Archives for October 2018

HEART Program Available For Winter Heating

The Kentucky Service Commission approved Kentucky Power’s plan to help more families in need during the winter.The plan was approved Tuesday. The name of the plan, formerly known as Home Energy Assistance Program is now called the Home Energy Assistance in Reduced Temperatures (HEART) program. The name change came after a proposal filed by Kentucky Power and Community Action Kentucky to revamp and rename the program.HEART assistance will be available from January to April when people use more electricity because of the cold temperatures. To participate, customers must apply through their local community action agency.

Farmer Assistance Request From KY

This week Governor Matt Bevin submitted a request for an emergency disaster declaration for Kentucky farmers. The request was sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture following months of heavy rains and severe weather, which caused flooding and wind damage across Kentucky. This affected farmers’ crops, buildings, equipment and more. “Kentucky farm families are a vital part of our individual communities and our state’s overall economy,” says Gov. Bevin. he governor hopes his request will get help for farmers to lessen the blow of the harvest losses and lower market prices.

Voter Hotline Available In KY

Kentucky’s attorney general says a hotline has been set up for people to report violations of state election laws.Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office’s hotline is available during regular business hours and open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Eastern time) on Election Day next Tuesday. The hotline number is 800-328-VOTE (8683).The attorney general’s office has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations.On Election Day, investigators from the attorney general’s office are located throughout the state and can immediately respond to incidents.

City Of Pikeville And EnerBlu Sign Jobs Agreement

The City of Pikeville and EnerBlu officials signed an important agreement which could fast forward the groundbreaking process and the creation on around 1,000 jobs. EnerBlu is a high power technology company and builds products that support a clean environment. “It’s a huge day for Pikeville, Pike County, and Eastern Kentucky,” said Pikeville City Mayor Jimmy Carter. “We’re going to see a lot of jobs and it’s not going to be just Pikeville or Pike County people. It’s going to be the whole region that’s going to benefit from this. That’s what we’re excited,” said the Mayor.

Powell County Receives Road Funding

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is announcing that the Powell County Fiscal Court will receive $72,743 in County Road Aid emergency funds. These funds will be used for slide repairs in two locations; on Hatchers Creek Road (CR 1018) and Hatton Creek School Road (CR 1208). “The Bevin administration is committed to the Cabinet’s mission of providing a safe, reliable transportation network for all Kentuckians,” said Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas. “These emergency funds will help local governments repair and restore damaged infrastructure throughout their communities.” The Powell County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.

Looking At Perry County Audits

An order from a Perry County Grand Jury tells the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to further look into state audits going back to 2015.The audits from the state auditor’s office show some issues with various Perry County government agencies.”There are some issues that seemingly need attention. The charge to my office is basically nothing more than a reiteration,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen.

City Of Irvine Receives Grants

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) has joined the City of Irvine Fire Department and other state officials to announce the awarding of two grants to be used by the fire department to better serve the residents of Estill County. The City of Irvine Fire Department has been awarded a $27,500 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community and Facilities Loans and Grant Program to purchase a new fire engine, and a $31,000 Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grant to be used to purchase new vehicle extrication equipment.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Local Event

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme is entitled, “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” In support of this event, the Berea Human Rights Commission is sponsoring a community forum on employment of people with disabilities tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of Berea City Hall. The speaker will be Katie Whaley, Project Director at University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, who specializes in supported employment and incentives available for employers who hire people with disabilities. Ms. Whaley will also provide information regarding agencies and organizations that assist people with disabilities in finding employment, as well as resource tools and accommodations available to help these individuals flourish in the workplace.

Kentucky State Police Recognized

They put their lives on the line every day they go to work. Recently Kentucky State Police recognized the hard work and promotion of dozens of officers.There were 77 promotions from sergeant all the way up to two officers who were given the highest rank of lieutenant colonel. There were also 5 majors, 12 captains, 22 lieutenants, and 36 sergeants honored at the ceremony.

Mail-In Absentee Voter Request Deadline Today

Kentucky’s top elections official says voters have one last day to request mail-in absentee ballots for next month’s election. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the last day is today. Grimes says voters may request absentee ballot applications from their county clerk in person or by telephone, fax or email. She says qualified military and overseas voters may use the state’s online portal at to request and receive absentee ballots.