Eddyville seeks tennis court replacement

The City of Eddyville will host a virtual public hearing next week on a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application to replace Eddyville's municipal tennis courts.

The meeting is slated for 9 a.m. next Wednesday via Zoom, due to social distancing concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Anyone can attend virtually, and citizens will be given an opportunity to express their views concerning the recreational needs for the community, specifically the tennis courts.

A link for the meeting will be posted on the city's Facebook page and at city hall.

The grant would be for $100,280 in federal aid, and the city would be expected to pay half of that amount. On Monday, the city council approved a resolution to pursue the grant.

Kuttawa seeks playground, trail funds

The City of Kuttawa is seeking a grant money for a playground and walking trail, and residents are encouraged to weigh in.

Since meetings are limited due to the pandemic, city officials are encouraging those with supporting or opposing views on either project to submit their opinions in writing by Thursday. Opinions may be sent to Kuttawa City Hall at P.O. Box 400, Kuttawa, KY 42055; or by email to CityHallKuttawa@gmail.com.

For more information concerning these projects, contact Kuttawa City Hall by email or by phone at 270-388-7151.

2 election deadlines nearing

A pair of election deadlines arrive in the coming days.

First up, voter registration for the primary continues through Tuesday and can be completed online at GoVoteKy.com. You may call County Clerk Lori Duff’s office at 270-388-2331 for additional information on the June 23 election.

Next, candidates for non-partisan elections on the November ballot have until June 2 to file paperwork. That includes, locally, races for three board of education seats, Kuttawa mayor and Eddyville and Kuttawa city councils.

Extension board meeting June 3

Lyon County Extension Board of Directors will meet via Zoom at 10 a.m. June 3. Anyone interested in accessing the meeting is asked to contact Angie York at 270-388-2341 or angie.york@uky.edu.

Worship on Water service Sunday

And outside worship service has been planned for this and every Sunday at Eddy Creek Marina.

Worship on Water, or WOW, will begin at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at the Eddyville marina. Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chair.

White rescinds distancing request

Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White on Monday rescinded a request to local businesses asking they consider reinforcing social distancing directives with signage indicating the 6 feet of separation and limit of one person per vehicle inside their stores.

"It was never an order, just voluntary; but I didn't want that request lingering out there," White explained. "There are no orders or suggestions from my office at this time regarding (COVID-19)."

However, White reminds Lyon Countians they are still under an emergency declaration.

River's Bend honors employees

River’s Bend Retirement Community closed out National Skilled Nursing Care Week Saturday by celebrating its skilled nursing staff with several awards. Recognized were:

  • MVP of the Year: Stacey Bullock.
  • CNA of the Year: Stacie Merritt.
  • Perfect Attendance: Marcie Spindler.
  • Best Customer Service: Ashley Figert.
  • Nurse of the Year: Robin Smith.
  • Best Attitude: Kayla Haynes.

Offices closed for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, all government offices and services will be closed Monday. That includes the courthouse, city halls, senior center lunches, public library, state offices and post offices.

Additionally, The Herald Ledger office will be closed in observance of the holiday. All deadlines for submissions and advertising will be Friday.

LBL cemetery damage investigated

Federal authorities are investigating weekend damage at a cemetery in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Center.

According to U.S. Forest Service Area Supervisor Tina Tilley, resource damage outside Sardis Cemetery in Lyon County is being looked into by the agency’s law enforcement. The damage was to the soft dirt and grassy parking area just outside the fencing, and it was caused by a vehicle cutting donuts.

“If the individuals that damaged the area are caught, they will be required to pay reinstitution to fix the damaged area,” Tilley said in an email notifying Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White.

If the individuals who damaged the area are caught, they will be required to pay reinstitution to fix the damaged area, Tilley added.

Over the last few weeks, U.S. Forest Service staff have been brought in to patrol roads, and Tilley said several felony cases have been opened as a result.

COVID-19 cuts state road aid

There are a number of ways to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities in Kentucky. It can even be measured in asphalt.

In the last week, both Lyon Fiscal Court and Eddyville City Council have approved resolutions with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that reflect around 12% in reduced road aid for the coming fiscal year. The cut is due to a drastic decrease in state gas tax revenue related to reduced travel during the outbreak.

For Eddyville, municipal road aid for the fiscal year beginning July 1 has fallen to $46,425 from $52,914 agreed to in February. The city council approved that new agreement Monday.

On Thursday, magistrates approved their own county road aid contract for 2020-21 that sees state funds slashed by about $97,000 from the initial agreement to $691,840.

“In my opinion, if that’s as low as it goes, we’ll be OK,” said Judge-Executive Wade White.

The reduction will amount to a little more than a mile of pavement or it could affect the purchase of equipment, but the cut should not lead to any layoffs in the road department, White said.