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Posted January 17, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
Bevin calls for eliminating 70 programs, spending cuts to fund pension reform
     Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday night proposed a budget that he said would eliminate 70 state programs and cut spending at most agencies by 6.25 percent while fully funding state pension plans. And the governor gave a high priority in the lean spending plan to the main public school funding program known as SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky), saying its funding will not be cut.

Posted January 17, 2018 [ Anderson News ]
High school holds off on Bible literacy class
     Other school districts in Kentucky have implemented a Bible literacy elective, but Anderson County school officials are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding if the class will be offered here. School officials said they will seek guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education before they consider adding a Bible literacy elective course at the high school level —an option fortified by the passage of House Bill 128 at last year’s General Assembly.

Posted January 17, 2018 [ Anderson News ]
Railroad truck slams into fire station
     A large truck slid through the intersection of Alton Station Road and Highway 151 and slammed into Anderson County Fire Station 2 early Tuesday morning. The truck, operated by RJ Corman Railroad Company, was traveling down the hill off Alton Station Road and slid through the stop sign, tearing off a large corner section of the fire station.

Posted January 17, 2018 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Fake Facebook page causes snow closure confusion in Nelson County
     A fake Facebook page made to look like the Nelson County Schools district page posted a false closure announcement early Monday night before officials had actually made the decision. Before 10 p.m., some school families were sharing the post about the closure on their own accounts, only to be told it was a fake. The profile mimicked the real page’s profile picture and wording for the closure, claiming school was closed Jan. 16 and it would not be a non-traditional instruction day.

Posted January 17, 2018 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Video, interviews shed light on police reaction to 2016 suicide call
     Three days after her husband had committed suicide, Kourtney Wahl Lewis was still convinced the military had responded to her mother’s home during a standoff that ended with a pepper spray bomb tossed into a vehicle. “This might sound crazy, but I thought they were going to snipe him or something,” Lewis told Bardstown Police Detective Lynn Davis in a recorded interview July 29, 2016.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Community supports family after sledding accident injures 10-year-old
     Since suffering an injury that fractured his skull, hip and broke multiple ribs, people in Edmonson County have been showering Coleton Parsley and his family with support. On Saturday, Heather Parsley, mother of 10-year-old Coleton Parsley, raced over the Warren County line in her vehicle trying to reach her injured son.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Fatal stabbing suspect identified, still at large
     Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal stabbing in southern Whitley County Monday afternoon and authorities are still searching for the person responsible. Jeffery Cole is wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred Monday afternoon.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Winchester Sun ]
Retiree devoted to ‘greater causes’ volunteers at nature preserve
     Jerry Redden isn’t one for sitting around in his retirement. He’d much rather be out in the woods using hand tools to help maintain nature preserves.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Georgetown News-Graphic ]
Family of nine loses everything in fire
     David McKenzie, Kandi Heller and their seven children lost everything after their trailer caught on fire last Wednesday morning. The trailer was located on Watkinsville Lane just right outside of Stamping Ground.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort natives tapped for top Transportation Cabinet jobs
     Two Frankfort natives were recently tapped for top slots at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. This month, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas named Paul Looney as deputy secretary and Andy Barber as state highway engineer.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Grandmother charged after boy found wandering in Junction City
     A Junction City grandmother was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment after her 4-year-old grandson, of whom she has custody, was found along Ky. 300, near Bells Lane, in Junction City around 4:45 p.m. Monday. Deborah Murrar, 49 of 702 Linnietta Drive in Junction City, was located at about 7 p.m.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Family, police still searching for answers one year after homicide
     Elisa Beason feels her son's spiritual presence but her soul is not at rest. Xzavion Beason, 30, was violently beaten outside Chocolate City night club Jan. 29, 2017. He was declared brain dead Feb. 1 and his official date of death is Feb. 2. His death is the only remaining 2017 unsolved Bowling Green homicide.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Paducah Sun ]
Recent winter weather leads to local flight cancellations
     Daily flights between Chicago and Paducah were expected to be on schedule today at Barkley Regional Airport, following recent weather-related cancellations. Snowfall at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Sunday night led to the cancellation of the Monday morning flight into Paducah and return flight to Chicago, but the afternoon round-trip went as planned, according to Richard Roof, Barkley airport manager.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Appalachian News-Express ]
Six members, including leader, of meth ring sentenced
     Six members of an eight-member methamphetamine use and trafficking ring, which was led by a former Letcher County resident, were sentenced in Pike Circuit Court Friday to serve at least 10 years in prison. Those six members included alleged ring leader Kelly Bice Jr., 33, of Georgia, formerly of Neon, who received the most stiff sentence of 15 years in prison.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Courier-Journal ]
From villain to hero, this is how a Louisville distillery became a major player in the West End
     In the fall of 2015, global spirits producer Heaven Hill was on its way to becoming a corporate villain in Louisville's poverty-stricken California community. The family-owned company had been linked to a proposed methane plant that had west Louisville residents outraged. And though the project ultimately folded, a wedge had been driven between the distillery and its neighbors.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Convicted murderer Shayna Hubers back in court on Tuesday
     Shayna Hubers will be back in court on Tuesday as both sides sort out her upcoming trial more than two years after she was granted the second trial in the murder of her former boyfriend, 29-year-old attorney Ryan Poston, in his Highland Heights apartment. Hubers will appear before Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Zalla, who replaced Judge Fred Stine. Stine granted the second trial and retired in 2017.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Officials declare 'emergency’ over Boyle jail’s fire alarm system
     The Boyle County Detention Center’s fire alarm system was already three years obsolete when it was installed in 1998. It’s had issues through the years, but now, it’s malfunctioning and an impending jail inspection from the state means something has to be done, jail Captain Chad Holderman warned during a meeting of the Boyle-Mercer Joint Jail Committee on Friday. After hearing the facts about the alarm system, the committee decided the situation was an emergency.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ News Enterprise ]
Inmates complete culinary arts course at jail, prepare for future
     Standing over a stove Thursday in Hardin Coun­ty Detention Center’s kitchen, Darrell Brown perfected his Broccoli and Cheese Risotto – just one of the dishes involved in preparing a meal to graduate a seven-week culinary arts course through Kell­well Food Management offered at the jail. Along with the risotto, Brown prepared Salmon En Papillote and asparagus, which he served to instructor Matt Salay, director of business for Kellwell. Salay has a culinary degree and has been in the industry for 28 years.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Character, confidence, courage mark King Day celebration
     With temperatures hovering around the freezing point, a large gathering massed outside the Warren County Justice Center to embark on a march to honor those who braved harsher conditions decades earlier to secure their civil rights. The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy culminated Monday with a commemorative march to State Street Baptist Church, where a program honoring his memory featured inspirational songs and impassioned calls to action, 50 years after an assassin's bullet claimed King's life.

Posted January 16, 2018 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Here’s how much snow to expect Tuesday before storm moves out
     Another winter storm was expected to drop up to 4 inches of snow in Central Kentucky Tuesday and heavier amounts were expected just to the west, according to meteorologists. A winter weather advisory is in effect in Central Kentucky until about 1 p.m., and a winter storm warning was in effect for a strip of counties to the west until about 12 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.


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