The Gleaner

At this time last year, after a dry start to spring and an abnormal string of 80-plus-degree days, Western Kentucky farmers were off to perhaps the fastest start to planting corn in their lives. This isn’t last year. Kentucky has experienced six consecutive weeks of below-normal temperatures, including freezing conditions last week, which has largely kept farmers out of the field, the Louisville office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service noted Monday in its first weekly crop and weather report of the season.

Transportation Officals Warn of High Winds

Dec 20, 2012

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging motorists to use caution because of high winds in the forecast for today and tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, indicating the region can expect sustained winds above 20 miles per hour with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour at times through tonight. This will create hazardous driving conditions until at least midnight and possibly into Friday morning.

Gov. Steve Beshear today will unveil the new Interstate 69 shields that will appear on portions of the Western Kentucky Parkway and I-24 from near Madisonville to near Paducah. The unveiling will take place at a ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. CDT at Southside Elementary School at Nortonville, located on U.S. 41-Alternate south of Dawson Springs.

Daytime lane closures are planned on each of the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges for approximately one week starting Monday, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Lane closures will begin at approximately 8 a.m. each day and end around 3 p.m. State highway maintenance crews will be undertaking the annual fall cleaning and maintenance of the bridge structure.

The summer-long rehabilitation of the Blue Bridge across the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro is proceeding on schedule, and the bridge should reopen in about three weeks, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reported Tuesday.

A former Sturgis resident appeared in federal court on Thursday morning to face charges of scheming to defraud investors of more than $1.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Cory B. George, 27, of Owensboro is accused of defrauding investors of more than $1,749,590 by running advertisements in newspapers and offering short-term certificates of deposit paying 3 to 5 percent interest through his company, G3 Capital Management. However, G3 Capital wasn’t a licensed and insured bank, and wasn’t authorized to issue certificates of deposit, according to the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Hale.

Very hot and dry conditions continues to stress crops and livestock, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Louisville field office reported Monday. While much of the corn, soybean and other crops remain in good or excellent condition, a growing portion is declining into fair or poor condition, it said.

A Henderson man allegedly assaulted a Henderson County deputy early Saturday morning. He is also accused of resisting arrest and leading city and county law enforcement officials on foot and vehicle chases. According to police reports, Deputy Bob Wathen confronted 47-year-old Paul S. Gregory in an attempt to arrest him on a failure to appear warrant and domestic violence order violation. Gregory reportedly assaulted Wathen and fled the scene on foot.

Corn has begun tasseling in Kentucky while soybean planting is nearing its conclusion, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service field office in Louisville reported Monday. Nine percent of the corn had tasseled as of Sunday, approximately two weeks behind last year because of the rain-delayed planting this spring. The corn crop is rated in mostly good condition. Soybean planting was 85-percent complete, down from the five-year average of 92 percent at this time of year. The crop is rated in mostly good condition.