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Broadband internet improvements expected to help thousands of Henderson County residents

HENDERSON, Ky. — The need for solid internet service in the county has never been greater than this year when a pandemic turned homes into offices and classrooms.

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Without question, rural residents have struggled with slow or no internet capabilities. However, the Henderson County Fiscal Court received encouraging news this week.

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Henderson County Judge-executive Brad Schneider told the panel that within the next 12 months, thousands more county residents will have the opportunity for faster service or service in general.

He said a $340,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority will pay for upgrades and more equipment for Q Wireless, which is internet service provided through a program initiated by the Green River Area Development District.

The upgrade, he said, will have a “terrific potential impact on the amount of people, in

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Orange County residents pleading for drainage improvements while bracing for Tropical Storm Beta

In parts of the county, it doesn’t even take a named storm to leave neighborhoods in high water

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Laura hit, and people in Orange County are still picking up. 

They’re also preparing for Tropical Storm Beta. Residents are no strangers to flooding. 

In one Orange County community, they’ve been asking for something to be done about the drainage system. Tom Clary owns a home in the area and says Adams Bayou is part of the problem. 

It doesn’t even take a named storm to leave neighborhoods in high water in parts of Orange County. 

“This is pretty much a common occurrence now,” Clary said.  

Just down the road from his house is Adam’s Bayou. 

“I’m old, I can’t be putting sandbags around here,” Clary said. 

Clary and other residents know there’s not much that can be done about Mother

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Feds unveil plan to ‘reduce suffering’ for nursing home residents and staff

An independent commission set up by the Trump administration has unveiled a host of recommendations it says could help nursing homes “reduce the suffering and to save the lives of residents and staff” as they continue to wage a deadly battle against the coronavirus, though some critics say the commission didn’t go far enough to help America’s most vulnerable because it does not address enforcement of federal quality of care standards.



a person sitting at a table in front of a curtain: Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.


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Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.

In April, as the coronavirus pandemic swept through nursing homes across the country, Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, announced the commission would be tasked with enhancing strategies for infection control and prevention and strengthen protocols to identify COVID-19 in facilities and mitigate its spread. The

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Nursing home transferring residents following COVID-19 outbreak at facility

All residents at a Connecticut nursing home are being moved following a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, which has resulted in 28 hospitalizations and four deaths since late July, according to the Connecticut Department of Health.



a person standing next to a door: A resident on a wheelchair is seen in a corridor at "Les Figuiers" retirement home (Ehpad - Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, September 16, 2020.


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A resident on a wheelchair is seen in a corridor at “Les Figuiers” retirement home (Ehpad – Housing Establishment for Dependant Elderly People) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, September 16, 2020.

An emergency order issued by Deidre Gifford, acting director of the state’s department of health, called for the immediate discharge and transfer of all residents of the Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich, Connecticut.

“Today marks a very sad but necessary step we must take to keep the residents of this nursing home safe and healthy,” Gifford in a statement Wednesday. “This represented a risk to the health and safety of residents and staff and

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After teen hit by SUV, residents fight for Dempsey Road improvements

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) — A 14-year-old girl collides with an SUV on a stretch of road with limited sidewalks and a very narrow road.

“Luckily no broken bones, but lots and lots of road rash, and emotionally very shook up,” said the girl’s mother, Suzanne Zonner following her daughter’s accident on Dempsey Road.

Now Zonner wants improvements to the road after she has been witnessing how many people without a vehicle use that road.

Blendon Township Police said since 2018, there have been 24 crashes and two incidents involving people on bicycles, but only one collision.

The latest one involved that teenager riding her bike on Dempsey Road.

Zonner received a frightening phone call that her 14-year-old daughter had collided with an SUV and was run over while riding her bike.

“No parent ever wants to get that phone call,” said Zonner.

Luckily her physical injuries were minor.

She

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Man promising home repairs scams residents out of thousands, Daytona Beach Shores police say

A Volusia County man is accused of defrauding several people out of thousands of dollars in a home contracting scheme.

Victims say they don’t necessarily expect to get their money back at this point, but they do expect justice.

“He showed us rendering of cabinets and we got all excited,” Stephanie Ruta said.

Ruta and her husband Enrico Ruta say they hired John Venneman two years ago for a kitchen remodel at their beachside condo.

The couple says they gave Venneman, now charged with scheming to defraud, $9,500.

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The kitchen was demolished and then months went by with no new cabinets.

“(It was) story after story including wild schemes of cabinets being held up in Barcelona and then his discovery that the company was actually from China,” Stephanie Ruta said.

Stephanie Ruta says Venneman stopped taking their calls and refused to return their money.

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