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The Murray City Council met in regular session last night. The Council approved the second reading of an ordinance that would amend the city code  to rezone from R2 to R1, the 52 acres of land identified as Falwell Estates Subdivision. The Council approved a resolution adopting and approving an agreement between the City of Murray and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet, and Department of Highways in the amount of $800,000 for the 16th Street Pedestrian Overpass Project.

The Murray-Calloway County Parks & Recreation Department has received confirmation from Calloway County Clerk Antonia Faulkner that the necessary number of voter signatures has been validated and the Parks Referendum will appear on the local general election ballot on November 4. The clerk’s office determined that 3,189 submitted signatures were valid, comfortably more than the 3,039 needed to move the referendum forward for voters to decide. The referendum gives voters the ultimate decision to establish a special taxing district to fund the Murray-Calloway Parks, as provided in KRS 97.590.  The referendum would institute a “nickel tax” on $100 worth of personal property in Calloway County.   The simpler translation is that $50 of park funding tax would be generated for every $100,000 of property value. Members of the People for Our Parks Committee filed the initial petition request to bring the measure to the ballot in the spring and shared their continued support for the referendum.
A Graves County man faces charges related to a robbery earlier this month in Lone Oak. On the afternoon of August 9, McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at Cash Express, on Lovelaceville Road. Following an investigation, Detectives identified the suspect as 33-year-old Michael D. Rudd of Hickory. Rudd was charged with Robbery 1st Degree. He was already in the Graves County Jail on other charges. 

Drivers traveling along Interstate 24 will soon see the addition of more median cable barriers in McCracken, Marshall and Christian counties. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said that during a ceremony at the I-24 welcome center in Hopkinsville Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that work has begun on the $3.1 million, 24-mile installation project. Todd said Placement of cable barriers is determined by traffic volume and crash data. Kentucky has more than 240 miles of barrier installed or in the process of installation — most of it along interstates and highways in urban areas. More rural areas have qualified to receive barriers under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program due to the increase of those data factors.

A Hutson Harvest Gala fundraising event for The Arboretum at Murray State University is set for September 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the arboretum. All proceeds from the evening will go to complete the 2014 spotlight project — a hill and pond exhibit. Hutson Inc. is the title sponsor of the event. There will be food, live entertainment and a silent auction with various items for guests to place bids on. The auction includes framed and matted photography, jewelry, gift certificates from local businesses, trees, tickets to MSU football and basketball games, and a Nike golf shoe bag. Friends of The Arboretum memberships will also be available for purchase. For more information on the event, contact Abby Hensley in the MSU office of development at 270-809-3131.

The Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Group for families and friends of persons suffering from mental illness will be hosting an informational meeting with Centerstone Kentucky on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Calloway County Public Library. The staff at Centerstone helps individuals with challenges related to aging, disability or other factors that may limit a person’s capacity to make his/her own decisions. The informational session is aimed at those interested in having an advocate or just someone to help manage finances or critical decisions help answer the question of “We all want to be able to make decisions for ourselves, but what happens when we can’t?”  The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Brenda Benson at 270-748-6133.

Super Saturdays workshops are for kindergarten through sixth-grade students in either the gifted education or primary talent pool programs in their schools. Fall Super Saturdays workshops will be held on Sept. 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Murray State University’s new Crisp Center building  in Paducah. The cost is $100 per child for all three Saturdays with scholarships available as well. On September 27, 11 a.m.-noon, parents and family of enrolled students will have an opportunity to come to a workshop presented by Dr. Mary Ann Remsen, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University and an authority on early childhood education and parenting. To enroll a child in the 2014 Fall Super Saturdays workshops, go online at for an application or contact Cathy Lyles, program director, at 270-933-8541. The application deadline is September 4.

The families of two Campbellsville firefighters badly injured in an ALS ice bucket challenge are thanking the community for their support.  Captain Tony Grider remains in critical condition and is in a medically induced coma, while Alex Quinn has been upgraded to fair condition.  The two firefighters had just finished pouring ice water on the Campbellsville University marching band last Thursday when an electrical current from a power line arched and struck the lift bucket they were in.  Two firefighters on the ground were also injured. 

The Republican Party of Kentucky is challenging the signatures filed to get Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson on the November ballot.  GOP Chairman Steve Robertson told the "Herald Leader," there are "clearly fictitious and fabricated names" on the petition, including "Ben Dover," who listed his address as an obscene phrase.  Patterson is running against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. 

A grand jury is reviewing charges filed against elderly twin brothers accused of sexually abusing children, dating back to the 1970s.  Jack and Jerry Cassidy were arrested earlier this month at their home in Lexington, where officers allegedly found hundreds of images of child pornography.  Bond has been denied for the 76-year-olds because the judge considers them a danger to the public. 

A man accused of driving under the influence and causing a crash that killed three people is being charged with murder.  Kentucky State Police say 19-year-old Shawn Hardin lost control of his pickup truck Wednesday night in Breathitt County and flipped it, coming to rest against a house.  Three people riding in the bed of the truck were killed.  A fourth person is in critical condition. 

A Madison County man who admitted to killing three people could be sentenced to life in prison.  Officials say Matthew Denholm pleaded guilty on Thursday to murdering a Berea musician in 2011.  He also pleaded guilty to murdering a couple found buried in a field near Richmond 2012.  

The University of Louisville cheerleader found dead in her apartment last month died of a drug overdose.  The Jefferson County coroner says 22-year-old Danielle Cogswell had Xanax, heroin and amphetamines in her system when she died in the Cardinal Towne apartments. Cogswell's death has led U-of-L officials to require drug tests of cheerleaders. 

Louisville city leaders are being honored for getting businesses on the Internet.  Google and the U.S. Conference of Mayors named the city a winner of the Get Your Business Online City Challenge.  City officials helped more than 100 businesses create a Google Plus page, making them visible to users of the online search site. 

Dolly Parton is now among the celebrities to have taken part in the ALS ice bucket challenge.  She was nominated by Kenny Rogers, who reportedly said she would never do it because of her false hair, false eye lashes and false nails.  Parton responded by saying, "you'd be surprised at what all I can do with my falsies," then let her nieces douse her with the ice water.