Daviess County http://wkyufm.org en Escaped Inmate Caught in Daviess County http://wkyufm.org/post/escaped-inmate-caught-daviess-county <p>An escaped inmate has been arrested and three other people have been charged with assisting him in Daviess County.</p><p>Kentucky State Police says tips led them to Troy Lyons at a home in Owensboro Tuesday. Police say Lyons walked away from custody in Hopkinsville on July 19th. Troopers also charged Sara Lyons, Dawn Fulkerson and Eric Fulkerson with hindering prosecution or apprehension on Tuesday.</p><p>All were in the Daviess County Detention Center.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:43:28 +0000 Associated Press 51501 at http://wkyufm.org Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services http://wkyufm.org/post/those-seeking-pastoral-counseling-kentucky-can-now-bill-insurance-companies-services <p></p><p>A new law that went into effect this week in Kentucky is changing the way the state views faith-based mental health counselors. Kentucky is now licensing such counselors, which means their services will be covered by insurance policies.</p><p>One of the faith-based counselors impacted by the new law is Joe Bob Pierce, who works with Cornerstone Counseling in Owensboro. He says the change in state law could encourage potential clients who might have been put off by having to foot the entire bill.</p><p>“Clients that otherwise might have to pay out-of-pocket to see a pastoral counselor now will be provided a bit of subsidy, or help, or in some cases their entire fee for counseling will be handled by the insurance company.”</p><p>Pierce’s counseling service is located inside Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. He says while many of his clients are deeply rooted in traditional Baptist beliefs, he has also counseled individuals who don’t claim any religious affiliation.</p><p>He says his clients are interested in receiving help from someone who will take into account the spiritual aspects of their lives,</p><p>“It may not necessarily be a dimension that is religious in terms of being attached to a particular faith. But I think it’s very much a part of our make-up as people.”</p><p>To be licensed by the state, pastoral counselors must have a master’s degree in the field and meet the same qualifications as other licensed counselors. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:18:12 +0000 Kevin Willis 51216 at http://wkyufm.org Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services Corridor Connecting Southern Indiana to Natcher Bridge in Owensboro Could be Toll Road http://wkyufm.org/post/corridor-connecting-southern-indiana-natcher-bridge-owensboro-could-be-toll-road <p>An Indiana transportation panel is making recommendations that could lead to the start of a new corridor linking southern Indiana with Daviess County, Kentucky, within five to ten years. &nbsp;</p><p>The road will be called the Mid-State Corridor, and will run from Pike County, Indiana, to the Natcher Bridge east of Owensboro. That road was formally known as I-67, but the name was dropped because only federal officials can create a new interstate.</p><p><a href="http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/developing_news/mid-state-connector-could-be-a-toll-road/article_c3dcbd16-0eee-578c-991d-34e9267643b6.html" target="_blank">The Messenger-Inquirer reports</a> the Indiana Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure also believes construction should start on the proposed Interstate-69 bridge at Henderson within five years. Funding concerns are a major issue for the projects, however, with the federal Highway Trust Fund running out of money.</p><p>If a creative solution isn’t found, blue ribbon panel member Hank Menke told the paper that the Mid-State Corridor might have to be built as a toll road.</p><p>The corridor is expected to cost Indiana $444 million, with Kentucky chipping in $177 million.</p><p>The Indiana panel’s recommendations now go to Governor Mike Pence. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:05:52 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 51053 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Giving Natural Gas Bigger Role in State's Energy Portfolio http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-consider-giving-natural-gas-bigger-role-states-energy-portfolio <p></p><p>A stable of Kentucky lawmakers are learning how natural gas can be developed to meet the state’s transportation needs. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Industry experts briefed members of the committees on energy and natural resources at the Owensboro convention center Thursday on the viability of natural gas filling stations, which are currently limited across the state.</p><p>“It’s an important issue for Kentucky," said Republican Sen. Jared Carpenter, a co-chair of both committees. "Gas has become a major player, in providing energy sources for Kentucky, and that's why we wanted to come to Owensboro."</p><p>"One of our members, this is his home community, and they've got a beautiful facility, and they just worked hand-in-hand so we could hear a presentation from the gas association and learn more about what they're doing."</p><p>Natural gas is expected to comprise a larger share of the state’s energy sources in the future. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:19:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 49171 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Giving Natural Gas Bigger Role in State's Energy Portfolio Study Looks at Costs of Three Owensboro-Area Interstate Plans http://wkyufm.org/post/study-looks-costs-three-owensboro-area-interstate-plans <p></p><p>A new study is attaching cost estimates to proposals that would provide an interstate spur for the Owensboro region.</p><p>The study, commissioned by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, looked at plans for an I-69 spur-designation for the Audubon Parkway, and an I-66/I-65 spur for the Natcher Parkway.</p><p>Among the key findings of the study:</p><p>*The cost for upgrading over 23 miles of the Audubon, from Henderson to the U.S. 60 interchange at Owensboro, would run between $14 million and $15 million. Such a move would require the Pennyrile Parkway to be upgraded to I-69 status at the western end of the Audubon.</p><p>*Obtaining an I-65 spur status, by upgrading 72 miles of the Natcher Parkway stretching from I-65 in Bowling Green to U.S. 60 in Owensboro, would cost $66 million to $76 million.</p><p>*Upgrading U.S. 60 and 72 miles of the Natcher would cost as much as $148 million. The consultants advised against trying to designate U.S. 60 as a spur, citing high costs and the surrounding residential area. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:29:23 +0000 Kevin Willis 48972 at http://wkyufm.org Study Looks at Costs of Three Owensboro-Area Interstate Plans Report: Owensboro Mayor Wants to Boost Population by Annexing Subdivisions http://wkyufm.org/post/report-owensboro-mayor-wants-boost-population-annexing-subdivisions <p></p><p>The mayor of Owensboro says the city should consider trying to annex nearby subdivisions in order to boost its population.</p><p>Ron Payne made the comments following the release of census numbers showing Bowling Green has grown at a faster pace than Owensboro.</p><p>Those figures from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect populations on July 1, 2013.</p><p>Bowling Green retained its position as the state’s third-largest city, with a population of 61,488 people. Owensboro remained fourth-largest, with just over 58,416.</p><p>That 3,072-person advantage by Bowling Green is more than the gap between the two cities during the 2010 census. Four years ago, Bowling Green had just an 800-person advantage.</p><p><a href="http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/article_1972d502-bd79-579d-8fb3-231d7cbc06e8.html" target="_blank">The Messenger-Inquirer reports</a> Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne and City Manager Bill Parrish are talking about meeting with homeowner associations in subdivisions along Kentucky 54 in order to gauge their interest in being annexed by the city. Wed, 28 May 2014 18:24:29 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 48723 at http://wkyufm.org Report: Owensboro Mayor Wants to Boost Population by Annexing Subdivisions Owensboro Distillery One Step Closer to (Once Again) Producing Bourbon http://wkyufm.org/post/owensboro-distillery-one-step-closer-once-again-producing-bourbon <p>A distillery in Owensboro will once again produce Kentucky’s signature spirit.</p><p>Officials with TerrePURE Kentucky Distillers announced Tuesday afternoon that they are purchasing the Charles Medley Distillery and will create bourbon and other lines of spirits.</p><p>The project is expected to create as many as 70 new jobs at the distillery, which sits on 28 acres of land in Daviess County. TerrePURE will invest $23 million to purchase and refurbish the distillery.</p><p>The company plans to renovate and repair buildings at the site, and install new equipment. TerrePURE says its goal is to have the distillery operational in 18 months.</p><p>The President of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation, Madison Silvert, says a 2012 economic impact study shows the distilling business has a far-reaching impact on jobs in the Bluegrass State.</p><p>“The job multiplier for distilling was 3.19, so that means that for every new distilling job, 2.9 new jobs are created somewhere in the commonwealth," Silvert told WKU Public Radio. "That is the third largest job multiplier of all industries in the state of Kentucky, behind light truck manufacturing and automobiles.”</p><p>According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the state exported $383 million of its distilled spirits in 2013. That accounts for 21 percent of the U.S. total in that area.</p><p>Silvert added that it will mean a lot to the Owensboro area community to have the Medley Distillery up and running again. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:58:34 +0000 Kevin Willis 47663 at http://wkyufm.org Proposed Trail Would Begin in Audubon State Park, Connect with Breckinridge County http://wkyufm.org/post/proposed-trail-would-begin-audubon-state-park-connect-breckinridge-county <p></p><p>Leaders in five Kentucky counties are gauging public support for an 80 mile trail that could be used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.</p><p>The proposed trail would begin in Audobon State Park in Henderson County, and run through Daviess, Ohio, and Grayson counties before ending at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Breckinridge County.</p><p>Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told WKU Public Radio that local leaders are taking the idea to the public.</p><p>"All the county judges and mayors are going back to their communities to set up meetings where they can gauge the support in their communities,” Mattingly said. “We've kinda formed a loose coalition of the counties involved, so that we can apply for a federal grant."</p><p>Mattingly says the federal grant would fund a study that would look at the direction the trail would follow.</p><p>The Daviess County Judge-Executive cautions that it would take decades to plan and create an 80 mile trail. Mattingly says it took 25 years to finish the 15 mile greenbelt that rings Owensboro. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:31:52 +0000 Kevin Willis 44905 at http://wkyufm.org Proposed Trail Would Begin in Audubon State Park, Connect with Breckinridge County Bluegrass Music Service Expanding Presence to Owensboro http://wkyufm.org/post/bluegrass-music-service-expanding-presence-owensboro <p>A Tennessee-based company that provides online services for fans of bluegrass music is establishing a presence in Daviess County.</p><p>Terry Herd, co-founder of Nashville-based Bluegrass Today, told the Messenger-Inquirer that the decision indicates how significant Owensboro, Ky., is in the bluegrass music industry.</p><p>The city is home to the International Bluegrass Museum and hosts the annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival, which was named the "event of the year" in 2012 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.</p><p>Bluegrass Today, which launched about two years ago, includes news, airplay charts, forums and directories for fans.</p><p>The company said Sean Dysinger will head up its presence in Owensboro. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:38:43 +0000 Associated Press 43227 at http://wkyufm.org Bluegrass Music Service Expanding Presence to Owensboro Mayor Says New Convention Center Will Transform Owensboro into ‘An Entirely Different City’ http://wkyufm.org/post/mayor-says-new-convention-center-will-transform-owensboro-entirely-different-city <p>The new Owensboro Convention Center opens for business Wednesday as the Ag Expo begins. The city also has grand opening festivities slated for this weekend.&nbsp;<br /><br />Work began on the 170,000 square foot, $40-million dollar facility in March 2012. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says the finished product is impressive.<br /><br />“You go in and the lobby is 60 feet high and you have a lot of lot of unique artwork in there and two huge ballrooms up on the third floor.&nbsp; Off those ballrooms to the north and you have a balcony overlooking the Ohio River,” said Payne.</p><p>Payne says despite the facility’s size, it will be able to play host to events large and small.</p><p>“The exhibit hall can actually be separated into three separate exhibit halls if you want to do it," said Payne.&nbsp; "Or you can take the panels and open up the entire thing. So, lots of versatility which gives you a lot of options.”<br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:19:51 +0000 Emil Moffatt 43032 at http://wkyufm.org Mayor Says New Convention Center Will Transform Owensboro into ‘An Entirely Different City’