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Library to hold hearing on tax increase

NEWS BRIEFS:

August 07, 2003

Boyle County Library District has proposed a tax of 4.2 cents per $100 of property valuation.

The tax is a 4 percent increase from last years' 3.9 rate. A public hearing on the increase will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the library.

Homeowners with a house valued at $100,000 would pay $42 or $3 more than last year.

The tax is set by the Boyle County Library Board within state guidelines for taxes. Members said they need the increase to pay for the rising costs of books, library materials, equipment and building maintenance.

Library Director Karl Benson said a portion would be set aside in anticipation of a future library expansion.

The tax is expected to generate $479,707, that is $34,782 more than last year.

Broach applies for city manager's position

Danville Code Enforcement Officer Tom Broach has applied for the vacant city manager position. He has been a police officer with the city since 1980 and became code enforcement officer in 1987.

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City Commissioners plan to have a new city manager hired by the end of the year and in place by Jan. 1.

Railroad Days parade to honor military

JUNCTION CITY - The Railroad Days Festival parade Aug. 23 will honor all past and present military personnel, especially those that have served in Iraq and veterans of past wars.

Participants will line up 10:30 -11 a.m. at the BP station on East Shelby Street. The parade route will be on Main Street from Junction City Baptist Church to Russell Street.

Anyone who would like to be in the parade or volunteer to assist in the parade may call Police Chief Jimmy Gipson at (859)854-3900 from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. weekdays.

No all-terrain vehicles or go carts will be allowed in this year's parade or on the roadways.

Penn Store on endangered list

FORKLAND - Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation has put Penn's Store on its 2003 endangered list. The store, owned by the Penn family since 1850, is America's oldest country store continuously operated by the same family.

It was also the community's first post office. People were once able to buy their meats, dry goods, shoes, fabrics, farming tools and lanterns there. In the early 20th century the governor of Kentucky granted Dick Penn a license to dispense drugs and the store also became a pharmacy.

"Unfortunately, due to deterioration of the structure, it is possible that this unique rural landmark may not exist for future generations to enjoy," according to a press release from the trust.

Reception set for photography winners

Winners of the photography contest held by the Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be announced at a reception 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at McDowell Wellness Center. The top three winners and honorable mentions will be honored and their photographs displayed. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place, donated by Gwinn Island Resort and Marina. The contest was open to all photographers and submitted photographs will be used in tourism promotions and magazine advertising. For more information, call (859) 236-7794.

Free blood pressure screening offered

Nurses Registry and Home Health will host a free blood pressure and general health screening clinic from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at Danville Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

Time to renew contractors' license

Boyle County contractors license and proof of Liability and Workman's Comp insurance are due Jan. 1 of each year. Several have failed to renew licenses and update insurance this year.

All contractors and sub-contractors are required to renew on Jan 1 of each year. General Contract licenses are $100 per year and the sub-contractors licenses are $50 per year.

A certificate of State Required Liability and Workman's Compensation Insurance is to be provided when purchasing the license.

Contact the Boyle County Office of Building Inspector at (859) 238-1107 for insurance renewal or Marcia Pierce at (859) 238-1115 for license renewal.

Liability and Workman's Insurance certificates may be faxed to (859) 238-1108.

Stanford doctor named to committee

Dr. Naren James of Stanford, representing family practice physicians, has been named to the state Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Committee. He will replace Dr. Joseph A. Florence of Busy, who has resigned. James shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending Nov. 15, 2004.



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