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Posted September 25, 2017 [ Times Leader ]
Blood donation sets Guinness record
     Dale Faughn is officially amazing. The 91-year-old Fredonia resident has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest regular blood donor. “I think I can rightly claim that word ‘regular’ in this case,” said Faughn, a celebrated teacher, poet, WWII veteran, fitness enthusiast and quiz show contestant who strives to “not be ordinary” each and every day of his life.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Mountain Advocate ]
Children hurt in car vs. UTV accident
     Two children have been flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after their UTV (side-by-side utility vehicle) was struck by a car near A&B Market on North Highway 11 in Knox County. A young girl, age 9 or 10, was ejected from the UTV, and a boy, 11, was trapped inside after their vehicle flipped.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
CAPITAL PLAZA: Selection committee says its proceedings are confidential, State Journal appeals to AG
     Eight people are helping decide which developer will demolish the Capital Plaza Tower and build its replacement. But who they are, when they meet and what records they keep of their dealings will remain a secret if the Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services has its way. After The State Journal’s repeated requests for copies of meeting schedules and minutes and other records identifying members of the secretive Capital Plaza redevelopment project’s “Built-to-Suit Selection Committee” were denied, the newspaper filed a formal appeal with Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear on Thursday.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Here's when you can expect cooler weather
     With temperatures Monday and Tuesday expected to hit the upper 80s and 90 degrees, the first full week of fall is starting out unseasonably hot. At least one Greater Cincinnati area school district is dismissing students early due to the heat. Wednesday will see highs in the mid-80s , but a weak cold front will move through the region. The front isn't expected to bring any rainfall but cooler air will follow with high temps on Thursday in the low to mid-70s. From Friday into the weekend even cooler air will enter the region with highs in the upper 60s slated for the weekend.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Mayfield Messenger ]
TV program takes shine to still maker
     Christopher Kelley's handmade copper stills have traveled from his shop in Symsonia to Australia, England and Ukraine. They have landed him short segments on the National Geographic and Discovery channels and led to Food Network contacting him to make a still for TV personality and celebrity chef Guy Fieri as a birthday present. Now Kelley, 55, of Boaz is getting a 30-minute episode all about his work. Nationally televised series "A Craftsman's Legacy" visited recently and will air an episode titled "The Still Maker" at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 on KET2.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
She bought a used DVD at a church yard sale. Then she called the sheriff.
     There are still people in the world who seek to do the right thing. Count Joyce Walter of Jessamine County among them. When Walter found $3,400 in cash tucked in a DVD case she bought at a Sept. 15 church sale in Nicholasville, she contacted Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman. He, in turn, with help from the church, tracked down the woman who donated the DVD to the sale and returned the money to her this week. Walter, 76, said returning the money was the right thing to do “because it wasn’t mine.”

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Why aren’t your kids in school? Ky. has a truancy problem. See how bad it is.
     Kentucky parents, your kids have a serious school attendance problem. Consider this your collective note from the principal’s office. And then consider these astounding stats. In the 2015-2016 school year, more than 60 percent of Kentucky students were truant, and approximately 40 percent of students met the definition for being habitually truant, according to a recent Kentucky Office of Education Accountability study.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Charlottesville victim's mother at Muhammad Ali awards: 'Be moved into positive action'
     Heather Heyer wanted you to pay attention. The 32-year-old, a counter-protester who died in August after a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, didn't want people to look the other way when they saw wrongs, her mother said. She wanted people to step up." Heyer was posthumously honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Social Justice Saturday, recognized for her "love for individuals regardless of race, religion or creed." It's a recognition that her mother said adds another layer to spreading her daughter's legacy and keeping it alive.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
KO’d? Ali boyhood home museum shuts down
     The Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum shut down this week, less than two years after opening, one of the owners confirmed Friday. The restored home in western Louisville where Muhammad Ali was raised as Cassius Clay opened for tours to the general public for the first time in May 2016, just a few days before Ali died at the age of 74. The news of its closure was first reported Friday by WAVE 3 News.

Posted September 25, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville missing out on Airbnb taxes
     Louisville homeowners who use Airbnb — a popular home-sharing website — made $6.2 million last year when they hosted tens of thousands who visited the city. But the city is only collecting a fraction of that tax revenue given how few homeowners have registered their short-term rental units since new rules took effect in 2016.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Teens plead not guilty in cattle killing case
     Two Pike County teenagers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges linked to the killing of several cattle in August. Both Elijah Williamson, 18, of Benton Fork, Canada, and Michael J. Dillon, 16, of Forest Hills Road, Forest Hills, entered the pleas Friday before Pike Circuit Judge Steve Combs in connection with an indictment that had been sealed due to Dillon only officially being charged as an adult at the reading of the indictment Friday.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Small heart pumps helped to save Lourdes patient's life
     LuJeana Brooks of Paducah had open heart surgery six years ago, and with regular checkups, therapy and medication, she was feeling pretty strong and had long ago resumed a normal routine. In the very early morning of July 1 that all changed suddenly. At 4 a.m., Brooks awoke with a severely swollen stomach, shortness of breath and intense pain in her chest. She didn't know at the time - and wouldn't until days later - she was having a massive heart attack.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Look! Up in the sky!
     The deafening roar of F-18 and F-16 military jets, the throaty rumble of piston-powered World War II-era fighter trainers and eye-popping aerobatics by small but ultra-fast stunt planes -- thousands of visitors to Owensboro's downtown riverfront experienced all that and more during Saturday's Owensboro Air Show. On an afternoon blessed with perfect weather and not a cloud in sight, people lined the river from the RiverPark Center to English Park to see the action high above them.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Armstrong Coal in financial trouble
     Armstrong Energy Inc., owner of Madisonville-based Armstrong Coal, may be filing for bankruptcy protection in the near future. Calls placed Friday to company headquarters in St. Louis were not returned, and no one at the local office on Brown Road would speak. However, Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston said Friday he's been told a bankruptcy filing is imminent. Armstrong operates four mines in Ohio County, according to its website, and employs around 300 there, Johnston said.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Louisville may add $30 million for new stadium
     Joined by soccer enthusiasts and Louisville City FC fans, players and owners, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that the city wants to fork over $30 million to help local investors build a 10,000-seat stadium for the club in the Butchertown area. The public-private partnership is being heralded as a $200 million project that will put acres of underused land to good use, revitalize neighborhoods near downtown, put Louisville in the running for a Major League Soccer franchise and attract young professionals to the city.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
‘Angst’ and ‘uncertainty’ draw hundreds of teachers to town hall on pensions
     Wearing badges that said “A Pension is A Promise,” an estimated 200 members of the Fayette County Education Association asked state lawmakers to protect their pensions at a town hall-style meeting Thursday in Lexington. Kentucky’s pension system is one of the worst-funded in the nation, with an unfunded liability of at least $38 billion. Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, has said he could call a special legislative session to deal with pension reform. FCEA members said Thursday night they are worried about recommendations in a report from Bevin’s pension consultants.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Psychologist gets 25 years for part in disability fraud
     A Pikeville psychologist convicted of taking part in the largest Social Security disability fraud in U.S. history should serve 25 years in prison, a judge ruled Friday. Alfred Bradley Adkins also was ordered to pay $93 million in restitution to the Social Security Administration and other agencies and to forfeit $187,600 in tainted fees. “He was a key player in a scheme that resulted in a huge loss to state and federal agencies,” said U.S. Disrtrict Judge Danny C. Reeves.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
More buildings burn in Cumberland
     A pair of buildings were severely damaged by fire on Main Street in Cumberland on Friday evening. One building formerly housed Joe’s Barber Shop and the other is known as the Kelemen building. Both structures were severely damaged, according to Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Great Crossing Dam logjam cleared
     A private contractor’s crew began clearing a logjam of dead trees and debris from the dam at Scott County's Great Crossing Park. The debris had built up for more than a year in the center of the dam and had resisted being washed downstream, prompting calls from several area residents to Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby.

Posted September 24, 2017 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
New members inducted into Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame
     The late Rev. K.L. Moore (b. 1923 d. 2006) and the late Archie Surratt (b. 1919 d. 2003), both of Frankfort, were among the new members inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Thursday. Produced by the Kentucky Human Rights Commission and co-sponsored by the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the University of Kentucky, any member of the public 18 or older may nominate a person for the Hall of Fame.


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