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Posted April 26, 2015 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Pike school board audit reveals several problems
     The finance director for the Pike County School District said Friday that she has no plans to resign her position as treasurer for the school district, despite the recommendation made in an audit report which identified a number of issues within the district, including potential waste and significant risks for potential wrongdoing.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Injured distillers in critical condition
     Two employees with Silver Trail Distillery remained in critical condition Saturday after an explosion destroyed the Marshall County business Friday morning. Cousins Jay Rogers, 40, and Kyle Rogers, 26, were airlifted from the distillery in Hardin to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Paducah Sun ]
Swift & Staley almost triples workforce
     Swift & Staley Inc., the U.S. Department of Energy infrastructure support services contractor at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, has nearly tripled its workforce over the past year. Much of that growth has come in the hiring of former United States Enrichment Corp. employees who were displaced when USEC ceased its uranium enrichment operations at the plant, according to Leon Owens, director of corporate support for Swift & Staley. In March 2014, Swift & Staley employed 89, according to Owens. Currently, the contractor employs 256.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Farmers face a ticking clock
     Ideally, farmers would be in the midst of spring planting right now. But this hasn't been an ideal year so far for regional farmers. "The old rule of thumb is we look to get it (planted) between April 15 and May 15," said Greg Comer, Ohio County's extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. After May 15, every day a farmer has to wait to plant results in reduced corn yields, Comer said. Heavy spring rains have drenched fields across the region, with bottomlands near the Ohio still partly covered with water last week. While May 15 is still a couple of weeks away, any additional rainfall will keep farmers waiting to plant even longer.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Officials investigate reported explosion at Hardin's Silver Trail Distillery
     Marshall County Emergency Management Director Frank Murphy says that the Kentucky Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a reported explosion at Hardin’s Silver Trail Distillery. Murphy said 911 received a call at approximately 10:45 a.m. Friday reporting that there had been an explosion and that the distillery, located near the intersection of KY 402 and Palestine Church Road, was on fire.



    Posted April 26, 2015 [ Courier-Journal ]
Gay marriage still social heresy in Eastern Kentucky county
     Tucked in the hills 100 miles east of Lexington, Magoffin County is best known for two things: Election fraud — a local lawyer once called it the "vote buying capital of the world" — and as the birthplace of pornographer Larry Flynt, who likes to joke that its biggest industry is jury duty. But Magoffin is also home to 85 churches, many of the Pentecostal, Holiness and other fundamentalist Christian varieties. And that is probably why it enjoys another distinction as well. Eleven years ago, when Kentucky voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, 94 percent of Magoffin residents voted for it, the highest percentage in any Kentucky county.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Kentucky GOP gubernatorial candidates pledge to be unified even as divides grow sharper
     With just more than three weeks until the primary, Republican officials are trying to ensure that the party will emerge from an increasingly contentious primary unified to take on Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway even as the candidates step up the volume and intensity of attacks on each other.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Gubernatorial profile: Is Hal Heiner the Moses of Kentucky politics?
     Hal Heiner put his hands up, laughed and modestly recoiled when told of the lofty comparison. After all, it would have been unseemly for a politician to embrace being compared to Moses. But that was the comparison offered by Bob Russell, the founder and former pastor of Southeast Christian Church, when he described Heiner, the Louisville businessman and gubernatorial candidate who has been asking Russell for spiritual guidance on his political journey since 2002.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ The Gleaner ]
Possible tornado touches down in western Kentucky
     Volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders went door to door Saturday evening checking on residents in the Corydon, Smith Mills and Cairo area after a strong storm — possibly a tornado — blew through that part of Henderson County. Although scanner traffic indicated that people had witnessed a tornado on the ground, Henderson County Emergency Management Director Larry Koerber said those reports haven’t been confirmed. What has been confirmed is that Faye Foster, 69, was transported to Methodist Hospital after her mobile home was destroyed, according to officials on scene.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Scott County's newest high school named
     For centuries, herds of buffalo made their way into central Kentucky by wading across Elkhorn Creek at the site now known as Great Crossing. The location now gives Scott County’s newest high school its name, the Scott County Board of Education decided Thursday. After a weeks-long online poll, area residents gave “Great Crossing High School” a plurality of votes as their choice for the county’s second high school, the first phase of which is planned to open in August 2017.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ News Enterprise ]
Fiddlers contest to take leave
     Just shy of its 40th year, the Official Kentucky State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest is taking another break from its annual schedule. After 37 years at Rough River Dam State Resort Park, the contest took one year off in 2012 to relocate to a more populated area in an effort to become more financially solvent, board member Steve Hall said. After that break, the two-day event moved to Elizabeth­town’s Freeman Lake Park at the urging of former Mayor Tim Walker, Hall said. But after two years of poor weather and the contest not growing, Hall said the decision to regroup was strictly a financial one.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Wyoming fugitive hiding in Franklin County is arrested
     Jessica J. McDonald was a wanted fugitive from another state, but that didn’t stop her from getting additional charges in Franklin County. McDonald, 29, was arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Friday after being found hiding in a closet at a residence. According to the sheriff’s Facebook page, a tip came in through the text-a-tip line that a fugitive from Wyoming was hiding out in Franklin County using a relative’s name.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
LGBT art piece stirs hate, support at Mercer High
     Junior Meagan Brown knocked on teacher Katie Yandrick’s door Thursday, politely asking to borrow an extension cord. It was near the end of the day at Mercer County High and kids were restless. As Brown waited for the cord, Katie Slope from Yandrick’s class came to the hallway and began hugging her. Brown was fighting back tears. Brown had just finished an art installation in the hallway, something she started a week ago, taking great lengths to get approval from the appropriate faculty members and the principal, and someone had tried to destroy it. But she wasn’t crying because of that.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Jury recommends 40 years for Hubers
     Shayna Hubers murdered Ryan Poston – but she doesn't deserve to spend life in prison for it, a Campbell County jury decided Friday afternoon. The jury recommended 40 years in prison, with credit for the time she has served so far. Hubers, 24, of Lexington would be eligible for parole in 20 years.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Postal inspectors can play key role in drug cases
     On Tuesday, federal prosecutors secured a conviction against an Alvaton man suspected of growing psychedelic mushrooms in his home and selling marijuana. The following day, a federal grand jury indicted two men accused of taking part in a meth-dealing conspiracy. The common thread between those two cases involved postal inspectors who intercepted suspicious packages.


Posted April 26, 2015 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Farmer of uncommon crop seeks funds to expand business
     An Adairville farmer is hoping a new business venture using an uncommon crop will be successful and allow her to do good for her hometown. Jess Riggins is the founding partner of a business called Sprout Evolution selling a grow medium for plants made from kenaf. She is seeking donations through a fundraising website to move forward. Kenaf is an annual row crop in the same plant family as okra and cotton. It has been used in products including rope, twine, paper, concrete and plastics.


Posted April 24, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Police: Man has drink at steakhouse after shooting wife
     Police are looking for a man they believe shot his estranged wife in the head outside a dance studio on Tucker Road Thursday evening.


Posted April 24, 2015 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Floyd woman dies in house fire
     Kentucky State Police officials reported a 66-year-old woman died in a house fire in Floyd County Thursday, WYMT reported.


Posted April 24, 2015 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Georgetown woman injured following police chase
     A Georgetown woman was taken to the University of Kentucky hospital after the car in which she was riding crashed while trying to evade authorities, the Kentucky State Police report.


Posted April 24, 2015 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Scope of bourbon heist expanding
     New developments in Kentucky’s historic bourbon heist keep rolling in, including not only more people, but according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, more barrels. Law enforcement officials have said the scope of people involved in the crime ring centered around the illegal steroid distribution and the amount of bourbon stolen since 2008 from both Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries continues to unravel in large proportions.


 

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