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Regional

  • New bridge opens to traffic Monday night

    Local motorists are enjoying the wide expanse of the new Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River, which opened to traffic about 9:37 p.m. Monday.

    The transition of traffic from the narrow 1929-vintage span to the new replacement span in its temporary location atop temporary piers came with a lot of fanfare as motorists on both sides of the river waited in queue for the opportunity to be among the first to cross.

  • Harris named to national group

    Senate President Robert Stivers recently appointed Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, to the Council of State Governments’ Transportation Public Policy Committee.  CSG, a national organization based out of Lexington encourages multi-state problem solving, develops leadership skills, and fosters collaboration among all three branches of state government.

  • Adopt-a-Highway’s Summer Scrub Week set for June 2-8

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Volunteers will be out in force on Kentucky’s highways  next week for Adopt-a-Highway’s “summer scrub.”

    Summer Scrub Week is June 2-8.

    Nearly 750 groups participate in Kentucky’s Adopt-a-Highway program, established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 5,100 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

  • State police raising funds for Trooper Island

     Kentuck State Police Post 5 will host the 2013 Trooper Island Golf Scramble June 12 at the Henry County Country Club in New Castle.

    Trooper Island is a summer camp for children from the counties of Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Carroll, Gallatin and Owen. It is a non-profit organization started in 1965 to invest in the youth of Kentucky that operates solely on private contributions.

  • One night, one action doesn’t define community

    By Jeff D’Alessio

    Landmark News Service

    CARROLLTON — You can find many of the characteristics of Carrollton in most towns across Kentucky and around the country.

    Off Interstate 71 at exit 44, motorists are greeted by Taco Bell, Burger King and McDonald’s restaurants. Drive downtown along Hwy. 227 and you pass a Subway, a few banks, the Family Worship Center and a Walmart.

  • Crash led to improved safety for school buses

    By Sarah Bennett

    Landmark News Service

    Twenty-five years ago, 15-year-old Quinton Higgins spent about a month in Kosair Children’s Hospital after suffering lung damage and second- and third-degree burns  in the fiery bus crash.

    Today, Higgins drives a Hardin County School bus.

    The differences between the bus he drives every school day and the repurposed 1977 Ford B-700 school bus he was in that night in 1988 are like “night and day,” Higgins said.

  • Impact of crash resonated through Meadow View Elementary

    By Sarah Bennett

    Landmark News Service

    It was Friday the 13th, 1988. The last bell rang at Meadow View Elementary School and fourth-grade students Robin “Jill” Williams and Patty Nunnallee were the last two students in the classroom.

  • Art club organizing a ‘Paint the Bridge’ exhibit in Madison

    The Madison Art Club invites artists to submit entries for a special exhibit “Paint the Bridge” at the Art on Main gallery and gift shop. Paint the Bridge is a non-juried art show coinciding with the community-wide celebration “Bridge Party.....Celebrate” the Slide’ to be held on the Madison riverfront in late July.

    Entries must have the Milton-Madison bridge (past, present or future) as the focal subject and can be in any medium, 2-D or 3-D, including photography. Membership in the MAC is not required.

  • Baseball fundraiser for TCHS student waiting for double lung transplant

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    Today’s game between the Carroll County Panthers and Trimble County Raiders at Trimble’s new athletic complex is a special fundraising event for a Trimble student who is on a waiting list for a double lung transplant. The game starts at 5 p.m.

    The Christopher Goodin Celebration will honor the 16-year-old and help contribute toward family expenses not covered by insurance, according to Trimble County head coach Frank Ragland.

  • Kentucky has variety of specialty license plates

    By Scott Sloan

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    If it seems as if you see a lot of variety in Kentucky’s license plates, it’s because you do.

    Beyond the standard “Unbridled Spirit” and “In God We Trust” plates, Kentucky offers dozen of other license plates promoting everything from military service and a love of nature to coal and chiropractors.

    But what’s the most popular? The Herald-Leader asked the state Transportation Cabinet, which offered these statistics on the 3.79 million license plates on the road.