More than 60 volunteers participated Saturday morning in the 2019 Community Clean Up Day in downtown London. Dozens of bags of trash were removed to help London look its best during the World Chicken Festival next week.
Non-profit groups competed for prizes for the number of participants in each group and the total bags of litter collected. Each volunteer also received a free pass to Treetop Adventure.
Thanks to everyone who made the Clean Up Day a great success. Also, thanks to First National Bank of Manchester, Daniel Carmack of Sallie Davidson Realtors and Todd Strouse- Edward Jones Investments for their generous prize donations.
The London-Corbin Airport has been awarded a $809,332 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help rehabilitate the runway.
U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
In July, the airport was also awarded a $1.85 million competitive grant through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding is part of a $5 million project to repair and upgrade nearly 6,000 feet of existing runway that has severely deteriorated, developing significant safety hazards.
“Our small airports are as essential as highways to economic development and progress in Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Congressman Rogers. “As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have been a long-time advocate for federal funding that boosts rural airport operations. With immediate access to I-75, the London-Corbin Airport is a hub for business development and incredible opportunities, including visits from national leaders, such as Vice President Mike Pence who landed at the airport in August. I applaud the board for diligently competing for grant opportunities necessary for repairs and upgrades at this vital regional airport.”
“We appreciate the investment of these federal funds to help us make critical repairs to our runway,” said Matthew Singer, Airport Manager. “This airport is an incredible asset for our region and we are dedicated to maintaining its value to Laurel County and the area as a whole, as we continue to grow and recruit new opportunities.”
In May, Congressman Rogers and Governor Bevin visited the London-Corbin Airport to celebrate a new Aviation Maintenance Technician Training Program in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, supported by grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.
“With just a little stroke of the pen we brought Levi Jackson back home. Now it belongs to the citizens of the city and county and we are so proud that we were able to do that.” Those were the words of Mayor Troy Rudder this morning after the city officially took control of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, which will now be just Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park since is no longer owned by the state.
Mayor Rudder joined members of the London City Council, London Tourism and state property official Jason Martin at the signing ceremony at city hall. New park superintendent Joey Engle introduced two members of his staff and said they are eager to get started improving the rundown state park.
The city has been working to gain control of Levi Jackson for several years after the state expressed a willingness to give it away due to a lack of money for its upkeep. The city will use tourism funds to maintain and expand the park. The deed represents about 900 acres and includes the Laurel County Fairgrounds and the J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp, which will continue to be leased by the state.