Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UPDATE: Accident with fatality on Pennyrile Parkway

             The Kentucky State Police is investigating a single-vehicle, fatality collision that occurred on the Pennyrile Parkway, between the 53 and 54 mile-marker, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 6:52 a.m. 

Webster County Relay for Life struggles to get participants

J-E News Editor
With only two months until Relay for Life, the Webster County group that holds the local event has found itself struggling to get involvement from the community. Typically by this time there are 10 to 12 teams signed up. As of press time, only five teams have signed up to take part in this year’s event.
For many people around the country, Relay for Life is not only a way for them to fight back against cancer by raising money, it is a means of coping with the struggles, suffering and loss associated with the disease. It is also a way to celebrate life.

Gooch leads Kentucky law maker charge to support of coal

J-E News Editor
A bill sponsored by State Representative Jim Gooch of Providence was signed into a law last week as the Kentucky legislature seeks to take a stand against tough Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that threaten the future of the Commonwealth’s coal industry.
Gooch, who serves as Chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, introduced the bill, which enables the state push back against expected anti-coal regulations from the U.S. EPA.
“When the EPA set standards for new coal powered plants, they set standards that cannot be reached,” said Gooch. “When the EPA makes regulations, they have their own regulations and laws that they have to follow. This bill was about making sure that they in fact follow the law and that Kentucky has right to push back.”
Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo called House Bill 388 a victory for Kentucky families.  

Sebree awards $1.2 million in bids for water rehab project

Spring clean-up scheduled for May 12-19

J-E News Editor
Sebree’s city council moved forward on Monday night with plans to update the city’s water lines, awarding three job and material bids totalling just over $1.2 million dollars.
The project, will replace a 35,000 feet of outdated and often leaky water lines within the city, and replace 160 water meters with new ‘radio read’ meters, which will allow a city employee to check the meters simply by driving passed in a vehicle equipped with the proper equipment. This is technology that the city is already currently using to read most of it’s meters.

16 Year old Ordinance puts plans for new church sign on hold

J-E News Editor
A sixteen year old city ordinance now stands in the way of progress for one  Sebree church, preventing them from building a new digital sign in front of their building.
Parishioners at the Sebree Christian Church decided some time ago to purchase a new digital sign for their house of worship.
“We started raising money and I went around to different communities to find a sign that would work,”    church goer Brice Marsh told Sebree’s city council on Monday. “We did not realize that there was an ordinance that did not allow digital signs within the city limits of Sebree.”

Last Day of School: May 30

J-E News Editor
Kentucky schools all breathed a sigh of relief last week when Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 211 (HB211) last Monday, officially making the so called snow day bill a law. HB211 suspends the state law requiring school districts have at least 170 days of classes.
Over the winter Webster County students missed a total of 16 days, which had pushed the end of school into the month of June. 
With HB211 in effect, the district will look to make May 30, 2014 the final day of classes, with graduation to follow that night. This proposed schedule must be approved by the school board. This issue will be presented to them  for their approval at the next board meeting on April 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Youth Turkey Hunt held

Conservation Officer
Webster County 
April 5th marked the first, hopefully annual, Webster County Youth Turkey Hunt.  We had four children participate and two of them harvesting big ol’ toms.  Blake Hanor, guided by Billy Jo Parker, killed a turkey with a 5 inch beard.  Hayden Whitsell, guided by Chester Davis, killed a bird with a 9 inch beard.  Gavin Vanover and Coy Burns didn’t get a bird this time and were guided by Jordan Davis and Charlie Blue, respectively. 
I cannot express the gratitude that I have for Chester Davis and Randy Nally in regards to this event.  I mentioned wanting to put a hunt on for children and they completely ran with the idea.