News Briefs for Sept. 16

September 16, 2004

Mercer awarded homeland security funds

HARRODSBURG - Mercer County will receive two grants for homeland security.

Sen. Dan Kelly, R-Springfield, and Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that Mercer, Marion and Nelson counties will share a total of $143,733 and that Mercer in conjunction with 12 other counties will share a total of $777,076.

"Utilization of this grant money will help upgrade the communications equipment our public safety officials use on a daily basis," Kelly said.

"The equipment-computing devices that send and receive information over a wireless network will instantaneously provide our first responders with priceless information while they are out patrolling and protecting our communities."


The majority of the grant funds will go toward improving communications equipment for first responders and will bring the state closer to having a statewide voice and data interoperable network.

Other areas of funding include community assessments and planning.

Gun range named for Cloyd

Danville City Commission voted Monday to name the police firing range for the late Lt. Jim Cloyd.

The former Danville police officer worked for the city for more than 20 years. He was a watch commander, training officer and the financial enforcement officer.

Police Chief Jeff Peek called Cloyd one of the finest officers ever to have worked for Danville.

Fall cleanup scheduled in Perryville

PERRYVILLE - Perryville will have its annual fall cleanup Sept. 28. Large bulky items will be accepted as part of regular trash pickup.

Items that will not be accepted include refrigerators containing Freon, as well as tires, automotive oil and other hazardous materials. For more information on what items are accepted, call (859) 332-8361.

Ambulance employees to staff ballgames

LANCASTER - Garrard County Board of Education approved a contract with the Fiscal Court Tuesday to pay for additional ambulance employees at home football and soccer games.

The school district will pay $1,630. Previously, this was a volunteer service, and the ambulance workers could get called off to other incidents. Up to two employees will now be dedicated to the games.

Sound the bells for freedom

LANCASTER - Gov. James Garrard Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Lancaster joins other DAR members nationwide to encourage communities, churches, schools, courthouses and individuals to participate in the 217th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution by flying the American flag during Constitution Week, Friday through Sept. 23.

The DAR requests people ring bells at 4 p.m. Friday with other people who will participate in the Sound of Patriotism simultaneously from coast to coast.

The DAR honors Americans who fought in the American Revolution and are now fighting in places throughout the world so that people now and generations to come may have freedom for a better life, according to the DAR.

College offers tuition assistance

National College of Business & Technology in Danville is offering up to $4,000 a year in tuition assistance to help workers improve their skills or learn skills for a new career.

The workforce development grant will help fund the education of those who are eligible for federal job training funds.

Under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, each state has established "one-stop" centers where job seekers can learn what assistance in available.

Included in workforce preparation is the provision of WIA and Trade Act education funds for dislocated workers or those at an economic disadvantage.

"This grant will help more people get the education they need," said Stacie Catlett, campus director. "That, in turn, will improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation's economy."

Register to vote by Oct. 4

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 4, according to the Boyle County clerk's office. The election is for president, Danville City Commission and Junction City Council.

Ham Days festival coming up

LEBANON - Marion County Country Ham Days 35th Celebration will be Sept. 25-26 on Main Street.

Events include a country ham breakfast, music, arts and crafts, carnival, PIGasus parade, flea market, kids and adult contests, climbing wall, mechanical bull, car, truck and motorcycle show, Pokey Pig 5K and more.

Most events are free. Call (270) 692-9594 or visit for more information.

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