Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is being remembered for his ability to get things done at the highest levels of government without compromising his love for his state or its people.
Hundreds of mourners filled the state Capitol Sunday to pay tribute to Kentucky's 53rd governor. Wendell Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro. He was 90. Ford is the only Kentuckian to win consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. Senator. Governor Beshear offered a prayer to begin the service. "He listened, he cared, and he brought people together. Give us the courage to follow his examples," said Beshear.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a seven-year-old girl.
The report released today shows the pilot, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having problems with both of the plane’s engines. He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport. Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield. That was the last communication from the plane.
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the last four weeks.
Kentucky fish enthusiasts might find a late Christmas gift submerged in a waterway next spring. That gift could be the result of a tree collection program underway across the Commonwealth.
Cut cedar, pine, and spruce trees dropped in Kentucky lakes can make for just the right catch. Corbin Assistant Public Works Director Roger Shelton says natural Christmas trees, free of lights and ornaments are now being collected. The trees will be set aside to dry and drop their needles and then dropped in the water.
Kentuckians hitting the road this week for Christmas will be gifted with low prices at the gas pump. Gasoline prices have fallen consistently in the past few weeks. Lexington AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it wouldn't be out the question for a gallon of gas to dip below $2 in central Kentucky. "I couldn't say we will see it under $2, but I hope so and I don't see there's any reason why it shouldn't if current trends continue," said Oakford.
One of Kentucky's best known farm organizations is launching an effort to keep adequate water in the hands of farmers. The Kentucky Farm Bureau's Water Management Working Group held its inaugural meeting last week.
Fort Campbell is bracing for the loss of more than 2,400 soldiers. Commanders at the southern Kentucky military base say the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will have an effect both on and off the installation. Christian County Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Katie Lopez says it's difficult to determine the full impact just yet. "There's always going to be issues that come up, so you know, we've heard about this before, but it's one of those things where you hear bad news but you don't want to believe it,” says Lopez. “We hope for the best and plan for the worst, so we are pr