State Airplanes Sold

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says two state airplanes placed for auction on eBay have been sold.

Two weeks ago, when Beshear announced the administration was putting the planes up for auction, he said they were in excellent mechanical condition and should sell quickly.

“I’m confident we can do without these planes, while making a little money and saving the more than $63,000 a year it costs to maintain and insure these two aircraft,” he says.

Beshear is now reporting the auction brought in just over $231,000 for the state’s General Fund. The 1975 Piper Navajo sold for a little more than $190,000 and the state received over $41,000 for the 1967 Cessna Skyhawk. Both sale prices exceeded the expectations of the state’s Department of Aviation.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.