Henderson County

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Custom Resins is doubling the size of its Henderson plant and creating 40 new jobs. Governor Matt Bevin announced today the company is investing up to $12 million dollars to build a 100,000 square foot addition.

The Henderson County public school system is preparing to lay off teachers for next year. 

The exact number of positions affected is unknown, though cuts are planned at every school.

Public Information Officer Julie Wisher says the school system is over-staffed.

"What we've done is realign ourselves with the staffing formulas that are set out by the Kentucky Department of Education," adds Wisher.  "In the past we had gone over those formulas."

Wisher says the school district has also absorbed the cost of programs previously funded by grants. 

In order to balance next year’s budget, Henderson County schools must reduce expenses by $6.7 million. 

Official layoff notices will be going out at the end of next week.  The cuts are expected to affect only non-tenured staff.

Meanwhile, the Board of Education will meet in special session Thursday morning to discuss the budget and cost savings.

Fiscal Courts in Coal Counties Get Refunds

Aug 7, 2014
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that 34 fiscal courts in the Commonwealth will receive refunds from mining permit and acreage fees.  Eight counties in our region will receive refunds totaling $58,377.

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Texas Gas Transmission is planning to build a 30 mile natural gas pipeline through Henderson County, Kentucky. Known as the Southern Indiana Market Lateral, it will extend from Texas Gas mainline facilities in southern Henderson to Posey County, Indiana, to serve the new Midwest Fertilizer and SABIC Innovative Plastics plants.

The merger of the Henderson Chamber and Northwest Kentucky Forward that happened at the first of the year means another cooperative economic development group joins the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance in taking our region's issues to Frankfort. You hear Kyndle and you think of the digital readers, but with a Y, it's an acronym for the Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement. Kate Lochte speaks with Chief Executive Officer, Brad Schneider on Sounds Good today, beginning with an event in 2012 that got the ball rolling.

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Henderson's Smith Mills Volunteer Fire Department will build a new fire station thanks to a $500,000 community development block grant.

The Smith Mills Fire Department is currently based in a 112-year-old building near a busy intersection, creating hazards for firefighters.

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Kentucky wildlife officials say they’ve spotted endangered whooping cranes in Henderson and Hopkins counties. The sightings were at the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area and along the Pond River.

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A major coal company with mines in Appalachia and Western Kentucky has filed for bankruptcy. In a news release, Patriot Coal said it was undertaking the move to facilitate restructuring.