Saturday, April 25, 2015

County under tornado watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect until 8 p.m. for far western Kentucky, including Crittenden County.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ferry to re-open at 6 a.m. Saturday

The owner of the Cave In Rock Ferry plans to reopen to traffic on Saturday morning.

The ferry has been closed for more than a week due to Ohio River floodwaters blocking Ky. 91 North near the Kentucky landing. Floodwaters are expected to drop off the roadway during the overnight hours.

The ferry plans to resume service at 6 a.m. Saturday on the regular operating schedule.

The Cave In Rock Ferry connects Ky. 91 North with Ill. 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County and Hardin County.

The ferry normally operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.

Possbile world record turkey in Lyon

Cody Guess harvested a 37.6-pound wild turkey this week in Lyon County.

The National Wild Turkey Federation, which keeps records on such things, says the world record is currently 36 pounds.

The Lake News in Calvert City reports that Guess’s bird has been weighed on two different USDA certified scales that say it weighs 37. 6 pounds and it has been checked by other wildlife officials.

The gobbler 's spurs measured one and one-quarter inches and its beard 9.75 inches, the Lake News reported.

Confirmation of this begin a world record could take several days.

Today is National Arbor Day

Today marks National Arbor Day

Marion Baptist Revival in May

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KET to air gubernatorial candidate discussions

Kentucky Educational Television will be broadcasting a series of programs with gubernatorial candidates in the 2015 primary election. Hosted by Bill Goodman, these "Kentucky Tonight" programs with candidates take place beginning Monday and continuing May 4 and May 11. Each telecast airs at 7 p.m. on KET.

The schedule for invited candidates who have indicated they’ll be participating is:

Monday (two-part program)

Democrats for Governor/Lieutenant Governor

  • Geoffrey M. "Geoff" Young (candidate for governor)

  • Johnathan D. Masters (candidate for lieutenant governor, Young slate)
May 4

Republicans for Lieutenant Governor

  • Rodney Coffey (Scott slate)

  • K.C. Crosbie (Heiner slate)

  • Jenean Hampton (Bevin slate)

  • State Sen. Chris McDaniel (Comer slate)
May 11

Republicans for Governor

  • Matt Bevin
  • Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

  • Hal Heiner

  • Will T. Scott

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Area death

Ishmel Loyal Teitloff, 64, of Salem died April 21, 2015, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

WKCTC camps to help students learn about energy, health care careers

Middle school and high school students can learn about careers in health care and energy at West Kentucky Community and Technical College beginning in June. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

The two free, hands-on Career Craze camps are for students ages 12 to 15 to discover their passion for the healthcare and energy fields.

WKCTC Air Conditioning Technology Coordinator Mark Westerfield will teach “Exploring Energy & Alternative Energy Careers” on June 8-11 in the Emerging Technology Center, Room 155.

Throughout the week campers will learn what careers exist in the energy industry and will tour two local energy plants to learn how electric energy is produced. They will visit a power utility to learn how the electric grid works and how electricity gets to their homes. Students will also travel to WKCTC’s Skilled Craft Training Center where a simulation house, a solar power generation system and GEO thermal HVAC system is housed to learn how those systems work. With hands-on activities, the students will learn how a generator and wind energy works. The maximum enrollment in the energy camp is 20.

“So You Want to Work in Health care” will be held on July 6-9 in the Allied Health Building, Room W-107. Students will tour the areas of nursing, physical therapy, surgical technology, dental, phlebotomy, X-Ray/ultrasound and other programs on the campus of WKCTC. Students will also travel to Baptist Health to tour the physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology departments, as well as interact with interns learning about careers in those fields. The maximum enrollment for the camp is 25.

WKCTC Assistant Nursing Professors Paula Isenberg and Kristin Reid will be the leaders for the health care camp. Students will be divided into five groups for hands-on experiences with moulage (wounds, blood, etc.), suturing sponge or other simulated object. WKCTC physical therapy assistant students will be on hand to share their experiences; campers will also learn from area healthcare professionals during the camp.

Each camp will be held Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. On Thursday of each week, families are encouraged to come see what the students learned in each camp.

College representatives will also be available on Thursday during both camps to answer questions as well as encourage the camp participants to look to WKCTC as their next step in education after high school.

Space is limited. Call (270) 534-3335 to register. For more information about the Career Craze camps, contact Kevin O’Neill at (270) 534-3206.

WPSD named most accurate weather provider

WPSD is the most accurate weather provider in the television market covering western Kentucky, southern Illinois, southeast Missouri and northwest Tennessee, according to WeatheRate, an independent research company.

WeatheRate crowns TV meteorologists across the country as the most accurate in their market by comparing forecasts with actual weather conditions. WeatheRate verifies high and low temperatures, sky cover, precipitation, wind and fog. Accuracy in forecasting severe weather and timing of precipitation also comes into play.

Using a business model similar to J.D. Power and Associates, WeatheRate conducts independent research at their own expense. At the end of each annual WeatheRating period, the company offers its seal of approval only to the most accurate station in each television market.

“TV is still the most popular source of weather information," WeatheRate President Bruce Fixman said in a news release. "Some forecasters are indeed better than others, and because we’re not affiliated with TV stations or the companies that own them, the public can trust us to tell them who is really the most accurate.”

“Jennifer Rukavina and the WPSD Weather Authority team have proven that they deliver the most accurate weather in the Paducah/Cape Girardeau/Harrisburg market,” said Fixman

For more information about WeatheRate, logon to www.weatherate.com, or call (602) 909-8429.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For the birds...

A young osprey sits in a nest atop the U.S. 60 Cumberland Bridge at Smithland. Last year ospreys build 17 nests on area bridges. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and contractors on new bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley have been working with wildlife and regulatory agencies to provide alternate nesting sites for ospreys who have been nesting in construction areas.