Archives for October 2019

Up And Down In The State’s Colleges And Universities

The number of Kentucky college and university students receiving undergraduate degrees and certificates is continuing to climb, but preliminary enrollment figures are falling.The state Council on Postsecondary Education says the continuing increase in degrees and credentials despite enrollment challenges indicates a strong commitment on Kentucky campuses to college completion.Public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 76,380 degrees and credentials last school year, up nearly 5% from the previous year and 39 from 10 years ago.

Santa Train Coming To KY

Country star and Grammy winner Marty Stuart will be the celebrity guest on the annual CSX Santa Train, which visits towns in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia in November to hand out gifts for families.The holiday train, which has run every year since 1942, makes a dozen stops in three states, starting in Shelby, Kentucky, and ending in Kingsport, Tennessee, on Nov. 23. The train delivers food, toys and winter clothing on the 110-mile (177-kilometer) trip.

Talking About Senior Hunger

State officials hosted a conversation about senior hunger issues in Frankfort Wednesday.”Unfortunately in Kentucky 1 in 6 seniors do not have enough access to affordable, nutritious food,” said Shannon Gadd with the Commissioner Department for Aging and Independent Living.Leaders met in Frankfort for the first-ever Senior Hunger Summit hoping to connect seniors with the resources available.

Preventing Chronic Wasting Disease

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is increasing efforts to prevent the spread of a disease that afflicts deer and elk herds.The agency is asking for help from hunters in preventing chronic wasting disease from crossing into the state as the fall season begins.The neurological disease kills deer, elk, moose and caribou and has spread around the country since it was discovered in Colorado in the 1960s. State officials say it has never been detected in Kentucky. But six neighboring states have cases of the disease.

Goodwill Opens Another Center In KY

Goodwill hosted the ribbon-cutting Wednesday for Kentucky’s fifth Center for Education and Employment.The center offers free career coaching and soft skills classes for people in the area who are seeking employment opportunities. It also connects unemployed people with opportunities for bettering their future.”We work on attitude, dependability, self-presentation – how you present yourself- conflict resolution,” said COO Rena Sharpe.She said the Pikeville center joins Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Somerset in being a hub for Goodwill’s Soft Skills Academy.

Andy Beshear On The Campaign Trail

Democrat Andy Beshear is stressing education and health care issues as he starts a statewide bus tour with less than a week left in his effort to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky.At a Wednesday rally in Louisville, Beshear said he beat Bevin in their five recent debates and predicted he’ll do it again in next week’s election. They wrapped up their final debate Tuesday night.Beshear said the future of public education and the availability of health care for the needy are at stake. Beshear has criticized Bevin’s support for charter schools and the governor’s Medicaid proposal that would require some “able-bodied” recipients to get a job, go to school or volunteer to keep their benefits.

Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween happening tomorrow one of the most important tips from local police is to check candy. They say if the wrapper is tampered, it is best not to try and eat it. A good rule of thumb, if it looks suspicious, err on the side of caution and do not eat it.”Suckers, the little dum dum suckers with the wrappers falling off, that’s usually something not to mess with,” said Zach Miller with the Hazard Police Department.Now although candy seems like the most worrisome factor at first, cars on Halloween are the most dangerous part of the holiday.The National Safety Council shared a statistic that shows children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Vice-President Pence In KY Friday

Vice President Mike Pence will make a stop in London, KY Friday, November 1st. The Vice President is joining Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers for the ‘Fifth District Rally and Fish Fry’.

Jobs For Floyd County

Just weeks after state and local leaders announced the prison in Wheelright will reopen, bringing along hundreds of jobs, officials with the Floyd County Fiscal Court announced even more jobs coming to the area.Floyd County Judge-Executive Robbie Williams announced the fiscal court teamed up with Teleworks USA to bring 300 jobs to the county.The jobs pay $12 an hour and, after a trial period, offer health insurance, retirement and paid vacation.

Knowing The Candidates

The Kentucky Candidate Information Survey is now available on-line at It offers information comparing party platforms on all the major races including Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture and Treasurer. Kentucky’s election is Tuesday, November 5th.