LEXINGTON - Simpsonville, Greenville, Pikeville, Hopkinsville and Lexington were recognized with Enterprise Cities Awards by the Kentucky League of Cities during its annual Conference & Expo on Friday in Lexington. The Enterprise Cities Awards, given since 1999, go to municipalities in four population categories that have demonstrated entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local governance. Entries are judged in seven key areas: innovativeness or creativity of the project, long-term value to the community, adaptability to other cities, use of public/private partnerships, ability to achieve project benchmarks, community-citizen participation and program efficiency.
Roadway deaths across Kentucky are significantly lower this year than prior years, and the state appears headed for its sixth straight year of decreases. As of early Monday, 549 people were killed on highways and other roads across the commonwealth, down 7.7 percent from the same point last year, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.
Kentucky, along with all other states in the U.S., will participate in a national emergency alert system test a month from now. The presidentially directed emergency alert system drill is set for the afternoon of November ninth. Buddy Rogers, with Kentucky Emergency Management, says the call will go out to broadcasters all across the commonwealth.
Two teams from Danville High School spent weeks crafting the perfect privy to race in the Penn’s Store Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday. But an hour before the first heat, coordinators deemed both vehicles unfit for action due because their front wheels were not properly fixed. Never fear — turtle team to the rescue.
Ernest Snowden surveyed the scene at the World War II Memorial Thursday. Snowden fought in the South Pacific and was wounded twice.
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“He’s my hero,” Frank Farmer said of fellow World War II veteran Ernest Snowden. Thanks to the Bluegrass Chapter of Honor Flight, Snowden and Farmer, along with 17 other central Kentucky veterans, were honored for their service to their country. Any interested veteran was provided the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to visit the World War II Memorial, and other war monuments, free of charge.
A financial scam involving online dating sites led to the discovery of electronics, clothing, jewelry and other goods Friday at a home on Sextons Creek in Clay County, according to Kentucky State Police. The New York State Police called the Kentucky State Police to ask for help investigating a credit card fraud case. Kentucky state Trooper Nick Metcalf went to the home allegedly receiving the fraudulently obtained goods and discovered that they were being reshipped from there to Africa, police said in a statement.
One year ago, Lexington was wrapping up perhaps the biggest equine-related shindig the state has ever thrown: the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Although the European visitors and the horses, Princess Haya and Muhammad Ali, the volunteers and the crowds have long gone home, the landscape of the city has been reshaped in ways that might be felt for years to come.
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.
A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel declined Wednesday to approve an injunction halting instant racing at Kentucky Downs in Franklin. The Family Foundation had asked for the court to halt instant racing games at the Franklin facility until it decided upon an appeal. The foundation contends that instant racing is illegal in Kentucky. The decision, issued by judges Glenn Acree, Janet Stumbo and Denise Clayton, said allowing the games to continue until a final decision is reached won’t harm the foundation.
After decades of injustice, 75 hearing-impaired black students finally got their high school diplomas – thanks to Sharon White of the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Frankfort. White was one of several state employees honored at the third-annual Governor’s Ambassador Awards ceremony, established in 2008 to recognize the service of state workers.
Two freshmen at Trigg County High School were arrested Thursday after a school employee found a handgun on campus. According to a Cadiz police report, Principal Shannon Burcham at 8:40 a.m. received a tip from a student who said that someone on the school bus spoke about having a weapon and was bringing it to school. Burcham notified School Resource Officer Dave Colbert, and the high school was placed on lockdown while authorities investigated the tip.
There are plans to build a new veterans hospital in Louisville and a hospital at Fort Knox. While speaking Wednesday to the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations of Kentucky, Bob Morey, facilities planner for the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, responded to rumors and Louisville news reports suggesting the Louisville project would not move forward. The project is on course, Morey said, adding that a new Fort Knox hospital would be for military personnel only.
Residents in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove made their voices heard Tuesday regarding expanded alcohol sales, but confusion remains regarding restaurant limitations in the cities, particularly Radcliff. In the meantime, voters in Todd and Boyle county communities also voted to ease alcohol sales restrictions.
The Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance announced on Wednesday six projects and initiatives aimed at increasing business, tourism and employment throughout Todd, Trigg and Christian counties. The group, made up of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and Todd County Community Alliance, will attempt to promote the projects at the state level in a unified effort.
For the third consecutive year, the Hopkins County Attorney’s Office has been recognized for its outstanding performance in collecting child support payments. Hopkins ranks 11th in the state for collections, though the agency will be ranked again later this month by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said County Attorney Todd P’Pool. He collected an award on behalf of the child support unit on Tuesday in Frankfort.
Mayor Jim Gray discusses the city's unfunded Police and Fire Pension liability.
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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has announced the formation of a task force to study ways the city can handle its ballooning Police and Fire Pension Fund deficit. Failure to address the problem, he says, could result in significant cutbacks in services. The total liability of Lexington's Police and Fire Pension Fund, an estimated $536 million dollars, is currently twice the size of the city's General Fund budget. It's a situation that's led many cities across the country to consider bankruptcy. Mayor Jim Gray says he's determined not to see that happen in Lexington and that's why a task force is necessary.
Legislation that would require patients to get a doctor's prescription before buying common cold medicines failed in the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year, but a federal official hopes lawmakers will re-examine the issue. Many cold medications contain pseudoephedrine, which is an ingredient used to make meth. Benjamin B. Tucker with the White House Office of Drug Control Policy says that's why his office supports the stricter measure.
Alan Stein, president and chief executive of the Lexington Legends, announced his retirement Thursday, effective immediately, the team said. A day earlier, Stein, 59, stepped down as president of the Omaha (Neb.) Storm Chasers minor-league baseball team. "I don't think it's that big a deal, but everyone else seems to," Stein said. He said he has been considering retirement for about a year. With the end of the season and the teams' fiscal year, he said, "This week was the time to do it."
In an effort to draw attention to the importance of cyber security and to increase awareness of online threats, Gov. Steve Beshear has designated October as “Cyber Security Awareness Month in Kentucky.” “The internet is an incredible tool used for business, entertainment and education in our daily lives, but we must also take precautions to protect ourselves and our networks from the dangers associated with cyber crime,” Beshear said in a press release. “Maintaining cyber security is a shared responsibility in which we all play a critical role. Increased awareness will improve the security of Kentucky’s information infrastructure.”
The state Transportation Cabinet has asked its geotechnical branch to look at the site of a fallen boulder that caused a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Garrard County. The huge rock fell from a cliff onto the southbound lane of U.S. 27 just south of the bridge that spans the Kentucky River between Garrard and Jessamine counties.
The federal appeals court in Cincinnati has been asked to rule on an issue which could affect hundreds of students wanting to play sports at private high schools across Kentucky. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of a Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule that sets limits on academic scholarships. The plaintiffs, Richard and Nancy Evans, who sued on behalf of their daughter, say the rule discriminates on the basis of religion.
Kentucky State Police are warning of a phone scam now active in Knox County. KSP Det. Jason York is investigating the scam, which seems to target elderly people, as well as others. Three of the scams involve a male caller who often identifies himself as "Mr. Clark", who tells people that he is representing Publisher's Clearing House or another well-known sweepstakes.
If you’ve got copper and scrap metal that you want to keep, police are advising you to lock it up or it may disappear. Local police agencies have been inundated with complaints about missing wire and metal from construction sites, houses in foreclosure, churches and businesses. “We are taking complaints nearly every day of stolen copper and scrap from people’s property,” said Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.
Last month, Charles Emerson ran across some uninvited guests on his property in Russell Springs while feeding his horses. Several wild hogs came up out of the woods toward him and Emerson, armed with a pistol he sometimes carries, gunned down the two feral swine, about 250 pounds and 200 pounds respectively. Chad Soard, a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in Frankfort, said the fact that free-ranging wild pigs exist was bad for Kentucky.
A tender moment is shared by David Scott, minister of music at Southside Baptist Church, and a son of one of the inmates at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex.
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It was a joyous time Saturday morning when 98 children walked into Western Kentucky Correctional Complex at Fredonia for a unique opportunity to spend the day with their mothers. But for 24 inmates, it was an emotional nightmare. For those 24, for one reason or another, their children never showed up. But, says HR ministries director Harrell Riley, that letdown can be channeled into a positive.
A voter fills in his ballot to cast his vote in the election concerning expanded alcohol sales Tuesday at the City Park Precinct in Elizabethtown.
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Elizabethtown may not be eligible for bars and breweries because of its fourth-class status, but it did not stop voters from sending a message that they are ready for increased alcohol availability. Expanded alcohol sales passed with 60 percent of the vote. The measure also was successful in Radcliff and Vine Grove, signaling a clean sweep for expanded alcohol sales.
Ford and the United Auto Workers union have reached tentative agreement on a new contract. The pact will be voted on later this month. The agreement will bring 1,000 new jobs to Ford's Louisville Assembly plant with the addition of a third shift. And the automaker says it will build a second vehicle at the plant, in addition to the previously announced Ford Escape, according to WHAS-TV.
Organizer April Browning holds a sign as part of the Occupy Lexington protest.
It's close to noon and a handful of young demonstrators are assembled on Main Street. That number will swell to 30 or 40 by rush hour. Like their counterparts across the country, the Occupy Lexington Kentucky protesters see a direct connection between Wall Street and their own fortunes. "I have a four-year college degree and I work at a coffee shop," says Greg Capillo, an activist who claims hard economic times have put his hopes for a career, and those of several fellow protesters, on hold.
The Southern States Energy Board held a Governor’s Energy Summit in Virginia this morning. Kentucky is a member of the board, and was represented by Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters. In the board’s mission statement, it stresses both the economy and environment, but there was no evidence of the latter in the day’s agenda. The only speakers were politicians and industry representatives, and the issues covered ranged from nuclear energy to oil and gas production to the economic effects of pending federal pollution rules.