Police are conducting an arson investigation at Eastern Kentucky University. Authorities say at about 4:13 am Thursday, hallway bulletin boards were set on fire on two floors of the 20-story Commonwealth Hall. The fires caused minor damage to the walls, but a sprinkler system was activated and the building was evacuated. The dorm houses 422 students. A major event on campus just two weeks ago stressed fire safety. Richmond Fire Department spokesman Corey Lewis thinks some people didn’t get the message.
Music fans don't have much longer to wait for a special benefit performance by the Boston Pops and the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Post Time with the Pops concert, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Keeneland takes place Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Public Radio's Alan Lytle spoke with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the trip to Lexington.
HARLAN – A new equestrian trail in Harlan County in southeastern Kentucky will connect to Cumberland Gap National Park, first lady Jane Beshear announced Thursday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, Kentucky Division of Water, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Harlan County Fiscal Court reached an agreement that will allow officials in Harlan County to develop the state’s latest adventure tourism opportunity, which will be called the Brush Mountain Trail.
Confusion about which Clark County precincts are wet or dry surfaced recently when special permission was given by the parks board for alcohol to be sold in a park during the John Michael Montgomery Country-Fest. The Winchester Sun began researching which precincts are wet or dry after a resident raised questions about the Ecton precinct, which includes Lykins Park, and offered evidence that suggested the precinct might be dry. That is not the case, but The Sun found inconsistent record-keeping between the state office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the county.
An accident just before 9 a.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 at mile marker 33.5 has left a Waddy man dead. Matthew Hensley, 34, was killed when his 1998 Ford Explorer ran off the road and, according to witnesses, flipped several times, ejecting Hensley and leaving him dead at the scene. Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice, who handled the reconstruction, said from witness statements it appears that Hensley was involved in a road rage altercation with a driver in a red pickup truck. According to statements, the two cars were driving very aggressively with each other, changing lanes quickly and tailgating when the mishap occurred.
Community and business leaders are studying the Ohio River's future potential as a freight corridor, as they prepare for the waterway to play an increasingly important role in the region's economy with the coming expansion of the Panama Canal. The canal expansion is expected to dramatically increase the amount of freight coming through Greater Cincinnati over the next three decades, especially via road and rail. While its impact on the Ohio River is still unclear, community leaders and river businesses want to be prepared for new business opportunities that could come with an increase in river freight.