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Posted March 10, 2010 [ Grant County News ]
Fire destroys Dry Ridge home; child was reportedly playing with a lighter
     A child playing with a cigarette lighter has left a Dry Ridge family of eight homeless. Matthew Barker, 17, discovered the fire in the bedroom he shares with his 6-year-old brother when he went upstairs in the wooden, frame farmhouse to go to bed around 9:30 p.m. on March 8. He awakened his brothers and sisters and got them to safety.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin auto lot owner dies in tragic I-75 crash Monday
     A Corbin car lot owner was killed last Monday night in a tragic accident near the 26-mile mark on I-75 near Corbin. Larry W. Rogers, 65, of Faber, died as a result of injuries from a crash that happened at about 10:44 p.m.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Springfield Sun ]
Old cell phones cause problems for 911 staff
     Dialing 911 is not child’s play, but recently, that’s exactly what Washington County dispatchers have experienced. Two local dispatchers said they and their co-workers have experienced an increasing number of calls that are not actually reporting an emergency. “We are getting a lot of 911 calls from people who have given their old phones to kids to play with, and they are dialing 911,” said dispatcher Francisco Vazquez.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Springfield Sun ]
NTSB releases report on plane crash
     Although no official cause has been determined, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that ice had formed on the wings of the plane that crashed one mile from the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Feb. 23. Kent Shilling, the pilot, was killed when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane crashed. According to the NTSB, Shilling reported that the plane had rime icing on its wings just minutes before the accident.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelbyville bank officials cite ‘problem loans’
     Officials at Shelbyville's Citizens Union Bank say “problem loans” are the primary reason their bank is the focus of an examination by state and federal banking regulators. The bank has been under a “consent order” from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions since January because of its loan practices and financial structure.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Times Leader ]
Assault suspect found deceased
     A former Fredonia-area resident wanted in connection with a Paducah assault Monday night has been found dead in northern Caldwell County. The body of Kurt D. Burris, 38, of Paducah, was located at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area off Union Grove School Road near Fredonia. Sheriff Stan Hudson said the cause of death was still under investigation pending the results of an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Owenton News Herald ]
Owenton looks for ways to welcome visitors
     Officials in Owen County are talking about ways to improve local tourism. Ideas include a welcome center for visitors and implementing a transient room tax. Those funds would be used for community development, including the hiring of a tourism director.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Owenton News Herald ]
Tobacco trouble in Owen County
     For years, raising tobacco has been a main source of income for many farmers across Owen County. As the 2009-2010 growing season came to an end, some farmers were informed that they would no longer be able to sell their tobacco through Philip Morris U.S.A. or Philip Morris International. The announcement has left some farmers wondering about the future of tobacco in Owen County.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Use of subpoena being questioned in case
     Attorneys representing a Murray man accused of murder in connection with the death of Almo resident Jerry Eldridge are disputing Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship's move to subpoena the defendant's Marshall County Hospital medical records as evidence.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Local option petition may be submitted next week in Casey County
     If a local option question is going to appear on the May 18 Primary Election ballot, then time is growing short for organizers to submit their petition. Liberty businessman Ronnie Davis has been working the past three months, circulating a petition and obtaining the signatures of registered voters in the City of Liberty who would favor serving alcohol by the drink in restaurants that meet the requirements set by law. On Monday, Davis said he had 140 of the 180 needed signatures to bring the question to the ballot box.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Finding the Song: Nashville trio finds inspiration in Liberty
     Brandon McDonald knew he’d found the story for his song when he came to the “Ah-hah!” moment. It was remarkable enough when the couple telling him their story revealed they had known each other only three weeks when they got married, but when she added that she’d gotten married in a black dress, McDonald knew he’d found THE song.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Candidate withdraws from primary
     Bill Pickerill has announced that he is withdrawing as a candidate for 24th District state representative in the Republican primary, according to a letter recently submitted to The Lebanon Enterprise and The Casey County News. But recollections among several political officials differ on what led up to the withdrawal.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Snakes alive!
     These days animal control officers are much more than just dog catchers. If it's in the city of Hopkinsville and it isn't human, two animal control officers get to deal with it. Their days are never boring and no two are alike.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Drug survey results tallied
     A total of 810 people answered a perception survey that will become part of an application for a federal anti-drug grant for youth in Henderson County. Of the total number who responded to the survey, almost 84 percent said they think underage drinking is a problem in Henderson County. And while alcohol was named the top substance use-related problem among youth at 91 percent, tobacco was a close second at 86 percent, followed by marijuana (82 percent), prescription drugs (67 percent) and methamphetamine (39 percent).

Posted March 10, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Showplace Cinemas' owner still working to bring movie theater to Henderson
     The owner of Showplace Cinemas in Evansville hopes to make an announcement within the next three or four weeks about building a theater in Henderson. “I’m working toward that goal,” said Paul Stieler. “If everything falls in place I’m building it to have it open by Nov. 1. A movie theater has often been cited as one of the city's top needs.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Loyall police chief fired
     After a regular meeting of the Loyall City Council on Tuesday, Mayor Clarence Longworth removed Chris Haught as police chief and moved him to a job as a patrolman. Erik Saylor, who was a patrolman for the city, was promoted to police chief. On Wednesday, after turning in his statement and reporting to work, Haught was fired from his position as patrolman.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Marker honors victims of Scotia mine explosions
     Through tears of remembrance Tuesday, over 100 families and officials gathered to pay tribute to the 26 coal miners and inspectors who lost their lives at the Scotia mine disaster 34 years ago on March 9 and March 11 of 1976. A bronze historical marker, sponsored by the Mountain Comprehensive Health Care Corporation, was unveiled alongside U.S .119 near the entrance to the site of the disaster.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Gunshot reported as officer chases suspect
     After a brief foot chase in which a gunshot was reported Tuesday evening, a Radcliff police officer found a 22-year-old man hiding in a dumpster. While patrolling on the north side of the city, Officer James Lark spotted a man leaving an apartment that he recognized as being wanted on a warrant, police spokesman Bryce Shumate said. When he turned the cruiser around for a second look, Lark saw the man run into a nearby wooded area and heard a gunshot. Lark called for backup and pursued the man on foot. The officer was not hurt.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Fort Knox unit back home from Haiti
     Family members once again crossed the Sadowski Field House gym floor to embrace loved ones. Troops of the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), which just this past summer flew back from Iraq, on Tuesday were greeted during another homecoming – this time after the unit’s first humanitarian mission. The soldiers just returned after 50 days in Haiti where they supplied Haitian earthquake survivors and American troops with food, medicine, water, mail and food.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Former principal has new calling
     Ed Colina was living a good life. He lived in Boone County's Triple Crown subdivision and had a successful career as an educator. But he decided he no longer needed all of that. He sold his house and car. He gave away possessions and put everything he owned in three garbage cans. He even left his job as principal at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington. His last school year was 2006-2007. For three years, Colina has been working in Africa, far away from the comforts of home.


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