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Posted February 4, 2010 [ Henry County Local ]
Eminence car dealership closes
     Another business has closed its doors, citing the poor economic climate. Though Hancock and Waits Chrysler in Eminence was spared the axe when Chrysler shut down nearly 800 dealerships in 2009, the business closed its doors for good last Thursday.

Posted February 4, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Governor proposes $112 million more for Fort Knox-area road projects
     Gov. Steve Beshear’s state highway plan, which he presented Tuesday to the General Assembly, includes $112 million in road project money to help the Hardin County area cope with Fort Knox’s transformation. New roads are in the works to handle traffic — which already appears to be increasing — expected when the regional population grows by thousands of new residents. With the opening of the Human Resources Center of Excellence this summer, the Base Realignment and Closure initiative will transform the Army post into more of an administrative center with many civilian workers streaming through the gates each day.

Posted February 4, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Guilty pleas expected in Boyle County firefighter arson case
     The last of four former Boyle County volunteer firefighters charged with arson has agreed to plead guilty. Stephen Orberson, 19, of Gravel Switch decided to enter a guilty plea during a pretrial conference Tuesday in Boyle Circuit Court. Oberson is charged with seven counts of second-degree arson for allegedly burning down seven barns and abandoned buildings in Boyle County in 2008 and 2009.

Posted February 4, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Lawsuit: Toyota flaw caused wrecks
     A Boone County woman pinned against a brick wall by a Camry and a Grant County Tundra driver who claims her pickup truck accelerated out of control have filed a federal lawsuit against Toyota on Wednesday. Their lawyer, Eric Deters, said he is collaborating with Cincinnati lawyer Stan Chesley to seek class-action status for owners of Toyotas with sticking accelerator pedals.

Posted February 4, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Rogue driver ignores roundabouts
     One motorist traveling through Hebron apparently prefers the most direct route. The Boone County Sheriff's Department says an unknown person has driven directly through the median of recently installed roundabouts on North Bend Road (Ky. 237) on more than one occasion. At first, authorities thought it was an accident. Now they believe it's intentional vandalism.

Posted February 4, 2010 [ News Democrat ]
Carroll County man ordered to make restitution in animal cruelty case
     A Carroll County man has given sentenced to six months in jail on animal cruelty charges and to make restitution of $12,000 to the county for its expenses and veterinary bills after a raid at his home last fall netted more than 200 animals, many of them sick and dying.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Pill pusher suspects arrested
     When dawn broke this morning, Winchester Police were bringing the last of 33 suspected drug traffickers to the Clark County Detention Center after an overnight roundup. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said officers had accumulated drug trafficking warrants for 51 suspects during the last several months. All but a handful were suspected of trafficking in Oxycodone and other pills, he said. “This is a months-long investigation that culminated last night,” Hall said.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Cause of Danville church fire determined
     A fire Sunday evening that destroyed the Church of God of America at 449 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Danville has been ruled accidental due to electrical failure. Danville Fire Marshal Ken Pflug released the preliminary findings in cooperation with the state Fire Marshal’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Two charged with plotting Boyle County murder
     Two men accused of plotting to kill the manager of a Danville fast food restaurant last year will have pretrial conferences next month. Tad Shelton, 23, of Hustonville and William Tate, 24, of Mackville are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly planning to kill a manager at a Wendy’s restaurant.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Group opposes Danville alcohol sales
     With the vote on whether to make Danville fully wet a month away, a group opposing the move has started to take shape. The group, which calls itself “Citizens for a Safe Danville,” is made up largely of representatives from local churches and religious organizations.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Nurse anesthetist spends a week in Haiti
     “My husband and I agreed that if there’s a way I could go, I wanted to go. If there are places that need help, I go there,” said Susan Scott of Bowling Green, a traveling certified registered nurse anesthetist. “When the earthquake happened, I was between assignments. It was God’s plan. It fell into place.”

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Teen gets 20 years in father’s shooting death
     Barren County teenager Jared Upton, who pleaded guilty in December to murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the shooting death of his father, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
More trouble for Frankfort's Farmers Bank
     Frankfort's Farmers Capital Bank Corp. will forgo the dividend on its common stock for the first quarter of 2010 in light of growing loan losses and writing down $46.5 million of intangible assets. Vice President Doug Carpenter said many other financial companies have made the same decision in order to conserve capital.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Buffalo Trace leaves the Bourbon Trail
     It’s now easier to complete the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and earn a free T-shirt because the tour is shorter - Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and Tom Moore Distillery in Bardstown will no longer participate. Their owner sent a letter to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association on Dec. 31 saying the firm would leave KDA and its promotional bourbon trail program.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Jackson City School celebrates centennial in August
     August begins a magnificent milestone for Jackson City School. It marks the start of the school's 100th anniversary. And it also means preparing for activities and bringing alumni together for the big event later this summer.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Kentucky Mountain Bible College student creates earthquake relief website
     The Internet was where Alix Hilaire got the first glimpses of the destruction in Haiti during last month's earthquake. Now, nearly a month after the disaster, he's using the Internet as a way to raise money to help the people of his native land.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Springfield Sun ]
Feds take Washington County deputy case, indictments returned
     A federal grand jury has returned indictments against two former Washington County sheriff’s deputies. Norris Wayne Bartley, 42, of Springfield, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 41, of Mackville, were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in Louisville. Each is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Good Samaritans rescue Shelby County man after falling through ice
     Saturday's snow storm did not cause many problems for Shelby Countians, with the exception of an elderly Southville man who fell through the ice on his frozen pond farm. But lucky for Ray Clark Casey, 69, a good Samaritan who was passing by stopped to rescue him. Casey was lying in the freezing water when Todd Brown and his wife, Heather, happened along with their three children.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Democrat wins tight race in special election for House seat
     Terry Mills of Lebanon will be the next state representative from the 24th District. Mills won a closely contested special election Feb. 2. He will succeed Jimmy Higdon as the representative for Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

Posted February 3, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Former UK hoops star indicted on 4 counts
     Elizabethtown detective Kelly Slone told grand jurors last month a tale of a fallen hoops star caught swindling college basketball fans out of thousands of dollars by pre-selling season tickets he never delivered on. Last week, the same grand jurors weighed in on Slone’s investigation – passing on to Ninth Circuit Court Judge Ken Howard an indictment of former University of Kentucky basketball star Derrick Miller.


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