Kentucky Press News Service

Pension mess begins to take its toll locally

August 27, 2018 - 12:38pm
The McCracken County school board voted last week to increase its local tax rates on real estate and tangible property. For homeowners the new real estate tax rate translates to an additional $18 a year per $100,000 of assessed value of a residence. This is a departure from recent years. The school system's tax collections rise every year because newly developed residential and commercial property comes onto the tax rolls. This growth has in many years resulted in the tax rate holding steady or going down. Those days may be over, however. 2018-08-27T10:57:01-04:00

Not all Catholics

August 27, 2018 - 12:38pm
The Catholic Church is under fire once again as they are deflecting more allegations of abuse. Over the years, over 1,000 children reported abuse in the U.S. alone. Abuse has been reported in other parts of the world as well. Now the church is trying to figure out how to handle this issue, while continuing to save face and build their congregation. The damage is if the issues have been covered up to protect the priests. 2018-08-27T10:53:52-04:00

Election season doesn’t have to be nasty

August 27, 2018 - 12:38pm
Local politics can bring out the best — and worst — in our community. Hopefully, we will see far more of the former than the latter this election season. As the calendar flips to September, there is no doubt campaigning is about to really heat up across the area. There is nothing we can do about keeping the civility in our state and national races; that ship has long since sailed. But we can certainly, as a community, do our part to keep local races positive and reflect the core values our community was built on. 2018-08-27T10:50:50-04:00

Use GPS monitoring on abusers and confiscate their guns

August 27, 2018 - 12:38pm
The unwillingness of Kentucky law enforcement and judges to use GPS monitoring for abusers who violate protective orders continues to be disappointing. Even with the 2010 Amanda’s Law encouraging it, monitoring has been used only twice in the last three years, according to Herald-Leader reporter Jack Brammer. The law resulted from the high-profile murder of Amanda Ross, shot by her ex-boyfriend, former state representative Steve Nunn. The case drew national attention and a cast much-needed spotlight on efforts to prevent domestic violence. 2018-08-27T10:42:17-04:00

Kentucky county promotes Confederate monument to traitors and racists

August 27, 2018 - 12:38pm
As a U.S. Navy veteran and retired American diplomat, Susan Doman isn’t a big fan of those who would take up arms against the United States — particularly Americans who would wage war against their own country. So she was taken aback on Thursday when she saw an expensive, glossy brochure at Meade County's Kentucky State Fair booth featuring Louisville’s old Confederate monument. “I was shocked,” said Doman, who retired from the foreign service in November following a diplomatic tour in Afghanistan, and moved back to Meade County to be near family. She sees the monument as an affront to her country, an affront that celebrates a racist past and the absolute worst chapter in American History. 2018-08-27T10:38:11-04:00

Bevin is running for re-election. Here's what Kentuckians are saying

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Social media was abuzz following Gov. Matt Bevin's announcement Saturday night that he would seek re-election. The Republican governor ended months of speculation by declaring, "You bet I'm running again" at the end of his remarks to the GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner in Lexington on Saturday. Those at the downtown Lexington hotel gave Bevin a standing ovation. Some commenters on the Courier Journal's Twitter and Facebook pages were less enthused. "Kentucky is going to make me pick between Matt Bevin or Andy Beshear," Twitter user Jamie Bennett wrote. "This is worse than socks for Christmas." 2018-08-27T09:22:00-04:00

He said he wanted fashion advice, but when the dressing room door opened, women got an eyeful.

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Police in Rowan County are looking for a serial flasher. Morehead police said in a Facebook post that they have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Trcore Grant, 26. He is in the company of Serena Ross, 18, who also has a warrant for her arrest. According to WKYT-TV, police said a man identified as Grant approached women at two Morehead stores, “asking them their opinions on clothes.” Then, the station reported, he would ask the women to follow him to the dressing room to tell him how the clothes looked when he tried them on. But when he opened the fitting room doors, police said he exposed himself to the women. 2018-08-27T09:16:37-04:00

'A brilliant patriot': How McConnell, Bevin and others remember John McCain

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Kentucky politicians took to social media this weekend after the news of Sen. John McCain's death on Saturday. McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, served six terms as an Arizona senator and was the 2008 Republican nominee for president. His family announced his death at age 81 on Saturday evening following a battle with brain cancer. 2018-08-27T09:08:50-04:00

Jeffrey's Cliffs project gets state grant

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Hancock County officials learned recently that the Jeffrey's Cliffs project near Hawesville earned a $198,000 grant from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. That marks the project's second successful grant application from the state fund in less than a year. In September 2017, county officials learned the project would receive nearly $500,000 to purchase 137 acres that connect Kentucky 1406 to the cliffs' west side. The county plans to turn the cliffs into a free public park, but Jeffrey's Cliffs, a 140-acre tract of sandstone outcroppings near Domtar Paper Co.'s mill, is landlocked by privately owned farmland in the Skillman Bottoms. 2018-08-27T08:44:25-04:00

30 cows run loose after accident

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Drones and men on horseback joined in the search for 30 escaped cattle for most of the day Sunday after a tractor-trailer overturned in a collision with a car on McCracken County's Blandville Road. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 10:30 a.m. On arrival, deputies found one person was injured and numerous cattle had escaped from the trailer. 2018-08-27T08:40:53-04:00

'Dysfunctional' Democrats running for governor: Bring 'em on, Bevin says

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin ended the speculation about his political future on Saturday when he told the Republican faithful assembled at an annual fundraiser dinner that he will seek re-election. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear is running for governor. Other rumored candidates include Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook, state Rep. Attica Scott of Louisville and former state Auditor Adam Edelen. Bevin appears eager to face off against any of them. He called almost all of them out by name. 2018-08-27T08:34:54-04:00

Trash floods this Kentucky lake. ‘Nobody wants to come spend money in a dirty place.’

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
For 15 years, Johnny Thacker has operated the sole marina on Pike County’s Fishtrap Lake, and every year, he’s been fighting the same battle: attracting and keeping customers despite the heaps of trash and wood debris that pile up around his business. After 15 years, Thacker said the trash may finally win. Each spring, rainfall and flooding carry debris into the Levisa Fork river and its many tributaries, which feed the lake. The trash and debris — logs, sticks, and the occasional beaver dam — float miles downriver and eventually end up at one place: Fishtrap Dam, right next to Thacker’s marina. 2018-08-27T08:22:03-04:00

Food delivery service opens in E’town

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Starting this week, a Tennessee-based company will begin delivering food from local restaurants to hungry Elizabethtown residents. Food of Your Mood is the first delivery service to open in Elizabethtown and it’s similar to other app-based services such as Postmates and UberEats. The company, which receives orders through an app or online, started in Cookeville, Tennessee, and also operates in Clarksville, Tennessee. Elizabethtown is its first city outside of Tennessee. 2018-08-27T08:12:00-04:00

Frontier flights to Mexico to return to CVG

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Frontier Airlines' offer of a non-stop flight to Punta Cana will return to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2019. Non-stop flights to Cancun will begin at the end of this year, according to Frontier representative Richard Oliver. The carrier will relaunch the flight to Punta Cana Jan. 11. 2018-08-27T08:07:47-04:00

'No room for hate': Dozens rally against white supremacists

August 27, 2018 - 9:38am
Word moves fast in this social media age, and so do Bowling Green’s progressive-minded groups. Responding to posts that started Wednesday on Twitter and other social media outlets indicating the neo-Nazi groups National Socialist Movement and League of the South were planning to meet in Bowling Green, the Southern Kentucky chapter of the left-leaning Democratic Socialists of America put together a rally Saturday afternoon that drew some 50 like-minded people to Circus Square Park. 2018-08-27T08:03:09-04:00

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