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11 months, $300K, still no city manager
By STEPHANIE MOJICA
Danville has spent more than
$300,000 on city manager-related matters in less than 11 months, according to
ﬁnancial documents obtained through
an open records request, and still does
not have a permanent replacement for
In May, Stansbury was ﬁred in a 3-2
vote that alleged he failed to provide
strong and proactive leadership, did not
adequately manage the city’s cemeteries, failed to instruct and guide city commissioners in a timely manner about the
expansion of the water plant, and did
not follow the city’s procurement policy
on at least two occasions. Stansbury set-
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sentenced to 3 years
in sex case
$40,000 legal settlement, wages, unused
vacation time and holiday pay, records
show. In January, Stansbury received a
check for $50,491. Since Stansbury’s termination, the city has spent an additional $10,666 for his medical beneﬁts
and $480 for his dental plan. Oﬃcials
also paid the northern Kentucky law
ﬁrm Adams, Stepner, Woltermann &
Dusing $4,055.48 to handle Stansbury’s
wrongful termination dispute.
But while the city has been paying
tled with the city after a brief period of Stansbury for duties the City Commislegal disputes.
sion voted he could no longer perform,
Recent audits conducted for the pe- it also has paid two other temporary city
riod in which he served showed no ﬁ- managers as well as the expenses assonancial irregularities.
ciated with searching for a new permaBetween May 12 and July 11, the city
paid Stansbury $66,197.42 including a
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Mayor says committee
fell short of goal
By STEPHANIE MOJICA
Mayor Bernie Hunstad plans to ask the
Danville Citizens Committee to reconvene
regarding the search for a permanent city
manager, he said ursday.
e committee reviewed 12 resumes
last month and selected four resumes to
forward to city commissioners for review.
City Clerk Donna Peek redacted the
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PARIS (AP) — A former Harrodsburg police officer who pleaded
guilty to 148 counts of sex crimes
involving a 14-year-old girl has been
sentenced to three years in prison.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the special judge in the
case, Bourbon County Circuit Judge
Rob Johnson, sentenced 31-yearold Jason Elder on Thursday in
Under a plea agreement, Elder
must enroll and complete a sex-offender treatment program and
must serve at least 85 percent of his
Elder pleaded guilty in January
to two counts of third-degree rape,
49 counts of third-degree sodomy
and 97 counts of first-degree sexual
abuse. He was an officer who conducted Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes in Mercer County
schools. He was suspended without
pay after his indictment and turned
in his badge and gun.
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Centre College president John A. Roush and the crowd clap as U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell waves to the audience at Weisiger Theatre.
Senator says Obama’s comments on health care ‘over the line’
By DAVID BROCK
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Mitch McConnell stayed on the attack over comments President Barack Obama made about the
Supreme Court's impending decision on health care
legislation as he barnstormed central Kentucky on
In a speech in Lexington and later in an interview
with e Advocate-Messenger, the Senate minority
leader spoke at length about what he said was “the
Supreme Court deliberation and the inappropriateness
of (Obama) clearly trying to intimidate them into doing
what he wants them to do,” referring to remarks Obama
made Monday, in which he said striking down the
health care reform act passed in 2010 would be an overreach.
“Everybody’s complained from time-to-time about
the Supreme Court decisions after the fact, but to try to
weigh in in advance strikes me as over the line,” McConnell said. “It’s been a pattern. He did it a couple
years ago at the State of the Union with regards to another decision they made with them sitting right in front
of him. I think he ought to back oﬀ.”
e Senate’s top ranking Republican also pointed to Centre College president John A. Roush listens as Sen.
Mitch McConnell answers questions from the audience
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Centre first stop
in lecture series
By DAVID BROCK
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell brieﬂy
left present politics roiling on the
Washington D.C. back-burner when
he stopped ursday in Centre College's Weisiger eater to deliver the
ﬁrst in a series of historical lectures
on prominent Kentucky senators.
e senate minority leader said it
was apropos that the lecture series,
which he envisions as seven or eight
speeches given at colleges and universities across the state, begin at a
school that has strong ties to the subjects of his ﬁrst talk, the Breckinridge
John C. Breckinridge, who would
become the country's youngest vice
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