Students and administrators from Webster County High School and the Area Technology Center were on hand during Monday’s meeting of the Webster County Fiscal Court to hear the proclamation designating February as Career and Technical Education month. Vocational education in public schools began 106 years ago with the passing of the Smith-Hughes Act, which allotted funding for trade programs across the country.

With the state contract for Kentucky’s voting system expiring May 10, county clerks across the state are racing to replace the current hardware used for election day check-in. The urgency arises from the 2023 primary to be held by on May 16.

Webster County Clerk Valerie Newell asked for a resolution from fiscal court Monday to negotiate a new contract and purchase the tablets her office use at each polling site. Typically, those two actions are spaced apart, and are approved in separate votes in meetings weeks or months apart.