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REACHING MORE THAN 51,000 READERS IN PRINT AND ON-LINE Somerset, Kentucky 606-678-8191 Vol. 49 No. 98 50¢ Commonwealth Journal Mostly sunny and pleasant TODAY 76° Index Weather . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . A3 Opinion Page . . . . . . . A4 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . B1-4 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . C3 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . C1-12 New law simplifies classifying of cities in Kentucky ■ ■ Lexington & L'ville are only exceptions to new 'Home Rule' class By BILL MARDIS Editor Emeritus Voluminous House Bill 331, signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear April 10, puts all Kentucky cities except Louisville and Lexington in a "Home Rule" class and eliminates city classifications created in the 1891 Constitution of Kentucky. Effective January 1, 2015, Somerset will no longer be a 3rd-class city; Burnside no longer a 4th-class city; Ferguson no longer a 5th-class city; and Science Hill and Eubank no longer 6th- class cities. Under current law, each class city is governed by a specific set of laws. HB 331 sets the same legal yardstick for all Kentucky cities except Louisville and Lexington. Home rule authority, given to cities in 1980, will be a bigger player under provisions of HB 331. Cities in Kentucky currently have the power to govern within their boundaries without specific legislation authorizing each particular function. Before 1980, cities had to rely almost exclusively on THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 Page Designed and Edited by Ken Shmidheiser; kshmidheiser@somerset-kentucky.com www.somerset-kentucky.com High Hopes Patrick Farves, a Central York High School student at right, talks about asking Miss America Nina Davuluri, at left, to his prom during an assembly in York, Pa. Farves said he understood why he was given three days in-school suspension for asking Davuluri to prom and apologized for doing it. Current Affairs Hatchery Creek, a popular trout fishing stream, flows from Wolf Creek Dam National Fish Hatchery for about 400 feet and empties into Cumberland River. A new Hatchery Creek, mimicking a mountain stream, will be built this year. With continuous flow, pools and riffles, the new stream will be a mile long and will empty into the Cumberland River. See story on Page A6. Crosstown Showdown The Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School softball teams met up on the dirt diamond in a cross-town 47th District match-up. See SPORTS, Page B1 ▼ ▼ See HOME RULE, Page A2 Saturday, May 10th 5K Run/Walk Registration at 7:30 am RACE BEGINS AT 8 AM Register online at www.sciencehillchristianchurch.com Somernites Cruise 2014 SEASON PROMISES TO BE BEST EVER Wal-Mart & Mall to Host 'Friday Night Thunder' Weekend will kick off with 'Jalopies' & other new events By CHRIS HARRIS CJ Staff Writer Fasten your seatbelts, Somerset — it's time for another season's worth of Somernites Cruise classic car shows. This weekend marks the first Cruise of 2014, with the fourth Saturday of each month through October hosting a new, specially-themed three-day event. The Somernites Cruise world is expanding however, past downtown Somerset and further down busy U.S. 27. The familiar Wal-Mart Block Party is getting a makeover and a relocation. Special to the CJ Live bands, giant inflatables, shiny show cars, Fudge Puppies and barbeque — it's all part of the newest event on Somernites Cruise weekends, premiering Friday night at the Somerset Mall. The event, called "Friday Night Thunder," promises to hit the ground running, thanks to two veteran cruise sponsors teaming up. Wal- Mart and Somerset Mall will jointly sponsor the new event, to be hosted on the mall parking lot, 6 to 10 p.m., the fourth Friday each month, April to October. "Friday Night Thunder" is ▼ ▼ See THUNDER, Page A6 ▼ ▼ See CRUISE, Page A6

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