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County receives federal grant for Vastwood splash pad area

Hancock County Fiscal Court has received a $200,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to construct a splash pad and other improvements at Vastwood Park. Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said the planned improvements are part of ongoing efforts to improve the county’s parks facilities, which also include South Hancock Park and the Lewisport Boat Ramp…

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Coleman visits Lewisport, awards $390K for water and road projects

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman was received by an enthusiastic crowd at Lewisport’s Pell Administration Building Tuesday as she announced more then $390,000 in infrastructure funding for two local projects. Coleman announced $320,325 to the City of Lewisport for water system booster station improvements and the addition of 2,900 feet of waterlines. The improvements will connect…

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Fiscal Court approves three percent hike in conservation outlay

Representatives of the Hancock County Conservation District requested a 17-percent increase in the Fiscal Court contribution to its operating budget, with the stated purpose to help create a retirement plan for the district’s two employees. The district requested $79,905, which the representatives said would allow for a three-percent salary increase for full-time Conservation Technician Gary…

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Guthrie visits Hancock to hear of local needs and issues

Second District U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie visited Hancock County Monday, meeting with local education and government leadership to learn about local needs and priority projects he could likely assist with. Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) made stops at North Hancock Elementary School – where he talked to fifth-grade students about the separation of powers in federal government…

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Court approves purchases of equipment

Hancock County Fiscal Court has approved the purchase of two dump trucks for use by the Road Department, though one of the trucks will not be delivered until at least 2023. Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said one of the bidders could not guarantee delivery until 395 days out after confirmation of order. “This is the…

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Infrastructure Act holds promise for rural Kentucky

  With the passage of the $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act on Nov. 5, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is poised to receive about $5 billion in funding for highway and bridge repair/replacement, public transportation, broadband expansion and electric vehicle charging facilities. While it remains unclear exactly how those monies will be distributed throughout the…

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Hancock County Schools; principal-for-a-day

Hancock County Schools held a principal-for-a-day event was held at all four schools last Friday. Paul Madden Jr., pictured left, served as the principal at South Hancock Elementary School. Johnny “Chic” Roberts served as principal at North Hancock Elementary School, Mike Boling at Hancock County Middle School and Karen Robertson at Hancock County High School…

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Proposed solar farm at Skillman stirs memories of KU fight

The proposed solar farm by Rolling Hills Solar LLC, a subsidiary of National Grid Renewables, in the Skillman’s Bottoms area creates some uncertainty for some county officials. With solar farms being a new industry, the county does not know how this industry affects the county. “There are a lot of questions being asked at the…

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South Hancock Park courts refinished for summer

Residents in the southern part of Hancock County have no excuse for not playing tennis, basketball, softball, or walking, after the county resurfaced the courts at South Hancock Park, completing renovations at the park that have touched nearly every element there. Contractors filled cracks and resurfaced the basketball and tennis courts, leaving them clean, colorful…

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Vastwood gets new fish habitats from state

After six years of work, the environment of Vastwood Lake is improving, and will continue to do so after Kentucky’s Division of Fish & Wildlife installed new fish habitats in the lake last week and will do more next week. State officials were on the lake last Thursday sinking odd looking contraptions made of black…

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