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Babysitter said a toddler fell downstairs in Richmond. Here’s what really happened.
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

A babysitter was arrested after admitting to shoving an 18-month-old child, causing brain injuries, police said. Angela Powers, 27, called 911 on Sept. 23 and said the little girl she … Click to Continue »

Man charged with killing 2 in eastern Kentucky
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Police say they have charged a man with killing two people in eastern Kentucky. A statement from Kentucky State Police says 21-year-old Elden Shannon Muncy is facing two counts of … Click to Continue »

Chris Bailey’s forecast: Tracking the busy travel day weather
Posted on Wednesday November 22, 2017

It’s here! The busiest travel day of the year is underway, and the weather looks to cooperate for most folks. Mainly dry weather is joining a big blast of cold … Click to Continue »

State police investigating fatal Jackson County crash
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

Kentucky State Police are investigating a crash that killed a woman in Jackson County. The crash occurred about 4 p.m. Friday, when a Nissan car driven by a female juvenile … Click to Continue »

Hopkinsville Democrat announces bid in congressional race
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Sam Gaskins is official in his bid to be a U.S. congressman, having filed to run for 1st District representative Wednesday in Frankfort. If no one else files as a … Click to Continue »

‘Best apology note’ ever? Drunk fan tells band he was a ‘general a--hole’ at show.
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

St. Paul & The Broken Bones already knew Lexington pretty well before the band played a two-night stand at the Lexington Opera House last week. Frontman Paul Janeway talked from … Click to Continue »

You might have a winning lottery ticket if you bought it in Lexington
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

Someone has a lot of extra cash for Christmas. A winning $225,000 Cash Ball lottery ticket was sold Sunday night in the Hamburg area of Lexington, according to state lottery … Click to Continue »

Christmas holiday events offered at Kentucky parks
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

The Kentucky State Parks system is gearing up for the Christmas season by offering candlelight tours, special meals and entertainment. Parks officials say special Christmas tours are planned at such … Click to Continue »

Lexington man fatally shot in Lee County home
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

A Lexington man was shot to death by another man Saturday at a home in Lee County. Kentucky State Police found Jimmy Vanover, 34, lying inside the home on High … Click to Continue »

Two dead in overnight shootings at separate residences in Lawrence County
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

A man and a woman were shot to death early Monday in separate residences in Lawrence County near the border with West Virginia, and police believe the shootings are related, … Click to Continue »

Latest Kentucky News

State police begin collecting food for annual drive

Kentucky officials declare hepatitis outbreak

Ky. gov says lawmakers in harassment settlement should quit

Coal mine supervisor sentenced for falsifying safety records

Officer arrested, charged with assault in Kentucky

Ex-youth pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

Man charged with killing 2 in eastern Kentucky

Kentucky priest named bishop of Nashville Diocese

Christmas holiday events offered at Kentucky parks

Specialty plate to support Alzheimer's Association

‘If I could fix it, I’d fix it.’ Driver gets 35 years for killing bicyclist.

4-year-old was playing on the floor with needles, drugs all around

Kentucky shooting victim considers herself lucky bullet missed her spine

Teen dies after being shot by police at end of pursuit

‘I saw blood shoot out of my head.’ Kentucky fan recalls South Carolina gunfight, recovery

Lexington’s Most Wanted, Nov. 15

‘His social media posts show Miller Time.’ Victim’s mom doubts driver’s remorse for fatal DUI crash

More alleged corruption. Imprisoned former Kentucky lawmaker faces new charges.

'He needs to be held accountable'

Twins were convicted of abusing kids. Their house has been sold to help child victims.

Bevin: Lawmakers in Settlement Should Quit

Capitol Christmas Tree In Paducah Today

State Police to Be Highly Visible on Highways

Mayfield-Graves Truck Pullers Honored Statewide

Comer Discusses Bills, Taxes, Tweets, Harassment

Comer Discusses Bills, Taxes, Tweets, Harassment

KSP Holiday Food Drive Begins Wednesday

Katherine Meekins Joins Lourdes Wound Care

Special Needs Prom Celebrates Second Year

David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' Star, Dies at 67

He’s a head coach. She’s a head coach. See how UK’s opponent makes two-sport household work.

Even Kentucky fans should appreciate Louisville’s Lamar Jackson

Relive every game of the modern Kentucky-Louisville football rivalry

Last year ‘she had real limitations.’ This year, she’s showing UK teammates how it’s done.

No rookie deserves Lonzo Ball’s situation. Playing De’Aaron Fox will bring slice of normalcy.

Has Duke replaced Kentucky as the king of college basketball recruiting?

Wrapping up Kentucky basketball’s early signing period with Ben Roberts

Missouri's Porter Jr. out for season after back surgery

Fat Cats? Big lead again lulls UK into false sense of security

UK makes Troy afraid of heights

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He’s a head coach. She’s a head coach. See how UK’s opponent makes two-sport household work.
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Jon Coffman, who will lead Fort Wayne against Kentucky on Wednesday night, isn’t the only head coach at his house. His wife, Tracy, coaches the softball team at the University … Click to Continue »

Even Kentucky fans should appreciate Louisville’s Lamar Jackson
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Come on, you gotta love Lamar. If you’re a Kentucky football fan, you don’t have to love Lamar Jackson. Chances are, you don’t like Lamar Jackson. He is the quarterback … Click to Continue »

Relive every game of the modern Kentucky-Louisville football rivalry
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

A game-by-game look at the modern history of the football rivalry between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals: 1994: Kentucky 20, Louisville 14 Date: Sept. 3 Site: Commonwealth Stadium … Click to Continue »

Last year ‘she had real limitations.’ This year, she’s showing UK teammates how it’s done.
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

It leaped off the stat sheet. Jaida Roper had just come off the Kentucky bench and made all five shots she’d attempted. “It’s funny how she’s the last one in … Click to Continue »

No rookie deserves Lonzo Ball’s situation. Playing De’Aaron Fox will bring slice of normalcy.
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

In the latest episode of the Lonzo Ball melodrama, the Los Angeles Lakers’ young point guard is trying to shoot his way out of a prolonged funk, while trying to … Click to Continue »

Has Duke replaced Kentucky as the king of college basketball recruiting?
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Let’s make this clear from the get-go: Kentucky is doing just fine with its basketball recruiting. The Wildcats added three Top 50 prospects in the early signing period last week … Click to Continue »

Wrapping up Kentucky basketball’s early signing period with Ben Roberts
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

College basketball’s early signing period wrapped up last week with Kentucky signing three players for the Class of 2018 — Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro. I talked with … Click to Continue »

Missouri's Porter Jr. out for season after back surgery
Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017

Michael Porter Jr. insisted before the season that he was not necessarily a one-and-done player who would leave next year for the riches of the NBA. The standout Missouri freshman … Click to Continue »

Fat Cats? Big lead again lulls UK into false sense of security
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

The scoreboard said Kentucky won. But Coach John Calipari suggested Kentucky did not win, at least not in a way that breeds confidence that there will be many more victories … Click to Continue »

UK makes Troy afraid of heights
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

A 70-62 victory over Troy Monday might have marked a significant step in Kentucky’s season-long process of transforming individual stars into an effective unit. UK beat down Troy by all … Click to Continue »

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Does Pikeville Sit Upon Land Once Owned by a Legendary Buccaneer?
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

Author, Robert Prather returns to Pikeville
For over two hundred years lurid tales of rich silver and gold mines have enticed untold numbers to search for Jonathan Swift’s treasure source.  In the 2015 Third Edition of The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver Kentucky author, Robert A. Prather, presents archival documentation revealing the precise location of Swift’s legendary silver mine.  Another primary discovery reveals that much of Pike, Johnson and Floyd Counties sit upon land that was once owned by Swift and Michael Montgomery, who is believed to be one of Swift’s mining associates.  On May 10, 1797 Jonathan Swift was granted a 100,000-acre tract of land by the state of Virginia.  The tract was stated to be located “upon the main right-hand fork of the Big Sandy River at the mouth of Shelby Creek.”  Prather says “based upon the results of my investigation, the land Pikeville sits upon was once owned by Jonathan Swift, the legendary buccaneer and silver miner of the late 1700s.”

Many other breakthrough discoveries regarding the legendary silver miner and his celebrated treasure are revealed in the 424 page book.

The author will deliver a presentation and sign copies of his book at the Pike County Public Library on Tuesday, November 28, from 2 to 5 pm.  The book signing will begin at 2:00 pm and a visual presentation of Mr. Prather’s discoveries begins at 4:00 pm.  A free “Swift’s Treasure Map” poster will be given to those who purchase a book (a $5.00 value).  For further information call Charlene Hopkins at the Pike County Public Library at 606.437.6001. The public is invited.  

Royal Christmas Ball to be held at Jenny Wiley
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

A Royal Christmas Ball will be held at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky on Friday, December 1st from 6:00PM until 8:30PM. All little princes and princesses are asked to come to this festive fundraiser! Dozens of your favorite fairytale characters will begin the night of celebration in a Grand March, and will be meeting and greeting all evening. The fun will continue throughout the night with karaoke, a royal princess concert, crafts, prizes, and so much more. Santa has even agreed to be at this spectacular event, and pictures with him will be included! Proceeds will benefit Children’s Services at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center.

Tickets for your child age 13 and under are $35, and two adults may accompany each child at no extra cost. Tickets may be purchased at the Administrative Offices of Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Monday through Friday, 8AM until 5PM.

For more information please call 606-886-8572.

Peoples Bancorp Inc. and ASB Financial Corp Announcement Definitive Merger Agreement
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017


Peoples Bancorp Inc. (“Peoples”) (NASDAQ: PEBO), the parent company of Peoples Bank, and ASB Financial Corp (“ASB”) (OTC Pink: ASBN), the parent company of American Savings Bank, fsb (“American”), jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement. Under the agreement, ASB will merge with and into Peoples, and American will subsequently merge with and into Peoples Bank, in a transaction valued at approximately $39.6 million.

Founded in 1892, ASB, through American, operates four offices in the Portsmouth region including 
Wheelersburg, Waverly, Ohio and South Shore, Kentucky and, in the Cincinnati region, two retail 
branches in Montgomery and Madeira, as well  as loan production offices in Milford and Dent.   As  
of June 30, 2017, ASB had, on  a consolidated  basis, approximately$293.6 million in total assets, which included approximately $241.5 million in total loans, and approximately $210.4 million in total deposits.

“We are excited to acquire ASB with its strong core deposit base and profitable mortgage 
origination business. American’s presence in Cincinnati will add to our footprint in southwestern 
Ohio and accelerate our expansion in Cincinnati. American’s Portsmouth franchise will also provide 
contiguous locations to our presence in Ashland, Kentucky and serve as a connection between our 
southeast and southwest Ohio franchises. We are especially thrilled to incorporate American’s 
successful Cincinnati Mortgage Origination Division into Peoples Bank,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, 
President and CEO of Peoples. “We look forward to welcoming ASB shareholders, employees and 
customers to become part of our team.”

Jack Kuntz, President and Chief Executive Officer of ASB and American, said, “This is an attractive 
combination with one of the strongest banks in Ohio. Our customers will have an opportunity to 
become part of a multi-billion dollar banking franchise with immediate access to an expanded array 
of products and services. ASB’s shareholders can exchange their shares for cash or Peoples common 
stock, which is listed on NASDAQ and which we believe is well-positioned for continued growth.”
According to the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards 
of Directors of both companies, ASB shareholders will have the opportunity to elect to receive 0.592 shares of Peoples common stock for each share of ASB common stock or $20.00 cash per share with a limit of 15% of the merger consideration being paid in cash. Based on Peoples’ 20-day volume weighted average closing price of $33.78 per share as of October 20, 2017, the aggregate deal value is approximately $39.6 million, or $20.00 per share. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Peoples’ estimated earnings before one-time costs, with a tangible book value earn back under two years, and an internal rate of return which exceeds internal thresholds.

The acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018 and is subject to ASB 
shareholder approval, regulatory approval and other conditions set forth in the merger agreement.
Peoples is being advised by Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl 
LLP. ASB is being advised by Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. and the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour 
and Pease LLP.
A supplemental table with transaction metrics and assumptions follows:

Price Per Share                                                                                     $20.00
Aggregate Value                                                                           $39.6 million
Price / Tangible Book (as of 6/30/2017)                                                   153%
Price / LTM Earnings (as of 6/30/2017)                                                   14.9x
Premium to Core Deposits                                                                      8.0%
Tangible Book Earn-back                                                                    <2 years
Full Year 1 EPS Accretion                                                                 ~6%
Cost Savings
% of NIE                                                                                          35%
2018 Phase-in                                                                                  75%
2019 Phase-in                                                                                100%
One-time Costs                                                                       $9.5 million
Stock/Cash Consideration                                                          85%/15%
Credit Mark                                                                                     1.40%

Total Assets                                                                         $293.6 million
Total Loans                                                                         $241.5 million
Total Deposits                                                                     $210.4 million

Due diligence                                                                           Completed
Anticipated closing / conversion dates                                 2nd Qtr 2018

 Important Information for Investors and Shareholders:
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy 
securities of Peoples. Peoples will file a registration statement on Form S-4 and other documents 
regarding the proposed transaction referenced in this news release with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission ("SEC") to register the shares of the Peoples common stock to be issued to the 
shareholders of ASB. The registration statement will include a proxy statement/prospectus, which 
will be sent to the shareholders of ASB in advance of its special meeting of shareholders to be 
held to consider the proposed merger. Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy 
statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with 
the proposed transaction because they contain important information about Peoples, ASB and the 
proposed transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of these documents 
(when available) through the website maintained  by the  SEC  at These  documents  
may also  be  obtained,  free  of  charge,  on  Peoples’ website  at under the tab “Investor Relations” or by contacting Peoples’ Investor Relations Department at: Peoples Bancorp Inc., 138 Putnam Street, PO Box 738, Marietta, Ohio 45750,  Attn: Investor Relations.

Peoples and ASB and certain of their directors and executive officers may be deemed to be 
participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of ASB in connection with the 
proposed merger. Information about the directors and executive officers of Peoples is set forth in 
the proxy statement for Peoples' 2017 annual meeting of shareholders, as filed with the SEC on 
Schedule 14A on March 8, 2017. Additional information regarding the interests of those participants 
and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the 
proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed merger when it becomes available. Free copies of 
this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph, when it becomes available.

 About Peoples Bancorp Inc.:
Peoples is a diversified financial services holding company with $3.6 billion in total assets, 76 
sales offices including 67 full-service bank branches and 74 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and 
Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust 
solutions through its subsidiaries - Peoples Bank and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples' 
common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol “PEBO”, and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly-traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at

 About ASB Financial Corp.:
ASB, a savings and loan holding company incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio, owns all 
of the issued and outstanding common shares of American Savings Bank, fsb, a federal savings bank. 
American was founded in 1892 serving the Portsmouth, Ohio area. It operates six full service bank 
branches, three in the Portsmouth, Ohio market, two in the Cincinnati, Ohio market and one in South 
Shore, Kentucky. The common shares of ASB are traded through OTC Pink Open Market under the symbol “ASBN”.

 Safe Harbor Statement:
Statements made in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” 
within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 
1995. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties including, but not limited 
to, the successful completion and integration of the transaction contemplated in this release, 
which includes the retention of the acquired customer relationships, adverse changes in economic 
conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing and the other risks set forth in 
Peoples’ filings with the SEC. As a result, actual results may differ materially from the 
forward-looking statements in this news release.

Peoples encourages readers of this news release to understand forward-looking statements to be 
strategic objectives rather than absolute targets of future performance. Peoples undertakes no 
obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the 
date of this news release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required 
by applicable legal requirements. Copies of documents filed with the SEC are available free of 
charge at the SEC's website at and/or from Peoples' website.


SERVPRO aids Hurricane Relief
Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

Houston, Texas and Brunswick, Georgia were hit with a category 4 Hurricane in late August and early September. This tropical storm impacted thousands upon thousands of residential areas, along with many businesses.
 First responders and volunteers were immediately on the scene to help those in need. SERVPRO was not far behind. As soon as it was cleared to enter Houston and the affected areas of Georgia, SERVPRO was ready to assist with recovery efforts. The Parsons & Roberts Storm Team were already in Kansas City waiting on the green light to head into Houston --after covering the Kansas City floods from early August. SERVPRO’s lived up to the motto: “We’re here to help”.
Marketing Rep. Morgan Blount paid close attention to what was happening in these areas and the devastation made it clear that it was time to act. Morgan, SERVPRO owners, staff, and a team of technicians worked for two months on three different storm events, spending a week in Houston and two and a half weeks in Georgia.
SERVPRO always strives to help local community and anytime they or any other community needs help, SERVPRO is there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

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