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…

Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center

Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center officials have announced that, after 14 years, it will be moving to a new location in Pikeville this spring.APCC has been located at 193 Main Street for about 14 years, and Executive Director Kay Hammond said that they have saved money throughout those years with the…

Funding For Illegal Dumping

Funding For Illegal Dumping Gov. Andy Beshear has announced grants totaling nearly $1 million will be distributed to 18 counties to help clean up 80 illegal dumps.Counties receiving grants must agree to provide a 25% match.But the state could waive the local match requirement on cleanups that cost more than $50,000.Counties receiving the grants…

Teen Center

Teen Center Mountain Comprehensive Care will soon have a new teen Drop-In Center.The center, which will be in Leslie County, will be offering events, activities, food and therapeutic services to youth in the area.The drop-in center will be open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. year-round, according to the announcement.Construction on…