January 28, 2012
The energy was high in the Fannie Bush Elementary gymnasium Friday afternoon as students heard a message from Earthman about treating the Earth with respect and preventing litter. Earthman, or Lanny Smith, an environmental activist currently based in Florida, led students through song, dance and a slide show, presenting them with facts about what has damaged the Earth and how to fix it. One fact he enlightened them with was that beverage containers make up 60 percent of litter in Kentucky.
December 9, 2009
HARRODSBURG ? The Mercer County Fiscal Court awarded a bid to J.W.I. Restoration in Winchester to clean out the ducts in the courthouse. Tim Peters, with Peters Construction Co., said the duct work will reveal to the court what is inside the ducts. "I'm pretty confident it's air pollution in that duct," he said. Peters said only one out of 11 ducts are having problems. Though Peters suspects air pollution, he said no one will be sure until J.W.I does its cleaning work.
October 28, 2009
STANFORD ? Lincoln Fiscal Court on Tuesday took its first small steps toward addressing concerns about water quality issues in the troubled Hanging Fork watershed area. Magistrates agreed to provide office space for a watershed coordinator paid for by an private foundation, though Magistrate Terry Wilcher balked at the idea of the county reimbursing the coordinator for mileage. Malissa McAlister, public outreach coordinator for the larger Dix River Watershed group, told magistrates the Hanging Fork coordinator's position is close to being funded for three years.
July 8, 2009
Dr. Matthew Sleeth of Wilmore, Ky., a former chief of medical staff of a large hospital, will never forget one of his young patients, 8-year-old Etta Green. It was a hot, humid and hazy day in the nation's capital, and TV meteorologists were warning people with illnesses not to be outside. But Etta and her brother went to a neighborhood playground and were running through a sprinkler to cool off when Etta had an asthma attack. At the hospital, Sleeth took Etta by her little hand and told her "I'm not going to let anything bad happen to you, sweetheart," as she looked into his eyes and squeezed his hand.
January 7, 2009
Dear Editor, In her letter to the editor on Dec. 21, is Louise Parrott kidding? Hasn't she ever experienced a Christmas without snow? To those who listen to Sean Hannity or any of the other conservative Republicans who say that global warming is a joke - come on. I have lived on this Earth for more than three decades and I have never experienced a Christmas with a 65-degree temperature. I do not understand how anyone could experience our current temperature without questioning why things are so much different than they used to be. Christmas with shorts on?
December 4, 2008
BURNSIDE, Ky.- East Kentucky Power Cooperative has announced plans to invest nearly $324 million in its John Sherman Cooper Station in Pulaski County. The cooperative plans to install pollution-reduction equipment to ensure environmental compliance and the future of the plant. "East Kentucky Power Cooperative provides power to more than 1 million Kentuckians, and Cooper Station is critical to making that happen," said Robert Marshall, president and CEO of EKPC. "This will be an investment in the long-term viability of Cooper Station and in the environmental well-being of Kentucky.
November 27, 2008
Lincoln County's Hanging Fork Creek is being polluted with sewage, according to a University of Kentucky water-quality study, and last Wednesday the Board of Health finally got to hear the details. At the quarterly Health Board meeting, members of the Dix River Watershed Council, comprised of representatives from UK, an environmental consulting firm and local landowners, presented their report on the condition of the Hanging Fork. None of the news was good. Twenty-four miles of the creek, which runs through the heart of the county, are unsafe for swimming, wading or fishing because of high levels of E. coli bacteria, according to the report by the UK Water Resource Research Institute.
December 21, 2007
Dear Editor, I am afraid for our town because of what pollution and littering are doing to the nature in our town. I am learning about our town in Mrs. Stamp's class at Jennie Rogers Elementary School. I want the people who are building streets to not build very much. I want people that are polluting to stop. I want people who are littering to stop. We need to find a way to stop this. I am afraid for nature because people are building buildings, a parking garage, and houses in Danville.
April 26, 2007
As part of Bluegrass PRIDE's Bring on the Barrels project, five rain barrels are displayed throughout Danville and will be there until the end of May. They can be found at Danville's city hall, the Community Arts Center, the Historic Antique Mall, The Hub Coffee House & Cafe and The Maple Tree Gallery. These rain barrels were painted by artists and students from Mercer County. Bring on the Barrels is a project that encourages citizens to become aware of water quality issues, especially in the springs.
March 14, 2007
FRANKFORT (AP) - A coal-fired power plant in Mercer County could be shut down if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prevails in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Lexington. The suit alleges that Kentucky Utilities Co. violated the Clean Air Act by operating its plant in Mercer County without using the "best available" emission control technology. The result has been massive amounts of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter released into the atmosphere, according to a 21-page complaint filed by government attorneys.