Danville

Kentucky State BBQ Festival

The Kentucky State Barbeque Festival in Danville is growing.  Now in its fourth year, the festival is expanding from a two-day event to a three-day event, beginning Friday.

“We were all there set up for Friday because of our charity auction, so we figured we’d go ahead and start vending and having music and that sort of thing on Friday as well, ” said festival director Brad Simmons.

He says festival-goers will have the opportunity to try barbeque styles from across the country from some of the top pit masters in America.

“You know what, it’s kind of like pizza: there is no right and wrong, there’s just ‘great’,” said Simmons. “We’ve got a North Carolina-style, we’ve got a West Tennessee/Memphis-style barbeque coming. We’ve got Texas-style barbeque which is just meat, salt and smoke.”

Mike Mills from the famed 17th Street Bar and Grill in Illinois will be among the celebrity pit masters on hand. The festival is expanding this year from two days to three and features live music and a backyard barbeque contest.

Simmons says next year, they want to be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt the Common Core and the tests that align with it. This spring, the 1,700-student Danville district thinks it's found a better way to teach the Core.

Larnelle Harris

WKU alumnus Larnelle Harris is among the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.  The honorees were announced Wednesday by the Kentucky Arts Council.  Harris has won five Grammy awards and is a member of the Gospel Hall of Fame. 

The City of Danville will be honored with the Government award for its contributions to the arts. Danville hosts the annual Great American Brass Band Festival each June.   

The awards will be presented in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort in October.

Great American Brass Band Festival

The Great American Brass Band Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend in Danville.  Brass band music fans from around the world are expected to descend upon the town for the event.

“The best brass bands play on our stages – it’s quite an honor for them to do so. And so we bring the best of the best, and I think that’s part of why we’ve survived for 25 years and we intend to be around for many more, ” said executive director Niki Kinkade.

Kinkade says the event is expected to draw 30,000 people this weekend.

“It’s very much a community driven festival, we are basically financially supported by our community and through volunteerism and through all sorts of different activities that go on over the four-day weekend," said Kinkade. "The entire community comes together and helps to put this event on.”

City of Danville

Danville’s city manager says unresolved legal questions forced the city’s proposed “fairness ordinance” to be tabled Monday night.  Ron Scott says the measure, which would make it illegal for businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, has sparked some intense debate. The ordinance would pertain to employment, public accommodations and housing. 

“The City Commission has heard and the city staff has heard from a variety of folks on both sides of the issue, those in favor of and those against,” said Scott “Those include church groups as well as businesses, in terms of some expressing opposition to and some expressing support for.”

Scott says a poll conducted by Centre College revealed support for a fairness ordinance among Danville residents stood in the “upper 70 percent” range. Six other Kentucky cities including Louisville have implemented similar measures. 

A workshop has been scheduled for April 28th so the city attorney can review the outstanding legal questions revolving around how the ordinance would comply with the state’s Civil Rights laws. 

Police say a Pulaski County pastor has been arrested and charged with murder in the September 20th triple slaying at a Danville pawn shop.

The Advocate-Messenger reports 48-year-old Kenneth A. Keith of Burnside was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with three counts of murder and robbery in the shootings at ABC Gold, Games And More. Danville police Captain Robert Estill said authorities executed three search warrants at Keith's church, business and home.

Keith is pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside and has a gold buying business in Somerset.

The two owners of a Danville pawn shop and a third person were shot to death at the downtown store Friday, and police continued to search for a suspect.

The morning shootings prompted officials to put local schools and nearby Centre College on lockdown and urge residents to stay away from downtown.

Three people died of gunshot wounds at the ABC Gold, Games and More store during what police suspect was a robbery, Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said in an interview with the Advocate-Messenger in Danville.

Gray said a 9-year-old child and an 18-month-old were also in the store at the time of the shootings, though neither was harmed. Gray said the older child called 911 after the shootings around 9 a.m. CDT.

Centre College

A prestigious summer arts residency program for Kentucky high-schoolers is relocating to Centre College in Danville. The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts has been held at Transylvania University for the previous fourteen years, but will move to Centre next summer.

The program hosts over 200 Kentucky high school sophomores and juniors for three weeks in the summer, offering master-classes, lectures, and hands-on workshops in nine disciplines, including creative writing, dance, instrumental music, and visual art.

Nearly 5,000 Kentucky high-schoolers have attended the GSA summer program since 1987, and 23 colleges and universities offer scholarships to program alumni.

Courier-Journal political writer James R. Carroll says Danville, Kentucky and Centre College have been universally praised for the outstanding job they did hosting the recent Vice-Presidential debate. It's not often the Bluegrass State gets to share in the limelight of a hotly-contested Presidential election, but Centre's ability to land its second VP debate since 2000 has impressed politicos throughout the nation.

Even though the candidates for vice president met in Danville Thursday night, Kentucky issues such as coal and the auto industry weren’t heavily addressed. Kentucky is affected by many of the national issues that were discussed, but Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had little to say on topics specific to the commonwealth.

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