Kentucky Press News Service

Shayna Hubers murder trial: Jury selection began Wednesday

August 9, 2018 - 9:21am
Shayna Huber's second murder trial was set to begin with jury selection at 9 a.m. Wednesday, two years after she was granted a retrial. Hubers, who was found guilty of murdering her boyfriend Ryan Poston, was granted a retrial after her attorney discovered a juror in the first trial had a prior felony conviction. The juror's 1992 unpaid child support conviction disqualified him from jury duty under Kentucky law. The second trial will take place in front of Campbell County Circuit Judge Daniel Zalla, who was not allowing media access during jury selection. 2018-08-09T08:07:04-04:00

Grimes out of bounds in Paul remark

August 8, 2018 - 3:20pm
Over the weekend, we witnessed the annual Fancy Farm Picnic at St. Jerome Parish in Graves County. For decades, politicians have used the event to trade barbs with their political foes and also bring positive exposure to themselves. It’s a fun-filled event where hecklers yell at politicians they aren’t fond of when they get up to speak. Those watching the event can obviously tell there is no love lost between some of these political adversaries. We think both sides got in some good jabs at last weekend’s event and it was all clean and fun as political barbs go – except for what Grimes said at a dinner Friday evening before she took the stage Saturday. Grimes, who is a rumored gubernatorial candidate in 2019, used the event to make a crack about Kentucky’s junior senator being assaulted. This comment by this left-wing “Hillary Democrat,” as she describes herself, is way over the top, classless, out of bounds and just straight-up mean. 2018-08-08T13:52:50-04:00

Valid reasons exist for uranium tariffs

August 8, 2018 - 3:20pm
It is fascinating and a bit worrisome to observe how insignificant a player the United States has become in the nuclear industry. The U.S. after all led the world into the Atomic Age. Paducah is painfully aware of the trend. The 1950s-era Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant ended production in May 2013. It was in its day the economic engine of the community, employing more than 2,000 people -- many of them engineers, chemists and technical specialists -- in some of the best-paying jobs in Kentucky. The PGDP enriched uranium for conversion to reactor fuel during much of its existence. But the gaseous diffusion technology was obsoleted by more-modern centrifuges. Today foreign companies dominate the field. 2018-08-08T13:46:56-04:00

Kentucky baby enters world in a Chevy Blazer. More awkward moments followed.

August 8, 2018 - 3:20pm
When Cecilya Goin woke up at 7 a.m. Sunday morning with contractions, she, her husband and their 4-year-old set out from Lawrenceburg for a hospital in Lexington. But the unborn child had a different schedule. They were near the Blue Grass Airport on Versailles Road when it became evident that their son would not be born in the usual way. “My water broke, and a minute or two minutes later I gave a few pushes and that baby was out in my shorts,” Goin said. “My shorts caught him.” 2018-08-08T13:19:49-04:00

McGrath responds as three new GOP attack ads flood the airwaves of Central Kentucky

August 8, 2018 - 3:20pm
A Republican political action committee has launched three advertisements attacking Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath, just two days after U.S. Rep. Andy Barr launched his own ad attacking the former fighter pilot. The latest ads — two for television and one for radio — feature political messages familiar to the voters of Central Kentucky. They criticize McGrath for opposing the Republican tax overhaul, accuse her of being lax on immigration and attempt to tie her to national Democrats. Late Tuesday, McGrath launched her first ad of the general election, once again featuring her on a runway. In it, she says she “will work with anyone if it means getting something done.” 2018-08-08T13:13:48-04:00

Rand Paul personally delivered a letter from Trump to Vladimir Putin

August 8, 2018 - 3:20pm
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he personally delivered a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of President Donald Trump. "I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration," Paul tweeted Wednesday. "The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges." This is the latest in a series of connections Paul has made with the Russian government this week during a solo journey in Moscow "to continue a dialogue on vital issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and combating terrorism." 2018-08-08T13:09:04-04:00

Sawmill catches fire, Amish community helps fire departments

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
Numerous fire departments responded to a fire that destroyed most of the Miller's Family Sawmill on Saturday morning a little after 4 a.m. The mill, which is owned by the Marvin Miller family, is located just a few miles from the city of Lewisburg. "The cause of the fire is still undetermined," said Lonnie Epley, lieutenant of the Lewisburg Fire Department. Also helping during the fire were the Logan County Burden Bearers, Logan County EMS and many from the Amish community. 2018-08-08T11:53:30-04:00

Former teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
Adam Decker, a former Logan County teacher and coach at Chandlers Middle School, pled guilty in Logan County Circuit Court on Thursday, Aug. 2, to numerous sexual crimes against underage students. Although Decker admitted to these crimes, he is out of jail on a $50,000 cash bond until his final sentencing on Oct. 10. 2018-08-08T11:48:24-04:00

Princeton native joins elite group of NASA flight directors

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
A Princeton native is one of six individuals chosen to join the ranks of mission control flight directors at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Rebecca Johnson Wingfield and five other men and women were recently announced as the space agency’s newest flight directors, joining an elite group numbering fewer than 100. Wingfield is the daughter of Doug and Joann Johnson of Princeton. 2018-08-08T11:42:49-04:00

Daycare owners to pay back $14,000 in theft case

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
The owners of the formerly Paintsville-based TLC Child Development Center receieved a pretrial diversion in Johnson Circuit Court Friday in connection with felony theft by deception charges related to employees not receiving paychecks for approximately six months. The owners, Ottway N. and Thelma Crider, were originally charged in March in complicity to commit theft by deception including cold checks with a value of less than $10,000 for incidents involving several employees at the day care center. 2018-08-08T11:09:06-04:00

Convention center reopening ‘a big deal’ for businesses

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
Following the closure of the Kentucky International Convention Center for renovations in 2016, sales at A Taste of Kentucky’s downtown Louisville store dropped 30 percent or more. The retail shop, which sits directly across from the convention center on Fourth Street, relies heavily on tourists to buy its Kentucky-related gifts and foods. Now with KICC reopening and preparing to host its first event, owner John Hassmann is buoyant. 2018-08-08T10:54:24-04:00

Man dead after falling from bridge

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
The person who apparently leaped to his death Sunday from the Tyrone bridge has been identified as Timothy Bowman, 38, of Lawrenceburg, according to information provided by the Woodford County Coroner’s Office. Bowman’s family has started a GoFundMe page online to raise money for his funeral services, according to a post on the website. 2018-08-08T10:44:18-04:00

Woman found not guilty on ninth DUI charge

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
The ninth time was the charm for a Versailles woman who was found not guilty of DUI following eight previous convictions dating back to 2001. It was her ninth overall DUI and fourth in the past five years. Christy Stevens, 36, took the stand last Thursday in Anderson County Circuit Court and claimed it was her mother, not her, who was driving a car that broke down last June near the Wild Turkey Distillery. 2018-08-08T10:41:28-04:00

Paz-Holley Project is nearing goal

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
As of Wednesday, the Paz-Holley Project has raised just over $80,000. “We would like to thank all those who have donated to the Paz-Holley project so far,” says Project co-coordinator Robin Lewis. “We are getting closer to our goal of raising $110,000.” The Paz-Holley project was started by a group of concerned community members who joined together to help a family in need. In October 2017 five young children were left without parents after their mother was murdered and their father was charged in her death. 2018-08-08T10:29:19-04:00

Bear image captured on trail cam in Muhlenberg County

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
A black bear was sighted on a game camera in the Carter Creek Road area of Muhlenberg County on Friday morning. The image of the bear was captured around 4 a.m. on property owned by Sapp Farms. An official said the bear looked to be a year and a half to 2 year old male. The officer said bears can roam 30 to 40 miles each day so it's possible he is now long-gone from the area. Or not. 2018-08-08T10:13:46-04:00

Breathing easy: Danville’s smoking ban has been in effect for 10 years

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
Today is the 10th anniversary of the City of Danville’s smoking ban in all buildings and enclosed workplaces. Boyle County Health Department Director Brent Blevins said the ban was put in place thanks to the perseverance of former Boyle County Public Health Director Roger Trent. “Roger really did a great job with that…It’s amazing he got that pushed through the city because the county wasn’t ready,” Blevins said. Before the ban was put into place, it was common to walk into any Danville restaurant and be asked by the host or hostess, “Smoking or non-smoking?” 2018-08-08T09:59:02-04:00

Everyone you oppose isn't Hitler. So stop using the Nazi slur in politics.

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
We have to cool it with the Nazi crap. I was on television the other night and everybody was up in arms about Donald Trump Jr. calling Democrats "Nazis." "You see the Nazi platform in the early 1930s and what was actually put out there ... and you look at it compared to like the DNC platform of today, and you're saying, man, those things are awfully similar, to a point where it's actually scary," Trump Jr. said. This commentary set off a round of media and liberal outrage, another familiar cycle wherein the left melts down over some Trump family comment. Then the fact checkers swooped in on cue with the predictable but unnecessary assurance that today’s American Democrats are not yesterday’s German Nazis. This is the pathetic state of American political discourse. 2018-08-08T09:52:31-04:00

Home bakers rejoice over updated cottage food law

August 8, 2018 - 12:20pm
With House Bill 263 now in effect, home bakers across Kentucky are firing up their ovens and whipping out their mixing bowls. The bill went into effect July 14, updating Kentucky’s outdated cottage food laws and allowing people to sell goods they baked from home without needing a license, health department inspections or a commercial kitchen. Local artist and home-baker Jennifer Lea Bowman said she restarted her gluten-, soy- and dairy-free cookie business, the Urban Biscuit, once she found out she can legally sell her home-baked goods. 2018-08-08T09:23:23-04:00

'Wet, muddy' suspect will be charged with attempted murder after semi chase

August 8, 2018 - 9:20am
The driver of a semi who led police on a chase through Ohio and Kentucky intentionally swerved and crashed into a police cruiser Tuesday morning on U.S. 27 near Alexandria, police said. Police are still searching for the driver of the semi, reported stolen after 4 a.m. from a trucking company in Sharonville, Ohio. A possible sighting of the suspect Tuesday afternoon in Camp Springs did not result in an arrest but did trigger a renewed ground and air search that was called off because of weather. The suspect will face an attempted murder charge, said Chief Craig Sorrell of Campbell County Police Department. 2018-08-08T09:11:49-04:00

Event venues, stores pushing for countywide alcohol sales

August 8, 2018 - 9:20am
Fueled by rural wedding and event venues and small country stores, an effort is underway to put the legalizing of alcohol sales throughout Warren County on the November ballot. But proponents of the measure aren't popping champagne corks just yet. A push to gather by Aug. 14 nearly 12,300 signatures on a petition to put the question on the ballot is a daunting task that started last week when Bobby Massey filed a letter of intent with the Warren County Clerk's office. 2018-08-08T09:06:21-04:00

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