Work Ready Skills Committee narrows potential projects to 21, final selections coming in May

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round. The 10-member committee reviewed 41 applications that requested a total of more than $165 million. The projects...

Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions seeking candidates for university, community college boards

Gov. Matt Bevin’s Office of Boards and Commissions is now accepting applications for appointments to the Boards of Directors for individual colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Additionally, applications are being accepted for potential trustee and regent opportunities with Kentucky’s major public universities. The following Community and Technical Colleges...

Bevin names eight to serve terms on Kentucky State Corrections Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Jerome S. Melton, Derek Langdon Combs, Joseph Daniel Jones, Barbara Ann Ellerbrook, Paula Ratliff Pedigo, Charles Ray Smith, James William Gibson and Edward Malone Bourne Jr. have been appointed to the Kentucky State Corrections Commission. Jerome S. Melton, of Glasgow, is retired. Melton will represent members...

Hoover announces Adoption Work Group charged with overhauling, streamlining process

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover has unveiled the Adoption Work Group, consisting of eight House members, which will be charged with a sweeping and progressive overhaul of Kentucky’s adoption process. House leaders said earlier this year they had a goal to fix the adoption system in the state, with the end goal of placing every single child in a loving home. Over the years, the adoption process...

LG&E, KU reach agreement that will permit investments for safer, more reliable service

Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company and most parties to the utilities’ rate review have reached an agreement filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission Wednesday to give the company the ability to invest in intelligent control equipment that will enhance reliability and enable faster restoration of service. It also will give LG&E the ability to improve...

Bevin names Louisville author Smock Kentucky Poet Laureate, adds four to supported living council

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Louisville poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, the Kentucky Arts Council announced. Smock, will be formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, May 1 at the Old State Capitol, 300 W. Broadway St. in Frankfort. “I’m thrilled,” Smock said shortly after learning of his appointment. “Jim...

Ball, Landrum unveil new and improved government transparency website to track tax dollar spending

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III unveiled a new and improved transparency website so that citizens can see where their tax dollars are spent. The redesigned website, called transparency.ky.gov, has improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The upgraded search feature functionality allows citizens...

Applications for latest review session for new Kentucky artists deadline is April 30

Three times a year the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Applications for the next review session are due April 30. Application categories are: * Visual Arts (crafts, and two-dimensional art) * Books *...

Laurel County gets $397,524 grant from Appalachian Regional Commission for water, sewer system

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $397,524 to London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority in London, KY to extend water, sewer, and transportation infrastructure into the Fariston Industrial Park. “I am pleased the ARC approved funding to further extend water and sewer systems in Fariston Industrial Park in London,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the...

Many bills passed during 2017 legislative session will have significant impact on state budget

By Pam Thomas Special to KyForward The just concluded 2017 legislative session was not a budget session. However, the General Assembly passed a number of bills that will have an impact on state finances including the current budget as well as future budgets and revenues. The most significant legislation affecting the budget is discussed below. Various measures that passed will add to growing costs...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 33 officers from across the state

Thirty-three law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 481 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first...

Region Five winners announced for Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton attended the region five competition of the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) at the University of Pikeville to welcome teams from across Kentucky and present awards to the winners. The first team announced as a winner, Simply Tiny, was from Lee County and included students from Lee County High School. The second team announced as a winner, Clasp, was...

Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville presented with Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey visited Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 1,351,417 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness. “I want to congratulate Atlas on earning their first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Sec. Derrick Ramsey. “Working over a million hours without a serious injury...

Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge winners for Regions Three, Four announced

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton attended the region four competition of the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) at Berea to welcome teams from across Kentucky and present awards to the winners. The first team announced as a winner, Net Patcher, was from Kenton County and included students from several schools associated with the Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology....

Historic Boone Trace project promotes tourism in region while providing recreational opportunities

Boone Trace was the historic road that Daniel Boone was contracted to construct into the new western frontier from Virginia through Cumberland Gap. The Boone Trace project is a long-term, multi-county plan that will encourage both tourism in the area and promote recreational opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts. Boone trace is distinct from the Warrior’s Path and the later constructed Wilderness...

Region Two winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton attended the region two competition of the Lt. Gov.’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) at Western Kentucky University to welcome teams from across Kentucky and present awards to the winners. The first team announced as a winner, Visionary School Supplies, was from Jefferson County and included students from duPont Manual High School. The second team announced as a winner,...

ARC approves $300,000 grant for Clay City water tank, $250,000 for hospital equipment in Irvine

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $300,000 to Clay City, KY to replace a 50,000-gallon water storage tank with a new 150,000-gallon water tank. “I am pleased the ARC approved funding for this new capacity water tank for the residents of Powell County,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The new tank and upgraded pump station...

State Agriculture Department invites community organizations to host Kentucky Proud dinners

Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017. The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products. “These dinners...

Sargent and Greenleaf in Nicholasville presented Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Sargent and Greenleaf in Nicholasville Monday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for working 811,573 consecutive hours without a lost time injury or illness. “I want to congratulate Sargent and Greenleaf on their fifth Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working more than 800,000...

Three finalists named for vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Justice Michelle M. Keller on behalf of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties. The counties make up the 19th Judicial District. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Kimberly Leet Razor of Flemingsburg, Jeffrey Louis Schumacher of...