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West Kentucky Agencies Receive State Grants For Records Preservation

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The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives is awarding more than $220,000 in grants for local governments to preserve public records.

According to a press release from KDLA, the Local Records Program helps “protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assists local agencies with records management through direct services, training and grant support.”

The ten grants awarded by the state in this cycle total $220,238. The program is funded by fees enacted by the General Assembly to provide access to public records. All local government organizations are eligible to apply for the grant. 

The following west Kentucky agencies are receiving Local Records Program grant funding:

  • Henderson County Clerk - $54,405
  • Muhlenberg County Clerk - $25,600
  • Nortonville City Clerk - $7,980
  • Paducah City Clerk - $8,640
  • Paducah Police Department - $33,529
  • Union County Clerk - $25,724

“Preserving Kentucky’s local records for future use in an organized and accessible fashion is an important function of a transparent government,” said Governor Andy Beshear. “During the 36-year history of KDLA’s Local Records Program, about $25 million has been distributed across Kentucky in grants. If not for these local grants, many valuable records would be lost forever.”

Dalton York is a Morning Edition host and reporter for WKYU in Bowling Green. He is a graduate of Murray State University, where he majored in History with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. While attending Murray State, he worked as a student reporter at WKMS. A native of Marshall County, he is a proud product of his tight-knit community.
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