Rick Howlett

Broadcast Managing Editor

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement Entering Final Stages

miltonmadisonbridge.com

Construction of a new Ohio River bridge linking Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., is entering its final stages.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says starting today or tomorrow, traffic will be rerouted onto the new bridge, which is being built on temporary piers alongside the old span.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Preservationists Racing to Meet Fundraising Goal to Restore Historic Plantation House

Rick Howlett

Preservationists say they’re making progress toward their fundraising goal for the restoration of a 19th century plantation house in Bardstown, but a deadline is looming.

The group is trying to raise $500,000  for Anatok.   The property, now owned by nearby Bethlehem High School, was the birthplace of Daniel Rudd, a former slave who became a prominent journalist and the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Funeral for Slain Bardstown Officer is Thursday; Investigation Continues

Bardstown Police Department

The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of a Bardstown Police officer has grown to more than $30,000.      

Thirty-three year old Officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times early Saturday after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp in Nelson County.

Ellis was on his way home from work and investigators now believe the officer was specifically targeted.

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Local News
11:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

First of Five Homes in Jeff Historic District to be Moved This Week for Bridge Construction

Ohio River Bridges Project

This week, crews will begin the task of moving five houses in the Old Jeffersonville Historic District as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The relocation will make way for the downtown Louisville bridge.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says the first house will be moved Wednesday, with all relocations scheduled for completion by June 19.

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Local News
3:18 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Services Held to Honor Fallen, Current Veterans

Rick Howlett

Ceremonies were held across the region on this Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives during military service and current troops stationed around the world.

More than 400 people turned for a commemoration at Fort Knox.

The ceremony at the military post paid tribute to late Pfc. David P. Nash. Nash was a native Kentuckian who grew up in Whitesville and a Medal of Honor recipient.

While serving in Vietnam in 1968, Nash rolled onto an exploding grenade, sacrificing himself and saving the lives of three fellow soldiers.

Local News
1:05 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Officials Launching 'Keep South Louisville Weird' Effort

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The Louisville Independent Business Alliance and Metro Government officials are planning a series of events and programs designed to encourage the growth of locally-owned, independent businesses in south Louisville.

Alliance director Jennifer Rubenstein says people often associate independent businesses with the Highlands or Frankfort Avenue, but they’re in all areas of town, with many in south Louisville.

A “Keep South Louisville Weird” kickoff event will be held Wednesday at 5:30pm at Khalil’s on Dixie Highway in Valley Station.

Local News
10:34 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Bardstown Police Officer Fatally Shot

Bardstown Police Department

A Bardstown Police officer was found shot to death this morning outside his cruiser on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp.

The Kentucky Standard reports that 33 year old Officer Jason Scott Ellis was on his way home from work when he was shot on Exit Ramp 34, sometime before 3:00am. He was in uniform and his emergency lights were flashing.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin says there had been no radio contact from Ellis prior to the shooting.

Local News
4:34 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Orb is the Solid Favorite in Nine-Horse Preakness Field

Despite a less-than-ideal post position draw, Kentucky Derby winner Orb remains the solid favorite for tomorrow’s  Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

Orb is coming off a two-and-a-half length Derby victory and trainer Shug McGaughey says he “couldn’t  be more pleased” with the colt’s workouts over the past two weeks.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Fundraising Deadline Looms to Save Historic Bardstown Birthplace of a Civil Rights Activist

The antebellum mansion called Anatok has been vacant for five years.
Credit Rick Howlett/WFPL

Preservationists are racing to raise money for the restoration of a 19th century plantation house in Bardstown. If the $500,000 goal is not met soon,  most of the house will likely be dismantled to make way for a high school campus expansion project.   

The site in history-rich Bardstown has a storied past. The plantation was the birthplace of a one-time slave who became a leader of the nation’s black Catholics and a renowned civil rights activist.       

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Local News
5:05 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Preservation Louisville's New List of Endangered Properties, Successes

File photo by Rick Howlett

Shotgun houses and vacant and abandoned properties are at the top of this year’s ten most Endangered Historic Places list, compiled by Preservation Louisville.    

The group says many of the signature shotgun-style homes in Louisville’s older neighborhoods are in distress, as are other, vacant houses with historic significance.

Also on the endangered list is the Colonial Gardens building in south Louisville, the city’s corner storefronts and Lampton Baptist Church on South Fourth Street.

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