State lawmakers to take budget for one-year only


In a rare move prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, budget negotiators will present Kentucky legislators with only a one-year state spending plan that holds the line on the main K-12 school funding formula, key lawmakers said Tuesday. Lawmakers traditionally pass a two-year budget, but economic damage caused by the virus necessitated the “fairly unprecedented move” to a one-year budget, Sen. […]

MCHC’s TeleHealth plan draws scores of patients

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s offer to see some patients via the Internet instead of at one of its medical clinics is proving to be popular. “We saw our first TeleHealth patients on March 18 — three,” Mike Caudill, MCHC’s chief executive officer, said. “Through noon today, March 31, we have seen 1,322 patients through Tele- Health.” “Because of its popularity […]

Ky. Mist bottles sanitizer

Kentucky Mist Distillery is continuing to make hand sanitizer for medical use, and is starting to make it for consumers after numerous calls from people after the company’s ability to make the product became public. Distillery owner Colin Fultz said a state executive order lifted the regulations on making the product in order to fight coronavirus. He received recipes from […]

More closings, layoffs here as pandemic grows

With the COVID-19 pandemic intensifying daily, Kentuckians will find it harder and harder to get out of the house and move around in their communities. As of Tuesday night, a total of 591 people had tested positive for the viral disease and 17 had died. Seven died yesterday, the highest single-day death toll in the state since the beginning of […]

Haymond woman held after hit-and-run death

A Haymond woman was arrested and charged with reckless homicide after a hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead Sunday night. Kentucky State Police troopers were called to Deane after KSP Post 13 received a call saying a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle on KY Highway 7 North near Razorblade Branch Road. Letcher County sheriff ’s deputies and […]

Food pantry uses grant from AEP to refill goods

The Letcher County Food Pantry is trying to restock its shelves with the help of a $2,500 grant from the AEP Foundation. Harold Bolling, the pantry’s secretary and treasurer, said the grant came last week as the food supplier was running out of items. The food pantry served 4,427 families with 8,326 household members last year, Bolling said. It did […]

Kentucky Mist making hand sanitizer at Whitesburg moonshine distillery


Kentucky Mist Moonshine is making hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19

Food donated by supplier will feed 600 families here

Hundreds of boxes of food donated to Letcher County by a Louisville restaurant supplier were on their way to over 600 families in need Tuesday night. Fire departments across the county picked up boxes of vegetables and milk from CANE Kitchen in Whitesburg, where the food was delivered from Creation Gardens in Louisville. The food service company, which was founded […]

‘It’s unlike anything we have seen’

Early this week, when other House and Senate leaders and I sat down to work on a budget compromise, we all immediately agreed on one thing: This situation is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus and the potential impact of a federal relief package make predicting the next few months difficult, much […]

More closures ordered; virus in E.Ky.

Non-life-sustaining businesses in Kentucky will be required to close to in-person traffic as of 8 p.m. Thursday night because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement Tuesday night. Details of what businesses will and will not be covered by the order will be released today (Wednesday), but Beshear said many businesses will still remain open, but with […]

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