Bourbon County

Mary Meehan

Greg Lee, Kentucky’s HIV/AIDS educator, started the town hall on a somber note.

“How many people in this room know someone who has died of an overdose death?”

It was a standing-room only crowd. Most hands went up.

“Amazing,” he said, sadly.

The meeting was at the Bourbon County Public Health Department, just next to the county’s drug rehab center and down the hill from a playground where used needles are found far too often.


A central Kentucky health official says a case of human West Nile virus has been confirmed in Bourbon County. Bourbon County Health Department Director Tom Skeen told the Lexington Herald-Leader it's thought that the person contracted the illness out of state although he didn't believe it was the Dallas area. Texas, in particular Dallas, has reported 1,225 cases and 50 deaths as of last week, the largest outbreak in years.