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Beshear awards four grants of $2.3 million to improve infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky counties

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2,356,381 in grant funding for four infrastructure projects that will improve utility services in Eastern Kentucky communities. The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG). Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Regional Development Agency Assistance Program (RDAAP), are Floyd County, Harlan County, Johnson...

God’s Pantry Food Bank recognizes Hunger Action Month in September with several new initiatives

Every September, God’s Pantry Food Bank along with Feeding America and the network of food banks around the nation stand together to fight hunger. The month is known as Hunger Action Month, and it’s a month to spread the word, take action, and dedicate to finding a solution to this hunger crisis. This year with COVID-19, Hunger Action Month activities will look a little different, but the...

Asian longhorned tick found in Kentucky; insect a concern for livestock producers, pet owners

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Asian longhorned tick, which preys on a variety of hosts including humans and wild and domestic animals, has been found in Kentucky. This new tick is known to attack animals in large numbers and will be a concern to livestock producers, wildlife enthusiasts and pet owners. “This tick is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on domestic...

Beshear announces plan to open Southeast State Correctional Complex in Wheelwright

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Thursday announced plans for the Department of Corrections to open and operate Southeast State Correctional Complex. “The 656-bed prison is located in Wheelwright, and its opening will reduce the number of state inmates in county jails,” said Beshear. “The state commits to safely and effectively running this state prison, while being...

Medium-security state-run prison in Southeastern Ky. will help address overcrowding in Floyd County jails

Officials announced plans Friday to operate a new state-run prison in Floyd County to address overcrowding in county jails. Southeast State Correctional Complex will be housed in an existing privately-owned, 650-bed facility in Wheelwright, providing much-needed space for medium-security inmates. The prison will be staffed and run by DOC under the same policies and procedures used in current state-owned...

Bevin announces new state-run prison in Eastern Kentucky to address overcrowding in county jails

Gov. Matt Bevin joined the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Personnel Cabinet on Friday to announce plans to operate a new state-run prison in Floyd County to address overcrowding in county jails. Southeast State Correctional Complex will be housed in an existing privately-owned, 650-bed facility in Wheelwright, providing much-needed space for medium-security inmates. The prison will...

School bus drivers are often ‘unsung heroes’ in K-12 schools; Many Ky. districts struggling to find drivers

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Kentucky K-12 bus drivers face many responsibilities being the first school official to warmly greet students and deliver them to their school for the day and return them home safely around eight hours later. Districts across the state are having difficulty recruiting bus drivers for this critical task in the education process. Most of the bus routes in rural districts...

B&H Gas, Johnson County Gas and owner Bud Rife fined $107,000 for violating statutes, PSC orders

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined Johnson County Gas Co. and B&H Gas Co. and their owner and president, Bud Rife, a total of $107,500 for violating Kentucky statutes and PSC orders 34 times. The violations involve issuing unauthorized debt in connection with since-dismissed rate cases filed by the companies and failing to adjust the amount charged to Johnson County Gas customers...

‘True mountain boy,’ 22-months-old, missing since Mother’s Day in rugged E.Ky. terrain, is found alive

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today HUEYSVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The 22-month-old boy who had been missing since the evening of Mother’s Day was found safe Wednesday afternoon after a frantic three days of searching. 
Kenneth Howard, whose parents said toddler who walked away from his house four days ago, was found on a 50-foot cliff along Raccoon Road in Hueysville, according to Magoffin Rescue Squad...

Beshear sues another opioid manufacturer, estimates he now has in court 85% of Kentucky’s suppliers

Attorney General Andy Beshear filed suit March 8 against another national opioid distributor, alleging unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices in the state and not reporting “suspiciously large volumes of these drugs to state and federal authorities,” as Beshear’s office put it in a news release. With the suit against AmerisourceBergen, Beshear how now sued distributors...

Attorney General Andy Beshear sues opioid distributor McKesson Corp. for ‘flooding Kentucky’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against a national opioid distributor alleging they are violating state law and “flooding Kentucky with massive amounts of opioids.” The suit, filed at Franklin Circuit Court on Monday, accuses San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation of “unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices, for excessively distributing...

Retiring Court of Appeals judge Janet Stumbo honored by colleagues at retirement reception

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Janet L. Stumbo, who serves 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky, was honored by the chief justice, her fellow Court of Appeals judges, court system employees and others at a retirement reception Dec. 14 at the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort. “On behalf of the entire court system, what can I say except thank you for your years of service and the way you have cared...

Bill Gates features his ‘learning visit’ to Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County in recent blog

By Tim Mandell The Rural Blog Microsoft founder Bill Gates, a champion of improving education in rural and underserved areas, is featuring his November visit to an Eastern Kentucky high school as the main story on his blog, gatesnotes. The blog includes several posts about the visit he made with his wife Melinda to Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County “Gates wrote that what he found most inspiring...

Jenny Wiley Theatre expansion into Pikeville proof of life for once abandoned downtown

Artist’s Rendering of the new 220-seat expansion of the Jenny Wiley Theatre into Pikeville (Rendering from The Kentucky Project)   By Tara E. Leisure Special to KyForward   Walking through downtown Pikeville five years ago would have been a bleak, dusty experience. The landscape was littered with crumbling brick and worn-down storefronts, a cocoon-like time capsule of small town America....