Heavy rain could not keep Gracie Mann from her appointed rounds Sunday afternoon. The Crossroads Elementary School third-grader pulled a wagon through her neighborhood to collect toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program. And by 2 p.m., just halfway through her planned two-hour walk, she'd already exceeded her goal of 20 toys. She was feeling her neighbors' generosity.
At an age when many children are still mastering the art of walking, Matthew Dedden was riding a horse. Dedden, 13, has been riding since he was 2 and those years in the saddle paid off last month when he became the National Cutting Horse Association Junior World Champion. "That was my goal at the beginning of the year and it took a lot of work, but I got there," Matthew said. He is believed to be the first NCHA world champion at any level from Kentucky.
After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.
Judges are considering a coal company’s appeal of a state decision that places restrictions on surface mining in an area of Floyd County. The case was heard by the Franklin County Court of Appeals ten days ago. Several years ago, Beverly May spearheaded a petition asking the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to declare the area around Wilson Creek in Floyd County unsuitable for mining. The petition was denied, but Cabinet Secretary Len Peters put certain restrictions on mining in the area.
- The Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center in Lexington is among 252 centers targeted for closure as the USPS looks to consolidate its facilities. But the public will get a chance to have their say about the proposal at a meeting tonight.