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Gov. Beshear Announces Refunds of Nearly $400,000 to Coal Counties;

Amount based on mining, acreage fees paid by coal companies

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that 34 fiscal courts will receive refunds totaling $399,450 from mining permit and acreage fees.  Last year, $381,400 was refunded.

The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.

“Every effort is being made by this administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”
Refunds range from $25 to $73,583. The following list includes the counties and refund amounts (rounded to the nearest dollar):

Bell County Fiscal Court                                                         $20,938
Boyd County Fiscal Court                                                      $125
Breathitt County Fiscal Court                                                 $32,038
Clay County Fiscal Court                                                       $6,675
Daviess County Fiscal Court                                                  $1,475
Elliott County Fiscal Court                                                      $1,675
Estill County Fiscal Court                                                       $11,050
Floyd County Fiscal Court                                                      $15,646
Harlan County Fiscal Court                                                    $20,467
Henderson County Fiscal Court                                             $1,188
Hopkins County Fiscal Court                                                  $6,075
Jackson County Fiscal Court                                                 $62.50
Johnson County Fiscal Court                                              $23,538
Knott County Fiscal Court                                                      $13,404
Knox County Fiscal Court                                                      $6,713
Laurel County Fiscal Court                                                     $650
Lawrence County Fiscal Court                                             $7,313
Lee County Fiscal Court                                                         $850
Leslie County Fiscal Court                                                      $12,963
Letcher County Fiscal Court                                                   $10,963
Magoffin County Fiscal Court                                                $25,713
Martin County Fiscal Court                                                   $17,133
McCreary County Fiscal Court                                              $188
McLean County Fiscal Court                                                  $863
Morgan County Fiscal Court                                                  $25
Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court                                            $5,575
Ohio County Fiscal Court                                                       $26,600
Owsley County Fiscal Court                                                   $479
Pike County Fiscal Court                                                        $73,583
Union County Fiscal Court                                                     $3,713
Webster County Fiscal Court                                                 $12,888
Whitley County Fiscal Court                                                   $14,425
Wolfe County Fiscal Court                                                     $275

The Department for Natural Resources is an agency of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.


Lawrence Co. Sheriff's arrest report

August 4, 2014


Robin Hannah, (Robin Laney alias), 26, of Kermit WV was arrestd August 1, 2014 at Louisa Walmart for Theft by Unlawful Taking/ Shoplifting.

Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler responded to Walmart for shoplifting and to assist the Louisa City Police. Hannah along with another subject were caught by Walmart personnel shoplifting jewelry valued at $30.82. Hannah admitted to shoplifting.

Samantha Froschauer, 24, of Stambaugh was arrested August 1, 2014 at Louisa Walmart for Theft by Unlawful Taking/ Shoplifting.

Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler responded to Walmart for shoplifting and to assist the Louisa City Police. Froschauer along with another subject were caught by Walmart personnel shoplifting jewelry valued at $30.82. Subject admitted to shoplifting.

Kenneth Cook, 26, of Rodgerville TN was arrested August 3, 2014 for several Bench Warrants for three different counties.

First, a charge from Martin District Court. A Bench Warrant signed by Judge S.Johnson was served on Cook. Also, a Bench Warrant for Lawrence County Circuit Court signed by Judge Preston was served. Charges for Theft by Unlawful Taking. Last, A Bench Warrant for Johnson County signed by Judge S.Johnson for charges of Public Intoxication and Criminal Trespassing in the third degree. Officer has no knowledge of these cases.


August 1, 2014

Hall to handle Search and Rescue duties;

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Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Michael Woods announced that Randy Hall will be the new search and rescue coordinator for Lawrence County. Hall has been helping Emergency Management for the past several months and has now agreed to become the new SAR Coordinator.

The search and rescue team has been inactive for most of the past year and Hall's first priority will be to re-establish an active team and begin training.

Both Hall and Woods have said that interest in the SAR Team has been increasing and they have several individuals that are wanting to join the team. Hall expects to announce meeting dates and times for the team within the next few days.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Lawrence County Emergency Management can contact Director Michael Woods at 606-624-5787 or at If you are just interested in helping with the SAR team you can contact Director Woods at the above means or Coordinator Hall at

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