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Monday, July 14, 2014

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Ohio, surrounding states under severe storm watch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across most of Ohio, as well as in parts of neighboring Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The National Weather Service issued the watch Sunday afternoon, effective through 8 p.m., with storms expected to intensify throughout the day and evening. It includes all but the upper northwest corner of Ohio, as well as southeast Indiana, north central Kentucky, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

Forecasters say the primary threats are gusting winds of up to 70 mph and isolated pockets of hail that could reach 1.5 inches in diameter.

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Fundraising falling short for Grandpa Jones marker

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - Raising money to put up a historical marker honoring country music entertainer Louis “Grandpa” Jones at his western Kentucky birthplace is taking longer than a local historical group expected.

The Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society had hoped to have the needed money in hand by now, The Gleaner (http://bit.ly/1saN9dR) reported. Society vice president Linda Hallmark said the group is thankful for the $700 raised so far, but the project’s cost is $2,500.

The Kentucky Historical Society authorized the marker in February.

Jones was born on Oct. 20, 1913 in the Niagara community in Henderson County. He began performing in the 1920s, joined the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1946, and was a cast member of the TV show “Hee Haw.” He died in 1998.

Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

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Perryville tries to preserve barn owls

PERRYVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An effort is afoot to save barn owls roosting in structures at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site while officials also work to restore the area to its condition during the Civil War.

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