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New Board, New Year

Anthony Pennington, Lynn Camp’s principal, again took home the trophies for attendance for middle school and high school. Pennington's schools have held the trophies since the beginning of the school year.

Anthony Pennington, Lynn Camp’s principal, again took home the trophies for attendance for middle school and high school. Pennington’s schools have held the trophies since the beginning of the school year.

Gordon Hinkle and newly-elected board member Peggy Gray are sworn in by Judge Skip Hammons. Photos by David Stewart

Gordon Hinkle and newly-elected board member Peggy Gray are sworn in by Judge Skip Hammons.
Photos by David Stewart

It was Peggy Gray’s election and Gordon Hinkle’s re-election that had Judge Skip Hammons working after hours to ensure all Knox County Board members were sworn in officially.

Once everything was in order, future school board meetings were set for the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Annex with the exception of: (March, Knox Middle School), (April, Lynn Camp), (September, Knox Central High).

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Promise Zone delivers in first year

Jerry Rickett

Jerry Rickett

By Jerry Rickett

It’s been a year of firsts for Kentucky’s Promise Zone. We’ve hired a coordinator, created a strategic plan, established six working committees and conducted meetings in each of the eight Southeastern Kentucky counties in the zone.

Last year, President Obama announced that Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley would become of one of the five federal Promise Zones. As such, the area will gain a competitive advantage in applying for federal funds as well as additional assistance from various federal agencies that oversee housing, education, economic development, agriculture and safety. Those agencies also will provide increased coordination to help the counties maximize federal and private investment.

We’ve listened. We’ve collaborated. We’ve planned. And those efforts already are paying off.

Programs in the Promise Zone have attracted more than $109 million in funding. Investments already are being made in areas such as education; medical facilities; college and career readiness; online information technology degree and certificate programs; workforce training; health and anti-drug initiatives; and housing and energy-efficiency projects. Some of the highlights include:

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Third utility trailer recovered

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dylan southerland

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The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department recovered a reported stolen utility trailer in Keavy Wednesday evening Jan. 14. The trailer had apparently been stolen from Cornett subdivision off Ward Cemetery road approximately six miles south of London recently.

The 5 x 14 utility trailer had apparently been sold to a buyer who was unaware that it had been stolen. The buyer saw a recent newscast reporting the recovery of two other trailers and the arrest of two subjects allegedly possessing and selling stolen trailers.

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