Fayette County

Tradition of soup and sabotage brings new, current and retired firefighters together

After 22 weeks of training, a group of the Lexington Fire Department’s new probationary firefighters received one of their first big assignments Wednesday night – protect the soup. In a tradition that has been around as long as anyone who is still affiliated with the department can remember, the new firefighters have made a gigantic late-night pot of potato soup for everyone at Fire Station 1. A task that, in more recent years, has been complicated by the added challenge of good-natured sabotage efforts.


Wife of alleged Pappy Van Winkle bourbon theft ringleader takes plea deal

Julie Curtsinger, the wife of an alleged ringleader in the theft of more than $100,000 worth of bourbon from Central Kentucky distilleries, has accepted a plea deal on a couple of drug-related charges. Julie Curtsinger entered an Alford plea last week in Franklin Circuit Court, meaning that she did not admit wrongdoing but accepted that there is sufficient evidence against her for a conviction. The prosecution recommended that she serve a year in jail.


Judge rules that Borell no longer own horses abandoned in Mercer

A Mercer Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday that Charles Borell and his daughter, Maria, no longer own 42 horses found abandoned on a Mercer County farm in June. Six of the horses will be returned to their previous owners, and most of the remaining horses will be relocated to permanent homes. One of the horses was euthanized in early October due to a neurological ailment.


N.C. fugitive arrested in Berea

A fugitive wanted in North Carolina was arrested Thursday by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Richard Burlin Agee, 44, was arrested in Berea, the sheriff’s office said in a release. Agee was charged with being a fugitive from another state and was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center awaiting extradition.


UK trustees give go-ahead for $49 million baseball stadium

The University of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new $49 million baseball stadium, a move that has the potential to change much of south campus for students and athletes alike. The new Cliff Hagan baseball stadium will be built on Alumni Drive, close to the existing soccer and softball complexes. Almost $7 million of that $49 million price tag will come in the form of a five-year loan from UK.


Boyle teen, 15, indicted as adult in the September death of her stepmother

Jenna Oakley, the 15-year-old girl who went missing the day her stepmother was found dead, has been indicted on a charge of murder in connection with the death. Rhonda Oakley, 52, was found slain Sept. 1 inside her home in Danville. Jenna and her boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh, 21, of Arlington, Ind., were found two days later in a motel parking lot in Tucumcari, N.M.


UK board accepts $10 million for controversial free enterprise institute

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees gave final approval Friday to a controversial center for the study of free enterprise that many faculty have opposed. The John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise in the Gatton College of Business and Economics was funded with $6 million from the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation and $4 million from the Charles Koch Foundation. Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza, also donated $2 million to name the atrium in the newly renovated Gatton school.

Fayette County

More than 2,000 entries to name Rupp scoreboard, so far

More than 2,000 people have entered a contest to name Rupp Arena’s new center-hung scoreboard, which was unveiled on Oct. 14. The contest winners will get two tickets to every event at Rupp Arena in 2017. The winner will also get two tickets to UK men’s basketball games for the 2016-2017 season starting with the Dec. 7 game against Valparaiso.


New Lexington firefighters honor tradition by making soup, protecting it from sabotage

Probationary firefighters Jason Paulson and Rick Garr discuss the decades-old tradition of newly graduated recruits making a large, late-night meal of potato soup for everyone at Lexington Fire Station 1 during their first shift on duty. As an added challenge, the probationary firefighters have to protect the soup from sabotage attempts made by the more seasoned firefighters in the house.
New Lexington firefighters honor tradition by making soup, protecting it from sabotage 1:50

New Lexington firefighters honor tradition by making soup, protecting it from sabotage

Paris officer saved by bulletproof vest 1:04

Paris officer saved by bulletproof vest

UK student brings 'Harry Potter' to Scripture throwdown 1:15

UK student brings 'Harry Potter' to Scripture throwdown

UK students respond to sidewalk preacher with 'Harry Potter' 1:00

UK students respond to sidewalk preacher with 'Harry Potter'

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