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Owensboro Health has a model program that tackles two issues of concern to food aid organizations across the nation: hunger and food waste.

The health care organization is part of a collaboration that's bringing frozen meals to some of Kentucky’s homebound senior citizens.

The program recently won the 2019 Rurual Achievement Award from the National Association of Regional Councils.

The program arose from conversations among staff at Owensboro Health, its food service provider, Morrison Healthcare, and those in the Green River Area Development District who work with senior citizens.


O.Z. Tyler Distillery

Part of a bourbon warehouse in Daviess County collapsed during a thunderstorm.

The partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse in Owensboro was reported early Monday.

Master Distiller Jacob Call says around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears that about 4,000 were affected. He says it appears most barrels remain intact.

Call says engineers will be out later Monday to try to determine what caused the collapse. It's unclear if weather played a role.

Owensboro Christian Church

World Refugee Day is being celebrated Saturday in Owensboro.

The International Center of Kentucky is hosting the event ahead of the United Nations-celebrated holiday on June 20.

Susann Bartlett, an employment specialist in the center’s Owensboro office, says the goal of the event is to connect refugees with various resources, while honoring their contributions to the area.

“It’s a chance for the public, our general public here in the community, to interact with our international community, and just get a little taste of culture and tradition and see what they can bring to our community.”

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Daviess County has signed a contract with a new ambulance company, but Owensboro Health will no longer provide backup service.

The new contract that goes into effect on July 1 is with American Medical Response, which also provides ambulance service for Evansville, Indiana.

Daviess County previously had a contract with Yellow Ambulance for 18 years.

The current issue of concern is the backup provider. Daviess County has had an agreement with the organization that is now Owensboro Health for backup ambulance service since 1978.

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An Owensboro facility is among six Kentucky nursing homes named in a federal report as having poor safety records. 

A report shared this week with the Senate Special Committee on Aging named 400 nursing homes across the nation with a 'persistent record of poor care.'  The Courier-Journal reports that the facilities had previously not been identified publicly.

Among them is the Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro.  Since 2017, it’s been designated as a “Special Focus” facility, which investigators frequently monitor to resolve violations.  Without improvements, the facility can have Medicare and Medicaid funding revoked.

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Owenboro’s efforts to boost its nightlife takes a step forward on Friday, May 17.  It will be the first evening people will be able to openly carry alcoholic drinks downtown.

Owensboro’s ‘Friday After 5’ this weekend is the first event to take advantage of the city’s newly created entertainment district. 

The way it works is that the city issues a permit for each event that wants to use what’s simply called 'The District.' It’s an area that runs along the riverwalk and for five blocks inland and includes the RiverPark Center, the convention center, the Bluegrass Museum, and downtown hotels and restaurants.

Becca Schimmel

Students at Kentucky Wesleyan College are going to get some free rides. The school is partnering with Owensboro Transit System.

The agreement for weekend transportation begins Friday, April 12 with the trolley stopping at the Kentucky Wesleyan campus. Students will be able to use their college ID for the trolley ride of about two miles into downtown Owensboro.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Interim Vice President of Advancement Eddie Kenny said there’s a mutual benefit in building a long-term relationship with the Owensboro Transit System.

Wendell Foster

An Owensboro nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities is suspending its autism program. The CEO says the autism program will undergo a major restructuring to better serve its clients, who are students in elementary, middle and high school. 

Wendell Foster is a nonprofit that’s been serving people with disabilities for 72 years. The autism program began as a satellite location for the Kelly Autism Program at Western Kentucky University, but eventually the Owensboro program became independent.

The current autism program in Owensboro has been offered as an afterschool program a few hours a week, which has an average of 15-20 students, and a summer camp three days a week, which usually has about 30 students.


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Former Kentucky Republican State Representative DJ Johnson has withdrawn his challenge for the 13th district state house seat in Owensboro, conceding to Democrat Jim Glenn.

The race was decided on Election Day by a single vote.

 

Johnson previously asked lawmakers to pick a winner by drawing names or flipping a coin. The former representative told the Messenger Inquirer he hasn’t ruled out running again in 2020. Johnson said holding a special election would be a distraction for Daviess County.

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Kentucky’s attorney general is being asked to investigate a recount for a disputed seat in the state House of Representatives. 

Democrat Jim Glenn won the 13th District House race in Daviess County by one vote in last year’s election, but a recount over the weekend resulted in a tie with Republican DJ Johnson. 

In a letter to Attorney General Andy Beshear dated Feb. 6, Representative Glenn’s attorney, Anna Whites of Frankfort, asks for an immediate investigation into the February 2 recount in Owensboro.  Whites argues that Johnson's attorney illegally meddled in the recount by asking the Daviess County Board of Elections to review a ballot they previously rejected. 

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

An election contest board will meet on Friday and could decide who finally will occupy the 13th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Over the weekend, a recount resulted in a tie between Democrat Jim Glenn and Republican DJ Johnson, both of Owensboro.  Johnson requested the recount after losing his reelection bid to Glenn by a single vote last fall.

Over the weekend, the Daviess County Board of Elections recounted more than 12,000 ballots by hand.  Glenn came out ahead by three votes, but after an appeal by Johnson's attorney C. Michael Shull III, the board voted to give one of those votes back, leaving Johnson down by two votes.  The panel then decided to count five of 17 rejected absentee ballots.  Three were in favor of Johnson, one went for Glenn, and one was blank, resulting in a tie.

J. Tyler Franklin

A recount in a contested Kentucky state House race where a Democrat was elected by a one-vote margin has ended in a tie.

Owensboro Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican State Rep. DJ Johnson on Election Day by one vote. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount at Johnson's request.

Saturday, the Daviess County Board of Elections recounted the more than 12,000 ballots by hand. A review of ballots cast on Election Day showed Glenn leading Johnson by two votes. But the board decided to count five of 17 rejected absentee ballots. Three of those ballots went for Johnson, one went for Glenn and one was blank. 

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A special board overseeing an election challenge in the state House of Representatives has voted to conduct a recount of a contested seat in western Kentucky.

Initial results from the November election showed Democrat Jim Glenn winning the seat for House District 13, defeating incumbent GOP Rep. DJ Johnson by just one vote.

The district is located in Daviess County and includes parts of Owensboro.

Two men charged in the execution-style murders of three people in Owensboro made their first court appearance on Wednesday. 

Thirty year-old Arnett Baines and 31-year-old Cylar Shemwell were assigned public defenders and ordered to return to a Daviess County courtroom on February 1.  The pair is charged in the shooting deaths of three people last week at a home on Audubon Avenue.  A fourth person was left in critical condition. 

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UPDATE:

The Owensboro Police Department charged Arnett Baines, 30, and Cylar Shemwell, 31, Friday with three counts of murder and one count of first degree assault in connection with the shooting deaths of three people Thursday. Police also released the identities of the shooting victims. The three dead men are Jay Michael Sowders, 43, Robert Smith, 35, and Christopher Carie, 18.

Carmen Vanegas, 35, was being treated at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. No further information about the possible motive behind the shootings has been released.

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