Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin talked to local residents in Louisa about road funds going to both Louisa and Lawrence County in August. Photo by Glenn Puit.

ASHLAND Gov. Matt Bevin will be in Boyd County Saturday, first for an announcement in Catlettsburg and later at the Ashland Alliance Banquet.

According to the Boyd County Fiscal Court, Bevin will make a special announcement regarding the region at 11 a.m. on the old Boyd County Courthouse steps.

Protestors will be present at the courthouse, according to Melissa Conley, the Boyd County Education Association’s president.

“He is going to be presenting Boyd County a check for roads, but we want him to know eastern Kentucky is not for sale,” Conley said. “We will gladly take the checks, but we know what he is doing. He is giving it right before Election Day, and it’s a little too late and eastern Kentucky can’t be bought.”

“We know the best education in eastern Kentucky is a public education,” she added.

Conley said schools, labor unions and the Kentucky Education Association will be represented among protestors.

“Our Kentucky kids are worth it, and we will keep fighting with everything we have to make sure it’s the best thing they can have,” she said. “He says he is pro-life, but pro-life is taking care of them after they get here. It’s ridiculous to call yourself pro-life, but he is about cutting health care for children who come from disadvantaged homes.”

Bevin is scheduled to be at Raceland City Park at 1:30 p.m.

Bevin will be one of the speakers at the Ashland Alliance event held at the Paramount Arts Center. There hasn’t been any confirmation that protestors will be at this event, but Tim Gibbs, president of the Ashland Alliance, said he has heard there may be some.

“It’s everyone’s right,” Gibbs said. “All we want is to have a safe and pleasant opportunity for the people who attend. We ask everyone to be civil. We respect the right for people to have their opinion be heard, but we are working toward making it be the best possible night we can for everyone involved.”

Gibbs added in prior years when Bevin has attended there were rumors of protestors, but they never showed up.

“This is the fourth time in a row our governor has come to our dinner. It’s an event he loves to come to,” Gibbs said. “This is not a political event whatsoever.”

The event will have 10 different serving stations throughout the first and second floor for those attending. The Ashland Alliance Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Mitch Barnhart, the University of Kentucky’s athletic director, is also slated to speak.

The event will move to the Delta Hotel by Marriott, where there will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 7-8:30 p.m. and music and dancing from 8:30-11 p.m.

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