NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to log all concerns regarding the 2019 Election presented to her and has placed all complaints before members of her Election Integrity Task Force, which includes the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern and Western District. As the Commonwealth heads into today’s recanvass, Grimes said no member of the Task Force has raised any possible concern to her. County Board’s of Election across the state, including Calloway County, will convene this morning at 9 to begin the recanvass. Grimes has invited Secretary-Elect Michael Adams to join her in her office for today’s recanvass.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Calloway County Public Library Board of Trustees elected Riley Ramsey as Board President, Deborah Bell as Secretary, and Vonnie Hayes-Adams as Treasurer. The Board reviewed the potential design of the proposed library expansion. In other news, Friends of the Library President, Ann Landini, said the Friends have been involved in the acquisition of an automated external defibrillator, and will also be assisting with volunteers and refreshments for an upcoming winter carnival at the library.

The Need Line Pantry is running low on several items. The Pantry is in need of pancake mix, pancake syrup, eggs, crackers, cereal, buns, hot dogs, hamburger, Hamburger Helper, chili, frozen mixed vegetables, beef broth, bread, tomato juice, and chicken broth. Cleaning and personal hygiene items needed include toilet paper, dish detergent, dish liquid, laundry detergent, soap and shampoo. Large brown paper bags and travel size shampoo, lotions, soap and plastic storage bags are also requested. Food items needed to complete 800 Christmas food boxes include 800 cans of sweet potatoes, 720 cans of chicken broth, 500 boxes of candy canes, 200 cans of cranberry sauce, 100 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 800 dozen eggs, and 400 turkeys or hams. The Need Line Christmas Food Boxes will be distributed on December 21.

The Calloway County High School Academic Team ran away with a decisive win at Saturday’s KAAC JV Challenge Competition, hosted at McCracken County High School. The Lakers earned 83 total points to clinch the victory, while Murray High earned 4th place with 12 points. In Quick Recall, the Lakers took first place with an undefeated day of double-elimination competition. The Lakers were led by captain Isaac Martin, with assistance from Chaney Robinson, Jayden Morris, Ellie Whisman, Cesar Villeda, Ethan Cain, Ginni Mikulcik, and Ashleigh Caldwell. In individual events, Chaney Robinson placed 1st in Math. Jayden Morris was 1st in Social Studies, while Ellie Whisman was first in Language Arts. Both placed in the top 10 in the state. In Written Composition, Drake Calhoon placed 1st.

The Calloway County High School Chemistry Team competed in the 49th annual Murray State University Chemistry Tournament last week against 14 schools from 3 states. Laker Senior Andy Hardt took 1st place overall for the 2nd year in a row, earning $200 in cash and a $1000 MSU Scholarship. The team, composed of Hardt, Gwynnie Gesler, Alyssa Wicker, and Raeanne Moss took 2nd overall, earning the school a $150 prize. The Lakers are coached by Chemistry Teacher Erica Gray.

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture presented the Rudy family of Rudy’s Farm Center in Ballard County with the fourth annual Andy Buhler Spotlight Award. Rudy’s Farm Center began operating near Kevil in 1986, and in 1989, Rudy’s began selling and manufacturing livestock feed. A full line of hardware was added to the store in 1998. The entire Rudy family supports Murray State agriculture and Hutson School of Ag officials say they have been a valuable source of wisdom and guidance as Murray State has recently obtained the Eagle Rest farm in Ballard County. The Buhler award was launched three years ago as a way for the Hutson School of Agriculture to recognize graduates and supporters whose accomplishments deserve a personal and professional spotlight. The award is named after longtime supporter and alumni Andy Buhler.

On December 3 at 6:30 pm, Murray-Calloway County Hospital will hold the 35th Annual Service of Remembrance at First Presbyterian Church in Murray. The Service of Remembrance is held every year as a way to remember loved ones who have died during the year at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Spring Creek Health Care, and in Hospice. The service is held at a different location each year throughout Calloway County. Chaplain Kerry Lambert related that the program will include a reading of the names of patients who have passed since November 1, 2018 through October 31 of this year. Special music and a time of remembrance will be included in the ceremony. Lambert will present a devotional reflection and a candle lighting will conclude the service. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

An ordinance to limit dogs at special community events is being proposed in Paducah. City leaders introduced the ordinance that would prohibit dogs at events like BBQ On the River unless it’s a service animal. The first reading of the ordinance was held Tuesday night with a second reading and a vote set for November 26.

FRANKFORT—In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week, Governor Matt Bevin has issued a proclamation recognizing this week as apprenticeship week in Kentucky. Apprenticeship week brings together business, labor, education and government to raise awareness about the impact of apprenticeship on today’s workforce. In recognition of this nationwide celebration, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet hosted its annual Registered Apprenticeship Summit on Tuesday to highlight how Kentucky has utilized apprenticeship to build a highly skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across the Commonwealth. Kentucky has nearly 4,000 registered apprentices in the Commonwealth, and has allotted $1.5 million in federal funding to grow apprenticeship opportunities.

FRANKFORT—A recanvass of votes in the Kentucky governor’s race gets underway today. Governor Matt Bevin requested the recanvass, citing what he called voting irregularities. A reprint of the receipts from voting machines will take place to check for reporting or clerical errors. All 120 counties will then fill out and submit a new certification form with the recanvass results.

FRANKFORT—A group of Bevin supporters are alleging election fraud in the governor’s race. Erika Calihan and Kris Stuebs of Citizens for Election Integrity held a press conference yesterday and made claims of voter fraud and hacking. The two didn’t provide evidence backing their claims at the event in Frankfort. Governor Matt Bevin tweeted yesterday morning promoting the press conference, but didn’t make an appearance. Citizens for Election Integrity appears to have been formed Monday.

POWELL COUNTY—Kentucky State Police say a Powell County deputy fired shots after a man stole his cruiser and led authorities on a chase. Troopers say the deputy found Donald Lewis the Second in a car he determined was stolen. Lewis ran and tried to steal a pickup when the deputy shot out the tires. Lewis then jumped into the cruiser and led authorities on a chase before getting the vehicle stuck in a field. An arrest citation says he tried to run off but was captured and reportedly admitted to doing meth.

LEXINGTON—Leaders in Lexington along with federal authorities are launching a plan to curb gun violence in Kentucky. U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan announced an initiative called Project Guardian in Lexington yesterday. The program involves coordinated prosecution and response to mental health denials, enforcing background checks, improving information sharing, and Crime Gun Intelligence coordination.

FRANKFORT—Teachers will take center stage during Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade. Beshear announced yesterday that Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals of his Team Kentucky celebratory parade. He says he wants to show his appreciation for public educators, who improve the lives of children and lift up communities. The parade is set for Tuesday, December 10th in Frankfort.

FRANKFORT—Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron is making plans for fighting crime in Kentucky. Cameron told Louisville’s WLKY his first actions will be strengthening the office’s law enforcement role. He says there are opportunities for local, state and federal authorities to collaborate in parts of Kentucky to fight the drug epidemic. Cameron is the first-ever African-American and the first Republican elected as the state’s AG in 70 years.

LEXINGTON—Stricter security measures will be in place for Sunday’s Ariana Grande concert in Lexington. Rupp Arena announced the increased security policy this week for the Grammy Award-winning pop superstar’s Sweetener World Tour show. The tour says if those attending the concert plan on bringing a bag, it must be see through. In May of 2017, nearly two dozen people were killed when Grande’s concert in Manchester, England was attacked by a suicide bomber.

COVINGTON—A northern Kentucky diocese is launching a review of past child-sex abuse investigations. WCPO-TV reports the Diocese of Covington’s independent review was announced this week in hopes of making sure no cases fell through the cracks over the past 60 years. Advocates for priest-sex abuse victims say, however, the review will be worthwhile if the diocese publishes a list of the accused.

NASHVILLE—The 2019 CMA Entertainer of the Year is Garth Brooks. The country music icon delivered a humbling speech at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night and recognized many artists, including Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs. This is Garth’s seventh victory in that category.

TENNESSEE—The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office says the remains of missing teen Devin Bond may have been found. Search crews found human remains in a heavily-wooded area of Barfield Crescent Road in Rutherford County yesterday. The discovery came a day after authorities renewed the search for the 16-year-old who was reported missing in March of 2017. Bond’s mother posted to social media last night saying the family is bringing Devin home, though not in the way they had hoped.

NASHVILLE—The defense team for decommissioned Metro Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke wants a venue change in his murder trial. In court yesterday, Officer Delke’s lawyers argued that security video of the shooting of Daniel Hambrick is prejudicial with the media showing it thousands of times. It’s possible a jury could be brought in from another city. A judge is expected to decide in two weeks.

NASHVILLE—Nashville Airport is gearing up for the holiday travel season. Airport officials say the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving are some of the busiest days of the year for travel. On September 26th the Nashville Airport set a new passenger record of nearly 35-thousand. Combine Nashville being the It City with holiday travel and there’s the potential for more record numbers.