Hal Rogers Parkway reduced to 1 lane
MANCHESTER — The Hal Rogers Parkway between mile point 0 to mile point 18 will be reduced to one lane at intermittent times and locations beginning today (expect possible shoulder closures as well). It is expected to conclude on Sunday, July 31.
The lane and shoulder closures are needed for bridge maintenance and cleaning.
Motorists should be prepared for slowed or stopped traffic at bridge locations within this section of the Hal Rogers Parkway.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expected long delays, use the signed detour for alternate routes, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.
The date, time, and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or navigate 511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for District 11 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict11.
Trainer, father charged after 43 horses abandoned on farm
HARRODSBURG (AP) — A horse trainer and her father have been charged after dozens of horses were found abandoned on a Mercer County farm.
Kentucky Department of Agriculture investigator Shane Mitchell tells local media that 43-year-old Charles “Chuck” Borell was arrested Wednesday on 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Maria Borell, Chuck Borell’s daughter, on the same charges.
Chuck Borell owns the company that’s leasing the Mercer county farm where the horses were found in early June.
State equine director Rusty Ford says that of the 43 horses, six were in particularly poor health and required more extensive care. Three of the horses were emaciated.
Volunteers and local law enforcement have cared for the horses since they were discovered.
Improvements planned at 4 western Ky. state park resorts
CADIZ (AP) — Four western Kentucky state park resorts will receive an estimated $3.7 million in improvements during the next two years, state park officials said.
The funding is part of $18 million approved this year by state lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin. Improvements include structural repairs, painting and upgrades.
State Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and state parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced the funding Wednesday in Cadiz, with Lake Barkley in the background.
They said upgrades are planned at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.
“We’re glad to have this funding to start addressing some of the needs at our state parks,” Holland said. “It won’t cover all of our needs, but it is a good start.”
Work will include painting and repairing the exterior of the lodge and convention center at Lake Barkley park, and lodge repairs and painting at Kentucky Dam Village.
“The parks are so important,” Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, said. “They’re the catalyst for everything else that goes on in our area and in our community. If we can get people here, visiting our parks, and get our parks to that quality level that they used to be, the nation’s finest that we advertised, I think you’re going to see growth that will just be exponential here for the next few years.”