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Louisa buisnessman Gene Wilson said yesterday that he ls getting to the 208 figure reqired to put the question to a vote in a special election.
"We still lack about 50 but we have haf 600 - 700 that were not eligible voters, so we are now working on getting those few that we lack," Wilson said.
He said the effort is "imperitive" if the city is to grow.
"It's just not right to be the only city along the Country Music highway that does not allow alcohol," Wilson said. "We are losing the through traffic business as well as the local business and the tax monies that go with it."
All sic city council members have signed the petition to show leadership on the issue.
The petitions can be found in City Hall, Gene Wilson Law offices, or the Best Western Hotel. If more information is needed please feel free to contact the Gene Wilson Law Offices at 638-9601, arrangements can be made to bring the petition to you for signing.
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Corbin rakes in over $721,000 in alcohol taxes; nearly $200,000 more than expected
By Dean ManningCorbin/Whitley News JournalThe City of Corbin took in more than $700,000 in revenue from taxes on the sale of alcoholic beverages during the first year of legalized sales.According to information released by Corbin Alcoholic Beverage Control officials, Alcohol receipts reported during the year totaled $721,351.13, exceeding the $550,000 the city had estimated in the 2012-13 budget.A breakdown of the revenue by type was not available for July through November. However, alcohol taxes and license fees generated $176,355.36Since then the various types of sales and the revenue each has produced includes:• Restaurant sales $47,803.22• Retail stores beer $127,283.30• Package stores beer $136,244.61• Package stores liquor $218,914.64• License fees $14,750When sales began, Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney estimated the city would bring in approximately $40,000 per month.The city brought in more than $22,000 from the sale of beer in June 2012. In July and Aug., 2012, the revenue increased to more than $44,000.The sale of hard liquor, which began with the opening of Liquor World and Liquor King, provided another boost to the tax revenue. In November, Corbin collected $65,307.27. In December, the numbers jumped again, reaching $76,857.Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams said city officials have estimated the alcohol tax revenue in the range of $550,000 to $600,000 when they prepared the 2013-14 city budget.“It’s given us some freedom that we’ve not had before to deal with unforeseen circumstances without having to borrow money,” McBurney said of the revenue from the alcohol taxes.In addition, work continues on replacing damage sections of the city sidewalks.“This town’s sidewalks have deteriorated to the point that they were terrible,” McBurney said previously. “That’s something we really wanted to see fixed and improved.”The money has also allowed for the emergency replacement of a pump at the underpass on Roy Kidd Ave., and was used to purchase new police cruisers and for expansion and remodeling of the Corbin Fire Department.Also, McBurney noted that the added money to the city coffers has, enabled the city to significantly reduce the cost of business licenses. In 2011, the Corbin City Commission approved an ordinance slashing business license fees roughly 50 percent across the board.
Ashland Community and Technical College will host a FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament December 7 at the Technology Drive Campus. The Tournament for the FIVCO area of Kentucky will be the only Regional Tournament site in the northeastern Kentucky area.
FIRST LEGO is a robotics program designed to get youth ages nine to 14 excited about science and technology. Founded in 1989, the non-profit organization now has over 20,000 teams in more than 70 countries. The teams work on projects that include building robots and designing solutions to real-world problems.
“We want to encourage more interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC Dean of Resource Development and External Relations. “FIRST LEGO also helps youth develop teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills which will be important to them later in life.”
The tournament will be open to new and existing teams from throughout the FIVCO region.
In order to encourage the development of new teams, an anonymous donor has given $10,000 to the ACTC Foundation to establish 10 Challenge Grants.
Local schools or community groups that wish to start a FIRST LEGO League team can apply for a $1,000 challenge grant. The remaining $500-$1000 needed for team materials and activities can then be matched or fundraised by the school or group.
Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach over age 18, can be associated with a new or pre-existing club, organization or homeschooled group. The coach does not need a background in engineering or technology – just an interest in helping students succeed. ACTC will offer workshops this fall to help build and coach FIRST LEGO teams.
Applications for a Challenge Grant will be accepted August 1 to August 30 by the ACTC Advancement Office.
An overview of FIRST LEGO and the Challenge Grant is available on the web at: http://www.ashland.kctcs.edu/FLL_Tournament.aspx. For more information, contact Karen Coburn, ACTC Community Education Coordinator, 606-326-2129 or email: Karen.email@example.com.
L to R: Hotel Manager, Jamie Blanton, Owner, Gene Wilson, Front Desk Clerk, Connie Pinson
Louisa, KY. -- The Best Western Plus in Louisa recently received the Best Western Director's Award for outstanding quality standards. To be eligible for this award, hotels in the chain must score in the top 20 percent of over 2,000 properties in North America in the categories of maintenance and cleanliness. High customer service scores and hotel design are also requirements needed in order to receive the award. The Louisa Best Western Plus scored in the top 5% in North America, ranking 61st of 2,500 hotels.The Best Western Hotel Plus opened in Louisa on December 26, 2011, and features 48 rooms, a heated pool and spa, a fitness facility, as well as a full hot breakfast bar.Hotel Manager, Jamie Blanton said "The Director's Award is a important symbol of success, and confirms the Best Western Plus Louisa's commitment to providing quality accommodations for our guests."
Blanton said that the hotel maintenance, housekeeping, and front desk employees work together as a team to achieve and maintain high standards that are set before them.The hotel is located at 18199 Highway 23, and reservations may be booked by calling 606-638-3418, toll free at 800-WESTERN, or online at www.bestwestern.com.
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