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McConnell Statement on Upcoming Vote to Repeal Obamacare

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding a vote to repeal Obamacare:

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.

“So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Continue reading McConnell Statement on Upcoming Vote to Repeal Obamacare

No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 77 percent of benefits payable at that time.  The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2028, extended from last year’s estimate of 2023, with 93 percent of benefits still payable. Continue reading No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

McConnell: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding U.S. Sen. John McCain’s recovery from surgery:

“Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery. There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he’ll be back with us soon. Our thoughts are with Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona. Continue reading McConnell: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon

KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8%) and 9th in the nation for the total number of Board-certified Continue reading KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Rep. Chuck Tackett pre-files Constitutional Amendment exempting Veteran Organizations from property taxes

State Rep. Chuck Tackett, right, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, third from the left, join with several veterans following a press conference Rep. Tackett held to unveil a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure all posts operated by veterans operations are exempt from property taxes.  Those with Rep. Tackett and Speaker Stumbo are, left to right, American Legion Post 24 past Commander Marine Corps League Mike Leaverton; Post Commander Jim Woodrum; Vietnam veteran Eddie Ferrell; and Sargent at Arms and past Post Commander John Matheny.  Rep. Tackett pre-filed the bill, which will be considered during the 2017 Regular Session, after learning Scott County’s American Legion Post was twice turned down for the property tax exemption even as other posts were being approved.
State Rep. Chuck Tackett, right, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, third from the left, join with several veterans following a press conference Rep. Tackett held to unveil a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure all posts operated by veterans operations are exempt from property taxes. Those with Rep. Tackett and Speaker Stumbo are, left to right, American Legion Post 24 past Commander Marine Corps League Mike Leaverton; Post Commander Jim Woodrum; Vietnam veteran Eddie Ferrell; and Sargent at Arms and past Post Commander John Matheny. Rep. Tackett pre-filed the bill, which will be considered during the 2017 Regular Session, after learning Scott County’s American Legion Post was twice turned down for the property tax exemption even as other posts were being approved.

Representative Chuck Tackett announced today that he is pre-filing a bill that, if passed and ratified, would amend the Kentucky Constitution to include tax exemptions for property owned by posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces of Continue reading Rep. Chuck Tackett pre-files Constitutional Amendment exempting Veteran Organizations from property taxes

Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on President Obama’s Bathroom Debacle

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover
House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover

“Late yesterday, a federal court in Texas agreed with the conservative sentiment in Kentucky and issued a nationwide injunction to stop the Obama Administration from enforcing its illegal bathroom directives.

Kentuckians have had enough of the foolish proposals coming from liberal Washington bureaucrats. The notion of an illegal directive to remove local control of our schools and our Continue reading Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on President Obama’s Bathroom Debacle

Federal Shutdown Affects Sportsman in KY

KY Fish & Wildlife
KY Fish & Wildlife

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have been notified by federal agencies with recreation sites in Kentucky that developed recreation facilities, including some boat ramps, will be closed due to the federal government shutdown; closed areas should be signed accordingly.

Boat ramps on federal areas that are operated by state parks will remain open. Daniel Boone National Forest is open for hunting under applicable regulations. Land Between the Lakes is open to hunting and fishing but developed facilities will be closed, thus permits will not be sold on site during the shutdown. Big South Fork is totally closed. Hidden Valley Training Area in Powell Co. is state owned and will remain open.

Kentucky Mail Processing Closing Announced

USPS

KENTUCKIANA DISTRICT – As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from:

Bowling Green, KY Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) to the Nashville, TN, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).

Campton, KY, Customer Service Mail Processing Center (CSMPC) to the Louisville, KY, P&DC.
Elizabethtown, KY, CSMPC to the Louisville P&DC.

Hazard, KY, CSMPC to the Knoxville, TN, P&DC.

Lexington, KY, P&DC to the Louisville P&DC and the Knoxville P&DC.

London, KY P&DF to the Knoxville P&DC.

Paducah, KY, P&DF to the Evansville, IN, P&DF.

Somerset, KY, CSMPC to the Knoxville P&DC.

Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operation at the Continue reading Kentucky Mail Processing Closing Announced

April is National 911 Awareness Month

911

April is 9-1-1 awareness month. Madison County 911 encourages the public to review the information to educate themselves in the proper use of the emergency 9-1-1. For Non-Emergency calls, please call 859-624-4776

Review the information below for information on the proper use of the 911 System.

9-1-1 NEEDS TO KNOW WHERE TO GO
• When calling 9-1-1, one of the first things you’ll be asked to provide is the location of the emergency youre reporting.
• The call taker may not automatically know your location or may ask you to confirm it.
• Make sure you provide as much detail on your location as possible, such as landmarks, cross streets and mileposts.

KNOW YOUR CELL WELL
• The current 9-1-1 system is designed for voice communications only.
• Texting 9-1-1 is not an option in most locales; you must dial 9-1-1 and Continue reading April is National 911 Awareness Month

Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman

   He was born Sep. 28, 1774 as John Chapman but we came to know him as Johnny Appleseed. John was born in Leominster, Massachusetts to a father who was a Minuteman at Concord and later served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
   It is not known exactly when he left New England and started his westward journey. He would purchase his seeds from cider mills. He did not randomly scatter seeds but was a practical nurseryman. He gave away and sold many trees. He owned many tree nurseries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, where he Continue reading Johnny Appleseed Day

Last US WWI Vet, Dies at 110

Frank Buckles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — He was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters and got into uniform at 16 after lying about his age. But Frank Buckles would later become the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I.
Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. He was 110.
Buckles had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in the nations capital.
When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said Continue reading Last US WWI Vet, Dies at 110