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A Barren County felon and nine co-defendants have been sentenced for running a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation. 

Considered the ring-leader of the operation, 70-year-old Dallas Norris of Glasgow, was sentenced this week to nearly 20 years in prison. He was charged with manufacturing and distributing the marijuana, money laundering, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. 

A tip led Kentucky State Police to Norris’ home in November 2011, where they discovered more than 1,200 marijuana plants. Police learned the indoor grow began in 2008 and had been producing seven to ten pounds of weed every two weeks. Norris was selling it for around $3,000 per pound. 

Farmers in south-central Kentucky are discussing a partnership with a state park that would lead to more farm-fresh foods being served at the location.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports farmers around Barren River Lake State Resort Park met recently with chef Rick Lenoir to discuss a partnership in which he would purchase more local goods to serve at the park's Driftwood Restaurant.

Lenoir, who started working at Barren River Lake State Resort Park last summer, said his preference is to use locally produced food.

"I want folks to be more aware of what we have around here," Lenoir said.

Glasgow Newspaper Wins Fight for Jail Report

Feb 8, 2013
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A newspaper in southern Kentucky has won its fight for records of a jail investigation.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports that an agreed order of dismissal was filed Thursday in Barren Circuit Court in a case that began when the newspaper filed an open records request with Barren Fiscal Court almost nine months ago.

The court order states the county must hand over an unredacted copy of the report immediately. The report was produced by a private investigator for the Fiscal Court at a cost of $3,500.

County officials said they originally denied the request because they didn't have physical possession of the report, but the newspaper argued officials intentionally voted not to take possession so the report wouldn't be public record.

Barren County School District Facing Big Budget Cuts

Feb 5, 2013

Education officials in south-central Kentucky say cuts are likely as the school district faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 million.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports Barren County school district Superintendent Bo Matthews told the Board of Education during a special-called meeting on Monday night that a $900,000 shortfall is expected from the 2012-13 to the 2013-2014 budget.

Matthews said cuts are likely due to the shortfall.

District Finance Director John Stith said one reason for the shortfall is unexpected costs, including a portion of the $50-$60 million Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust deficit which has to be paid off by school districts across the state.

Two men associated with a cattle brokerage company have pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with a scheme that cost 172 farmers more than $840,000.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports that Thomas P. Gibson and Michael Steven McDonald each entered a plea in U.S. District Court in Kentucky to one count of mail fraud.

They previously pleaded guilty in Metcalfe Circuit Court to charges related to the scheme and agreed to fully repay farmers who sold cattle to Eastern Livestock.

The plea on the federal charge was entered last month. Brian Butler, Gibson's attorney, told the newspaper that his client never meant to hurt anyone, but has taken responsibility for what happened.

Western Kentucky University's Glasgow campus will hold a memorial service Thursday afternoon for a student who died last week. The service for Trina M. Lawson, 36, will be at 2 p.m. in the WKU-Glasgow library. The campus is also collecting donations for her family.

The student who died at the WKU-Glasgow campus Friday was a 36-year-old mother of three. Glasgow resident Trina Marie Lawson was found dead inside a bathroom at the Barren County campus early Friday afternoon.

A WKU student who was found dead at the Glasgow campus Friday afternoon has been identified as Trina Lawson. She was discovered inside a bathroom around 1 p.m. and was later pronounced dead by the Barren County coroner.

No New Details Known on WKU-Glasgow Student Death

Oct 21, 2012

The Barren County coroner has not released the name of the WKU student who was found dead at the school's Glasgow campus Friday.

A Western Kentucky University student attending the Glasgow campus was found dead at the campus early Friday afternoon. Glasgow Police, emergency medical personnel and the Barren County Coroner’s office responded and are on the scene. The cause of death is under investigation. The name of the student will be released by the coroner’s office pending notification of kin. Classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day at the Glasgow campus.

A manufacturing firm based in Glasgow, Kentucky will create 25 new jobs through a plan to expand its operations. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced the $3.8 million SpanTech expansion project, which will include purchasing new equipment and leasing an additional 55,500 square feet.

A construction worker has been killed and three others injured when a retaining wall collapsed as they were working on a road project on Kentucky 90 in Glasgow. The Glasgow Daily Times reports 63-year-old Kenneth E. Decker of Bee Springs died and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries on Tuesday when the nearly completed wall fell.

Glasgow Paper Continues Fight for Jail Report

Oct 4, 2012

A newspaper in Barren County is continuing its fight for records of a jail investigation. The Glasgow Daily Times reports that its latest legal filing argues local officials willfully withheld the records and the county should pay the newspaper's legal fees.

Barren County officials are appealing a judge's order to release an investigative report on the local jail to The Glasgow Daily Times. The newspaper, meanwhile, has asked a judge to hold county officials in contempt for not releasing the document.

A judge in southern Kentucky has ordered Barren County to release an investigative report on the local jail to The Glasgow Daily Times, but information may be edited out as allowed by law.

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