OBITUARIES SEP. 15-22, 2019

Donald James Moore

Donald James Moore, 68, of Berea, departed peacefully for his heavenly home Sunday, September 15, 2019 at UK Medical Center. Don was born July 27, 1951 in Berea, son of the late Daniel J. and Eleanor McIntosh Moore.

He moved to Berea as a young boy with his parents and siblings. While in Berea, he met his wife of 47 years. Don was a member of White Lick Baptist Church and attended the Men’s Sunday School Class, a member of and Chaplain to Berea American Legion Cleveland Frost Post 50. He was a retiree of Dresser Industries.

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Berea Welcomes New Chief of Police

Walter “Eric” Scott

Mayor Farley announced the selection of our new Chief of Police, Walter “Eric” Scott. He previously served at the University of Kentucky Police Department for over 10 years, and is currently a Police Lieutenant and Sergeant Training Coordinator.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley said that he “looks forward to Eric joining the city staff in mid-October”, and that he encourages Berea citizens and city staff to join him in welcoming Scott as the new Chief of Police.

Road Work in Berea is About Finished

October 1 is the new completion date for the widening of U.S. 25 N., according to state transportation officials.

City Administrator David Gregory announced Tuesday that is when the Allen Company, contracted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, is slated to finish.

Elements of the project have taken shape, such as the shared use path, lighting, and sidewalk, but some final details remain.

Gov. Bevin Calls for Complete Disclosure of Travel Purpose for Expenditure of Taxpayer Funds

Gov. Matt Bevin

In an unprecedented move to further transparency in state government, Gov. Matt Bevin today publicly released a log disclosing the purpose of his official trips using state-owned aircraft.  Unlike prior governors, Gov. Bevin is going beyond what the law requires by releasing a comprehensive list of the purpose of official travel. 

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Senator McConnell Advances KY Hemp Priorities

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced several important provisions in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that will benefit Kentucky’s growing hemp industry. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, secured nearly $20 million to implement the hemp provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill as well as to support federal research of hemp.

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PSC Orders Kentucky Power to Return $5.17 Million to Customers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered Kentucky Power Co. to return a total of about $5.17 million to customers that it collected in excess of its actual costs of participation in a regional power market.

In an order issued today, the PSC directed Kentucky Power to issue a credit to customers for the next 11 months to return the overcollected amount. A typical residential customer will receive a credit of about $1.53 per month, with the amount varying depending on individual usage.

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CHILDREN’S HEALTH TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR NEW SCHOOL HEALTH COALITION

A new, statewide coalition that will work collectively to improve children’s health in the school setting has been established by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in partnership with Kentucky Voices for Health and Cairn Guidance. The Coalition will work to promote policies, programs and practices that are shown to make measurable differences in children’s health – perhaps in such areas as nutrition, physical activity, substance use and mental health, said Foundation President and CEO Ben Chandler.

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Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases August 2019 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for August 2019 was up from the 4.3 percent reported for July 2019.

The preliminary August 2019 jobless rate was unchanged from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in August 2018.

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