Archives for November 2018

State Rep. That Lost By One Vote Petitioning State House for Recount

After losing his re-election campaign by one vote, a Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has asked the GOP-controlled state House of Representatives for a recount to make sure the result is “100 percent accurate.”

Kentucky state Rep. DJ Johnson lost to Democrat Jim Glenn on Election Day by one vote in House District 13.

County officials reviewed the totals one week later and made no changes. The state Board of Elections certified the results last week.

Johnson’s challenge says six votes should be thrown out because the people who voted did not sign precinct voter rosters.

Hepatitis A Vaccines Flying Off Shelves Across Eastern Kentucky

More and more schools and businesses are now requiring students and employees to get a Hepatitis A vaccine in the wake of a statewide outbreak.

About two weeks ago, patrons of a Manchester McDonald’s were urged to get the shot after a worker there tested positive for Hepatitis A.

No vaccine shortages have yet been reported, although pharmacy officials are saying the number of vaccines they are giving out are at a near-record high.

The Hepatitis A shot is covered by the majority of insurance plans, including Medicaid and Obamacare plans since it counts as a preventative measure.

Bear Incidents in Bell, Harlan Counties Have State Officials Considering Changes to Hunting Season

After a number of incidents involving bears in Bell and Harlan Counties, state Fish and Wildlife officials are considering making changes to bear hunting season.

Among the things officials are considering are an extension in the bear hunting season or just allowing hunters a larger quota.

Judge-Executive Dan Mosley told WYMT-TV that bear-proof containers are useful in keeping the animals out of trash, but providing them would cost the county more than $3M.

Foster Care Volunteers Needed

The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts says it needs more volunteers to review cases of children in foster care.The agency says in a statement that it needs volunteers in 41 counties across the state to serve on Citizen Foster Care Review Boards. Volunteers would make recommendations to courts on behalf of children to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.Volunteers must complete training, pass a background check and get approved by a local judge.For more information or to apply, visit the Citizen Foster Care Review Boards webpage .

WellCare Of KY Donates To Purple Purse

WellCare of Kentucky is donating $10,000 to survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault.The announcement came Thursday afternoon at a luncheon for the 20th Annual Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference.The $10,000 donation will go into the Purple Purse Emergency Fund.It is a fund that helps survivors get back on their feet after they have left an abusive relationship.Every year the Purple Purse Emergency Fund provides about $45,000 in assistance to survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault.

Light Display Continues At Living Water Christian Grounds

Living Water Christian Grounds has a new owner this year, but they are continuing the same traditions.The farm is known around the area for the mission work on the property, including their annual drive-through Christmas lights display.The Christmas lights display will start November 30th and continue through Christmas. The display will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Latest Unemployment Rates For KY

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates rose in 76 of the state’s counties between October 2017 and October 2018.The Kentucky Center for Statistics says jobless rates fell in 34 counties and stayed the same in 10 counties during that period.Officials say Woodford County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties at 3.3 percent each. Kenton, Shelby and Spencer counties were next at 3.4 percent each.Magoffin County had the state’s highest jobless rate at 11.3 percent. Elliott County was next at 7.4 percent, followed by Harlan County at 7.3 percent and Carter and Leslie counties at 7.2 percent each. Clay and Owsley counties each had 7.1 percent rates.

KY Family Groups Say NO To Gambling

Two Kentucky groups are putting up a fight against the expansion of gambling.It comes after a ruling in October that said instant racing machines do not violate state gambling laws.The Commonwealth Policy Center and The Family Foundation are now taking their battle to Frankfort. They want lawmakers to side against the machines.”You cannot do vice virtuously. And those who are pushing gambling are always interested in more – more money and more opportunities,” said Kent Ostrander, with The Family Foundation.

Living Water Christian Grounds Hosting Annual Drive-Thru Light Display

Living Water Christian Grounds has a new owner this year, but they are continuing the same traditions.The farm is known around the area for the mission work on the property, including their annual drive-through Christmas lights display.The Christmas lights display will start November 30th and continue through Christmas. The display will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.Living Waters Christian Grounds is located at 1511 Frankfort School Rd. in Corbin.Admission is $10 per car or $15 per passenger car.

New Pikeville Medical Center Getting Ready For Opening

Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) recent purchase of the Whitesburg Motel is still under renovation but is expected to be open by January 2, 2019.Chief Medical Officer & Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Aaron Crum, says contractors have been working with PMC for the last few months to bring quality care closer to home.”Where they [the community] are lacking is in the speciality care that we are able to provide,” Dr. Crum said.