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APRIL 11, 2018

Lawrence County School Registration

               LWES, FES AND BES PRESCHOOL &       KINDERGARTEN/NORTHEAST HEAD START              

REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT & GUIDELINES 2018-19

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When:  April 20, 2018

When:  9:00 - 1:00

Where:  Lawrence County Community Center        

WHO:

  • Preschool- 3 and 4 year olds with disabilities or developmental delays (please come in for screening including speech concerns)                                                                                                  
  • Preschool- 4 year olds who turn four by August 1st and whose family income is no more than 160% of poverty           
  • Kindergarten- must be 5 years old by August 1st
  • Head Start- All 3 and 4 year old children that meet Federal Income Guidelines

Lawrence County Schools requires that before your child enters school for the first time, you must present:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Shot Record
  • Health Physical
  • Vision Exam
  • Income Verification
  • Dental Screening                                                                                                                                                                     

Registration forms and required school health forms are available at your child’s school.   They will also be distributed the day of registration/screening.

Inquiries should be directed to the following persons:

LWES - Debbie Delong 638-4726                 

FES – Sara Bowen at 826-2351 

BES - Shawn Jennings at 826-3624        

Northeast Head Start- Sharon Sparks at 606-826-0147

 

 

April 10, 2018

Annual Arbor Day Seedling Giveaway is April 21 AT ACTCS

 

Ashland Community and Technical College is hosting the annual Arbor Day Seedling Giveaway on its main campus on April 21. The event will be in the front parking lot of the College Drive Campus from 9 a.m.-noon or until all seedlings are gone.

ACTC is partnering with Kentucky Power and the City of Ashland to giveaway the free seedlings. Limited supplies of eastern redbud, hazelnut, grey dogwood and silky dogwood will be available from Kentucky Power. These low growth trees are great for landscaping and will not grow so tall that they interfere with overhead utility wires or structures.

The city’s tree list is as follows: cypress, eastern redbud, hazelnut, pawpaw, sassafras, silky dogwood, persimmon, Chinese chestnut, Kentucky coffeetree, northern red oak, willow oak and Virginia pine.

ACTC students and employees will assist in the distribution as a service learning project.

While this event is in celebration of National Arbor Day, ACTC is also celebrating its third annual Tree Campus USA recognition.

“Ashland Community and Technical College is proud to be honored with a Tree Campus USA recognition for the third year in a row,” said Paul Seasor, director of maintenance and operations at the college. “Part of how we earn that recognition is by service learning projects like the tree giveaway. Other ways we meet Tree Campus requirements are maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan and dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program. We are thrilled to be partnering with Kentucky Power and the city on this year’s giveaway.”

Seasor said an effort has been made to bring native species of trees back on campus, along with removing invasive species, which will help make the campus more eco-friendly and sustainable.

“We are preserving what healthy trees we do have and when we remove an unhealthy tree, we replace it with a species that is better suited for our region, or is more disease resistant,” he said. “We are planning for the future by following our campus tree plan. This will assure we are looking toward the future of trees on campus.”

 

 

April 6, 2018

Guest Editorial

 

By Jim Paxton
The Paducah Sun

Kentucky's Republican legislators proved Monday that they are nothing of the sort. Just like the Democrats they recently relegated to minority status, GOP lawmakers demonstrated they just can't stop spending.

We suspect this fatal misstep -- and it will be fatal to Republican control of the Legislature come November -- is driven by political cowardice.

GOP lawmakers last week approved a timid pension reform measure in a stealth process ending late at night. The changes will not come close to solving the pension crisis, saving almost no money in the near term.

But the revisions were met with a massive outcry from the teachers' union and other public employee groups. Raucous demonstrations were staged in the capital despite the fact that most of the changes bypass current employees.

So Monday GOP lawmakers ambushed taxpayers with a second stealth measure -- a tax increase. They expanded the 6 percent sales tax to everything from dry cleaning to veterinary care -- a move that will net Frankfort an extra half-billion dollars over the biennium if it stands.

Part of this new money would go to increase classroom funding in a doomed effort to assuage teachers angered by the pension changes. But it is fair to expect some of the largess to also find its way to legislators' age-old practice of handing out fire trucks and other goodies in their districts at election time.

The Republican tax package cuts the top state income tax rate from 6 percent to 5 percent. But it takes much of that back by eliminating a slew of deductions and credits. New tax money comes from expansion of the sales tax to 17 common services. The bill requires Kentuckians to pay sales tax on such items as auto repair labor, landscaping, fitness club memberships and overnight camping slots.

Kentucky voters are outraged, as they should be. Democrats have been trying to pass a sales tax expansion like this since the days of Gov. Paul Patton. That Republicans would do it instead having just won supermajorities in both legislative chambers is surreal.

It is reminiscent of what happened when Louie Nunn in 1967 became the first Republican governor in Kentucky in 20 years. Nunn had run on a promise to reduce taxes. Instead he raised the sales tax by two cents and went on a monumental spending spree. Voters reacted predictably. It was 30 years before Republicans managed to elect another governor.

Gov. Matt Bevin has threatened to veto this bill and he should. Republican lawmakers should be forced to try to override his veto and stand for election having done so.

This newspaper doesn't typically endorse in legislative races. But if this law stands we are likely to make an exception.

We're inclined to issue a blanket endorsement for Democrats in every local legislative race come November. Why not, after all? When one looks at what the nominal Republicans in Frankfort have done this week one can only ask: Republicans? Democrats? What's the difference?

 

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