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Posted January 28, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Bowling Green census office seeks more applicants
     The Bowling Green census office is lacking enough applications to fill the 1,300 temporary jobs that will help complete the 2010 census count. “We have a huge need there,” a census official said. “There’s still a need to have plenty of applicants coming in.” The office, which serves 16 counties in southcentral Kentucky, opened in December and will begin hiring a majority of workers this spring.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
National Guard officer describes scene in Haiti
     The young Haitian boy lying on a stretcher couldn’t hold on to his teddy bear. It slipped from his grasp. Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, spokesman for the Kentucky National Guard, described how he felt as he picked up the stuffed animal and tucked it under the boy’s arm. “I hope somebody would do that for my kid if that was the case in Kentucky,” Hilbrecht said Wednesday as he spoke by phone from the Dominican Republic. “It feels good to be in the right place at the right time.”

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Winchester Sun ]
Clark County public health buildings bedeviled by problems
     Employees of the Clark County Home Health Agency found a rude welcome awaiting them when they returned to work after their Christmas break. During the time the office was closed, part of the ceiling over the environmental services area of the office collapsed, creating quite a mess. Clark County Director of Public Health Scott Lockard said the collapse was caused when wires holding up the light fixtures gave way, sending the heavy lights crashing down.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Grant County News ]
Grant County man found guilty in death of 1-year-old girl
     After more than two days of testimony, a Grant County jury took less than two hours to find Brandon Barnhill guilty of the murder of 1-year-old Kiara Smith. The 25-year-old Crittenden man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Knox Board of Education stands firm on decision to end reciprocal agreement
     After an hour-long discussion Tuesday night that brought factual and emotional arguments from both sides of the reciprocal agreement stand-off between Knox County and Corbin Independent Schools, the Knox County Board of Education elected to take no action concerning its decision to end the annual agreement. This means an estimated 169 students who live in the Knox County School District, but attend Corbin schools, will be unable to do so beginning in the 2010-11 school year unless they pay tuition, or find other legal arrangements.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Sentinel-News ]
Smoking request snuffed out for now
     Just putting smoking restrictions on the Shelbyville City Council's agenda brought residents out in force. Mayor Tom Hardesty even had to bring more chairs in to accommodate about 50 or more people who wanted to be heard on a request by the “Make Shelbyville Restaurants Smoke-Free” Facebook group, and he moved the request to speak up near the top of the agenda. Both sides came out ready to defend their positions Thursday, but in the end the council took no action, and there are no plans to have it on a later agenda.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Murray hospital sends surgical tech, nurse anesthetist to help with Haiti relief efforts
     As many local residents pray and donate money and supplies for those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti, two medical professionals from Murray are on the way to offer their services in recovery efforts.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Casey County News ]
Special Election: Voters will choose new state rep on Tuesday
     With less than a week to go until the special election for the District 24 House seat, the candidates are working to reach as many voters as possible. Leo Johnson, the Republican candidate from Casey County, is facing the Democratic challenger from Lebanon, Terry Mills. The seat encompasses Casey, Marion and part of Pulaski counties.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Hardin County coroner ready for Haiti deployment
     The shift in post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti from rescue to recovery has Hardin County’s Dr. Bill Lee on deck, ready to offer his knowledge of forensic dentistry and experience as a coroner to the island’s suffering population. Lee and a handful of Kentucky’s forensic and mortuary resources, including forensic pathologist Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones, are part of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, or DMORT.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Union objects to ambulance camera
     The Covington Fire Department's new ambulance with a camera in the back has raised some liability and privacy concerns among firefighters. The city and Fire Department's union are trying to work out a grievance filed by the firefighters union Local 38 about the camera. The city claims the camera is for security of both the public and paramedics. The union claims the camera violates the union's contract with the city and presents possible violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ News Democrat ]
Carroll County sheriff ‘doing exceptionally well’ following traffic accident
     Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith will be coming home soon, according to his wife, Cheryl. He is currently in a private room at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville. The sheriff fractured his neck in a traffic accident on Jan. 12; however, his wife said the injury did not require surgery, and it will heal on its own. He is wearing a neck brace, she said.

Posted January 28, 2010 [ Trimble Banner ]
Rising rates
     E.ON U.S., parent company of Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric Company, announced plans last week to file rate adjustment requests with the Kentucky Public Service Commission. KU provides electricity to more than one-half million customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. LG&E serves 314,000 natural gas and 389,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. The utility operates electric-generating plants in Trimble County.

Posted January 27, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Marine who graduated from a Warren County high school dies in Afghanistan blast
     Lt. Cpl. Timothy J. Poole Jr., 22, a 2007 graduate of Warren East High School, was killed Sunday during combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Posted January 27, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Auto parts manufacturer closing Bowling Green operation
     The local automotive industry has taken another hit - an auto parts manufacturer plans to close a Bowling Green facility, cutting nearly 100 jobs. Sumitomo Electrical Wiring Systems will close its New Model Development Center by April 2011. The plant, which develops wiring harnesses and electrical components for automobiles, is moving some local operations to Marysville, Ohio, and Lexington, where it will be closer to its customers, said Matt Adams, general affairs manager for Sumitomo. Some production operations will also be moved to Mexico, he said.

    Posted January 27, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Retirement issues lead to hot race
     Funding issues – there’s a nearly $17 billion shortage – and concerns about independence have made the race for two seats on the Kentucky Retirement Systems a hot contest. Six are vying for them. Ballots were mailed to approximately 128,000 active and retired state employees on Monday. Several of the candidates have taken out advertisements or submitted letters to The State Journal.

Posted January 27, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort's Farmers Bank faces hurdles
     Frankfort's Farmers Capital Bank Corp. still faces obstacles in the wake of CEO Tony Busseni’s resignation, including repayment of a $30 million federal loan and a cease-and-desist order against one of its subsidiaries. Company officials say they’re making progress on all three issues. Busseni resigned Monday – neither he nor any company officials would comment on the matter.

Posted January 27, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Public defenders dealing with death threats
     Vague death threats from family members of a man gunned down on Holmes Street prompted two of Frankfort’s public defenders to seek protection from local law enforcement officers. “There were apparent threats coming from family members of the deceased in the shooting case,” public defender Rodney Barnes told The State Journal Tuesday.

Posted January 27, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Prison escapee found in Mercer
     A Mercer County man who escaped Jan. 17 from the Marion Adjustment Center was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a home in Harrodsburg. John Francis was found hiding in a closet.

    Posted January 27, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Animal owners urged to prepare for storm
     Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer urges Kentucky livestock producers and other animal owners to prepare for a severe winter storm that is expected to strike the Commonwealth near the end of the week.

Posted January 27, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Historic church's wall damaged again
     Richwood Presbyterian Church's history goes back to 1834. One of its former members, the late slave Margaret Garner, was the subject of an opera and her story was also the basis for Toni Morrison's "Beloved" novel. But a stone wall in front of the historic church has been damaged again, a costly repair for a church with only 70 members. It is believed that trucks are hitting the wall when their drivers turn around at the church.


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