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Kyle Veach

Dukes fire station project delayed, but still a go

In March 2021, Hancock Fiscal Court announced a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace the Dukes Volunteer Fire Department station building in northeastern Hancock County. The project – a 5,900-square-foot building – was touted at the time to be a replacement for the current station, which is more than 40 years old. Officials said…

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EM director seeking grants to purchase storm shelters

In the aftermath of the destructive tornado outbreak of Dec. 10-11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has designated tens of millions of dollars in Hazard Mitigation Grants as part of presidential disaster declaration in Kentucky. Hancock County Emergency Management Director Kyle Veach saw an opportunity to better protect the community from potential storms in the…

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Getting to know you; Hugh Ogle

The first fire I went on, I rode on the back of the old pumper we had then, all the way out there. They had been spraying water and they said, ‘o.k., we are going to draft water from the pond,’ and I put on hip boots and went into the pond and held the…

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Kyle Veach, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency Director

Kyle Veach is the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency Director, Captain at Station 5 of Owensboro Fire Department and has been a part-time EMT in Hancock County since 2010.
   For the last 3 years, Veach has served as EMA Director. He says that it has been, “the highlight of my career to serve my hometown.”…

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911 director says system outdated; county commits to big overhaul

After hearing the county’s 911 communications are so poor that it’s endangering personnel, the county has committed to spend at least $269,000 to bring it up to minimum compliance in the next year. Damien Rice, the county’s 911 director, told the fiscal court Monday that the system had been neglected for so long that it…

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