Unemployment in the area is following a statewide trend over the past year, with most counties taking a drop in the number of people without work. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Bullitt down from 10.3 to 9.1, Hart 10.4 down to 9.1., Larue down from 8.4 to 7.2 and Hardin County stayed about the same at 8.8 percent. However, Meade saw an increase from 13.1 to 13.7.
A Fort Campbell soldier sued for wrongful death in the slayings of two women has denied the allegations in court documents and is asking that the lawsuit be dismissed. Brent Burke is also saying that his children cannot legally sue him in the state of Kentucky. Burke has been saying he did not kill his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, or her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer at Comer’s home in Rineyville in 2007. Burke has spent more than four years behind bars after being charged with the killings. The Hardin County prosecutor took the case to a jury twice, but both trials ended without a unanimous verdict. After the last mistrial, the Army filed charges against him in the slayings. His general court martial is scheduled to begin next month.
Get ready for a visit from Syfy. The News Enterpise says the stars of the cable channel’s “Ghost Hunters” will be on hand this weekend at the Morrison Lodge in Elizabethtown. Kris Williams and Amy Bruni will be looking into alleged paranormal activity at the lodge, as well as raising funds to help restore it. Tickets for the event have already sold out-at $150 a piece.
If you’ve got a small business in Bullitt, Hardin, Hart or Larue Counties, and you were hit by the horrible weather we saw last spring, the U.S. Small Business Administration says you may qualify for a loan of up to $2-million dollars. Interest on that loan is just 4% for commercial businesses. Non profits can get a loan at 3% interest. The loans are to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. But you have to apply no later than February 21st. Check out these links to get details.
A soldier based at Fort Knox came up with quite the scheme to surprise his girlfriend with a marriage proposal. Jake Schultheis and Cassidi Humphries were at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, when a volunteer diver went into one of the giant tanks. That diver held up a sign as Cassidi went by the tank that said There are many fish in the sea. You are the only one for me. Will you marry me, Cassidi? Love, Jake.” Then Jake got down on one knee next to her and presented a diamond ring. She said yes.
If you’re looking for work and you can coordinate events-the city of Elizabethtown may just want to see your resume. They’re looking foir an event coordinator to handle community activities like Heartland Festival, Cruise-in in the Heartland Classic Car Show, parades, concerts and holiday celebrations. The job also means fundraising, promotion of events and coordination of volunteers. If you want to know more, go to: http://www.elizabethtownky.org/home.shtml
State Representative Linda Belcher of Sherpherdsville has gotten support the House Education Committee of a bill she’s promoting to help young kids with dyslexia. The measure would provide funding to help identify and educate students in kindergarten through third grade. Belcher says identifying children at an early age greatly improves the chances that remedial programs can help them.
A new fire house is coming to Bullitt County. The Southeast Bullitt Fire District is getting ready to build the four story building on a seven acre stretch of land in Clermont. The Courier Journal says that land cost $800,000, and the district is getting ready to spend another $1.2 million for the building and related expenses. Fire chief Julius Hatfield says the old firehouse by the Bullitt County Animal Shelter has gotten too small, and they can’t train firefighters there any more.
A man who was just hours from getting released from jail for one crime is now locked up for the rape of an elderly woman in Bardstown. The attack occurred 12 years ago and the suspect never caught, until now.. Police said the attacker broke in through a window and sexually assaulted the 78-year-old woman who was living in the former Federal Hill nursing home . At the time, police said they had a good description of the man and hoped to make a quick arrest, but it was not until eight years later when a detective was working an unrelated burglary that they found a man who looked like the attacker the woman had described. Now Bardstown police have a DNA match to 48-year-old Michael Joseph Marino. Marino was in jail on federal charges and scheduled to be released yesterday, but instead he was arrested and charged with the rape. Police are telling told WAVE 3 the victim in the case is no longer alive to see the arrest.
One Oldham County neighborhood is looking like something out of a Hitchcock movie lately, as it’s been overrun by tens of thousands of birds. WAVE 3 TV says LaGrange is getting swarmed by birds twice a day, and it’s producing quite a mess. Residents are concerned about extra bacteria in the air and on the ground, and many are complaining about upper respiratory infections. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has provided some sound cannons to residents, and they’re firing them off daily, hoping the loud kabooms while scare off the birds. No one can say just yet why the birds have decided to hang around LaGrange.