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THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET AT KENTUCKY STATE PARKS

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Sixteen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 24.

Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for more than four decades and usually serve about 10,000 customers. Continue reading THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET AT KENTUCKY STATE PARKS

Drought Viewer Provided to Public from Division of Water

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With a level I drought advisory issued today, the Kentucky Division of Water has released a new Drought Viewer to provide the public with up-to-date drought information.

The drought viewer allows the public to see current drought conditions by county, and provides detailed information on the severity of drought conditions, including detailed information down Continue reading Drought Viewer Provided to Public from Division of Water

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR OCTOBER 2016

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State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that October’s General Fund receipts were $48.0 million more than what was collected last October, an increase of 6.0 percent. Total revenues for the month were $849.4 million, compared to $801.4 million during October 2015. Receipts have increased 4.0 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year, and need to grow 2.1 percent over the final eight months of FY17 to achieve the official revenue estimate of $10,616.4 million. Continue reading GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR OCTOBER 2016

House Republican Super Majority Nominates Jeff Hoover to be Speaker of Kentucky House

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Jeff Hoover

Yesterday 11-10-2016, Jeff Hoover’s selection as Speaker of the House was assured as the new House Republican super majority voted in a caucus meeting to nominate the veteran laawmaker as their leader.

“I want to thank my fellow caucus members for their continued support and the confidence they have placed in me to lead this group,” said Rep. Hoover, R-Jamestown. “I am truly humbled and honored to be the first Republican Speaker in nearly 100 years. Continue reading House Republican Super Majority Nominates Jeff Hoover to be Speaker of Kentucky House

A Great Day for Kentucky and America

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

History was made Tuesday in both the Commonwealth and the nation. A political outsider won the Presidency and did so while ignoring conventional political wisdom regarding campaign tactics. More importantly for the Commonwealth, a seismic political shockwave was felt across our state. I referred to it on election night as an historical roar of the people not dissimilar from that once referenced by Winston Churchill. By now you’ve likely heard the numbers. For the first time in ninety-five Continue reading A Great Day for Kentucky and America

Southern Lights Holiday Festival Returns to the Bluegrass

The 23rd annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 18-Dec. 31. A holiday tradition for many families, more than 125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation. Continue reading Southern Lights Holiday Festival Returns to the Bluegrass

Diabetes Self-Management Key to Healthier Living with Diabetes

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More than 611,000 Kentucky adults, or about 13 percent of the state’s total population is now estimated to have diabetes. Of those, about 150,000 don’t even realize they have the disease. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is using World Diabetes Day on November 14 as a time to bring Continue reading Diabetes Self-Management Key to Healthier Living with Diabetes

Public Health Alert – Smoke Inhalation Advisory

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is issuing a Public Health Alert – Smoke Inhalation Advisory due to wildfires causing poor air quality in southeastern Kentucky.

Air quality tests conducted in some areas of Bell, Harlan and Rockcastle counties by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Continue reading Public Health Alert – Smoke Inhalation Advisory

A New Day in KY

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

It’s a new day in Kentucky and America, and the forecast is calling for clear, sunny skies. Not in 50 years have we seen a better example of the fabled American Spirit on collective display.
A season of positive change in Kentucky has arrived. As our new leaders step into their respective roles, stand behind your representatives and senators to help them thrive in the job you elected them to do.

Together, we can make Kentucky more business-friendly and a model for the nation. Let’s be mindful of our state’s motto: United Continue reading A New Day in KY

Drought Equals Large Fires

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A warm, sunny day may seem like a good opportunity to clear dead limbs and leaves from your yard, but Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say now is not a good time to do any outdoor burning. Dry conditions and an increase in the number of forest fires has prompted the division to ask everyone to wait until conditions change before doing any outdoor burning. During Continue reading Drought Equals Large Fires

Governor Matt Bevin Statement on 25th Circuit Family Court race

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

The corruption and self-dealing in Kentucky must end.

On Friday, August 5, Family Court Judge Jeffrey Walson unexpectedly tenured his resignation and requested no public announcement be made until the filing deadline four days later, effectively preventing anyone not aware of his surprise retirement from becoming a candidate for the open seat. During the interim period of days during which he wanted to keep his retirement a secret, Judge Walson’s wife filed her papers to run Continue reading Governor Matt Bevin Statement on 25th Circuit Family Court race

Fall and Winter Campgrounds Open at Kentucky State Parks

Campground at Columbus-Belmont State Park
Campground at Columbus-Belmont State Park

Kentucky State Parks will keep several campgrounds open during the fall and winter months.

Seven park campgrounds will remain open through winter months. The open campgrounds include: Carter Caves, Columbus-Belmont, Fort Boonesborough, General Butler, Lake Cumberland, Paintsville Continue reading Fall and Winter Campgrounds Open at Kentucky State Parks

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

Mark Mudd, Randy Stroup, Steve Geary and Charlie Mattingly have been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 38th Judicial Circuit and District.

Mark Mudd, of Morgantown, is a retired engineer and piano technician. Mr. Mudd shall serve for a term expiring January 1, 2018. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Public Advocate testifies before Joint Judiciary on state of Kentucky’s public defense

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“The value that public defenders provide to Kentucky’s citizens adds to its wealth in uncommon ways,” Public Advocate Ed Monahan reported to the Joint Judiciary Committee today on the state of Kentucky’s statewide public defense program. “From the district and circuit courts in all 120 counties to the Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court, our work ensures the system of law is balanced and fair for all those who come before it,” Monahan, Commissioner of the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Kentucky’s statewide public Continue reading Public Advocate testifies before Joint Judiciary on state of Kentucky’s public defense

Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County to be reduced to one lane – each direction

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Traffic on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County – both northbound and southbound – will be reduced to one lane next week as crews perform pavement maintenance.

The project area is from mile point 52.1 to mile point 73.4 – essentially the length of Rockcastle County. However, the lane reductions will be implemented in stages along the entire project Continue reading Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County to be reduced to one lane – each direction

Grant Funds Are More Than Doubling This Year for Programs That Help Crime Victims

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that grant money to help victims of violent crime is more than doubling this year – all thanks to an aggressive effort to capture federal funding and pair grants with Kentucky organizations.

In total, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is awarding more than $14 million in grants to programs that aid crime victims, including rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and child advocacy centers. That’s a 127 percent Continue reading Grant Funds Are More Than Doubling This Year for Programs That Help Crime Victims

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Approves Five Loans at October/November Meeting

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The following loan applications were approved by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) at the October/November board meeting held last Thursday in Frankfort.

KIA administers low interest loans for the construction, improvement and acquisition of sanitary sewer and water facilities and other types of infrastructure. Eligibility is based on a strategic project prioritization and a resource planning list developed between the state’s area development districts, the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the Kentucky Division of Water, Continue reading Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Approves Five Loans at October/November Meeting

Gov. Matt Bevin Declares State of Emergency in Support of Wildland Fires

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

In response to numerous wildland fires burning throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Matt Bevin today declared a statewide emergency, effective November 3, 2016 to provide local and state officials immediate access to state.

Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett has activated the State Emergency Operations Center in support of the Kentucky Division of Forestry to provide situational awareness and command and control for state assets as requested by Forestry and by our Continue reading Gov. Matt Bevin Declares State of Emergency in Support of Wildland Fires