Area News

Judge Rules To Suppress Testimony in Easterling Murder Case

Judge Darren Peckler has granted a motion to suppress statements made by Trenton Easterling, who is being tried for the robbery and murder of Tristan Cole last year. Peckler ruled in favor of Easterling’s defense, who argued the defendant’s recorded testimony was inadmissible. Easterling was 16 years old when he was charged with first-degree murder…

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Mercer County Grand Jury Indicts 16

The Mercer County Grand Jury handed down indictments last Wednesday on animal cruelty, theft and drugs. ANIMAL CRUELTY A Salvisa man sits in jail awaiting trial on charges of animal cruelty, burglary and unlawful transaction with a minor. Brandon Hellmig, 19, of 2380 Oregon Road, Salvisa, is accused of breaking into Old Fort Harrod State…

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Businesses Still High On Alcohol Sales

Local merchants have found themselves in a unique situation since Harrodsburg voters chose to expand alcohol sales last year. Many of them say they’re still waiting for the promised revenue to pour in. At the same time, they say they have to carry alcohol for fear of losing their business to their competitors. “Time will…

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Salvisa Christian Serves Community With Free Clothes

Just down the road, on Highway 127 at Salvisa Christian Church, four ladies have made it their mission to help the community. “There was a need for it and we wanted to do something,” said Charlotte Fallis, who, along with Pamela Votaw, Vicki Brown and Debbie Stopher, runs the Free Clothes Day at the church.…

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Porter Named New Corning Plant Manager

Amy Porter has made history. She has been named the plant manager of Corning Incorporated’s Harrodsburg facility. While Corning has female plant managers in several other facilities, Porter is the first woman to take the job in Harrodburg. Porter, who assumed her duties as plant manager on Jan. 1, was also the first woman to…

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Shot Fired at Mercer County School Bus, No One Hurt

UPDATE: The following message was sent to parents from Mercer County Schools: “Dear Families, We want to make you aware of an incident that involved bus 398 on the afternoon route.    As the driver stopped to let a student off the bus, a projectile coming from outside the bus hit the window and broke the window. …

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Collier Retires After 25 Years at Burgin

Martha Collier is retiring as superintendent of Burgin Independent Schools. Collier’s retirement was announced at the Burgin Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Chairman Bob Clark read Collier’s retirement letter for the board. “I almost don’t want to accept it,” Clark said, “but I’m happy for you.” Collier has been in education for…

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Still No Ruling In Easterling Case

There has still been no ruling in the case against Trenton Easterling. Easterling, 17, is charged with murdering and robbing his fellow Mercer County Senior High School student Tristan Cole in April 2016. He appeared before Judge Darren Peckler Tuesday afternoon. In November 2016, Easterling’s public defender asked the Judge Peckler to suppress Easterling’s taped…

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BCDC Is Dangerously Overcrowded

The Boyle County Detention Center had 397 inmates on Monday, Feb. 6. That’s 170 more than it was designed to house. “This is a record,” said Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon. What concerns Harmon and other prison officials is that February is usually a slow month for the jail. The population numbers typically don’t start…

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Playground Build Set for March 24-26

Last year the community of Mercer County came together and rallied around the Claycomb family when they announced plans to build a special needs park. Through the Kendyl and Friends Playground Fund the family and members of the community helped to raise over $250,000 to bring the playground to Anderson-Dean Community Park. “I am so…

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