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Posted June 23, 2010 [ Eagle Post ]
Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
     Fort Campbell announced the deaths of three soldiers in Afghanistan during the last week. Two soldiers, Pfc. Benjamin Park, 25, of Fairfax Station, Va., and Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter, 25, of South Amherst, Ohio, died Friday after encountering an improvised explosive devise while on patrol. The third soldier, Spc. Nathan W. Cox, 27, of Freemont, Calif, died June 16 at Landsthul, Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire on June 14.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Ex-soldier lost wife, children, home
     Weeks before Joshua Drew Logan was to deploy overseas with the National Guard in 2007, his wife filed for divorce. Then Logan lost his Frankfort home on Blueridge Drive, custody of his children to his ex-wife and wound up owing her tens of thousands of dollars, court documents say. Now the man accused of growing an estimated 100 marijuana plants and possessing explosive materials is sitting in Franklin County Regional Jail. Law enforcement officers shut down parts of a quiet eastside Frankfort neighborhood Tuesday and evacuated about 20 homes while they investigated and disposed of the explosive materials.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Three booms and it's over
     The residents of about 20 Frankfort homes who’d been evacuated returned to the neighborhood late Tuesday night after police demolition experts detonated “explosive materials” discovered in a house on Northwood Road.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Mercer County grand jury indicts women for allegedly growing pot, involving children in operation
     Two Burgin women arrested last month for allegedly growing marijuana in their home have been indicted by a Mercer County grand jury. Judy Butler, 49, and Tina Gayle Savage, 38, were each indicted for cultivation of marijuana and unlawful transaction with a minor for allegedly involving children in their pot operation.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Charges are filed in ’84 slaying
     A man accused of being part of a multistate crime spree as an escaped convict 26 years ago has been charged with murder in Edmonson County after revealing details about the victim that few people would know. Wallace D. Spence, 51, was indicted Monday on one count of murder by an Edmonson County grand jury. He is accused of killing Thomas Brannon in Edmonson County in 1984 and transporting his body to Illinois, where it was discovered in a mummified state by a mushroom hunter in 1985.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Corvette becomes state’s sports car
     On Tuesday, the Corvette, which is manufactured in Bowling Green, became Kentucky’s sports car. Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 104 into law in front of hundreds of employees at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant. “Kentucky has a state bird. It has a state tree. It has a state song,” he said, “and finally, thanks to House Bill 104, we are going to have a state sports car.”

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Drowning victim remembered
     The end of Jimmy Parks’ short life came as a tragic irony. An active 13-year-old with a love for the outdoors, Jimmy died doing what he loved, to hear relatives tell the story. Parks, of Morgantown, was swimming with his father, William Richard Parks, and his sister, Stephanie Parks, in the waters near where the Green and Barren rivers meet near Woodbury Dam late Monday afternoon, Smith said. Father and son drowned.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Sun Products to build $41M facility in Bowling Green
     It’s one of the biggest employers in Bowling Green, and it’s pumping more money into the city. Sun Products Corp. plans to construct a $41 million warehouse and distribution center in Bowling Green. The company currently operates nine facilities in and around Bowling Green, and those facilities will consolidate into the new, 1.4 million-square-foot center.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Eighty-seven new jobs coming to Butler County
     At the peak of the recession, Butler County had nearly hit bottom. A few years before, its biggest employer had shut down. Other companies laid off workers and unemployment soared. Now, the small community is bouncing back. Since late 2009, a handful of companies - including Kentucky Copper, which will create more than 100 jobs - have announced location or expansion plans in Butler County. On Tuesday, two more companies joined that list.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Beattyville Enterprise ]
Bears visit Lee County
     Tom Jones heard his dog barking early Sunday morning. It was a different kind of bark, something was different. So Jones got up. His wife, he said, told him that the dog had been barking at other dogs. He went out of his Lee County home and saw something black in the line of trees across the road from his house. As he watched it, he realized it was a black bear, and it was headed for his garbage container.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Kentucky Press News Service ]
Governor announces grants to improve children's dental health
     Gov. Steve Beshear today announced two rounds of federal grant funding totaling more than $200,000 that will allow 24 counties to create community coalitions aimed at improving dental health among children throughout eastern Kentucky and other areas of the state.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelbyville-based bank names interim CEO, cuts jobs
     Six months after Citizens Union Bank came under investigation by the state and federal regulators because of a series of problem loans, bank officials say they have made a number of changes, including hiring an interim CEO and eliminating about 10 jobs.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Springfield Sun ]
Louisville couple killed in motorcycle accident
     A Louisville husband and wife have died in a Breckinridge County crash involving their motorcycle and a truck.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Lexington Herald Leader ]
Two ex-caregivers charged with abuse in Madison County
     Two former caregivers accused of abusing a mentally handicapped man in a Madison County group home now face criminal charges, according to a release from Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Water gone, smiles aplenty
     Just a scant seven weeks after devastating floodwaters swept through the city of Liberty's Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard destroying 80 percent of the businesses, the vast majority of those businesses have now re-opened.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Investment scam trial postponed
     The trial for four defendants accused of running a property investment scam likely will be rescheduled for the fall, allowing federal prosecutors to move forward with their own charges. Robert and Sheila Kennedy, along with Ann and Robert Scarborough, were scheduled for a two-week trial beginning Thursday in Christian Circuit Court. The Kennedys and Scarboroughs were allegedly involved in an investment scam in which they convinced friends and family to dump tens of thousands of dollars into real estate in Kentucky, Indiana and Nevada, according to the attorney general’s investigation.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Hancock Clarion ]
Hancock County man indicted for pointing a gun at students
     A Hancock County grand jury has indicted a local man for allegedly pointing a gun at a group of middle school students in March.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Domestic incident leads to attempted murder charge
     Elizabethtown police arrested and charged an Elizabethtown man with attempted murder Monday, accusing him of attempting to choke and drown a woman in a residential pool.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
One step closer
     Several young baseball players braved the sweltering heat Tuesday morning to play in the dirt. The playground was the site of the Elizabethtown Sports Park. The young athletes, with golden shovels in hand, joined members of Elizabethtown City Council and the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau to usher in the groundbreaking of the park. The park is tentatively scheduled to open in the summer of 2012. The complex will house 12 fields for baseball and softball, nine full-size soccer fields, two multi-purpose fields, numerous practice fields and a “miracle field” for physically challenged athletes.

Posted June 23, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Highland Heights population jumps 6 percent
     Thanks to its annexation of Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights had the highest population growth rate among Kentucky cities between July 1, 2008, and July 1 of 2009, according to an Enquirer analysis of data the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday. Highland Heights grew by 420 people, a jump of 6.1 percent, during that period.


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