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Posted July 29, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Fort Campbell's 4th Brigade Combat Team prepares for Afghanistan deployment
     The 506th Infantry Regiment cased its colors Tuesday in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. This deployment is the second to Afghanistan for the 506th Currahees at Fort Campbell. Nearly 3,700 Currahees are part of this tour and will begin leaving next week. Commander of the 4th Brigade Currahees, Col. Sean Jenkins, said nearly 55 percent of the brigade are returning to the southern part of the country where they were stationed during the last deployment.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Mercer and Boyle school districts to award work ethic ‘seal’ of approval
     Schools in Mercer and Boyle counties are looking at ways for businesses, industries and schools to identify what qualities and skills employers want in their employees so schools can better prepare students to match that profile. It's called the Work Ethics Diploma Seal program.

    Posted July 29, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Kentucky ranks 40th in kids’ health
     Kentucky is one of the worst states for child well-being, according to a recent study. Kids Count, a national child health study, ranked Kentucky 40th in the nation in terms of the overall health of its children. The annual study is performed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an organization that serves underprivileged American children. The study measures the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children. While Kentucky improved in four categories, the percentages of low birth weight babies, children in poverty and children in single-parent families have increased over the past 10 years, according to the study.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Inmate slings bodily fluid on jail officer
     A man in Franklin County Regional Jail has been indicted on an assault charge after he threw semen on a deputy jailer, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland says.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
One dog's story a chance to get Franklin Co. Humane Society on the right track
     Local government contracts are up for renewal with the Franklin County Humane Society – which is under scrutiny over mistakenly identifying a family dog named Copper as a coyote, which led to police turning her loose. Although there’ve been reported sightings of Copper in southwest Franklin County, and there is a reward, she has not been found.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Grant County News ]
Sex crimes land Grant County man in prison for life
     A 54-year-old Grant County man has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of two counts of first-degree sodomy of an 11-year-old Boone County boy. Daniel Newman of Crittenden, who had previously been convicted of 21 felony sex crimes against children in other northern Kentucky counties, could be eligible for parole after 20 years in prison.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Jessamine Journal ]
Drug use declines in Jessamine schools, random testing shows
     Random drug testing in Jessamine County schools showed a decline in student drug abuse during the last school year compared to the previous year. Pot use is the primary culprit, school board members were told.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Owenton News Herald ]
U.S. 127 yard sale will bring bargain hunters to Kentucky
     Billed as the world's longest, the annual U.S. 127 yard sale will bring thousands to Kentucky early next month. In the process, treasure hunters will find bargains, crowded restaurants and highways.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Foundation gets $2 million to help rural and low-income communities
     The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has received a $2 million grant that it plans to match with another $2 million to help up to 10 low-income and rural communities.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Times Journal ]
Jamestown inventor-builder gaining acclaim
     A small Jamestown company with an innovative, award-winning new product will be prominently featured at the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington. Steve Pfoff, owner and founder of Monumental Builders, is building a horse barn on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park using his patented cultured-stone concrete block system that is manufactured with recycled materials.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Times Journal ]
Tobacco market losing steam
     The past 30 years have seen the Russell County tobacco market decrease by more than $5 million, according to E. Raymond Thompson, the county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Last year, Russell County's tobacco crop was worth less than $2.5 million, down from $7.5 million in 1982. From 1998 to 2009, the total value of Kentucky's burley crop fell from $791.7 million to $274.1 million.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Spencer Magnet ]
Police raid home, find $100,000 worth of hallucinogenic mushrooms
     Acting on an anonymous tip, Spencer County and state police converged on a quiet subdivision in search of an illegal plant growing operation. What they found was a relatively small amount of marijuana in various stages of growth with an estimated street value of $26,000 and a much larger hallucinogenic mushroom supply worth about $100,000.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Lewis County Herald ]
Former Lewis County deputy sheriff charged after drug transaction
     A former Lewis County deputy sheriff has been charged with drug trafficking following an incident at the Tollesboro Lions Club Fairgrounds. A sheriff's department spokesman said Brent "Chebee" Nolder, 56, of Tollesboro, was arrested after allegedly selling a quantity of Percocet to a confidential informant. Nolder is the fourth person arrested who had served as a deputy under previous administrations, according to the spokesman.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Huge pot bust in Shelby County
     The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force made a huge drug bust Tuesday night in the Shelby County community of Southville. Sheriff Mike Armstrong said an estimated 800 pounds of marijuana was seized, along with approximately $63,000 in cash. Armstrong said the street value of the pot is about $1 million.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
8-year-old killed in ATV accident
     A Lebanon family is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old boy who died Saturday after an all-terrain vehicle rolled over on him on a family farm in Green County.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Berea recovering from second flash flood in three months
     Wednesday was a day to dry out for Berea -- a city recovering from Tuesday afternoon's deluge of 6 inches of rain in two hours. "We needed the rain. We didn't need that much at the same time," said Coty Burdine, an employee of a convenience store off Exit 77 near Interstate 75. Open spaces in the ceiling tiles testified to water damage that had come through the roof. The torrential rain caused problems elsewhere in the city of 14,000, including reports of many flooded basements.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Fayette County inmate who died after being jailed had complained of illness, reports say
     A Fayette County Detention Center inmate who died while serving a a weekend sentence had been denied medical assessment from jail nurses who said his vitals had been checked already, according to reports and memos obtained from the jail.

    Posted July 29, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Beshear: Review how reports of nursing home abuse are handled
     Gov. Steve Beshear has asked the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to conduct an immediate review of the way state government handles reports about the abuse and neglect of residents of Kentucky's nursing homes. The request follows an investigation by The Herald-Leader which found gaps in the system that saw only seven of 107 cases of nursing home deaths or abuse prosecuted as crimes.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Teachers, immigrant students in English program develop special bond
     Carlo Crespo knew only Spanish when she arrived in Henderson in 2001. But this fall, she will begin her first year at Brescia University. And she will do it being completely bilingual, able to switch at a moment’s notice between English and the language she learned in Ecuador. And a large reason for her growing familiarity with the language is because of the English Language Learners program through the Henderson County school district.

Posted July 29, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Parking facilities get major upgrade at Henderson Community College
     Henderson residents may have noticed that work has begun on plans to expand the parking lot near the Fine Arts Center at Henderson Community College. Jerry Gentry, business dean, said the $900,000 project should be completed by mid-September. It is being paid for with multi-county coal severance money.


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