Kentucky Press News Service

Seafood company planning Owensboro store

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
Owensboro may soon be getting fresh seafood from Panama City, Florida, on a weekly basis. Chuck Gandy said Thursday that his Bubba Gandy's Seafood & Cajun Market hopes to have an Owensboro location open within the next three months. "We don't franchise," he said. "But each of our stores is owned by a local person. We have a friend in Owensboro who is getting the financing together to open a store there." Panama City has been an Owensboro spring break destination for more than 50 years. 2018-04-27T09:20:00-04:00

2 dead in apparent Clark murder-suicide; home was tied to recent alleged child porn

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
Two people are dead in what investigators believe is a murder-suicide in a Clark County residence. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home at 10:34 a.m. Thursday. Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr, confirmed two people, a man and woman, were found dead inside the home. Their identities have not been released, though Perdue believes they were married. The address of the shooting correlates to a recent arrest by state police regarding an online child exploitation case. The suspect in the case was released on bond last week, according to court records. 2018-04-27T09:11:58-04:00

Alabama's lynching memorial is forcing Kentucky to confront its brutal and racist past

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
On a cricket field on the outskirts of Maysville, Kentucky, a mob in 1899 burned to death a young black man accused of raping and murdering the wife of a white farmer. The mob assailed Richard Coleman as he was being escorted to court, tying a rope around his neck and dragging him about in search of a place to hang him until someone suggested burning instead, according to news reports. Spectators later took souvenirs — teeth, buttons and even fingers and toes from his corpse. More than a hundred years after these men's deaths, a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, aims to honor their memories and those of other lynching victims of color across the nation. 2018-04-27T09:03:23-04:00

Missing Berea girl found safe in Louisville, police say

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
A missing 15-year-old girl from Berea was found "safe and sound" Thursday in Louisville, according to Berea police. Amber Renae Wagers was last seen leaving Berea Community School Wednesday morning with an unknown person, police said. She was believed to have been with a person she met through a social media account. 2018-04-27T08:57:17-04:00

Stephen Foster statue stood for 118 years. Racial complaints just sent it on its way.

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
The saga of composer Stephen Foster, creator of Kentucky's state song, "My Old Kentucky Home," added another chapter Thursday related to America's slave era. A 118-year-old statue of Foster, honoring him and another creation of his, “Oh! Susanna,” was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo. 2018-04-27T08:49:46-04:00

He made a lot of money selling equipment. It was stolen from the University of Kentucky.

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
A Lexington man accused of selling more than $500,000 in computer equipment stolen from the University of Kentucky has pleaded guilty in federal court. Toquoto Richardson, who worked as a data center operations engineer at UK, received more than $124,000 from 45 sales over a six-year period beginning in 2010, according to a plea agreement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Lexington. 2018-04-27T08:38:31-04:00

Historic Todd industry gets upgrade

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
Accompanied by the roar of the company’s new natural gas boilers, officials with Guthrie’s historic Koppers Industries Inc. unveiled the equipment that is improving efficiency and helping increase production at the 104-year-old railroad tie plant that may be the oldest among the Pittsburgh-based company’s facilities. The plant is the oldest employer in Todd County and may also be among the oldest industries in Kentucky, said Todd County Industrial Foundation President John Walton, who was on hand for Thursday morning’s ribbon-cutting in Guthrie. 2018-04-27T08:29:28-04:00

Drowning victim, 2, was a picture of ‘happiness’

April 29, 2018 - 10:39am
A 2-year-old boy, Jayden Radley Ewing, known for his “complete happiness” and for being a “perfect baby boy,” has been identified as the child who drowned Wednesday in a swimming pool in Cecilia. According to Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee, an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. 2018-04-27T08:18:22-04:00

Kentucky will take over testing at Jefferson schools flagged for potential cheating

April 26, 2018 - 7:35pm
The state is taking control of annual testing at eight Jefferson County public schools that it says have shown the "highest potential" for cheating, according to a letter to the district. Former Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt notified Superintendent Marty Pollio in the March 29 letter that the state would be handling the testing materials at the schools because a review had signaled possible "improprieties" at the schools. "The materials for these schools are not to be opened by JCPS staff," Pruitt said in the letter, obtained by Courier Journal through an open-records request. 2018-04-26T16:35:53-04:00

Undercover agents got oxycodone from him, so ex-Georgetown doctor going to prison.

April 26, 2018 - 4:35pm
A former Georgetown doctor was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison after he was convicted in October of illegally distributing oxycodone. Dr. Alan Arnold Godofsky, 61, was also ordered to pay a $500,000 fine. He now lives in Cincinnati. In October, after a seven-day trial, Godofsky was convicted on five counts related to illegally distributing drugs through the Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management Center in Georgetown. Court records described the operation as a pill mill. 2018-04-26T16:31:34-04:00

Churchill Downs adds 32 luxury suites in time for the Derby

April 26, 2018 - 4:35pm
Churchill Downs has added 32 luxury suites in time for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The all-inclusive Starting Gate Suites, which are sold out, went for $130,000 for Oaks and Derby days and can hold 30 or more people each, according to Churchill Downs officials. The suites will be available for rent during the horse racing season, though undoubtedly at a lower rate than they fetch for Derby or the Breeders’ Cup this fall. 2018-04-26T16:23:34-04:00

Brown-Forman urging Bevin to rectify tax ‘cleanup’ bill, citing change that would hurt big companies

April 26, 2018 - 4:35pm
A spokesman for Brown-Forman says the bourbon giant has asked Gov. Matt Bevin to “help in rectifying” negative consequences of the tax “cleanup” bill passed by the Kentucky General Assembly on the last day of this year’s legislative session, citing an obscure provision within the bill that would hurt it and other large companies doing business in other states. While legislators passed House Bill 487 in order restore a manufacturing tax credit used by Toyota, Ford and GE Appliances that was inadvertently left out of their original revenue bill, Brown-Forman spokesman Phil Lynch says this new bill also changed Kentucky to a “combined reporting” state — requiring large companies to report all of their business income throughout the country, instead of just Kentucky. 2018-04-26T16:17:47-04:00

Harrison manufacturer to expand, add 100 jobs

April 26, 2018 - 4:35pm
E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of commercial truck bodies, will invest more than $6.85 million and create 100 jobs with an expansion at its Harrison County facility, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. 2018-04-26T16:08:03-04:00

VA under secretary dedicates new state veterans cemetery in Hyden

April 26, 2018 - 4:35pm
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves joined state and local officials in Hyden Thursday to dedicate Kentucky’s newest state veterans cemetery. 2018-04-26T15:58:40-04:00

Man who was shot and killed after injuring a cop with a knife has been identified

April 26, 2018 - 1:35pm
A man who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police late Wednesday evening in Shawnee has been identified. Isaac Jackson, 42, of Louisville, was shot multiple times by a police officer, according to coroner Barbra Weakley-Jones. Police arrived to a call of a family disturbance. One of those family members was a man armed with numerous knives, according to police. 2018-04-26T13:00:54-04:00

Berea girl leaves school with person she met online. Tells friend to call police.

April 26, 2018 - 1:35pm
A 15-year-old girl is missing after she walked out of Berea Community School Wednesday morning and left with an unknown subject, according to the Berea Police Department. Amber Renae Wagers was last seen leaving the school in white passenger car, believed to have been driven by a subject she met through a social media account, police said. After Amber left, she messaged a friend. She told the friend to call police and that she was possibly being taken to Ohio, Berea police said. 2018-04-26T12:56:02-04:00

Home hit, car split in two during police chase in Bourbon County

April 26, 2018 - 1:35pm
A vehicle involved in a police chase split in half after crashing into a home in Bourbon County Thursday morning. The vehicle caught fire following the crash, but no one was seriously injured, according to WKYT. LEX 18 reported that a young boy's room is at the front of the house where the crash occurred, but he had just gone into his parent's room prior to the wreck. 2018-04-26T12:52:16-04:00

Scam Alert: Do some digging before investing in gold

April 26, 2018 - 1:35pm
Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a new scam alert Thursday, after two Kentuckians reported losing nearly $900,000 this year to scammers promising access to gold markets and millions in investment returns. In a news release, the AG announced a Fayette County resident recently lost $420,000 to a con artist on Facebook who said “investing” in a foreign gold market would quickly generate millions of dollars. An Inez resident also “invested” $475,000 with a con artist who guaranteed gold. The two reported victims in Kentucky were senior citizens who handed over their lifesavings to a sham gold investor, said Beshear. 2018-04-26T12:44:13-04:00

Historic preservation important for future generations

April 26, 2018 - 1:35pm
Thanks to the hard work of some very dedicated volunteers, a rare Curtiss JN-4 single-engine biplane – known as the Jenny – is being painstakingly restored to its original glory. The Jenny crash-landed on CrossWinds Golf Course in August. While the pilot walked away without serious injury and no one on the ground was injured, the plane made of wood and cables was torn apart. With so many people feeling an ownership of sorts with the Jenny, the crash was a heartbreaking loss in Bowling Green. But after months in the careful hands of many local craftsmen and women and other volunteers, the plane is expected to return to the skies again in May, just in time to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the first U.S. airmail. A Curtiss JN-4 was the first plane to deliver airmail in this country. 2018-04-26T12:41:21-04:00

Local schools take stock of state budget, pension reform laws

April 26, 2018 - 1:35pm
With this year’s Kentucky General Assembly session at an end, local school district superintendents are taking stock of a new state budget and teacher pension reforms. Although the state budget scales back some of the public education cuts Gov. Matt Bevin had proposed, Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton said he’s still disappointed about funding cuts for teacher training. 2018-04-26T12:38:40-04:00

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