Thursday, March 01, 2012


STORM WARNING TOMORROW FOR TODD COUNTY. Here is what we are hearing from a briefing today with the National Weather Service: Expect heavy storms, starting after midnight, which could produce some hail. There should be a break through the morning then as early as noon Friday there could be"violent storms and strong, long tracked tornadoes ... expected across the region." For Todd County the worst should be here between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., but the weather service said there could be storms in the area until 6 p.m. The large storms could produce multiple tornadoes, high winds, hail, a large amount of lightening and even some flooding for some areas. This is the most serious warning Todd County has had in years and is similar to the storm system that produced a tornado that hit north Todd County in 2006 destroying homes and a church. One weather official from Christian County told the weather spotters there, "This is one of the most dangerous situations I have seen in some time and I strongly urge everyone to begin preparations now." According to Todd County School Superintendent Mike Kenner there will be a decision made about when students are released tomorrow. Friday is an early-release day. So take precautions and keep your weather radios (or TV until the power goes out) close. Be safe!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Video from this week's story

Here is an interesting video from a story we had this week about a singer who had a stroke. She can't speak, but she can still sing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Listen to Gov. Beshear's speech about child abuse files

Gov. Steve Beshear today (Nov. 29) has directed the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open the records of cases in which child abuse or neglect resulted in a child fatality or near fatality.

This is a big win for all of those that wondered if there would ever be any light through the darkness of red tape and secrecy in the Cabinet.

Here is the mp3 of the speech:

A video, taken by David Thompson of the Kentucky Press Association can been seen here:

See this week's Standard for a full story and analysis.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dye pleads guilty

Garrett Dye will serve at least 20 years in prison after confessing today to the murder of his adopted sister in Todd County Circuit Court today.
Dye faces a 50-year sentence and must serve 20 of those years before being eligible for parole, said Todd Circuit Judge Tyler Gill.
Official sentencing will be Nov. 23.
Dye entered a conditional guilty plea, which means he can appeal to the state Supreme Court.
See next week's Standard for the full story.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The trouble with towers

(This week's column by Ryan Craig.)

Don’t think me an ingrate, but I’m about to shore up my complaining pants, tighten my sass belt and straighten my tie of righteous indignation and dance the dance with my angry shoes.

AT&T, you break my heart.

We have reported and reported on the possibility that you would bring us better service here in “wittle-old” Todd County.

You teased us with your towers that will bring service, that will look like those cool commercials with apps that can tell you how many fleas are on our dogs or make us a sandwich when we are tired.

We complained bitterly about your stance that Todd County didn’t have enough customers ... and we still probably don’t, but thanks to that gigantic silicon making thing to the south of us, you guys got a lot of pressure to get something going.

(Sorry, I stopped to take a call and, I would swear to this in front of a judge on a stack of Bibles, the person on the phone lost their service. Their AT&T service.)

Anyway, you dedicated with major pomp and circumstance a tower in south Todd. It wasn’t immediately working, but now it is.

The tower in Clifty — I will get into why I say Clifty and not north Todd later — was up and working faster but many have complained that while they are happy to have cell phone service they were perplexed as to why there is only basic or 2G service.

Since there was no real indication of when 3G (or hopefully 4G since 5G is on its way) will come to Clifty, it seems like the excitement in north Todd at the posibility of overall wireless broadband service is a fleeting dream.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem that people in most places would care so much about, except in Todd County, most of the houses outside of the cities don’t have broadband access. Or, at best, they have satellite service which is not always what most experts consider affordable.

Most are stuck with 1994 technology in their homes and a burning dislike in their hearts for companies that see a profit margin before they can see their customers.

Also, we have a high school full of students who have laptops, and there have been real issues for almost three years now getting good high-speed service for the students to use at home.

Truthfully, I think most people on a daily basis don’t see the absolute need for better broadband access, but as the technological world heads farther away from desktop computing to mobile broadband devices like cell phones, laptops and hybrid devices like the iPad, the need for a good infrastructure becomes more and more apparent.

Still, after all the complaining, and, trust us, this newspaper and its editor have complained to the governor, state and U.S. representatives and senators and even AT&T itself. It boggles our mind that we might have to be glad that the slither of north Todd that can get a fast signal through the hills and hollers might be as good as it gets for a long while.

Here’s a story that is absolutely true and scary at the same time:

When this newspaper had a Web site with HD videos, an avid reader and supporter of the newspaper told me he had to download a video in the morning before he went to work on his slow dial-up service and when he’d get home in the afternoon, he would sometimes see the download of the video had just finished up.

That is real problem ... for 1998!

People often ask me when I’m going to put a Web site back up and I tell them that I would be glad to when I thought there would be enough of my readers who could watch our videos and enjoy our site instead of just the parts that will upload at the speed of slug.

Hilda Legg, who has served in the Rural Utilities Service and in the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C., and now serves as a consultant in Rural Economic Development with emphasis in telecommunications deployment in rural America, told me in 2007 (that’s right, four years ago) that high-speed broadband access might be the most important single infrastructure a rural community can have.

Just like market-to-farm roads in the 1930s and electricity in the following decades, she said broadband will be key to the future of rural America staying with the rest of the country, much less the rest of the world.

It just saddens me to see our struggles when communities in Kentucky much smaller than ours have broadband service or are on their way to good service through USDA grants.

The grants, as part of the stimulus package a few years back, were deemed too small for large companies like AT&T.

So if a slow drip by AT&T is the best we can do then our leaders and those who seek a better and brighter future should be commended for what we have.

Still, our leaders (and AT&T) should be challenged to bring in more and better service to Todd County.

Then I can retire my complaining pants and sass belt and enjoy a world where anywhere I go — and I do mean anywhere — I can look up information on the internet on my mobile device just like those folks in the big city.

We should accept nothing less ... we deserve nothing less.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Throw the bums out!

Here is Ryan Craig's column from this week's newspaper:


Let me be straight about this, I am so mad with the elected officials in Washington D.C. that I’m going to refrain from saying what I really want to say (mainly because this is a family newspaper) and I’m going to turn over my anger to a favorite 1930s saying by those who were hit by the both the economic tidal wave of fiscal mismanagement and politicians who couldn’t handle them:


Ray Stevens also has a really good song with the same title and as we all know Ray Stevens is rarely wrong.
Also let me be clear, I don’t care if you are a Democrat, a Democrat who votes like a Republican, a Republican who votes like a Tea Party member, a Tea Party member who votes like they have some sort of special way of reading the Constitution or one of the Independent so influential (in effect, they elected President Obama) in the previous two national elections; you all shoulder the blame.

All of us.

I sat and watched in horror of the brinkmanship, partisan rhetoric and murky dealings that really gave us nothing except a terrible set of options and a debt limit that was raised as part of the most pitiful amount of governing in several generations.

Then a few days later, Standard & Poor’s —- a credit agency —- said what we all were thinking: Let’s throw the bums out! Or at least, let’s make an effort to lower debt, raise revenue and give some stability to a world-wide market that is shakier than turtle trying to walk on a washing machine on spin cycle.

The agency took the United States’ credit rating from AAA (which is perfect) to AA+ (which is still super good, but just bad enough to make Wall Street and every other market in the world go absolutely nuts).

Sure, the same politicians who caused the problem because they think compromise is a akin to weakness despite 240 years of our history that contradicts otherwise, started finger pointing.

The Republicans called the credit lowering “Obama’s reduction;” the White House called the same thing “The Tea Party reduction.”

Basically, there is no way this isn’t the fault of everyone in Congress, the White House and those in the so-called “media” who make a living throwing what former GOP strongman Alan Simpson called “sharp elbows” — “instead of having a caucus where you sit down and say ‘What are you going to do for your county?’ you sit figuring out how to screw the other side.”
Simpson, who was about as fiscally responsible and conservative as it gets when he was in office, told Time magazine that America was “the healthiest horse in the glue factory” and needs to get serious about cutting our deficit.

“The absolute rigidity of the parties,” he said. “I’ve never seen that before. Somebody said they’re as rigid as a fireplace poker but without the occasional warmth.”

A couple facts: The U.S. deficit is $14 trillion. You could not count that high in your lifetime. The average share of that deficit is a little over $120,000 per household. For the first time since the Great Depression you have a generation that thinks their lives will not be as good as their parents’ or grandparents’.

Let’s throw the bums out!

Another problem for you and I —- you know, regular people who work for a living —- will be that the credit downgrade for the U.S. and places like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have a majority of the home loans in the nation, will make it much harder to go to a bank and get a loan.

Basically those who have money will gobble up cheap stocks and those who took a huge hit in 2008 will take another ding.

This year over 1,000 millionaires paid no taxes at all. The rich will remain so while all the rest of us become poorer.

While I’m not a fan of socialism, I’m also not a fan of Darwinian capitalism either. The system is rigged for the rich and your American Dream is vanishing by the day as the money is transferred slowly but surely.

Let’s throw the bums out!

There is no reason to think that the current group of jackals we have will change for the better.

So, I say let’s take responsibility for our own lives by not borrowing more than we can cover. Let’s take responsibility for those who make or have made our lives worse.

Let’s throw the bums out!

Let’s celebrate in five years when Rand Paul, and hopefully his ideas that could cripple the lives of our children and grandchildren, is defeated and the last of the bums in Washington D.C. are gone.

This column is not about politics, it is about life, and no one can convince me that a slow, thoughtful effort to rid ourselves of the cancer that has set in in Washington D.C. has to be about politics. They all deserve nothing less than to join the unemployment line.

It is time that we demand more than a bunch of sound bites from those who sign no tax pledges before going into office and then take an oath to serve the people. It is time to stop voting for people who won’t sit in a room with people who have differing opinions on things like abortion, tax codes or what is the best way to run a school.

They are all supposed to serve the people who put them in the office, but instead they seem to serve everyone else first. The biggest problem in D.C. is that everyone seems to serve two (or more) masters and we all learned in Sunday School that way of thinking only brings destruction and anarchy.

So, please, make every effort, send this column to everyone you know. Let’s start taking our task seriously.

Let’s throw the bums out!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Trenton 9-year-old's death, brother indicted.

Garrett Thomas Dye, 17, of Trenton has been indicted for the murder of his 9-year-old adopted sister and cousin, Amy R. Dye.

The Grand Jury indicted Garrett Dye today (Feb. 18) for murder, resisting arrest and tampering with physical evidence. Documents show he has admitted to killing his sister.

Also, the rumor that Dye allegedly used a shovel was wrong. The indictment said it was a hydraulic jack handle.

Look for more on the story in next week's Todd County Standard.