Kentucky Press News Service

Water receding in hard hit Mount Sterling after dozens of homes, businesses flooded

September 10, 2018 - 12:55pm
High water was receding in Mount Sterling Monday after flooding from heavy rains inundated homes and businesses over the weekend. Reports of flooding along Hinkston Creek, which runs through Mount Sterling, began about 4 a.m. Sunday, and “then it was off and on up until” Sunday night, said Greg Beam, emergency management director. “In one area it would drop, and then two hours later it would be flooded again.” High water seemed to be receding Monday in Mount Sterling but Slate Creek in southern Montgomery County was still rising, Beam said. 2018-09-10T12:28:09-04:00

Time to march for free speech

September 10, 2018 - 12:55pm
Under no circumstances should government be allowed to infringe on free speech rights. And that goes for community parades operated by city government. It’s unAmerican. It ignores the First Amend­ment of the U.S. Constitution. It’s just plain wrong. 2018-09-10T12:22:42-04:00

Sharpton is no civil rights activist, but is a race-baiter

September 10, 2018 - 12:55pm
When someone tries to act like someone they are not, they deserve to be called on it. That’s why we are so baffled why the Rev. Al Sharpton considers himself – and some others consider him – to be a civil rights activist. And we are also baffled why he is being introduced by sitting Democratic U.S. senators at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Why is this race-baiting man pretending to be a civil rights activist? 2018-09-10T12:16:45-04:00

Rural Kentucky needs direction, plan for reversing economic lag behind cities

September 10, 2018 - 12:55pm
The economy is booming in the country and in Kentucky. At least, it is in some places. Metropolitan areas of our state are doing great, according to a recent report titled “The State of Working Kentucky 2018” by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. In a country where 86 percent of people live in metro areas, Kentucky is considered a rural state. But even many of us who have spent our whole lives here overestimate how many Kentuckians are rural. A majority of Kentuckians — 58 percent — live in metro areas. That leaves a sizable minority in rural areas. And they are being left behind. 2018-09-10T12:12:43-04:00

Good yield shown in early corn harvest

September 10, 2018 - 12:55pm
The 2018 corn harvest has begun in Daviess County on at least a few farms, and in one instance, yield looks good even though the growing season had its ups and downs, beginning with a long, wet spring that delayed a lot of planting. 2018-09-10T11:10:04-04:00

Kansas City exhibit opens at National Quilt Museum

September 10, 2018 - 12:55pm
Paducah's National Quilt Museum opened its newest exhibition, "Kansas City Star Quilts," to the public on Friday. The exhibition, curated by Edie McGinnis, collects quilts made throughout the early 20th century that used patterns originally published in the Kansas City Star newspaper. Between 1928 and 1961, the newspaper, in an effort to increase readership among women, printed some 1,065 unique quilt patterns. 2018-09-10T11:05:54-04:00

Justice Cabinet secretary warns state prisons now ‘out of space,’ further criminal justice reform needed

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley says that state prisons are now “out of space” to house more inmates, urging the state legislature to pass legislation next year that was recommended by a criminal justice reform task force to slow the growth of this population. Asked about his estimate early this year that state prisons would run out of space in May 2019 and force the release of thousands of nonviolent inmates, Tilley told Insider Louisville in an interview the estimate has now changed, as “practically, we are out of space at this moment.” 2018-09-10T09:21:13-04:00

Kentucky counties cope with flooding; search resumes for boy swept away

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Heavy weekend rain continues to cause issues for many areas of Kentucky Monday after the precipitation subsided. Areas in Bath, Morgan, Menifee, Fleming and Rowan counties remain under a flood warning until 11 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The flooding caused Montgomery County to declare a state of emergency, according to the Mount Sterling Police Department. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reported many roads closed in the county. More than 6 inches of rain fell during the weekend in Mt. Sterling, the National Weather Service reported. 2018-09-10T09:14:14-04:00

Winchester post office addition collapses

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
No one was injured when an addition on the Winchester post office collapsed suddenly Sunday morning during heavy rain. Firefighters were called out Sunday morning to reports of a building collapse, Winchester Fire-EMS Battalion Chief Chris Whiteley said. When they pulled out of Station 1, he said he saw the addition on the side of the post office had collapsed. Post office officials said there were about 15 people working inside when the collapse happened, but none were injured. 2018-09-10T09:06:09-04:00

Projects leave Owensboro at interstate cul-de-sac

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
State and local officials lauded a deal they reached last week on expediting the I-165 designation between Bowling Green and Owensboro as a historic moment for local transportation needs. Indeed, I-165, formerly called the I-65 Spur, will, for the first time in its history, connect Owensboro and Daviess County to the federal interstate highway system along the current William H. Natcher Parkway. But removing the word "spur" from its name -- largely an economic development tool, officials admit -- does not mean the future highway will have northbound interstate access -- nor would future plans to upgrade the Audubon Parkway on the city's west side to interstate-grade standards as well. 2018-09-10T08:49:29-04:00

Tennessee couple wins Dream Home

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
After living in the same home for 48 years, Judy Andrews, of South Fulton, Tennessee, didn't know how to react when she heard her name announced as the winner of Paducah's St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway on Sunday afternoon. "I can't say it's a dream come true because you just don't think about this type of thing happening to you," said Andrews, 72. "It was just a donation." Judy and Philip, her husband of 50 years, made the drive to Paducah shortly after the announcement aired on WPSD-TV. 2018-09-10T08:45:41-04:00

Indictment: Elkhorn City man stabbed dad with pocket knife

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
An Elkhorn City man has been indicted by a Pike grand jury on charges that he stabbed his father multiple times with a pocket knife earlier this month. Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said Jonathan C. Belcher, 31, of Price Avenue, Elkhorn City, had been staying at his father’s home the few days before he returned to the home stabbed his father on Sept. 2. 2018-09-10T08:42:40-04:00

300 revelers escaped arrests after UK’s win over Florida. But who overturned that car?

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Lexington police are investigating who overturned a car on State Street during Saturday night’s celebration after Kentucky football’s 27-16 win at Florida, but no arrests had been reported as of Sunday morning. About 300 people gathered in Lexington’s State Street area near the University of Kentucky campus, said police Sgt. Jeremy Brislin There were no arrests, no injuries and no other incidents reported. 2018-09-10T08:30:11-04:00

Post office roof collapses in Winchester, several employees escape injury

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
As many as 18 employees were at the U.S. Post Office in downtown Winchester Sunday morning when the roof collapsed, an official said, but no one was injured. “I would assume that it was weather related, but I don’t know if its secondary or primary cause,” said Winchester Fire Batallion Chief Christopher Whiteley. Central Kentucky experienced heavy rain Sunday. He said the employees were in the area when the roof fell, but not in the collapse zone. The incident is under investigation. A building inspector has established a safe area in certain areas of the building, said Whiteley. 2018-09-10T08:26:22-04:00

Winchester fisherman missing after boat capsized Saturday during tournament

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
A Winchester man remained missing Sunday after his boat capsized in Harrison County during a fishing tournament that began the day before on the South Fork Licking River. Harrison County Search and Rescue Team Chief ReJeana Craft said the victim was Porter Lamb, 77. His boat had gotten too close to the Terry Dam, was drawn into the Dam and ended up capsizing, said Craft. 2018-09-10T08:21:57-04:00

In Kentucky, bourbon could kill you even if you don’t drink it

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Tyree Matthews stands in his backyard, looking toward the sky. Less than 10 yards from his back fence, a five-story warehouse blocks the sun. The massive black cube holds thousands of barrels of bourbon made by the Barton 1792 Distillery. Matthews doesn't drink bourbon, but it still could kill him. A similar Barton 1792 warehouse about 600 yards away collapsed in two stages in June and July, sending more than 4,500 tons of wood and flammable booze — equal to nine fully-loaded Boeing 747s — crashing to the ground. No one was hurt in the collapse — no one lived close by — but it started Matthews thinking about the consequences of 18,000 barrels of whiskey landing on his neon-blue ranch-style home. 2018-09-10T08:05:59-04:00

8-year-old boy missing after being swept into sewer drain in Morehead

September 10, 2018 - 9:55am
Search efforts for a missing 8-year-old boy in Morehead resumed Monday after he was swept into a sewer drain during heavy rains over the weekend. Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent tweeted Sunday that crews discontinued their search for the missing boy late Sunday evening but would start again Monday morning. The 8-year-old boy fell in the storm drain around 3:30 p.m Sunday, according to LEX18. A 12-year-old boy also fell in but he managed to escape. 2018-09-10T08:00:55-04:00

Louisville taxi driver drowns after flash floods sink car

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
A Louisville cab driver was killed Saturday night when he sunk his car in high water during flash floods. The Yellow Cab taxi driver was driving on Oak Street around 11 p.m. on Saturday when he got stuck in high water near the railroad underpass at 13th Street, according to Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. Rising water killed the engine, and soon the car was completely submerged. The driver was pronounced deceased shortly after. 2018-09-09T09:03:43-04:00

Record-breaking rainfall causes flooding, wreaks havoc in Louisville

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
Record-breaking rain led to flash flooding in Louisville on Saturday night, turning streets into rivers and leaving groups of cars stranded. A MetroSafe supervisor said the agency had received 44 calls for water rescues to save people stranded in vehicles. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Louisville area until 12:15 a.m. That came after a severe thunderstorm warning for east central Jefferson County that ended at 9:30 p.m. 2018-09-09T09:00:17-04:00

The NFL, MLB, NBA and PGA Tour have all hired lobbyists in Kentucky. Here’s why.

September 9, 2018 - 9:54am
Professional sports organizations want a piece of the action if Kentucky allows sports betting. In recent weeks, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Professional Golf Association Tour and National Football League have hired lobbyists in an attempt to influence Kentucky lawmakers on the issue of sports betting, according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. The leagues are doing the same in many other states following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. 2018-09-09T08:55:24-04:00

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