April 17, 2014

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How to handle disagreements in the office or workplace Print E-mail

Disagreements are part of any relationship and, for most of us, our jobs are as much a relationship as our marriages, family and friendships. In fact, you probably spend more waking hours each week in your work relationship than you do in any other relationship.

"Connor's Battle" Print E-mail

Connor Coldwell has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. There will be a "donation only" music event on November 22 to help raise money for his medical expenses.

Conner Coldwell was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on August 6, 2013 at the age of five months. Since then he has not left the hospital.

Whaley files for re-election as magistrate in District #1 Print E-mail


My name is Alan R. Whaley and I am seeking re-election for magistrate in District #1. It is my sincere hope that you will give me the honor and privilege of serving you once again.

Fryman for Family Court judge Print E-mail


Heather Fryman, an attorney residing in Harrison County, Ky., filed papers with the Kentucky Secretary of State for the purposes of having her name placed on the Judicial Ballot for nomination to the office of Family Court judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton, and Robertson counties. This is the formal announcement of Ms. Fryman’s candidacy.

Kentucky fire marshal offers tips on carbon monoxide safety Print E-mail

With the onset of cold weather, Kentucky Fire Marshal William Swope reminds Kentuckians to be aware of the “silent killer” this heating season. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas that’s created when fuels like gas, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, and oil burn incompletely.

Survey concerning horsepower restrictions on state lakes Print E-mail

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking input by means of an online survey regarding horsepower restrictions on several state-owned lakes.

Smokeout Day ~ November 21 Print E-mail

Great American Smokeout Day is the third Thursday of November. The goal of this special day is quite obvious: to get people to quit smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, and  less cancer and emphysema deaths resulting from smoking and secondary smoke.

Quitting smoking is not an easy task. As an ex-smoker, this writer knows how hard it is to quit smoking. Often(usually), it takes repeated efforts. That's okay, as long as you keep trying until you finally succeed. The health benefits, and the prospect of a longer life are crystal clear.

The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the "butt" today. Join millions of other Americans today and take a big step to a happier, healthier, longer life.


More public high school graduates are heading to college Print E-mail

Kentucky college-going rates released for Class of 2011

About three out of every five of Kentucky’s public high school Class of 2011 enrolled in college for the 2011-2012 academic year, exceeding the previous year’s enrollment, the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) announced today in its release of the 2013 Kentucky High School Feedback Report.

“This report provides the best information about college going and freshman year success that we have ever seen,” said Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Thomas O. Zawacki. “It is the perfect example of why Kentucky continues to be a national leader in data use to improve education and training.”

Some gas pipeline questions addressed in Bracken Co. Print E-mail

By Wendy Mitchell, The Ledger Independent

Officials with Williams Corporation/Bluegrass Pipeline addressed Bracken County Fiscal Court on Wednesday, fielding questions about where, how and when the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline may impact the area.

Bill Lawson, Williams' spokesperson showed magistrates charts and maps of the proposed line and explained that it was in the acquisition phase of the project with landowners across Ohio, Kentucky and part of West Virginia.

“As of October, right of way acquisition program had acquired about 35 percent of the needed rights of way,” Lawson said.

Based on 10-year projections, Lawson estimated the project could generate about $136 million in ad valorem taxes and $30 million-$50 million in payments to property owners for right of way easements, he said.

Crossing Clermont County, Ohio, underground, the pipeline would go under the bed of the Ohio River by directional drilling, Lawson said.

In most cases the 24 inch steel line would be buried at least three feet under the ground, with consideration to farming necessities, and restrictions that trees not be planted and no structures built on the easement property, he said.

There are 184 miles of the line proposed for Kentucky, he said.

Magistrate Clark Hennessey questioned what he called an inundation of informational materials and advertising on behalf of the project.

According to Lawson, the materials were intended to counter misinformation the public may have seen from other sources on everything from what kind of pipe material was to be used and the content of the pipeline.

The court still has to look at paperwork necessary to allow the pipeline to be placed under count roads and on county property, Bracken County Judge-Executive Earl Bush said.

The decision should be made before the end of the year, he said.

According to Lawson, once easements are obtained, the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

In other business, the court heard about a proposal to have Bracken County included as part of the Port Authority of Cincinnati, as a measure to improve the standing of the port authority in the nation and track cargo movements on the Ohio River.

The measure would not cost Bracken County anything and would not include any regulation of Bracken County activities by the authority, said Melissa Johnson, but could improve the view of the region for outside agencies for community development.

If the plan is approved by all the counties it has asked to be included in Ohio and Kentucky, the Port Authority of Cincinnati would increase from 26 miles to 205 miles and make it one of the top 10 ports in the nation, she said.

No action was taken on the request.

Natural gas will cost more this winter than last year Print E-mail

Natural gas costs at the start of the 2013-2014 heating season will be higher than last year, but are still well below the peak reached in 2008, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) announced on Thursday.

On average, Kentucky customers can expect to pay about 19 percent more this November than last if they consume 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The average total bill for 10,000 cubic feet - including base rates - is projected to be about $101.81.

That is down nearly $49 since November of 2008 - a decrease of 32 percent. The lower cost of natural gas has more than offset increases in base rates over that time.


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