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Posted August 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Man accused of killing infant remains in criminal psychiatric hospital
     A Barren County man accused of murder in connection with the death of an infant remains under psychiatric evaluation. Chad Flora Lewis, 36, of Cave City, had been scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Barren Circuit Court on charges of murder, cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, but he was ordered earlier this month to be evaluated at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center to help determine whether he is competent to assist in his own defense.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Commercial air service takes flight out of Bowling Green
     At 1:25 p.m. Monday, a 44-year drought ended as a Contour Airlines Jetstream 41 took off from Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport bound for Atlanta. The flight was the inaugural commercial flight of the new air service and was filled with VIPs and media. Regular flights start Tuesday. The kickoff was the culmination of many years of concerted efforts to return commercial service to the area since an Eastern Airlines flight left Bowling Green-Warren airport in September of 1972.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Keith defense argues for change of venue for triple-murder trial
     While a decision regarding the future location of the trial of Kenneth Allen Keith was not decided on Monday, a picture was painted that questions whether or not Boyle County could adequately provide a pool of unbiased jury members. “Anything’s possible, but to get 12, or eight or five — there’s some likelihood, but it’s a vanishing possibility. In my professional opinion, people are out there, but the court is not capable of finding them,” said Mykol Hamilton, a professor of psychology at Centre College. Hamilton also works as a trial consultant, creating change of venue surveys, and was hired by the defense to determine the potential climate of Boyle County.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
New travel webpage launched for the 2017 Great American Eclipse
     With a little less than a year left before much of western Kentucky becomes the epicenter of the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a webpage to enhance the visitor experience and inform guests what to expect during this astronomical phenomenon, www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Several police agencies search farm in case of missing woman
     The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the farm of Rose Mary Houck on Paschal Ballard Lane and an adjoining property Tuesday morning. The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the FBI, Louisville Metro Police and other agencies, including assistance from K-9 units.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Berea police investigate woman’s death at Native American church
     Berea police are investigating the weekend death of a South Carolina woman who had been found unresponsive at a Native American church. Lindsay Poole, 33, of Anderson, S.C., was pronounced dead Saturday at KentuckyOne Health — St. Joseph Berea, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The woman had been taken to the hospital after falling at Oklevueha Native American Church of the Peaceful Mountain Way in Berea, Cornelison said.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Levisa Lazer ]
Dirt bike accident leaves teen in ICU
     About 4 p.m. Sunday Lawrence County 911 Dispatch received a call of a motorcycle accident in Blaine, a small city in Lawrence County. Members of the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department were the first responders to the accident and Netcare Ambulance came soon after and transported 17-year-old Blake Ramey from the scene of the accident to the Blaine Community Center.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Ledger Independent ]
Man and woman indicted in Mason for alleged criminal abuse of a child
     A Mason County grand jury met last week and handed down a number of indictments including one charging a man and a woman with criminal abuse for allegedly causing serious physical injury to a child. Fred Taylor, 38, of Maysville, is charged with one count of first-degree criminal abuse in connection with a March 3 incident during which Taylor "intentionally abused a 7-year-old child ... thereby causing serious physical injury to said child," according to the indictment.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Time, weather eat away at historic Choctaw Academy
     The roof on the nearly 200-year-old structure already has collapsed, and part of a wall is giving way. And William "Chip" Richardson is losing hope. "It kills me, actually," Richardson said. Richardson, a Georgetown ophthalmologist, owns a parcel off Ky. 227/Stamping Ground Road upon which stands — at least for the time being — the original Choctaw Academy, an institution where Native Americans attended school. The rock-on-rock building has been a near-obsession for Richardson since he bought the property in 2011.

    Posted August 30, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lawmaker says recorded Bevin call shows governor tried to pressure him to switch parties
     State Rep. Russ Meyer, D-Nicholasville, released Tuesday the tape of a telephone call he received from Matt Bevin in which Meyer says the Republican governor warned him of “impacts” of not switching political parties. Meyer said in an interview Tuesday morning that he received the call from Bevin on his cellphone at 8:40 a.m. Dec. 17 after he had informed Bevin’s chief of staff, Blake Brickman, that he wasn’t going to switch parties.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Tobacco harvest sees increase in false alarms for barn fires
     The old saying stands true that where there is smoke there is fire, but for locals during tobacco season, the sight of smoke rising from a barn is nothing to write home about. Residents in Murray and Calloway County may be noticing some familiar sights and smells as local farmers begin curing their respective tobacco crops. But for those unfamiliar to the area, the sight of barns billowing smoke may raise a few alarms.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray man charged with murder
     Murder charges were levied Monday morning against a Murray man in connection to an alleged incident late last week near Kirksey that resulted in the death of a woman. Calloway County Attorney Bryan Ernstberger made the announcement during the appearance of Christopher L. Smith, 35, in front of Judge Randall Hutchens in Calloway District Court. Smith was present for his arraignment on a charge of first-degree assault for his alleged role in causing injuries to Rhonda Runyon, 39, of Murray Thursday evening inside a residence west of Kirksey.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Defense: Poll shows ex-preacher can’t get fair trial in Boyle County triple homicide
     Nearly two-thirds of Boyle County residents surveyed think a former Pulaski County preacher is guilty of killing three people in a 2013 pawn shop shooting, according to a Louisville polling firm. During a hearing Monday on a request to move the trial, the defense team for Kenneth Allen Keith cited that telephone survey as evidence that the defendant can’t receive a fair trial in Boyle County because of pretrial publicity. But Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said the survey also showed that 74 percent of respondents said they think Keith can receive a fair trial.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Chinese company will buy Aleris for $2.33B
     A Chinese company is buying the Aleris Corp. -- Hancock County's largest employer -- for $2.33 billion. But Mike Keown, a Hawesville native who is senior vice president of Aleris and president of Aleris North America, said no changes are planned. The corporate name, management and products will remain the same, he said. And the $350 million expansion of the company's Lewisport rolling mill will continue.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ News Enterprise ]
Soup kitchen’s Cardboard Nation offers peek into homelessness
     Being lost in society without a roof over one’s head or a meal to look forward to is hard to comprehend without experiencing it firsthand. For about 12 hours next month, an opportunity to get a glimpse of what homeless life is like is offered with the ninth annual Cardboard Nation sponsored by Warm Blessings soup kitchen in Elizabethtown. From 7 p.m. Sept. 16 to 7 a.m. Sept. 17, the mission will be to see what life is like when you have no place to call home, said Linda Funk, executive director of Warm Blessings.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Nonprofit restoring the river in Rabbit Hash
     The picturesque little town of Rabbit Hash is never quiet. While the General Store is still awaiting its grand comeback, the riverside town is still bustling. Rabbit Hash was paid a visit from Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit dedicated to cleaning up the waterways of the United States.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Highlands student brings gun to school
     A student brought a gun to Highlands High School Monday afternoon, Gene Kirchner, the Fort Thomas schools superintendent said. Kirchner sent an afternoon email to parents alerting them of the situation, which ended without incident. Fellow students at Highland High School told school administrators about the student during the lunch period after he had shown them the gun, Kirchner said.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Coach hopes to rebuild home destroyed by fire
     After a fire ravaged his house last Thursday, Mike Chumbler of Paducah is trying to come to terms with the loss -- not just of his home of 21 years, but also the death of his 20-year-old son, Kam, who lived there most of his life before he died in 2015. The West Kentucky Community & Technical College men's basketball coach said a friend sent him a text message Thursday while he was conducting practice. "It said, 'Mike, your house is on fire,'" Chumbler recalled. "I was in total shock. I told the players they would have to handle practice, and I rushed home."

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Paducah Sun ]
Western Kentuckians remember 9/11
     It's been nearly 15 years since America watched planes crash into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania, forever changing the nation and world. More than 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, including over 400 police and firefighters. The planes may have hit New York, D.C., and Pennsylvania, but all of America felt the impact, including western Kentucky. Every year West Kentucky Community & Technical College history professor Brent Taylor organizes a public forum for community members to share memories of America's biggest moments.

Posted August 30, 2016 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Arsenic found along Montgomery road; residents urged to limit time outside
     Testing has revealed a high level of arsenic in the ground along a Montgomery County road. As a result, the state is advising residents along Long lane, off U.S. 460, to limit the amount of time they spend outside. According to WKYT, the EPA said it found arsenic and other heavy metals in the ground - apparently left over from a former wood treatment plant that operated in the area. The company closed in the mid-1990s.


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