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Serving his country. That's what George McMakin says Veterans Day means to him. The veteran with almost 24 years of service to his name noted he doesn't like to brag about his army life. However, when recognition is given, McMakin said he feels honor.

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Emerson McAfee began serving his country in the U.S. Air Force in early 1960, not long after graduating from high school. After 25 years of active duty, the Springfield, Ohio, native retired in 1984 as a master sergeant and returned to Madison County, his adopted home.

For Peter Schmidt, a retired law enforcement specialist with the Air Force, the highlight of his near two-decade long career is being on a Philippine Air Force base when prisoners of war (POWs) were returned safely.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice recently awarded more than $1.7 million to bolster school security. The monies were distributed, in part, to the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), which includes Rowan County.

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As Kentuckians went to the polls Tuesday to determine who will lead the commonwealth for the next four years, another big vote for Pulaski County was taking place on Capitol Hill.

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While the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides assistance to more than half a million Kentuckians to help buying groceries, nearly 30,000 people have lost help since January of 2018, according to a report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

A local man was arraigned in Pulaski Circuit Court Friday after being indicted in connection to a domestic altercation this summer with his father, an officer with the Somerset Police Department.

Possible financial discrepancies within the accounts of the former Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation (SPCDF) are under investigation, according to statements made by officials connected to the board created to replace it, the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA).

The next hearing for the man charged with murder in Savannah Spurlock’s death has been delayed until 2020.

Once a statement was received from County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor's office Friday afternoon, the release states the question will go on the 2020 ballot, and no amendments would be made as of now.

FRANKFORT Funding, educator support and pensions top the list of legislative priorities Kentucky’s top local school officials will take to the 2020 General Assembly.

Jason Hans, former husband of missing mom Ella Jackson, has known the 47-year-old Richmond woman for 17 years and describes her as a gentle person and a kind soul.

Farmers have a more difficult time getting started in any kind of farming venture without a generational background, as Brandon Sears, of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, stated. Growing up in a farming family and inheriting farmland are two key benefits that can really give a new farmer an advantage.

FRANKFORT – Beth Maze, Chief Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, has announced her retirement, effective midnight on Oct. 27, 2019.

GLASGOW — The National Weather Service in Louisville is predicting a 90 percent chance of rain for Halloween, which may keep some people from venturing out to go trick-or-treating.

"It is tough, but it's very rewarding if you like and enjoy it. If you enjoy it, it is well worth the sacrifice to do it." For Isaac Marcum, farming is indeed fraught with challenges, but those are not severe enough to deter him from the farming lifestyle.

This year in Kentucky, 20,164 low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers on an average weekday in Kentucky in October 2018. This is a 17% increase from the previous year, according to Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation, a new report from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group).

GLASGOW – A Barren County Middle School teacher accused of having sexual encounters with a 13-year-old female student appeared in Barren District Court on Monday for arraignment.

Peggy Robbins' infectious laugh catches you off-guard, and you can't help but smile when you hear it. The two-time breast cancer survivor has worked hard to keep a positive outlook since she was diagnosed eight years ago. She credits her faith and support from those around her to helping her through her fight.

CATLETTSBURG A new treatment facility is set to open in Boyd County sometime in early 2020. The establishment, though technically a drug rehabilitation facility, is a behavioral health services organization for women. The distinction is important mainly because of the facility’s intended purpose.

The roar of the cannons and the smell of gunpowder. The music, the dresses and the campsite. Get ready for what is believed to be the final reenactment at Mill Springs Battlefield, because it is expected to be among the largest the battleground has seen.

SCOTTSVILLE — Timothy Madden was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Wednesday in Allen Circuit Court.

ASHLAND Addiction Recovery Care in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program and Sullivan University hosted a graduation ceremony at the Paramount Arts Center on Wednesday.

A third defendant has been added to a federal case in which two people are accused of selling drugs in Pulaski County, one of whom is a Eubank woman who reportedly owned more than 40 firearms.

A man authorities wanted for questioning in the case of missing LeeAnna Brumley has been located.

Pulaski County 911 Dispatch Center Director Aaron Ross has a new title -- as chief of the new county police force.

MOREHEAD – An Ashland man has been found not guilty in the death of Kenneth Fulton of Morehead at his home in 2017.

After more than 40 days of circulating petitions in hopes to halt the proposed 11-cent property tax increase, Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger counted 6,479 petitions turned in as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created in honor of a fallen firefighter who died on Sept. 11, 2001. This nonprofit organization has worked to create the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit as a means of sharing the events of 9/11 with those Americans unable to travel to New York City. They strive to ensure that Americans do not forget about the events of that historic date in our history.

SUMMIT Work on the new Boyd County Animal Shelter has been halted due to specific parts of the building not meeting code regulations. As a result, the shelter requires a restart.

According to kvc.org, more than 10,000 Kentucky youth were in the foster care system as of March 2019. CASA, a nonprofit organization, helps guide children through the lengthy process of finding permanent families rather than remaining in the foster system. This Christmas, many of these children will receive a unique, handmade quilt as a gift.

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