Four schools at the Fort Knox military post in central Kentucky will be shut down as the post loses its lone combat brigade as part of military base realignment.
The four schools -- Kingsolver Elementary, Mudge Elementary, Pierce Elementary and Walker Intermediate account for 877 students.
The shutdown will take place at the end of the current school year. Fort Knox's lone combat unit, the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is being deactivated.
Department of Defense spokeswoman Cindy Gibson says it is unclear if schools at other posts will be shut down as the military tries to shrink to about 450,000 active-duty soldiers over the next five years.
The Defense Department spends about $375 million annually to operate its schools.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green put on quite a show Monday. Construction crews began the slow, methodical process of removing eight cars that fell into a 50-foot sinkhole last month in the Skydome exhibit area.
Crews did a few test runs over the weekend, but the moment of truth came at 10:35a.m. when first out of the depths of the hole was a blue 2009 ZR-1.
As a crane safely lifted to the surface the 3,500-pound car known as the ‘Blue Devil,’ Museum Director Wendell Strode smiled and gave a thumbs up.
“It was a wonderful feeling and something we have been building for ever since the first day when this all happened," commented Strode. “The pride, you could just see it. We’re happy for everyone who has had a hand in it to this point and certainly all the supporters worldwide. It’s a great feeling and we’re thrilled to share it with so many others."
Strode was amazed at the car’s good condition.
“The pictures we had seen previously looked as though it had been delicately placed on top of the soil, but when it was coming out, it looked like it could be started right up and driven off," he added. "It’s a great tribute to the engineering and everything that goes into the Corvette.”
Besides some fiberglass damage, an oil leak, and some scrapes, the ‘Blue Devil’ defied the odds. Cheers erupted when the car cranked up and drove a few feet. Construction Manager Mike Murphy was shocked.
“I could not believe it fired up and they could drive it out the door. After taking a 40-foot fall, that’s amazing," said Murphy.
The ‘Blue Devil’ was loaded onto a flatbed trailer and moved to the museum’s exhibit area where all eight cars as they are recovered, will be on display through August 3.
Most of Kentucky received between 2-3 inches snow Sunday night into Monday morning. Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service office in Louisville says that snow was preceded by quite a bit of freezing rain and sleet
“Then, the cold air aloft came in and changed the freezing rain over to sleet, and it sleeted for quite a while,” said Callahan. “In the Bowling Green area, we had reports of as much as two inches of sleet. And finally, after midnight in changed into snow.”
Callahan says the storm "could have been much worse" had there been more freezing rain Sunday night. He says temperatures should climb above freezing Tuesday and we should see a warming trend for the rest of the week.
But will this mark the final winter storm of the season?
“Unfortunately, it is too early to tell,” said Callahan. “However, our long-range patterns are starting to show perhaps a break in this cold pattern, maybe starting in mid-March.”
A Warren County man under indictment 16 years later for allegedly murdering his wife is due in court Monday morning.
Leland Neal was in a Mexican jail earlier this month, accused of taking part in an armed robbery. That’s when authorities there learned he was wanted in the U.S.
Neal fled to Mexico in 2008 and a warrant was issued last year, charging him in the death of his estranged wife Carol Neal in 1998. At the time, the couple was in the middle of a divorce.
Her body was never found, but a portion of her skull was located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in 2003.
A Warren County grand jury indicted Leland Neal last Wednesday on a murder charge. The following day, he was returned to Warren County from Mexico. He's being held on more than one million dollars bond.
ALL WKU campuses will be closed Monday, March 3. Essential dining and facilities personnel should report to work, but all other operations will be closed. If you must travel, please use caution. Follow the latest updates on www.wku.edu and on official social media platforms.
The winter storm moving into and through Kentucky Sunday is expected to bring rain, sleet, and ice.
A winter storm warning in effect for much of the region, lasting from 3 pm central Sunday through noon Monday.
One to three inches of snow is predicted by the National Weather Service, along with four tenths to three quarters of an inch of ice accumulation. Travel could became dangerous at times, with tree damage and power outages likely.
The Kentucky State Police issued the following advisory to motorists on Sunday: