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General

  • Fireworks erupt again over city plan

    Continuing disagreements on the Leitchfield City Council over the redevelopment of the city’s former Rite Aid building led Monday to a second verbal altercation in as many months.
    This time the dispute mainly involved Mayor Rick Embry and council member Harold Miller — though council members Kelly Stevenson, Raymond “Tooty” Cottrell and Billy Dallas waded in at times.

  • Monarchs:

    Cheers erupted in the Cougar Den Feb. 1 when a Grayson County High School junior was named the 2019 basketball Homecoming Queen.
    Emily Lush is getting a little extra attention for capturing the sparkling crown.
    She has Down syndrome, but that doesn’t preclude her from being a positive force at GCHS. In addition to being known for her sunny disposition, she’s part of a student group that makes sure recyclables at the high school are collected and sorted each week.

  • Empty Bowls to benefit area hungry

    The Grayson County Alliance hopes the sophomore edition of a fundraising program is an even larger success.
    For a staggering number of Kentuckians, empty bowls at mealtimes are the norm. More than 700,000 — or one in six — don’t always know where their next meal will come from. More than 1 in 5 of Kentucky’s children lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.
    Those are numbers the second annual Empty Bowls soup supper, set for 4-7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Leitchfield, aims to reduce.

  • Kidnapping suspect arrested in Leitchfield

    A man suspected of kidnapping a woman and demanding a ransom from her parents in Tennessee was arrested last week in Leitchfield.
    FBI agents took Bryan D. Conley, 37, into custody the evening of Jan. 30 at the Marathon service station on South Main Street near the Western Kentucky Parkway.
    He remained in the Grayson County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon, being held without bail on federal charges of threatening interstate communication.

  • Woman killed in Hardin County wreck

    Icy roads are believed to be a contributing factor in a Feb. 1 accident that claimed the life of a Leitchfield woman.
    Debra Stephens, 64, was killed around 7:45 a.m. CST in the two-vehicle collision, which happened at the 124-mile marker of the Western Kentucky Parkway, in Hardin County.
    Stephens was driving east in a Chevrolet Silverado and “due to the ice-covered road conditions at the time” crossed the median into the path of a westbound Freightliner being driven by William Roberts, 62, of Winchester, Kentucky State Police Trooper Scotty Sharp said.

  • Goff sworn in as circuit judge

    Kenneth H. Goff II was sworn in Feb. 1 as the newest circuit judge for the 46th Judicial District, which covers Grayson, Meade and Breckinridge counties.
    A former district court judge, Goff was appointed a circuit judge last month by Gov. Matt Bevin, to fill a vacancy created by the September death of Judge Robert Miller.
    He’ll serve in the position until someone is elected in November to the seat. He was chosen for the bench over Breckinridge County Attorney Bradley S. Butler and the Meade County Attorney Jessica B. Roberts.

  • Baxter family welcomes Baby New Year on Jan. 1

    James and Jessica Baxter’s daughter arrived a couple of days early, but no one in the family minded too much. Being an early bird netted Mackenzie Baxter the title of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center’s first baby born in 2019.
    She arrived at 9:19 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and stretching 19 inches.

  • Leitchfield restructures, considers goals for 2019

    In its first meeting of 2019, a reconstituted Leitchfield City Council Monday discussed improvements members want to see around the city, new roles for council members and briefly touched on the status of the new city hall/police department project and the fate of a department head.
    It was the first meeting with new Mayor Rick Embry and council members Billy Dallas and Clayton Miller as well as new City Attorney Dennis Fentress.
    Among the first orders of business were handing out new committee assignments and naming two potential fill-ins for Embry.

  • New ER staffing at TLRMC

    A new medical group has taken over some of the staffing at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department.
    On Monday, the hospital announced its new partnership with Texas-based Concord Medical Group. Concord replaces TLRMC’s previous ED staffing partner, The Schumacher Group.
    The partnership with Concord is expected to provide improved 24-hour Emergency Department coverage for patients in Grayson County and the surrounding areas as Concord takes the role of staffing and scheduling physicians there.
    The switch was made Dec. 31.

  • Candidates for Circuit Judge seat announced

    Three finalists have been named for the vacant seat in the 2nd Division of the 46th Judicial Circuit, which covers Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade counties.
    The seat became vacant when Judge Robert Miller died Sept. 17 after a lenghty illness. He had been a circuit judge since January 1999.
    The finalists are Harold Goff of Leitchfield, currently a district court judge; Breckinridge County Attorney Bradley Butler of Harned; and Jessica Brown Roberts of Guston, Meade County Attorney.
    Goff was re-elected in November