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Fiscal Court approves agreement for cable television service

Simpson Fiscal Court approved a franchise agreement with Charter Communications allowing the company to provide cable television service in rural Simpson County during the court’s Nov. 2 meeting.

Charter Communications will provide cable television to areas of Simpson County outside the Franklin city limits.

The non-exclusive franchise agreement is for 20 years.

A non-exclusive franchise agreement means another company can provide the same service in the area covered by the agreement. An agreement would also have to be approved before another company could provide the service.

The agreement between the county and Charter Communications is for cable television only. However; the company is among entities that are in the process of providing Internet service to rural Simpson County.

A link is available on the Mason Barnes Simpson County Judge/Executive Facebook page showing which entity is providing Internet in different sections of the county.

Also approved was second and final reading of a budget amendment ordinance adding $201,500 in revenue and appropriations to the county budget.

The amendment includes a $170,000 utilities assistance grant through the Community Action Agency to help utility companies recover payments not received during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The remaining $31,500 is from the Simpson County Jail’s Commissary fund for consultant contracts.

The court accepted an almost one half mile section of Mast Road near the Logan County line back into the county road maintenance system in its current gravel condition. Another gravel road, VFW Road off 31-W South, was dropped from the county maintenance system. Land on either side of the road has been annexed into the city limits.

And, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s Field Representative Gilbert Mischel presented a copy of the official Congressional Record of the senator’s presentation to Congress recognizing Simpson County’s 200th Anniversary in 2019.

The copy is on display at the Courthouse along with other 200th Anniversary items.

Ag Appreciation Breakfast is Nov. 16

The Simpson County Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast is Tuesday, Nov. 16 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Franklin First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center.

The breakfast is being hosted by the Simpson County Agriculture Awareness Committee, which includes the Cooperative Extension Service, Farm Bureau Federation, F-S Chamber of Commerce, Soil Conservation District, Ohio Valley Insurance and local farmers.

“We welcome both folks that work in town as well as our farmers,” Simpson County Extension Agent for Agriculture Jason Phillips said during an interview on WFKN in Franklin. “This is a time we get to enjoy and celebrate agriculture during this harvest season and say “thanks” to our farmers, but also appreciate our local foods and local food products. A lot of the food that morning will be local food products.”

The breakfast is being prepared by Brickyard of Franklin and will showcase several locally grown Simpson County products.

During the breakfast 4-H member Bradley Webster will speak about his experience in the Kentucky 4-H Country Ham Project.

The featured speaker will be Daniel Hayden, who is a commercial cow/calf operator and broiler poultry producer and has a new retail meat business in Whitesville, Kentucky.

At the conclusion of Hayden’s presentation a country ham cured by a Simpson County 4-H member will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction will go to help youth participate in the Country Ham Project next year.

There is no charge to attend; however seating is limited. Those wanting to attend are asked to RSVP the Simpson County Extension Service Office at 270-586-4484 by Friday, Nov. 12 in order to ensure a proper meal count.

Once seating capacity is reached names will be placed on a waiting list.

Arts Council returns dinner theatre with performance of 'Pageant at Barrington Hills 2'

The Franklin-Simpson Community Arts Council is presenting its first dinner theatre in two years — “Pageant at Barrington Hills 2” next week at the Roxy Theatre.

The sequel performance follows the production presented in 2019 with most all of the original cast returning to the stage. The shows are taking place on Friday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. for a dessert only show.

“You don’t have to have seen part one to watch two, but it will enhance [the experience],” Franklin-Simpson Community Arts Council Executive Director Brownie Bennett said.

Bennett added for those who are interested, part one is currently playing on Channel 9 and a link to watch the performance has been shared to the arts council’s Facebook page.

“It’s a dramatic comedy with a wonderful spiritual, Christmas message,” Bennett added. “It’s wonderfully funny and reasonably priced.”

According to the arts council, “The Pageant At Barrington Hills” series are comedies written and directed by Stephen Tedeschi. They tell the story of Ella Barrington, a wealthy widow who owns just about everything in Barrington Hills including the small community theatre. She continually feels she has the right to make changes to the annual Christmas production with its cast of crazy characters.

The 18-member cast has been rehearsing since late September in preparation for the shows. The cast includes Morgan Cook, Chad Drake, Sharon Airall, Adria Colson, Kira Harlow, Gary Weilage, Leigh Bayles, Nick Cook, Kyndrah Shoulders, Carlesha Robey, Ardie Baxter, Roger Eldridge, Yasmin Choate, Gabe Hamilton, Claude Airall, Cody Greer, James Henry Snider and Tedeschi.

The deadline to purchase tickets for the dinner theatre, which is catered by the Brickyard Café, is Thursday, Nov. 18 at noon.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.franklinsimpsonarts.org, at The Gallery on the Square, 110 N. Main St. or by calling the arts council at 270-776-5783.

The Franklin-Simpson Community Arts Council is closing the year by hosting its free annual Christmas Concert as part of the Small Town Christmas event on Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Goodnight Memorial Library Auditorium.

COVID-19 cases surpass 3,200 in Simpson County

Simpson County had 3,217 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in the report issued on Friday, Nov. 5 by the Barren River District Health Department.

Simpson County’s cases included 2,786 recoveries, and 54 deaths leaving 377 active cases.

There have been 51,522 cases in the eight counties served by the district health department, which includes 44,489 recoveries and 709 deaths leaving 6,324 active cases.

The district health department says 50.73% of Simpson County’s population has a COVD-19 vaccine, a decrease of almost two% from the previous report.

The report says the decrease in the percentage of the total population that has been vaccinated was caused by data errors being corrected in the state system.

The Barren River District Health Department is scheduling Moderna COVID-19 booster shot appointments for those that qualify.

The district health department says according to recommendations from the CDC, those in the following descriptions are eligible to get their Moderna COVID-19 booster shot:

Age 65 years or older, age 18 or older who live in long-term care settings, age 18 or older who have underlying medical conditions and age 18 or older who work or live in high-risk settings.

The health department says booster shots should be received at least six months after receiving the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. It is not necessary to receive a booster shot at the same clinic where the first two doses were received.

There are many locations, including pharmacies, providing booster shots. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

The health department says it strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine to do so as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available at multiple locations. To find a vaccine near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.

If you are 18 years of age or older and want to schedule a vaccination with the Barren River District Health Department, call your local health department and press option 1. The Simpson County Health Department phone number is 270-586-8261.

Veterans Day events planned

Simpson County’s veterans organizations are holding several events honoring U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11.

American Legion Post 62 and Auxiliary is hosting lunch consisting of assorted soups, sandwiches and dessert from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each veteran will receive a gift.

Also, VFW and Auxiliary Post 5706 is hosting snacks and soup from 4 until 6 p.m.

And, AMVETS and Auxiliary Post 110 is hosting a Veterans Day potluck meal beginning at 6 p.m.

A regular meeting for post members follows the meal.

The events are for all veterans and one guest.

For more information, call Liz Burris at 270-586-4221 or at 270-586-4142.

In addition, a wreath laying ceremony will be held at Veteran Plaza at 11 am Thursday, at the US Post Office, at 619 N. Main St. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the DAR Simpson County Chapter and the Franklin-Simpson Garden Club.