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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Preliminary Work to Begin on U.S. 25 North

Work is expected to begin on moving utilities for the widening of U.S. 25 to three lanes. Berea City Administrator Randy Stone said the $8 million project will run from Ellipse Street to the Berea Bypass, and may be completed by June of 2019. The project will include shared use paths for bicycles.

The initial work on the widening of U.S. 25 North is slated to begin the first week of February, setting in motion a project that has been in the works for several years. Next month, the moving of utility lines will begin, though some have already been relocated. Continue reading Preliminary Work to Begin on U.S. 25 North

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Jared Carpenter

Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week.

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George William Walker

George Walker

George William Walker

George William Walker, age 87, widower of Gladys Farris Walker, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He was born May 8, 1930 in Berea, Kentucky to the late Turner and China Mae Herd Walker.

Mr. Walker was retired from Nu-Way Dry Cleaner’s and Tri State Trucking. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Berea at Middletown where he had served as the church treasurer and deacon for many years. Continue reading George William Walker

Beshear’s Statement on PSC Ruling in AEP/Kentucky Power Case

Andy Beshear

“When AEP/Kentucky Power tried to raise utility bills for Eastern Kentucky families by 16 percent, I promised to fight. When others agreed to a lesser increase, I refused. Because of that fight, today, the PSC issued a series of rulings that the PSC claims will not increase, but actually decrease monthly bills by 4 percent. My office will carefully review the rulings to confirm the decrease. While a decrease would be good news, I understand utility bills in the AEP/Kentucky Power region are still unaffordable, and I will continue to fight so that no family must decide between feeding their children or keeping them warm.”

State Makes Applying for Child Care Assistance Easier for Families

It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs.

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1115 Waiver Approval is Met with Praise from Elected Officials and Community Leaders

Here’s what elected officials and community leaders are saying about the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) approval of Kentucky’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH, announced late last week by Gov. Matt Bevin:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “I applaud CMS and Governor Bevin for recognizing the unaffordable mess left behind by his predecessor and responding with innovative, common-sense steps to engage patients, improve health, and reduce the burden on Kentucky taxpayers. Today’s announcement by CMS is a step toward taking the power out of Washington and sending it back to the state while also ensuring the long term fiscal sustainability of the Medicaid program.”

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First Lady Glenna Bevin Launches 2018 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest

Glenna Bevin

First Lady Glenna Bevin is excited to launch the 2018 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest online with the help of Kentucky Interactive. High school students throughout the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to create the Governor’s Derby Poster, to be displayed in the State Capitol for years to come.

Mrs. Bevin asks high school students to design the poster with this question in mind: “What does the Kentucky Derby look like to you?”

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KSP Post 11, to host the 3rd annual 2018 Trooper Jason Vanhook Memorial Bass Tournament

Kentucky State Police Post 11, London is hosting the 3rd annual 2018 Trooper Jason Vanhook Memorial Bass Tournament on Saturday, March 24, 2018. It will be held at the Conley Bottom Resort boat ramp located at 270 Conley Bottom Road Monticello, KY.

Blast off at safe light, weigh-in at 4:00 PM. Entry fee is $100.00 per boat (2 people per boat) with a 5 fish limit. Payout will be determined by number of entries. You can pre-register in person at Post 11, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Registrations received by mail or email will be assigned a boat number upon receipt of payment and given out the day of the tournament. You can also register the morning of the tournament.

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Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases December 2017 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017. Continue reading Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases December 2017 unemployment report

Beshear Kicks Off Competition to Reduce Child Hunger in Kentucky

At today’s Rally for Hunger awareness event held at the state capitol, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced the launch of the 2018 ‘Legal Food Frenzy’ competition.

The competition, now in its second year, is an opportunity for Kentucky’s legal community to come together outside the courtroom to raise funds and food to help feed Kentucky families in need. Registrationis now open for the 2018 campaign, which will run from March 15 – April 2, 2018.

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Saint Joseph Berea to Discuss Importance of Sleep on Overall Health During Bite Size Learning Event

Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, invites the community to learn more about the importance of sleep on your overall health, at the free Bite Size Learning event on Wednesday, January 24. The event will take place at noon on the Berea College Campus in The Commons Room of the Woods-Penniman Building, located at the corner of Prospect and Scaffold Cane. Parking is available in the Presser Lot or behind Boone Tavern. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea to Discuss Importance of Sleep on Overall Health During Bite Size Learning Event

Coalition Announces Push for Revenue Raising Tax Reform in Response to Budget Proposal

KCEP

With millions in cuts to education funding, the elimination of 70 programs and more than 6 percent cuts elsewhere in the budget, a broad-based coalition has announced they will lobby lawmakers to clean up tax breaks to raise revenue in the current legislative session. Continue reading Coalition Announces Push for Revenue Raising Tax Reform in Response to Budget Proposal

KYTC proposes balanced plan of transportation priorities to General Assembly

Putting “safety first,” the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium.

“This is an unprecedented year for the proposed Highway Plan. The balanced Plan identifies projects that we are currently able to fund and offers a list of additional priority projects that should be addressed if additional revenue is available,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “Another milestone is that we are investing more than ever in asset management to fulfill our mission of providing a safe and reliable transportation system for Kentuckians. I am pleased with the collaboration between our team and local transportation leaders to craft a dependable plan that will move Kentucky’s infrastructure forward in the next six years.”

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Beshear: Survivors Council Issues Recommendations to Improve Commonwealth’s Response to Crime Victims

Andy Beshear

Today, 25-members of the Office of the Attorney General’s Survivors Council issued a report outlining recommendations on how Kentucky can improve the Commonwealth’s efforts to better support survivors of violent crimes.

Following a year of advocacy work and empowering other survivors, council members issued the report outlining 57 recommendations to 16 individuals and groups.

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