GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR October 2018

State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts rose 3.5 percent in October with revenues of $826.0 million. This compares to $798.4 million collected in October 2017. Through the four months of the fiscal year (FY19), the General Fund has grown 4.2 percent.

The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts. Based on October’s results, General Fund revenues must increase 2.9 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year to meet the official estimate. Continue reading GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR October 2018

Billy Keith Eden

Billy Eden

Billy Keith Eden

Billy Keith “Bill” Eden, 87, of West Columbia, SC went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 8, 2018. He was born in Berea, KY, the son of the late Jesse Arthur Eden and the late Gladys Norvelle Eden.

Bill was a dedicated husband and father, survived by his wife of 53 years, Lucy Wise Eden; children, Cindy (Laird) Thompson, Randy (Sharon) Eden, Melody (Mike) Collins and Billie Kay (Jeff) Morris; grandchildren, Jacob and Nicholas Thompson, Evan Eden, Grant and Keith Gouveia, Jonathan Eden, Mic Collins, Jesse, Cole, Faith and Sam Morris, and 9 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Delores Eden Kucera. Continue reading Billy Keith Eden

Beshear: National Hotline Cyber Tip Leads to Arrested of Shelby County Man for Allegedly Possessing Child Porn

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A 62-year-old Shelbyville man has been arrested and charged with 100 counts of allegedly possessing child porn, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Joseph Steve Gable Nov. 9 and charged him with 100 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, Class D felonies, after a search of Gable’s residence uncovered hundreds of images of child pornography stored on his computer hard drives. Continue reading Beshear: National Hotline Cyber Tip Leads to Arrested of Shelby County Man for Allegedly Possessing Child Porn

Berea Fire Department Report 11-9-2018

Update: The Berea Fire Department responded to blaze at 530 Walnut Meadow Road at 2:42 a.m. Friday morning. Berea city firefighters and first responders from the Berea Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad were still on the scene this morning. Traffic on Walnut Meadow Road was slowed considerably, though officers from the Berea Police Department guided motorists through the congestion.

Berea Fire Department Chief Shawn Sandlin said the cause of Friday’s early morning blaze has not been determined. Chief Sandlin Continue reading Berea Fire Department Report 11-9-2018

Beshear, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Working to ‘Stamp Out’ Mail Scams

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) are working to help Kentuckians avoid mail scams that could be hiding in their mailbox.

The Stamp Out Mail Scams awareness campaign, which was unveiled Thursday at Lexington’s Nandino Post Office, provides posters on how to identify, avoid and report common mail scams in 700 post offices across the state.

Beshear said the awareness campaign will help Kentuckians combat the Federal Trade Commission’s findings that fraud losses in 2017 reached nearly $905 million across the nation. Continue reading Beshear, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Working to ‘Stamp Out’ Mail Scams

Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Tragedy in Thousand Oaks, California

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald Trump, and with respect for victims of last night’s tragedy in Thousand Oaks, California, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Nov. 10, 2018, to honor the victims and their families.

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag to honor the victims and families of this tragedy.

Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.

Kentucky Soybeans Suffer From Too Much Rain

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the November Crop Production report today, showing a decrease in the soybean production forecast.

“October rainfall took a toll on soybean yields,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. “Too much rain has caused the quantity and quality to diminish, and slowed the progress of harvest. On a positive note, the corn yield is forecast to be a record high.” Continue reading Kentucky Soybeans Suffer From Too Much Rain

FOUNDATION STATEMENT: ADULT CIGARETTE SMOKING RATES HIT HISTORIC LOW

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported that the cigarette smoking rates for adults in the United States in 2017 reached an historic low of 14 percent, or 34 million adults. This is a 67 percent decline since 1965 when the adult cigarette smoking rate was 42 percent. The rate for young adults, ages 18 to 24, was 10 percent, down from 13 percent in 2016. Continue reading FOUNDATION STATEMENT: ADULT CIGARETTE SMOKING RATES HIT HISTORIC LOW

Berea Police Report 11-9-2018

Scam Alert

Scam Alert: The Berea Police Department have taken several reports of people falling victim to a secret shopper scam at Walmart. The scam is advertised on Facebook where people can sign up for it. They are then sent a letter and a check. They are instructed to deposit the check at their bank, then withdraw cash. They are told to go to Walmart and purchase three blank money orders in different amounts. At some point they are provided an address where they are supposed to send the money orders. This is a scam. Please spread the word. No legitimate survey will ever ask you Continue reading Berea Police Report 11-9-2018

Governor and First Lady Bevin Honor Kentucky Adoptive, Foster Parents

Governor Matt Bevin, First Lady Glenna Bevin, and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) officials recently honored several families from across the Commonwealth for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children.

“We are determined to make Kentucky the gold standard — to make this truly as fine a place to be a foster child as anywhere in America,” said Gov. Bevin. “Thank you for caring enough to step outside of your comfort zone and to take on this incredible responsibility. This makes a powerful difference in the Commonwealth.”

Continue reading Governor and First Lady Bevin Honor Kentucky Adoptive, Foster Parents

McConnell Statement on the Resignation of Jeff Sessions

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“I thank Jeff Sessions for his dedicated service as Attorney General. Throughout his career, as a prosecutor, a Senator and as Attorney General, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the rule of law and his love of our great nation. I wish him well and look forward to working with him in any future endeavors.”

No Blue Wave in Kentucky, Not Even a Ripple

Dustin Isaacs

We all heard the uproar and the hysteria in Kentucky over the past year. Some people in Kentucky were led to believe that “Republicans took away pensions”. That’s ludicrous of course; but this was a reality to those led to believe it by the Kentucky Teachers Association (KEA) and a Democratic party desperate to regain power. They encouraged voters to “Remember in November” as they stoked fear into the minds of our dedicated and hardworking teachers, officers, and other state employees. Continue reading No Blue Wave in Kentucky, Not Even a Ripple

KSP Charges Trimble Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On November 2, 2018, the Trimble County Grand Jury indicted Ricky A. Hutchason, 61, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Hutchason was served and arrested this date as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing files of child sexual exploitation online. Continue reading KSP Charges Trimble Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses