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Posted May 16, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Budget cuts already in place for court system
     As state legislators prepare for a special session to address Kentucky’s looming budget deficit, one powerful cut has already been delivered. At a closed-door meeting April 29 with about 150 judges and circuit clerks from throughout Kentucky, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton announced the court system would initiate one of its largest cuts ever, dropping 100 jobs, slashing court spending and eliminating some programs.

Posted May 15, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Companies adding job in southcentral Kentucky
     Another round of new jobs is slated for southcentral Kentucky as an automotive and industrial supply company looks to expand.

Posted May 15, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Water recedes, destruction remains; Kentucky Railway Museum damaged
     Now that the waters have receded in Nelson County, the damage assessment is under way. In New Haven, the fast-moving flood proved particularly devastating for the tracks and model trains of the Kentucky Railway Museum. Greg Mathews, executive director for the Kentucky Railway Museum, said the flood has derailed their day-to-day operations.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Logan County man, 54, perseveres for degree
     Each Western Kentucky University diploma awarded Saturday is a culmination of an individual journey: David Wayne Morgan’s has been a personal quest. The 54-year-old father of three and first generation college graduate will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in technology management Saturday, 35 years after he first started college.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Accused arsonist free on bond
     A Winchester man accused of setting his house on fire just before Christmas won’t spend any more time in jail.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
James Bond’ gets 10 years for shooting
     A Lexington man nicknamed “James Bond” will be going to prison for 10 years after pleading guilty to shooting another person outside a Winchester party last summer.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Superintendent warns students, parents about pellet gun policy
     Superintendent Brady Link sent a phone message to all students and their parents Wednesday night, reminding them of the consequences for bringing such guns to school. It results in an expulsion hearing, according to a school news release.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Trigg men accused of rape get plea deal
     Nearly two years after five young men were charged with raping a 16-year-old girl, attorneys reached a plea agreement Wednesday, averting trial and amending the charges to one count of second-degree assault.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Men on the run from Boyle authorities captured in Virginia
     A couple of cars, each containing stolen firearms, are part of the trail left by two men on the run from Boyle County authorities since early Monday. The men, wanted in connection with a Junction City home invasion and robbery, were arrested Thursday in Wise County, Va.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Casey election — Who will be the new sheriff in town?
     In Casey County, the May 18 Republican primary is the de facto general election. Those who emerge victorious on the GOP are considered virtual shoo-ins in the fall. Democratic office holders are few and far between in Casey County, and only five Dems are on the ballot this May. They will be major underdogs in November because of the county’s heavy Republican leanings. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 8,182 to 1,989.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Students a godsend for shelter after flooding
     After getting a call at 1 a.m. last Monday warning her of rising water, Franklin County Humane Society shelter manager Regina McDaniel knew to expect the worst. Within the week, the shelter was under water. All the animals were evacuated, but much in the shelter was destroyed.
Luckily for McDaniel and the animals, a group of local high school students decided to step up and bring the shelter back to life.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Students protest firing of well-liked teacher
     Nearly 200 students protested at Western Hills High School the firing of Aimee Graham, a social studies teacher.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
Union has several seats to fill in primary
     Contested local races in Union County include all seats on Union Fiscal Court, as well as sheriff, county clerk, jailer and property valuation administrator. All Union County local races are in the Democratic primary; Republican voters there have only the U.S. Senate race to help decide. That GOP primary includes Secretary of State C.M. "Trey" Grayson, Gurley L. Martin, Rand Paul, Jon J. Scribner and John Stephenson. Bill Johnson was also in the race, but has withdrawn.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ The Gleaner ]
School in dire need of funds
     Riverview School is very close to closing down if it does not receive a substantial amount of funding, according to that school's board treasurer. That's why the school that caters solely to special needs students is proposing a fund-raiser where 365 people, organizations or companies each donate $200 to the school.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Utility project discussed by Harlan council
     The Harlan City Council heard about one of the city’s utility projects nearing completion and past due bills regarding sewage customers during a recent meeting. Public works director Bob Yost told the council there were several past due sewer accounts and he has been working on possible solutions to this problem. Yost told the council he had a meeting scheduled Tuesday with the Black Mountain Utility District’s board about potential solutions to the problem.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Harlan Daily Enterprise ]
Harlan seeks new location for caboose that served chamber
     The Harlan County Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new location for its caboose. The caboose once served as the chamber’s office. The office was moved to a new location and the caboose isn’t needed.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Black History Gallery co-founder dies
     Those who knew Charles Connor understood his passion for history. Connor, who co-founded the Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery in Elizabethtown with his late wife, Emma, died Monday at his home. He was 93.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Dems vie for 25th District state House seat
     Longtime state representative Jimmie Lee on Tuesday once again will face Fort Knox information technology worker Glenn Fonda in the 25th District Democratic primary.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Rep. Steve Driehaus now exploiting mailings he once knocked
     Two years ago, Rep. Steve Driehaus blasted former Rep. Steve Chabot for claiming to be a fiscal conservative after Chabot spent thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money to send mail to residents. Driehaus was referring to the nearly $63,000 worth of glossy brochures, personal letters and tele-town halls that the Westwood Republican used to communicate with constituents in 2007. Two years later, Driehaus is the congressman. And guess what? Driehaus spent $125,421 on taxpayer-financed mass communications -- more than double the amount that Chabot spent, a review of House documents shows.

Posted May 14, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Maifest comes to MainStrasse
     MainStrasse's largest festival will start Friday.
Lederhosen-clad cooks fixed brats, strudel and other food in Goebel Park on Thursday for the preview to this year's Maifest.


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