Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power

Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power

(CNN) You wouldn’t expect a museum dedicated to the coal industry to run on anything other than coal — but a mining museum in Kentucky is soon to be solar powered.

Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project “will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.”

Robinson also said that the project was funded through an outside foundation, WYMT reported. The project includes 20 solar panels installed by Bluegrass Solar

The owner of Bluegrass, Tre Sexton, believes the system will pay for itself. “I think everybody knows when we’re talking about attractions like this — these high-volume, low-traffic municipal attractions — something has got to give, to keep their expenses down.”

Sexton told WYMT that an average house could be run by 20 panels that would cost around $17,000 or $20,000 — but the system would pay itself off within five to seven years.

“It is a little ironic,” Robinson said to WYMT, “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And, of course, coal is still king around here.”

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Woman accused of choking girl for blocking Disney fireworks view

Woman accused of choking girl for blocking Disney fireworks view

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A Walt Disney World patron is accused of choking a girl who was blocking her view at the Magic Kingdom fireworks show Wednesday night, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, who was visiting the theme park with a group of students and chaperones from her out-of-state high school, was with friends around 9:30 p.m., waiting for the show to start, reports CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV. A family was sitting behind them.

When the show began, the girl and her friends stood up so they could get a better view. The family sitting behind them said to sit down so they could see, according to an arrest report.

Tabbatha Mature, 41, was aggravated about not being able to see the display, so the girl and her friends decided to leave. As they were walking away, the victim told Mature, “You can take our spot.”

Deputies said Mature grabbed the girl by her neck, squeezed and pushed her head toward the ground. Mature let go of the girl when she started screaming and told her, “You don’t want to mess with me,” according to an arrest affidavit.

The victim’s friends got the girl away and found a Walt Disney World employee to report the incident.

The girl did not have visible injuries. She told deputies she was willing to press charges.

NHL Player Accidentally Spills Fan’s Beer, Gives Fan Autographed stick Saying, “Sorry! I Owe U One.”

NHL Player Accidentally Spills Fan’s Beer, Gives Fan Autographed stick Saying, “Sorry! I Owe U One.”

Sometimes paying for a premium seat is worth the price.

A Citizen reader, who was at the game Tuesday night between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings, had a close encounter with Henrik Zetterberg during warm-ups.

Ryan sent in the following message:

“My buddy Mike and I were down against the glass for the warms ups last night in the Red Wings end… he had his beer sitting on the up against the glass as we were taking pics. When Hank was done stretching, he got up and banged into the boards a couple times.”

“In doing so, Mike’s pint went smashing to the floor. We knocked on the glass to show him what happened as I got a kick out of it. Zetterberg started laughing! A few minutes later, he went over to the bench, grabbed one of his brand new game sticks and autographed it saying: “Sorry! I owe u one! (with his signature.) He skated over and tossed it over the glass to us! How classy is that guy!!! Amazing!”

3 Year Old Invites Police Officer on a Playdate

3 Year Old Invites Police Officer on a Playdate

A three-year-old girl in Massachusetts made fast friends with a police officer after she saw him eating alone during his break and decided to join him and strike up a conversation.

Sgt. Steve Dearth of the Hingham Police Department said he had taken a dinner break at a Panera Bread on March 4 when he noticed Lillian, 3, with her father.

Dearth said he was waiting to order his food when he noticed Lillian with her dad. They smiled and waved at each other and that’s when Lillian’s dad brought her over to meet Dearth.

“He said she wanted to be a police officer,” Dearth said in a telephone interview with Global News. “I gave her a junior police officer sticker.”

After parting ways, Dearth sat alone in a corner to enjoy his meal but Lillian walked over with her dad once again to see him.

Lillian even talked to him about school, movies and what some of her favourite things are.

“She never once looked back at her family,” said Dearth about Lillian’s parents and younger brother who were sitting a few tables away.

Lillian even asked Dearth if they could have a play date – but in a few days.

“She said the cutest thing,” said Dearth. “I don’t know what the few days were for but she had to wait a few days.”

After their conversation, Dearth brought Lillian back to her parents and then pulled up his police cruiser to the restaurant so Lillian, along with her father, could take a look.

A few weeks later, Lillian and her mom went to the Hingham police station for her play date.

Dearth gave Lillian and her mom a tour, introduced her to other officers and even showed her a few police motorcycles.

“She’s very sociable and very outgoing. I’ve been here for 24 years and never seen a child that friendly,” Dearth said of Lillian.

“Our job can be negative… they don’t call us to say they got the winning goal today or an A on a report card. They call us when they need help, which is our job and that’s what we signed up for. But when you have moments like this, it recharges your batteries; it can outweigh years of negativity.

“It was the best break I’ve ever had,” said Dearth.

SoCal high school baseball player Ruben Marin was shot in the leg while walking home from a party. He thought he would never play ball again, but thanks to perseverance, hard work and a prosthetic leg, he is back on the field. ⚾️

SoCal high school baseball player Ruben Marin was shot in the leg while walking home from a party. He thought he would never play ball again, but thanks to perseverance, hard work and a prosthetic leg, he is back on the field. ⚾️

A Narbonne High School baseball player thought he would never play again after losing his leg from a gunshot wound, but thanks to perseverance, hard work and a prosthetic leg, he is back on the field.Senior Ruben Marin was shot in the leg while walking home from a graduation party.”I tried to get up, that’s when I felt the pain,” Ruben recalled. “When I tried to get up, my whole leg just collapsed.”As he recovered in the hospital, Ruben was convinced his baseball days were over until Paralympian Rudy Garcia Tolson dropped by.”He was walking with both legs amputated, with five gold medals on his neck, and I was like, ‘Dang, that’s pretty dope,'” Ruben said. “Right then and there I told myself I’m going to play baseball again.”Just a year and half later he proved himself right.”This is a message to people that are down there, ‘Pick yourself up whenever you have the motivation,'” Ruben said. “Nothing’s going to stop us. Nothing.”Narbonne high school varsity coach Bill Dillon said since the shooting Ruben’s grades were up as was his dedication.”He’s turned this into a life changer for himself in a great way,” Dillon shared.The coach said Ruben was no charity case as he is a starting pitcher.”That’s all about just his character, his heart,” Dillon said. “He’s making contributions to this team, he has his first varsity win for the season. It says a lot about him.”Baseball is a dream Ruben hopes to continue on a college level.”This feels amazing, just to be able to be alive and just playing baseball,” Ruben said. “This is something I love and I never take for granted.”

Celebrity Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt

Celebrity Trophy Hunter Trampled to Death By Elephant He Was Trying to Hunt

Here’s a novel concept that can keep this situation from happening in the future. Let’s leave the wildlife the hell alone, m’kay? That way, we don’t have to make up a laundry list of justifications for our actions and attempt to hide under the banner of conservation as we blast them to smithereens, and they don’t have to fight for their lives and watch their numbers dwindle to nothing. There, both sides win.

A Young Cancer Patient Only Wants Letters. Can You All Help?

A Young Cancer Patient Only Wants Letters. Can You All Help?

KSP Trooper Robert Purdy (center) helped arrange the new mailbox for teen cancer patient Aaron Stamper’s wish of receiving as many birthday cards as will fit in it. (Source: @TprPurdy/Twitter)

IRVINE, KY (WAVE) – An Estill County teenager who’s battling cancer got an early birthday gift just days before he turns 16: A large mailbox to accommodate his other wish — as many birthday cards as will fit inside of it.

WLEX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, reported that Aaron Stamper’s family has experienced its share of tragedy over the last three years.

“There’s days I don’t know if we can get through it or not,” Aaron’s mother Diane Stamper told the news station. “But we just have people pray for us.”

In April 2014, Aaron was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic t-cell 2 leukemia just two days before his 13th birthday.

One year later, Aaron’s 19-year-old brother Ethan died in a car crash.

“I’m dreading it very much because we need to celebrate Aaron’s birthday, but at the same time, we’ll be celebrating the anniversary for (Ethan’s) death, too,” their mother said.

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Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy heard about the boy’s wish and Thursday, he took matters into his own hands, and tweeted out the result:

Diane Stamper said she wants to make Aaron’s 16th birthday special on Sunday by granting his small request for cards.

“I just like to collect them,” Aaron told WLEX. “When I get older, I want to put them in a book so I can remember them all, remember how hard things were.”

His mother said each card gives Aaron the courage to keep fighting.

“It would mean a great deal to know it would bring him joy,” Diane Stamper said.

Birthday cards can be sent to Aaron at his home at 2795 Pea Ridge Road, Irvine, KY 40336.

Scientists grow heart cells – that begin beating- in spinach leaves .

Scientists grow heart cells – that begin beating- in spinach leaves .

An amazing experiment by a team of scientists has found it’s possible to grow beating human heart cells on a spinach leaf.

The experiment has the potential to solve a serious limitation facing researchers attempting to grow human organs in laboratories – making functioning blood vessels.

The scientists found that spinach leaves aren’t just for eating as they have a vascular system similar to humans’.

The team of researchers stripped the leaf of its plant using detergent, turning the leaf translucent and leaving behind the structure that keeps the cells in place.

They then seeded it with human heart muscle and within five days the leaf muscle started to beat.

It’s another example of “bio-inspired” engineering, where scientists look to designs in nature for insight on solving problems in the lab.

While treatments based on this experiment are likely years away, researchers note in their study that more than “100,000 patients can be found on the donor waiting list at any given time”.

The team, made up of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin, Arkansas State University, and the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia, hope the research can eventually help treat heart patients.

They said the experiment is “very promising”.

Adolescent girl uses ‘crazy strength’ to lift burning car off father

Adolescent girl uses ‘crazy strength’ to lift burning car off father

VІЕΝΝА, Vа. (WUЅА9) — Іt sоunds like а sсеnе strаіght out of а mоvіе. А уоung wоmаn lіfts а truсk to rеsсuе her fаthеr, then sаvеs the rеst of her fаmіlу from а rаgіng fіrе.

Вut that sсеnаrіо is all too rеаl for 19-уеаr-оld Сhаrlоttе Неffеlmіrе, whose hеrоіс асtіоns sаvеd her fаmіlу from an unthіnkаblе trаgеdу.

Dауs after Тhаnksgіvіng, her fаthеr, Еrіс Неffеlmіrе, was wоrkіng on his GМС truсk when the truсk fеll, gаsоlіnе sріllеd and а fіrе was іgnіtеd, all in an іnstаnt.

“І was on my bасk, fасе uр, and І was trying to get some соrrоdеd brаkеs lіnеs when apparently the јасk slірреd and fеll down on mе.” Еrіс Неffеlmіrе sаіd. “Ріnnеd me across right here on my shоuldеr,”

Тhеn, there was an ехрlоsіоn.

“І thоught thеу’d be рullіng out а dеаd bоdу later in the еvеnіng,” Еrіс Неffеlmіrе sаіd.

Fоrtunаtеlу, Сhаrlоttе was home from sсhооl on Тhаnksgіvіng brеаk. Ѕhе saw her dаd and still can’t fullу ехрlаіn what hарреnеd nехt.

“І lіftеd it [thе truсk] the first tіmе, he said ‘ОΚ, you almost got іt,’” Сhаrlоttе Неffеlmіrе sаіd. “Fіnаllу mаnаgеd to get it оut, it was some сrаzу strеngth, рullеd him оut.”

Оnсе her dаd was оut, she got into the truсk, still on fіrе, and drоvе іt, on thrее whееls, out of the gаrаgе.