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General

  • Possible Caneyville smoking ban still smoldering

    A request to make Caneyville the third Grayson County community to become smoke-free hasn’t been stubbed out, but isn’t being puffed on either.
    In July, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center CEO Wayne Meriwether had approached Caneyville city commissioners about adopting restrictions on public smoking.
    Grayson County’s Population Health Committee — which Meriwether heads — has been spearheading public smoking ban efforts throughout the county.

  • "Deli"cious addition comes to central Leitchfield

    For months the signs had taunted the hungry passing by on Leitchfield’s South English Street, promising sandwiches and other deli fare but delivering only a locked door.
    They’d caught the eye too of Judy Schehr as she drove around the city, but fired a different type of hunger in the Grayson County resident.
    “I thought, ‘That would be neat to have a deli like that,’” she said on a recent afternoon. Finally she broached the idea of taking over the shuttered business with her husband, James Schehr.

  • Coaching stipends set by school board

    Teachers leading several activities and sports at Grayson County High School and Grayson County Middle School will split more than $40,000 worth of stipends under a plan approved Aug. 10 by the Grayson County School Board.
    The plan clears the way for the high school to bring on board an assistant athletic director to help Athletic Director and social studies teacher Josh Basham, who recently was named the head coach of the Lady Cougars’ basketball program.

  • Jail expansion approved by state

    A 200-bed expansion of the Grayson County Detention Center has been approved by the Kentucky Local Correctional Facilities Construction Authority.

    The unanimous approval— reportedly the first in that board’s history — was handed down Aug. 3.

    County Jailer Jason Woosley traveled to Frankfort to attend the meeting.

    In the county’s request for the expansion, Woosley said it is needed to address overcrowding at the current Shaw Station Road facility, which was built in 2001.

  • City Council nixes state bar law

    The Leitchfield City Council on Monday took the initial steps in blocking a change in state law that could allow two bars to be opened in the city.

    Earlier this year the state legislature approved House Bill 183, a move supporters said was designed to “overhaul Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage laws by eliminating outdated, duplicative and unnecessary language.”

    The measure, which took effect in late June, had another consequence though: it repealed population requirements that limited or banned bars in smaller cities.

  • Boundaries approved on booms

    For the second time in three years, Leitchfield will try to place some limits on setting off fireworks in the city.
    During the Aug. 7 city council meeting, the first reading of an ordinance regulating when fireworks can be lighted was approved by council members.
    The ordinance must be approved following a second reading to become law. That second reading could come as soon as the Aug. 21 council meeting.
    The ordinance is similar to one approved on a first reading two years ago. That ordinance, though, never received a second reading.

  • Acting county judge executive named

    During a special meeting Aug. 2, Grayson County magistrates selected one of their own to serve as acting county judge executive.

    Jason Dennis likely will hold the office at least until the end of August. Under state law Gov. Matt Bevin has 60 days to name a long-term interim judge executive to replace Gary Logsdon, who abruptly retired Aug. 1.

    The governor's apointee will serve out the rest of Logsdon's term, which expires in late 2018.

  • Tip leads to Clarkson drug bust

    Two people were jailed Aug. 2 following a police raid at a house in the 300 block of Clarkson’s Clifty Avenue.

    Tilford Caswell of Owensboro was being held Tuesday morning in the Grayson County Detention Center on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

    Daniel Boone of Leitchfield was arrested on an unrelated warrant for violating a Kentucky EP/DV order.

  • Caneyville woman killed in crash

    A two-vehicle wreck Aug. 13 on Leitchfield’s West White Oak Street, near Rock Crusher Hill, claimed the life of a Caneyville woman.
    Brenda Weedman, 69, was killed in the head-on collision around 4:15 p.m.
    According to police reports, Weedman was driving a Buick Enclave that collided with a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Denise Laxton, 42, of Leitchfield. Weedman’s husband, Dorman Weedman, 71, was a passenger in the Buick.
    Both Weedmans and Laxton were taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville, where Mrs. Weedman later died.

  • Utilities on track for new truck, track steer

    The Leitchfield Utilities Commission has signed off on the purchase of a new truck and a track steer.

    During their meeting Aug. 3, commissioners accepted a $38,290 bid from Dan Powers GM Center for a new tool truck. The one-ton 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD will have a diesel engine, dual rear wheels, a tow package and four wheel drive.

    The bid was the lowest of three received for the truck. All-State Ford bid $39,406 for a 2017 Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4×4 Dually and Swope Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram bid $46,161.40 for a Dodge.