KY Education

KY Education The Kentucky Association of School Superintendents officially launched the Kids First Kentucky initiative on Tuesday with the major goalbeing to increase per student funding in education.“Now, more than ever, is the time for the Kentucky General Assembly to close the gap in our state’s decades-long, chronically underfunded education system,” said KASS Executive…

Workforce Training

Workforce Training Governor Andy Beshear announced more than $2.2 million in funds to support workforce training in the state.The money is supposed to help fund the training of almost 9,500 workers in the Commonwealth.The announcement brings the state total for the 2022 fiscal year to more than $6 million, which supports almost 90 applicants…

New Beginning Achievement Center

New Beginning Achievement Center In Somerset for many individuals with developmental, intellectual or behavioral disabilities, what seems like a simple task for can become a challenge. A New Beginning Achievement Center (ANBAC) is dedicated to helping these people thrive in Somerset.ANBAC is a facility that helps neurodivergent adults gain valuable skills to help them…

KY Car Tax

KY Car Tax Some relief could be on the way for people affected by recent tax increases on car tax bills.Kentucky lawmakers spent the day Wednesday talking over a bill that would help change the way car taxes are determined.“Many vehicles are being taxed at a higher rate than their vehicle is actually worth,”…

Abandoned Coal Mines

Abandoned Coal Mines Nearly $725 million in federal funding is available this fiscal year to 22 states and the Navajo Nation for the reclamation of abandoned coal mines and cleanup of acid mine drainage.U.S. Department of the Interior officials announced the funding Monday.It is included in President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure package and…

Long-Term Care Visits

Long-Term Care Visits Governor Andy Beshear signed a pandemic-related bill allowing designated family and friends to visit residents of long-term care facilities.The measure won strong bipartisan support. The goal is to prevent long-term care residents from feeling isolated from their families as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.The bill maintains designated in-person visits in those facilities.Under…

Inmate Deaths

Inmate Deaths Officials at a Kentucky jail say they are still trying to improve procedures as they deal with the death of a sixth inmate in three months.Leslie Starnes, 36, who was being held in Louisville Metro Corrections, was found unresponsive by a corrections officer making rounds and was pronounced dead early Sunday at…

Umbrella Project

Umbrella Project Umbrellas of any color, size or pattern are being accepted by the City of Whitesburg for an upcoming county project.Spearheaded by Artist Mia Rouse’s “Art on Main” project, the plan is to add “Umbrella Alleys” to each major city in Letcher County. Anyone wanting to donate, can drop off their umbrellas at…

Letcher County Church

Letcher County Church A new church in Letcher County held its first ever service Sunday.Created by former drug addict and Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) employee, Michael Clark, the group is called Rooted Church.Clark said they will currently be hosting services at CANE Kitchen in Whitesburg.“It’s about 12-thousand square feet in Isom. We’ll be able…

Homeowner Assistance Fund

Homeowner Assistance Fund Governor Andy Beshear announced a partnership with the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) on Monday to launch the Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund.The assistance program aims to help homeowners affected by the pandemic pay back their mortgage and other home-related expenses.The program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. Qualifying homeowners…