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    Posted April 14, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Many set to file on tax day
     People are rushing to file their income taxes by Thursday, and unemployment has had a major impact on incomes, some tax advisers say. Ryan Braber, coordinator of Barren River Asset Building Coalition, has been helping people complete their taxes through the organization’s free tax preparation program for moderate- to low-income residents. Compared to previous years, the number of people who have claimed unemployment benefits on their income taxes has doubled or tripled, Braber said.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Government the focus
     The reach of federal government was the main concern Tuesday night at a forum of Republican candidates hoping to replace U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin K-9 dog Shep honored for his years of service, retires
     After six years as a member of the Corbin Police Department, K-9 Shep has lost a step because of leg problems. Because of that, Monday was Shep's last day on duty. After getting off duty, Shep and his handler, Sgt. Glenn Taylor, came to the Corbin City Commission meeting where Shep was recognized for his contributions to the department. Corbin Police Chief David Campbell said Shep is credited with finding more than $600,000 in drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription drugs.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
School boards scolded for lack of cooperation on reciprocal agreement issue
     Members of the Kentucky Board of Education didn't hold back Tuesday in their criticism of how Corbin and Knox County school officials have failed to resolve their disagreement over non-resident students.

    Posted April 14, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Charter schools a possibility
     With only two days left in the legislative session, state education officials are scrambling to get a charter school bill through the General Assembly. Tagged on as an amendment to House Bill 109, the legislation would authorize charter schools in Kentucky – one of just 11 states without them. Under the bill, only local school boards could authorize the formation of a charter school. The lack of charter schools, which are taxpayer funded but independent of local school board control, may have cost Kentucky millions on its application for a federal Race to the Top grant.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Police officers, others plan to cite litterbugs
     Litterbugs beware: Many law enforcement officers throughout the Bluegrass region will be on the lookout for littering over the next few weeks. Thursday marks the beginning of Bluegrass PRIDE’s second annual program aimed at getting police and code enforcement officers and deputies to focus on citing anyone they see littering. PRIDE, a non-profit environmental organization working in 18 central Kentucky counties, will present its James E. Bickford award to the officer who gives the most citations during the 30-day period.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Kennedy Bridge reopens between Garrard, Mercer counties
     Kennedy Bridge reopened Sunday, shortening commutes for many in the area who had been traveling through either Danville or Nicholasville just to cross Herrington Lake. The bridge, which spans Herrington Lake between Mercer and Garrard counties along Ky. 152, closed Oct. 12 for major structural repairs, after Transportation Cabinet officials decided rusted out beams demanded repair. The bridge is the only way across Herrington Lake in the area, and closing it necessitated a 40-mile detour to get from one side to the other.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Teens charged after stolen SUV crashes in Junction City
     Two male juveniles were taken into custody today after they allegedly stole two vehicles in Lincoln County, then led Danville police on a chase in one of them that ended in a crash at Junction City Park. Danville Assistant Police Chief Tony Gray said the driver of the stolen vehicle that crashed in the park is a 15-year-old male and the passenger is 16. The juveniles, both Junction City residents, were in custody in Lincoln County this morning.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
State removes Breathitt County Board of Education member
     The state Department of Education has removed a member of the Breathitt County Board of Education from office. The action stems from multiple indictments issued last year in Franklin County against Kelly Noble Jr. All stemmed from alleged actions committed while he was employed by the state Transportation Cabinet as a roadside development supervisor.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Delta wins over Alpha in Panbowl Lake cleanup
     Spirited groups engaged in a little friendly competition while cleaning up the shore of a Breathitt County lake. It all came down to seeing who could pick up the most trash -- and engage in a little trash talk.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Architects debut plans for new Clark County high school
     Community members got their first chance to take a look at preliminary drawings of the new Clark County high school Monday at a public meeting at George Rogers Clark High School.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Surprised Shelby County magistrate named state's official of the year
     Shelby County Magistrate Hubert Pollett has been named Official of the Year by the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
9-year-old dives in to save little sister from drowning
     A peaceful Sunday afternoon at Lake Shelby nearly turned into a tragedy for the Hernandez family of Shelby County. When her 6-year-old sister fell into the water and didn't surface, 9-year-old Isabella Hernandez didn't hesitate to jump into the water and save her little sister.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Man charged with 'greatest merchandise theft'
     A reserve deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is charged in connection with the theft of $500,000 worth of merchandise that was stolen from a Shelbyville warehouse and discovered in North Carolina. Jack H. McIntosh, 42, of Jeffersontown was arrested Friday and accused of selling $512,400 worth of plastic containers belonging to Buckhorn Inc. for $29,764 to a recycling center in Randleman, N.C.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Revenue minimal in 'moist' cities
     Questions abound as to what effect, if any, the sale of alcohol by the drink will have on the city of Liberty. Residents in the city — as well as in the county — are weighing in as to whether or not alcohol sales will be good, economically and morally, for Liberty and Casey County. But if the statistics from two nearby “moist” counties are any indication, alcohol sales will have little effect on either adding to the city tax coffers or increasing crime.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Group forms in opposition to Liberty alcohol sales
     A group opposing the sale of alcohol by the drink has officially organized and plan to wage an all-out effort urging Liberty residents to vote “no” to the question coming up on the May 18 primary election ballot.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Extinguished: High school students learn the grim realities of life
     Courtney Spalding held a candle in front of her as her obituary was being read. It was tough listening to someone describe how she had "died." "I really started crying when I heard my own [obituary] because it was something my parents would have to go through," she said. Spalding, a 17-year-old junior, hadn't really died, but she was one of the students chosen by the Grim Reaper to participate in the Ghost Out Wednesday at Marion County High School. The Ghost Out was a reminder of the risks of drinking and driving.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Fort Campbell commander outlines war objectives
     Fort Campbell commander Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell has led soldiers for a better part of the 30 years he’s been in the Army, and in a month and a half, he will be responsible for the 20,000 troops from the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) in Afghanistan. However, the job has just become even more personal for him.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Mine permit discussed at Harlan County meeting
     The Harlan County communities of Benham and Lynch have a water supply now whose water is so pure that it's said it needs little treatment before it's ready for consumption. But a coal company has proposed to open a deep mine that's only 100 feet from the towns' water supply and residents and elected officials are concerned.

Posted April 14, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
E'town to become Abetown this week
     What you’re about to see isn’t some presidential cloning experiment gone haywire. From Thursday through Sunday more than 40 Abraham Lincoln look-a-likes plan to visit Elizabethtown — and Abe’s nearby birthplace — for their annual convention. The agenda for “Where It All Began” includes a variety of activities, from a community prime rib dinner to an encounter with an Elvis impersonator.


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