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Candidate Training

The League of Women Voters will conduct a non partisan candidate training session on October 21 in the Imani Baptist Church education facility, Georgetown Road (Lexington) from 9:30 AM till 3 PM. Clay County residents can join Kentucky citizens of all political persuasions who may be interested in running for public office. Registration is required by October 18 online at lwvlexington.com or call 859-494-3203. $30.00 cost includes lunch.


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ColorFall

The Kentucky Department of Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks is launching the 32nd year of the state’s ColorFall program. The ColorFall website, kentuckytourism.com/seasons, highlights peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events across Kentucky. Use the hashtag, #kycolorfall to upload any fall photographs of the gorgeous scenery that can be found while traveling the scenic roads of the Bluegrass.


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Security Screening

Virtual Imaging, Inc. has sold the 300th unit of the RadPRO1 SecurPASS Full Body Security Screening System.2 to Clay County Jail. The RadPRO SecurPASS System helps scan individuals to detect a wide range of dangerous and illegal substances while minimizing the need for physical searches. According to Clay County Jail, it made the decision to purchase the unit based on the positive feedback that it received from those already using the device and Virtual Imaging’s commitment to providing excellent service coverage.


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Truancy problem

Clay County is among a small group of eastern Kentucky school districts that have a truancy rate between 30 and 41 percent. In the 2015-2016 school year, more than 60 percent of Kentucky students were truant, and approximately 40 percent of students met the definition for being habitually truant, according to a recent Kentucky Office of Education Accountability study. Under Kentucky law, a student with three unexcused absences in a school year is considered truant. Under the law, a student who has been tardy without a valid excuse on three or more days, is also considered truant.


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Stivers’ Legislative Update

Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories across the Commonwealth in recent months. The bottom line: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. My colleagues and I have been working diligently in recent months to come up with a solution that will keep the promise to current retirees and employees, while avoiding draconian cuts to education, Medicaid, and other vital government services. So how did we get to this point? In the early 2000’s Kentucky’s pensions were in a healthy condition. While there was not one single cause for the pensions’ downhill slide, one major factor was erroneous actuarial assumptions made by past board members of these systems. The Kentucky Senate led a bipartisan charge in attempts to reform our state’s ailing pensions back in 2007. Unfortunately, that 2007 proposal fell on deaf ears in the House of Representatives.


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Anthem pulls out of Clay County ObamaCare Exchange

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will no longer offer Obamacare exchange plans in Clay and sixty other counties, leaving all Kentucky counties with only one choice in 2018. Anthem offered plans in all 120 Kentucky counties last year, and had earlier planned to do the same, but scaled back to 59 counties in 2018 citing a “shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage.” CareSource will cover Clay and the other 61 Kentucky counties. The Kentucky Department of Insurance also approved rate hikes for Anthem and CareSource’s exchange plans, 41.2 percent and 56 percent respectively. The rate filings are subject to federal approval by Sept. 27.


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Bailey-Lewis participates in Conference

District Court Judge Henria Bailey-Lewis who serves Clay, Jackson and Leslie counties joined fellow judges from across Kentucky to learn more about opioid addiction, substance use disorders and mental health issues at the 2017 Specialty Court Conference in Louisville. The Department of Specialty Courts at the Administrative Office of the Courts provided the “Spark of Hope” conference for the state’s Specialty Court judges, staff and teams. Specialty Courts include Kentucky Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court, DUI Court and Mental Health Court programs.


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Injury Traffic Crash

Kimberly K. Owens, 35, of Knott County, was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she is being treated for her injuries after a wreck on Hal Rogers Parkway. On Wednesday (September 13) morning Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash with injuries near the 8 mile marker in Laurel County. Trooper Millard Root determined that a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt passenger car, operated by Owens was traveling westbound when she crossed the center line and struck a 1997 Volvo commercial vehicle head-on, being operated by Feldon C. Bush, 62, of London. Bush was uninjured. Drug usage is suspected to be a factor in the collision.


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