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.
John James Audubon State Park at Henderson is closing out its 75th anniversary year.
The park is hosting a special museum event on Nov. 2 that will have all three parts of the historical anniversary exhibit on display, as well as a collection of plans for the next 75 years. Hors d'oeuvres, museum tours and music will be on the main level of the museum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.
A western Kentucky school district is expected to hear proposals for installing new audio/video secure entry systems throughout the district.
The Henderson County Board of Education is taking up the idea at its meeting Tuesday evening.
The Gleaner reports South Western Communications of Evansville, Ind., gave the board a price of $39,760 to cover installation of 14 systems at 13 locations. The system offers color video of the person wishing to gain entry into a facility along with two-way audio communication for positive identification before entry is allowed, according to the proposal description.
The only district school to have a buzzer security system is the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center, which opened in August.
A federal grand jury in Bowling Green charged 54-year-old James Allen Morris with six counts of bank robbery.
According to the federal indictment, Morris, by force, violence and intimidation robbed the Henderson County banks between July 23, 2010 and January 17, 2013. The banks include the Green River Credit Union on both January 17 and last July, Independence Bank, the Bank of Henderson, U.S. Bank and Integra Bank.
Morris faces a sentence of 20 years in prison for each count and a $250,000 fine for each of the six counts. He'll be back in court February 28 for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Owensboro.
Work crews are checking a Henderson County elementary classroom to see if asbestos is present.
The Gleaner reports South Heights Elementary School was closed Friday as crews came in to take samples from the classroom to test for the contaminant.
It was unclear when students would return to school.
"We don't know how long school will be closed. We will make that determination after the samples come back. We're hopeful that we'll be back in school on Monday, but I can't say that," Assistant Superintendent Marganna Stanley said.