UPDATE: Residents Speak Out About Closing of Olive Hill Health Department

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/13/13 @ 11:15 p.m.
OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Major controversy erupted Wednesday night over the shutdown of a health department in Olive Hill.

Just last week, the County Board of Health decided to close the Olive Hill branch of the Little Sandy Health Department effective at the end of November.

City and county officials and residents spoke out at Wednesday's meeting, saying there was no advance notice given to the public about the meeting and decision to close down the department. Both residents and employees say they need the doors to stay open.

The Olive Hill mayor said the issue will be taken up again at another meeting. It is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Carter County Courthouse.

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Olive Hill residents will have to travel to Carter or Elliott County after their health department closes at the end of the month.

Paula Thornberry, Interim Director of the Little Sandy District Health Department, tells WSAZ.com that due to residents not taking advantage of the services being offered, the Olive Hill Branch will shut down at the end of November.

Thornberry says they are working to consolidate services and residents can go to the Carter County or Elliott County departments for services.

Thornberry tells WSAZ.com that three people work at the Olive Hill Branch.

They are still working on a reorganization plan to determine if those employees will remain on staff.

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