.
Smoke-free advocates are gearing up to push for an indoor smoking ban in Bourbon County, which ranks among the state's top producers of burley tobacco. Armed with an air-quality study and a public-opinion survey to bolster their cause, members of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Bourbon County plan to hold a public forum sometime in early 2012, coalition member Phyllis Robinson said. After that forum, the coalition will ask Bourbon Fiscal Court to pass an ordinance for a countywide smoking ban, Robinson said.
Without a recommendation on targeted cuts from the congressional deficit-cutting supercommittee this week, the National Park System stands to show some of the most outward signs of what the alternative across-the-board cuts would mean. The National Parks Conservation Association is warning that cuts would mean alterations to services that are already being taxed because of the steady influx of visitors to national parks. Kentucky’s national parks include Mammoth Cave National Park, Cumberland Gap, Big South Fork and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace.
American David Coleman Headley was one of the leading planners of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which killed 166 people over three days at two five-star hotels, a train station and a small Jewish community center.
Headley, the son of a Pakistani father and an American mother, had been chosen for the mission because he looked like a non-Muslim Westerner. He used those looks — and his U.S. passport — to plan logistics for several of the places attacked in Mumbai.
A different kind of on-line fund raising campaign leading up to the holidays could generate more than financial gains for nearly 60 central Kentucky charities. Called the “Good Giving Guide Challenge,” When browsing the internet, if you click on good-giving-guide-dot-net you’ll find a list of non-profit organizations participating in the “Good Giving Guide Challenge.” Among them is the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center. Executive Director Marcey Ansley hopes the on-line campaign will help her reach former students and their families who no longer live in Lexington.