Today's News

  • Editorial: Beshear's financial mess

    Last week the Paducah Sun published a picture of Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes holding a sign aside a beaming Gov. Steve Beshear proclaiming that 413,410 people have enrolled in Kentucky's Obamacare program. We suspect the reason Beshear is joyous is because he knows it will fall to a future governor to deal with the financial mess he has created.

  • COLUMN: First seeds of hemp to be planted in May

    The right to grow industrial hemp in Kentucky has faced many hurdles on the state and federal levels, but now it is legal to grow, and a new pilot project with the plant could be an economic boon for our state.

  • New law affects CDL drivers

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon require drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses to be examined by medical professionals whom it has certified.

  • Master Cattlemen invited to join Cow College

    This summer, beef producers will get an opportunity to learn from University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists and industry partners in a series of interactive sessions.

    Cow College is an intensive, hands-on course for experienced beef producers. It’s designed to expose them to the most cutting-edge techniques and ideas related to beef cattle production and business. The program is divided into four, two-day sessions and one single-day session in July, August and September.

  • Nelson deputy coroner resigns after alleged ethics violation

     A deputy Nelson County Coroner resigned Tuesday who had been serving for more than a year in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance.

    Nelson County Coroner Rayfield “Field” Houghlin asked his daughter, Rebecca, to resign, and she complied, following a complaint filed against him for nepotism with the Joint City-County Ethics Board.

    In a statement to the Standard, Houghlin said his daughter was qualified, with a degree in mortuary science.

    Rebecca was hired as a deputy coroner March 1, 2013. The position pays $300 a month.

  • New Haven woman receives probated sentence

    Christa Lynn Centers, 41, of New Haven was sentenced April 17 in Nelson Circuit Court.

    Centers was sentenced to two years in prison for receiving stolen property and two years in prison for tampering with physical evidence. The sentences shall be served concurrently. Centers was granted probation for a period of five years following set conditions pay a yet to be determined amount of restitution. On Oct. 12, Centers received and disposed of various household items and jewelry belonging to the estate of Martha Wells.

  • COLUMN: Poison-proof your home against these look-alike products

    Each year, poison centers across the United States receive more than 1 million calls about children being accidentally poisoned. Nine out of ten of the poisonings occur in the home. Many of the potential culprits for accidental poisonings are chemicals and cleaners used in our homes.

  • COLUMN: Check fields for poison hemlock

    Poison hemlock is abundant again this year (though not in bloom yet).  Although often seen along roadways, fence rows etc, it has expanded in recent years into grazed pastures and hay fields.

    The concern not only comes from its invasive nature, but also because it is one of the most toxic plants in the world.

    Poison hemlock is a biennial that reproduces only by seed. It is capable, however, of completing its life cycle as a winter annual if it germinates early during the fall. Flowers and new seed are typically produced in late May and June.

  • Transportation Cabinet awards projects

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved nearly $2.6 million in safety improvement road projects.

    The projects, which include guardrail repair, striping of narrow roadways and sign repairs, are under the Highway Safety Improvement Program funded by federal funds and administered by the state.

    Under HSIP, the state will allocate between $25 million and $35 million this year for highway safety projects that have the potential to achieve significant reductions in highway fatalities and serious injuries.

  • Enter to win: My Old Kentucky Home contest


    May is National Historic Preservation Month and the Kentucky Heritage Council wants to know, where is your favorite Old Kentucky Home? Show us by entering KHC’s “This is MY Old Kentucky Home” Facebook photo contest for a chance to win an all-expense paid weekend in Bardstown, site of Federal Hill, the house said to have inspired Stephen Foster to write our state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.”