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12TH REGION TOURNAMENT I B1 SPORTS I B1 Lincoln County boys fall to Southwestern Big night belonged to all Cats Advocate-Messenger The 75¢ | Danville, Kentucky www.amnews.com Friday, March 2, 2012 Magazine recognizes Danville for economic strides By DAVID BROCK dbrock@amnews.com For the second year in a row, Danville was recognized by Site Selection magazine as the top growing micropolitan area in Kentucky, a distinction that helped boost the state to its highest ever ranking in the publication’s Governor’s Cup rankings. The Danville Micropolitan area came in 13th nationally in the latest rankings. Based in Atlanta, Site Selection’s Conway Data service ranks communities by the number of new projects that involve at least $1 million in capital investment, create 50 or more jobs, or add a minimum of 20,000 square feet of new space. The Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area, a designation assigned by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and applied by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes a population of more than 54,000 people in Boyle and Lincoln counties. Jody Lassiter, president and chief executive officer of the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, submitted eight projects that are either in the works or were completed last year. They included new operations at Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, NeoStar Glass and Hematite of Kentucky as well as expansions at American Greetings, Dana, Denyo, SelfRefind and Ferm Solutions. The NeoStar, Self Refind and See DANVILLE, on A6 SO YOU KNOW Dana Corp. in Danville will hold a job fair Saturday at the plant on Techwood Drive off Lebanon Road. The company is hiring gasketmakers. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP by calling (859) 238-2577 and can apply online at www.dana.com/careers. Reward in arson fires tops $30,000 Eye of the storm By JOSH KEGLEY Central Kentucky targeted for severe weather Lexington Herald-Leader More than $30,000 is being offered for information leading to arrests in a string of unsolved arsons in four Kentucky counties. On Thursday, investigators from Fayette, Jessamine, Lincoln and Pulaski counties met at the Lexington Division of Fire’s Station 1 on Third Street to discuss the fires — 25 of them, which were set purposely in cars, homes, barns and businesses. The fires have caused millions of dollars in property damage. It was the first time investigators came together to discuss the scope of the problem and the rewards. The fires in Lincoln and Pulaski counties are thought to be related, but there is no hard evidence linking the fires in Lexington and Nicholasville to any others, investigators said. They said they had interviewed potential suspects, but more witnesses and evidence are needed before charges can be filed. See ARSON, on A6 KENTUCKY LOTTERY THURSDAY MIDDAY Pick 3: 2-3-4 Pick 4: 9-4-5-9 EVENING Pick 3: 8-0-7 Pick 4: 9-3-0-8 Cash Ball: 3-5-16-27 Cash Ball 25 Kicker 9-9-9-9-3 Decades of Dollars: 2-24-25-34-38-45 5 Card Cash: KC, 6D, KH, 2C, 7H TONIGHT Periods of showers and thunderstorms High: 70s Low: 30s Complete weather map, A8 INDEX Advice Classifieds Comics Deaths Local News Opinion Religion Sports 05358 12300 tkleffman@amnews.com Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com A crowd gathers Thursday for a dedication ceremony for the Garrard County Justice Center. Garrard dedicates its new $11.8 million justice center By STEPHANIE MOJICA smojica@amnews.com LANCASTER — About 400 people, including a number of state and local officials, celebrated the dedication Thursday of the new Garrard County Justice Center on Stanford Street. “This has been a wonderful project for downtown and helped revitalize our square,” Garrard Judge-Executive John Wilson said during the ceremony. “It has pumped some new energy into our community.” The $11.8 million project, authorized by the General Assembly in 2006 Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com and funded in 2008 right Margaret Simpson, center, and Katherine Simpson give the Pledge of Allegiance on Thursday during before the economic the dedication for the Garrard County Justice Center. State Rep. Lonnie Napier is at left. downturn, is equipped with the latest technol- has worked in our favor,” square-foot building was lower, and more workers ogy, including court secu- said Chief Justice of Ken- built during times of eco- were available than likely rity. tucky John D. Minton Jr. nomic challenge, con“This sagging economy Because the 40,473- struction costs were See GARRARD, on A6 B y LARRY VAUGHT larry@amnews.com 7 Printed on recycled paper © 2012 The Advocate-Messenger This morning’s gray skies were expected to turn black and violent this afternoon, with central Kentucky targeted as epicenter for potentially deadly storms making their way across the country’s mid section. On this morning’s “Today Show,” weatherman Al Roker placed a “severe risk” graphic squarely over the state on his national weather map. Over at weather.com, severe weather expert Greg Forbes singles out central Kentucky with a 9 rating on his Tornado Conditions Index, which comes with a “high probability of a tornado.” It’s the first time he’s given a 9 in March. The Weather Channel’s star storm chaser, Jim Cantore, is headed to Lexington today, according to his Twitter feed. Boyle County Emergency Management Coordinator Lennie Shepperson participated in a statewide conference call with National Weather Service meteorologists Thursday afternoon and sent out emails to the county leaders advising them to keep a close eye on the weather today. “There is a possibility tomorrow’s weather could be worse in areas than yesterday’s weather,” the email states. “We dodged the bullet yesterday but may not be so lucky tomorrow. Remember Mother Nature has her See STORMS, on A6 Mercer team thinking of more than basketball As girls compete for regional title, coach’s mom battles cancer A8 B5-B6 B7 A2 A2-A3 A7 A5 B1-B4 Vol. 146, No. 213 6 By TODD KLEFFMAN This could be one of those memorable seasons for Mercer County coach Chris Souder for so many reasons, but there’s one reason he would rather not have to think about. His Titans have won 16 straight games and 28 overall going into tonight’s 12th Region Tournament semifinal against host Lincoln County in Stanford. Even better for him, his daughter, Carli, is a starter and key contributor to the team’s success. See MERCER, on A6 The Advocate-Messenger | www.amnews.com Mercer County head coach Chris Souder talks with his players during Monday’s win over Southwestern in the 12th Region Tournament at Lincoln County. After the victory, Souder talked to the team about his mother’s health. Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com

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