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Posted March 11, 2010 [ Greensburg Record Herald ]
Layoffs, cutbacks at Greenburg's water plant narrowly avoided
     Layoffs at the Greensburg Water Plant and other budget cuts were narrowly avoided Tuesday when the Green-Taylor Water District agreed to immediately resume using Greensburg water. The district had begun buying water from Campbellsville at a lesser rate but that resulted in a cash flow problem for Greensburg.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Flemingsburg Gazette ]
Fleming County fire claims home; family escapes blaze
     An early morning fire destroyed a historic two-story home in the Fleming County community of Mt. Carmel. The fire started around 3 a.m. Wednesday. According to fire Chief J.R. Denton, the home of Felicia Meyer and her two young children was engulfed in flames when the Mt. Carmel and the Flemingsburg engines arrived on scene. The family escaped without injury.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Henry County Local ]
Thanks, but no thanks
     Deciding there were too many strings attached and too many unanswered questions, the Eminence City Council rejected on Monday a $82,500 state sidewalk grant. Mayor Jim Petitt said Tuesday morning that the conditions of the grant required the city have an architect, architectural drawings, and someone oversee the project, as well as “suggesting” an engineer. Petitt told the council those requirements could cost the city $30,000 to $40,000.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
Abortion amendments lead to firestorm
     Rep. Tim Moore says the “venom and violence” lobbed by House legislators opposed to several abortion amendments he has attached to bills will not dissuade him. Along with House Minority Whip David Floyd, R-Bardstown, Moore is pushing for a floor discussion and vote on a policy requiring facilities that perform abortions to share the results of an ultrasound with the mother and explain what the images show.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ News Enterprise ]
The buck stuffed here
     As a little girl, Alicia Love wanted to be an artist; then she aspired to be a veterinarian. As a grown-up, the Hardin County resident combined the two pursuits. Now she’s an award-winning taxidermist. She recently took home some top honors from the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Grand National Taxidermy Contest and has won blue ribbons for previous work.

    Posted March 11, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Court won't review sex offender case
     The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to review a Kentucky high court ruling that found it unconstitutional to retroactively apply Kentucky's sex offender residency restriction. The decision means as many as 5,800 people convicted before the limits went into effect in 2006 - including an Elsmere man who challenged it - can live within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool, public playground or licensed day care.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Kentucky Enquirer ]
Parole denied for beating suspect
     The only suspect in the near-fatal beating of violinist Arthur Weinberg on Christmas Eve 2005 was denied parole this week after being convicted of using the musician's stolen credit card. The Kentucky Parole Board ordered Samuel Spencer, 35, of Newport to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Trimble Banner ]
Hospitals reduce inmate's medical charges from $83,000 to $23,000
     Trimble County Fiscal Court approved payment of two hospital bills incurred in November when an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center suffered a heart attack. Negotiating with two hospitals reduced the bills' total from $83,000 down to $23,000 -- an amount that's still a hardship on Trimble County, an official says.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
North Dakota man denied shock probation in Bowling Green kidnap case
     A man in prison for his role in the attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl from a Bowling Green middle school will remain behind bars after a judge denied his motion for shock probation. Dragan Jovanovic, 42, was sentenced in January to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

Posted March 11, 2010 [ Trimble Banner ]
Kentucky, Indiana agree to split the difference in bridge project
     With $20 million in TIGER grant funding pledged by the federal government, officials from Indiana and Kentucky say that each state is committed to paying its share of the remaining $111 million needed to replace the superstructure of the Milton-Madison Bridge. The structure connects Trimble County with Madison, Ind.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Lees-HCTC working on Telford Center, hopes to start Intergenerational Center
     If there's a word to describe the Lees Campus of Hazard Community and Technical College this winter, it wouldn't be “snow” - it would be “construction.” Two projects have kept traffic off a section of Jefferson Avenue since the first of the year, while work on campus parking up that street has progressed despite the cold weather.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Times-Voice ]
Candidate Mongiardo makes campaign stop in Jackson
     Lt. Gov. and U. S. Senate candidate Dan Mongiardo came home to the mountains last Saturday, making a brief campaign stop in Jackson in the early hours of the morning before heading to Hazard for a conference that discussed a long-time problem in the region – illegal drug use.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Kentucky New Era ]
Oak Grove police officer suspended from duty
     An Oak Grove police officer has been suspended from duty, and police and city officials say an ongoing investigation prevents the release of any details. Sgt. Vincent Brown Sr. has been suspended from duty, Maj. Les Langdon of the Oak Grove police said Friday

    Posted March 10, 2010 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Budget proposal protects merit jobs, non-merit jobs in jeopardy
     Frankfort-area lawmakers say they’ll support the $17.5 billion two-year state budget scheduled for a vote on the House floor today. Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, and Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, say they will support it. However, Rollins said he hasn’t seen the language of the bill and could change his mind.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lincoln, Garrard counties merging solid waste efforts
     The whirlwind romance between the solid waste programs in Garrard and Lincoln counties took another step toward matrimony Tuesday when Lincoln Fiscal Court approved first reading of an ordinance that will merge the two into the Garrard/Lincoln Solid Waste Management Area. The courtship has been on the fast track since the idea first surfaced at last month’s Lincoln Fiscal Court meeting. Garrard magistrates approved the union on Monday. All that remains to make it official now is second reading of Lincoln’s ordinance, which appears likely to come on March 23.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Lancaster mayor opposes county-run police force
     Lancaster Mayor Don Rinthen has strongly rejected the idea of contracting city police services out to the county. “I am totally against any takeover of the Lancaster Police Department by the Garrard County Fiscal Court,” Rinthen said. Rinthen said he will do everything in his power to keep the police department with the city and criticized Judge-Executive John Wilson for publicly announcing the idea before coming to the City Council privately.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
5-year-old dies after two-car collision near Hustonville in Lincoln County
      A 5-year-old girl died today from injuries she received in a two-car collision one mile north of Hustonville in Lincoln County about 8 a.m. today. Ryllie Z’anne Vonlinger of Hustonville was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center by Boyle Coroner Dr. James Ramey.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Butler County: Court breaks state’s open meetings act
     The Butler County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Monday night to appeal a recent opinion by the Kentucky attorney general claiming the court violated the Kentucky Open Meetings Act. Roundhill resident Robert Cron filed a complaint Jan. 11 claiming that a series of one-on-one meetings between several magistrates and Butler County Sheriff Joe Gaddie to discuss the sheriff’s department’s budget violated the Open Meetings Act.
Cron claimed, and the attorney general agreed in a March 3 opinion, that the public should have been notified of, and allowed into, the meetings.

    Posted March 10, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
FedEx, UPS battle over possibility of labor laws change
     Two major shipping companies, employing a total of about 22,000 Kentuckians, are battling over a piece of federal legislation being considered in the Senate. A provision in the FAA Reauthorization Act, which would provide funding to the Federal Aviation Administration and tighten aviation safety standards, is the subject of a spat between FedEx and UPS.

Posted March 10, 2010 [ Bowling Green Daily News ]
Murder trial delayed until August
     A judge pushed back the trial date for a former law enforcement official accused of shooting his former girlfriend. Randall Creek, 43, of Bowling Green, had been scheduled to go on trial on charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree wanton endangerment in three weeks, but Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson continued the trial to Aug. 3 to give prosecutors time to find out what testimony two expert defense witnesses will offer.


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