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General

  • Clarkson hears first reading of smoking ban

    Clarkson took the first steps Monday toward becoming the second Grayson County community to enact a public smoking ban.
    On a 4-0 vote, city commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance restricting lighting up in spaces such as restaurants and convenience stores, after recommending some minor changes to the wording.
    A second, and possibly final, vote, will be taken at the commission’s March 13 meeting.

  • Job services to continue locally

    The Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board is stepping in to fill the void left by the upcoming closing of the Kentucky Career Center in Leitchfield.
    Last month, the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced it was pulling the plug on 31 unemployment centers statewide in an attempt to save money.
    The Office of Employment and Training (OET), which oversees the Career Centers, is consolidating from 51 offices to 12 regional hubs and eight satellite offices.

  • School district approves admissions policy

    Grayson County Schools have adopted new guidelines for parents seeking early kindergarten entrance for their children.
    The guidelines were sparked by a change in state law, limiting kindergarten enrollment to children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 of the year.
    Parents now will be able to seek “early” kindergarten admission for children who turn 5 between Aug. 2 and Oct. 1 of the year if the children score 95 or higher on the DIAL 4 and Brigance kindergarten screening tests.

  • Suspected stash lands woman in jail

    A Caneyville woman is facing multiple criminal charges after fleeing police and attempting to smuggle contraband into the Grayson County Detention Center, according to police.
    According to Leitchfield Police Detective Kevin Smith, officers tried to serve Mercedes L. Goldsmith, 26, Feb. 8 with an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to pay fines.
    She initially fled from officers, but was found a short time later and arrested, Smith said.

  • New antidote saves two

    Leitchfield Police Officers and Grayson County EMS recently were able to revive two suspected overdose victims recently, thanks to an antidote police officers recently began carrying.
    Police and EMS were called to a home on Penner Drive Friday for a possible overdose. When they arrived they found two “unresponsive” men in the home, said Detective Kevin Smith.

  • Tax time brigns aid, warnings

    With all employers required to send out W-2 and K-3/K-3E forms by this week, tax season is beginning in earnest in Grayson County.
    This year, a new service is available to help lower-income residents prepare and file their taxes for free.
    The Grayson County Alliance is hosting a VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, site through April 10. The service will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the Alliance offices, 2203 Brandenburg Road, Leitchfield. For more information call Linda Gentry or Judy Bullock at 270-259-4000.

  • Jail expansion, sheriff move proposed

    Grayson County’s detainees — and its deputies — need some new digs, the county’s jailer and sheriff said recently.
    During Friday’s Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting, Jailer Jason Woosley asked magistrates if he could start looking into whether it would be possible to add onto the Grayson County Detention Center’s main facility on Shaw Station Road in Leitchfield.
    An expansion could ease overcrowding there as well as allow male and female prisoners to be held on the same property, he said.

  • Stepping up for reading improvement

    The Grayson County Schools District hopes new technology will put some of its youngest students on the path to becoming better readers.
    During a special meeting Jan. 17, Superintendent Doug Robinson and other district leaders began introducing the public to the Footsteps2Brilliance program, which uses mobile technology to offer literacy programs to children ages pre-school to third grade.

  • New Leitchfield police station a possibility

    The Leitchfield Police Department soon could be on the move.
    The city council recently voted to give Mayor William Thomason authority to negotiate buying land for a new police station.
    Because negotiations are ongoing, though, the city didn’t say where the land is or when an agreement might be reached.
    The vote, taken during the council’s Jan. 17 meeting, followed an executive session of more than 20 minutes. It was the fourth executive session since November for discussing a possible land buy.

  • Cave honored posthumously for service in Vietnam

    A longtime fixture in Leitchfield’s medical community was honored posthumously Jan. 11 by some of the men he served with in Vietnam.
    Former medics of the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry who served with Dr. Ray Cave traveled to Leitchfield’s American Legion Post 81 to pay their respects to his four daughters. About 200 people attended the program.
    American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason said the post was honored to host the program because Cave was “a legendary person in this county.”