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Posted October 15, 2009 [ Times-Voice ]
Kentucky book fair next month big deal for Eastern Kentucky author
     Back in the spring, LBJ Elementary teacher and book author Alonzo Fugate was surprised to learn the Kentucky Book Fair wanted to look at his latest work, “Pumpkin Guts, Tater Eyes, and Other Tasty Treats.” Then early last month, Fugate, who teaches at the Jackson school in Breathitt County, got a letter from the organization committee, saying he'd been accepted as an author for their 28th annual event, to be held Nov. 7 at the Frankfort Convention Center. Fugate says his bags are packed and ready to go.

Posted October 15, 2009 [ Murray Ledger & Times ]
Four charged in murder of Calloway County man
     Calloway County Sheriff's Detective Sam Bierds says four people arrested Monday in connection with the death of Carl Douglas McGowan are facing charges of murder or complicity to commit murder.

Posted October 15, 2009 [ Casey County News ]
Assistance, clean-up efforts continue in wake of Casey County tornado
     While the EF-2 tornado that left its mark on western Casey County lasted only a couple of minutes, its after-effects will be felt for weeks and months to come as residents struggle to put their lives back together. Now, the questions are “Where do I get help?” and “How can I help?” Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney and Casey County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright are asking residents to consider donations to the Liberty/Casey County Disaster Relief Fund or the Casey County Community Children’s Fund.

Posted October 15, 2009 [ Greensburg Record Herald ]
Officials discuss Green County 911 funding crisis
     Green County officials discuss options for increasing 911 system revenue. Otherwise, the system's deficit could curtail 911 by year's end or even result in its shutting down. Monthly landline phone fees, the current chief revenue source, are falling as fewer people have home landline phones.

Posted October 15, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Drug treatment clinic set to open
     Despite opposition from local officials, a substance abuse clinic specializing in opiate replacement therapy is just one step away from opening its doors in Elizabethtown.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Times-Voice ]
Old church memorial gets cleaned by Junior Red Cross
     Last Sunday afternoon, members of the Breathitt County Junior Red Cross cleaned and painted the site of the old African-American First Baptist Church.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Paintsville Herald ]
Johnson man found not guilty on drug charges
     A Johnson County man, accused of selling meth to a confidential informant, was found not guilty of the charge Monday. Gordon Dean Stapleton was indicted on the charge May 13 after police allegedly found a meth lab and 59 marijuana plants at the residence during a raid.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Frankfort State Journal ]
Frankfort workshop highlights domestic violence
     Attorney Dana Todd, who prosecutes domestic violence cases in Franklin County, led a domestic violence workshop Tuesday for the Frankfort police’s Citizens Police Academy that highlights why a person is victimized, how the crime gets prosecuted and what help is available locally.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Shaker Village in Mercer County sued over slip and fall
     An Ohio woman who injured herself last year during a fall at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill has filed a federal lawsuit over the incident.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Corbin/Whitley News Journal ]
Whitley County officials illegally denied man's request for 911 recordings
     Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has ruled that Whitley County 911 officials violated the state's open records laws when they refused to give a local man copies of 911 recordings stemming from a July incident.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Springfield Sun ]
Snake problem found, solved at Washington County middle school
     If you ask people what they fear, many will say snakes. Several staff members at Washington County Middle School will give you the same answer, and with good reason.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Casey County News ]
Clean-up continues in aftermath of twister; 82 homes destroyed
     Life literally changed in an instant for many Casey Countians Friday afternoon as an EF-2 tornado bore down on the western community of Creston, destroying 30 residences and leaving 52 others with damage ranging from mild to severe. Miraculously, no one was killed, and no injuries were reported.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Lebanon Enterprise ]
Wings of Hope
     A Marion County woman receives the wings recovered from her father's body following a plane crash in France more than 60 years ago.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ News Enterprise ]
Supreme Court hears appeal to Hardin County drug conviction
     Supreme Court Justices took under advisory Tuesday two Kentucky prosecutors’ arguments that a 2002 drug-trafficking conviction from Hardin County should stand without regard to a Honduran man’s risked deportation. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, his staff attorneys and a convicted felon now await a ruling that could take weeks, maybe months to decide.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Cadiz Record ]
Mental illness entered as part of defendant's triple-murder defense
     Public defender James Gibson, the lead attorney for Roaring Springs triple murder suspect Kevin Dunlap, is claiming mental illness as part of Dunlap’s defense, it was announced last week.
Gibson filed the notice last week in Livingston County Circuit Court, and though the notice doesn’t specify what type of mental illness Dunlap suffers from, it does indicate that Gibson will introduce expert testimony relating to a mental illness or other mental condition that would bear on the issues of Dunlap’s guilt or innocence.

Posted October 14, 2009 [ Kentucky Standard ]
Judge-executive wrong in open records dispute
     For the second time in a little more than a year, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has found Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts in violation of the Open Records Act. Watts said he still believes that allowing the public to view material such as time cards is an “invasion of personal property,” and that the statute protected this material. “I think it’s a clear mistake on the part of the Attorney General for allowing that to happen,” Watts said of the decision. “I have no problem with Open Records,” Watts said, (but this decision is) “setting people up for home invasions,” and more.

    Posted October 14, 2009 [ Beattyville Enterprise ]
Inmate death under investigation
     The death of former Three Forks Regional Jail inmate Shannon D. Reed is under criminal and internal investigation, according to the jail’s administrator. Responding to an open records request from The Beattyville Enterprise, Jail Administrator Harvey Pelfrey said in a fax last Friday, “At this time your request for open records in reference to Shannon D. Reed cannot be granted due to the fact the incident is still under investigation criminally and internally.”

Posted October 13, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Garrard County to add warning sirens
     Garrard County is receiving $40,000 in grant money from Homeland Security for emergency sirens and digital radio equipment. Judge-Executive John Wilson said the county will receive a pair of emergency sirens, 40 handheld digital radios and 10 mobile data computers.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ The Advocate Messenger ]
Danville student part of UK team hoping to win Solar Decathlon
     The nation’s capital may be clouded by politics, with legislators, lawyers and lobbyists arguing viciously on many different issues, but for the remainder of the week there is at least one sunny spot along the National Mall. Twenty teams from around the world, including one from the University of Kentucky, have gathered at the footsteps of the Capitol building to display their cutting-edge solar-powered homes in the Department of Energy’s fourth Solar Decathlon.

Posted October 13, 2009 [ Times-Voice ]
Jackson part of Commerce Lexington tour of Eastern Kentucky
     By the time the two buses from Lexington arrived at Kiwanis Park on Monday morning, Glen Leveridge and Luther Deaton had pretty much prepped those on the buses with facts about Jackson and Breathitt County. So when approximately 60 members of Commerce Lexington, Inc. - The Greater Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce - got off the buses, they were more than prepared to meet with scores of local people who showed up to meet with their Bluegrass brethren.


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