President Obama's new plan to help millions of people stay in their homes by refinancing their mortgages at low rates raised hopes of easing the housing crisis.
But federal budget cuts have sharply reduced the number of housing counselors who can help distressed homeowners in the nation's hardest hit communities. Banks that own the properties are slow to pick up the tab.
"We are definitely concerned about counseling capacity," says Lemar Wooley, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Hustonville finds itself with a new fire chief and fewer volunteer firefighters Thursday after a dispute over one of the town’s two haunted houses boiled over in a post-Halloween meltdown. Mayor Cecil Maddox said he dismissed Chief Stanley Shepperson on Wednesday afternoon, mostly because Shepperson left the fire department open and allowed cast members of the adjacent Hustonville Haunted House to use it as a dressing room during the last few weeks. Shepperson, however, said he resigned the post because the mayor has been giving him grief and meddling in the department’s affairs for the past year. The disagreement over the haunted house was the final straw, he said.
KU and LG&E are seeking state authorization to spend a total of about $2.5 billion to comply with new federal environmental requirements affecting utilities that burn coal to generate electricity. The utilities estimate that total electric bills for LG&E customers would increase by about 19.2 percent by 2016, while KU customers would see total bills increase by about 12.2 percent over that same time.
Every day, no matter how many hours he puts in at work or devotes to his family, Mark Daniels sets aside enough to write at least one single, solitary page for whatever movie script he has rolling around in his mind at the time. It's a hobby he's had since high school. At 49, it's a hobby that's starting to pay off. Daniels, who works as director of support services for the Corbin Independent School District, is about to see one of his scripts turned into a marketable, feature film for the first time. The movie has a budget of about $1 million and is an independent project, but Daniels said it has some very recognizable actors in it including the legendary Malcom McDowell, Dean Cain and Natalie Distler.
Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof sent a letter home to parents of students at Wright Elementary Wednesday concerning knives at school. It's the second letter parents of the school have received in three days. Knives were found either in possession of students or on school grounds on three different occasions over the last seven days.
Lawrence County Judge-Executive John Osborne has declared war on junk cars and abandoned, run-down buildings. Osborne released a letter to the public via Solid Waste Coordinator Bill Richards that says the county will begin to enforce a 2004 ordinance which prohibits these type of materials from ruining the scenic beauty of the area. Those who ignore the clean up effort will be taken to court, the letter says.
Westside Volunteer Fire Department Chief James R. Douglas and his brother, Assistant Chief Jerry G. Douglas Jr., were arrested on allegations they stole thousands of dollars from fire department funds, according to a Thursday morning press release from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence was seized, and James Douglas and Jerry Douglas Jr. were both arrested, according to the release.
Three years after merging their operations, the Highland Heights and Southgate police departments may become separate entities again. The Highland Heights City Council Tuesday night had a first reading to withdraw the city from the Highland Heights Southgate Police Authority. The authority was the first of its type in Kentucky but the Highland Heights mayor said his city wants to disband because residents don't feel comfortable with the arrangement.
Tim Hazlette, a former colonel with the Kentucky State Police, will serve as Campbellsville’s next police chief. Mayor Tony Young made the recommendation to hire Hazlette during a special Campbellsville City Council meeting Tuesday night. Hazlette takes the reigns of Campbellsville Police Department on Dec. 1. Dennis Benningfield is retiring on Nov. 30 after six years as chief.