Leitchfield

A teen who ran away from his Kentucky home with a 13-year-old girl and was later captured in Florida has been indicted on charges related to what police call a two-week crime spree.

A grand jury indicted 18-year-old Dalton Hayes on a dozen charges this week. He faces up to 10 years in prison on a charge of second-degree rape, with no force. In Kentucky, a second-degree rape occurs when an adult has sex with a minor under 14, even if it's consensual.

The grand jury indicted Hayes on two thefts that occurred in early December, before the two went missing. He also faces custodial interference, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief charges.

Police say the teen girl will face charges in juvenile court.

In the surgery wing of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center named after her late husband, Nedra Thomas has been putting smiles on children's faces for over two decades.

Thomas began making sock monkeys to give to young patients heading into surgery at the Leithfield hospital. The project grew over the years and she now has a small team of volunteers who help in the effort. The group has become like a second family to the members, who look out for one another during sickness and loss.

WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham paid a visit to Leitchfield to meet with Thomas and learn about how the sock monkey program impacts both patients and volunteers.

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in Grayson County, for the Walter T. Kelley Campus Building. The 11,500 square foot facility will be used to expand postsecondary education opportunities for students in the area.

New York Blower Company is planning to locate a new manufacturing facility in Grayson County.The investment is expected to create 125 jobs. The company plans to  make an investment of $4.8 million in the project.

A US Department of Agriculture grant will make it possible to expand telemedicine services to Grayson County. Through the use of this technology, some medical specialists at Norton Healthcare in Louisville will be able to provide diagnosis to patients at Twin Lake Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield.  Twin Lakes CEO Steve Meredith believes the program can help to control some medical costs, by avoiding duplication in testing, and by reducing the number of trips to Louisville for some patients.