Thursday May 29, 2014

COURTHOUSE CAFE CLOSING THIS FRIDAY

Courthouse Café owners Josephine Richardson and Laura Schuster have watched businesses open in downtown Whitesburg and later close after struggling to make it. After 29 years of serving lunch and dinner on the corner of Main Street and North Webb Avenue, Richardson and Schuster have decided to close their restaurant. The restaurant’s Alcoholic Beverage Control  license is up for renewal at the end of this month and Richardson said it didn’t make sense to renew the license if it was uncertain how long the Courthouse Café would remain open.


LETCHER COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUDGET "TIGHT" IN 2014-15

Reflecting steep cuts in coal severance tax receipts and other funding sources, the Letcher County government’s operating budget will be “really tight” for the next fiscal year beginning July 1st. receipts for coal and other mineral taxes are down by at least $1 million. the 2014 budget had been returned to be reworked because the coal and mineral tax reemits had been estimated at too high a rate.


SKCTC CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT SUMMER CLASSES

The Creative Development Center at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer several summer classes. The local program will join with Bruce Parsons of the University of Pikeville (UPike) to offer one SKCTC class and one UPike class. The courses will deal with photography, writing and smartphone and web-based application development. Some scholarships will be available. For more information, contact SKCTC.

COUNTY NO LONGER BIDDING ON MCROBERTS SCHOOL

The issue of making a bid to acquire the McRoberts Elementary School property has been put to rest by Letcher County Fiscal Court. The McRoberts School bid has become increasingly controversial since the court’s April meeting, with accusations of bid rigging being leveled by County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward against District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming, who represents Jenkins and McRoberts on the fiscal court. Fleming said he was accused of bid rigging by Ward, and added that he believes Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton also wrongfully accused him of breaking the law.

PIKE COUNTY PRINICIPAL SPENDS NIGHT ON SCHOOL ROOF

Pushing our youth to excellence. That is the message a Pike County principal wanted to send his students. Robert Jones cut a deal with sixth graders. Meet a goal, and I will go beyond being an educator. Last year he danced in the cafeteria. This year, Principal Jones says he had to top that...so he slept on the roof of Pikeville Elementary.  It is all because of a deal made with the more than 90 sixth graders, challenging them to read 1,200 books as a class and pass tests on them for the Accelerated Reader program.

ASHLAND HOSPITAL AGREES TO MAJOR SETTLEMENT

King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland has agreed to pay the U.S. Government $40.9 million to settle allegations of fraudulent billing.  The hospital was accused of making millions of dollars by falsely billing federal health care programs for heart procedures that were performed on patients who didn't medically need them.