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Lights installed at Ramey Memorial Park

SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County Fiscal Court coal severance project was completed on Monday, with the new lights now installed and operational at the Ramey Memorial Park youth baseball and softball fields.

Magoffin County Judge Executive Matt Wireman updated the public on the project, noting new scoreboards will be installed by the end of the week.

“This has been a dream of mine for well over 14 years,” Wireman said. “During the several years that I was the president of the youth baseball/softball league, there was nothing any more frustrating than dealing with the lighting issues and kids not getting to play ball. It got to the point that they just couldn’t be used. But that’s no longer the case. These lights are the latest MUSCO lights that even have lights positioned so the kids can see fly balls. They have a 25-year warranty and are controlled with cell phone apps.”

Wireman expressed thanks to former magistrates Pernell “Buck” Lemaster and Joe Bailey, as well as current magistrate Darrel Ray Howard, for supporting this project and voting for his proposal. He also thanked State Representative John Blanton and State Senator Brandon Smith for writing the concurrence letters to the Kentucky Department of Local Government to finalize getting the funding, as well as Deputy Judge/Executive Kevin Howard, who has stayed on top of the park projects.

“In the coming months, you will see a repaved basketball court and tennis court, along with a new shelter and a new playground with all new equipment, all funded with coal severance funds approved by the Magoffin County Fiscal Court.”

Wireman also teased an upcoming major announcement to be made in the next couple of days regarding the veterans’ memorial at the park.

“The current Magoffin County Fiscal Court’s new members Eddie Jenkins and Sam Bailey are also committed to investing in our youth and community all across Magoffin County and together we will make improvements that will help our economy and make life a little easier here,” Wireman said. “Thanks to everyone for your patience and continued support.”

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