MADISON COUNTY —
The month of March has proved to be a grab bag of weather conditions for Madison County.
Area residents saw a temperature high of 71 degrees March 10 and a low of 17 degrees on March 22.
Monday, the fifth day of spring, Eastern Kentucky University students marched headlong through swirling snow propelled by 31 mph wind gusts. The temperature high (if you could call it that) was 35 degrees, while the wind chill made it feel more like 20 degrees, according to weather reports.
“What’s up with this snow?” one Eastern student was overhead saying to another.
“I don’t know man, this is messed up,” his friend replied.
News reports say one Ohio prosecutor has indicted famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil on an “unclassified felony” charge of “misrepresentation of early spring.” The prosecutor is even seeking the death penalty.
Tradition has it that winter will continue for six more weeks if on Feb. 2, the rodent fails to see his shadow and retreat to his lair. Phil saw his shadow this year, but his prediction was inaccurate.
Yet, weather reports haven’t always been so chilly this close to April.
On this day in 1929, Lexington experienced a record high of 86 degrees, and 88 degrees in Louisville.
On March 25, 1884, an F2 tornado touched down in Harrison County where 18 of the community’s 20 homes were damaged, according to National Weather Service records.
However, on this same day in 1843, a second major snowstorm in days hit the eastern half of the country, producing snow from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Tennessee was buried under 15 inches of snow, the NWS said.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@
or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.
MADISON COUNTY —
- Local News
A race to the finish line
Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.
Hops & Vine Festival raises money for humane society
Downtown Richmond’s Hops and Vine Festival started more than two years ago with a question.
Bill Clinton will stump for Grimes in eastern Kentucky
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details.
Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’
Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.
At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.
That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.
Fire training tower going up
A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.
Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.
Pavement work to restrict I-75 in Rockcastle County
Beginning Sunday until about the end of November, Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will be reduced to one lane in each direction between mile points 58 and 66 for pavement work.
Jailed woman charged with heroin trafficking
A Richmond woman already jailed on another charge was served with a drug trafficking warrant Thursday.
County’s jobless rate improves
Madison County’s unemployment rate for June, 6.5 percent, was a full percentage point lower than a year earlier and 0.2 points lower than in May.
Young inventors turn trash to treasure
The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.
Four arrested on meth charges at Berea motel
Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.
- More Local News Headlines
- A race to the finish line