Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces More Than $2 Million in Funding for Community Projects in Lincoln County

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Samantha Cook

Angela Blank

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Lincoln County today to dedicate a new bridge near Preachersville and announce more than $2 million in funding for community projects in Lincoln County and the city of Crab Orchard.

“These projects underscore my commitment to improving the quality of life in Lincoln County and throughout Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Strengthening and enhancing area infrastructure provides a greater opportunity for a strong and vibrant community.”

Governor Fletcher first obtained funding for the Preachersville bridge replacement project when he represented Lincoln County in Congress.  The project involved the replacement of a substandard bridge with a low weight limit and improved approaches on each side of the bridge. The bridge was completed earlier this year.

“It is an honor to welcome Governor Fletcher here today,” said Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond).  “This is very familiar territory for the governor, as he represented us so well for many years in Washington, D.C.  We are deeply grateful for Governor Fletcher’s consistent commitment over the years to the quality of life and economic well-being of everyone in Lincoln County.” 

Governor Fletcher also announced several Transportation Cabinet bond funding awards for Lincoln County, including $213,000 to repave Preachersville Road.  Additionally, Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for $783,541 in state construction funds, earmarked for various Lincoln County road improvement projects.

“I am glad to see this come to fruition,” said Representative Danny Ford (R-Mt. Vernon). “The ceremony here today reflects good decisions on the part of the Fletcher administration and the state legislature with regard to wise expenditures of transportation funds in Kentucky.”

“We are extremely appreciative of everything that Governor Fletcher did for Lincoln County while he was in Congress, including his work to make this bridge a reality,” said Lincoln County Judge-Executive Ron “Buckwheat” Gilbert.  “Governor Fletcher has always been very good to Lincoln County and we are delighted to have him here today.”

“Governor Fletcher has charged the Transportation Cabinet with providing a safe and reliable highway network,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “These projects are examples of how we are partnering with local communities in order to accomplish that objective.”

Agriculture Diversification Funding

Also while in Lincoln County, Governor Fletcher presented $296,428 in agricultural diversification funding to the Lincoln County Agricultural Development Council. 

Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Legislature continue to make great strides towards lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50 percent of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.  To date, Kentucky has invested more than $216 million to an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises.

More than 2,548 projects have been funded through the Agricultural Development Fund since the inception of the program in January 2001.

Recreational Complex Funding

Governor Fletcher also announced nearly $1 million in community development funding for the First Southern Veterans Park.  The county fiscal court will use the funds to construct a state-of-the-art recreational complex to be dedicated to the veterans of Lincoln County. 

Located on approximately 90 acres of land owned by the Lincoln County Fiscal Court, the complex will include a veterans memorial and parade grounds, walking trails, Little League ball fields, youth soccer fields, baseball and softball complexes, picnic areas, concession stands and bathroom facilities. 

Funding components for the park include a $155,000 Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) and multiple budget bill line-items: $500,000 administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) and $300,000 administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).