Taxing Vaping Products

Taxing Vaping Products The Kentucky House voted Wednesday to create a tax on vaping products and increase taxes on snuff and chewing tobacco.The bill passed the House on a 75-17 vote and now goes to the Senate, media outlets reported.It’s estimated to raise $50 million of new tax revenue over the next two fiscal…

Pizza Lunch For Lydia’s House

Pizza Lunch For Lydia’s House In Benham is Addiction Recovery Care’s ‘Lydia’s House’, a recovery center for women.Wednesday, Letcher County District Court Judge Kevin Mullins, along with Hunt Brothers District Manager Tim Fields, donated a pizza lunch to the women at the center.”That truly means a lot because a lot of things go unnoticed…

KY Sunglass Company Adds Jobs

KY Sunglass Company Adds Jobs A Kentucky sunglasses provider is expanding with a $400,000 investment and plans to add 38 full-time jobs.S. Rays Inc., which is headquartered in Simpsonville and operates under the name Shady Rays, will add managerial staff and expand its distribution operations, according to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear…

Hazard Schools Take Time Off

Hazard Schools Take Time Off School officials with Hazard Independent Schools decided on Wednesday to close for Thursday and Friday citing low attendance.Superintendent Sondra Combs said attendance has been very low for the past couple of days.”It dropped way below the 90 percent that we try to aim for,” said Combs.Officials decided it was…

Pike County Applies For Economic Grant

Pike County Applies For Economic Grant During a recent meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, the court approved allowing Pike County Grants Administrator Sharon Hall to apply for an economic development grant to help fund phase one of the Wolfpit Industrial Site, something Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones said the county desperately needs.According…

Changes In State Politics

Changes In State Politics Republicans claimed a rural Kentucky House seat long held by Democratic stalwart Rocky Adkins as the political parties split a pair of special legislative elections on Tuesday.In a suburban northern Kentucky district, the Democratic candidate emerged victorious to retain the House seat for Democrats.The two special elections filled vacancies created…

Johnson County Launches Strategic Plan

Johnson County Launches Strategic Plan Johnson County launched a new community strategic plan aimed at targeting revitalization and stabilizing the economy.The county released a survey asking residents how the city could improve their quality of life and what’s most important to them.The survey generated 1,500 responses from residents and a long list of both…

Appointed To Presidential Commission

Appointed To Presidential Commission The U.S. Attorney in Louisville has been selected to join a working group that is part of a presidential commission on law enforcement.U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman, whose jurisdiction is the western half of Kentucky, will serve on the Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Law Enforcement Recruitment…

Auditions For ‘Sound Of Music’

Auditions For ‘Sound Of Music’ Auditions were held on Tuesday for ‘The Sound of Music’ at The Forum in Hazard. This will be Hazard’s first musical in more than 20 years. For the Appalachian Arts Alliance, ‘The Sound of Music’ was an easy choice.”It is the all-time favorite. It is the quintessential musical that…

Taxing KY Houseboat Owners

Taxing KY Houseboat Owners Many houseboat owners in Kentucky don’t pay property taxes on their vessels, but local and state officials are taking another run at making them comply in order to collect money that would help local schools and other services.The effort in the current legislative session is House Bill 418, which would…