Ashland, keep boiling water
ASHLAND - While Ashland’s water situation has improved substantially over the past 48 hours, the entire system remains under a boil-water advisory, and City Manager Ben Bitter said Wednesday it will likely be several days before it’s lifted.
According to Bitter, the system has to be pressurized and tests must show the water is safe to drink before the notice can be removed. He said he didn’t expect that to happen before the end of the weekend.
Also, the city of Raceland announced Wednesday its boil advisory had been lifted.
Boyd library has GPS devices
ASHLAND - Hand-held GPS devices are the newest items in the Checkout Your Community collection at the Boyd County Public Library. They are available for checkout this week, just in time for a series of geocaching experiences sponsored by Ashland and Healthy Choices Kentucky. The first adventure is planned for Saturday at the bandstand in Central Park.
For more information, visit healthychoiceskentucky.com.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt in which the participants use a global positioning system-enabled device, such as the Garmin eTrex 10 devices available at BCPL. The library has two in its collection.
Library card holders can place a hold on items by searching “Checkout Your Community” in the BCPL catalog, which can be found at thebookplace.org.
For more information, email circulation supervisor Ben Nunley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1210.
Open house set at ABC Counseling
RUSSELL - ABC Counseling will have an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 1451 Diederich Blvd. to celebrate National Play Therapy Week, which concludes Saturday.
Licensed mental health professionals remind the public of the value of play, Play Therap and Registered Play Therapists.
The Association for Play Therapy uses play therapeutically to help clinics, especially children, to describe and manage behaviors and mental health problems.
Licensed professionals include counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, clinical social workers and many school counselors and psychologists.
Russell Family Resource Youth Service council, 9 a.m., conference room, primary school.
Ashland, keep boiling water
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Stumbo questions Noah’s Ark incentives, backs off on expanded gambling
Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of state incentives for a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in Grant County.
Night Moves for First Friday
A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
‘Arts in the Vines’ will be in conjunction with U.S. 60 Yard Sale
Offering a different taste of life in Carter County, the owners of RockSprings Winery are inviting locals and visitors to the U.S. 60 Yard Sale to spend some time in their vineyards during the first “Arts in the Vines” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Grimes zeroes in on women’s issues with latest ad
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with a third television ad posing questions from Grimes’ supporters to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
UPDATE: OEA to investigate Fairview
State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.
Superintendent Bill Musick on Wednesday confirmed that two teams of investigators from the state Office of Educational Accountability will interview him and other officials.
Others to be interviewed include school board members, council members of Fairview High and Fairview Middle schools, finance director Ernie Sharp and pupil personnel director Brant Creech.
Interviews will be conducted at the high school and the middle school.
The nature of the inquiry is unclear, because the OEA doesn’t release information on its investigations other than final reports.
Musick said the OEA hadn’t told him what the investigation is about. “I don’t know a single question they’re going to ask,” he said. He said such visits are “not unusual.”
Other sources say complaints have been lodged with the OEA about a number of irregularities, and that the OEA will examine Musick’s status and whether the board acted illegally in February when it rescinded its acceptance of his resignation.
Musick had announced his retirement and tendered his resignation in the wake of a separate investigation by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association that penalized the district for using an ineligible player in 2012 and 2013.
Musick said then that he was ready for retirement but later said he had had a change of heart and asked the board to reconsider his resignation.
The Kentucky Department of Education’s legal department said the rehiring was illegal but the finding doesn’t have any enforcement power and the school board has not taken any further action.
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Stumbo says Bissett 'handpicked' by McConnell
Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo said Wednesday there’s an obvious reason the president of the Kentucky Coal Association has publicly defended Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support of the coal industry.
Acoustic jam night at Callihan's
With the onset of patio season, the staff at Callihan’s American Pub & Grill have adopted a new program for Wednesday’s open-invitation entertainment with the all new Callihan’s Acoustic Jam Session, providing a stage for local talent and a spotlight for a featured musician each week.
Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center
Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.
MARK MAYNARD: Parking, history, and some wiffleball
The calendar flips to August tomorrow and some students in the area will be back in school next week.
Students need better counseling to contribute more to the region, working group says
A group studying how education can lift the economy of Appalachian Kentucky has several ideas, including a “counseling for careers” approach that would begin for students no later than middle school and continue through high school.
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