A same-sex couple who married in Massachusetts is seeking a divorce in Kentucky. The case has presented a dilemma since Kentucky does not recognize gay marriage.
Judges and divorce lawyers told The Courier Journal that the case filed in Jefferson Family Court involving Alysha Romero and Rebecca Sue Romero is the first of its kind in the state.
Alysha Romero's lawyer, Louis Waterman, said the women should be allowed to part ways in Kentucky instead of having to move back to Massachusetts for divorce proceedings. But both opponents and supporters of gay marriage say the court's only choice will be to dismiss the petition because Kentucky law bans gay marriage and the recognition of such marriages.
Waterman says he'll appeal if the case is dismissed.
With the holidays approaching, the Kentucky Arts Council is launching its annual online campaign to promote Kentucky retailers and homemade crafts.
The Give a Gift from Kentucky campaign provides information about special events, promotions and discounts from artists and retailers. It's geared toward consumers who are interested in shopping locally and buying handmade items for the holidays.
Artists in the arts council's Kentucky Crafted program and Architectural Artists Directory are participating in special events and presenting work in their studios, galleries and showrooms during holiday open houses, exhibits and tours.
Shoppers interested in purchasing Kentucky-made items can visit more than 30 businesses designated as Kentucky Crafted Retailers.
Officials with the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force say they made 14 arrests Friday of the 23 offenders they were looking for in Warren and Simpson Counties. Director Tommy Loving says the arrests were without incident.
Kentucky State Police troopers are rounding up hundreds of drug suspects in what the state's lead police agency calls the largest one-day drug crackdown in its history.
State police officials said Friday that posts across the state are expected to arrest 479 people. The arrests are expected to result in 774 charges in a state plagued by drug abuse.
State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the roundup called Operation Black Friday is the result of tips. Among the tipsters was a mother whose son is a drug addict. Brewer says her tips led to the arrest of the alleged drug dealer selling to her son.
Brewer says the charges involve such drugs as marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs and methamphetamine.
Thursday night's Halloween trick or treating is expected to be hampered by potentially severe weather coming into south-central Kentucky.
Wind gusts up to 40 mph are expected along with locally heavy rainfall. A wind advisory is in effect from 3:00 central time this afternoon until midnight.
Hart, Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties have delayed their Halloween activities until Friday night along with the towns of Bonnieville, Munfordville, Glasgow, Cave City, Park City, Elkton, Russellville and Franklin.
Hear about plans for a Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame building in Elizabethtown
As a member of the Bremen High School basketball team in the late 1970s, Ray Harper was twice the district’s player of the year.
“Every night it was a battle and there were some great rivalries. We had seven high schools in the county – there’s only one high school now,” said Harper. “It helped prepare me in the sense that you had to be ready to play every night and couldn’t take a night off and you could never underestimate your opponent."
The high schools in Muehlenberg County were consolidated into one, Bremen High School is no more, but the memories remain.
"It’s good to get back and reminisce and see those guys. We had some really good teams and some great memories that will last a lifetime,” said Harper.
Harper is in his third season as the head men’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky as a native of the commonwealth, he understands the importance of high school basketball.
“The thing I’ve always said is if you get a kid from a high school in Kentucky they’ve been coached. The learning curve isn’t as great as it is for some kids."
High school basketball in Kentucky is a big deal. There’s a Hall of Fame honoring the state’s best through the years, but right now, it’s just a collection of names. There’s no building, no permanent museum...no brick-and-mortar.