melinda gibbons prunty CURRENTBELTON, Ky. (9/9/19) — The week of August 26th was spent out and about in the District as well as in Louisville and Henderson on behalf of constituents. I joined the Muhlenberg Health Coalition via phone on the 26th.

I believe many issues that are heard in Frankfort are being addressed here locally; issues such as transportation, housing and homeless, drug prevention, mentors for kids, jobs and suicide prevention among others. I am proud to know that citizens are aware and intentionally addressing the issues proactively. If you want to be a part of the solution, check out the following link. https://www.facebook.com/MuhlenbergHealthCoalition/

On the 27th I attended the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber’s 15th Annual Pogue Picnic at the County Fairgrounds. Congressman Jamie Comer provided a legislative update from Washington.

On the 28th I participated in a webinar entitled “Encouraging Efficiency: Policies to Promote Utility Energy Efficiency.” I learned about several initiatives taking place in other states which may prove beneficial in my work on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

Later that evening I attended the 29th Annual Gospelfest at Lu-Ray Park in Central City. The music was uplifting, the fellowship encouraging, and the weather could not have been more perfect. It was good to talk with constituents about various issues as well.

On Thursday, the 29th I attended a “From Fort Campbell to Our Workforce” event at Madisonville Community College. Community and business leaders heard from the Transition Team from Fort Campbell about a community approach to recruiting exiting soldiers as they leave active duty. All three gentlemen shared personal stories as well as what their specific roles are now to help soldiers prepare for transitioning into civilian life and the workforce. One of the echoing messages was “appeal to the spouse”, who takes care of the kids, their interests and well-being.

Later that morning I enjoyed a “Community Leaders” lunch at Muhlenberg South Middle School. I was able to talk to school personnel regarding legislative outcomes of the 2019 Regular Session as well as interact with other community leaders in attendance. Thanks to Mr. Brian Lile, Principal, for the ongoing invitation to this annual event.

On Friday I attended the closing day of the 44th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville. My primary reason for attending was to be present when Mayor Chris Phelps heard the announcement of Mortons Gap being the recipient of an $835,000 DLG (Department of Local Government) Grant for water system improvements. This is the fifth time they had applied. I was proud to support Mayor Phelps, City Clerk Vickie Marsh and the staff of the Pennyrile Area Development District in their efforts pursuing this grant for the citizens of Mortons Gap. I also appreciate Gov. Bevin and Commissioner Dunahoo for securing this funding. It is much needed and well deserved.

On Thursday September 5th I attended the Alliance Stakeholder Meeting in Henderson, an annual event held by Alliance Resource Partners. We heard from Chairman, President and CEO of Alliance Resource Partners LP, Mr. Joe Craft, who gave an update on the coal industry nationally as well as for Alliance Resource Partners. He emphasized that public policy has an effect and who sets public policy matters.

On Saturday the 7th I stopped by the 4th annual “Kayaking for a Kause” at Lake Malone. It is an event that several in the community sponsor for the benefit of the Muhlenberg County Humane Society. It was a beautiful day to be on the lake. Participants got to not only kayak but stop and hike a short trail as well if desired.

On the way back into town, I stopped by Uncle Lee’s “Bucks, Ducks & Camo Trucks” event. I met special guests Hannah Barron of “Hannah Barron Outdoors” fame as well as Dr. Duck and The Fowl Hunter of Realtree Camo fame. All three were impressed with both Muhlenberg County and Uncle Lee’s.

Later that evening I was humbled to participate in special events held in both Muhlenberg and Hopkins Counties to commemorate the upcoming 18th Anniversary of 9/11. Muhlenberg hosted the “Honor and Remember” Celebration for the first day of the inaugural Kentucky “Run for the Fallen,” a two-day event that began in Daviess County on Saturday morning and concluded at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Spears Ball organized the McLean, Muhlenberg and most of Hopkins County leg of the event. There was an airdrop and Mr. George Lutz, Founder, was present as well.

“Honor and Remember” is a national organization whose goal is to honor soldiers and veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives because of the War on Terror. It also, in a special way, honors and remembers the families they left behind, or “Gold Star Families”. https://www.honorandremember.org/

I informed Mr. Lutz that we tried to get the “Honor and Remember” flag recognized in statute by the state of Kentucky this past general session. It passed the House but did not pass the Senate. We are going to try again in the 2020 Session.

I left Muhlenberg County High School West Campus and traveled to the First United Bank Plaza in Madisonville. There I joined Mr. Bill Rudd in honoring two World War II veterans, both over 90 years of age, who were guest speakers for the opening ceremonies of the Travis Manion Foundation’s 9/11 Heroes Run.

On Sunday morning I joined Mr. Rudd again at the Nortonville City Hall to honor his son, Patrick Rudd, during the second leg of the “Honor and Remember” run as they were making their way to Hopkinsville. The JROTC from Hopkins County North High School did an excellent job presenting colors and showing respect along with all participating runners.

I left Sunday evening to travel to Frankfort to attend regular Interim Joint Committee meetings and will return home later in the week. Work for individual constituents on specific issues as well as work for all constituents is ongoing.

As always, I welcome your comments and concerns on any issue and can be reached, regardless if in session or not, through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at-1-800-372-7181, at 502-564-8100 Ext. 686, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please follow me on Facebook @melindagibbonsprunty. You can also keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov

 Note: Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty represents the 15th House District serving Muhlenberg and SE Hopkins Counties which includes White Plains, Morton’s Gap, Anton as well as sections of Nortonville, Earlington and SE Madisonville. She is Vice-Chair of the Health & Family Services Committee as well as the Budget Review Sub-Committee on Health & Family Services. She serves as a member on, the Appropriations & Revenue, Education, and Natural Resources & Energy Committees as well as the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Advisory Committee. http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/ColonCancer.htm

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