By Karla Ward and Bill Estep and Linda Blackford and Lexington Herald-Leader
Dr. Ronald Dubin was about five miles from finishing the Boston Marathon on Monday when police began telling runners to get off the course and onto the sidewalks. Dubin, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Middlesboro and Corbin, said he saw police cars driving fast down the road and then buses carrying military people. Soon after, he learned about the explosions at the finish line through calls from family members and friends wanting to check on him. His first reaction was disbelief.
The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works. Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects.
It’s tax day and a busy one at the Kentucky Revenue Department.
“I noticed, I’ve been watching our phone board and evidently we’re getting a lot of questions today. So, a lot of phone calls coming in already.”
State Division of Individual Income Director Bruce Nix says some one- point-three million state tax returns have already been filed, but another 400-thousand could arrive today. For taxpayers who need more time, Nix says filing for an extension with the I-R-S is all that’s required in Kentucky.
Participants in last year's Tough Mudder event crawl through mud and under electric wires in one of the many obstacles. The Tough Mudder event will return again in October.
Organizers of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event have decided to return to Mason County after a successful event in 2012. Scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, the event drew 8,400 participants and 3,000 spectators to the Big Rock Off-Road Park in 2012. Maysville officials said the event had a significant economic impact, with hotels booked for the weekend, as well as restaurants and local retailers also benefiting from competitors and visitors to the area.
Members of an AmeriCorps crew and other volunteers gather tools as they prepare to work on a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
CORBIN – Nine young people from across the country are spending several weeks this spring working on trails in Eastern Kentucky to help communities and state parks. The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team has worked in Letcher County and at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin and is scheduled to do more work at Stearns and Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade during April and May, according to a state park system news release.
Supporters of immigration reform gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday
Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Lexington Wednesday, waving flags and calling for immigration reform. It was unseasonably warm as one corner of Triangle Park filled with hundreds of immigration reform supporters. Speakers chanted into a public address system, urging the crowd to join them.
Neighbors of Lloyd Gibert described him as a soft spoken man who kept to himself but was warm toward those around him. A U.S. Army veteran and civilian employee with nine years of experience with Human Resources Command, Gibert was the victim in Wednesday’s shooting at Fort Knox. Gibert, 51, was shot Wednesday evening in a parking lot near the HRC building at Fort Knox, according to a statement released Friday by the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office. He was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m. at Ireland Army Community Hospital.
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.
Lonnie Jones, 34, is developmentally disabled and has lived in Danville for about a decade. He has fond memories of participating in the Special Olympics as a teenager in Ohio. Jones asked his local case workers about bringing the event to Danville.
A group of volunteers are bringing the Special Olympics to the Danville area. Lonnie Jones, 34, is developmentally disabled and has lived in Danville for about a decade. He has fond memories of participating in the Special Olympics as a teenager in Ohio. Jones asked his local case workers about bringing the event to Danville. With the help of Tina Scott and Mary Carol Porter from A1 Case Management, and Judy Bayless from A Brighter Choice, Jones’ dream will come true this year.
Although it will be years before vehicles cross it, the cost to pass over a new Ohio River bridge near Louisville is being discussed now. A consulting firm announced Tuesday toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project include a likely one dollar fee for frequent users. Other assumed rates are two dollars for other two axle vehicles, five dollars for medium trucks and ten dollars per heavy loads. Official toll rate setting will be the job of a Kentucky-Indiana Joint Tolling Board.
The state is offering a new program to educate and train skilled minority and female workers for careers in construction. ‘Bridges to Opportunities’ is a training program aimed at filling a need for women and minority workers in the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project. Governor Beshear notes the Ohio River Bridges will be finished in a few years. He adds ‘those who complete our program will be armed with the skills for a lifetime career.’
Their lives are delineated by a great divide: Before the tornado, and after the tornado. Yet survivors of the storms that tore through Eastern and Southern Kentucky on March 2, 2012, causing 25 deaths and millions of dollars in damages, have refused to allow personal tragedies to define their lives. They remember, but they move on. They grieve, but they live. Here are the stories of some survivors, one year after their lives were turned upside down.
Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of severe weather which took the lives of many Kentuckians and caused millions of dollars in structural damage. The March second, 2012 tornadoes caused vast devastation with the bulk of the damage in communities like West Liberty, Salyersville, East Bernstadt, and Piner. Statewide, 25 people were killed and more than 45 hundred homes impacted. 671 of those houses were destroyed.
Kentucky's incarceration rate for youth has decreased in the past several years—but not by as much as the national average, said an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday. And Kentucky and two other states are responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s juvenile incarcerations because of court order violations for status offenses—crimes applied to youth such as truancy and alcohol consumption.
Joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity foundation celebrated their 20th year of service in the commonwealth with a Capitol rally. Founded in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity works with affiliations across the state to build homes in much needed areas. They also have helped rebuild West Liberty and other affected areas from the March 2012 tornadoes.
The Kentucky Senate approved a bill Tuesday designed to improve school safety, hours after a House member unveiled a similar bill he said was "a common-sense approach" and "cost-effective." The proposals do not call for new spending, although state funding for school safety has dropped by 60 percent in recent years, Gov. Steve Beshear said in his State of the Commonwealth speech last week. Only 241 Kentucky schools, or 19 percent, have a trained law enforcement officer on staff, according to Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety.
WEST LIBERTY – Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers Monday joined federal, state and local officials to announce a unique $29.3 million funding effort to help Morgan County rebuild from the disastrous storm and tornado damage suffered in March 2012. The funds, supported by both public and private sectors, will support the reconstruction of five major building projects in the county – projects that are critical to stabilizing services and restoring a sense of permanency to the community.
Kentucky is one step closer to enacting a statewide smoking ban after legislation sailed Thursday through the House Committee on Health and Welfare. House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom, a Democrat of Lexington, would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.
Many Kentucky county leaders would say having sufficient funds to maintain government services remains one of their biggest worries. County officials from across the Commonwealth are in Lexington for the 31st Kentucky County Judge Executive Association Winter Conference. ‘County Consolidation’ is a term which has been uttered at the state capital, but never gotten much traction. Mason County Judge, James Gallenstein believes some regionalization would produce savings.
A recently released poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians favor the expansion of gambling in the state. Sixty percent of Kentuckians said they support expansion when asked a broad yes or no question about it, The Courier-Journal’s Bluegrass Poll said.
Sheriffs in southcentral Kentucky have varied positions on President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals. Some, such as Simpson County Sheriff Chris Cline, completely oppose the proposals, saying such laws would infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. The intention behind Obama’s gun control proposals was to ensure people are safe, Warren County Sheriff Jerry “Peanuts” Gaines said. “Different people will go to extremes about what the president has said,” Gaines said. “But I think he’s just trying to protect the people.”
A bulldozer moved coal at a processing tower at an Arch Minerals facility in Knott County on Wednesday. The company closed the underground mine at the site, but still uses a coal-processing facility and a tipple to load rail cars.
A sharp drop in Eastern Kentucky coal production has created million-dollar budget shortfalls that could bring layoffs and tax increases to some coal counties. In Knott County, the fiscal court appointed a committee last week to recommend ways to deal with a projected shortfall of $1.2 million in budgeted coal severance tax receipts. "You can't pay your bills at this point," Andrew Hartley, staff attorney for the state Department for Local Government, told officials at the fiscal court meeting.