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PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center (CEOC) will host a FAFSA and Enrollment Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, November 30 at the Kentucky Career Center, located at 138 College Street in Pikeville.

“We are proud to partner with the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center and the Kentucky Career Center to bring this opportunity to the community,” said Billie Jean Cole, director of enrollment management at BSCTC. “For many, the FAFSA can be a daunting process, but we’ll be on hand to explain the process and assist people in completing their application.”

This year, federal guidelines pushed the start date of the application to October 1. The deadline was created to better align with college admission dates.

BSCTC has financial aid staff on its Prestonsburg, Pikeville and Mayo campuses Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The college offers 30 programs and more than 200 credentials. Spring classes start January 9.

For more information, contact Billie Jean Cole at (606) 886-3863, Ext. 94808 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover Names Transition Team 

Jeff HooverHoover Jeff HooverHoover FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 17, 2016) – Speaker-Elect Jeff Hoover announced today the formation of a transition team that will help chart the future of the Kentucky House of Representatives. 

 

Hoover’s transition team draws on his 20 years of legislative experience, and includes both Republicans and Democrats. The transition team will be co-chaired by former Representative Danny Ford and former Speaker Bobby Richardson.

“Rep. Ford and Speaker Richardson are highly skilled former legislative leaders with extensive knowledge of the legislative process, and are respected by members of both parties,” said Hoover, who will become the first Republican Speaker in nearly 100 years. “I’m honored to have them leading this transition.”

Danny Ford, a former Republican Representative from Mt. Vernon, holds the distinction as being the longest serving Republican legislator in the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He was first elected in 1981 and served until 2013.  During his tenure, he served in a variety of leadership roles, most notably as House Republican Floor Leader from 1995-2001.  He is the owner of Ford Brothers Auction and Real Estate.

“We intend to run Speaker-Elect Hoover’s transition in a deliberate manner,” said Ford.  “The Commonwealth is faced with a historic opportunity to truly change the direction for a better Kentucky. I am incredibly excited to contribute to Speaker-Elect Hoover’s transition into Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.”

Bobby Richardson, a former Democrat Representative from Glasgow, served in the House of Representatives from 1971-1990.  His service included a variety of leadership roles, most notably serving as the 82nd Speaker of the House from 1981-1985.  He is an attorney in private practice.

“I believe the composition of this transition team gives a good idea of the way Speaker-Elect Hoover will govern, particularly relating to the inclusion of members from both parties,” said Richardson.

Joining former Representatives Ford and Richardson is an expansive list of past and present legislators, including:

  • Senator Julian Carroll – Former Representative (D – Paducah), and current Senator   (D—Frankfort), Carroll served in the House of Representatives from 1961 – 1971.  During his House tenure, he most notably served as the 79th Speaker of the House from 1967 – 1971.  At that point, he was elected as Lt. Governor, and then as the 54th Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving in that capacity from 1974 – 1979.  He was elected to the State Senate in 2004, where he has been a member since.  He presently serves as the Senate Minority Whip.

  • Bill Lear – Former Representative Lear (D – Lexington) served in the House of Representatives from 1985 – 1995.  During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee.  He is an attorney with Stoll, Keenon and Ogden and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

  • Jim LeMaster – Former Representative LeMaster (D – Paris) served in the House of Representatives from 1975-1995.  During that time, he served as the Majority Floor Leader for two terms.  He currently serves as Vice-President of Business Development for Van Meter Insurance Group.

  • Senator Julie Raque Adams – Former Representative, and current Senator, Adams (R – Louisville) served in the House of Representatives from 2011 – 2015, and has served in the Senate since then.  She is the current Chairwoman of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.  She previously served as a member of the Louisville Metro Council.

  • John Vincent – Former Representative Vincent (R – Ashland) served in the House of Representatives from 1997 – 2008.  During his tenure, he served as Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  An attorney, he serve as General Counsel for the City of Ashland.

  • Alecia Webb-Edgington – Former Representative Webb-Edgington (R – Ft. Wright) served in the House of Representatives from 2009 – 2013.  During her tenure, she served as Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee.  She is a retired Kentucky State Police Officer and served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  She currently serves as Senior Police Advisor for the U.S. Department of State.

“I’ve made it clear that I want to change the tone in the House, and this transition team is the first step in that direction,” said Hoover. “I want to continue working with members of both parties, and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the governing process in Kentucky.”

Hoover’s transition team includes a collective legislative experience of more than 120 years, and will focus heavily on the logistical policies of the Kentucky House of Representatives.  

Hal Rogers says GOP cannot afford to do too much budget cutting all at one timeHal Rogers says GOP cannot afford to do too much budget cutting all at one timeRogers: “We must continue government funding now, while looking towards future progress”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today responded to the news that House and Senate Leadership have made the decision to not move forward with Appropriations bills in 2016.

“The bottom line is that we must fulfill our constitutional duty to responsibly fund the federal government, and do right by the taxpayers who have elected us. To this end, my Committee will begin working immediately on a Continuing Resolution (CR) at the current rate of funding to extend the operations of our government through March 31, 2017.

“We must continue to keep our federal agencies and programs open for business, while looking towards future progress on these vital Appropriations bills. While I’m disappointed that the Congress is not going to be able to complete our annual funding work this year, I am extremely hopeful that the new Congress and the new Administration will finish these bills. I am also hopeful for a renewed and vigorous ‘regular order’ on future annual funding bills, so that the damaging process of Continuing Resolutions will no longer be necessary.”

KY POWER RAMPS UP EFFORTS TO PROTECT CUSTOMERS FROM UTILITY SCAMMERS

FRANKFORT, Ky., Nov. 16, 2016 – Kentucky Power is joining forces today with more than 20 gas and electric utility companies across the United States and Canada to protect customers from long-running scams.

These utilities have designated November 16 as “Utilities United Against Scams Day.”  Kentucky Power and other utilities are exposing the tricks scammers use to steal money from customers.

“Scammers are targeting local businesses, senior citizens and other customers across Kentucky,” said Greg Pauley, Kentucky Power’s president and chief operating officer. “We’re sharing this information so customers can protect themselves from this fraudulent activity. We also want our customers to know our employees will never demand immediate payment, insist a payment be made with a prepaid card or ask you to meet us in a parking lot to make a payment.”

Thieves are calling Kentucky Power customers and:

*  Threatening to shut off power unless an immediate payment is made;

*  Telling customers they need a new electric meter, but must make a payment before the new meter is installed;

*  Offering a discount on their Kentucky Power bill if they sign up for auto-pay;

*  Demanding a deposit is paid immediately.

More Red flags for scam activity

*  The thief instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card – widely available at retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to Kentucky Power.

*  The scammer asks the customer for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card’s funds.

*  The scammers often call from numbers that names Kentucky Power on the Caller ID. And they have a telephone recording that sounds like Kentucky Powers phone system message.

How to protect yourself

Call Kentucky Power at 1-800-572-1113 to verify your account balance and the date your payment is due. Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail or in person.

 

Kentucky Power will notify customers by mail that their account is past due and their electric service will be disconnected – never a single notification one hour before disconnection. 

Customers who suspect or experience fraud, or feel threatened during contact with one of these thieves should hang up and call the local police and then Kentucky Power at 1-800-572-1113. Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.

On average, more than 90 percent of customers who receive a call and report it to Kentucky Power indicate they did not fall for the scam. In the initial stages of the scam activity, it is estimated that at least 50 percent of customers contacted were tricked.

Kentucky Power continues to educate customers about scams through messages on their electric bills, on kentuckypower.com and through social media. Kentucky Power also is works with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute scammers.

For more information, visit kentuckypower.com/StopScams, or follow Kentucky Power on Facebook to learn more.