Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana officials say a new mentoring program launched this school year has been a success and will be expanded next year.

It’s called School to Work, and spokeswoman Kristin Milosevich says it initially matched 15 Seneca High School students with mentors from Price Waterhouse Coopers and Humana.

“The whole concept of school to work is that it actually puts high school students who are, will benefit from a one-to-one mentoring relationship in the workplace on the path to getting their first job, going on to college.”

Milosevich says Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to match as many as 75 students from across Jefferson County Public Schools with mentors in the workplace for the next academic year.

Wendell Ford Remembered in Capitol Memorial

Jan 26, 2015

Hundreds of mourners filled the state Capitol Sunday to pay tribute to Kentucky's 53rd governor.

Wendell Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro. He was 90. Ford is the only Kentuckian to win consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. Senator.

Governor Steve Beshear offered a prayer to begin the service. "He listened, he cared, and he brought people together. Give us the courage to follow his examples," said Beshear.

Tommy Preston, who served as Ford's press secretary when he was governor in the early 1970's, delivered the eulogy. "Years in the grand edifice didn't change him one iota, neither could the ensnaring and beguiling of Washington, a place where underserved status is sought constantly," added Preston.

Preston recounted how Ford showed up for the ground breaking of the Kentucky Horse Park on a mule drawn plow. "And he plowed the earth in symbolic fashion behind a team of mules and onlookers loved it. That was Wendell Ford," said Preston.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky.  The accident killed everyone on board except for a young girl. 

The report released Friday shows the pilot of the twin-engine plane, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having "problems" with both of the plane’s engines.  He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport.  Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield.  There were no further radio communications from the plane. 

The January 2 crash killed Gutzler, his wife, their nine-year-old daughter and her cousin.  The NTSB report says the victims were found strapped in their seats.  The family was returning from Florida to their home in Nashville, Illinois. 

One of two teenage sweethearts who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has returned to Kentucky to face several charges including statutory rape.

Local news outlets report 18-year-old Dalton Hayes was crying during his arraignment Thursday afternoon at the Grayson County courthouse. He pleaded not guilty to charges that included statutory rape, custodial interference, criminal mischief, trespassing, theft and burglary. In addition, he was appointed a public defender and given a $250,000 cash bond.

Hayes was arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Saturday, two weeks after he disappeared with his 13-year-old girlfriend.

Authorities say they suspect the two of stealing vehicles and writing stolen checks while they were on the run. The girl is expected to face charges in juvenile court.

Prosecutors should dismiss DUI charges against state Sen. Brandon Smith because the state constitution prohibits lawmakers from being arrested during the legislative session, Smith's attorney argued in court papers filed Thursday.

Smith, a Republican from Hazard, was arrested and charged with DUI on Jan. 6, the first day of the 2015 legislative session. According to a citation filed in Franklin County Circuit Court, Smith blew a .088 in a portable breath test. A person is presumed drunk when the alcohol to blood ratio is .08 and above.

Attorney Bill Johnson has filed a motion for the charges to be dismissed because section 43 of the Kentucky Constitution says lawmakers cannot be arrested when the legislature is in session or when they are traveling to and from the Capitol. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

Former Kentucky Senator and Governor Wendell Ford will lie in state Sunday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, followed by a funeral service and interment in Owensboro Tuesday.

Ford passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 90. He had been receiving treatment for lung.

The public is invited to the Capitol Sunday, where the Daviess County native will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time.

A memorial service is scheduled that day for 3 p.m.

A funeral service is being held at 11 a.m. central time Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Owensboro. Visitation will be at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

A private ceremony of committal will be held at Elmwood Cemetery.

The Senator’s family asks that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of gifts to the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

A majority of Kentuckians think that the state’s domestic violence laws should include unmarried couples who haven’t live together and those who don’t share a child, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll  found that 80 percent of Kentucky adults favor changing current Kentucky law to allow people to file a domestic violence protection order against a current or former dating partner regardless of their living arrangements or whether they have children together.

More than 1,500 western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee residents gathered at Fort Campbell Tuesday night to share concerns about potential cuts.

Interstate 65 south-bound will be reduced to one lane Wednesday as crews repair pavement between mile posts 86 in Glendale and 81 in Sonora. The right lane and shoulders will be closed.

Work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. and should be completed by the end of the day.

South-bound delays will be possible. Motorists may wish to seek an alternate route such as US 31W.

Commercial thru traffic may wish to use the Western Kentucky Parkway (Exit 91) to the Natcher Parkway and rejoin I-65 in Bowling Green.

Family of 13-Year-Old Grayson Co. Runaway in Turmoil

Jan 21, 2015

The father of the girl who police say went on a two week crime spree with her 18-year-old boyfriend says claims that she was abused at home are "completely bogus."

Shawn Phillips, the father of 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips, said Tuesday that anyone who knows his family knows they did not abuse Cheyenne.

Meanwhile, the girl's mother has been arrested. Police say Sherry Peters is accused of taking Cheyenne from her father's house when she did not have the custodial rights to do that. That's according to an arrest warrant provided by Grayson County Detention Center Deputy Bo Thorpe.

Peters was arrested Monday.

Cheyenne Phillips was found with her boyfriend, 18 year old Dalton Hayes, on Saturday night in a stolen truck in Florida.