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Posted August 17, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Lt. Gov. Hampton talks entrepreneurship in McLean County
      Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton visited McLean County High School this week, where she discussed her Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge with more than a dozen students, teachers and administrators, as well as a handful of community and business leaders. Hampton is visiting schools that did not have participants in the inaugural business pitch competition, which started last fall and culminated in April.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Could clouds obscure eclipse? It looks unlikely
     Early forecasts show a chance that clouds that could hamper views of the total solar eclipse Monday, but meteorologists warn against putting too much stock in weather predictions this far in advance. Cloud cover is more difficult to predict than elements like precipitation or temperature, and the forecast of 40 percent sky coverage throughout Monday could change dramatically, National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Spaeth said. "Cloud forecast is the thing we have the least confidence in overall," he said. "I wouldn't be making hard and fast plans based on the forecast you see today."

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Insider Louisville ]
GE Appliances to move AC production to Tennessee
     GE Appliances will move hotel air-conditioner production from Louisville to Tennessee — in part because of greater economic incentives there. The company previously had announced that it would cease AC production in Louisville, but had not yet identified a new location.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Experts warn against viewing eclipse with unprotected eyes
     Chip Richardson has some advice for next Monday: Turn your back on the eclipse. The Georgetown ophthalmologist warns that the much-hyped celestial event on Aug. 21 can cause severe injury to eyes if viewed without protective glasses and shields. “It can cause oxidation stress similar to macular degeneration, and that causes scarring on the retina,” the panel at the back of the eyeball that captures images, Richardson said. “The scar essentially destroys the retina now and forever,” Richardson said.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Eclipse brightens economic outlook
     Despite not being in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse, Hardin County is expecting a large number of travelers to pass through the area. Sherry Murphy, director of the Eliza­bethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, said the eclipse “is great tourism business for Kentucky, especially in the western part of the state.” That business also is trickling further east into Hardin County.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Republicans speak at rally in favor of removing Davis statue from Capitol
     Some prominent Kentucky Republicans called for the removal of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda during a rally Wednesday to reject hatred and racism. State Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, said it is “truly unexplainable” why the statue of the president of 11 slave-holding states that seceded from the United States during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 is in Kentucky’s seat of government. He said it belongs in a museum. “The Rotunda is reserved for those who built our commonwealth up and made it stronger, not for those who tried to tear it apart,” Schroder said.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Public input urged as Lexington nears decisive moment on Confederate statues
     The night before the Lexington council meets for a possible final vote on the relocation of two Confederate-era statues downtown, a group that has called for their removal for about two years asked the public for help. During a press conference Wednesday night, DeBraun Thomas and Russell Allen, co-leaders of the grass-roots organization Take Back Cheapside, called on Lexington residents to push for the statues’ removal. The statues sit on the lawn of the former county courthouse on East Main Street and depict Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge and Confederate general John Hunt Morgan.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Arrest made in killing of 7-year-old boy while he ate at home
     After months of unanswered questions, community rallies and pleas from family members, police have finally made an arrest in the murder of 7-yearold Dequante Hobbs Jr., who was shot and killed at his family table while eating cake in May. Wyatt “Wytell” Williams, 23, was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He’s being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Reportedly upset with Trump's Charlottesville remarks, McConnell rebukes white nationalists
     White supremacists considering a rally in Lexington aren't welcome in Kentucky and should stay away, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred," the senior Kentucky senator said Wednesday. "There are no good neo-Nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head." McConnell was not the only voice of opposition from the Kentucky congressional delegation.

Posted August 17, 2017 [ Times-Voice ]
Weather permitting, Eastern Kentucky to see partial eclipse Monday
     It’s been said what happens in the sky this Monday will be something to see. We’ve been hearing about it for months, and while most of Western Kentucky will have a front-row seat, Eastern Kentucky has a chance to see a partial solar eclipse – weather and sky conditions permitting. One person who’s really keeping an eye out is Jeremy Wood, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Hazard Community and Technical College. During a recent phone interview from Hazard, Wood pointed out the eclipse has captured the nation and Kentucky’s curiosity.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Petition takes aim at Paducah memorial
     A local petition is calling for the removal of Paducah’s Lloyd Tilghman statue, a Confederate memorial standing at Fountain Square. The Change.org petition began around midnight Tuesday on the heels of violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Its creators — using the moniker “Paducah Residents” — wish to remain anonymous. They also request the removal of any other confederate symbol on public property. By Tuesday night, the petition had gained more than 700 signatures. It will be presented to Mayor Brandi Harless and city commissioners at an unspecified date.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Ohio County Times-News ]
Father, son held hostage by family members who allegedly stole money, bought drugs
     Police said a man and his young son were tied up and held hostage through the night Aug. 10 in Beaver Dam. According to the Ohio County Sheriff's office, a phone call was received from Ronnie Leach saying he and his young son had been tied up and held hostage all night at his residence. The alleged perpetrators were Ronald Herrin II and Emily Herrin, Leach's son-in-law and his daughter.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Woman who allegedly bit deputy indicted
     A woman who allegedly bit a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy after being pulled over early Sunday morning was indicted on numerous charges this week. Darlane Besand, 30, of Louisville, was stopped by sheriff’s deputies after they received reports of a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lane of Interstate 64 around 5 a.m. Sunday. Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Besand allegedly became unruly, kicking, scratching and biting Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and Frankfort police officers who were taking her into custody.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Former Campbellsville wrestlers thwart robbery in Florida
     A lifetime of training prepared two Campbellsville University alumni for an unlikely situation. Spencer Adams and Brandon Sellers helped stop a robbery while in Daytona, Florida, as they left the National Wrestling Coaches Association Conference. Adams is the head wrestling coach at Bellarmine University and Sellers serves as assistant coach.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Up in the air: Fate of Jenny biplane uncertain after crash
     Dorian Walker patted the shredded fabric on the right wing of the 1917-vintage Curtiss JN-4 biplane known as Jenny, saying “My baby” before correcting himself to say: “Our baby. A lot of people have taken interest.” Walker, owner of the historic airplane that crash-landed Saturday at CrossWinds Golf Course a little more than a chip shot away from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, was understandably pensive Tuesday as he surveyed what’s left of the plane he purchased in 2011 and spent 14 months restoring.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Winchester Sun ]
Pair indicted for threatening, bribing victim
     A Winchester man accused of assaulting a man earlier this summer has been indicted for allegedly trying to intimidate and bribe the victim to avoid testifying in the case. Christopher Gipson, 25, of 220 First St., was arrested Monday on an indictment warrant charging him with second-degree assault, two counts of intimidating a participant in the legal process, one count of bribing a witness and first-degree persistent felony offender. A second person, 31-year-old Krystal Parker, was also indicted and arrested on one count each of intimidating a participant in a legal process and bribery of a witness.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Rock painting and hunting has ‘blown up’ in Letcher
     Barns across the South used to have signs painted on the roofs that said, “See Rock City.” Now a Facebook page is getting thousands of people to “See Rock County.” Pre-school children to senior citizens are painting rocks, hiding them around the county, then posting clues to their whereabouts on a Facebook page called “Letcher County Rocks.” Some people paint and place multiple rocks every single day, and members say their rocks are often picked up before they can even get out of sight.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Floyd County Chronicle ]
Fannin deemed competent to stand trial
     Former Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin, who is accused of misappropriating government funds, has been deemed competent for trial to proceed, according to a decision entered this week in the U.S. District Court in Pikeville. U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins has deemed Fannin “competent to the extent that he has the present mental ability to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and assist properly in his own defense,” despite his defense’s assertions that Fannin’s recent strokes have rendered him unable to fully cooperate in his defense.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Corbin man charged with kidnapping, threatening to kill infant
     A Corbin man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and kidnapped her baby. According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Shores, 21, ran from a house off Hawk Creek Road into the woods with his girlfriend’s 7-month-old baby and threatened to kill it. Officers found Shores in the woods in only his boxer shorts. Neighbors found the baby in a nearby ditch.

Posted August 16, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Heading for Hoppin' Hoptown? If you're coming to view eclipse, be prepared
     When Thomas Hughes was 10, he started researching eclipses. "I saw this one coming up," said Hughes, 40, of Owensboro. "I looked for where it would be the longest and where all three bodies would line up straight. Yeah, I'm a nerd like that." On Aug. 21, he and his children, Maysn, 14, and Kepler, 11, will make the trip to the Hopkinsville area. They plan to view the eclipse from Cerulean, a tiny crossroads community about 15 miles northwest of Hopkinsville.


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