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Politics
11:09 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Bob Leeper Wins McCracken County Judge-Executive Office

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Former 2nd District State Senator Bob Leeper is McCracken County’s new Judge-Executive. 

The independent beat Democrat Jeff Hines by 319 votes to succeed current Judge-Executive Van Newberry.  

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Politics
4:34 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Update: Newberry Opts Out of McCracken Judge Executive Race

Credit Lance Dennee

UPDATE: The Paducah Sun is reporting incumbent McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry has decided not to run for re-election. Newberry recently changed his party to Independent and had until 4:00 this afternoon to file his paperwork to seek a third term.  Yesterday, retiring district 2 State Senator Bob Leeper filed his paperwork to seek the Judge Executive post. 

In a statement printed in the Sun Newberry said: 

I am proud of my hard work and accomplishments over the last eight years.... I applaud anyone who is willing to step up and take on the task of the county judge-executive. It is not an easy job! If you do this job right, 50-60 hour weeks are much more common than 40 hour weeks. This job requires a huge commitment and will take time away from your family and friends. So, I wish the best of luck to whoever is in this position on January 1, 2015.

Newberry, who is facing felony charges related to changes to a zoning map, said he will be acquitted of those charges when he goes to trial.

ORIGINAL STORY: Outgoing 2nd District state Sen. Bob Leeper has officially filed to run for McCracken County Judge-Executive this fall.

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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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Business
7:26 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Genova to Start Production in Paducah Mid-July

Credit Lance Dennee

The McCracken County Fiscal Court approved a lease to Genova Products, a Michigan-based vinyl and plumbing products company, for the former Infiniti building for ten years with an option to renew at $298,000 annually during a special meeting last night. Greater Paducah Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Chad Chancellor said Genova can start manufacturing by the middle of the month.

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Government
3:06 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Commonwealth Attorney Offers Deal to Newberry and Harnice in Zoning Misconduct Case

Credit Lance Dennee

McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and deputy judge Doug Harnice were offered a deal by the Commonwealth in Circuit Court Friday.

Special prosecutor G.L. Ovey would not elaborate on the details of the offer. 

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Government
1:02 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Settlement Possible in Newberry Zoning Case

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As a court date looms for McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry regarding allegations of zoning misconduct, Commonwealth's Attorney G.L. Ovey says there is potential for a settlement.

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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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Politics
1:26 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

McCracken County Judge Executive Race Set With Three Candidates

Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

Updated 5 p.m.

The stage is set for the next McCracken County Judge Executive race, with two candidates filing their letter of intent by today's deadline.

Kentucky’s 2nd District Senator Bob Leeper filed his candidacy statement this morning, and current Judge Executive Van Newberry filed at 3:25 p.m.

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Government
3:36 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Discovery Period Extended in Van Newberry Zoning Case

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Discovery continues in a lawsuit regarding potential zoning misconduct case involving McCracken County's Judge Executive and his deputy. 

The case's first pre-trial conference took place this morning. 

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Government
2:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pretrial Conference Set in McCracken County Zoning Case

Credit McCracken Fiscal Court

A pretrial conference is set in the zoning misconduct case involving the McCracken County Judge Executive and his Deputy.  

The attorney for Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice says the defense will meet with the prosecution before the judge on March 21 to determine the proceedings for the trial.  

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