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    Posted December 16, 2009 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Long-time state office holder Drex Davis dies at 88
     Drexell R. Davis, who held several elective offices in Kentucky, died Wednesday night at the home of his son, Drexel R. Davis Jr., of Frankfort. He was 88.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lancaster police expect manpower cuts to hurt drug investigations
     The upcoming layoffs for the city of Lancaster’s police department will stretch the patrol force thin and could impact ongoing efforts to crack down on drug-related crime, Police Chief Ronnie Lamb said. By the end of December, the police department will have lost three full-time officers — two will be laid off, and one will have left for military service in Afghanistan. Those three officers make up a third of the current patrol force.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lincoln County partners with Stanford to pay tourism director
     Lincoln Fiscal Court gave first reading Tuesday to an ordinance to create a new tourism/Main Street office in partnership with the city of Stanford. Judge-Executive Bill Demrow said three finalists for director of the new post will be interviewed Monday and the new hire is expected to be announced at the Dec. 29 Fiscal Court meeting. Demrow and Stanford Mayor Bill Miracle announced last month that the county’s tourism office would be combined with the city’s Main Street program as a cost-saving measure. The move will save about $50,000 a year, which will be split between the two entities.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Businessman, banker agrees to purchase sign for The Arena in Corbin
     Corbin tourism officials say a Corbin businessman has agreed to purchase a high-tech, LED sign for the Southeast Kentucky Agriculture and Exposition Center in Corbin - a gift that will save the city over $130,000 to promote the 5,000-seat venue.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Corbin dentist accused of Medicaid fraud
     A Whitley County Grand Jury indicted a Corbin dentist Monday morning for allegedly defrauding the state over the last seven years of more than $13,000. The grand jury indicted Ronald H. Hungerbuhler, 55, of Corbin, on seven counts of devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program (KMAP) of $300 or more.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Springfield Sun ]
Washington County cracks down on littering
     Washington County officials say it's time to get serious about enforcing anti-litter laws. In fact, a Danville man has been charged with a misdemeanor for criminal littering. And county officials are targeting illegal dumps too.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelby County man indicted for murder of Frankfort man
     A Shelby County man has been indicted on murder charges in connection with a stabbing death at Lynne Acres in October. Melvin Hawkins, 35, was arrested Oct. 30 at his apartment complex and charged with stabbing Rickey Wright in the chest. A Shelbyville Police report stated that Hawkins and Wright, 46, of Frankfort, were involved in an altercation that was both oral and physical, when Hawkins picked up a knife and stabbed Wright in the chest.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Two death trials slated for 2010
     Two trials involving five persons accused in connection to murder of two Calloway County men have been scheduled for 2010 in Calloway County Circuit Court.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Casey County News ]
Petition circulating in Liberty to permit the serving of alcohol
     Liberty residents may get the same opportunity as those in other surrounding cities lately in deciding whether they want alcoholic beverages served at local restaurants. A petition is now circulating, encouraging eligible voters in the Liberty precincts to petition for a local option election which would allow the serving of liquor by the drink in restaurants that seat at least 75 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross sales from food. Similar petitions have found their way to the ballot box in nearby cities this year, including Lancaster and Jamestown, where the local option was approved, and in Stanford, where it was rejected.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Lebanon police officer's murderer still at-large
     Lebanon police officer David Ford was found shot to death in February. He was found at his home with a gunshot wound to the head. No one has been arrested and police have released few details regarding the investigation. But it's still very much a working case, a state police detective says.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Another special election is coming
     Jimmy Higdon was the sitting state representative for the 24th district, which includes Marion and Casey counties and part of Pulaski County. His seat will be considered vacant when he is sworn in as the 14th District state senator as a result of his victory in the Dec. 8 special election. The district includes Casey, Marion and parts of Pulaski counties.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Rep. Guthrie visits Iraq
     U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, who returned from Iraq on Tuesday, offered a generally positive assessment of developments in the war-torn country. This was the first time the Republican from Bowling Green had visited the country.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Theater enthusiast killed in Hardin County crash
     A head-on collision on Ky. 86 early Tuesday afternoon took the life of former Elizabethtown business owner and community theater and arts enthusiast Bruce Caldera. He was 53.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Display of power brings peaceful end to Sonora standoff
     A joint effort by law enforcement agencies throughout Hardin County brought a peaceful end to what’s been described as a fugitive standoff in Sonora Monday night. The incident began when drug task force agents tried to serve an arrest warrant on David Nunn, a 39-year-old Elizabethtown man on probation, who was hiding in a home in the southern Hardin County community of Sonora.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
A new home in time for the holidays
     The Warm Blessings soup kitchen on Monday moved its Elizabethtown operations from a church basement to its own building, replete with a commercial dishwasher and two new stoves. Warm Blessings frequently serves people who have lost jobs, and families with no rainy day funds for a crisis.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Grand jury gets runover death case
     Just as Clifford Gardenhire stepped on the gas of his Dodge Neon, he told a detective, the mother of his child jumped onto the hood. As Gardenhire hit the brakes, the detective thinks 23-year-old Nikkia Comer slid off the hood face first. The detectives said the car then rolled on top of her as Gardenhire tried to leave. A large plume of smoke from the burning rubber of the tires could be seen a block away as Gardenhire repeatedly shifted the car’s transmission between drive and reverse as he tried to rock it off the body of the dying Comer.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Holocaust survivor tells students his story
     No. 117013. That's the number the Nazi's stamped on 18-year-old Werner Coppel's left arm at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland in 1943. "When that tattoo was put on our arms, we ceased to be human beings," Coppel said. "We were just a number." Coppel shared his story Tuesday with about 400 eighth grade students at Campbell County Middle School. It was the culmination of lessons this quarter in literature class on World War II, which included the reading of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Cincinnati police officer killed in combat
     A Northern Kentucky native, 35-year-old Air Force Reservist Tony Campbell has died while deployed in Afghanistan. Campbell was a Cincinnati police officer. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Cadiz Record ]
Cadiz pastor killed in Hopkins County car accident
     A Cadiz pastor died Friday night after he was involved in a three-car wreck on the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway near the 31 mile marker, just south of Nortonville in Hopkins County, according to a report by Trooper Carlo Anderson of the Kentucky State Police.

Posted December 16, 2009 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Medley named Owensboro Bishop
     During a press conference Tuesday, the Rev. William Francis Medley attributed his success as a pastor to the parishes he served over the years, including St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, in Bardstown. Medley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro. Medley, who will be ordained 2 p.m. CST Feb. 10, 2010, at the Owensboro Sportscenter will succeed Bishop John J. McRaith, who resigned in January.


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