Second dense smoke advisory is issued
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The National Weather Service has issued a dense smoke advisory in southeastern Kentucky, soon after another was canceled in the same area. Meteorologist Dustin Harbage says smoke from a 350-acre fire in eastern Estill County could reduce visibility in the area's valleys to as little as a quarter of a mile. The advisory is in effect until noon Thursday. A dense smoke advisory for nearby Lee, Breathitt and Estill counties was canceled at about noon Wednesday. The smoke that caused that advisory was from a 1,000-acre fire. Smoke from the fires could be smelled in Lexington, nearly 100 miles away.
Forum on new arena proposal
The Lexington Center will make a public presentation and lead a discussion Tuesday about the future of the downtown facility in light of a proposal to replace Rupp Arena. The presentation will be in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom at 7 p.m. A replacement for Rupp Arena has been proposed for the parking area between High Street and Maxwell Street. The meeting is open to all. Free parking will be provided in the Lexington Center lots across from Rupp Arena. For more information, call (859) 233-4567, Ext. 3285.
Fatal crash blocks I-75
One person was killed and Interstate 75 was blocked for hours after a multiple car crash Wednesday in Grant County. The accident took place in the southbound lane of I-75 north of Corinth about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said. The highway reopened about 8 p.m. The victim in the accident has not yet been identified, said Grant County coroner Marylee Willoby.
Services set for Guard soldier
The funeral for a Kentucky National Guard soldier who died in Afghanistan will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant County High School's auditorium in Dry Ridge. Sgt. Daniel Wallace, 27, of Dry Ridge, was killed Oct. 31. The high school is at 715 Warsaw Road. Burial will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, 205 Eibeck Lane. There will be a visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Eckler-McDaniel Funeral Home in Dry Ridge, 30 South Main Street. Another visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school auditorium.
2 expelled, 6 punished at WKU
A Western Kentucky University spokesman says two students have been expelled and six others disciplined following fights that caused a campus lockdown. The school would not release the names of the students, citing confidentiality issues. The disciplinary measures come after incidents last month on the Bowling Green campus in which there was a lockdown after reports of shots fired. Officials later said there were at least two fights on the campus, but no indication that shots were fired.
Staff, wire reports