Here is a list of the top performing schools in the Pulaski County and Somerset Independent school systems that are rated either Distinguished or Proficient in Friday's release of Unbridled Learning statewide test results:


Nancy Elementary

Northern Elementary

Shopville Elementary

Southern Elementary

Southwestern High

Two Somerset residents have been sentenced in connection with a plan to try to bribe a prosecutor. Attorney General Jack Conway's office prosecuted the case because the local prosecutor was a witness. Conway's office said 46-year-old Dormus "Bubby" Dalton and 45-year-old Virginia "Carol" Hampton entered pleas Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Tru-Check Incorporated has built a new national headquarters facility in Somerset, and is announcing  plans to create ten new jobs. The company, which provides meter services to gas, water, and electric utility firms, is investing about $1.2 million in the new facility.

The next public forum over Kentucky's upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Wednesday in Somerset. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplace in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.

Advocates of a statewide smoking ban are taking their issue on a five day tour before Fancy Farm to drum up support. The Smoke Free Kentucky Coalition has pushed a statewide smoking ban law in the General Assembly for the last two years. And they are making next year’s legislative session a key moment in their fight.

Somerset had been described as the largest city in Kentucky without alcohol sales. However, unofficial vote totals from the city indicate that situation has changed. The Associated Press reports that 2,167 people voted in favor of alcohol sales and 1,464 voted against in yesterday's voting.

Somerset, Kentucky is currently the largest city in the Commonwealth without any kind of legal alcohol sales. A vote to be held on June 26th could change that situation.

A major nursing home chain is leaving Kentucky. Extendicare Health Services says its decision is the result of increased litigation and the recent General Assembly's inaction on tort reform. Extendicare has 21 skilled nursing centers and more than 1,700 beds in Kentucky.

The Pulaski County town is the latest in southern Kentucky to schedule a local option vote. Residents will head to the polls June 26th to cast ballots on whether to allow restaurants and package sales in the city. The date was set after the group "Progress Somerset" turned in petitions with enough signatures favoring the referendum.