The Franklin County Humane Society is under a mandatory quarantine after a few puppies in the shelter tested positive for canine parvovirus, says one of its officials. The shelter can’t accept or release animals for adoption for at least five days. Four puppies were euthanized between Saturday and Monday after showing signs of the deadly disease, said Trudi Johnson, vice president for the humane society.
Photo of Patrolman Piercy before he left the force, as part of the Prohibition exhibit at the Lexington History Museum on Thursday October 6, 2011 in Lexington,
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In November 1919, Kentucky voters narrowly approved a state constitutional amendment banning the sale and distribution of alcohol in the state two months before Prohibition began nationwide. Not until Jan. 17, 1920, did the Volstead Act take effect, making America, officially at least, a dry nation as provided by the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Prohibition returned as a topic of conversation earlier this month with the premiere on public television of Prohibition, a three-part documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns.
The central Kentucky community is invited to a public meeting Tuesday evening about the future of downtown Lexington and Rupp Arena. Architect Gary Bates of Space Group will be at the event. He's the man chosen by the Arena, Arts & Entertainment District task force for a design upgrade of Rupp Arena, the Lexington Center, and the surrounding area. Chairman Brent Rice says the task force has spent the past several months gathering information, and hired the consulting firm Global Spectrum.
Property owners in Lexington would be more accountable under a proposal going before a city council committee Tuesday . If approved, owners could be cited for poorly maintained yards, unsafe conditions and illegal activities on their property. Part of the debate over the proposed ‘chronic nuisance’ ordinance is who it might govern.
Lexington’s mayor and the president of the city’s firefighters union say their new contract won’t reduce serviced offered by the department. The three year agreement was officially signed today by Mayor Jim Gray and union president Chris Bartley. The agreement, overwhelming ratified by firefighters, saves four point seven million dollars over three years, but, Mayor Gray says Lexington’s firefighters won’t allow a reduction in services.
A recent rash of violent crime in Lexington has police doubling their efforts address the problem. A string of shootings that began October 5th has left one dead and nine wounded. With ten shooting incidents reported in the last nine days, police are looking for any common threads that could link the crimes, some of which have been connected with the growing illegal prescription drug trade. Lexington Police Commander Kelly Edwards says the police are taking the uptick seriously.
Police are conducting an arson investigation at Eastern Kentucky University. Authorities say at about 4:13 am Thursday, hallway bulletin boards were set on fire on two floors of the 20-story Commonwealth Hall. The fires caused minor damage to the walls, but a sprinkler system was activated and the building was evacuated. The dorm houses 422 students. A major event on campus just two weeks ago stressed fire safety. Richmond Fire Department spokesman Corey Lewis thinks some people didn’t get the message.
HARLAN – A new equestrian trail in Harlan County in southeastern Kentucky will connect to Cumberland Gap National Park, first lady Jane Beshear announced Thursday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, Kentucky Division of Water, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Harlan County Fiscal Court reached an agreement that will allow officials in Harlan County to develop the state’s latest adventure tourism opportunity, which will be called the Brush Mountain Trail.
An up-to-date Clark County map broken down by voting precincts.
Confusion about which Clark County precincts are wet or dry surfaced recently when special permission was given by the parks board for alcohol to be sold in a park during the John Michael Montgomery Country-Fest. The Winchester Sun began researching which precincts are wet or dry after a resident raised questions about the Ecton precinct, which includes Lykins Park, and offered evidence that suggested the precinct might be dry. That is not the case, but The Sun found inconsistent record-keeping between the state office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the county.
One of the five men accused of trafficking marijuana in Scott County last week stood before District Judge Vanessa Dickson Tuesday. Dickson dismissed the charges against them. They will face federal charges in U.S. District Court.
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The five men charged last week with trafficking more than 360 pounds of marijuana through Scott County were taken into custody by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The accused drug traffickers appeared in Scott District Court, where assistant county attorney Rand Marshall moved to dismiss all the charges against them. The men were then handed over to the DEA, which will press federal charges.
John Slone, a former director of Blue Grass Airport appeared in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 12, 2011. Slone who was jailed in June for violating terms of his probation on an airport theft-related conviction was granted probation.
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Former Blue Grass Airport official John Slone, jailed since June for violating the terms of his conditional discharge on a theft-related conviction in an airport spending scandal, has been granted shock probation. Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine granted Slone shock probation during a court hearing Wednesday. She placed Slone on probation for 18 months.
Lexington and Clark County were named among the Kentucky cities and counties listed in the "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America's Promise Alliance and the financial institution ING. It was the fifth time that Lexington has received the honor, and the second time for Clark County. Barren County, Louisville and Paducah were the other Kentucky communities that also made the list.
Concluding a week’s worth of testimony, a Johnson County jury awarded what is reportedly the largest monetary award ever granted in Johnson courts. In a case centered around the death of a former inmate of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, a Johnson County jury awarded $1,729,513.73 to the woman’s estate.
Embattled Lexington Fire Chief Bob Hendricks will not be allowed to retire on an occupational disability. The police and fire pension board voted unanimously Wednesday to deny the claim, after reviewing reports from three independent doctors.
The Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation Board said it received several specific legal threats about allowing alcohol sales in Lykins Park, which justified a closed discussion of the matter during a meeting, according to a letter sent to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. The letter was the board’s response to The Winchester Sun’s question of the closed meeting’s legality.
Without alcohol sales, business at the 19th Hole restaurant at Mercer County's Bright Leaf Golf Resort is drying up and it will soon close. But, if the restaurant is annexed into Harrodsburg, which allows sales, it likely would stay afloat and prosper. That’s what Helen King, the self-described matriarch of Bright Leaf Resort, told City Commissioners on Monday night. “We’ve had the restaurant many years. We’ve tried to stay dry, but everything has become wet around us,” King said. “Our restaurant is failing because we can’t compete."
Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton recently denied a motion for dismissal in the case against former teacher Steven Gray. A former social studies teacher and coach at Central Hardin High School, Gray was fired last November after Hardin County Schools received an anonymous phone tip alleging Gray engaged in sexual relations with more than one student. He was arrested in December and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony.
Scott County Detention Center remained on lockdown Monday after jail officials reported a "credible threat" of weapons being brought into the facility. "The investigation is ongoing," said Michael Humphrey, the chief deputy jailer. "Nothing made its way in." The jail has been home to several high-profile inmates since last Tuesday, when Georgetown police charged five men with trafficking marijuana.
Christopher Smith was sentenced to life in prison in Harlan Circuit Court on Friday for the murder of Kimberly Ealy, nearly two years ago. The sentencing followed upon a plea agreement entered in July, in which Smith, 39, of Cumberland, assumed responsibility for the murder. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.
The deputy director of the Operation Unite anti-drug program says his officers are spending so much time cleaning up meth labs, there’s not much left for other drug interdiction efforts. Dan Smoot says meth production is such a problem in southern and eastern Kentucky right now that police have virtually no time to slow the pill pipeline from Florida or curb cocaine trafficking.
A local television anchor will apologize on-air Tuesday for offending viewers, though she insists she did nothing wrong. Morning show host Lindsay Allen appears to have said the N word while bantering with a co-anchor after a story about golfer Tiger Woods. An African-American student brought the incident to news director Barry Fulmer’s attention. Fulmer says neither he nor Allen thinks she used the slur, but rather stumbled on the words “at least.”
Information about Lexington city contracts, ordinance proposals, and other legislative documents will soon be just a few mouse clicks away. There's a lot of information that goes into preparing a docket or agenda for a Lexington council meeting and it normally takes Deputy Council Clerk Meredith Nelson several days to complete. But a new web-based program called Legistar is making it easier for Nelson and the general public to keep track of council proposals.
The realization of a completed Nicholasville Eastern Bypass is taking baby steps as many houses in the West Place subdivision are being moved in anticipation of the work, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The project is designed to ease congestion in and around the city of Nicholasville, especially for those commuting to surrounding counties, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
A Wilmore woman facing multiple charges of third-degree rape is in jail after police searched for her for several weeks. Ashley B. Bender, 30, of 705 Corbitt Drive in Wilmore was arrested by Jessamine County sheriff's deputy Carl Nickell and booked into the Jessamine County Detention Center just before 6 a.m. Friday, according to jail records.
An 87-year-old Whitley County man died at his home Sunday morning after he was accidentally shot while cleaning his gun, police said. Harold Pennington had been cleaning a .357 revolver when it accidentally discharged, according to Kentucky State Police at London.
The Kentucky Kingdom amusement park has spent a second straight summer behind locked gates, as the state fair board seeks a new operator. Board officials say they’re committed to getting the park back up and running.It appears the park will stay closed for a third summer, with officials most likely looking toward a 2013 reopening. Kentucky Kingdom has been shut down since early last year, when its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.
With wireless internet almost fact of life, there remain sections of America where residents don’t have fast and easy access to the internet. The Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg next week co-hosts a discussion on how improve broadband internet service in central Appalachia. Center spokesman Tim Marema says access to digital communication is a modern must.
Louisa city workers attended Thursday's city council meeting.
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There were heated moments Thursday night during an emergency special session of the Louisa City Council. Louisa Mayor Teddy Preston explained that the emergency meeting was called when it was first thought there would be no money to make payroll next week. Preston explained that just after a meeting was called he was notified by City Clerk Kathy Compton that city tax bills had arrived. The tax receipts will likely carry the city through January or February, the mayor said.
Thursday was the one-year anniversary of Cameron Batson's death. The 18-year-old, 2010 graduate of Scott High School died of sudden cardiac arrest during a pickup soccer game at his alma mater. He was remembered Thursday with a candlelight vigil between the school's junior varsity and varsity soccer matches against Highlands High School. "It's rough without him," said his mother, Laura Batson. "Dave (her husband) and I are just holding on." But actually, they're doing more than just holding on. They are working hard to turn the death of their son into life for someone else.
The local U.S. Army post is expected to become more easily accessible to users and more welcoming to visitors. Garrison Commander Col. Bruce Jenkins said he and other officials want to make sure more residents have the ability to enjoy Fort Knox facilities. “At the same time, I understand that it’s pretty painful right now to get in,” he said. Jenkins said officials want to ease that issue with a new check-in system.