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Posted June 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Four Western Kentucky parks receiving improvements
     Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Don Parkinson and Commissioner of Kentucky State Parks Donnie Holland announced Wednesday that four western Kentucky State Park resorts will receive an estimated $3.7 million in safety and aesthetic improvements over the next two years. The funding is part of the $18 million approved this year by Gov. Matt Bevin and the General Assembly. The improvements include structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign will be carried out through 2017.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Spencer Magnet ]
On brink of shutdown
     Spencer County government is less than 48 hours away from shutting down. On Thursday at midnight, county government cannot legally operate without a budget, which is where the county stands after the fiscal court remains in a 3-3 deadlock tie over the spending plan for 2016-17. Magistrates were split 3-3 last Monday night when they recessed their meeting without an agreement, only to meet again last Wednesday with no resolution reached. That prompted a special meeting on Monday afternoon, which also failed to break the deadlock.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Williamsburg voters say ‘yes’ to more alcohol
     By an nearly two-to-one margin Tuesday, Williamsburg voters decided to follow suit with what neighboring communities are doing and allow alcohol to be sold by the package in stores and by the drink at restaurants that seat at least 50 people. A total of 448 Williamsburg voters cast yes ballots for expanded alcohol sales while 241 voters cast no ballots during the special election. Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison, who spearheaded the petition drive behind Tuesday’s alcohol referendum, said he wasn’t surprised that the measure passed but was surprised by the overwhelming margin.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Paradise Point TVA plant reaches 75 percent completion
     Work on Tennessee Valley Authority's Paradise Plant outside Drakesboro in Muhlenberg County is 75 percent complete. The plant is being converted at a cost of $1 billion to run on natural gas and is expected to be online in the spring.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Hearing participants not satisfied with Bevin's Medicaid plan
     Diane Amos of Bowling Green came Tuesday to the hearing about Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to change the Medicaid program, wanting to advocate for her 88-year-old mother. "She doesn't have money to make payments," she said. "She gets $753 a month. There are a lot of people who don't have money because they are elderly." Amos was one of more than 100 people who came to hear and give their opinions about Kentucky HEALTH, which stands for Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health. The plan is designed to help individuals move off Medicaid and into commercial health insurance.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Wayne Smith, much-loved former minister of city’s largest congregation, dies
     Much-loved Lexington minister Wayne B. Smith is said to have once joked that his idea of heaven would be riding around in a gold Cadillac with a bag of chocolate covered peanuts. If God grants such wishes, Smith, 87, might now be the flashiest thing rolling past the pearly gates. Smith, who for four decades led what is now Lexington’s largest congregation, died peacefully during the night at Sayre Christian Village, said Chuck Lees, a close friend and retired minister.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Jefferson men with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Louisville Metro Police Department, arrested Bryan A. Webb, 23, and Jason L. Webb, 34, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems opens expanded facility in Russell Springs
     During a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated executives from Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. for expanding their Russell Springs facility and doubling their workforce to 300 people. The expansion, only two years after the vent-systems plant initially opened, effectively doubles its size to 116,000 square feet and increases the family owned German company’s total Kentucky investment to nearly $43 million.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin appoints new members to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees
     Gov. Matt Bevin Wednesday announced 10 new appointments to the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees. The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees is responsible for providing governance and oversight for the university’s administration and is accountable for the health, reputation and integrity of the University community in all aspects, a state news release said.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
Bullets rip holes in Anderson home
     Lawrenceburg police are searching for what Chief Chris Atkins is calling a “list” of suspects in a drive-by shooting that rattled the Lincoln Street neighborhood early this morning. Shots rang out around 12:30 a.m. with at least two bullets hitting the home and one punching a hole through the front door and into the family’s couch. Tristian Bean and his mother Lisa were home at the time, according to a family member who declined to be named, but neither were injured.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
Woman gets DUI with grandkids in car
     A woman with her grandchildren in a vehicle was charged with being nearly three times the legal limit late Tuesday afternoon when she was stopped by officer Brian Brashears of the Lawrenceburg Police Department. Pamela G. Perkins, 52, of Lancaster faces charges of DUI, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, careless driving, no license, no insurance, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to have children properly restrained in her vehicle.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Anderson News ]
Funeral arrangements for former NFL coach Buddy Ryan announced
     Legendary football coach James David “Buddy” Ryan, a Kentucky resident, died Tuesday. Services will be held at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Ryan was 85. The funeral home announced that visitation for the former NFL coach will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home located on North Main Street. A funeral Mass will follow at 2 p.m. Friday at a Lawrenceburg church.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ LaRue County Herald News ]
Scammer gets tricked by LaRue County woman and local deputy
     The tables were turned for a telephone scammer on June 17 when he called a LaRue County woman claiming to be her grandson. Janet Marcum of Buffalo wasn’t about to be taken in by this scammer’s convincing story.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Pastor accused of trying to have sex with minor takes his own life
     A former Clarksville, Indiana pastor arrested in Frankfort for attempting to have sex with a minor committed suicide Monday in Marietta, Ga. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office told The State Journal Brown died of asphyxia from hanging himself.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Sentinel-News ]
Woman accused of embezzlement to take plea deal
     With a trial on the horizon, a former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager charged with embezzling more than a half million dollars announced her intention Monday to make a plea in the case. Benita Anglin, who was arrested August 2014 two days after she was indicted for embezzling hundreds of thousands from the school district, will make a plea arrangement with prosecutors on the charges. Her attorney, Matt Pippin, told Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman at Anglin’s final pretrial hearing Monday that she intends to work with prosecutors on a plea agreement prior to her jury trial which has been set for Aug. 8.

    Posted June 29, 2016 [ Times Leader ]
‘Step It Up, Kentucky!’ walking initiative launched
     The Kentucky Department for Public Health is challenging communities and organizations to join Step It Up, Kentucky! The statewide campaign aims to improve the health of Kentuckians by building the demand for walkable communities, making walking a priority. Public health recommends getting 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week to improve health, which can easily be achieved by walking.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Mayfield votes 'Yes' on alcohol
     Yes For Mayfield won a convincing victory Tuesday, with every one of the city's nine precincts voting to allow package alcohol sales in the city limits. The final tally was 1,356 yes votes - approximately 58.35 percent - and 968 no votes, or 41.65 percent. Graves County Clerk Barry Kennemore said that with 6,186 registered Mayfield voters, the voter turnout of 2,324 was approximately 37.56 percent. Last week, he had predicted 35-40 percent turnout.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Inmates banned from helping public at transfer station
     A handwritten note that reads "New Rule: Inmates are not to assist with the unloading of your vehicle" now greets rubbish and waste haulers at the Daviess County Transfer Station. It's a policy that has been implemented to reduce contraband such as drugs, tobacco products and cash from finding their way into the Daviess County Detention Center.

    Posted June 29, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
KSP will increase holiday patrols
     During last year's Independence Day weekend, nine people were killed in Kentucky, in vehicle accidents involving an intoxicated driver. In all, there were 77 DUI-related crashes statewide over the Independence Day holiday weekend, which began the evening of July 2 and ended at midnight on July 5. Along with the nine deaths caused by impaired drivers, 43 people were injured. With those statistics in mind, Kentucky State Police troopers will be increasing patrols over the coming three-day weekend, in an effort to catch people driving while intoxicated.

Posted June 29, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Vine Grove man sentenced for assault of family members
     A Vine Grove man who raped two female relatives over a four-month period in 2015 formally was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the acts with the mother of the two victims standing a few feet away from him Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court. Phillip Austin Lyn Litton, 21, accepted a plea deal earlier this year on six felony charges, including two counts of incest. The mother or any other family did not address Litton during sentencing and he didn’t look in her direction during about a 15-minute court proceeding.


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