A crowd of over 3,000 fans turned out for the Bowling Green Hot Rods season opener, a 5-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks Thursday night. The game marked the beginning of a new era for Bowling Green’s minor league baseball team and the area around its downtown ballpark.
It’s the team’s sixth year at Bowling Green Ballpark, which now has a new neighbor: a multi-restaurant, parking garage and apartment building next door known as Hitcents Park Plaza. One of the restaurants named "6-4-3", after the scoring notation for a double play, features a distinct baseball feel.
It was also the first game since the new ownership group, led by Stuart and Jerry Katzoff, took over in December.
Fruit of the Loom announced Thursday it will close the company's Jamestown, Ky. plant, laying off hundreds of workers.
The clothing manufacturer says 600 employees will lose their jobs. The layoffs will begin in phases starting in June and the plant will be closed by the end of the year. Production at the Jamestown plant will transition to facilities in Honduras, according to a press release.
The company says global competition and cheaper production overseas forced the plant to close. State Representative Jeff Hoover of Jamestown posted on Twitter that he is "devastated" by the news.
Fruit of the Loom is the largest employer in Russell County. The company is headquartered in Bowling Green.
State lawmakers have effectively eliminated a tax on aging barrels of bourbon in a move to protect one of the state's signature industries.
Kentucky spends that tax money on public education, making it difficult to eliminate the tax completely. This week lawmakers approved a tax credit that would offset the cost of the tax. Public schools would still get their tax money, but overall state revenues would decrease by about $14 million in five years once the tax credit is fully implemented.
Kentucky distillers have increased their inventory of aging bourbon by more than 1 million barrels since 1999. State tax collections have more than doubled since then.
The law requires Kentucky distillers to spend the savings from the tax on improving facilities in Kentucky, including remodeling to promote tourism.
The 2009 1.5 Millionth Corvette is now out of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
The milestone car becomes the seventh Corvette to be retrieved from the 50-foot sinkhole that swallowed eight cars on display February 12.
The 1.5 Millionth had not been seen since the collapse, and excavation and metal detectors had been unsuccessful in locating it. Crews found signs of the car during the retrieval process of the Spyder earlier this week.
Initial attempts to pull the car free were to no avail as a large rock appeared to be wedging the rear of the car in the dirt. “Originally, we thought we had to remove the boulder itself to free the vehicle,” Zach Massey, Project Manager with Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction said in a news release. “But we were able to free the 1.5 without addressing the boulder as it turned out it was not directly resting on the car, which was a great advantage to us.”
The 1.5 Millionth built in Bowling Green in 2009, is a white convertible with red interior. It was patterned after the first 300 Corvettes built in 1953 in Flint, Michigan.