Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent en New Law Keeps Emergency Rooms Safer <p><a href="">Legislation passed during the 2012</a> General Assembly regular session will help keep patients and employees safer in Kentucky&#39;s emergency rooms. Senate Bill 58 was signed into law April 11 by Gov. Steve Beshear and takes affect July 12. A key point of the law is a police officer now will not have to witness an assault in an ER to place an individual under arrest. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:02:03 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 27916 at Congressional Candidacy <p>First-term Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie has announced his candidacy to represent Kentucky&#39;s Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.&nbsp; Massie&#39;s decision comes one month after incumbent Republican Geoff Davis announced he would not seek re-election in 2012 for the seat he has held since 2004.&nbsp; Massie was campaigning in northern Kentucky Monday, taking advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the closure of his office in Vanceburg. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:23:34 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 19861 at Mild Weather Equals Savings for Governments <p><a href="">So far, so good. That&#39;s the</a> feeling of Mason County Judge-Executive James L. &quot;Buddy&quot; Gallenstein about the mild weather seen in the region coming into 2012. Gallenstein said on Monday the county has realized a savings of about $100,000 compared to the same time last year. &quot;The mild weather thus far has been a blessing. No salt or cinders have been used so far,&quot; said Gallenstein.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:02:09 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 19053 at Maysville Firefighters Paid $155,000 in Overtime <p>In order to comply with an Kentucky Supreme Court ruling, the city of Maysville will pay $155,081 for overtime wages on incentive pay to fire fighters. Complying with the ruling is an issue municipalities across the state have faced since the Kentucky Labor Cabinet changed the way fire fighters were to be paid overtime on incentive pay in 2004. Plaintiffs in the case against the Labor Cabinet are the cities of Richmond, Winchester, Florence, Nicholasville, Glasgow, Cynthiana, Georgetown, Paris, Somerset and Danville; Madison County; and the Central Campbell County Fire District.</p><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:00:23 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 16285 at Declining Revenue Driving Post Office Closures <p><a href="">Technology has delivered a blow to postal delivery</a> in recent years, resulting in a decrease in first class mail customers. That was the message delivered Thursday night to residents of Dover during a town hall meeting about the local post office being targeted for a feasibility study to determine if it will be closed. United States Postal Service District Discontinuance Coordinator Bob Redden cited declining numbers of first class mail moving through the USPS by businesses, reduced walk-in traffic, and declining revenues due to online bill payments, as reasons for the study to the crowd of approximately 50 people who filled the Dover Baptist Church. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:41:28 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 13026 at Floodwall Certification Could Cost Millions <p><a href="">In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005</a>, earthen and cement levies across America came under scrutiny to insure the structures could sustain catastrophic natural disasters. Cities across the nation, including Maysville, are now facing a certification process by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to inspect and correct deficiencies of levees in accordance with 100 year flood guidelines. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:24:04 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 12210 at Bedbugs Found at a Maysville College <p><a href="">Officials at Maysville Community and Technical College</a> are advising faculty and students to be aware bed bugs have been discovered in the college&#39;s tutoring center in the Administration wing of the Maysville Campus.&nbsp; MCTC President Dr. Ed Story sent a notice out Friday, alerting personnel and students the Buffalo Trace Health Department was contacted. The tutoring center and surrounding areas were closed Friday and being treated by exterminators. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:15:55 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 11431 at Mason Bypass Nears Completion <p><a href="">The idea of a limited access bypass was first introduced </a>to Mason County citizens in September 1999. The project was one of the last accomplishments under the tenure of the late State Rep. Pete Worthington and stirred opposition among landowners affected by the proposal. Nearly 12 years later, the footprint of the bypass is visible and construction is expected to be complete in late summer or early fall 2012, a project 13 years in the making. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:22:36 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 10799 at Mason Bypass Nears Completion New Learning Academy Debuts in Mason Co. <p><a href="">When school bells ring Thursday in Mason County</a>, a new learning academy will debut at the high school. The Mason County Learning Academy concept was approved and funded by the Mason County Board of Education to help struggling students experience a new way of learning and provide an avenue of hope toward graduation. With a dedicated faculty, a revamped building, new computers and flexible hours, the district&#39;s investment of $150,000 plus is focused on helping students who are on the verge of failing, thus becoming a drop-out statistic. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:36:46 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 10281 at Default Rate on Student Loans Down <p><a href="">The data on default rates of student loans doesn&#39;t look favorable </a>for Maysville Community and Technical College. But Dr. Ed Story, president of MCTC cautions the data isn&#39;t official yet and Kentucky Community and Technical College staff are working with the U.S. Department of Education to verify the official default rate for MCTC. &quot;Even if it&#39;s close to that, we&#39;re not very happy with it,&quot; said Story of a recent news article that indicates MCTC has a 29 percent three-year default rate on student loans. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:05:02 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 8958 at Wind Power Before Mason County Board <p><a href="">Controversy continues over the possibility </a>of wind turbines being erected in western Mason County. Concerned citizens attended the regular monthly meeting of the Mason County Joint Planning Commission last week. NextEra Energy Resources, a Florida-based company, began conducting studies last year to determine if wind turbines could be feasible in Mason and Bracken counties.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:53:07 +0000 Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent 8277 at