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Posted March 15, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Hunger Pangs: Demand at food banks rise as jobs, income falls
     The economic woes rippling through America have washed up close to home and those who provide food for area people in need say the tide has reached the kitchen table. “Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky has increased dramatically,” said Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank. “It is clear that we are reaching more people, which is encouraging, but the number of people who need assistance has also grown tremendously.”

    Posted March 15, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Bunning looms over race
     U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning isn't seeking re-election, but his influence has already been felt throughout the race to succeed him. The Southgate Republican is revered by many Kentucky Republicans for sticking to the principles of fiscal conservatism throughout his 33-year political career. Since the race for his seat began last summer, the Republican front-runners have tried to claim that mantle as their own, while the Democratic front-runners have made Bunning the target of attack ads.

Posted March 15, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Program would offer beef raised and sold in Northern Kentucky
     From fruits and vegetables to dairy products and meat, consumers are growing increasingly conscious of where their food comes from and how it's raised. A group of Campbell County cattle farmers has spent more than a year working with the Campbell County Cooperative Extension and specialists from the University of Kentucky to develop a program to market and sell locally grown, natural beef direct to local consumers.

Posted March 15, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Man arrested, leads police on high-speed chase through several counties
     An Edmonton man is in jail in Hardin County after a 68-mile police pursuit that ended early Friday morning in Barren County. A Kentucky State Police report said the pursuit began in Elizabethtown when city police there attempted to stop a 1984 Ford Bronco. The Bronco was followed south on Interstate 65 through Hardin and Larue counties and it eventually made its way through Hart, Barren and Metcalfe counties as well.

Posted March 15, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Complaint of principal touching girl investigated
     Bowling Green Police Department officers are investigating a report that Warren Elementary School Principal Phillip Shelton inappropriately touched a student. The report, filed Thursday, said that Shelton smacked the 10-year-old girl on the butt while in a classroom Tuesday. Police spokesman Officer Barry Pruitt said the matter is being investigated as a misdemeanor.

Posted March 15, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Fulbright sends WKU grad to Argentina
     Two years after applying and a year after notification, 2007 Western Kentucky University graduate Katherine Hale will finally reap the rewards of a prestigious grant. The 24-year-old Nicholasville native left Saturday to spend the next eight months in Argentina as a recipient of a 2009-10 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant.

Posted March 15, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Officials seek input on Mammoth Cave Hotel renovation
     Mammoth Cave National Park is seeking public involvement in its plans to renovate the Mammoth Cave Hotel, first opened to park visitors in 1965. A coffee shop that often has guests remarking, “Oh look, it’s retro,” is just one of the many reasons the property needs an update, according to Vickie Carson, public information officer for the park. “That’s just the way it’s been since 1965.”

Posted March 15, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Remembering a community institution
     A school has been at the heart of the Warren County community of Richardsville since at least 1927. Now, the old school building will be replaced with a new 72,000-square-foot, $15-million dollar structure with $2 million worth of solar panels -- a distinction being recognized internationally because of its energy efficiency.

Posted March 14, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Keeping an eye out… Views differ on gang-related activity, but prevention is key
     Gangs and gang-like activity may not be an obvious threat to public safety in Henderson County, but some law enforcement officials acknowledge they are seeing signs that it could become a problem if left unchecked. Trooper Corey King, public information officer with Kentucky State Police Post 16, said that the state police have reason to believe that there are gangs, or gang-like groups at the very least, in Henderson County.

Posted March 14, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
MTV show "16 and Pregnant" features Northern Kentucky teen this week
     The episode of MTV's "16 and Pregnant" that raised the ire of Covington Diocese Bishop Roger Foys after filming at Notre Dame Academy will air this week.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Blue Grass Community & Technical College protests tuition increases
     A group of students from the Blue Grass Community & Technical College Winchester/Clark County Campus had a chance Thursday to let legislators know what they thought about more proposed cuts to education. The group was in Frankfort representing the local institution as part of BCTC Week.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Trophy incident sees slew of shrugs
     The George Rogers Clark boys basketball team forgot to bring its runner-up trophy from Maysville last week. The Cardinals inavertedly left the trophy following a stunning 62-60 loss to Mason County last Monday. Corey Rogers also left his jersey behind in the locker room. Rogers was in a training room following the setback that ended the team’s successful season. The oversight apparently left some in Mason County wondering what happened.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Winchester police arrest man for copper thefts
     Winchester police arrested one man for three recent copper thefts and say they know who is responsible for more. The suspect arrested was stealing copper to support a drug habit, a police detective said.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Arrests made after Bowling Green car chase
     One of Bowling Green's busiest intersections became a crime scene Thursday afternoon when a police pursuit ended in a three-vehicle crash at 10th Avenue and U.S. 31-W By-Pass. Michael Burgett, 33, 428 W. 12th Ave., and Robert Glenn Cherry, 31, 321 W. 12th Ave., were arrested on several charges in connection with the incident, which began on Scottsville Road after a reported drug deal and ended with three people, including Cherry, treated at The Medical Center for minor injuries.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Volunteers playing crucial role at Bowling Green train museum
     Volunteers save Bowling Green's Historic RailPark and Train Museum an estimated $80,000 a year - money that can be used on exhibits or restoration projects. “That’s why they are so vital to our operation,” said Sharon Tabor, executive director of the museum at the Old L&N Depot. Volunteers work an average of 40 hours a week. The money saved for their salaries “helps keep our museum going and growing,” she said. The museum opened more than two years ago.

    Posted March 12, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Jailers against parole change
     A proposal in the state budget to save money by paroling 1,000 nonviolent felony offenders has given county jailers concerns about how it would affect their budgets and public safety. The state budget, approved earlier this week by the House and currently being debated by the Senate, includes a plan that calls for an increase in parole so that 1,000 nonviolent, mostly Class D, offenders serving state time are released from prison between July and a year from then. The projected savings amount to $30 million over two years.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Warren County clerk declares audit a misfire
     Warren County Clerk Dot Owens disagrees with some aspects of a state audit that has her office under investigation by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and her personally owing the state $3,387. Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen finished a report in December highlighting several areas where she suggested the clerk’s office make changes, including how it records and reports overtime.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
WKU introduces its new athletic director
     Ross Bjork has come full circle. After beginning his career as an assistant development coordinator at Western Kentucky in 1996, Bjork - currently a senior associate athletic director at UCLA - was officially introduced today as WKU’s new athletic director at the Topper Club at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Bjork takes over for Wood Selig, who resigned from his post Feb. 19 to accept the athletic director job at Old Dominion University in his hometown of Norfolk, Va. Selig served as WKU’s AD for 10 1/2 years.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Prosecutor: Jammed gun prevented possible KSU tragedy
     The man accused of brandishing a gun at the Kentucky State University student center last week was only “one trigger pull away from a tragedy,” according to Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks. “But for the grace of it jamming, something really bad could have happened,” Sparks said, before the case was bound over to a grand jury.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Former Garrard County official denied parole
     Former Garrard County emergency management director Dwayne Nave has been denied release from prison in his first appearance before the Kentucky Parole Board. Nave, serving a five-year sentence for reckless homicide, went before the parole board Tuesday and was rejected, said Jennifer Bresselen, a board employee. His next chance for parole will be in September 2011.


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