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Posted December 19, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Fulton patients to get care at local clinic
     Physicians at Fulton's Hillview Clinic are reassuring the public of their commitment to stay in the area after Parkway Regional Hospital's announced closing on March 31. Parkway's closure means the clinic must relocate to adjacent South Fulton, Tennessee, to be recognized as a rural health clinic under Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin. But three of Hillview's doctors say patients needn't be concerned about their standard of care, according to Parkway CEO John Ballard.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Changes coming to Pennyrile-I-69 interchange
     If you’re traveling from Henderson toward Eddyville by way of the Pennyrile Parkway, prepare to encounter a new ramp at the Pennyrile-Interstate 69/Western Kentucky Parkway south of Madisonville. A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans on Saturday to open one of two overpasses being constructed there to allow traffic to move between the Pennyrile and I-69 at interstate speed. That’s one of several projects aimed at upgrading the Pennyrile so it can become part of I-69 between Henderson and southern Hopkins County.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ The Gleaner ]
Western Kentucky town sees another mayor resign
     The city of Corydon is once again without a mayor after Brian McCormic abruptly resigned Thursday before his full term of office even began. The Corydon City Council immediately went into executive session when it convened Thursday evening, and stayed behind closed doors for almost 30 minutes. At times, raised voices could be heard from the room. McCormic resigned immediately after the council resumed its open session. McCormic, 51, is a handyman who served on the Corydon City Council before being appointed mayor in May after former mayor Philip Brewster Jr. also resigned.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Mother of drunken-driving victim looks to reinstate MADD chapter
     When a drunken driver killed Tommy Langley in 2009, he inflicted a wound in Langley’s mother that time has aggravated, not healed. “This (Christmas) is going to be the most difficult one,” said Mary Sue Sharp, Langley’s mother. “Knowing my son is gone and I’ll never see him again, and that Michael’s free as a bird.” At Kentucky’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving candlelight vigil Dec. 13, Sharp applied to reinstate a MADD chapter in Hardin County. If successful, it would be the first chapter in the area in almost two decades.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ News Enterprise ]
Former KSP trooper to face jury in fall 2015
     A former state trooper indicted on sex charges involving a then-15-year-old girl will face a jury in the fall of 2015. The trial for Stratford Young, indicted on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy, was set for 9 a.m. Oct. 26 during a court appearance Thursday in Meade Circuit Court.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
New Ky. 16 could open in January
     The final stretch of construction for the new Ky. 16 is nearing completion, and could be open soon after the new year starts. "We hope to have the roadway and bridge open around the first week of January," said Nancy Wood, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6. According to engineering technologist Dustin Vogt, also of KTC, the bridge is 120 feet tall and more than 900 feet long, built to traverse a deep valley just north of Robertson Road.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Central Kentucky News Journal ]
Church builds home for woman in one day
     With tears in her eyes, she watches as the volunteers build her a place to live. Just a few weeks ago, on the same land, stood a home she couldn't afford to repair that had significant damage. But now, a new home stands where her old one used to be. Elk Horn and Greensburg Baptist churches, along with other members from various denominations, pitched in to help. The effort began very early Saturday morning, with the goal to build the home in just one day.

Posted December 19, 2014 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown call center closing in late February
     Sykes Enterprises Inc. began notifying employees this week that its Bardstown facility is closing. The call center is scheduled to close Feb. 27. “Due to changing needs and market conditions, Sykes is consolidating locations,” the company released in a statement Wednesday.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear opens first section of the U.S. 460 project in Pike County
     Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday joined local and state officials to ceremonially open the much-anticipated first half of the U.S. 460 realignment project in Pike County – an 8-mile, $283 million project. Speaking to a full gymnasium at Shelby Valley High School, Beshear emphasized the importance and need of this project.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Manhunt over for beating suspect in Grant County
     A manhunt that lasted almost 24 hours in Northern Kentucky is over. Authorities arrested Eric Unthank, 42, Thursday morning on Beaver Road in Union, according to a Boone County police dispatcher. Police and other officials have been searching for Unthank since Wednesday morning, when he reportedly broke into a home in Crittenden and assaulted six people.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
SEEK cuts will hit schools
     School districts will experience a midyear cut to their Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, funding beginning next year. The statewide reduction was projected to be about $15 million when the issue was first broached Friday. It had been reduced to $7,764,773 by Wednesday when the KDE listed adjusted numbers on its website. The state gives money to local school districts on a per-pupil basis. State legislators decided in the last General Assembly to return SEEK funding to levels previously attained before the Great Recession.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Proposed KU rate hike might hit poor hardest
     When Milton Scarborough received notice last week that Kentucky Utilities is seeking a 9.6 percent rate increase next year that would raise the average residential bill by $11 a month, red flags went up. It’s not that Scarborough, a Centre College professor, is concerned that his electric bill will grow beyond his means if the rate hike is granted. As a board member for Family Services in Danville, he worries about the impact such an increase would have on those who already are struggling to pay their bills

Posted December 18, 2014 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Stepgrandmother charged with murder in death of 3-year-old Danville girl
     A Parksville woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old stepgranddaughter. Shila Raley, 40, of 660 Ky. 1108, was indicted Wednesday by a Boyle County grand jury in the June 23 death of Alexa Raley. Shila Raley "committed the offense of murder by causing the death of a minor child," according to the indictment. A preliminary autopsy report showed Alexa died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Kentucky’s jobless rate drops to 6 percent in November
     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in November at 6 percent from a revised 6.2 percent in October, according to the Office of Employment and Training. This is the lowest rate for the state since April 2008 when it was 5.9 percent.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
BBB: Don't buy from 'Santa's Toy Depot.com'
     A McCreary County man and his sister in Arizona say they were taken for hundreds of dollars while seeking bargains for Christmas toys on a website called “santastoydepot.com.” The man told The Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky that his sister came across the website, and shared it with him and his wife so they could buy some popular toys for their children at low prices. The site also offered “free shipping.” Well, it was all too good to be true.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Anderson News ]
Injured firefighters released from hospital
     UPDATED: All six of the firefighters injured in the wreck Tuesday night have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home, according to interim Anderson County Fire Chief Donald Cox. Cox said in the moments following the wreck, it was believed that two of the firefighters sustained serious injuries but hospital tests proved negative. “We’ve spoken to all of them this morning,” Cox said. “They’re stiff and sore from being in the wreck.”

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Quilt Week's economic value tops $25 million
     The regional economic impact of the American Quilter's Society's annual quilt show in Paducah exceeds $25 million, according to an evaluation of survey data by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Figures from the report show the 2014 AQS Quilt Week had an impact of $25,462,149 on the region - $14,997,735 in direct expenditures and $10,484,414 in indirect expenditures. With 32,064 attending the show over the four-day period, attendees spent an average of $270.92 per person, per day.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Paducah Sun ]
Graves sells Cuba Elementary, very pleased with new owners
     The former Cuba Elementary sold Tuesday afternoon to Pastor Will McSweeney of Cuba Church of Christ, the school's neighbor across the street. With a bid of $66,000 McSweeney outbid about five other bidders in Tuesday's auction. The school's old graduation pictures will be housed at Wingo Elementary and its most prized trophies will be on display at Graves County High School. The most prized and prominently displayed will be Cuba's 1952 state championship trophy for the Cuba Cubs victory over Louisville Manual, a point of pride for a school that then had fewer than 100 students.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Cleanup from gas spill will be "slow, on-going process," official says
     The Owensboro supervisor for the state department of environmental protection said Wednesday that cleaning up Monday's gasoline spill at a convenience store has turned out to be more difficult than anticipated. A tanker truck backed into a fence at the Huck's convenience store early Monday morning. The collision ruptured the tanker, spilling 1,000 gallons of gasoline down an embankment and into a drainage ditch. The convenience store was closed Monday because of the danger from the gasoline fumes.

Posted December 18, 2014 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville mayor endorses $8.75 minimum wage
     Defending himself against accusations that he lacks compassion, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Wednesday that he supports an increase in the local minimum wage to no more than $8.75 an hour because he wants to protect jobs. "To act like there is not going to be job loss is a serious mistake in my view," he said. "… Job loss is very real and it will happen" because of an increase. Fischer called $8.75 a "good middle ground" to minimize the expected losses and vowed to veto any ordinance calling for a larger increase.


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