Ky. First Lady Jane Beshear in Pendleton County - | WBTV Charlotte

Jane Beshear tours storm damage, announces grant for library

Jane Beshear tours storm damage in Pendleton County Jane Beshear tours storm damage in Pendleton County
PEACH GROVE, KY (FOX19) -

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear toured storm damage in Pendleton County on Tuesday, and announced a state grant for the Pendleton County Library.

Beshear toured damage in Peach Grove, where Friday's strong storms and tornadoes destroyed several homes.

She also announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help construct the new Pendleton County Public Library.   

The new library project was an important endeavor to Pendleton County resident and literacy advocate, Courtney Stephenson, who died during the area's recent severe storms.  At the request of Stephenson's family, the library board agreed to go forward with today's announcement as scheduled.

"Last week's horrific storms brought tragedy to many communities and families across our state," Mrs. Beshear said.  "I know from the response of friends and family members, Pendleton County lost an enthusiastic and dedicated wife, mother and friend in Courtney.  She was a committed advocate for literacy and this library, and her spirit will truly live on in the completion of the project."   

Pendleton County's current library building is about half the recommended size that the community library should be, according to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).  Additionally, the building is located in the floodplain and has sustained more than $1.5 million in flood damage.  The community has offered strong support for the new library project, including a petition with more than 300 signatures and a resolution of support from the City of Falmouth.   

The new Pendleton County Public Library will be double the size of the current building and provide expanded computer access, programming, materials and book collections for adults and children in the community. Unlike the current site, the new facility will be out of the floodplain, incorporate energy saving features, be ADA accessible and allow for future expansion.  Multipurpose meeting rooms will also be available for community events. 

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Dog poop feud among Rock Hill neighbors escalates to mysteriously delivered bag of ...

    Dog poop feud among Rock Hill neighbors escalates to mysteriously delivered bag of ...

    Sunday, March 26 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-03-26 18:54:23 GMT
    This dog is not believed to be a suspect in the neighborhood disputeThis dog is not believed to be a suspect in the neighborhood dispute

    Have you had your fill, so to speak, of neighbors using your lawn as one big canine restroom? Well, one Rock Hill woman told police she was victimized in what may be an escalating dog poop war in that town’s Ridge Pointe neighborhood, reports the Rock Hill Herald. 

    More >>

    Have you had your fill, so to speak, of neighbors using your lawn as one big canine restroom? Well, one Rock Hill woman told police she was victimized in what may be an escalating dog poop war in that town’s Ridge Pointe neighborhood, reports the Rock Hill Herald. 

    More >>
  • Domestic disturbance in NE Charlotte ends in shooting

    Domestic disturbance in NE Charlotte ends in shooting

    Sunday, March 26 2017 1:03 PM EDT2017-03-26 17:03:51 GMT

    A man was shot in northeast Charlotte Sunday morning in what family members say was the result of violent domestic disturbance. Police say the incident happened just before 8 a.m. in the 1900 block of Prospect Drive. The father of the woman who lives at the home told WBTV his daughter, her baby, and another man were at the home when an ex-boyfriend arrived and kicked the door in.  The father said the ex-boyfriend started beating the woman when the other man at the home sh...

    More >>

    A man was shot in northeast Charlotte Sunday morning in what family members say was the result of violent domestic disturbance. Police say the incident happened just before 8 a.m. in the 1900 block of Prospect Drive. The father of the woman who lives at the home told WBTV his daughter, her baby, and another man were at the home when an ex-boyfriend arrived and kicked the door in.  The father said the ex-boyfriend started beating the woman when the other man at the home sh...

    More >>
  • Family: Please help us, lost phone has only photos of our baby who died

    Family: Please help us, lost phone has only photos of our baby who died

    Friday, March 24 2017 4:32 PM EDT2017-03-24 20:32:17 GMT

    But for a Charlotte mom, losing her cell phone means losing some of the last pictures she has of her little baby boy Ashton, who died in November.

    More >>

    But for a Charlotte mom, losing her cell phone means losing some of the last pictures she has of her little baby boy Ashton, who died in November.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly