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SPORTS: SPECIAL NCAA FINAL FOUR PREVIEW WRAP INSIDE TODAY — B SECTION NATIONAL NEWS I A4 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS I B1 Mega millions Signature win What to do after you hit the lottery jackpot? Whittle leads Boyle County over Danville 1-0 Advocate-Messenger The 75¢ | Danville, Kentucky www.amnews.com Friday, March 30, 2012 GAME ON Miller hopes experience will give UK edge over Cards By LARRY VAUGHT larry@amnews.com NeW ORLeaNS — Darius miller is the one Kentucky player who understands the UKLouisville rivalry better than any other Wildcat who likely will play in Saturday’s Final Four game against the cardinals. miller not only grew up in mason county — a pro-UK area — but he was recruited by Louisville coach Rick Pitino. He’s also a sen- ior and not only has played in four regular-season UK-Louisville games, but also watched many more as a youngster growing up in the Bluegrass. “It is a huge rivalry for fans. e rivalry is just huge,” said miller ursday. “everybody in the state enjoys it. Two very competitive teams and programs going at each other. everybody has a lot of fun. Both teams normally are good, too, so that makes it more fun. It has been nice to grow up in an envi- Game Face By DAVID BROCK dbrock@amnews.com KENTUCKY LOTTERY THURSDAY MIDDAY Pick 3: 4-7-7 Pick 4: 7-2-5-8 EVENING Pick 3: 6-0-9 Pick 4: 7-9-2-7 Cash Ball: 9-14-20-33 Cash Ball 7 Kicker 8-9-1-6-3 Decades of Dollars: 8-12-15-32-40-47 5 Card Cash: 5H, 6C, QD, QC, 4H Follow us on Facebook and Twitter ONLINE @ WWW.AMNEWS.COM Clay Jackson/ cjackson@ amnews.com See CATS, on A8 Visitors bureau names Kirchner its new director e Danville-Boyle county convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Jennifer Kirchner as its next executive director. Kirchner, a native of Philadelphia, had worked since last year as the assistant director of residential life at centre college, where her husband, Daniel, was hired in 2009 as a philosophy professor. She is scheduled to start her new job april 9. “Danville has been full of pleasant surprises for me,” Kirchner said in a news release. “I really didn’t know what to expect moving here from the east coast, and now I cannot imagine my home being anywhere else. Being part of the energy and excitement of growing Danville, promoting the county’s progress forward and the preservation of (its) rich past is a challenge and opportunity. I am blessed to be part of it.” Kirchner has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, where she was a research scientist focused on neurodegenerative diseases and cancer therapeutics. after moving to Danville, she opted to stay at home with her children to adjust to the area before taking the Kentucky’s Darius Miller, left, and Kyle Wiltjer celebrate at the end of the game against Baylor. ronment like this and see two very competitive programs go at it.” miller says ignoring the rivalry hype has not been that difficult this week. “It’s really not that hard for us. We have been doing that all year,” miller said. “We keep it amongst the family and don’t pay attention to outside sources. We know the game is huge for fans, but we just have to continue to prepare like we Photos by Clay Jackson/ cjackson@amnews.com Jennifer Kirchner was hired from among 36 applicants for the job. job at centre, where she supervised resident assistants and organized a number of events on campus. Her volunteer work since coming to Danville includes involvement with the Great american Brass Band Festival and the local court appointed Special advocates group. e search for a new director at the convention and Visitors Bureau began after the February resignation of previous cVB director adam Johnson, who left to manage the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. charlie cox, who as been acting cVB director since Johnson’s departure along with maintaining duties as communications coordinator for the Danville-Boyle county economic Development Partnership, said the See KIRCHNER, on A8 TONIGHT 40-percent chance of rain. High: 70s Low: 50s Complete weather map, A10 Boyle County High School faculty, above, show their team colors today as excitement builds for Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Kentucky and Louisville in the NCAA Tournament. Principal Will Begley donned a referee’s uniform so he could separate them. From left are Greg Edwards, Sherry Bodner, Diane Oliverio, Begley, Chris LeMonds, Mark Wade and Jennifer Brogle. At Bate Middle School, students got their faces painted this morning to show support for their favorite team. At right, seventh-grader Haley Pittman is rooting for Louisville. At top, sixth-grader Lizzie LeDonne shows her support for the Kentucky Wildcats. INDEX Advice Classifieds Comics Deaths Local News National News Opinion Religion Sports World News A7 B6-B8 B9 A2 A2-A3 A4, A10 A9 A5 B1-B6, B10 A10 Vol. 146, No. 237 6 05358 12300 7 Printed on recycled paper © 2012 The Advocate-Messenger Casey man burned in explosion By STEPHANIE MOJICA smojica@amnews.com LIBeRTY — a man was hospitalized with serious burns and will face criminal charges after an explosion that happened after he allegedly tried to make methamphetamine, casey county Sheriff Jerry coffman said Thursday. L.c. Propes, 34, went to casey county Hospital about 11 a.m. Tuesday with severe burns, coffman said. “He got blistered really bad,” coffman said. alerted by suspicious medical personnel, sheriff’s deputies went out to Propes’ property on Ky. 70 about three miles west of Liberty. Law enforcement officers did not find any meth but discovered plenty of items used for making the drug, including lye and The Advocate-Messenger | www.amnews.com ammonia nitrate, according to coffman. “We also found that L.c. had been burning some stuff in a barrel which then exploded,” coffman added. The evidence is consistent with an accident that happened as a result of manufacturing meth, according to the sheriff. Propes was transported to the University of Kentucky chandler medical center in Lexington, where he was still hospitalized this morning. He was breathing with the assistance of a ventilator until Thursday and is recovering from third- and fourth-degree burns on his arms and the side of his body, coffman said. coffman said once Propes recovers, he will be charged with manufacturing meth.

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