Courier Journal stopping Louisville presses permanently

The presses at the Courier Journal building in downtown Louisville, Kentucky are stopping for good.

The newspaper’s printing and packaging facility will close permanently in March, according to officials with Gannett, which owns the Courier Journal. Printing and other production operations will be split between Gannett-owned newspapers in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Indianapolis, the Courier Journal reported.

The move will result in the loss of 102 jobs, Gannett officials said. It isn’t expected to have an impact on newspaper delivery.

The Courier Journal’s advertising and news teams will remain in Louisville. The March 9 edition of the paper will be the last to be printed in the city.

Ball Corp. to build new plant in Kentucky, hire about 200

Ball Corp. plans to build a new plant in southern Kentucky that will employ about 200 people making tops for aluminum cans, the company said.

The Colorado-based company announced plans on Thursday to build a 450,000-square-foot plant on a 40-acre site in Bowling Green, the Daily News reported.

Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority documents show Ball subsidiary Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. is investing $305 million to build and equip the facility.

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch said the investment is among the largest projects in the region recently and will make “an enormous economic impact.”

The plant is expected to start production in 2022 and will add nearly 200 jobs over five years, Ball officials said.

Three Kentucky men charged in an October 2019 slaying

Kentucky State Police have charged three men in the 2019 slaying of a Franklin County man.

State police said Samuel Payne, 37, of Frankfort, Damaja Hardy, 19, of Simpsonville, and Kendrick Bixler, 19, of Lawrenceburg, have each been charged with one count of murder.

Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies said they found 73-year-old Ronald Thornton suffering from life-threatening injuries in his home on Oct. 1, 2019.

Deputies went to the home after a hang-up call was received. Thornton was later pronounced dead at the scene.

On Nov. 26, 2019, a juvenile was arrested and charged with murder in Thornton’s death.

Details surrounding the investigation weren’t immediately released. It’s unclear whether Payne, Hardy or Bixler have attorneys who would comment on their behalf.

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