An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its operations in Henderson County.
Budge Industries creates protective covers for vehicles, and announced Friday that it will expand its 75,000 square-foot facilities and create up to 37 new jobs. The $650,000 investment by the company will allow it to add new production lines at its Henderson County operation, as well as new ultrasonic welding equipment.
The expansion was approved for $200,000 worth of tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment program.
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Henderson County on Sunday afternoon. The twister had top winds of 90 miles an hour and was on the ground for two miles near the small town of Robards.
There were no reports of injuries, but three houses and a mobile home were damaged.
The weather service says the tornado was on the ground from 4:49 p.m. until 4:53 p.m Sunday.
Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 6:16 am
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that 34 fiscal courts in the Commonwealth will receive refunds from mining permit and acreage fees. Eight counties in our region will receive refunds totaling $58,377.
Texas Gas Transmission is planning to build a 30 mile natural gas pipeline through Henderson County, Kentucky. Known as the Southern Indiana Market Lateral, it will extend from Texas Gas mainline facilities in southern Henderson to Posey County, Indiana, to serve the new Midwest Fertilizer and SABIC Innovative Plastics plants.
Texas Gas’ parent company, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, recently faced significant opposition to its natural gas liquid Bluegrass Pipeline. To avoid the opposition they faced over the Bluegrass Pipeline, Boardwalk Vice President of Operations Rick Ashy says Texas Gas will be more proactive in meeting with and providing information to the media and public officials.
“We want to make sure everyone in the community understands the purpose of the pipeline, why it’s being built, what the need is," Ashy said. "We have to live and work in these communities ourselves. We want to be good corporate neighbors.... We have a really good reputation, we feel, with the community, and the communities that our pipeline crosses, including the Mayfield area, we go right through that community. And, we just try to keep a good relationship with the property owners because at the end of the day it’s still their property.”
Texas Gas is working on projects to transport gas from pipelines at Lebanon, Ohio, which carry gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields. If completed, the Southern Indiana Market Lateral will transport 166,000 MMBtu, or roughly 166 million cubic feet, per day of natural gas piped from Lebanon.
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.
A WKU-bound high school senior has been named the Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year.
Henderson County third baseman and outfielder Kaleb Duckworth is batting .447 with seven home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 38 stolen bases. The Gatorade player of the year award is given annually to a player who demonstrates athletic excellence, academic accomplishments, and exemplary character.
Duckworth, who has a 3.8 G.P.A., will enroll in WKU this fall.
Duckworth and his Henderson County High School teammates are taking on Christian County Tuesday in the semifinals of the Second Region Tournament.
Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly on proposed trail
Leaders in five Kentucky counties are gauging public support for an 80 mile trail that could be used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
The proposed trail would begin in Audobon State Park in Henderson County, and run through Daviess, Ohio, and Grayson counties before ending at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Breckinridge County.
Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told WKU Public Radio that local leaders are taking the idea to the public.
"All the county judges and mayors are going back to their communities to set up meetings where they can gauge the support in their communities,” Mattingly said. “We've kinda formed a loose coalition of the counties involved, so that we can apply for a federal grant."
Mattingly says the federal grant would fund a study that would look at the direction the trail would follow.
The Daviess County Judge-Executive cautions that it would take decades to plan and create an 80 mile trail. Mattingly says it took 25 years to finish the 15 mile greenbelt that rings Owensboro.
A Henderson County program that helps troubled high school students turn their lives around is getting statewide attention because of its success rate.
Since the Center for Youth Justice Services opened a year and a half ago at Henderson County High School, it has served about 130 students and cut down the number referred to court. The center offers services for behavioral, family and school-related problems.
Student Le-Onta Carey told The Gleaner that the center gave her the support and resources she needed to turn her life around. She says last year, she was struggling in classes and on the path to court. Now, she has clear goals and direction.
Steve Steiner, who is director of pupil personnel at Henderson County schools, says there is interest in expanding the program to other schools.
The Kentucky Historical Society has approved a proposed highway marker to honor country music legend Louis "Grandpa" Jones at his birthplace.
Linda Hallmark, vice-president of the Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society, says the approval will allow the group to start fundraising for the project, which is expected to cost about $2,500.
Eight years ago this week, an F3 tornado tore through parts of Northwest Kentucky and Southern Indiana. It claimed two-dozen lives and left hundreds injured. Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service Paducah office said several factors led to the devastation.
“The main factor was the fact that it moved through at night. We had a major tornado that moved through a metropolitan area and unfortunately when you factor in that it impacted a mobile home park, that’s about the worst scenario that could occur,” said Shanklin.
The November 6, 2005 tornado traveled 41 miles and featured winds that reached an estimated 200 miles per hour. It touched down originally in Smith Mills in Henderson County.
Shanklin and several colleagues attended a gathering at a Red Cross facility in Evansville Wednesday.