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Data shows Madison County jail crowding driven by defendants awaiting trial for low-level offenses

As the Madison County fiscal court prepares to vote on whether to raise property taxes in order to fund a new $45 million jail, newly available data shows a significant portion of the jail’s population is people being held pretrial for low-level, non-violent offenses and who have been deemed low or moderate risk of either failing to appear in court or committing new criminal activity. This data reinforces...

Duane Curry appointed deputy commissioner of Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Gail Russell has announced the appointment of Duane Curry as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, effective immediately. Curry, who replaces former Deputy Commissioner Tim House, has served as Director of the Division of Building Code Enforcement since his appointment to HBC in January 2016. As Director, Curry was...

Mitch McConnell: After a long fight, chemical weapons stored in Kentucky will soon be destroyed — safely

For decades, families in Madison County have lived alongside more than 500 tons of deadly chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Now, after years of engagement from the local community, the Depot will begin safely destroying its stockpile. I was honored recently to join this community to cut the ribbon and begin sending these awful weapons to the ash heap of history where they belong.   The...

Gov. Bevin honors first responders who rescued a Madison County girl, 3, lost for 15 hours

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin honored a group of first responders who helped rescue a missing Madison County girl last month during a ceremony at the State Capitol. 
Three-year-old Eden Hines walked away from her home around 1:30 Sunday afternoon on Oct. 14, prompting an intensive search by 30 different organizations, with 1,100 to 1,200 participants including volunteers from the community. First...

Winchester Republican Donna Mayfield will not seek re-election saying politics ‘too vicious’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Rep. Donna Mayfield, who said at a candidate’s forum that politics is “too vicious,” will not seek re-election to the Kentucky House. The Secretary of State’s office said the Winchester Republican’s official paperwork to withdraw from the race was received on Monday. Rep. Donna Mayfield “Politics has become too vicious,” Mayfield was quoted as saying...

Jeff Rubin: Silent crimes against children, women and elderly need to become less silent

April is Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time that places the spotlight on two issues I find disturbing, both for the nature of the crimes and the helplessness of the victims. That’s why the recent report on child maltreatment released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau got my attention. The report cites Kentucky as the second highest state...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

Governor names replacements for judge-executive positions in Estill and Simpson Counties

Appointments have been named for vacant judge-executive vacancies in Estill and Simpson Counties. Kevin Williams, of Irvine, has been as Judge-Executive of Estill County, replacing Wallace Taylor, who has resigned, and James “Jamie” Spears, of Franklin, has been named Judge-Executive of Simpson County, to replace Jim Henderson, who is resigning to accept a role with the Kentucky Association of...

Dominion Senior Living celebrates grand opening of first Kentucky community in Richmond

Dominion Senior Living recently held the grand opening of its new personal care and memory care community, Dominion Senior Living of Richmond. The senior living community hosted a ribbon cutting and open house at the community, located at 200 Meridian Way. The free public event featured door prizes and delicious Kentucky-themed refreshments for guests to enjoy. Representatives from Dominion Senior...

Robert Treadway: Earle Combs – ‘Kentucky Colonel’ of baseball, world-class gentleman

Earle Combs is one of only four Kentuckians in the Baseball Hall of Fame (Photo from public domain)   From time to time, one sees lists of someone’s opinion on who are Kentucky’s greatest athletes, and while each list is different, there are the usual candidates (Muhammad Ali, Dan Issel). One of those usual candidates used to be baseball Hall of Famer Earle Combs, born in Pebworth,...