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Street changes in Beattyville!

Beginning Monday, April 17th, 2017, Locust Street will be one way from Main Street to River Drive and Center Street will be one way from River Drive to Main Street. This will create 6 additional parking spaces on Locust Street and 12 on Center Street for a total of 18 new parking spaces.

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TELEWORKSUSA is in Beattyville!

The TELEWORKSUSA Hub is open with the first training beginning on March 21st and continuing for a month, at which time a new opportunity to be trained to work from your computer will begin. Completion of this training means you are qualified to work for a company from your home computer or from the Beattyville Teleworks Hub. There will be an open house on March 30th if you want to know more about the HUB; physical address is 30 Railroad Street,  Beattyville, Kentucky 41311 and the website is www.teleworksusa.com.  Tracy Spencer is the Beattyville Hub Manager. Contact her at 606-216-6811 or tspencer@teleworksusa.com.

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Woolly Worm Festival October 25-27, 2013

26th Annual Woolly Worm Festival
October 25th, 26th, 27th 2013
Main Street Beattyville, KY

Interested in being a vender? Contact (606) 464-2888
Beattyville has hosted the Woolly Worm Festival every year since 1988. The festival gathers as many as 110,000 visitors because it has a little bit of everything for everyone. The weekend event is held along main street which is closed off and filled with venders who set up booths. There is everything from food and artisan crafts to local authors and jewelry. Other events on main street. include woolly worm races, car show, parade, helicopter rides, and a weekend full of live music on the Woolly Worm Stage.

10am – Pet Show
12pm – Lee County’s Got Talent Show (1st place $100)
1pm – Winner of Talent Show’s Performance
4pm – Appalachian Troubadours
6pm – Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm – Rhythm Express Cloggers
7pm – Cowgirl Curies
8pm- Clinton Fry & The Tators
9pm – Burning Bridges
Be sure to race your woolly worm and sign up for all the prize drawings and non-profit raffles!

10am – A medieval sword fighting exhibition
11:30pm – Shelby Davis
12pm – Karissa Phillips
12:30pm – Phillip Durbin
1pm – 26th Woolly Worm Parade
2pm – Morehead Singers
3pm – Frontier
4pm – Common Ground
5pm – Custom Made Bluegrass
6pm – Common Ground
7pm – Keith Prater Band
8pm – Coaltown Dixie
9pm – Moron Brothers

The final day starts off with a worship service at 11am by the Community Christian Church followed by local musical groups.
1pm – JR Bercum and Caleb Edwards
2pm – The Hilltop Pickers
3pm – The Duncans
There is also a large car show behind the elementary school starting at 9:30am, and the championship Woolly Worm Race that afternoon! Festival prize drawings will occur during the closing ceremony at 5pm!

For more information visit www.heartofthekentuckyriver.com


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KY River Water Trail Alliance Fall Meeting

More than 60 leaders from all across the Kentucky River watershed gathered yesterday at Gillums Sports Lounge in Richmond, KY for the second meeting of the Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance.  Spawned by the growing interest in water trails throughout the country, the Kentucky River is now the focus of developing a 256-mile water trail that would improve access to the river by boaters who enjoy paddling, fishing, and other recreational activities on the river.

The Alliance is off to a great start working together to create an organization of stakeholders that support the development and stewardship of the Kentucky River Water Trail. “Our hope is that this initiative will unify projects and points of interest, improve recreational access to the river, educate communities and promote stewardship of the watershed”, said Pat Banks, the Kentucky Riverkeeper.

Presenters included Alison Bullock of the National Park Service, who gave an overview of what a Kentucky Water Trail includes. Russel Clark of the National Park Service presented on the topic of creating portages around the locks and dams from 1 in Carrolton, KY to 14 in Lee County. The Director of the Kentucky River Authority gave an update on the locks that are being repaired. A water quality report was given by Malissa McAllister from the UK Water Resource Center. The River Authority board member and also director of Lower Howards Creek talked about efforts to preserve the palisades. The Riverkeeper Pat Banks along with Jennifer Haywood gave an update on recent survey information about water recreation in the Kentucky River. Seth Wheat from Kentucky Adventure Tourism spoke about local communities going though the “Trail Town” process and the impact that being designated a trail town has on the local community. Finally, Jim Roe from the Division of Water, Energy & Environment Cabinet shared information on Federal 319 funding opportunities though their department.

After lunch, the room separated into 4 different groups. These breakout groups included Funding, Promotion, Conservation, Access and Paddling. Each group brainstormed ideas about projects and sources for funding that would tie the river community together and promote the KY River.

The Kentucky River Water Trail was selected in 2011 as one of 100 projects across the country to be recognized in the America’s Great Outdoor’s 50-State Report.  President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. Governor Beshear nominated the Kentucky River Water Trail as one of Kentucky’s two America’s Great Outdoors projects.

The Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance is a project of the Kentucky Riverkeeper, Inc. in partnership with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), Kentucky River Authority, KY Adventure Tourism, Jessamine County Kentucky River Task Force, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission, Canoe Kentucky, and Bluegrass Tomorrow.

Overall the conference was a wonderful meeting of the minds and networking opportunity for local river communities like Irvine and Beattyville, KY. For more information about the KY River Water Trail Alliance visit the Riverkeeper website at www.kyriverkeeper.eku.edu.

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Tuesday November 6th, 2012 is election day and everyone needs to go vote. Here is what’s on the ballots:

Presidential Ballot
Democrat: Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden
Republican: Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney with Congressman Paul Ryan
Green Party: Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala
Independents: Randall terry and Missy Reilly Smith
Libertarian: Gary Johnson and James P. Gray

5th Congressional District
Democrat: Kenneth S. Stepp
Republican: Harold “Hal” Rogers

State Senator for the 25th District
Democrat: Ralk Hoskins
Republican: Robert Stivers

House of Representatives for 91st District
Democrat: Ted “Teddy” Edmonds
Republican: Gary Wayne Herald

Soil and Water Conservation Supervisors
Ronnie R. Brandenburg
Charles Lynn Cooper
David Jennings
George D. Marshall
Jimmy Chambers

School Board
District 1: Curtis Davis vs. Jeff Cornett
District 3: Larry Burgess, Darlene Chambers, Melissa Lacy Judd, Willis More, and Lynda Congelton

Beattyville City Council
Seven Candidates will compete for six seats on the council. the six top vote getters will be awarded the seats. Incumbents Richard Adams, Samuel Cockerham, Mitch Cornelius, Teresa Coomer Mays and Charlotte Hogan will face new comers, Steve David Rader and Stephen Paul Begley.

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