Dozens of government installations across northeastern Afghanistan were attacked by the Taliban over the weekend, but Fort Campbell officials say the attacks caused relatively few deaths or injuries.
2nd Brigade Combat Team Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Townley Hedrick says he received a report that insurgent forces struck six districts in the Kunar Province, which included the district governors’ offices, police and army outposts.
Lieutenant Colonel Hedrick says the insurgent’s failed attempt to cause mass casualties is a great indicator that the partnership between soldiers from the brigade who are serving as advisors to their Afghan counterparts is going strong.
Lieutenant Colonel Hedrick says the attacks began around 1 a.m. and lasted until 8 a.m. on Friday and following the intense battle, the bodies of eight Taliban were found.
About 400 soldiers from the local brigade are deployed in Afghanistan in multiple advisor teams throughout northeastern Afghanistan for a 9-month rotation.
The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with diabetes has steadily increased over the years.
According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 355,000
Kentuckians were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, compared to just 109,000 in 1994.
In the Hopkinsville-Christian County area, patients are often diagnosed and treated by staffers at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Congressman Ed Whitfield visited staffers at Jennie Stuart’s newly established wound healing center, which sees a lot of diabetic patients suffering from various injuries like diabetic ulcers.
While visiting with hospital staff, Congressman Whitfield spoke about recently introduced health care legislation.
Whitfield is also the co-chair of the diabetes caucus in the U.S. Congress and following his visit at Jennie Stuart, he stated he believed the hospital provided top-notch health care services.
The Task Force on Pensions continues to work on finding recommendations on how to save Kentucky’s state employee retirement system and one area lawmaker says it’s time to make some tough decisions.
16th District State Representative Martha Jane King says she doesn’t think benefits should be reduced for current retirees, but changes will have to be made to benefit packages for new-hires.
Representative King says governors and the General Assembly have tried the “wait and see” approach long enough hoping investments might improve—which just hasn’t happened.
Representative King says she would also change the formula for how the pension is calculated. Among those serving on the task force which hopes to make recommendations next year is Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville.
Ms. King represents Todd and Logan Counties.
Though no injuries were reported, several shots were fired in the vicinity of some juveniles in the Hayes Street area last night.
Hopkinsville Police investigated the incident in the 900-block of Hayes around 7:30, with several shell casings recovered.
The report says several youngsters were riding their bicycles in the area when several vehicles stopped.
Five adults exited the vehicles and began shooting at a person on the street.
The shooters re-entered their vehicles and fled the scene.
Tracy Robinson speaks at Monday afternoon's groundbreaking/photo by Adam May
A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Guthrie this afternoon for a project that’s been a decade in the making.
About 70 people showed up in the downtown area of the south Todd County town to break ground for the Guthrie Transportation Museum and Welcome Center. Guthrie was built on the railroad industry and “Guthrie Partners for Main Street” Manager Tracy Robinson said it needed to be forever commemorated.
Perhaps as much as Guthrie is known for the railroad, it’s also known for being the birthplace of Pullitzer Prize winning Poet Robert Penn Warren. Ms. Robinson said the courage and strength a group of women showed decades ago to keep his homeplace in Guthrie as a museum inspired her to keep working to get the current project started.
The project is grant funded and construction will begin in the near future. Also speaking at the ceremony were Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall, State Representative Martha Jane King, Boogie Oliver with the Main Street Board and Guthrie Transportation Museum Board Chairman Matt Bailey.
Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall