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Posted June 22, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Well-known Paducah man reported missing
     Police are looking for information regarding the whereabouts of a Paducah man who has been missing since Monday night. According to the Paducah Police Department, Joe T. Ford, 64, was last seen just before 9 p.m. Monday. Police said his wife, Kim Ford, reported she last saw her husband when he went to bed at about 8:45 p.m. Mrs. Ford said her husband usually leaves the house at about 5:30 a.m., but she was asleep when he left Tuesday morning. It is unlike her husband to not call or return text messages, she said.


Posted June 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
     Gov. Matt Bevin made numerous appointments Wednesday to various Kentucky boards and commissions.


Posted June 22, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Renovated lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park opens
     State and local officals have held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Floyd County's Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open. A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. “We are grateful that no one was hurt and the park was able to remain open over the last year,” Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said in a statement. “The renovated lodge is impressive and should attract even more visitors to the park.”


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Beshear confirms participation in multi-state effort to investigate opioid crisis
     Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Wednesday he is working with attorneys general from across the country to investigate whether drug manufacturers contributed to the opioid epidemic by illegally marketing and selling opioids. Beshear said in a news release that the bipartisan coalition is working to address the national opioid crisis and is using its investigative tools, including subpoenas for documents and testimony.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ McCreary County Voice ]
Whitley City man arrested for allegedly beating dog to death
     A 71-old Whitley City man was arrested at his home shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday by McCreary County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Greg Chaney for allegedly beating a dog with a mop handle type stick. Larry J. Meadows, 71, was initially charged with torture of a dog/cat with serious injury or death, a misdemeanor, but the charge was later upgraded to felony status after the animal passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the alleged beating.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Times Leader ]
Caldwell school superintendent ending career
     In a surprising development at the conclusion of Monday night’s school board meeting, longtime Superintendent Carrell Boyd announced his retirement from his position at the helm of the Caldwell County school district. With three years left on his current contract, and a recent successful push for additional school funding through the equalized nickel under his belt, one may wonder why now, of all times, Boyd would decide to step away from a job he’s held since 2004. To answer that, one must turn to his faith.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Kentucky Power requesting hike
     Residents of the area could soon see an uptick of as much as nearly 17 percent in their electric bills as Kentucky Power is seeking a rate review due to economic factors. According to a statement released by KY Power, it is facing challenges pertaining to the decline of customers because of the “struggling economy.” Since September 2014, KY Power has lost nearly 2,000 residential customers and nearly 450 industrial and commercial customers, resulting in a 14.2 percent decrease in electricity usage, the statement said.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Plan calls for region's workforce services to be expanded
     Job-seekers in the 10-county southcentral Kentucky region may soon have more options for connecting with training and employment opportunities. A plan developed by consultant Lori Strumpf of Washington, D.C.-based Strumpf Associates for the South Central Workforce Development Board calls for establishing multiple locations in the region to enhance the work being done at two existing locations: the Kentucky Career Center on Chestnut Street in Bowling Green and a satellite center on North Green Street in Glasgow.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
LRC analysis: Extent of Frankfort Convention Center tourism impact unclear
     In a memo to Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, a Legislative Research Commission (LRC) economist reviewed tourism impact estimates for the Frankfort Convention Center, finding variables that make it difficult to be certain exactly what impact convention center visitors had on the economy. The convention center is among the structures set to be demolished later this year as part of a redevelopment of the Capital Plaza area. The project was announced in early May.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
Kentucky man billed by ‘Today’ as ‘phenomenal father’
     While most dads across the country awoke on Father's Day to cheap bottles of cologne and Craftsman tool sets, Crittenden County native David Cozart garnered ultimate dad bragging rights – a segment on the “Today Show.” Cozart, who now lives in Lexington, was honored as part of the “Today Show” series on “Phenomenal Fathers,” which spotlights dads nationwide who have made an impact on the lives of others. The journey of Cozart receiving this national spotlight began when his sister went to look up a recipe.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
Marion, Crittenden County populations in steady decline
     It's not been an exodus, but a slow trickle of people out of Marion and Crittenden County is expected to drop the local population by 2035 to a pre-Civil War level. In just 18 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the projected population for the county is 8,688, 109 fewer than the number of county residents counted in the 1860 Census and 627 fewer than the most recent census in 2010. The decline follows a nationwide trend in the last few years that saw the overall rural county population drop for the first time with 2012 estimates.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Rep. Rocky Adkins honored with naming of Morehead State dining facility
     Officials, friends, family and constituents gathered Tuesday at Morehead State University for the dedication of the Rocky Adkins Dining Commons. The facility, which will be informally known as "The Rock," was built on the site of the former Waterfield Hall at the heart of MSU's campus. The Regents approved naming the dining commons in Adkins' honor during a meeting of the board in March.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Christian County man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Kevin Harris, 57, Tuesday afternoon on charges related to prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer regarding sex offenses, sex offender instant message/chat/social network use and possession of firearm by convicted felon. According to a KSP news release, Harris was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
American Metal Works in Paintsville creates new apprenticeship program
     Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from American Metal Works and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The first of its kind in the region, the CNC Programming apprenticeship will enable area apprentices to begin a 4-year Computer Numerical Control (CNC) program at American Metal Works that will require 2,000 on-the-job training hours and 144 classroom hours per year.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
PSC modifies Nolin RECC rate hike request
      The Kentucky Public Service Commission Wednesday granted Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. a revenue increase that is somewhat smaller than the amount requested by the electric distribution cooperative. With the rate increase granted by the PSC, a typical Nolin residential customer will see their average monthly electric bill rise by about $12 (11.4 percent), from about $106 to $118. Nolin has about 34,700 customers in nine central Kentucky counties: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Meade and Taylor.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Casey County News ]
Former nursing home chief faces sex charge
     The former administrator of Liberty Care and Rehabilitation has been arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age. William Todd Bryant, 44, of 1404 Snake Creek Road, Columbia, was arrested June 13 by Kentucky State Police. Adair and Casey County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright said the case will be turned over to a grand jury.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Family takes cancer fight head-on
     Dec. 6, 2016 was intended to be a day of Christmas shopping for Martha Ann Mattingly. She had no way of knowing that it would become one of the most frightening days of her family’s life. Her day of shopping in Elizabethtown was going to be delayed a bit due to having to make a quick stop to get her then 15-year-old son, Owen, a CAT scan. But, she wasn’t overly concerned. While shopping, Martha Ann received a phone call. Owen’s CAT scan showed a growth on his lymph nodes. She was instructed to immediately take Owen to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ LaRue County Herald News ]
Former LaRue sheriff charged with embezzling county funds
     A former LaRue County Sheriff was charged last week with a single count of embezzling money. Bobby Carlton Shoffner, 58, of Hodgenville was the LaRue County Sheriff in 2011 and 2012 when the allegations occurred and during that time was responsible for collecting and remitting franchise tax payments and property tax payments.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Woman charged with leaving children in hot car
     A Georgetown woman was charged with wanton endangerment over the weekend for leaving the two children she was babysitting in a hot car. An arrest citation said that witnesses saw Amanda Carol Owens, 29, leave the children in the car while shopping at Wal-Mart Saturday. Georgetown police officers were called to the scene around noon because a child - “about 1-year-old” - was in a parked vehicle, the citation shows.


Posted June 21, 2017 [ Mountain Eagle ]
Internet scammers leave man $2,900 in debt
     The job offer — be a secret shopper at Walmart, get paid, and keep the merchandise the company paid for — sounded too good to be true. “It turned out it was,” said the Whitesburg man who got sucked into the scam, which asked him to keep a “commission” from the money orders sent to him, and forward the rest to another secret shopper in Texas. Now he has to repay a Whitesburg bank for nearly $2,900 for fake money orders he cashed there over the course of a week.


 

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