Commuters in the Daviess County region will be able to cross the Ohio River “Blue” bridge over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the bridge will reopen November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.
The Blue Bridge has been closed to traffic since May while it received a fresh coat of paint. Some work will continue on the Indiana side of the bridge after it reopens, but the contractor is confident the painting will be completed in the next two weeks.
The 4,600-foot bridge connects Owensboro to southern Indiana and is used by an average of 8,500 vehicles a day.
About 450 soldiers from the 19th Engineer Battalion at Fort Knox are set to deploy to Kuwait for nine months. A deployment ceremony is set for Thursday morning at Brooks Parade Field.
The ceremony will feature the casing of the unit's colors -- a military tradition symbolizing the end of the unit's missions at Fort Knox. Once in Kuwait, the colors will be unfurled -- symbolizing the beginning of its mission there.
During the deployment, the unit's mission will be to execute forward operating base construction and infrastructural improvement projects.
This will be the unit's fourth deployment since it was reactivated at Fort Knox in 2005.
New federal regulations have exposed issues in Kentucky’s rural homeless shelters.
Changes to the federal HEARTH Act require shelters and transitional housing programs to work together to provide a ‘continuum of care’ to clients. That poses challenges for rural areas where services are more isolated.
According the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Davey King, the changes have been smoother in urban areas like Louisville and Lexington.
“That’s much easier to implement because all of their providers are contained within that one county area, and it’s easier for them to make referrals from a shelter to a transitional housing program or to another shelter. When one shelter is full and they can’t serve somebody, they can easily refer somebody to another shelter.”
King also says that the expiration of federal stimulus funds has hampered their efforts to better coordinate between rural shelters.
Among the litany of conscious-consumer labels like “certified organic” and “fair trade,” you might already be familiar with the Kentucky-specific “Homegrown by Heroes.” That logo tells you, for example, that the jar of Eastern Kentucky sorghum was produced by farmers who served in America’s armed forces.
Monday, the national Farmer Veteran Coalition adopted this marketing strategy, logo and all, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture so that shoppers across the country can support veterans who work the land.
WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.
The school was ranked seventh among all four-year schools in the 2014 "Best for Vets" report published by the Military Times. WKU was praised for having the state's only Veterans Upward Bound program, as well as a tuition discount for active duty military.
WKU Military Student Services Director Tonya Archey, a 10 year Navy veteran, says schools have to work to convince some veterans that they can succeed academically after being out of the classroom for many years.
"Speaking for myself, and many of my students, we can tell you that we've been out for a long time and we lack some of the confidence--do I have what it takes to make it through college? Many wonder since they've been out of high school so long, are they going to be really rusty on a lot of the basic stuff."
The "Best for Vets" rankings factored in a school's service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and the presence of programs designed to help active duty and former military personnel.