In late November the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department got reports of thefts at Countryside Manor and Village One Properties in West Paducah. Police said the owner began suspecting some of the collected rent money was not being deposited into the proper accounts.
During their investigation, detectives began to compare documents related to the collection of the rent money to the bank accounts set up to accept those deposits. Police said they discovered that more than $10,000 had not been deposited into the proper accounts.
Detectives said they later discovered that the property manager, 54-year-old Ray Terry, of Lane Road had collected a large amount of rent in the form of cash, and had made more than $10,000 in cash deposits into his personal account over the course of 2014. They said tenant statements and hand-written receipts confirmed that Terry had been stealing the rent money.
Terry was arrested and taken to the McCracken County jail on charges of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The state legislature passed a law in 2013 giving school districts the option of raising the dropout age. Once 55 percent of districts did so, it would trigger a four-year deadline for everyone else to raise the age. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said districts beat that deadline by one year. The law does not apply to private schools.
All but seven public school districts will have the new policy this fall. The rest will begin the policy in the 2017-18 school year.
Beshear credited First Lady Jane Beshear for her work to pass the bill in 2013. The Beshears said they hope the new dropout age will help increase the state's graduation rate.
The Paducah Sun reports a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor topped out the first massive concrete pillar for the addition on Wednesday. It is a significant step in finishing the 1,200-foot-long lock. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2023.
The purpose of the lock is to relieve bottlenecked marine traffic caused by the current 600-foot-long lock.
The newspaper reports the size of the current lock coupled with the high traffic on the Tennessee River causes delays of seven to nine hours at times for commercial tows.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com
Grimes declined to endorse Conway on Monday, when she announced she would seek re-election. She had been considered a potential Democratic candidate for governor following her unsuccessful attempt to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell last year.
The deadline to file for governor was Tuesday, and Conway is the only major candidate seeking the nomination. Former congressional candidate Geoff Young is also on the ballot.
In a news release, Grimes said she has known Conway for more than 10 years and said he is a tireless defender of Kentucky farmers and coal miners. Conway campaigned heavily for Grimes during her Senate campaign last year.
"The president was right to retreat on taxing college education savings plans.
I’m glad to see the President has dropped his plan to make it harder for middle-class families to save for college with 529s. I fought to ensure these plans were tax-free at the federal level. Thanks to this incentive to save, millions of Americans use 529s to help prepare for college expenses.
These are good plans that promote responsible savings. I’m not sure why President Obama would have sought to undermine them in the first place. It’s just good to see the president coming around to Republicans’ pro-middle class view in the end.”
The Greensburg Republican told The Courier-Journal that computer programming is a language itself, and, in his words, "it's foreign to a lot of people."
Givens has filed a bill in the General Assembly that would let school districts teach programming as a foreign language credit. It would also allow programming courses to count toward foreign language requirements to enter Kentucky's public universities.
Givens says the change is needed to prepare the workforce to take on programming jobs expected in coming years.
The Senate approved the measure last year, but it died in the House.
Critics say the bill may sacrifice equally important studies that help students compete.
The Governor's Office of Early Childhood says the course supports the new STARS quality rating system to be launched later this year. The early childhood office is partnering with Kentucky Educational Television in the initiative.
The course aims to strengthen the state's early childhood workforce. It examines the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards and their essential components, which include standards, benchmarks and example behaviors.
Kentucky's Early Childhood Standards are the basis for planning teacher-led activities and designing environments in an early childhood setting.
Illinois campaign finance reports show Rauner spent more than $28 million of his own money on his successful bid to become governor and on other races. The study finds that's more money than other candidates for state office and most other organizations or individuals nationwide.
Rauner wasn't the only Illinois name to crack the list of the country's top 50 donors. Businessman and Rauner supporter Ken Griffin also is on the list. So is the Illinois Education Association, which spent millions to try to stop Rauner from defeating Democrat Pat Quinn.
The Center for Public Integrity released an analysis Wednesday of spending on 2014 state-level campaigns.
Senior Brook Salsman took second place and senior Jordan Fenwick took third place.
The competition included 22 performances by students who spent months memorizing and preparing to perform poems selected as part of the national Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The grant program is administered in partnerships with state arts agencies, and the Kentucky Arts Council partnered with the NEA to administer grants in Kentucky.
After the Kentucky Arts Council awarded McCracken County Public Schools a Poetry Out Loud grant, the council provided funds for Paducah-based poet and performer Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins to instruct students at MCHS. Hawkins helped them analyze poem structure and practice performingpoems in front of an audience.
Stimson will travel to Frankfort to compete in the state-level competition on February 19 at the Grand Theatre. The state champion will go on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., and vie for a $20,000 scholarship.