Office of Drug Control Policy
Governor Fletcher Awards More Than $700,000 to Western Kentucky Counties

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 28, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher awarded $704,094 in grant money to local officials today during the Bowling Green Chamber Breakfast. The funds – which will go to three drug task forces, a KY-ASAP Board, a Regional Prevention Center and Girls, Inc. – will be used for substance abuse prevention-education, law enforcement, treatment programs and repairs and renovations to the Girls, Inc. facility in Bowling Green.

“Getting drugs out of our communities is a top priority of this administration as we continue our work to make Kentucky communities safe,” stated Governor Fletcher.  “The organizations being funded today have proven track records of success.  These dollars will assist in fulfilling their commitment to their communities.”

“Drugs are a statewide problem; it doesn’t stop at city and county lines,” said Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Deputy Secretary and ODCP Interim Executive Director Teresa Barton. “We need to continue to work together to get rid of this problem that is ruining the lives of so many people in our state.”

“The Champions grants allow local coalitions the opportunity to apply for funding which will help them focus on reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence in their schools and communities,” said President/CEO of Lifeskills Dr. Dale Bond.  “The resources foster safe and drug-free messages which help create positive and healthy environments.”

Warren County received $145,000 for its Drug Task Force. Butler, Logan and Simpson Counties were awarded $95,000 for the South Central Drug Task Force. Barren and Edmonson Counties received $105,000 for the Barren County Drug Task Force.  Lifeskills RPC/Champions Coalitions in Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan and Metcalfe were awarded $70,094 and the Warren County KY-ASAP local board received $18,000 in funding.

Governor Fletcher also presented local officials with a ceremonial check for $271,000 in Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) funding that will be used to renovate and repair the Girls, Inc. of Bowling Green facility. The grant will provide the needed capital improvements that will allow Girls, Inc. to maintain their innovative services.

“Girls, Inc. provides quality programming that prepares girls to lead successful, independent and rewarding lives,” said Governor Fletcher. “This facility is a great asset to Bowling Green, and these improvements will allow the organization to continue to their fantastic service to the community.”

Girls, Inc. serves more than 150 girls a day through an after school program, and more than 200 per day in the summer. A new city school built in close proximity to the facility is expected to increase its usage. The services and programming are designed for girls ages 5 to 18.

Given the high level of usage, the building has experienced a great deal of wear and tear, requiring several general repairs. Improvements include construction of a new 900 square foot storage shed, a new roof, and new gymnasium walls. A 15-passenger van and new furniture will also be purchased.

CEGG funding is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) through the Office of State Grants.