Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road usually finish their cookie-selling season by the end of March, but due to a winter full of challenges from the ongoing pandemic to ice and flooding, they’re extending that season until April 11th.According to organizers the girls still have 31-thousand boxes of cookies to sell.
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The Kellogg’s edible straws are returning!!The Kellogg’s treat was so popular with ’90s kids, in fact, that a petition began circulating, along with pleas on social media, in an effort to bring back the Cereal Straws after they’d been off the market for 12 years.A Kellogg’s representative announced that Cereal Straws will begin hitting store shelves again this October in two flavors, Froot Loops and Cocoa Krispies.
As Kentuckians build back after recent flooding, those efforts are slowing down as parts of Eastern Kentucky face flooding again.“Today is a mirror image of what happened March 1st especially in this situation right here on Kingdom Come Creek in Letcher County. The approach of the bridge … the water has got up to a point that it has went behind the bridge abutment and washed it out,” said Deputy Judge Executive and Letcher County Road Supervisor Jason Back. Back says to sit tight and wait for flood waters to recede.
An Eastern Kentucky attorney accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a settlement he was supposed to distribute to children of a man killed in a car wreck was indicted by a grand jury according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.In all, the grand jury indicted Elkhorn City’s Timothy Belcher on seven charges of fraud and three charges of filing false tax returns.According to the indictment, the widow of a man killed in a 2001 car wreck in Pike County hired Belcher to represent her in a wrongful-death lawsuit.In 2004 Belcher won a significant settlement, with half going to Johnson’s widow and half to his children, the indictment said. Instead of distributing the money Belcher is charged with spending the money for personal gain.
Governor Andy Beshear announced 361 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday as the Commonwealth saw its eleventh straight week of declining cases.There were eight new deaths. The state’s death toll now stands at 6,031.425,027 Kentuckians have tested positive across the state.The positivity rate jumped up slightly and currently sits at 2.88%.
What a wet mess! On Sunday, heavy rains caused bridges and some roads in Clay County to become covered in water.Clay County Judge-Executive Johnny Johnson says he received reports of flooding around 2:30 am Sunday.“Mainly in the upper end of the county, Big Creek, Goose Rock, Horse Creek area, down Sexton’s Creek area,” he added.Crews in Clay County saw structure damage to bridges and culverts.“The park is flooded again, washed completely out again,” Johnson said. “The park in Manchester is full of water now, everything is just full, full of water.” In one area there’s a report that the floodwaters reached the bottom of a basketball net.
A steel manufacturer plans to build a tube mill in Gallatin County, creating 72 new jobs, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.Nucor Tubular Products, a division of steel products manufacturer Nucor Corp., will produce steel tubing for construction, infrastructure and renewable energy industries at the facility, Beshear said Thursday in a statement.It’s another step toward Beshear’s goal of creating more well-paying, high-quality jobs across Kentucky.
Governor Andy Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced new funding for six different projects across the commonwealth. For the people of Floyd County, one of those projects has been a long time in the making.The town of Wheelwright will soon see work begin on a new water station to replace the 89-year-old infrastructure the area is currently working with.“There was a commitment to try to get a stable water supply in there and it needed changed out,” said Floyd County Judge-Executive Robbie Williams.Williams said the new system, funded by $2.05 million in Abandoned Mine Lands funding from the state’s Pilot Grant program, will be beneficial for the region as a whole.
For the last three and a half weeks, the Breathitt County Extension Office has helped aid in flood relief throughout the county.Thursday, several agents delivered buckets full of cleaning supplies to more than 70 families.The buckets included bleach, all-purpose cleaner, paper towels, sponges, scrapers and more.
The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is among several agencies investigating unemployment fraud.“COVID has created a lot of loopholes, unfortunately, which is why we are seeing a lot of this fraud,” Lindsey Hix, the deputy director of senior protection for the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, told news outlets.Loopholes allow online transactions to take the place of those usually conducted in-person.