western kentucky

3:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Six County-Wide Burn Bans Left in W. Ky.

Six western Kentucky counties remain under burn ban orders.

Six county-wide burn bans remain in western Kentucky after Marshall and McCracken county officials lifted their bans today. The river counties of Ballard, Hickman, Fulton and Carlisle still have burn ban notices in effect. Christian and Graves counties also have burn bans.

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12:41 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Statistical Analysis Shows Poor Health in Western Ky. Children


A study of more than 800 western Kentucky children shows 25 percent are obese, and another 18 percent are overweight. The national average of obese children is 17 percent. Murray State University nursing professor Dr. Dana Manley was part of a team of researchers who compiled the data, based on 2008 and 2009 cardiovascular fitness tests.

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2:47 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Ky. State Fair Entries Expected to Show Signs of Drought

Kentucky State Fair
Jessica Elliot about.com

The summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the Kentucky State Fair’s agricultural entries. Kentucky’s suffered a hot, dry summer, and farmers in the western half of the state are bearing the brunt of the disaster. The stress has already shown up on fair entries in other drought-stricken areas of the country, with smaller ears of corn and other vegetables and fewer head of livestock on display.

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3:19 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Many W. Ky. Counties Remain Under Burn Bans

More than half of western Kentucky counties remain under burn bans this week. Out of 22 counties, 15 have reported burn bans to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Some cities, including Madisonville have issued their own bans on outdoor burning and fireworks.

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11:39 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Regional Drought Expected to Continue Through End of Year

National Weather Service drought outlook map for the United States, with focus on the region.

The drought in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee will continue through the end of the year. That’s the latest outlook from the National Weather Service’s Jim Noel.

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3:33 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New plan for WKY area code change proposed

New phone customers in western Kentucky may receive a different area code when the current 270 exchange is exhausted. 

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2:36 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Budget Compromise Changes Appalachia​n Scholarshi​ps

A scholarship program intended to serve college students in far eastern Kentucky has been expanded. What was originally called the Appalachian Scholarship Fund has been expanded to all coal-producing counties in Kentucky, including those in the western portion of the state. The program applies to students in the last two years of their education who attend a university, public or private, in a coal-producing county. The intent was to keep eastern Kentucky students from leaving the area for college.

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I-69 Upgrades
3:12 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

I-69 Corridor Upgrade Project Starting

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Work has begun on signage for the new Interstate 69 corridor between Eddyville and the Pennyrile Parkway interchange in Madisonville. The new signs are part of a $9.9 million project to bring the section of the former Western Kentucky Parkway up to federal highway standards. Department of Highways District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn says traffic interruptions should be minimal during most of the work. He says some of the more significant upgrades to the road will be announced during the summer.