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.
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.
The mother of a western Kentucky woman who vanished in 1995 hasn't given up hope of solving the mystery that has confounded police. Heather Teague was sunbathing at Newburgh Beach in Henderson County when she disappeared.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled public hearings for next month in Henderson and Paducah to get input on a proposal that would raise rates for customers of Big Rivers Electric Corp.