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Five Arraigned On Meth Charges

Aug 9, 2013

Three Ashland residents and two other persons accused in a meth-making operation at a South Point, Ohio apartment have pleaded innocent to the charges in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Patrick Kelley (36), Ashley Kelley (21) and Cora Harmon (22) all of Ashland, as well as Elvis Adkins (25) and Jessica Robinson (25) of South Point, were arraigned on the charges Wednesday (August 7).

Police Investigate Rowan Shooting

Aug 9, 2013

Kentucky State Police are investigating a shooting that wounded one man in Rowan County. The incident took place around 3:30p.m. on Thursday (August 8) at a home on Dry Creek Road.

63 year old Craig Doscher has been arrested and charged with assault. The victim, 39 year old Jamie Minix, was airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington and is listed as being in ‘critical condition.’ Police are investigating the incident and events leading to the confrontation.

Small Business Workshop Planned

Aug 9, 2013
Mira Images

The Morehead State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is set for its Small Town Merchant Program at Mt. Sterling on September 6th.

National retail specialist Marc Willson will be featured at the event. Willson will be giving advice to local business owners on how things such as window displays and overall presentation can impact their success.

Mark Murphy is with the SBDC, and he says Willson will be visiting local businesses himself to provide critiques.

Drainage improvements will require the temporary closure of KY 324 near Mays Lick in Mason County next week.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 12, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will close KY 324 at the 3.1 mile marker – just east of Huber Lane – and cut through the road to replace a cross drain. The road will remain closed until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. During the closure, motorists may use US 68 and US 62 to access locations along KY 324.

Kentucky Tightens Texting & Driving Violations

Aug 9, 2013
Digital Trends

Regardless of age, people in Kentucky seem willing to accept tougher penalties for those who both text and drive.  The state Wednesday (August 7) made it easier to revoke the licenses of repeat offenders.

Current state law prohibits sending text messages by a vehicle’s operator. This week, through executive order, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made the revocation of a driver’s license easier.  If they get enough points, the license is revoked. Lexington’s Curtis Gentry agrees with a stiffer approach.

STEAM Academy Opens Its Doors

Aug 9, 2013
Kentucky.com

There's a new kind of school in Fayette County. Instead of a standard high school designed to serve the average student, the 150 freshmen attending this school will focus on math, science and technology. Fayette County’s STEAM Academy opens its doors to students at a rejuvenated downtown school once home to Johnson Elementary.  

Kentucky's Coal Employment Reaches Record Low

Aug 9, 2013
KY1V Post

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s data for the second quarter of 2013 shows that coal production dropped 1.3 percent statewide in that time period. There was a slight drop in both the Eastern and Western Kentucky coalfields, but Western Kentucky still produced slightly more coal—50.2 percent of the total production.

But the more dramatic drop is in employment. The data shows a six percent drop since the first quarter of the year. There are now about 12,300 coal miners employed in the state—the lowest since the state began keeping records in 1927.

Ashland Extends Water Service

Aug 9, 2013
The Globalist Report

The city of Ashland will soon be supplying water for about 45-hundred Boyd County residents who are served by the Big Sandy Water District. City commissioners Thursday (August 8) approved an agreement with the district to construct about six miles of transmission line to extend the service.

City Commissioner Kevin Gunderson says it’ll generate more than 3-hundred thousand dollars in extra income for Ashland.

“It will mean increased revenue for Ashland and lower water rates for the consumer in the Big Sandy Water District.”  --Kevin Gunderson

Ashland Officials Support Non-Profits

Aug 9, 2013
Trip Advisor

Ashland city commissioners voted 4 to 1 on Thursday (August 8) to provide subsidies of more than fifty thousand dollars to various non-profit organizations in the city. Cheryl Spriggs cast the lone dissenting vote.

She calls herself a supporter of the work those groups do in the community, things like arts programs and festivals. However, Spriggs doesn’t believe those efforts should be underwritten with taxpayers’ money.

Officials in Jackson County have issued a Golden Alert for Pinkey Woods who was reported missing since Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013.

New Kentucky Redistrict Plan Unveiled

Aug 8, 2013

House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.  

The map unveiled today by House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover affects four Republican and four Democratic lawmakers.  Hoover says the GOP plan is very different from a plan put forth earlier this year by Democrats that had nine Republicans running against each other but no Democrats.

Groups Prepare For Healthy Food Mandates

Aug 8, 2013
Our Skinny

Whole grains, low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables have long been recommended for pre-schoolers. Those recommendations could become a mandate over the next year.  Organizations, like Head Start, that participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program are already preparing. Cindy Willmarth led a training session at Eastern Kentucky University.

In order to replace a damaged drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 364 in Morgan County on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The road will be closed at mile-point 0.8, just inside the Magoffin County line. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will continue until approximately 3 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic. No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use either KY 1081 to KY 3333 or KY 1081 to US 460 through Magoffin County as a detour route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly.

Bluegrass Pipeline Opposition Grows

Aug 8, 2013

A retired teacher who owns farmland in Pendleton and Campbell Counties says the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline jeopardizes water supplies affecting millions of people. Sean Detisch says Williams & Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP plans to transport hazardous, natural gas liquids beneath the Ohio and Licking Rivers.

Early Childhood Program Receives Grant

Aug 8, 2013
Michigan Alliance For Families

A Raceland school has become the second in the area to launch an early childhood learning program with the help of Toyota and the United Way of Northeast Kentucky. Campbell Elementary has received a $10,000 grant to begin a “born learning” academy.  Crabbe Elementary in Ashland last year received a similar award.

MSU

Members of MoveOn.org plan to rally in Frankfort tomorrow in opposition to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. A Bath County woman who serves on the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board says more tobacco settlement money needs to be spent in eastern and central Kentucky…and State Representative Rocky Adkins says the General Assembly is a long way from agreeing on any plan for tax reform. 

MSUeaglevideo

It's one of the most important days on the calendar for Morehead State University...and it's now just over a week way. Move-in day will bring hundreds of excited students and the families to campus. David Patrick, from MSU's Office of Communications and Marketing, has a video preview:

God's Pantry Earns Four Star Rating

Aug 7, 2013
Venture Churches Food Pantry

The long-time director of God’s Pantry Food Bank says a favorable accountability rating can help further efforts to put food on the table.  For the sixth consecutive year, the central Kentucky food organization earned four stars by the ‘Charity Navigator’ group.  God’s Pantry officials say it places the food bank in the top three percent of charities nationwide.  Pantry C-E-O Marian Guinn says such a ranking can foster donor support.

O Negative Blood Donors Needed

Aug 6, 2013
NY Daily News

The significant need for ‘negative’ blood type donations persists across Kentucky.  The Kentucky Blood Center’s Martha Osborne says only about 15 percent of the general population carries a negative blood type, adding only about seven percent are ‘O’ negative.  She says the blood center serves some 70 hospitals in central and eastern Kentucky.

State Agency Under Review

Aug 6, 2013
WLEX

The state agency responsible for Kentucky's response to weather disasters and other emergencies has been slammed by auditors who are reporting misuse of taxpayer money, intimidation of employees and an overtly hostile workplace.

Mt. Olivet Raises Payroll Tax

Aug 6, 2013

The City of Mount Olivet is raising its payroll tax by one percent. Mayor Linda Reed says city council reluctantly made the choice Monday (August 5) night in the face of budget hardships brought on by cuts in state funding and the need to make improvements to its sewer and water system.

“We lost the income from the school when it moved out into the county and we’ve lost quite a bit of money this year. We’re gonna try and pick the school back up. It’s been one cent here ever since we first put the tax on, that’s all it’s ever be….one cent on the dollar.”  --Linda Reed

Bluegrass Pipeline Opposition Rally Planned

Aug 6, 2013

Some Kentucky landowners and members of the organization MoveOn.org plan a Wednesday (August 7) afternoon rally in Frankfort to express their opposition to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. Spokeswoman Corlia Logsdon says they’ll gather at 3 o’clock at the State Capitol to deliver to Governor Beshear petitions containing the signatures of more than two-thousand people who want the project stopped. Logsdon says the pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through the country’s heartland and pose a threat to public safety.

Abramson Rules Out Governor Post

Aug 6, 2013
www.kentucky.gov

Kentucky's Lieutenent Governor is taking a pass on the 2015 governor's race. Speaking Tuesday (August 6) in Elizabethtown, Jerry Abramson said he will focus on education issues during his remaining time in Frankfort. Abramson has been on the short-list of potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but he said he is no longer interested in running for public office.

Ashland Riverfront Business Development

Aug 6, 2013
City of Ashland Webcam

Heavy rains this summer and high water on the Ohio River will not impair the city’s efforts to encourage more business development along the waterfront…That’s the view of Ashland Vice-Mayor Kevin Gunderson. 

Steady precipitation last month during Ashland’s annual “Summer Motion” celebration caused the river to spill over the city’s boat dock and make for soggy grounds in its Veterans Park. However, Gunderson says the festival was a success anyway and he doesn’t think entrepreneurs will shy away from investing in opportunities along the river…

Governor Beshear on School Funding

Aug 6, 2013
governor.ky.gov

Governor Beshear says Kentucky schools should get more money when the General Assembly approves a new state budget next year. He says they need additional support to help prepare students for the 21st Century economy…

"We are going to work very hard in this upcoming session…hopefully to find revenues that we can increase our educational funding." - Governor Steve Beshear    

Tobacco Diversification Needs

Aug 6, 2013

A Bath County farmer who has just been re-appointed to Kentucky’s Agricultural Development Board says more of the state’s tobacco settlement money should be spent in the eastern and central parts of the state. Betty Bailey serves on the 15-member panel that decides on applications for use of the funds.

She says too many farmers from her region are having difficulty transitioning from tobacco to alternative crops…

With classes for the fall semester starting Thursday, the Rowan County School District is gearing-up for the expected traffic backups that will encircle its facilities.

Superintendent Marvin Moore and other district officials spent today talking about the situation with leaders of the Morehead Police Department, the Rowan Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police.

According to Moore, their assistance should help get the district’s traffic problem solved quickly…

MSU

A Jessamine County woman has been killed in a three-vehicle crash in Rowan County. The Fleming-Mason Airport has received a federal grant to expand a safety area around its runway…and one of the biggest heroin busts in Scioto County history took place late last week in West Portsmouth.

Seat Belt Use Increases

Aug 5, 2013
Insurance Journal

Many drivers say seat belts scare them.  They worry about being trapped in a sinking car.  However, a state highway safety official says such fears are unwarranted.  Bill Bell, who directs the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, says a seat belt gives you better odds of survival.

Kentucky's Science Standards Could Evolve

Aug 5, 2013
Education News

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky. The new standards are based around scientific research and include more lessons around climate change and evolution, among many other topics.

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