After nearly 20 years of planning, the state is transforming the two-lane Ky. 16 that runs through much of Kenton County into a wider, more direct route that officials say will improve safety for thousands of daily commuters and trigger major development. The reconstruction is Ky. 16's first since its 1935 opening.
The newest player in the conflict over the Ohio River Bridges Project is gaining support. Kentuckians for Progress began earlier this year to stop the conservation group River Fields from blocking the construction of a bridge in eastern Jefferson County. The group, like several others, wants the east end bridge and a downtown bridge built. Other groups want only an eastern span or a staggered construction that begins with the east end bridge.
Saturday marked the 34th anniversary of the fire that raged through Northern Kentucky's Beverly Hills Super Club, killing 165 people. Though unhappy that people still cannot have legal access to the site to pay their respects, especially those directly affected by that fateful night, Dave Brock is fighting a much larger battle: exposing what he believes is the truth of what really happened May 28, 1977. Brock had been a busboy at the club for five years, and was working the night it burned down. To this day, he and a handful of others contend the fire was arson.
Summer heat and humidity settle into the region through at least Thursday. The National Weather Service is calling for a high near 90 today, and temperatures should climb into the mid-90s for Monday’s Memorial Day celebrations, said Myron Padgett, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. “It’s above normal, but we’re not quite setting records,” Padgett said.
Faye Coakley doesn’t normally surf the Internet, but the Mortons Gap woman has been on the Web nonstop this past week searching for updates on her missing relatives. Floyd and Martha Huff and Cherry Huff, Coakley’s uncle and two aunts, all reside in Joplin, Mo. An EF5 tornado laid much of the city bare after it ripped through Joplin last Sunday evening. All three Huffs, who are in their early 80s, are still unaccounted for. The lack of news is fraying Coakley’s nerves.
Alcohol abuse helped drive Tina Anderson into amassing a criminal record, but Warren County Drug Court has given her a new lease on life. A 45-year-old Bowling Green resident, Anderson was one of 37 people recognized Thursday during the drug court graduation ceremony in Bowling Green. Speaking during the ceremony, Anderson talked about how drug court gave her the structure she needed when she was ordered to enter the program in July 2009.
When James E. Keown joined the United States Air Force in 1948, he couldn’t have known that his four younger brothers would all decide to follow in his footsteps and serve in the military, but they did. “It was just like a chain reaction,” said Donald Keown. In total, the Keown brothers have 53 years of service to their credit and they all now have bricks in the Veterans Memorial Garden at Bowling Green's Old Courthouse.
This Memorial Day weekend, Sally Shipley of Shelby County at last will lay to rest her uncle – a pilot in World War II whose remains were thought lost. Now, 67, years later, Army officials not only have identified his remains but also those of his 11-member crew from their crash site in Papau, New Guinea, near northeast Australia.
While severe weather has devastated sections of the Midwest, most of Kentucky has remained relatively unscathed. Severe storms and heavy rains have caused a number of problems, but the city has dodged the worst incidents. Most notably, several waves of storms were headed for the area Wednesday, but scattered, bringing only strong winds and rain, and not tornadoes.
NEWPORT - Tens of thousands of dollars worth of bail bonds are being turned over to the Kentucky State Treasury each year because people who posted the bonds fail to claim the money after the defendant shows up in court. Campbell Circuit Clerk Taunya Nolan Jack is trying to track down those people and return their money before it has to be turned over to the state treasury. A bookkeeper in the office, Lisa Auteri-McIntyre, has been searching court records, the Internet and reverse directories to try to pair the money with its owners.
OWENSBORO — The founder of the Imperial Klans of America was sentenced Thursday to serve four years in federal prison in connection with trafficking methamphetamine and painkillers. Ron Edwards, who moved his Klan compound from Muhlenberg County to outside of Dawson Springs in 2003, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term.
More than 30 million people plan to drive at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, according the AAA travel group. The thousands who plan to drive Interstate 71/75 through Northern Kentucky could spend part of their holiday stuck in traffic. State transportation officials say the work to repair and replace concrete on the interstate will continue through the holiday weekend.
Alarmed by the high suicide rate among veterans, a Louisville man is raising funds for struggling military families. Iraq war veteran Troy Yokum has walked from Kentucky to the Pacific Ocean and back. Yokum arrived today on the step of the US Capitol in Washington DC.
FRANKFORT - Kentucky State Police report that aggressive driving, failure to use seat belts and driving while impaired are the top three dangers faced by motorists on Kentucky highways during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Accordingly, the law enforcement agency plans to intensify its traffic safety and patrol efforts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.
After servicing the university, downtown Murray and Main Street corridor areas for nearly a year and a half, the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority will suspend regular Trolley services effective Tuesday, May 31. The announcement was made this week by Bjarne Hansen, MCTA executive director, who cited higher fuel costs and declining ridership as the cause of the decision.
A Kentuckian who now lives in Joplin, Mo. survived Sunday's massive tornado along with his family. Eric Polley said the roof was ripped from his house; meanwhile, his neighbors began running around, checking on people, assessing the damage. "It was crazy," he said. "It was worse than anything I've ever seen in a movie ... I don't ever want to go through it again, that's for sure."
Although Lake Barkley is down almost to normal levels, in many places the clean-up and repair work has only really begun after recent flooding. John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said the park lost about $100,000 in sales as the result of cancellations because of flooding. Jordan said the financial impact of flooding was worse this year than last year.
Joel Hatfield’s first impression Monday as he drove into Joplin, Mo., a place he called home for nine years, was that the streets he used to drive — and the homes and businesses that once were familiar — now are scattered everywhere. Trees stand snapped, two-level homes are flattened and vehicles sit after being tossed around like rag dolls. “It was catastrophic,’’ said Hatfield, who lives in Summit. “There’s no way to describe, really, what it looked like. It was like a big lawnmower came down from the sky and ate up everything in its path.’’
FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 97 Kentucky counties between April 2010 and April 2011, while 20 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to a press release from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
People wanting to make donations to help the victims of recent tornadoes and flooding are advised not to send clothing or building materials at this time. Dan Modlin of Kentucky Public Radio has this report. Although relief agencies trying to help storm victims appreciate the idea, they say gifts of money, not materials, are the most efficient way to help.
What started Monday afternoon as a case of tracking down a shoplifter in Elizabethtown turned into much more in Eastview. A meth lab was discovered buried in mud. “I’ve seen them everywhere,’’ said Detective Rob Green with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force. “I’ve just never seen one buried in the mud from someone who was on the run.’’
Louisville has been named one of the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians by the group Transportation for America. The organization looked at pedestrian deaths from 2000 to 2009 and concluded that Louisville is the 19th most dangerous metro area in the country, and second in the Midwest, behind Detroit.
State officials are moving forward with a plan to establish alcohol sales at four Kentucky state parks, including General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Also included in the plan are Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonburg and John James Audubon State Park in Henderson. The plan originally was announced last summer as part of a strategy to reduce costs generate revenue for the park system in light of state budget cuts.
FRANKFORT — Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday announced that 11 Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Kentuckians in Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, Webster and Union counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred April 22 – May 20 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
When two female Greenwood High School students decided to take their war of words to the next level and throw punches, the fight landed a Bowling Green woman in jail and the two girls in juvenile court. The fight was captured on video and uploaded to the website YouTube, where the adult can be seen smiling as she turned and looked at the camera, according to court records.
The remnants of the storm that devastated Joplin, Mo., on Sunday caused moderate damage in Calloway County early Monday morning and Monday afternoon. A Murray-based weather observer said the system that came through early Monday was a weakening straight-line wind storm left over from the same system that hit Missouri on Sunday. He said the highest winds were 48 mph. High winds knocked down trees and power lines.
Eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carlisle, Daviess, Washington, and Wolfe counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Daviess County crashes.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in 11 Kentucky counties — including Union and Webster counties — who suffered damages in the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April 22 and continuing can apply for federal and state disaster assistance by phone or online, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The acting head of the Louisville Department of Health and Wellness says the city’s recent poor showing in the American Fitness Index is not a reflection of his department’s programs. Louisville and the surrounding counties were ranked next to last in the index, which measured the general fitness of residents of various metropolitan areas.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case out of Kentucky could give law enforcement officers more power to enter homes without warrants. The case came from Lexington, where law enforcement officers burst into Hollis King’s home after smelling marijuana and having reason to believe he was destroying evidence. The police, however, were not looking for King. They were chasing another suspect who had ducked into a different apartment.