McCracken County

Environment
6:19 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Preparation for Demolition of Old Ledbetter Bridge Continues

Credit KYTC

Engineering analysis work is continuing toward the start of demolition on the Old Ledbetter Bridge crossing the Tennessee River between Livingston and McCracken Counties. Revised demolition plans for the 83 year old structure were submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard for review last week.  

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Government
2:11 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Newberry and Harnice Deny Deal and Go to Trial in McCracken Zoning Case

Van Newberry (left) and Doug Harnice sitting in McCracken County Circuit Court
Credit Stephen Lance Denee

McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge Doug Harnice will head to trial after rejecting a plea deal over allegations the two illegally changed zoning maps.

Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey is prosecuting Newberry and Harnice on felony charges affecting at least 500 pieces of property. 

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

UK Study on Hazardous Waste Impacts

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The University of Kentucky will use a $12 million federal grant to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts found at hazardous waste sites. 

UK Superfund Research Center According to Director Bernie Hennig, lab studies are indicating healthy individuals stand a better chance of warding off contaminants.

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Weather
7:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL

Funnel Clouds were spotted in several communities in our region last night.
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Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night. 

Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later.  Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County. 

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Infrastructure
6:46 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Old Ledbetter Bridge Sinks Farther Over Weekend

Credit KYTC

A sensor placed on the Old Ledbetter Bridge Friday by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers and inspectors detected additional movement in west approach spans on the Old Ledbetter Bridge this weekend.  

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Government
9:54 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Jail Largest Expenditure in McCracken County Fiscal Court Budget

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted on the first reading of a 2014-2015 budget Monday that totals $32m, including over $6m  for the McCracken County Jail. The jail has a large number of employees and houses more than 450 inmates. 

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Society
7:19 am
Thu April 17, 2014

McCracken Animal Shelter Task Force Recommends Partnership with Humane Society

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McCracken County’s Animal Shelter Task Force is recommending the Humane Society there partner with the county’s animal control.  The plan, approved by the task force 6 to 3 Tuesday and sent to the Fiscal Court, has one director overseeing the operations of both Animal Control and Humane Society operations.

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Government
3:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

McCracken County Officials Indicted in Zoning Case

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry
Credit http://www.kcjea.org

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice face a charge of tampering with public records in connection with unauthorized zone changes affecting at least 500 pieces of property in the county.  

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Politics
7:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Bartleman to Run for McCracken County Commissioner

Credit KET

Longtime Paducah Sun political reporter Bill Bartleman says he plans to run for McCracken County commissioner in next year’s election.

He says he’ll file at the end of the year for the first district seat currently held by Ronnie Freeman.

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Government
11:18 am
Fri September 20, 2013

McCracken County Haunted Houses Subject To Safety Inspections

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The McCracken County Inspection Department will require haunted houses within the county to have a business license and be subject to inspection this Halloween season. Chief Inspector David Flowers said the inspection is something they started last year after complaints of people tripping over extension cords and mice feces. He said haunted houses need to be up to sanitary and safety standards, especially when children are present. As for the license, Flowers said any establishment that generates an income in the county should possess a business license. Licenses fees are  based off a business’ net profit.

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