London’s Living Treasures Honored

London Downtown saluted four people Tuesday night who’ve made valuable contributions to the community over the course of their lives.

Hononered were:

  • Anglee Smith, a longtime teacher and school librarian
  • Doris Robinson, former head of the London-Laurel County Newcomers Club
  • Ed Bowling, former Laurel County coroner and founder of Bowling Funeral Home
  • Judge C.R. Luker, former circuit judge in Laurel and Knox Counties.

The ceremony was held at the Laurel County Library.

London Regional Recycle Center receives baler from Truitt Bros.

Pictured above: Billy Richardson Sanitation Manager / Dustin Burton General Manager

An unused baler in the back of a warehouse will now see a new home with the City of London Regional Recycling Center.

Truitt Brothers Manufacturing has long wanted to be a shining example of recycling in the community and lead others to it, and with a hefty donation to the London Regional Recycling Center, they have made a big step.

A $4000.00 baler was sitting unused in their warehouse when Public Works Director Steve Edge took a tour of their premises.

“I just saw it sitting over there and joked with Billy (Richardson) that we could put that to good use,” Edge said. “Little did he know, he goes and talks to the president of the company.  A little later I get a call with them saying come and get it.”

Richardson, the Sanitation Manager at Truitt Brothers and Dustin Burton, the General Manager said they hope this donation can really help out with the recycling effort in the community.

But this is something they have really been wanting to do and started doing recently.

“In the past couple years; Burton said, they have kicked their recycling efforts into gear.”

“We’ve really adopted the motto reduce, reuse, recycle,“ Burton said.  “We want to be a leader in establishing a recycling community.”

He highlighted that they recycled close to 490,000 lbs of all the waste they used just last year alone.

Apart from just sending off their waste to the recycling center they will also try to reuse whatever they can in their own house and if they can’t use it there, they will send it to another plant for them to reuse.

“Billy and Steve have found another venue to where we can give these to other people to use,” Burton said.  “Like other companies in the event that we don’t use all that we’ve got.  We would just as soon see it used and then send it to the recycler after it gets worn out.”

Truitt Bros. also work with their employees to encourage them to recycle as much as they can at home, Richardson said, saying they want to expand their efforts outside of the company.

Burton said, “the company’s main goal with this donation is to encourage everyone to recycle more”.

“We can all do a better job,” Burton said.  “Anything we can do, and if this helps on their end and can reduce the landfill, it’s something we all need to do.”

“Right now, the recycling center has a limited amount of balers, they have to switch in and out for different products,” Edge said.  This can put them behind when they have to wait until one is done to start on the next product”.

He said this new baler will be able to help out a lot in that they will be able to dedicate one product to it, and only use it for that.

“Anytime anyone helps us out, they’re helping out their local government,” Edge said.  “And we’re always thankful for that.”

Richardson said, “it is really important for everyone to get on board with this and help each other out to make everyone better at recycling”.

“I drive down the interstate everyday and every day I pass the weigh station, and to the left is that landfill,” Richardson said.  “And I’m amazed at how tall it has gotten in the last 10 years.  It’s become a huge mountain.”

 

Treetop Adventure, a tourism draw

In only five months of operation, Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park welcomed nearly 6,000 guests, including visitors from 34 states and four foreign countries, year-end statistics show.
Treetop Adventure opened to the public on June 29 and remained in operation until mid November, thanks to warmer than expected weather.
The park is operated by City of London Tourism and was paid for by the city’s restaurant tax, which was implemented exclusively to fund tourism-related projects. It is the only municipally-owned aerial adventure park in Kentucky.
Treetop Adventure proved itself as a tourist draw, with 57 percent of the 6,000 guests coming from outside London. They brought money into the city’s restaurants, hotels and other businesses as well.
Thanks to the number of tickets sold, the park was able to pay for its staff, marketing and utilities.
“Our plan was to develop a unique attraction that both residents and visitors could enjoy and that could also generate enough revenue to be self sufficient,” said Chris Robinson, executive director of City of London Tourism.
The 16-person staff was a big reason the park was a success in its shortened first season, Robinson said.
“Our staff received so many positive comments and reviews,” he said. “We were fortunate to create such a good team of individuals that enjoyed working at Treetop. We look forward to the 2017 season.”
One of the goals for the upcoming season to is build a permanent office and bathrooms. The schedule is to open the park on weekends in late March or early April, if the weather is cooperative.
Another goal is to assemble another high-quality, customer-oriented staff, Robinson said.
“Part time and season applications can be completed at London City Hall beginning in February,” he said. “The new season is upon us.”
The park currently is accepting reservations for Spring field trips, which is a great activity for school groups, youth/church groups and others.
Treetop Adventure features five trails with 12 obstacles ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, for ages seven and up.
The park was built by Outdoor Adventures, the country’s premier builder of aerial adventure parks.
The City of London leases the property from Kentucky State Parks.
For more information visit www.treetopadventureky.com or call 606-330-0501.

Thursday Night LIVE!

drone-gmo-1024x576Cumberland Valley National Bank’s Thursday Night Live is a FREE summer concert series held Thursdays in June, July & August.

Thursday Night Live hosts a DIFFERENT GENRE of live music every Thursday night from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on the Courthouse Square in downtown London, Kentucky. View the season calendar for schedule details.

2016calendarLive music performances including Bluegrass, Blues, Rock, Americana, Jazz, Gospel and Country will be performed and hosted by local & regional artists. TNL is a family friendly event and we welcome you to come and enjoy an evening of live music in our beautiful downtown.

Visit the Thursday Night LIVE website

 

A Tax-Friendly City

London is an attractive place for those who may be looking towards retirement.  The City of London ranks in the top 10 cities in Kentucky for retirees regarding taxes, according to New York-based SmartAsset. The city ranks 6th in the state, and ranks 505th nationally.

London Mayor Troy Rudder said the city prides itself on being able to annually lower the real estate taxIMG_1197 rate.

According to the study, a retiree in London bringing in $50,000 in retirement income can expect to pay just under $7,000 in income, sales and fuel taxes each year. In addition, the retiree’s home value will be taxed at 0.61 percent. But, for those over 65, a portion of their home value will not be taxed due to Kentucky’s Home-stead Exemption. In 2015-2016, the amount of the exemption was $36,900; the amount changes yearly.

The study is based on a retiree receiving $15,000 in Social Security benefits, $10,000 from a private pension, $15,000 from retirement savings such as a 401k or IRA and $10,000 in wages.

Social security income is entirely exempt from state income taxes, Other types of retirement income receive significant reductions in the state income tax. In fact, a retiree can have more than $40,000 in retirement income and not be required to pay any state income taxes, as up to $41,110 in income is deductible. Home values are relatively low, essentially meaning less of a retiree’s income will go to property taxes.

To calculate its findings, SmartAsset determined income tax expected to be paid, then calculated the effective property tax rate by dividing the average property tax paid by median home value for each city.

“The city has worked very hard to keep the tax rate as low as we possibly can,” Rudder said.

 

 

Ladies of Vision

13241173_1771760206389445_3910622692407247253_nLadies of Vision, a regional group of women in Southeastern Kentucky are gaining ground. The group is a branch off of the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce and meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:30am. The group is made up of local female business owners and their mission is to inspire other women to give back to their communities through networking, volunteerism and mentoring.

Most recently they’ve brought the Empowering Women’s Expo to London in May at the London Community Center. The expo featured over 50 vendors ranging from local clothing boutiques to abuse prevention centers. A full day of speakers were scheduled providing information about eating well to current fashion.

Women were networking, empowering each other, and sharing life changing information at the Expo. Ladies of Vision are excited about the opportunities and changes that will occur because business owners and members of the community came together to share their passions and careers.

“When you place a large group of innovators together, you spark change and inspiration,” said a Ladies of Vision member.

For more information about Ladies of Vision visit their Facebook Page or the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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