The Commonwealth

1:16pm

Fri August 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Roadshow Report for Next Week

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.

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10:39am

Fri August 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Documentary on Carrollton Crash

Harold Dennis
The News-Enterprise

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.”

1:43pm

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Vote for A 'Facelift' for Cumberland Falls

 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.

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12:55pm

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Auctioning a Harrodsburg Farm

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.

10:29am

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bracken Soldier Tribute Held Soon

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.

10:05am

Thu August 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

Coca-Cola Collection to be Auctioned

A sign with Coca-Cola advertisment and the White Spot restaurant in downtown Elizabethtown is one of the 750 items being auctioned off in September from the former Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia.
Neal Cardin The News-Enterprise

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.

9:32am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Scrap Metal Theft Becomes Common in Casey Co.

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.

9:27am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Prescription Drug Abuse & Sales in Scott Co.

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.

8:22am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hydropower Upgrade Pact Signed

WUKY

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.

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1:25pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Corbin City Manager Abruptly Resigns

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.

1:09pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green VFW Post Receives Citation

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.

12:38pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Garrard, Lancaster May Study Merger

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.

12:34pm

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Firefighters Come Home from North Carolina

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.

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9:39am

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Congressman Rescues Stray Dog

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.

9:16am

Tue August 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Petitioning Against a Tax in Northern KY

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.

5:53pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Two Victims in Ohio Shooting from Kentucky

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.

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7:47am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Motorcyclists Raise Money for KY Guard

For many Kentuckians, next Saturday will literally be a day to remember.  Hundreds of motorcyclists and others from around the state are expected to converge on Lawrenceburg to honor Kentucky National Guard members killed in the line of duty. Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund Board member Jason Lemay recalls a man who died in the great flood of 1937.

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10:50am

Fri August 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Archbishop Discusses Hospital Merger

The concerns that the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Catholic Health Initiatives has put the future of certain services in question. Doctors in the merged University Hospital will have to follow Catholic directives, meaning many reproductive health services (contraception counseling, vasectomies, tubal ligations, emergency and elective abortions) will not be allowed and end-of-life care will also change.

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10:21am

Fri August 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin Co. Alcohol Votes Set for October

Voters in three Hardin County cities will go to the polls in less than two months to decide whether or not to expand alcohol sales. Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry signed an executive order Thursday directing local option elections Oct. 4 in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove for expanded alcohol sales.

10:09am

Fri August 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Union College President's Wife Arrested

Police arrested the wife of Union College's president this week after she allegedly came to the home of an accused drug dealer to buy a pain pill while officers were there for a raid. Lou Ann de Rosset, 40, was charged with operating her 2006 Toyota under the influence of alcohol or drugs and with endangering the welfare of a minor. Police filed the endangerment charge because de Rosset had her 5-year-old daughter with her, according to the citation.

1:36pm

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Harrodsburg Police Chief Seeks Improvement

After a year plagued with personnel problems, Police Chief Rodney Harlow is working to rebuild the Harrodsburg Police Department and restore the public’s trust. In the last six months, one officer was indicted on third-degree rape charges involving a minor. Another resigned after allegedly shoplifting an item from a local convenience store while on duty. And a police dispatcher was fired by Chief Harlow.

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10:50am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Funding Needed for Jessamine I-75 Project

A connector road that would link Jessamine County directly to Interstate 75 is one of many road projects vying for state and federal dollars in a tight economic climate. So, with governmental funding in question, a Jessamine County transportation committee is taking a cue from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock and considering private investors.

10:41am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

KY First Lady Visits Soldiers' Spouses

Jane Beshear
Dana Long Kentucky New Era

Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear came to the Family Resource Center at Fort Campbell on Tuesday to speak to the spouses of the soldiers on the base about how the Commonwealth of Kentucky can better support soldiers’ families.

10:36am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lynch Clerk Helps Children, Considered Hero

With no regard for her own personal safety, Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge rushed into a home in Lynch where a war grenade detonated injuring several children and sending 20 people to the hospital. Eldridge led children from the home and began spraying them with a water hose to remove chemicals from their bodies and clothes. Lynch Police Chief Mike Nunley praised Eldridge for her “bravery” and called her a local hero.

10:32am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin County to Vote on Alcohol Sales

Some Hardin County residents will have a chance to vote on expanding alcohol sales this fall. Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb confirmed Wednesday that Yes for Economic Success had reached the number of needed signatures in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove to force three local option elections.

10:25am

Thu August 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hardin Co. Considers Unified Government

Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard told a roomful of elected officials Wednesday that Hardin County is in an age of prosperity and growth, which is the perfect time to consider looking at a unified local government. Without a crisis hanging over their heads or their backs against the wall, a more reasoned and careful examination of unification can be taken, he said. Howard, chairman of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee, partnered with consultant Luke Schmidt to walk elected officials through a comprehensive study Schmidt’s firm conducted that analyzed five unified governments in Georgia and Kentucky.

1:35pm

Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Corbin City Manager Pays Tax Debts

A week ago, Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon owed over $4,500 in unpaid property taxes to Knox County, but officials confirmed Tuesday that all of that debt, some of it a decade old, has now been paid in full. The move came after the publication of an investigative report in the News Journal July 27 that revealed Cannon owed roughly $4,561 in back taxes on three separate properties in Knox County.

1:32pm

Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Bowling Green Temporarily Bans Fireworks

In a rare 11th-hour move, the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on the first reading of an ordinance to temporarily ban fireworks for the next three months, through Oct. 31. The move follows numerous citizen complaints about July 4 fireworks.

10:05am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Judge Makes Internet Sensation

Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

The quick wit of Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan has turned what would normally be a run-of-the-mill order concerning a forgettable civil suit into an Internet sensation. After the plaintiff and defendant told Sheehan they had reached a settlement and that there was no need for ruling on numerous remaining motions and a trial, the judge wrote he was “happier than a tick on a fat dog.” But that's not all. The judge also managed to mention one-legged cats, porcupines, topless bars and mosquitoes in his order.

11:01am

Tue August 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Suits Against Attorney Dismissed

Stan Chesley
Kentucky Enquirer

A federal judge has thrown out two lawsuits that alleged class-action lawyer Stan Chesley, his Cincinnati law firm and one of its lawyers mishandled a multimillion-dollar sex-abuse settlement with the Covington Diocese. U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves cited a well-established legal doctrine in Monday's order that states federal judges generally don't have the authority to review state court decisions.

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