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Beshear appoints experienced leader Cookie Crews as commissioner of Department of Corrections

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Cookie Crews as commissioner of the Department of Corrections. “Cookie Crews knows our corrections system and is well suited to lead this department during a trying time for the agency, our employees and the inmates,” said Beshear. “She is a dedicated, experienced leader who has worked at every level of the agency.” Crews is a 36-year veteran...

Public invited to bid on KY Valley Educational Cooperative ‘Building it Forward’ tiny houses

The public is invited to bid on the quality Tiny Houses innovatively designed and constructed by students in eastern Kentucky school districts. The Leslie County Area Technology Center tiny house The “Building it Forward” project, sponsored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), is an investment in creating a ‘future story’ for students interested in learning skills for a real-world...

Rural Blog: Coal company wants to turn reclaimed Eastern Kentucky strip mine into solar farm

An Eastern Kentucky coal company on Tuesday said it wants to build Appalachia’s largest solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop strip mine in far Eastern Kentucky. The Berkeley Energy Group said the project, which is still in the early stages, would be the first large-scale solar project in Appalachia. It didn’t say how much the project would cost; former state auditor Adam Edelen, who is...

Alpha Natural Resources announces it will close its last active mine due to depressed market

An Eastern Kentucky coal mine is expected to be idled in November, resulting in the loss of 117 jobs. Karla Ward reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader that Steve Hawkins, spokesperson for Alpha Natural Resources, said the Process Energy Mine in Pike County (Wikipedia map) will go idle on Nov. 7. Hawkins said the mine, the company’s last active one in Kentucky, is being shuttered “based upon...

TranspARTation grants awarded to 10 Kentucky schools to send students to events

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded TranspARTation grants to 10 Kentucky schools that will use the funding to send students to arts events and performances at venues across the state.   TranspARTation grants provide funding to Kentucky classrooms for transportation to and from live arts events. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue...