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Posted January 29, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Judge allows Trigg County alcohol vote
     A judge has ruled that a precinct in Trigg County will be able to vote itself dry following the county’s repeal of prohibition in September. Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall filed a judgment today in Trigg Circuit Court that a precinct-by-precinct vote will be allowed because a precinct is not the “same territory” as a county, under binding Kentucky case law.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Lance Armstrong's mom maps out son's early road
     Lance Armstrong was 12 when his mother bought him a calendar, Rolodex and set of business cards. She thought it might help her energetic son realize his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. If you give a card, you get a card back,” Linda Armstrong Kelly told an audience at Kentucky State University Thursday. “We ended up getting all these cards that helped him secure the sponsorship he needed to follow his heart and his dreams.” Linda Armstrong Kelly spoke to an audience at Kentucky State University Thursday.

    Posted January 29, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
State employees rally for funding, services
     About 100 state employees clapped along as union organizers played a song describing the current state budget crisis. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Workers union represents about 9,000 social workers and corrections officers in Kentucky. About 100 gathered at the Rotunda Thursday to lobby legislators to maintain funding for key services.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
New legal woes for Ragland
     Shane Ragland, the Frankfort native who shot and killed University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro in an ambush, faces new legal woes in Pennsylvania. Ragland, who now lives in Aliquippa, Pa., served 90 days last year in a Beaver County, Pa., jail starting in February for driving under the influence of alcohol in October 2008, court documents show.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Maualuga charged with DUI
     Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga was arrested early Friday in Covington on charges of drunken driving and careless driving after he allegedly struck two parked cars and a parking meter. Maualuga, 23, of Cincinnati appeared in Kenton County District Court via a video link from the jail. He pleaded not guilty and was released from jail at 10:30 a.m. on his promise to return for future appearances.

    Posted January 29, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Church role big during storms
     When winter storms hit the area, many people look for a helping hand to help cope with the weather. In rural areas of the county, it is often the church that provides the hand. Several rural churches in recent years have developed plans of action in the event of heavy snow or other inclement winter weather, contacting shut-ins or anyone else otherwise unable to make their way outside and offering them help and notifying their congregations on whether services are canceled.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Warren East High School teacher arrested for alleged sexual abuse of 17-year-old
     A 35-year-old female teacher at a Bowling Green area high school has been arrested on charges related to an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Homeless population gets a count, some helping hands
     About 300 people passed through the doors of The Salvation Army on Thursday to participate in Bowling Green's Community Connect. Community Connect is held in conjunction with the Point-in-Time Homeless count. Mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, every year, states must take a survey of the homeless population. Findings from the count affect the amount of federal funding HUD awards for various programs.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Clark County officials to get salary boost
     Clark County commissioners who serve on the new form of the Fiscal Court next year will receive a modest increase in salary compared to what magistrates currently earn. County Judge-Executive Henry Branham proposed the amount as a compromise between some magistrates who supported large-scale raises and others who sought to keep salaries at the same level. Branham said he based the sum on an analysis of the county budget.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Jury give Rockholds man maximum sentence for deadly 2008 crash
     Jurors deliberated for a little over an hour Thursday afternoon before convicting a Rockholds resident of two counts of reckless homicide and driving while under the influence in connection with a fatal traffic crash nearly two years ago that killed two Brown's Creek residents.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Shelby County school bus accident sends 3 students to hospital
     Three students were hospitalized Thursday morning after a Shelby County school bus hit a guardrail as it negotiated a turn on its way to school. There were no serious injuries.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Times Journal ]
Jamestown mayor says new jobs possible at industrial park
     A new industry could be coming to Russell County, according to Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates. At last week's regular meeting of Jamestown's City Council Bates announced that a Wisconsin-based snack food company is looking at locating in Russell Springs' French Valley Industrial Park as well as locations in Wayne and McCreary counties.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Conservation area advances
     The findings of an archaeological assessment of the Hawthorne Crossing Conservation Area in Northern Kentucky were presented to the public Thursday. The evaluation represents another step toward turning 140 acres along the Licking River near Cold Spring into a nature preserve with recreational opportunities for the public. The property had been used as a private dairy farm.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Counterfeiter turned $5s into $100s
     A 36-year-old Williamstown man laundering money - literally - was sentenced Thursday to two years and six months in federal prison. Thomas Onan washed $5 bills in bleach to remove the ink and then copied the image of a $100 bill onto the paper with a computer printer, he admitted as part of a plea deal.

Posted January 29, 2010 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Smoking ban public hearing scheduled
     Bardstown City Council agreed Tuesday the smoking ban issue has gone on long enough. There is plenty on paper, Mayor Dick Heaton said, and it’s time to hear from the people. The council scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center on South Third Street.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Leggett & Platt to close one Winchester facility
     The Ecton Road facility of Winchester's Leggett & Platt Inc. will be closing its doors sometime in March, said Chuck Denisio, general manager for the company’s New Street and Maple Street divisions. Denisio denied rumors that the company will be shutting down all Winchester operations.

    Posted January 28, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Microsoft offers free tech training for 20,250
     Kentucky has joined forces with Microsoft to offer free technology training to thousands of residents. Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement Wednesday at Paul Sawyier Public Library. Kentucky will receive 20,250 vouchers for free online training and certification through the public-private initiative “Microsoft Elevate America.”

Posted January 28, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Inmate food bill clears House committee
     Legislation has passed a House committee that would eliminate privatized food service for inmates at Kentucky’s prisons. The House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 33, sponsored by Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, which would require inmate food service at the state’s prisons be turned over to the Department of Corrections. A recent Corrections report indicates that the quality and quantity of a private vendor's food at the Northpoint Training Center in Burgin was an underlying factor in last fall’s riot at that facility.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Helping Haiti: Local woman spearheads designer gown auction
     A Danville woman is taking a unique approach to helping earthquake-devastated Haitians. Yolantha Pace, an artist, educator and Christian missionary who has developed several close friendships with Haitians through her work in their country, is auctioning a designer dress on eBay. The model wearing the dress in the photo on eBay is Laura Kirpatrick, the Stanford native who was runnerup in a recent “America’s Next Top Model” competition.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
North Dakota man given 3 years for role in kidnap plan
     A North Dakota man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl from Bowling Green middle school. Dragan Jovanovic, 42, of Fargo, N.D., was sentenced Tuesday in Warren Circuit Court. Jovanovic and a second man were charged with attempted kidnapping. They allegedly planned to take the girl back to North Dakota so she could live with Jovanovic's 14-year-old son as his girlfriend or wife.


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