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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to La Grange native Jack Retherford Starkey, born in 1922. Better known as Buddy Pepper, the pianist, songwriter, arranger, and actor wrote several songs for Universal Pictures.
April 21, 1939, the Jackson County Deputy Sheriff hit John Y. Brown, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, in the jaw. Brown went to McKee to represent two Union organizers arrested by Sheriff Pence. The charges included “banding and confederating, driving drunk, carrying concealed deadly weapons, and illegally transporting liquor.” Mr. Brown said a near free-for-all happened in the County Judge’s office and ended with “about eight deputy sheriffs pointing guns at me.” Sheriff Pence, a coal operator, owned a fleet of coal trucks, and arrested the organizers, however, he was not in the brawl. The Sheriff went missing a few days after the arrest. Brown lost the election.
On April 21, 1952, Lexington seized and destroyed thirteen slot machines at several American Legion lodges. Meanwhile, 2,000 slot machines stayed in limbo after the F.B.I. seized them in Eastern Kentucky.
April 21, 1961, police arrested 21 African-Americans for picketing six Louisville downtown eating establishments for three and a half hours. They sat in the restaurants, refused service, and told to leave each one.
April 21, 1985, Governor Martha Layne Collins visited Panama with U.S. Congressmen and Generals to see firsthand the 12 Kentucky guardsmen involved in the “Blazing Trials” training exercise that built local roads.
April 21, 1990, Racing Hall of Famer Go for Wand won the Ashland Stakes 11 days after taking the Beaumont Stakes. Keeneland offered its 1st simulcast race during a live card, the Arkansas Derby (G2). The 1-5 Go for Wand lost the Kentucky Oaks 13 days later.
April 21, 1993, the government’s key witness, former lobbyist John W. “Jay” Spurrier III, testified about behind-the-scenes legislative maneuvering. The prosecutors laid the groundwork to show how former House Speaker Don Blandford sold his influence for $1,500.
April 21, 2000, Governor P. Patton changed his mind and signed a bill into law that would significantly increase state legislators’ pensions. Patton stated earlier he would veto the measure because it was snuck in at the last minute and had no discussion.
April 21, 2010, LG&E reported one of their ash ponds, at the Cane Run Road plant, leaked into the Ohio River. Monitoring wells indicated that 1,200 pounds of ash a day escaped through the bottom of the ash pond.
On April 21, 2014, Kentucky used 438,000 tons of salt and spent $68 million to keep the roads clear and safe for travelers, about 1.5 times the average amount. In addition, the recorded 31 snow and ice events used 2,000 employees and 1,065 snow plows. The most expensive winter came 2010-11 when we spent $74 million and used 450,000 tons of salt.
On April 21, 2015, Franklin County indicted nine people for stealing $100,000 in bourbon. Officials recovered 18 barrels from Wild Turkey in Anderson County and Buffalo Trace in Frankfort. The case received national attention in 2013 when 195 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle went missing.
April 21, 2019, the 2017 agriculture census showed more women and young people were farming in Kentucky. Small and larger corporate farms increased; however, fewer middle-size farms stopped existing. The overall value of the state economy topped $5.7 billion, up $5 billion from 2012.
On April 21, 2020, the state announced expanded testing for the coronavirus in Somerset, Pikeville, Paducah, and Madisonville. The goal was to test 1,000 people a week at each site for the next five weeks to test 20,000 Kentuckians.
April 21, 2020, officials discovered earlier known U.S. coronavirus deaths in California on February 6 and February 17, making them the earliest known pandemic victims in the U.S. Meanwhile, Kentucky announced 17 new coronavirus deaths; 13 were nursing home residents. The totals included 33,328 Kentuckians tested, 3,192 positive, and 171 deaths.
April 21, 2021, Kentucky reported that several state workers cheated the unemployment system during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 and received over $116,000 while working full-time. Kentucky’s had an inadequate unemployment system for the pandemic, and this theft added insult to injury. Meanwhile, the governor continued his hard push for the experimental vaccine, “This virus isn’t going away. We have to come together to stop it. We have the power to stop this pandemic now, and the way we can do that is getting vaccinated.”
April 21, 2022, Governor A. Beshear, through Twitter, announced four steps to move medical cannabis forward in the commonwealth. If the General Assembly finally approves it in 2024, the pension crisis may be the driving force.