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LAC first season to end with a ‘battle’

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Leitchfield Aquatic Center (LAC) will conclude its first season with a bang this Saturday, Sept. 20.The inaugural LAC “Battle Ship” competition will be held Saturday morning. During the event, teams of three will pile into boats, provided by LAC, and attempt to sink an opposing team’s boat using buckets of water, said LAC Director Sabrina Durbin.Two team members will have buckets, and the third member will steer the boat and use a “shield” to prevent water from filling up his or her team’s boat, Durbin said.Durbin, who earned a degree in Recreation Administration in college, said she first heard about Battle Ship, a rising commercial pool event, during a Kentucky Parks and Recreation Conference.

 

Guthrie votes to fund government, authorize training & weapons to combat ISIL

Congressman Brett Guthrie, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, voted in support of H.J. Res. 124, legislation to continue funding for government programs and services until Dec. 11, 2014.H.J. Res. 124 also includes language to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The resolution authorizes the U.S. military to train and equip certain Syrian rebels who have been vetted by the U.S. Government. The measure will expire at the end of December and requires reports to Congress every ...

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New Feeding America report reveals truth about hunger in Central, South Central, and Western Kentucky

A new Hunger In America study, conducted by Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) Food Bank and Feeding America (national), shows that one in six people in the 42 central, south central and western Kentucky counties served by FAKH turn to food pantries and meal service programs to help feed themselves and their families. That results in an estimated 174,500 people each year, including 43,625 children and 47,115 seniors.

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Bluegrass Opry returns Sept. 19

The Grayson County Bluegrass Opry will return for its fall season in September on a new night for that month only. The Opry show will be held on Friday night, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Old Judicial Building at 125 East White Oak Street in Leitchfield. The remainder of the Opry shows will be held on the regular third Saturday night of each month, beginning in October. Admission is always free to the shows. Spectators should enter the rear of the building and take the elevator to the third flo...

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City votes against 4% increase

The Leitchfield City Council on Monday voted against a tax hike that would have resulted in a four percent revenue increase for the city in 2014 and, instead, approved a compensating tax rate.The compensating tax rates will be 12.1 cents per $100 of real property (the same rate as in 2013); 18.6 cents per $100 of personal property (a slight increase from 18 cents per $100 in 2013); and the motor vehicle rate will be 12 cents per $100 of value (the same rate as in 2013).T...

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Adopt-a-Highway groups ready to ‘fall sweep’ roadsides

Volunteers will be out in force next to “fall sweep” Kentucky’s highways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces that Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week is Sept. 15-21.“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. For 26 years they have worked selflessly to keep roadways in their communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

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How You Can Handle Outage Recovery Following Severe Weather

September is National Preparedness Month, and Kentucky Utilities Company offers four proactive steps to take in advance of and following severe weather.

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During National Honey Month, buy local to help a beekeeper…or become one

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer urges Kentuckians to enjoy Kentucky Proud honey as part of a healthy diet during National Honey Month.“Honey is a natural sweetener, but it also has numerous other benefits,” Comer said. “When you buy local Kentucky Proud honey, you’re buying a product that you can serve to your family with confidence. You’re also helping a local beekeeper make a living.”

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Students continue to raise the testing bar

Grayson County High School students are continuing the upward trend in ACT scores this year.According to District Assessment Coordinator Carla Purcell, “The trend is definitely increasing.”She went on to say that looking at the data, it is clear that there was “a spike in the data in 2012, a levelling in 2013, and then our highest scores ever in 2014.”High school juniors statewide are required to take the test, and GCHS students devote ...

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Camp Loucon a “hidden gem”

Camp Loucon has been a part of the Grayson County community since 1952, and continues to offer area residents a variety of unique opportunities.The 679-acre campus on Annetta Road (Highway 259 South) is most commonly associated with the summer camp hosted there each year, though Program Director Josh Huddy pointed out that Loucon has much more to offer.Huddy spoke to the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce about the available opportunities at a recent Chamber luncheon whi...

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Park expansion offers new opportunities

The skate park area below the new Judicial Building has seen some serious upgrades recently, and more will be coming soon.Craig Logsdon, who heads up the county’s maintenance program, said that the goal is to make the space - which was unused until somewhat recently - into an area where children and adults alike can enjoy the amenities.With a basketball court and skate park already in place, the county recently made the decision to add a sand volleyball court, walk...

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Lovell named WRECC legal counsel

Marc Lovell has been chosen legal counsel for Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.Lovell, an attorney with the law firm of HarlinParker, in Bowling Green, has 23 years of litigation experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts. In May 1988, he graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in accounting and received his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1991.Lovell replaces Keith Carwell, who retired after 16 y...

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Couple arrested in meth bust

A Leitchfield couple was arrested following a drug bust last Thursday, Sept. 11.On Sept. 11, the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force (GHCNTF) executed a search warrant at 932 Clarkson Thomas School Road in Leitchfield.During the execution, officers found evidence consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, as well as other drug-related crimes, according to a news release from the LPD.The executed searc...

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Last weeks of pregnancy make a big difference

Prior to being born, Kennady Salsman’s parents did many things to help insure that she came into this world as healthy as possible. Krista Salsman watched what she ate, avoided caffeine, took her prenatal vitamins every day and went to regular check-ups with her OB/GYN, Dr. Wendy Lee. New dad, Corey Salsman, also went to the prenatal office visits, kept informed about the developmental milestones of his daughter and helped his wife however he could. Krista even had an app on her phone t...

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Gubernatorial candidate visits GC

The election to determine Kentucky’s next governor won’t take place until 2015, but the race is already starting to pick up.Republican Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Hal Heiner, of Louisville, visited Grayson County on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to allow local residents the opportunity to express their opinions regarding the next administration.Heiner, an engineer and businessman who announced his candidacy in March of this year, is currently travelling full-time ...

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LPD cracks down on student drop-off, pick-up

As many may have noticed while taking their children to school, two new signs have been posted that read “No Loading or Unloading of Students” on Wallace Avenue in Leitchfield.These signs have recently been put into place due to numerous past instances in which children have nearly been struck by vehicles travelling on Wallace Ave., according to Detective Kevin Smith, of the Leitchfield Police Department.

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Certer Five Generations

Ray Carter, 92, a native of Grayson County and former long-time resident of Leitchfield, is shown at his residence in Georgetown, Texas holding his great-great grandson Carter Lindsey, (2 months). He is surrounded by (l-r) his daughter Janice Carter Lindsey, great-grandson Reagan Lindsey, and grandson Brian Lindsey, all of Texas.

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BBB Announces Film and Art Contest

Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is proud to announce it has teamed up with the Kentucky Youth Film Festival for a high school student contest!Entries are now being accepted from high school students in these categories:· Public Spot Announcement (PSA) or Commercial (:60 in length)· Animation· Documentary (5-8 minutes in length)· Poster (Graphic Design and Visual Art Cat...

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