4:14pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Corbin Man's Script to be Used for Film

Actor, Malcolm McDowell, left, with Corbin screenwriter Mark Daniels.

Every day, no matter how many hours he puts in at work or devotes to his family, Mark Daniels sets aside enough to write at least one single, solitary page for whatever movie script he has rolling around in his mind at the time. It's a hobby he's had since high school. At 49, it's a hobby that's starting to pay off. Daniels, who works as director of support services for the Corbin Independent School District, is about to see one of his scripts turned into a marketable, feature film for the first time. The movie has a budget of about $1 million and is an independent project, but Daniels said it has some very recognizable actors in it including the legendary Malcom McDowell, Dean Cain and Natalie Distler.

4:10pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Knives Found at Elementary School

Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof sent a letter home to parents of students at Wright Elementary Wednesday concerning knives at school. It's the second letter parents of the school have received in three days. Knives were found either in possession of students or on school grounds on three different occasions over the last seven days.

4:04pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lawrence County Declares War on Junk

Lawrence County Judge-Executive John Osborne has declared war on junk cars and abandoned, run-down buildings. Osborne released a letter to the public via Solid Waste Coordinator Bill Richards that says the county will begin to enforce a 2004 ordinance which prohibits these type of materials from ruining the scenic beauty of the area. Those who ignore the clean up effort will be taken to court, the letter says.

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4:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fire Department Chief Accused of Theft

Westside Volunteer Fire Department Chief James R. Douglas and his brother, Assistant Chief Jerry G. Douglas Jr., were arrested on allegations they stole thousands of dollars from fire department funds, according to a Thursday morning press release from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence was seized, and James Douglas and Jerry Douglas Jr. were both arrested, according to the release.

3:52pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Department Merger in Question

The cars driven by officers in the merged Highland Heights/Southgate Police Authority were shown re-marked as "HHSPA" in 2008.

Three years after merging their operations, the Highland Heights and Southgate police departments may become separate entities again. The Highland Heights City Council Tuesday night had a first reading to withdraw the city from the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority. The authority was the first of its type in Kentucky but the Highland Heights mayor said his city wants to disband because residents don't feel comfortable with the arrangement.

3:48pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Campbellsville Picks Next Police Chief

New Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette and his wife Margaret talk with Councilwoman Vicki Mullins following Tuesday night�s special council meeting.
James Roberts/Central Kentucky News-Journal

Tim Hazlette, a former colonel with the Kentucky State Police, will serve as Campbellsville’s next police chief. Mayor Tony Young made the recommendation to hire Hazlette during a special Campbellsville City Council meeting Tuesday night. Hazlette takes the reigns of Campbellsville Police Department on Dec. 1. Dennis Benningfield is retiring on Nov. 30 after six years as chief.

3:47pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Insurance Penalties For Smokers Draw Wide Support

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 4:19 pm

A woman smokes outside an office building in New York City.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to improving health, there are carrots and there are sticks.

One way to try to influence people's habits is by tying how much they pay for health coverage to their behavior.

Starting next year, for instance, Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, will charge workers who smoke a penalty ranging from $260 to $2,340 annually on health insurance. That's a pretty big stick. As for a carrot, the retailer will offer free smoking-cessation help.

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3:44pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Successful Opening Night for Horse Show

Todd Minikus and Sweetheart negotiated a fence during the Sasco Creek Farm International Open Jumpers $50,000 Welcome Stakes during the first day of competition at the Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Pa
Matt Goins

Although the 128th Alltech National Horse Show has barely kicked off, show officials already are hailing the new Kentucky version a success and looking at how they can build on that next year. Show treasurer Allan Shore of Bedford, N.Y. said that in addition to top riders and horses, the National has drawn great interest from vendors — more than 100 applied for the 60 trade show spots that ring the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

3:39pm

Thu November 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Seattle 'Superhero' Phoenix Jones Loses His Day Job

Getting arrested for using pepper spray on a group of people has at least temporarily cost self-proclaimed Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones his day job helping autistic children.

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3:25pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Politics

Once GOP Stars, 5 House Freshmen Fight For Seats

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:55 pm

Rep. Adam Kinzinger during a July 28 news conference on Capitol Hill to announce plans to vote yes on the GOP proposal to raise the debt limit.
Harry Hamburg AP

In the election held a year ago this week, Republicans took over control of the House with the help of nearly 90 newcomers to their ranks. Now, just a year before the 2012 contests, many of those freshman lawmakers find themselves facing tough re-election bids.

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