Archives for August 2020

Business In Booneville

The Booneville City Council met in regular session by conference call…social distancing. Mayor, Nelson Bobrovsky called the meeting to order. A motion was made and carried to approve the minutes from the July 8 meeting. Lisa Botner, Tourism Director, gave her monthly update. She stated that they are working on getting tubing on the Southfork of the Kentucky River. She also stated that they are working on getting “Summer on the Southfork” for the summer of 2021. The mayor mentioned waiver forms, insurance liabilities and signage. She stated that is why it will be scheduled for the summer of 2021. This will give them time to get everything ready. She also stated that the first batch of banners should be here on August 22. She hopes to have this first batch up by Labor Day.

Clark County Taxes Stay The Same

Clark County property owners will get a break on their school taxes this year, but the schools will have less money to pay expenses than was budgeted. Following a public hearing on the tax rate, during which school officials heard from no one, the Board of Education, after a long discussion, voted 3-2 to keep the tax rates as they are.

Need Access

The Clark County Farm Bureau will open its parking lot for free WiFi access from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for students who need to internet access to complete school work. To use the WiFi, park in the lot at 115 S. Highland St. and connect to KFBFreeWiFi.

Like Machining?

The new Appalachian Manufacturing Initiative at Hazard Community and Technical College will be offering classes later this fall for those wanting to earn a certificate as a Machine tool operator. AMI was awarded a grant in the amount of $99,254 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through a Rural Business Development Grant. The grant funds will be used to provide smart classroom and computer equipment for students at the Hazard Campus. AMI was established with the help of a $2.2 million grant from the Economic Development Agency. Because of COVID 19, part of the program will be offered online, with instructors Everette Miller and Gary Smith.

Cornerstone Church Is Gone

What was once a place of worship and activities is now a pile of rubble, as the Cornerstone Assembly of God at the corner of Meyers Baker Road and West Fifth Street in London was demolished. The church was once slated to be removed so the roadway could be widened when a connector road from Parker Road to West Fifth Street was once proposed.

School Options In LC

Although all Laurel County Public School students began the school year with online classes, they will have the choice this week to attend, in-person. The decision to allow students to attend school came during a special board meeting. In-person classes will begin on Thursday. Parents still have the option of keeping their children with online classes at home.

Child Seat Demo In London

The London Police Department and London Fire Department hosted a Child Car Seat Safety Check and a blood drive on Dixie Street. Officials demonstrated how to properly install a car seat. The Kentucky Blood Center was also on hand for a blood drive. Officials say that blood is in severe shortages, although the collection in London reached their desired quota for that day’s collections.

Health Care Gets A Boost

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation receives $945,740 in grant funding from the Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mission and Ministry Fund. The funding will support the continuation of the Total Health Roadmap Initiative, which integrates screenings for basic human needs into primary care settings. Officials tell reporters. The program’s extension will assist the facility in maintaining its role as a provider and partner in the community.

New Meal Program In Estill

Estill County Schools has launched a new meal service program to deliver meals to students using the district’s bus routes. Breakfast and lunch are prepared and packaged by cafeteria workers in the morning. Transportation workers then load up the number of meals they need to service every child on their route. More than 9,000 meals have been served in the first week, officials say. All Estill County Schools students are eligible for the meal service.

Mountain Pkwy Project Update

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet geotechnical experts share their goal to have repairs on the Mountain Parkway to be completed and fully reopened by mid-fall. After evaluating the location and developing plans for repairing the roadway, bids will be taken for the repair work. The westbound lanes were closed on July 22 after a sinkhole developed beneath the pavement. Westbound traffic has been detoured onto KY 15, between exit 40 at Pine Ridge, and Exit 33 at Slade. Eastbound traffic is not affected.