Five nights a week, Bomar Chaudoin drives a mail truck from Elizabethtown to Louisville with a Little Debbie snack in his shirt pocket for when he gets hungry later. In fact, the Magnolia man, who turned 82 on Oct. 3, has been driving various routes for Pepper Mail Service, a contract mail service, since 1956. Now in his 56th year, Chaudoin has not had a traffic accident on the job.
Now that Quinton Higgins has the future of his own children to worry about, he spends more time thinking about the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that he survived. Twenty-seven people perished on that dark interstate. A documentary, “Impact: After The Crash,” has started production and is expected to be released prior to the 24th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest drunken-driving crash on May 14, 1988.
Kentucky is still rural, as evidenced by 310 million chickens raised for meat or eggs in a state of 4.3 million people. But a new book documents what's left behind as more people trade the countryside for jobs in cities. Sociologist Kenneth Tunnell wrote and took the photographs for Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in Rural Kentucky. The idea for the book came to Tunnell as he drove his workday commute on the back roads from southern Garrard County to Richmond, where he teaches in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Criminal Justice.
Martin Van Buren Bates was 7 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed more than 500 pounds by some accounts. Now, 92 years after his death, his Letcher County birthplace wants to honor him in a way that befits his stature in county history and his nickname, the Kentucky River Giant. Bates served a noteworthy stint in the Civil War as a Confederate captain before marrying a woman taller than he was. Because of their size, they became international celebrities in the 1800s, traveling as part of a circus.
"An American woman who became ill while working at the South Pole has been evacuated by plane to New Zealand for medical treatment," The Associated Press reports. "Renee-Nicole Douceur tells the AP in an email sent Monday morning that she has landed in Christchurch and is scheduled for tests on Tuesday."