Casey County eligible for disaster aid
FRANKFORT - Casey County is among an additional 10 Kentucky counties that are eligible for federal Public Assistance reimbursement and program grants under President Barack Obama's Major Disaster Declaration of Feb. 5, according to officials of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Public assistance is available to eligible state and local governments as well as certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. The goal is to help rebuild public infrastructure damage from the January ice storm, which is the worst in Kentucky history.
All 103 designated counties are eligible for reimbursement for debris removal and emergency protective measures.
The federal share of the costs is 75 percent, with the remaining share coming from local and state government.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
Cedar Creek holds bird-dog trial
Cedar Creek Sportsman Club will host the Kentucky Open Bird Dog Pointing Field Trial Saturday and Sunday. Top dogs from several states will compete for more than $4,000 in prize money and the honor of being named Kentucky Open grand champion for 2009. Visitors are welcome.
A country ham breakfast will be served Saturday morning, with pork loin for lunch. Breakfast also will be served Sunday morning, with ribeye steak for lunch. Breakfast is 7-8:30 a.m. and lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The club is six miles east of Stanford on U.S. 150, across from Cedar Creek Lake.
Equine operators eligible for emergency loans
Regulations have changed to allow equine farmers, whose primary enterprise is to breed, raise and sell horses, to apply for an Emergency Loan with the Farm Service Agency, according to Robert Finch, acting state executive director, of FSA. This change is a result of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Farmers must have experienced a physical loss due to weather related damage to their property to apply. These losses may include damage to buildings, fence, hay and pasture. Horse owners who are solely involved in racing, showing, training, boarding, pleasure or other non-production pursuits will not be eligible for these emergency loans.
Emergency loans may be approved at 3.75 percent up to a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Loan terms may be for a period of one to 40 years, depending on the intended use of the loan funds, type of security, and the available cash flow. All applicants must show a need for the loan in order to obtain adequate credit at rates and terms which they can reasonably be expected to meet. All applicants must have an acceptable credit history.
To be eligible for an emergency loan, the operation must be located in a county declared a disaster by the president for individual assistance or a designation by either the secretary of agriculture or the FSA administrator. The following declarations are currently active for Kentucky:
* 2008 drought: All counties are eligible for damage in 2008 due to drought and high winds. The application deadline is July 1.
* 2009 ice storm: 112 counties are eligible for losses from the January ice storm and may apply through Oct. 26.
For additional information about emergency loans or other FSA programs, contact local service centers or visit the Web site at www.fsa.usda.gov.
CPR classes offered
American Red Cross Central Kentucky Chapter is scheduling CPR and first aid classes.
For more information or to schedule a class, call Nina Burger at (859) 236-6534, or stop by the office at 454 S. Third St.
Not the same person
Tammy Sears of 518 Danville Ave., Stanford, has asked the newspaper to state that she is not the Tammy Sears, 39, of Stanford, who was listed in a police item in Tuesday's paper on endangerment and drug charges.
LCMS softball team sets fundraiser