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Thumbs up...to the Double Dollars program at local farmers markets. Sean Southard, of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, said the program allows folks who are eligible for federal nutrition funds to leverage those dollars and get double the buying power at an enrolled farmers market. "It's important that we think of innovative ways to make sure that folks have access to fresh, nutritious and affordable Kentucky Proud foods," he said. For those that are using EBT, Double Dollars allows recipients to receive an additional $20 in bonus tokens after spending $20 of their own monies. Participants can receive up to additional $12 in tokens for fruit and veggies each day and an additional $8 in tokens for meat and dairy after spending $20. Martin Richards, Community Farm Alliance executive director, said the program has seen great success in reaching Kentucky families and farmers it's designed to reach. According to Southard, there are currently 41 Double Dollar markets, including the two in Madison County, with around 160 farmers markets in the state. We hope more farmers markets sign up to participate as it helps not only those in need, but the farmers too. We also hope those who are eligible to advantage of this great opportunity to get fresh, local produce.

Thumbs up...to the Richmond Teen Center and area businesses who gave away backpacks and school supplies recently. For the third year in a row, Zac Wynn has given 100 kids the right tools to be successful by giving them backpacks full of supplies before they head back to school. "Every kid should have the same opportunity as the next to change their life and do something. I don't want other kids to go through the same stuff that I did. This helps them to be successful and learn," he said. The Teen Center hosted its annual Back-to-School bash and gave away 1,000 backpacks to kids. Teen Center director Georgia Parks still has backpacks to give away and those interested can contact the Teen Center at 625-0010. "I want to thank everybody who donates, thanks to all of my donors and thanks to the community for stepping up," Parks said. These are just two of the many ways the community gives back to students. We want to thank all who help make a positive difference in the community.

Thumbs up...to the state Attorney General's office securing restitution in the Auto Plaza USA settlement. More than 1,400 customers who purchased a vehicle from a Nicholasville car dealership will receive relief after wrongly being led to believe they had paid all taxes at the time of the sale. Under a consent judgment entered in Fayette Circuit Court, the United Group Inc., also known as Auto Plaza USA, formerly of Nicholasville, and its owners will pay more than $450,000 to resolve a 2017 lawsuit Attorney General Andy Beshear filed over alleged violations of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. In a release, Beshear said individual refund checks totaling more than $214,000 will be mailed to about 700 consumers who paid the delinquent taxes and another $175,000 will be paid to the Kentucky Department of Revenue to resolve any taxes, fees or penalties still owed by an additional 700 customers. "Every Kentuckian impacted will either receive their money back or have their outstanding taxes reconciled," the AG said. We hope those affected by this will get the relief they so rightfully deserve.

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