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Posted March 12, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Sign — of the times? Stolen, damaged street signs becoming expensive nuisance in Stanford
     In what has become a sign of the times in Stanford, Public Works Director Patrick Rice was dispatched Thursday to the intersection of Cotton Street and U.S. 27. There, Rice found evidence of a crime not fully committed. The small green sign marking Cotton Street was still attached to the stop sign, but it was badly worked over, as if someone had been interrupted in mid-theft. It was another example of what has almost become epidemic around town: street signs being stolen, damaged and painted up with bad words.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville hears from ABC on becoming 'wet'
     Now that the dust has settled following the March 2 alcohol election, Danville officials continue to hash out what the results will mean when the city goes fully wet May 4. People packed a meeting room at the Boyle County Extension Office on Thursday to hear officials from the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control take questions from Danville City Commission. One of the primary topics of discussion was the role of the local ABC administrator in what promises to be a hectic month at city hall once applications start rolling in.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Northpoint prison rebuild in limbo
     While the roughly $18.8 million needed to rebuild Northpoint Training Center is in the budget bill passed Wednesday by the state House of Representatives, the money to make payments on the required debt service is significantly reduced, raising questions at least about the immediate future of the facility. The bill now goes to the Senate. The Department of Corrections says only that it is reviewing the House version of the budget. Northpoint sustained significant fire damage in an August riot and now houses fewer than half of its capacity population of about 1,200.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Trial begins in case of ex-Corbin officer, son, accused of beating man in dispute over gun
     According to prosecutors, nearly three years ago, former Corbin Police Officer Tony Ramey and his son, Perry Anthony Ramey, went to a man's home to recover a gun belonging to Tony Ramey that Perry had stolen and sold to pay a drug debt. Tony Ramey allegedly beat a man with a different pistol in the process of assaulting and robbing him in an attempt to get the gun back. The Rameys are now standing trial in Whitley Circuit Court on charges of robbery and assault.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Police descend on filthy Williamsburg home; about 30 sick and abandoned animals seized
     The scene wasn't pretty on Rains Street in Williamsburg Thursday morning. There were numerous pins with animals inside ranging from dogs to chickens. If the animals had water, it was stagnant in nearly all cases. Some were standing in their own feces. At least two of the dogs had bloody feces indicating the presence of disease. Then police got to the really bad part, the interior of the residence.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelby County junkyard slips through the cracks
     A Shelby County junkyard operator was cited in 2005 for violating zoning codes for having an illegal junkyard in an area zoned commercial. Now, nearly five years later the case has fallen through the cracks of the local courts -- time and time again.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelbyville hospital employees lose jobs
     The impact of the nation’s economic recovery was felt keenly in Shelbyville on Thursday when eight employees at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville lost their jobs as part of a significant reduction by the hospital chain. Michael Collins, president and CEO of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, said the eight positions are among 500 positions that will be eliminated throughout the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare system, which includes the local hospital and three in Louisville.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Times Leader ]
Former Caldwell County teacher, coach pleads guilty to drug charges
     A former Caldwell County school teacher and athletic coach entered a guilty Thursday to drug charges in Lyon County Circuit Court. Michael Fraliex, 36 of Fredonia, entered guilty pleas on six counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraudulent means. The charge is commonly referred to as doctor shopping.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Judge approves motions; reference to 'date rape' drugs limited in trial
     Prosecution in the case against five young men charged with raping a 16-year-old Trigg County girl will be prohibited from referencing “date rape” drugs without proof during next month’s trial. Detectives said the victim didn’t remember much, leading them to investigate whether she was drugged.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Webster County dog warden charged; KSP alleges animal cruelty
     On Thursday, Kentucky State Police charged Webster County's dog warden with animal cruelty. John H. Dunn, 50, Dixon, was charged with a misdemeanor offense of second-degree cruelty to animals after the state police received information that about 16 dogs were being neglected at the Webster County dog pound, officials said.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Hancock Clarion ]
Group looking to open Lewisport medical center
     Hancock County ranks 8th in Kentucky in medically under-served citizens. Now, three nurse practitioners want to open a medical practice in the city of Lewisport. But first, they have to secure the funding.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement conducts truck weight inspections in Harlan County
     It was quite a scene Wednesday on KY 38 with a portable weigh station set up at the Harlan County community of Golden Ash by officers with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE). Though the station is not as big as the weigh station at London off I-75, the line of commercial vehicles stretched a couple hundred yards as they pulled onto the scales. The biggest reason the line of trucks was so long was because very few passed the weigh-in inspection. Those in violation were pulled off to the side and were issued citations.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Henry County Local ]
Wireless ‘net could come to New Castle
     A recent request by a communications company could put wireless internet access in the Henry County town of New Castle and put a little cash in the city’s coffers. New Castle Public Works Director Scott Treece said last week that Liberty Communications approached him recently about putting an antenna on the city’s water tower. At the March 1 city meeting, Treece said the move could mean revenue for the city as well as potentially providing wireless internet access to outlying areas still stuck with dial-up connections.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Motorists spring into action after wreck
     Good Samaritans arriving at a U.S. 31W crash Thursday morning near Ky. 313 did what they could, but a Louisville woman who worked at Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System died from injuries sustained during the impact. When police arrived, they found three military personnel from Fort Knox administering CPR.

    Posted March 12, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Don't forget to spring forward Sunday
     Move your clocks an hour ahead this weekend; Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. That means lighter evenings and, depending on how early you get up, darker mornings. The sun on Sunday will rise at 7:56 a.m. and set at 7:50 p.m., according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Posted March 12, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Bardstown to go smoke-free in June
     By mid-June, smoking will not be allowed at workplaces in Bardstown. City Council passed the second reading of the smoke-free ordinance Tuesday with the same vote as the first reading -- three councilmen and the mayor voting yes and three councilmen voting no. The meeting was packed with the usual proponents and opponents of the ordinance, so much so that some had to remain in the foyer because the maximum fire code occupancy of the City Council meeting room had been exceeded.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Tourism partnership abandoned in Lincoln County
     The partnership between Lincoln County’s tourism office and Stanford’s Main Street program that began the new year with fanfare has ended as a fiasco, and now both entities are going their separate ways again. “We went into it a little unprepared,” Judge-Executive Bill Demrow admitted this week.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Red Cross drops Lincoln County
     The American Red Cross has suspended services in Lincoln County because the county contributes little to the agency’s funding.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Stumbo’s threat draws ire from legislators
     Two Republican state lawmakers from Central Kentucky have criticized House Speaker Greg Stumbo over the Floyd County Democrat’s threat earlier this week to punish legislators who didn’t go along with a revenue enhancement measure he championed. And with Tuesday’s unveiling of the proposed state budget and its basically party-line approval Wednesday by the House, Reps. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, and Danny Ford, R-Mount Vernon, both contend that Stumbo turned that threat into a promise.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green has eyes on Google network
     Google fever is spreading across the country like a viral video. The city of Topeka, Kan., renamed itself Google for the month of March, and Sarasota, Fla., renamed City Island, Google Island. The mayor of Duluth, Minn., promised to name all newborn boys Google Fiber and girls Googlette Fiber, though this was, admittedly, a publicity prank. Babcock Dairy in Madison Wis., is launching a Google ice cream. Now, Google fever has struck in Bowling Green.


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