No charges filed yet against a Fort Knox soldier who shot a man who had broken into his home. Police say 29 year old Joshua Wemes of Gunston had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend. She went running out of her home and across a field to the mobile home where her daughter and son in law live. Wemes took his girlfriend’s car and rammed it into that mobile home. Then when he forced himself inside, police say he was shot to death by 22 year old Quinton T. Phillips. Kentucky State police say when the investigation is complete, they’ll hand the case to the Meade County Commonwealth’s Attorney for review. Then prosecutors will decide if it should go to a Meade County grand jury.
The big yard sale was a big success…all 26 miles of it. The News Enterprise says the Cecilia Ruritan Club’s yard sale along Kentucky 86 had a lot more participation than the organizers expected, and that’s a good thing. They said there were at least 29 yard sales on the main road, and a few more along some of the side streets, so the total number of sales going on this past Saturday was well over 40.
The North Hardin Lady Trojans Softball team is going totally pink Tuesday. The Pink Out game is to raise awareness of women’s cancer. That’s tomorrow night as the Lady Trojans host their crosstown rivals– the John Hardin Lady Bull Dogs. The Lady Trojans will honor all cancer survivors and those who have fallen victim to this disease by wearing a special pink jersey, pink socks and pink hair ribbons. All fans are also encouraged to wear Pink! The Trojans are inviting any women who are battling or have won the battle against this disease to the game so they can be recognized during a special ceremony between the Varsity and JV games. And the Radcliff & Vine Grove Fire Departments “Pink Heals Tour, Pink Fire Truck” will be on site. All women cancer survivors in attendance at the game are encouraged to come by and sign the fire truck. Admission to the game is only $5.
Ted Nugent’s so angry that the Army cancelled his appearance at Fort Knox that he issued a statement to the Associated Press. He says the Army is trampling on his first amendment rights. He also says some comments he made at a National Rifle Association convention were taken out of context. He said he’d likely end up “dead or in jail” if the President is reelected. The Secret Service opened an investigation to figure out if his words amounted to a death threat. The organization ultimately cleared him of any wrongdoing, but the Army banned him from performing this June at a show featuring Styx and REO Speedwagon. Some concertgoers who had already purchased tickets weren’t happy that Nugent is no longer on the bill, so the Army has decided to issue refunds to anyone who wants one.
A horrible story coming out of Radcliff Sunday afternoon. A 13 month old baby has been shot dead by a three year old sibling. Police say it looks like the three year old was playing with a nine millimeter pistol when it went off. No charges have been filed. Police say it appears that right now this is going to be classified as an accidental shooting. The case is still under investigation.
A Hodgenville man is planning on taking a good long walk this week. Curtis O’Dell is 72 years old and he’s planning on walking from his former hometown of Knoxville to his current home of Hodgenville. That’s 235 miles. The LaRue County Herald News reports the former X-ray technician is planning on carrying a tent and a backpack, and camping out along the way. O’Dell expects it’s going to take him around two and a half weeks or so.
Grant Funds Available for Volunteer Fire Departments
Applications to be submitted to Division of Forestry by June 18
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2012) — The Kentucky Division of Forestry is currently accepting grant applications for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program. The objective of the program is to improve the capability of Kentucky’s rural volunteer fire departments to protect lives and property through training and by equipping local firefighters in rural areas, including communities with a population of 10,000 persons or fewer.
Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be awarded on a 50/50 matching basis. The grantee must match the amount awarded by providing at least 50 percent of the total project cost through cash reimbursement or in-kind service.
Eligible items that can be purchased with grant funds include training materials, pumps, hoses, tanks, small fire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as Nomex® clothing, fire shelters, gloves and lights.
Additional details about eligibility and program objectives along with application forms and proposal instructions are available online athttp://forestry.ky.gov/grantopportunities/Pages/default.aspx.
Applications must be received in the Frankfort office of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, 627 Comanche Trail, Frankfort, KY, 40601 by 4:30 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2012. For more information about the program or grant application, contact the division at 1–800-866–055
Tomorrow marks National Drug Take Back Day. Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown as well as Radcliff police are accepting outdated, unused and unwanted medications. The effort is meant to curb prescription drug abuse, as well as keeping meds out of our waterways and landfills. You can drop off your old drugs between 10 and 2 tomorrow. It’s free, it’s anonymous, and they’ll take just about any kind of meds, except for Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes. That’s because of the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. They’re also not taking marijuana or meth or other illegal drugs-just unwanted prescriptions. Head to the State Police Barracks in Elizabethtown or Radcliff Police Station. Elizabethtown Police also have a drop off for you, and that one is open 24 hours a day every day.
Gov. Steve Beshear is coming to Central Hardin High School this Monday. The News Enterprise says he’ll be on hand to sign Senate Bill 143 into law at 12:30 p.m. The bill was proposed by state Sen. Dennis Parrett, a democrat from Elizabethtown. It allows for students with disabilities who complete a modified curriculum to receive a diploma instead of a certificate of completion. Parrett became interested in the issue after he learned his daughter, who goes to Central Hardin, would get a certificate instead of a diploma. Parrett felt the students work hard and deserve a diploma to recognize their effort.
150 members of Fort Knox’s 3rd Sustainment Command are in training in Afghanistan. They’re at Kandahar Air Field. That training has included knowing how to react if a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle rolls over. They’ve also gotten training on IEDs and marksmanship. They’re scheduled to be in Afghanistan for nine months.