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Big Win Nelson County shakes up the district race. >> SPORTS A12 50 cents • 42 pages • Vol. 112, No. 51 • The Kentucky Standard Friday, April 27, 2012 Rebecca Coleman (bottom left), mother of Jamie Mitchell, and father James Mitchell (top right), leave the courtroom surrounded by loved ones after a jury awarded the family $2.15 million Thursday afternoon. Youth minister Derek Coulter allowed Jamie Mitchell to drive a car, resulting in a fatal crash June 6, 2009. Mitchell verdict reached Jury says church, Derek Coulter share culpability for 13year-old’s death ERIN L.MCCOY A jury awarded $2.15 million Thursday to the family of 13-year-old Jamie Mitchell, who died after crashing a vehicle that Ronald Derek Coulter, then 24, permitted him to drive June 6, 2009. Coulter was ordered to pay the bulk of the sum, with Big Spring Assemblies of God church in Bloomfield responsible for $800,000. The jury concluded Coulter, a youth minister for the church, was not acting as an employee of the church at the time of the car accident, but found the church guilty of negligent hiring, training retention or supervision of Coulter. “I’m still in shock,” Jamie’s father, James OKH intermediate school swapped for city land Mitchell, said after the verdict. “At least now Jamie can rest in peace.” Jurors were in deliberation about three hours Thursday afternoon before concluding Coulter was 80 percent at fault, with Jamie Mitchell 20 percent at fault for failing to wear a seat belt. Judge Charles Simms ordered the jury to assign Coulter and Jamie a portion of the blame. Jurors could have awarded up to $19 million to Jamie See MITCHELL, page A14 ERIN L. MCCOY/The Kentucky Standard A Bee-autiful Day ERIN L.MCCOY JENNIFER CORBETT Old Kentucky Home Intermediate School has been swapped for 1.8 acres of Bardstown city property after the Nelson County School Board and Bardstown City Council approved the agreement Tuesday evening. “If given the opportunity, I think (the city) could make use of it,” Mayor Bill Sheckles said of the intermediate school. The property the school district obtains is a narrow strip of flat land immediately adjacent to the land on which the Nelson County Early Learning Center is situated, off East John Rowan Boulevard. Though construction on the center is just wrapping up now, school board Chair Damon Jackey confirmed expanding the center is a long-term goal for the district. After opening in August, the school already has 188 students, approaching its maximum capacity of 200 students. “It gives us room to expand. We think at some point we’re going to need to be able to do that,” Superintendent Anthony Orr said after the school board voted unanimously for the swap at 6 p.m. The school board will hand over 2.24 acres on which the 63,439-square-foot intermediate school sits in exchange. The intermediate school property line is to end at the back of the parking area and 15 feet to the right of the building as you face the front, Jackey explained. ALICE BURGEN/The Kentucky Standard ABOVE — A group of up to 20,000 honeybees swarmed the top façade of the entrance to Edward Jones. AT LEFT — A swarm of honey bees set up a temporary home on a wooden sign behind the Balloon Lady Shop Thursday morning. The queen honeybee decided to use the sign to spend the night, while some worker bees set out to find to new nest site. While on the sign, the remaining worker bees fed on pheromones released by the queen bee. There was an estimated 5,000 bees. JENNIFER CORBETT/The Kentucky Standard See SWAP, page A11 Legislators pass revised pill mill bill in special session City to allow indoor Budgetary outline for the annual road plan also approved JENNIFER CORBETT When the 2012 General Assembly was called into a special session, neither state Rep. David Floyd nor state Sen. Jimmy Higdon was exactly thrilled. “I’m disappointed we’re back in special sessions,” Higdon said prior to the session. “We worked diligently to make sure this didn’t happen.” Gov. Steve Beshear David Floyd called the five-day special session to begin April 16 — which cost taxpayers almost $300,000 — to discuss House Bill 2, the transportation budget for the road plan, and House 4, dubbed the “pill mill bill,” which >> OPINION Weigh in on this paper’s poll question at Are you an impulse shopper? >> More commentary, Page A6-7 addresses the prescription pill abuse epidemic. Now that both bills have passed and the special session is finished, Higdon and Floyd are considering Jimmy it an overall success. Higdon firing ranges Ordinance permits use of firearms in special events JENNIFER CORBETT Pill mill bill House Bill 4 would require the Attorney General and Kentucky State In order to be adapted with current statutes and regulations, the Bardstown City See PILL page A16 >> OBITUARIES >> FACES IN THE NEWS See RANGES, page A16 >> INSIDE Obituaries . . . . . . . A3 Editorial. . . . . . . . A6-7 Regional . . . . . . . A8-9 Sports . . . . . . . A12-13 Public Record . . . . B2 Notes. . . . . . . . . . B4-5 Faces/News . . . . B10 Patricia Kelley, SCN, 89 Julia Elizabeth Poynter, 86 Everette Charles Skeen, 69 Randall Dale ‘Randy’ Luckett, 44 >> Page A3 Council re-formatted the concealed weapons section of the city’s Code of Ordinances during its meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Bill Sheckles made a motion to hold the first reading of Ordinance B201206, which amends Chapter 130: Offenses Against Municipal Regulations in the >> Page B10

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