9:40 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Bowling Green Set to Become Home to Plane, Piloted by WKU Grad, that Raided Libya in 1986

Arnie Franklin (WKU '66), standing next to an F-111 that took part in the 1986 U.S. air raid on Libya
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU graduate Arnie Franklin discusses the 1986 air raid on Libya, and the addition of an F-111 to the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green.

An airplane with an amazing local connection will make its public debut at the Bowling Green’s Aviation Heritage Park on Saturday, June 8. The F-111 joining the park took part in the 1986 U.S. air raid against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya—a raid led by a WKU graduate and native of south-central Kentucky.

Sitting in a hangar near the Bowling Green Regional Airport is a plane known  as the “Warhorse” because of its many years of service. If you didn’t know any better, you might assume this relic from the military’s not-too-distant past could take off and fly right now.

Not having an engine keeps this bird on the ground, but it sure looks nice.

For Arnie Franklin, seeing this F-111 look just the way it did back in 1986 brings forward a flood of memories.

“It brings all of those emotions that I remember from that mission back to the forefront, and even though it was 27 years ago, in a lot of ways it seems like it was yesterday," Franklin told WKU Public Radio.

This is the story of a Kentucky pilot, a war plane, and a mission.

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9:32 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Bowling Green Man Drowns in Gulf of Mexico

Authorities say they've recovered the body of 34-year-old Joshua Kimbrough, one of four men who have drowned in the Gulf off Alabama's coast since Sunday.

Baldwin County sheriff's officials says they found Kimbrough on the Fort Morgan peninsula Monday night. His body was recovered more than 24 hours after he disappeared in the surf.

Kimbrough was last seen swimming Sunday afternoon in the Gulf at the Beach Club and was found at the nearby Martinique subdivision.

Gulf Shores officials on Monday posted double red flags on all beaches in the city, meaning that extremely hazardous conditions are present and all waters are closed to the public. The city said that underlying rip currents posed a significant risk to anyone entering the Gulf.

4:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

EF 2 Tornado Causes Damage and Minor Injuries in South Central Kentucky

Credit Michael Cook

Update at 12:28am:   According to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service, the path width of damage is 300 yards, with maximum winds of 135 mph, making it an EF2 tornado.  One home was completely demolished, three houses and numerous outbuildings were severely damaged, and several livestock were killed. 

Original Post: A tornado touched down in southern Kentucky Monday afternoon, damaging farm structures and some homes. 

The twister hit in Logan and Simpson counties.  It was visible for miles.

Michael Cook, who took this photo, was working on a farm just west of Franklin when the tornado hit.  It destroyed several grain bins and damaged some homes.

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2:15 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Tornado Warning Issued for Allen County Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Allen County until 2:40 p.m. central time Monday.

11:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Western Kentucky Toddler Critical after Drinking Meth Ingredients

Rachael Arroyo
Credit Ohio County Detention Center

A western Kentucky child is in critical condition after ingesting a chemical used to make methamphetamine.

The 2-year-old Ohio County girl drank sulphuric acid drain opener that was in a shot glass. She suffered chemical burns to her lips, tongue, mouth and esophagus.

Authorities say the child's mother and her boyfriend were making meth inside the home.   They allegedly waited six hours before taking the child to the hospital.

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