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Posted August 18, 2017 [ Sentinel-News ]
Snagging safe sun spectacles
     The long anticipated eclipse is just three days away. However, with NASA approved spectacles becoming as scarce as the top Christmas toy, chances are if you don’t already have a pair, the main event could pass right before your closed eyes. A list released by the American Astronomical Society revealed that Circle K, Kroger, Love’s Travel Stop, Lowes, Pilot and Flying J were among some of the retail chains that had the priceless paper glasses in stock, calls to those stores revealed that due to a high demand from the distributors, those stores either never received a shipment or sold out quickly and additional shipments never came-despite social media rumors claiming otherwise. But with a few days left, you don’t have to give up hope just yet. Several vendors, companies and organizations have announced their plans to distribute free solar eclipse glasses at their booths at the Kentucky State Fair.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Campbellsville U. athletics honors the late Ron Finley by moving homecoming kickoff to Finley Standard Time
     Finley Standard Time. Football team members know what that means. Anyone who played for the Campbellsville Tigers from 1987 until 2002 knows the late football coach Ron Finley always gave a time for his players they would remember. With the 30th anniversary of Fighting Tiger football on the horizon, Vice President for Athletics Rusty Hollingsworth has announced the homecoming kickoff vs. Georgetown College on Oct. 28 has been moved to 2:01 p.m. FST.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
KSP charges Jessamine man with child sexual exploitation offenses
     The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested William K. Robinette, 52, Thursday night on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Robinette was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online, a KSP news release said.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Officer-involved shooting in Mayfield being investigated
     KSP is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Mayfield about 3 a.m. Friday. WPSD-TV reports on its website the incident began when the Mayfield Police responded to a call of an armed man walking on West Lee Street. Police found a man in a yard. It was believed he was the person in question. Shoots were fired and Andrew Chamberlain, 23, of Hickman was hit by gunfire.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Petition against Tilghman statue faces pushback
     People who support keeping a monument to a local Confederate general standing in Paducah's Lang Park have taken a stance against a citizen-organized effort to remove it that began this week. Two Change.org petitions to keep the statue standing had received close to 6,000 signatures between the two of them as of Thursday afternoon. One was created by a group identifying itself as “Paducah Heritage” on the website, and the other was created under the name Barbara Johnson, who gave Paducah as her location.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Ledger Independent ]
SBA offering assistance to local flood victims
     Mason County businesses and residents affected by torrential rains, flash flooding and mudslides on July 23 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon said Wednesday. More than 5 inches of rain fell in the area overnight during the event, causing flash flooding, washing out roads and damaging homes and businesses. In Bracken County, a man was killed when flood water swept away his mobile home and in Mason County, one couple awoke to find their home being washed off its foundation.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Madisonville Messenger ]
Law enforcement prepares for eclipse
     Starting today, the flood of visiting solar eclipse chasers is expected to come flowing in. How much the population will expand over the weekend is anyone's guess, but area law enforcement officials say they are as prepared as they are ever going to be. Approximately a half million people are estimated to descend on Western Kentucky to view the eclipse, 100,000 of which are expected to converge in Christian County, the event's epicenter.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ The Gleaner ]
Eclipse weekend traffic: Tri-State authorities urging preparedness, patience
     Don't think the solar eclipse traffic will impact this area? Think again. Henderson County Emergency Management Director Larry Koerber said there are several ways that locals could feel the stress of a ballooning population as half a million people from 34 states and nearly 20 countries travel to western Kentucky beginning around Thursday, Aug. 17. At the top of the list -- congestion on the U.S. 41-twin bridges.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ News Enterprise ]
Southeast Christian Church opens Elizabethtown campus Sunday
     Weeks before the building took on the look of a place to worship, Southeast Christian Church’s Elizabethtown campus held an event to write scriptures on its concrete floors. Dozens showed up, including one family Campus Pastor Michael Kast vividly recalls. Between the two parents, they had attended a church once. But on a Sunday night in early July, they came with their children, grabbing black markers and writing verses from the Bible. “They chose writing Scripture and prayer night as their entryway,” Kast said. That one family is among those Kast and the staff is trying to reach as the state’s largest church opens its local campus Sunday in a former grocery store building at the corner of West Dixie Avenue and St. John Road.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Officials: Employee brought loaded gun to middle school
     A Kenton County School District employee brought a loaded firearm to Turkey Foot Middle School officials said Thursday. School Principal Ray Stanley said no one was injured and the school building in Edgewood has been secured in a message to parents. The gun was discovered at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, officials said during a news conference. Officials said the employee was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident. Edgewood Police Chief Tony Kramer declined to say if the employee was placed under arrest.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
White supremacists went to Pikeville in April. Here’s how that city kept the peace.
     If a promised white supremacist protest eventually occurs in Lexington, Police Chief Mark Barnard has said that the city will use “an overwhelming amount of law enforcement” to ensure public safety. How exactly that would play out remains unknown, but one place Lexington can look for guidance is Pikeville. Some of the same white nationalist groups that participated in a rally that turned deadly Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., were screaming in the streets of Pikeville in April. There were three arrests at the Eastern Kentucky rally, but no violent confrontations. Here’s how officials kept the peace in Pikeville.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Lexington Council votes unanimously to move Confederate statues from downtown
     The Lexington council voted unanimously Thursday to move two Confederate statues that have stood in Lexington’s downtown for more than 100 years. Mayor Jim Gray must return to the council in 30 days with a potential site for the statues of Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge and Confederate general John Hunt Morgan. After a new home for the statues is found, the city will ask a state military history commission for its permission to move the statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County courthouse. There is no guarantee the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission will approve the city’s request.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Courier-Journal ]
Get your eclipse glasses here ... if you're lucky
     Eclipse viewing glasses may be the hottest items in town right now, if not in the country. The viewers are in heavy demand because of the highly anticipated coast-to-coast eclipse coming on Aug. 21. Heine Brothers’ Coffee gave out 80,000 glasses in partnership with WDRB, which is also giving out glasses at the Kentucky State Fair. “The first batch of 60,000 went in five days,” Jennifer Keeney, WDRB’s assistant news director, said in an email. “The second batch of 20,000 went in less than 24 hours.” If you still need glasses, you have a few options.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
Optometrist: Eclipse blindness very real
     Just a few seconds of staring at the sun can cause permanent eye damage. On a normal day, there's little reason to think anyone would look into the sun long enough to harm their eyesight. But on Monday, local residents will join millions of Americans gazing up to catch a glimpse of the Great American Eclipse, the first total solar eclipse to darken the skies above Crittenden County in the lifetime of anyone living here today. Marion optometrist Dr. Adria Porter warns the dangers from staring directly at the sun at any time without protective eyewear are very real.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
O.Z. Tyler to make 'Solar Eclipse Bourbon' as shadow sweeps across sun
     Owensboro's O.Z. Tyler Distillery is taking advantage of Monday's Great American Solar Eclipse to create a special batch of bourbon. When the shadow of the moon first appears on the edge of the sun a little before noon, Master Distiller Jacob Call and his team will start the distilling process. So, will making it during an eclipse have any effect on the taste? "We don't know," Call said. "But we're going to see."

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Messenger Inquirer ]
Professor: Eclipse won't darken Owensboro
     When the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse sweeps across western Kentucky on Monday, the central line of totality will fall only about 60 miles southwest of Owensboro. In fact, the band of totality is so near here that Owensboro will experience 99 percent totality when the moon passes in front of the sun, obscuring all of it except for a tiny sliver. So, Owensboroans might as well just stay home and experience all the wonder of the eclipse from their front yards, right? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Tennessee man convicted of murder in Hickman
     A Fulton County jury convicted William T. Jamison on Thursday in the 2016 murder of Mark Williams, according to Kentucky State Police. The jury recommended a 20-year sentence for Jamison, 60, of Tiptonville, Tennessee. He will be sentenced by Judge Timothy Langford on Sept. 8. Jamison was arrested on Oct. 2, 2016 ,and charged with murder. The arrest stemmed from an an altercation between Jamison and Williams of Hickman.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Paducah Sun ]
Hickman police officer arrested
     A Hickman police officer was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued by McCracken County on Aug. 10, according to the Kentucky State Police. James Blakney was wanted for failure to pay or appear. The original charges, which were filed by the Paducah Police Department in February, included third-degree forgery and impersonating a police officer. Blakney was not employed as a police officer at the time of the original charges, according to state police.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
School tax vote set for Sept. 12
     A 5.9-cent school tax increase is now in the hands of Crittenden County voters. Last Thursday, the local board of education chose to move ahead with a special election, scheduling it for Tuesday, Sept. 12 to give voters in the county the final word on a tax bump to build a new high school. An election was forced when a recall petition was certified last week with 978 signatures, more than double the 408 necessary for the referendum. An election is what the five-member board wanted when discussions began late last fall about a so-called “equivalent nickel” tax for capital projects.

Posted August 18, 2017 [ Crittenden Press ]
Ferry service helping rural way of life continue
     Even before 1800, a ferry was serving travelers crossing the Ohio River between Kentucky and what what would become Cave In Rock, Ill. Fast forward to 2017, and the Cave In Rock Ferry is as vital as ever, offering a direct link for goods and services between two rural communities on opposite sides of the river, a shortcut for commuters and a unique experience for sightseers. Whatever the reason have boarding the free ferry between Crittenden County and Hardin County, Ill., the impact the bi-state service that connects Illinois Highway 1 with Ky. 91 North has had on local commerce and accessibility is immeasurable.


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