Friday December 13, 2013

A forum with northern Kentucky's mayors will explore a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Kentucky cities and counties the authority to impose a local sales tax.The Kenton Mayors Group will offer information to the region's elected officials, who may consider asking the General Assembly to allow a vote on the constitutional change in November. Under current Kentucky law, cities and counties are not allowed to impose sales taxes. But some officials say it's necessary to raise money for local projects when state funding is unavailable.
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High water in city streets is once again a concern for the Fleming- Neon City Council, but this time the culprit is the heavy rains and snow that have fallen on Letcher County for the past few days. Mayor Susan Polis told the council that water standing in the street near the site of the old Maynard Hogg Gulf Station was probably the result of the large amount of rain that has fallen recently and said the situation in Fleming is the same. Mayor Polis said she will speak with the Kentucky Department of Highways to see if there is a solution for the situation in Fleming, where water tends to settle in low spots and create hazardous driving conditions when temperatures fall.
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A U.S. District Court Judge in Pikeville has denied the motion of Arch Coal Inc. to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit filed by Letcher County coal miner Jarrod Sergent and his wife Linda. Sergent lives at Deane with his wife and four children. He was severely injured in a rock fall at ICG Knott County’s Kathleen mine on September 19, 2011, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Since the accident, Sergent has undergone several surgeries because of problems with his prosthetic leg.
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The Little Shepherd Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Rabbit Hunt for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 28. The group will meet at Raymond Brown’s building just below the Dry Fork Gas Station at 6:30 a.m. After the hunt, the group will go to the Shriners’ building to eat and then to the county park to shoot clay pigeons. There is no charge and all children 17 and younger are welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult and should wear hunter orange. No hunting licenses are required.
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Drenda Crider, who has established a lengthy career in the hotel and leisure industry, has been chosen to lead several of the area’s notable tourist sites. The Harlan native has been hired as Director of External Education at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and with the job she will be in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Benham School House Inn, the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum and the Portal 31 Mine Tour.
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It is that time of year again! A time when most of us are getting ready for big holiday meals and feeling full. God's Pantry Food Bank just opened a new distribution center in London and they are hoping to help make sure we all have something to eat this Christmas. The Southeast Region Distribution Center services 11 counties, including: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Whitley counties.