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Clay receives $375 in coal acreage fee

Fiscal courts in 29 counties will receive refunds totaling $149,425 from mining permit and acreage fees. The amounts of refunds are based on acreage fees paid by coal companies. Only two counties (Elliot and Jackson) had lower fees. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources collects mine permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of those fees to coal-producing counties for projects to be determined by the local fiscal courts.


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Stivers on Harvard Panel

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers recently joined a panel of government leaders to discuss the topic, “Governing and Legislating in Divided Times” at the 2017 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) held in Boston, Massachusetts. In conjunction with Harvard University, NCSL convened top legislative leaders from around the country for in-depth discussions about governance and democracy.


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Eclipse will not impact electric service

Next week’s solar eclipse will not impact electric service for Jackson Energy’s more than 51,000 members. While national media reports the event will sideline 9,000 MW of solar farms nationwide, affecting 7 million homes in other parts of the country, the August 21 event will not interrupt service from Jackson Energy’s power supplier, East Kentucky Power.


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FBI honors Clay native

FBI Special Agent Nelson B. Klein a native of Clay County was honored by a state historical marker in Union County in August. He was killed in the line of duty 82 years ago. The marker dedication was hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Society of Former Special Agents, Cincinnati and Indianapolis offices; and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum. Klein died in a shootout with convicted career criminal and car thief, George Barrett. The marker is entitled “Wanted by the FBI” and “Captured by G-Men.”


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New Trooper

Back row left to right: Troopers Wolfe, Boroviak, Thompson and Hopkins. Front row left to right: Troopers Bray, Whiles, Dodson and Parmley.



Logan T. Wolfe, Manchester was one of the eight new Kentucky State Police troopers who have been assigned to Post 11, London. Wolfe has been assigned to Clay County.


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Ice Cream Cake Theft


Seth Messer and Ajayci Cotton


Seth Messer, age 18, of London and Ajayci Cotton, age 19, of Manchester were arrested in London regarding the theft of an ice cream cake from Dunkin Doughnuts. Allegedly Messer stole the cake while Cotton videoed and uploaded it to a social media outlet. Both were charged with burglary (third-degree) and lodged in the Laurel County detention Center.


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How to safely watch the eclipse

If you view the total solar eclipse Monday, August 21 eye safety will be critically important. Totality, the point at which the moon completely blocks the sun, is the only time during a solar eclipse when it is safe to remove special eclipse glasses or viewers to gaze on the obscured sun. Everyone else must view the partially eclipsed sun through eclipse glasses or viewers that meet ISO 12312-2 international standards, or through devices such as pinhole projectors.


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