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Pikeville Medical Center and University of Pikeville enter Memorandum of Cooperation

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
The University of Pikeville and the Pikeville Medical Center have entered into an agreement of cooperation to continue the community’s trend of growth and development. PMC CEO Donovan Blackburn and UPike President Burton Webb signed a memorandum of cooperation Thursday that will bring collaborations between PMC and UPike that officials hope will bring increased economic growth for the region and increased development for both of the organizations. 2018-06-24T10:23:15-04:00

Bluegrass museum slated to close June 30

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
If you've never visited the International Bluegrass Music Museum, or if you want to visit it again, you'd better hurry. The 26-year-old Owensboro museum will turn out the lights and close its doors for the last time at 5 p.m. on June 30. Then, the staff will begin the process of moving all the artifacts to the new $15.3 million Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum at Second and Daviess streets. It's scheduled to open with a three-day celebration on Oct. 18-20. 2018-06-24T10:17:08-04:00

Standoff leads to arrests of Calloway men

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that two Calloway County men were among a group arrested Wednesday night following brief standoff at a Benton residence. In a news release, the sheriff’s office said Marshall deputies and officers from the Benton Police Department responded to an address on Walnut Street in Benton to serve multiple warrants to a person living there. Upon arrival, the person allegedly barricaded himself in a hidden area through an access hatch in a wall. 2018-06-24T10:14:44-04:00

Public funds under investigation at Fleming schools

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman confirmed in a public statement Friday morning that an investigation is underway regarding a former employee. Creasman said he and board attorney Monica Hill were recently made aware of discrepancies with public funding. “This is an ongoing review,” Creasman said, “however, as of right now we have discovered irregularities that are troubling, selfish, and egregious.” 2018-06-24T10:11:26-04:00

Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
The referee's signal sent Donshay White scurrying from his corner to the center of the cage. Just the second round, White was glistening with sweat as he exchanged punches with his heavyweight opponent. Within minutes, measured uppercuts and jabs gave way to aimless, windmill-style flailing. Cheers erupted from a rowdy crowd of 800, fueled by $3 beers and a taste for amateur mixed martial arts. The roar echoed through the Expo Five Concert and Event Venue , a converted warehouse a mile from Churchill Downs. The crowd’s noise drowned out the thud of his 210-pound body crashing to the black mat. The referee ended the fight at the 5-minute, 22-second mark. Spectators cheered the victorious Muse. Then, they grew quiet as they realized something was wrong with White. 2018-06-24T10:00:31-04:00

Teamsters reach new tentative agreement with UPS; boosts starting pay

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
The Teamsters union has reached a tentative agreement with UPS on a new national contract that would raise starting pay for workers including package handlers, addressing one of the union’s primary concerns. A union official had told Insider that the low starting wage is causing lots of turnover at hubs including Worldport in Louisville. The settlement, which was negotiated at the national level, still has to be approved by local unions, including Local 89, which represents 10,000 workers, including 8,000 in Louisville. The current five-year contract expires July 31. 2018-06-24T09:57:19-04:00

Are you missing a prosthetic leg? Louisville Police might have it

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
Are you missing a prosthetic leg with a camouflage paint job? The Louisville Metro Police Department wants to find you. LMPD published a Facebook post Tuesday hoping to bring attention to the leg, which they believe was stolen. They want to return it to its original owner. 2018-06-24T09:45:45-04:00

Hundreds of fish killed in leak from distillery warehouse collapse

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
An unknown amount of alcohol leaked into waterways after a distillery warehouse collapsed on Friday, sending barrels stacked seven stories high toppling to the ground. Not all of the 9,000 barrels affected in the collapse leaked, according to the state's Department of Environmental Protection, but at least some under the rubble at Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky did spill bourbon and brandy into nearby waterways. About 800 fish were killed in Withrow Creek, which empties into Beech Fork River, officials said. Fish were already beginning to move back into the area by Saturday, according to information from the state department. 2018-06-24T09:37:04-04:00

Ready to pay 6 percent more?

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
David Martarano, head of the non-profit YMCA of Central Kentucky, has bad news for YMCA members across the state: their membership costs are subject to the state’s 6 percent sales tax starting July 1. It marks the first time services offered by non-profits in Kentucky will be taxed, said Martarano. “This opens the door to possibly more taxes on us in the future,” he warned. YMCA members aren’t the only Kentuckians who will face higher taxes. 2018-06-24T09:29:30-04:00

Alltech’s new distillery bolsters hopes for growth in Pikeville

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
Alltech’s newest brewery and distillery, Dueling Barrels, located in downtown Pikeville, will open its doors to the public Thursday, fulfilling the long-held vision of its late founder, Pearse Lyons, of a brewery and distillery in the heart of Eastern Kentucky. The facility’s grand opening marks an important moment for Alltech and the Lyons family, according to Mark Lyons, Pearse Lyons’ son and president of Alltech, but it also holds special significance for Pikeville and Appalachian Kentucky as a whole. Dueling Barrels is set to be inaugurated as the easternmost member of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail in January, a move officials hope will boost Pikeville’s tourism economy and help put Eastern Kentucky on the map for people who want to travel beyond the boundaries of Central Kentucky’s horse and bourbon country. 2018-06-24T09:22:28-04:00

I’m Charismatic dies at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
I’m Charismatic, son of the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic, passed away this week at Old Friends Farm. The 17-year-old retiree was euthanized due to pain from arthritis affecting his quality of life. His first win came at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky, but he did not win again for another year and a half, which had him drop to lower claiming ranks. At that level, he gained success, winning at Prairie Meadows, Arlington Park, Hawthorne, Louisiana Fair Grounds, Mountaineer and Oaklawn Park. 2018-06-24T09:13:54-04:00

Frankfort couple claims winning $1 million lottery ticket

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
One lucky Frankfort couple is $1 million richer. A mystery Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a Frankfort FiveStar Food Mart in March has been claimed, Kentucky Lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Cunningham confirmed in an email to The State Journal. “A Frankfort couple shared the prize but did not want publicity,” Cunningham said. 2018-06-24T09:10:01-04:00

Are defendants in Boyle and Mercer counties kept locked up for being poor?

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
When Tonia Stinnett was charged with a felony, she went to jail. That much isn’t surprising to the 45-year-old central Kentucky woman now, looking back on her April 14 arrest in Mercer County. She says there may have even been value to being in jail — but “not for as long a period as I was.” Stinnett had no money when she was arrested, but she was given a $10,000, 10-percent bond. That meant she had to come up with $1,000 to get out of jail. “I told them that I could not come up with the bond money and if I could not go back to work, I would lose everything,” Stinnett said. Stinnett’s experience may not be an outlier. Defendants in Boyle and Mercer counties have the lowest chance in the state to get out of jail without paying money, based on a statistical report recently produced by the Administrative Office of the Courts Department of Shared Services. 2018-06-24T09:02:44-04:00

Wiedemann brewery: Iconic brand back with beer garden

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
Back before beer was trendy, there was Weidemann. Out-of-town owners closed the brewery in 1983, but now, it's back. The Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Co. is making a comeback, returning after a 35-year break. Wiedemann Brewery and Bohemian Beer Garden in St. Bernard is planning its grand opening later this month. 2018-06-24T08:53:00-04:00

WKU OKs 4 percent tuition hike, pay raises as part of $388 million budget

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
Western Kentucky University students can expect higher tuition bills after the university’s Board of Regents approved a 4 percent tuition increase Friday. The board approved the tuition increase as part of a roughly $388 million budget that also includes a plan to cut $27 million in spending going forward, as well as a pay hike for employees. 2018-06-24T08:50:27-04:00

Guntown Mountain sees enthusiastic response since reopening

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
Billy Walker, the most popular young man in his small Western town, narrowly escaped death when a mysterious drifter helped him outshoot four members of the Clinton Gang. Billy Walker’s story, narrated over a loudspeaker in a deep Western drawl, was one of six staged gunfights held Saturday at Froggett’s Guntown Mountain. Froggett’s Guntown Mountain is the latest incarnation of the Wild West-themed park, which reopened in May and, according to Les Carney (who played the leader of the Clinton Gang), has been drawing a steady stream of guests. 2018-06-24T08:43:46-04:00

Woman sentenced in 2016 drowning

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
A woman who had faced reckless homicide and drug charges after an infant drowned in a bathtub in 2016 was sentenced recently. According to a final judgment of conviction filed June 14, Stejeta Williams, 39, of Bardstown, was sentenced to three years in prison for reckless homicide, as well as three years for possession of meth and 12 months for possession of drug paraphernalia. 2018-06-24T08:41:39-04:00

Homeowner defies city on restoring house, could face jail

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
In the sweltering heat Wednesday afternoon, Annette Beavers was working on the front porch of her house at 215 S. Fifth St. In the past several months, she has removed the old wood exterior and replaced it with a fiber cement siding, painted it an almost black hue and replaced the historic windows — all against the directives of the Bardstown Historic Review Board, the City Council and Circuit Judge John David Seay, who has issued a contempt order threatening her with jail. She could get 30 days or avoid jail by paying $2,000, but she said she isn’t going to pay because she doesn’t have the money. “I’m not going to be controlled by anyone,” she said. 2018-06-24T08:31:19-04:00

There’s hope for crumbling Choctaw Academy

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
It was a unique experiment in Jacksonian America: A federally funded school where for 23 years more than 600 Native American young men and boys from 17 tribes came to study together with a few whites and be served by black slaves. It was a culture clash, organized on the plantation of a future vice president, designed to see whether Native Americans could be “civilized” according to white men’s ideas. Choctaw Academy educated two generations of tribal leaders. But a dozen years before the Civil War, amid tensions over race, class, money and land, the federal government abandoned the project, and it was largely forgotten. The school’s last surviving building stands crumbling in a rural Scott County pasture. But not for long. Dr. William Richardson, a Georgetown ophthalmologist who five years ago bought a farm that included the building, has finally found partners with the money and expertise to restore Choctaw Academy. 2018-06-23T20:30:44-04:00

Forty-two cadets graduate from Kentucky State Police Academy

Kentucky Press News Service - 1 hour 25 min ago
The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 42 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort Friday. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 874 troopers serving the citizens of the state, a KSP news release said.. 2018-06-22T15:35:30-04:00

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