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DECEMBER 29, 2017

Rotarians gathered for their weekly meeting on Thursday, December 29th at the Southern Spoon for their last meeting of the year. As always the meeting began with a prayer for our community, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the reciting of the Rotarian four-way test.

LOUISA ROTARY 12/28/17 - From L to R Chris Jobe, President of Louisa Rotary, Jimmy Rowe, owner of SERVPRO, and Kathy Bamer, Marketing Manager of SERVPROLOUISA ROTARY 12/28/17 - From L to R Chris Jobe, President of Louisa Rotary, Jimmy Rowe, owner of SERVPRO, and Kathy Bamer, Marketing Manager of SERVPRO

President Chris Jobe as always asked if anyone celebrated a birthday or anniversary during the past week. Jailer Roger Lee Jordan was celebrating a birthday, and tradition goes you pay one dollar when you do. Guests for the week were introduced and recognized, among those were Sarah Lycans, daughter of member Steve Lycans, LMS principal Joey Cecil and Austin Taylor, son of members Tommy and Ellen Taylor.

Speakers for the week were from Servpro with offices located in the Flatwoods, Ky. area, and serve Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Boyd and Lawrence Counties.

Jimmy and Jerry Rowe are the owners and also cousins. They have been in business for a little over 5 years.

Their marketing manager, Kathy Bamer spoke about Servepro and what they do. She also spoke to the character of the owners, saying that together they are "unstoppable and hands on." They are both married and both are veterans. They not only do the work that Servpro is known for, they are also very involved in giving back to their community of Flatwoods.

The Rowes not only give help in many ways to their own community, they also help out others when a disaster hits. Just recently they took a six man storm team to Houston, Texas.

"They worked anywhere from 14 to 16 hours a day to help in the cleanup of the storm that hit hard," Ms. Bamer said. "They stand behind their motto, it being, 'Like it never even happened!'.

She stated that they do every type of cleanup jobs from carpets to catastrophes such as when the Pentagon was attacked. Servpro trucks were everywhere and cleaned it up to the point that when they are done, their clients feel as if it is better than it was before, Ms. Baden said.

Servpro also provides a free service to come in your home or business and set up a file of all water cutoffs, identify all inventory, etc. so you have peace of mind knowing that if something happens, they have a informative folder that basically tells them everything about your building and it's contents. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day (even Christmas) their number is 606-836-8000 and their Facebook address is facebook.com/servpro10192

After the speaker concluded, President Jobe presented them with a Rotarian coin and the meeting was adjourned for the week.

 

DECEMBER 28, 2017

Governor's office offers bleak picture of state funding with low tax receipts and big bills...

 

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Office of State Budget Director

Matthew G. Bevin, Governor

John E. Chilton
State Budget Director

 

*  Estimates of FY 2018 Revenue and the Budget Reduction Order

*  The budget for the next biennium

*  Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Thursday, December 28, 2017 - On December 15, the Consensus Forecasting Group (CFG) revised their “official” estimate of tax receipts for this fiscal year – FY 2018. The CFG determined that General Fund revenues will be $156 million less than previously budgeted. In response to their determination and in accordance with statutory requirements, Governor Bevin has issued a BUDGET REDUCTION ORDER that specifies spending reductions prior to the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2018.

Language in the biennial budget bill (2016 HB 303, Part VI) requires spending reductions equal to the shortfall to be allocated proportionately among all branches that receive money from the General Fund budget. Additionally, the Governor, the Chief Justice, and the Legislative Research Commission are required to implement reductions for their respective branch budget units as may be necessary to resolve the shortfall.

In accordance with the budget bill, the shortfall, after adjustment for dedicated severance tax revenue, is allocated to the three branches of government in proportion to their share of General Fund spending for the fiscal year.

Executive Branch $152,523,900 1.3%
Legislative Branch 807,900 1.3%
Judicial Branch 4,668,200 1.3%

Total $158,000,000

How the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch implement reductions is up to the heads of each of those branches. Within the Executive Branch budget, reductions are allocated among the Executive Branch agencies and the Constitutional Officers in proportion to their share of General Fund spending for the fiscal year:

Constitutional officers:

* Attorney General $ 141,000 1.3%

* Auditor of Public Accounts 63,300 1.3%

*  Department of Agriculture 217,800 1.3%

*  Secretary of State 22,800 1.3%

*  State Treasurer 25,400 1.3%

*  Other Executive branch budget units 152,053,600 1.3%

Total $152,523,900

The schedule attached to the Budget Reduction Order details the spending reductions for each appropriation unit within the other Executive Branch units.

The FY 2018 spending reductions are less than requested by the Governor when he asked for planning estimates earlier this year because the Budget Reduction Order addresses only the revenue shortfall and cannot be used to replenish the Rainy Day Fund. In addition, spending reductions specified in the Budget Reduction Order affect more agencies, thereby reducing the percentage applicable to most agencies.

*  The Next Biennium

*  Fiscal years 2018-2019 & 2019-2020

In addition to addressing revenues for this fiscal year (FY 2018), the CFG issued their “official” estimate of General Fund receipts for the next biennium – fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. While the CFG projects a slight overall increase in tax revenues compared to FY 2018, the increases are modest for FY2019 and 2020 – $287.5 million and $284.1 million or about 2.7% and 2.6%, respectively.

In addition to only modest increases in revenue, the Commonwealth will be addressing various budgetary strains associated with pension funding, Medicaid, and other funding requests. Furthermore, responsible budgeting demands that the Budget Reserve Trust Fund be replenished to a reasonable level. As a result, it is certain that there will be a need to reduce spending well beyond the reductions implemented in the FY 2018 Budget Reduction Order. Those spending reductions are likely to approximate one billion dollars.

In this Budget Reduction Order, as in the past, spending reductions have not been ordered in cases that would jeopardize important governmental activities such as K-12 education (including the funding of the SEEK formula), corrections, Commonwealth and County Attorneys, Election Finance, Kentucky Retirement Systems, Teachers Retirement Systems, Board of Elections, Executive Branch Ethics Commission, School Facilities Construction Commission, Local Government Economic Assistance and Development Funds, Economic Development, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, etc. Protecting those categories from reductions in the next biennium will be difficult, if not impossible – there is just not enough revenue to satisfy all of the funding needs.

 

December 27, 2017

The body of Paul Bowen, 7, was found on the West Virginia side of the Tug Fork River on Christmas Day according to the Martin County Sheriff John Kirk on his FB page.

The tragedy has everyone in the area holding their children a little closer.

A Christmas gathering that included neighbors and members of the family was at the residence having dinner when it was discovered that young Paul was not anywhere around the house.

A huge search party looked for the boy, and Sheriff Kirk says that a couple driving by saw the child floating down the river in the Warfield community in Martin County.

The Kermit Vol. Fire Department found a hat at the scene where the child was believed to have fallen in, and his body was discovered about a half a mile from there.

Family members are now coming together to remember his life. Donations can be made in Paul Bowen's name to the Mullins Family Funeral home in Warfield to help pay for funeral expenses.

Obituary information:

Paul Luther Bowen, 7, of Hode, KY went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 25, 2017 due to an accident.

He was born on April 22, 2010, a son of Joshua and Tiffany Lambert Bowen of Warfield, KY. Paul was a student at Warfield Elementary School, where he was loved by the staff and students alike. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Paul L. Bowen, paternal great-great grandparents, Luther and Philista Horn.

Little Paul is survived by two brothers, Zachary and Daniel as well as 1 sister, Arianna all of Hode, KY. He is also survived by his paternal great-grandparents, Melvin and Marian Sue Bowen of Warfield, KY, maternal grandmother, Beronica Mollett of Tomahawk, KY, Maternal grandfather, Timothy Lambert of Latty, OH, maternal great grandfather Clinton (Criss) Mollett of Tomahawk, Ky Maternal great grandmother, Diane (Paul) Fannin of Louisa, maternal great great grandmother’s Bertha Lambert of Hart’s Creek, WV and Rhioda Newsome of Prestonsburg, KY.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the Mullins Family Funeral Home, Warfield, KY with Joe McGinnis, Kenneth Gore, and Bill Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Melvin Bowen Cemetery of Hode, KY.

Visitation will be from 11:00am - 9:00pm on Thursday with services at 7:00 pm at the Mullins Family Funeral Home, Warfield, KY. Mullins Family Funeral Home is honored to be able to serve the family of Paul Luther Bowen and praying for their comfort. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the funeral home to help with with the funeral expenses.

Tribute from former Warfield Elementary principal Terry Quillen:

 

This is Paul Bowen. When I was principal at Warfield Elementary School, he was a student and was still a student until his tragic death on Christmas Day. I hired a photographer, Martin County's very own Marty Wayne, aka Martin Copley, to come to WES and do a photo shoot and this was one of the priceless pictures he took. Paul loved an audience and demanded one, and the WES staff and community gladly obliged. It was all hands on deck when he was around and I loved it. Rest in Peace little buddy.This is Paul Bowen. When I was principal at Warfield Elementary School, he was a student and was still a student until his tragic death on Christmas Day. I hired a photographer, Martin County's very own Marty Wayne, aka Martin Copley, to come to WES and do a photo shoot and this was one of the priceless pictures he took. Paul loved an audience and demanded one, and the WES staff and community gladly obliged. It was all hands on deck when he was around and I loved it. Rest in Peace little buddy.