COVID-19 Variant In The Commonwealth

COVID-19 Variant In The Commonwealth As the world’s battle with COVID-19 rages on, another variant has made its way into America.According to the Associated Press, a new variant of the coronavirus emerged Thursday. The mutated version of the virus, first identified in South Africa, was found in two cases in South Carolina. Public health…

Small Business Grants In Whitesburg

Small Business Grants In Whitesburg Appalshop in Whitesburg is partnering with the Letcher County Tourism Commission and CANE Kitchen to provide grants to small businesses in Whitesburg.They selected nine businesses based on their efforts to keep the community safe during the pandemic.The grants can be up to $2,000. Businesses selected include Heritage Kitchen, and…

Feeding KY Gets Inaugural Funds

Feeding KY Gets Inaugural Funds The Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund had $15,673 left in it.Remaining inaugural funds are only allowed to be donated to charitable organizations, and on Thursday, the governor announced that the leftover funds would be donated to the Feeding Kentucky group.“We are grateful for Gov. Beshear’s continued support of Feeding KY and…

Ruling Against A County Official

Ruling Against A County Official The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has ruled against a county official in an open records dispute.Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal violated the Open Records Act when he refused to comply with a request from Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire, according to a ruling issued Tuesday, news outlets reported.The sheriff…

CDC Reassures Parents

CDC Reassures Parents The CDC is now giving parents re-assurance after a study found that schools are safe as long as COVID protocols are followed.A CDC study published Tuesday looked at the spread of the virus in schools throughout the fall semester. It showed schools weren’t the cause of most transmissions, unlike those seen…

Beshear Sends Letter Of Compromise

Beshear Sends Letter Of Compromise Faced with a weakening of his executive powers, Gov. Andy Beshear has weighed in with suggested compromises in a letter to Republican legislative leaders.Beshear sent the letter to House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers. It came after he vetoed bills limiting his executive authority, especially in…

Rowan County Teachers Vaccinating

Rowan County Teachers Vaccinating Rowan County teachers want students back in school and to stay in school. That’s why many teachers are signing up to get vaccinated.The Rowan County School district hosted a vaccine clinic Wednesday for all employees. Last month, the district sent a survey to teachers and staff asking if they wanted…

KY Hospitals Receiving Added Funding

KY Hospitals Receiving Added Funding Thanks to a decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kentucky’s hospitals will soon receive up to $1 billion in annual funding. Last week, CMS approved a new direct payment initiative from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) that provides more money for…

Free Guided Tours

Free Guided Tours Free guided trail tours are being offered at Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station, officials said.Weekend tours at the Letcher County site are being offered in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University according to park officials. Spokesperson Jeremy Wolfe says people can arrive without an appointment and choose which trail they…