Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

July 31, 2013

Matt Kiser, a profile in serving and saving

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July 31, 2013 —

He said now it is vital that everyone realizes there is much work to do and that can only be accomplished together.

“Right now it seems like the city is divided and people are going to continue to leave...there has to be something that makes people want to come home to stay,” said Kiser. “I left a great job in Pennsylvania after the floods to come back because I was like a child, homesick for my home but not everyone comes back.”

Kiser said that he wants to focus on several ways to help Olive Hill. One is targeting youth.

“I can and will get out and talk to the younger generations in our town because younger people are interested in how things are handled and their voices count and must be heard,” said Kiser. “They need to stay interested and invested in their town and we have to provide things that will engage them.”

Another is to take an aggressive approach toward downtown cleanup.

“There are dilapidated buildings that have been here since before the flood and more made with the floods. It is time to stop ignoring them or complaining about them and get them removed,” said Kiser. “They are not only a safety issue but they are an eyesore and are taking away from any historical beauty there may be in our town.”

Kiser added that he has been taught selfless community service by the firefighters he has served with. He says he plans to practice that as a City Council member.

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