News briefs for December 30

December 30, 2004

Five bids submitted for Casey jail addition

LIBERTY - A Danville construction firm submitted the lowest of five bids Wednesday for a 40-bed addition to the Casey County Detention Center.

Doss & Horkey of Danville bid $1,094,745 for the project that will add the beds to house additional inmates and prevent overcrowding at the facility.

Other bidders were Isaac Tattum Construction, Lebanon, $1,54,800; E&H Construction of Shepherdsville, $1,160,000; Roberts Construction of Somerset, $1,183,250; and Owens Construction of Stanford, $1,215,000.


County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright said CMW Architect firm in Lexington has looked at the bids. He said the bids were a little higher than expected and the court will have to decide if it can come up with the money for construction before a decision is made on the contract.

Mercer roads chosen for repaving

HARRODSBURG - Mercer County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a list of county roads to be paved using additional state money awarded by Gov. Ernie Fletcher earlier this year. The $200,000 will go to repave two miles of Hughley Lane, 1.3 miles of Rose Hill Lane, 3.4 miles of Alford Road and less than a mile of Sleepy Hollow Road.

McDowell offers nurse aide class

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center will offer a Medicaid nurse aide class starting in February. Completion of the course offers opportunities for a promising career field, including advancements in the healthcare industry.

The course begins Feb. 7 and continues through March 4. Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Flexner Room at the hospital. Classes will meet each Monday, Wednesday and Friday the first three weeks and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the fourth week.

Enrollment is limited to the first 14 people who pay the fee. Participants must have a high school diploma. The cost for the class is $450, which includes a book and workbook. Upon completing the course, students must take their state boards, which costs an additional $75.

To apply or for more information, call (859) 239-1600.

Fletcher's office hours for January

Gov. Ernie Fletcher has announced that field office hours for area county representatives from Local Initiatives for a New Kentucky, an outreach program aimed to increase communications between the administration in Frankfort and constituents across the state. Constituents can voice their concerns and share opinions and suggestions about how state government can improve. For more information, visit the Governor's Office for Local Development website at

The January schedule is:

2 to 3 p. m. Jan. 20, Garrard County Courthouse, Lancaster, county judge-executive's office.

2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 25, Mercer County Fiscal Court building, Harrodsburg.

11 a.m. to noon, Jan. 26, Boyle County Courthouse judge-executive's office.2-3 p.m. Jan. 26, Harvey Helm Public Library, Church Street, Stanford.

Whitfield reps to be in Casey

LIBERTY - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield's field representative, Sandy Simpson will be at the Casey County Courthouse from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday. She will help residents seeking federal assistance or having problems involving federal agencies. She also will help with inquiries about Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits or other federal programs.


Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross - annual meeting noon Jan. 5 at the chapter headquarters at 447 S. Third St. to make its annual report and elect officers.

Liberty City Council - 5 p.m. today for a special meeting at City Hall. The agenda includes consideration of a zoning ordinance, and discussion of Ressie Grider property, Gateway Park, Lucian Lawson property and maintenance building addition. An executive session to discuss personnel also is planned.

Casey Fiscal Court - 5 p.m. Monday at the courthouse. The agenda includes consideration of budgets from the clerk and sheriff.

Holiday closing

Junction City Hall will be closed Friday for the New Year's holiday.

Casey County Courthouse will be closed Friday for the holiday and be open Monday.

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