Governor Beshear has announced the awarding of a contract that will lead to the next round of highway improvements related to the Interstate-69 project. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. won the contract with a bid of just under $12 million.
The new project involves upgrading a 36-mile stretch of the Pennyrile Parkway that runs through Henderson, Hopkins, and Webster counties. The improvements will include new pavement and lighting, and the widening of overpass bridges.
The project’s targeted completion date is Aug. 1, 2015.
The ultimate goal is to have Interstate-69 in Kentucky run from the Ohio River in Henderson south to the Tennessee border at Fulton. Before that can happen, portions of three parkways have to be upgraded—the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, and Purchase.
Those three parkways were all once toll roads. One of the challenges of finishing the I-69 project has been the rebuilding of interchanges originally designed to handle motorists stopping at toll plazas, as opposed to merging and exiting from 70 miles per hour interstate traffic.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport will start using new technology to try to reduce wait times and boost retail sales at terminals. The Cincinnati Business Courier reports the airport will be the first in the U.S. to use software called “BlipTrack” to monitor how many Wi-Fi devices such as smart phones and tablets are in a particular area at a certain time.
Lockheed Martin, which created the system, says it’s already in use at 20 airports internationally. Airport officials say the software doesn’t gather personal information.
A former Henderson County star and future WKU Hilltopper has been named Kentucky’s co-Mr. Baseball.
Third-baseman and outfielder Kaleb Duckworth recently graduated from school after hitting for a .450 average, with 40 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. Duckworth is sharing Mr. Baseball honors with Devin Hairston of Tates Creek, marking the first time there has been a tie for the award.
Duckworth led the Henderson County Colonels to back-to-back state semifinal appearances in 2012 and 2013. He committed to play his college baseball at WKU following his junior season, when he led the state in home runs and stolen bases.
Duckworth was also recently named Kentucky's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.
In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he would back the U.S. providing arms assistance and possibly using air strikes to help the Iraqi government halt the advance of militants in that country. Paul said it would be a mistake to return American ground troops to Iraq.
Paul also called it “appalling” that some Iraqi soldiers were stripping off their uniforms and running. Paul is Iowa to speak to that state’s Republican Convention.
A lead administrator at Centre College is leaving the Danville school to become president of Monmouth College in Illinois.
Dr. Clarence Wyatt currently serves as a history professor, chief planning officer, and special assistant to the president at Centre, where he is an alumnus and has been part of the campus community for four decades.
“There really have not been many areas or people that Clarence hasn’t touched in a positive way at Centre,” Centre President John Roush said in a news release. “He has inspired a generation of students in a career filled with distinction and achievement. We will miss him, and we wish him the best in his new career as president of Monmouth College.”
Wyatt has also led the school’s two recent capital campaigns and served as co-chair of both the 2000 and 2012 vice-presidential debates.
At Monmouth, Wyatt will lead a school similar to Centre. It’s a liberal arts college with about 1,300 students.
Toyo Automotive Parts says it’s expanding its facility in Simpson County. Governor Beshear’s office announced the $6 million dollar expansion which is expected to bring another 10 new jobs to the plant.
Toyo currently has a 165,000 square-foot facility in the Sanders Interstate Industrial Park in Franklin. It’s been there since 2001. The company will receive up to $150,000 in tax incentives, Governor Beshear’s office announced.
In Frankfort, the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations is giving another look at legislation that would make it easier for those with a prior conviction to receive a professional license.
Hopkinsville Rep. John Tilley says a license should only be denied if there is a “clear connection” between the crime committed and the license sought. The proposed legislation also makes it necessary for an applicant to be notified in advance if they will be disqualified because of a past crime. They would then receive a hearing, and would be able to appeal the administrative board’s ruling, if necessary.
Senator John Schickel of Union County, expressed concern about the bill and how it might affect an employer’s “right to know”.
Professional golfer Adam Gary has been named the new head coach for WKU’s Women’s Golf team, it was announced Thursday.
Gary was on the US Pro Golf Tour from 2003-2005 and on the Egolf Professional Tour from 2006-2009. The Bowling Green-native currently runs his own golf academy and has served as director of Golf for Kenny Perry’s Country Creek course in Franklin.
Gary graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2003 where he played collegiate golf.
Martha Cassity will make a bit of history this weekend when she takes the reins of the Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars. She'll become the first female commander of the state VFW in its 77-year history.
She will lead the 17,000 member organization for the next year and hopes her leadership will help open doors for more female veterans of foreign wars to lead.
"When they did finally agree to let females in, they weren't real happy with us, and I hope this changes a lot of their minds," says Cassity.
Her priority as commander will be to assist homeless veterans and their families across Kentucky.
Former Simpson County Sheriff Chris Cline will go on trial next February 3 on charges that he illegally obtained prescription drugs.
The Daily News reports Cline entered Warren Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference wearing a neckbrace and walking with a cane. Attorney Alan Simpson contends his client suffers work-related health problems dating back to his time as a state trooper.
Cline is charged with 41 counts of obtaining or attempting to obatin controlled substances by fraud. He resigned from the sheriff’s post in last December, citing medical reasons.