Daviess County

In Kentucky's fourth-largest city, there's no instant access to an interstate seen as a magnet for job growth, but officials in Owensboro are riding hopes that a new study will put them on a path toward becoming aligned with a highway running from Tennessee to Michigan.

Work on a nearly $3 million terminal expansion and renovation at Owensboro's airport is almost complete. Airport Manager Bob Whitmer tells The Messenger-Inquirer the project will resolve overcrowding and give the terminal a modern look.

A Corbin Middle School language arts teacher and a Daviess County elementary school teacher are receiving honors for their excellence in the classroom. Corbin's Kristal Doolin was named Kentucky Teacher of the Year on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. The honor comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

An Owensboro man has been sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for a scheme to defraud investors in three states. The U.S. attorney's office said Chief U.S. Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. has also ordered 28-year-old Cory B. George to forfeit contents of three bank accounts totaling about $484,000 to be applied toward final restitution.

Valley Truck LLC is investing more than $600,000 in improvements at its facility in Utica, Kentucky. The firm will expand its workforce by a dozen jobs,  as part of the investment.

An open records dispute between city officials in Owensboro and the town's newspaper is headed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Messenger-Inquirer reports that city commissioners voted Tuesday night to appeal a circuit judge's opinion that the city must release two internal investigations it opened last year against former police spokeswoman Marian Cosgrove.

Kevin Willis

At first glance, this small shop off of Frederica Street looks like any ordinary bakery. The cakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls on display seem like they fit right in with the kinds of treats you’d find anywhere else. To prove that point, Nancy Faulkner described for a visiting reporter the items scheduled to be picked up on a recent Friday afternoon.

Bluegrass Music Center, Skate Park Get Funding in Owensboro

Sep 19, 2012

The Owensboro City Commission is giving the go-ahead to a budget amendment that includes money for a new bluegrass music center and skate park. The Messenger-Inquirer reports commissioners voted 3-to-2 in favor of the amendment at Tuesday night’s meeting at City Hall.

Five Daviess County residents have filed a lawsuit over a recent decision to allow coal mining on nearly 700 acres of land. The suit targets Daviess County Fiscal Court, the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission, and Western Kentucky Minerals.

Owensboro Medical Health System plans to raze part of its existing facilities as it prepares to open a new hospital next year. OMHS will continue to use four of its existing buildings, including the Mitchell Cancer Center, the Breckenridge medical office building, the emergency department building, and a parking garage.

Kevin Willis

When you walk into the downtown office of VE Creative, one of the first things you notice is the set of huge windows facing Owensboro’s 3rd street, a few blocks from the Ohio River. For the small group of workers here, these windows aren’t just a way to view the pretty scenery outside. They’re also a potential way to help generate online and social media street cred for the company, and--more importantly--downtown Owensboro.

Kevin Willis

It’s the second night of celebrations in Owensboro as the city officially reopens its downtown Smothers Park to the public. What those attending Friday’s events will see is a riverfront area that has received a complete facelift.

Owensboro's Smothers Park Ready for Grand Reopening

Aug 23, 2012

A three-day celebration gets underway Thursday evening in Owensboro as the city reopens Smothers Park, a major part of a years-long downtown revitalization effort. The Col. Charles E. Shelton memorial is being rededicated at 7 p.m.

Botanical Gardens in Owensboro Planting "Elvis" Tree

Aug 16, 2012

A pin oak tree is being planted at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in memory of Elvis Presley on the 35th anniversary of his death. The tree was donated by Nancy Brown, who told the Messenger-Inquirer  she picked up a handful of acorns on one of her many visits to Graceland.

Daviess County Fiscal Court has voted to allow a company's request to rezone 700 acres of land for coal mining. However, both supporters and opponents of the move say the issue isn't settled yet.

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