Centers help kids with shoes, glasses, lunch, homework. They’re bracing for big cuts.

by VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – Six years ago, Monica Hall had $12,500 in state funding allocated for her operating budget for Booker T. Washington Elementary Family Resource Center where she is the coordinator. This year, she said that amount was $244. And more cuts could be coming. The mission of Kentucky’s 811 school-based Family Resource and…

Local flu cases spiked in late December

The peak of flu season is fast approaching. Kentucky’s Department for Public Health has already deemed influenza to be widespread across the commonwealth, and eight flu-related deaths had been reported by the end of December. Numbers for Pulaski County itself weren’t available from the state, but Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital’s Infection Preventionist Judy Keen noted…

Judge Dismisses Herrington Lake Coal Ash Lawsuit

by Erica Peterson –  A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities over coal ash pollution in Herrington Lake, ruling that the situation should be addressed by state regulators, rather than the federal court system. In the opinion signed on December 28, U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves rejects claims by non-profit Earthjustice that the court…

Bevin names Williams Estill County judge-executive, chooses Spears to fill Simpson County vacancy

Gov. Matt Bevin has named replacement judges/executive in two Kentucky counties. Bevin named Kevin Williams, of Irvine, as Judge-Executive of Estill County, replacing Wallace Taylor, who has resigned. Williams is a lifelong resident of Estill County and previously served as a member of the Irvine City Council from 1990 to 1994. He was subsequently elected…