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    Posted January 1, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bad economy helped fuel scams
     A report by the Better Business Bureau shows that in 2009, the economy caused more people to get scammed and also led to more scam artists.

Posted January 1, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
High school rocket getting new paint job
     The Shelby County High School rocket, an authentic Air Force rocket, was recently placed on a flatbed truck and escorted by sheriff's deputies to a local body shop to be repainted. Former Shelby County High School art teacher Jim Terhune, who was instrumental in acquiring the rocket for the school in 1993, also spearheaded the $7,000 plus project to have it repainted.

Posted January 1, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Cox's Creek man killed in single-vehicle crash
     A Nelson County man died Thursday afternoon at the scene of a single-vehicle crash just past exit 86 on Interstate 65 in Glendale. Kentucky State Police said the 58-year-old Cox’s Creek resident was southbound on I-65 when his vehicle left the roadway on the right shoulder and struck a tree. His name had not been released as of Thursday afternoon.

Posted January 1, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Recycled energy available to Salt River Electric customers
     Salt River Electric is working to provide alternative energy to its customers. One method already available is EnviroWatts, which offers renewable energy -- methane gas from common household waste captured from landfills -- for a premium, which helps support and grow the program and funds research for other alternate energy sources.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lincoln County lawsuit involving accidental shooting moved to federal court
     The maker of a muzzleloading rifle that accidentally fired and killed a Lincoln County man last year has moved the lawsuit filed by his widow to federal court. Tiffany Manuel of Waynesburg filed the complaint last month in Lincoln County. It alleges Traditional Sporting Goods and Ardesa negligently designed and manufactured the muzzleloader rifle that accidentally discharged and struck Kevin Manuel in the forehead, killing him last December as he was preparing for a hunting trip.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Major construction under way in Garrard County
     Two major construction projects in downtown Lancaster are on schedule and moving forward as planned. Construction of the new Garrard County Judicial Center and renovation of the old Grand Theater are both on track to be complete in the later part of 2010.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Security breach evacuates Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky airport terminal
     A security breach forced the evacuation of Terminal 2 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Thursday morning, but no problems were found, an airport spokeswoman said. Barb Schempf said the airport was notified by the Transportation Security Administration about 6:15 that a passenger walked away with his bag before security was finished with the screening process. As a precaution, passengers aboard flights going out of Terminal 2, which serves United Airlines, American Eagle, U.S. Airways and Continental, were brought back to be re-screened, Schempf said.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
An uncertain future for Logan County landmark
     When Auburn Mayor Dewey Roche walks down Main Street past Cox Variety Store these days, he shakes his head in frustration. Two years after the Auburn landmark - a rare slice of Americana - locked its doors, tourists still routinely stop, but all they can do is peek through the grimy front windows at the treasures inside. Red Ryder BB guns, old-fashioned gumball candy and red Radio Flyer wagons line the shelves inside, collecting dust.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Winchester Sun ]
Judge won't lower bond for arson suspects accused of torching their own home
     A judge again refused to alter the bond for a Winchester couple charged with setting fire to their home shortly before Christmas.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Winchester Sun ]
First draft of history
     It has often been said that newspaper stories are “the first draft of history.” That being so, Jack May, a retired judge from Danville, had a significant role in the history of America’s involvement in the World War II. May was a 15-year-old news boy for The Winchester Sun when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, and Congress declared war on the Empire of Japan. He was having Sunday dinner with his family when he got the call that he was needed to deliver a special edition of that day’s Sun.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Special Election set for Feb. 2
     Gov. Steve Beshear has issued a writ of election to fill the vacant 24th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The district includes Casey and Marion counties and a portion of Pulaski County. The seat became vacant when Jimmy Higdon resigned from the House after he was elected to fill the vacant 14th District state Senate seat.

    Posted December 31, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Legislators foresee tough session ahead
     The Kentucky General Assembly will stare down the barrel of another budget shortfall in 2010, and legislators agree it will be a difficult task to reach an accord on where needed cuts shall fall.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Charities ready for year-end rush
     Making charitable donations sounds like a good New Year’s resolution; but for some, it’s something to do before the clock strikes midnight. Some local charitable organizations see an increase in giving right before the new year, when donors are looking for ways to get a little extra back from Uncle Sam. But whenever donations are made and for whatever reason, donors need to know what they need to make those deductions.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Florence madam sentenced to 15 months
     A New York City resident learned Wednesday her punishment for operating a Northern Kentucky brothel that federal authorities had been trying to shutter for nearly a year.

Posted December 31, 2009 [ Trimble Banner ]
Saying good-bye to Howard
     Hundreds of people came out Monday, Dec. 28, to pay their respects to William Howard Long, a man many described as being dedicated to the people of Trimble County, always ready with a smile and a firm – very firm – handshake. Long, known as “Howardy” by many locals, served as Trimble County’s sheriff for 20 years and as chief deputy sheriff – under his brother, Denny Long – for nine years. He died Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky., at age 78.

Posted December 30, 2009 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Whitley County Sheriff blasts rumors that office break-in was an inside job
     Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge said that contrary to what appears to be the implications of some other area media outlets and Internet rumors, he had nothing to do with the break-in last week at his office. "This burglary, the timing couldn't have been worse," said Hodge, who is up for re-election next year. "I assure you that it had nothing to do with the Corbin Times Tribune. What those people think doesn't matter even the least to me." Hodge made the comments Tuesday morning in reference to a headline Tuesday that states, "sheriff's office broken into after open records request."

Posted December 30, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville committee files petition to get vote on expanded alcohol sales
     A committee formed to get expanded alcohol sales on the ballot next year turned in a petition to the Boyle County Clerk’s office Tuesday afternoon. If successful, the issue could be placed on the ballot in March

Posted December 30, 2009 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green kettle fundraising goals surpassed for The Salvation Army
     It was the season for giving as The Salvation Army in Bowling Green surpassed its goal for its red kettle fundraiser. Salvation Army volunteers rang bells outside more than 10 local stores during the holidays, collecting money that helps support the local organization. This year, the organization collected $126,000 - its goal was $100,000. Shoppers gave 35 percent more money than they did last year, Salvation Army Maj. Ed Binnix said.

Posted December 30, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Armed man dressed as woman robs Danville check cashing business
     Police are searching for a man who wore a distinctive disguise during an armed robbery Tuesday afternoon at a Danville check cashing business on Hustonville Road. They are also looking into whether the crime is connected to a Richmond robbery.

Posted December 30, 2009 [ Grant County News ]
Grant County fires labeled ‘suspicious’
     In the last two months, six vacant houses, barns or outbuildings have burned in Grant County and fire officials are calling them “suspicious.” “There’s no possible ignition source, other than the fires being intentionally set,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Calvin Crupper. The fires have occurred throughout Grant County, from Crittenden to Corinth, and have been in late evening or early morning, usually on Friday or Saturday night.


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