The idea of a limited access bypass was first introduced to Mason County citizens in September 1999. The project was one of the last accomplishments under the tenure of the late State Rep. Pete Worthington and stirred opposition among landowners affected by the proposal. Nearly 12 years later, the footprint of the bypass is visible and construction is expected to be complete in late summer or early fall 2012, a project 13 years in the making.
A key Northern Kentucky transportation artery will get a major safety fix and a much-needed facelift, thanks to a federal transportation grant awarded Wednesday. Interstate 471 will be rehabilitated and repaved. The rehabilitation of I-471 will benefit tens of thousands of drivers. The 30-year-old interstate connects U.S. 27 in Highland Heights to I-71 in Cincinnati. I-471 is just 5.75 miles long, but average daily traffic is roughly 90,000 vehicles.
UPDATE: Interim City Manager John W.D. Bowling stepped down from the position Tuesday, saying he feared for his safety after a threat was made on his life, but an attorney who said he represents the man accused of making the threat claims his client is innocent. Attorney Ephraim Helton of Danville, who also represented Paul Stansbury during his dismissal as city manager earlier this year, said late Tuesday that the perceived threat in question was actually only banter between employees.
Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever. Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.
Radcliff City Council plans to draft a resolution opting out of plans for a unified local government in Hardin County. A majority of the council provided vocal support to the resolution, proposed by Councilman Don Yates, after several residents urged the council Tuesday night to reject unification efforts.
The judge-executives of Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant counties Tuesday morning touted regionalism, warned against the dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, talked of possible 911 dispatch mergers and urged the need for the federal government to fund a new Brent Spence Bridge. They spoke to hundreds of business leaders Tuesday morning during the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce "State of Northern Kentucky" address in Erlanger.
Creed Carter Black, who dramatically changed the face of the Lexington Herald-Leader when he was publisher from 1977 to 1988, died early Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He was 86. As chairman of the board and publisher of the Herald-Leader, Mr. Black secured the land and oversaw the construction of a new newspaper plant at Main Street and Midland Avenue.
Former Danville Mayor and current Interim City Manager John W.D. Bowling stepped down from the position Tuesday saying he feared for his safety after a threat was made on his life. A stunned audience at city hall listened as Mayor Bernie Hunstad read Bowling's letter of resignation following an executive session for personnel action that lasted just under an hour.
Power was restored by Monday to nearly all Kentucky Utilities customers in Scott County who were affected by a thunderstorm that hit central Kentucky on Saturday evening. Scott County was the hardest-hit county in central Kentucky, said KU spokesman Cliff Feltham. More than 7,200 KU customers lost power as a result of a lightning strike.
Hardin County United wants the state to clarify certain elements of the 2006 legislation enabling the creation of a unified local government before the voters of Hardin County consider the idea here. Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee, said Monday the state needs to confirm the majority votes within a city is respected should a city oppose unification.
Maj. Gen. James C. McConville officially assumed command of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in a formal ceremony Friday. McConville relieves Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who served as commander for two years. Campbell will take a position in the Pentagon, where he will be the deputy chief of staff of operations. He will also head the transition team for Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff.
If voters say yes Oct. 4 to expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, alcohol provisions for the three cities will differ based on each city’s classification. A yes vote in Radcliff, Hardin County’s only second-class city, would give the city all of the privileges of wet status, including bars, but fourth-class cities Elizabethtown and Vine Grove still would be limited in alcohol sales, said Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
As he walked around a busy construction site on a sunny day this week, Northpoint Training Center Warden Steve Haney acknowledged how fresh the memories of the fiery night in 2009 still seem. "It's hard to believe it's almost been two years, it really is," Haney said during a tour of the rebuilding project. No serious injuries or deaths were reported, but six buildings, including the kitchen, canteen, and multipurpose buildings burned and had to be razed. There was also significant damage to several of the dorms.
Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.
Harold Dennis, a survivor of the Carrollton bus crash in which 27 people on a Hardin County church trip died, wants young people to learn about the dangers of underage drinking and drinking and driving. He’s on the production team for a documentary about the crash, and he’s the only member of the team who was personally involved in the nation’s worst drinking and driving crash. Dennis, a football standout at North Hardin High and UK, will tell his story alongside other survivors in the documentary “IMPACT: After the Crash.”
The Kentucky State Park system is taking part in the Coca-Cola “America is Your Park” campaign and is asking for people to vote for Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The campaign encourages people to play, be active and to help give their favorite park a facelift.
When Harrodsburg native Ralph Anderson died in February at the age of 86, Mercer County lost not only its most illustrious philanthropist and most famous resident since Daniel Boone, but one of Kentucky’s largest landowners. On Nov. 16 at the Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Room, 4,537 acres of Anderson Circle Farm will go up for auction. The auction will consist of 50 individual tracts of land. In addition to the land, many of the 50 tracts have existing structures. The property includes 10 residences and numerous barns, including the massive show barn on U.S. 127 north of Harrodsburg.
Yellow ribbons and American flags still fly in Bracken County in remembrance of the late Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers. A special tribute is planned for Sunday, Aug 14 to honor the Bracken County High School graduate. Summers, 27, was wounded July 13 when his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire while on assignment in Afghanistan. He died from his injuries the next day.
Avid Coca-Cola collectors will have their first taste of the Schmidt family collection come mid-September. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown, which closed in April, hosts the first round of auctions Sept. 17-18 to dispense of a massive collection that has been compiled by the Schmidt family since the 1970s.
A crime that rarely occurred in Casey County a decade ago is now being committed several times a week. Scrap metal thefts are up significantly and law enforcement officials attribute the increase to the drug trade, high unemployment rate and skyrocketing scrap metal prices, said Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman.
Robbery reports and drug arrests were up and driving under the influence arrests were down in Scott County in 2010, according to a new Kentucky State Police report of statewide crime statistics, but officials at the Georgetown Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office said prescription drug sales and abuse is the biggest crime problem facing the county.
Several Kentucky cities and utility companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to modernize and rehabilitate hydropower plants along the Cumberland River. Project manager Jay Sadler says the agreement implemented Tuesday allows the municipalities to maintain service by helping pay for the much-needed improvements.
Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon abruptly resigned his position Monday after more than 12 years on the job. His resignation comes on the heels of an investigative report, published in July by The News Journal, that Cannon owed thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes. Shortly after the story was published, Cannon paid his taxes.
Police cited Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 on Sunday for violating Bowling Green's ordinance against smoking, but the post intends to appeal the citation and $25 fine. The citation was issued Sunday to Malcolm Cherry, quartermaster for the VFW post, during a charitable gaming event hosted by the veterans organization. The citation states that the “owner (of the property) was letting customers smoke.” The ordinance bans smoking in most businesses within city limits and has been in effect since April 28. An attorney for the post said it would appeal the citation and fine.
Garrard County Fiscal Court demonstrated willingness to explore partial or complete merger with Lancaster at its Monday meeting. Court members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a commission to study the options for unification, ranging from consolidation of some units to merger of both governments.
A crew of 11 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry returned home from North Carolina over the weekend after a two-week assignment. The crew was assigned to the Juniper Road Fire complex as well as to surrounding fires in the southeastern part of the state. Although thunderstorms late last week helped suppression efforts, the fires continue to smolder and a significant rainfall is still needed.
Congressional debt negotiations are difficult. Stopping to help a stray dog along the highway is an easy choice for U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. The veteran lawmaker rescued a dog along U.S. 41 between Hanson and Madisonville on Sunday afternoon. And it wasn’t the first time that the congressman has rescued a stray dog on the highway.
Nearly 25,000 signatures of people who want to repeal the tax that funds the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission were submitted to the Kenton County Clerk's office Monday. Twelve bankers' boxes containing 24,698 signatures were handed over to deputy clerks, as about 20 people looked on.
Two of the seven people killed by a gunman Sunday morning just west of Akron, Ohio, were residents of Northern Kentucky. Craig Dieter, 51, and his son, Scott Dieter, 11, both of Walton, were shot to death in Copley Township, Ohio. Craig’s wife and Scott’s mother, Beth Dieter, was unharmed, but witnessed the shooting, according to the Rev. Chris Torrey.