BENCHMARK FAMILY SERVICES/FOSTER CARE offers free orientation classes.
If you are interested in information on becoming a foster parent attend an orientation session any Tuesday from 5-6 p.m., or call the office at 606-526-6992 for an information packet. Benchmark serves Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, and Whitley Counties. The office is located in the Falls Plaza, 1707 Falls Hwy, Suite 9, Corbin, Kentucky
Post by Press Release on Feb 13, 2012 17:39:00 GMT -5
LMU ANNOUNCES FALL 2011 DEAN'S LIST Three from Manchester on list
Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University has announced that the following students were placed on the Dean’s List for the fall semester of 2011. To be placed on the Dean’s List, the student must be a full-time undergraduate and have a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. MANCHESTER, KENTUCKY: Jessa Loughran, Melanie Smith and Tyler Sumner
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Post by In The News on Feb 23, 2012 21:58:13 GMT -5
herald-leader.com Stivers forced to withdraw anti-meth bill By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT — An anti-meth bill that would require a prescription for most cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine took a serious blow Thursday when its sponsor withdrew it. In a surprise move, Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, removed Senate Bill 50 from consideration in the legislature but said the issue was not dead for this law-making session.
Stivers acknowledged that a heavy advertising campaign against the bill had an impact. Under the bill, Kentuckians could still purchase gel caps that contain pseudoephedrine without a prescription, since it's much more difficult to convert the medicine in a gel cap into meth.
Makers of remedies containing pseudoephedrine strongly oppose requiring a prescription for the products, which reportedly generate billions in sales annually in the United States.
Post by Kentucky News on Feb 24, 2012 17:34:05 GMT -5
Dr. Aaron Thompson will open Common Core Standards forum next week Commonwealth News Center press release
The Council on Postsecondary Education will hold a live webcast of its upcoming conference, “Architecture for Implementing the Common Core Standards: Strategies, Partnerships & Progress,” on February 27-29. The live webcast will expand the reach of the conference by accommodating additional educators and policymakers from Kentucky and around the country.
The actual conference is being held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown Hotel. More than 380 participants from 22 states are expected to attend. Media are also invited. Live webcast sessions will be available at:
The forum will open Monday, February 27 at 9 AM with the Welcome and Introductions by Clay County native Dr. Aaron Thompson, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, Council on Postsecondary Education. The full webcast agenda with session descriptions and presenters can be accessed at:
Post by In The News on Feb 24, 2012 21:23:00 GMT -5
A Review of “This Is My Heart for You”
Appalachia is a multifaceted host with as many different faces as hollows and hills. Some are beautiful, kind, and accepting. Some are filled with hate, and some are caught in between, unsure of where they stand until the line is drawn for them. Far too often, the unique rhythms of this place are lost in the stereotypes by which it is often characterized. “This is My Heart for You,” the latest work of acclaimed regional author Silas House, refuses this trap, embracing some of the most difficult and complex topics facing modern Appalachia.
The play’s world premier was at Berea’s Jelkyl Drama center. There is little apprehension among the cast and crew. Under the insightful direction of Berea’s own Adanma Onyed**e Barton, and with the work of Berea’s finest student actors, “This is My Heart for You” has become a vibrant and moving production that is not only ready, but longing to be seen.
The play is not shy with respect to subject matter. Before the backdrop of small town Appalachia, issues of homophobia, racism, and discrimination play out for all to see. Actress Megan Rebecckiah Jones from Manchester, Kentucky, says, “This has been a hard show to do because it’s very emotional. It’s so current that it’s uncomfortable.” Inspiring discomfort is in part what this play is about. It is that discomfort that motivates the play’s characters as well as the audience members to confront the injustices portrayed.
Post by In The News on Feb 25, 2012 5:55:36 GMT -5
Bopper Minton, Mark Jackson
Yahoo! Contributor Network 'Amazing Race' Contestant William 'Bopper' Minton Talks About His Family's Life By Lana Bandoim
Can you imagine fighting an endless stream of coal dust that permeates the air and watching it destroy your child's lungs? This is a daily reality for William "Bopper" Minton, a contestant on the current season of the "Amazing Race."
I had the opportunity to interview Bopper about his experience on the show and his ongoing struggle with the neighboring coal processing plant. The motorcycle mechanic from Manchester, Ky., lives 150 yards away from the B & W Resources Inc. tipple and has been documenting multiple violations at the coal processing plant.....
Post by In The News on Mar 2, 2012 18:04:12 GMT -5
Manchester man arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Laurel County Sheriff Department Press Release
Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy William Bo Harris was dispatched to a non injury traffic crash on Hal Rogers Parkway, on Wednesday 2-29-2012 at 9:39 A.M., one mile east of London. Upon arrival, he discovered through investigation that a male subject driving a silver Dodge RAM pickup had apparently struck another vehicle in the rear.
That driver was determined to be under the influence , and is identified as Randall Young age 47 of Highway 638, Manchester arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Facility. He reportly had taken Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Diazepam, and other medications earlier.
Post by In The News on Mar 3, 2012 21:50:00 GMT -5
thenewsjournal.net Police say drugs may have been a factor in crash that killed Manchester man by: Dean Manning
Investigators say prescription drug use may have been a factor in a fatal head-on collision on U.S 25 in Lily Thursday afternoon.
The driver of the Chevy Impala, 36-year-old Rodney Byrd of Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene when his car cross the centerline just south of Chaney Lumber and smashed into the flatbed delivery truck driven by Jacob Burton of Eubanks.
Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Sgt. Greg Reams declined to give details but said Officer Jerry Jones, who is conducting the investigation, has reason to suspect the driver was using prescription drugs. Investigators are awaiting the results of blood tests from both Burton and Byrd to confirm or deny their suspicions
Reams said there did not appear to be anything mechanical that would have forced the car to suddenly swerve to the left. Burton and Byrd were both wearing their seat belts.
Post by In The News on Apr 3, 2012 15:23:57 GMT -5
blogs.wsj.com Wall Street Journal blogger meets Big Blue fan from Clay County Ben Cohen
Ahead of the NCAA tournament title game, Rachel Bachman and Ben Cohen offered their thoughts on what to expect between Kentucky and Kansas and what oddities they’ve seen around New Orleans this weekend:
Rick Gibson from Manchester, Ky., who’s standing next to me, says his town has 700 people in it. He works for a federal prison. Before that he worked 11 years in a coal mine. “I save my money,” he said, “to follow the ‘Cats.”
“A lot of people come to these things because you can’t get a ticket to Rupp Arena,” he said. He can’t – not at those prices, anyway.
Post by Kentucky News on Apr 3, 2012 15:31:15 GMT -5
Kentucky Arts Council awards artist residency grant to Clay County Middle School Commonwealth News Center press release
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded $11,340 in Teacher Initiated Program grants to support 21 weeks of short-term artist residencies during the fall of 2012. These grants give professional artists an opportunity to demonstrate their art forms and provide students and teachers hands-on experiences in making art. Artists also collaborate with teachers to design innovative programs that incorporate art across the curriculum after the residency is completed.
Residencies vary widely, depending on the teacher’s goals and the artist or artists hired for the residency. This group of residencies includes explorations of cultural traditions, relationships between art and business, media arts, storytelling and theater.
An award of $1,080 will allow artists Dianne Simpson and Judy Sizemore to do an Appalachian arts and crafts as business project at Clay County Middle School. The grant was secured by Marsha Garrison of the CCMS Youth Resource Center.
"The Kentucky Arts Council strongly supports arts in education," says Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. "The Teacher Initiated Program has enhanced the learning experience for students in schools across the Commonwealth for many years. We are fortunate to be able to continue this valuable arts education program."
The grant amounts are based on the length of the residencies, which can be for one to four weeks. The grant awards are $540, $1,080, $1,620 and $2,160, respectively. The schools select artists from the Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Artists Directory, which is available at:
The next application deadline is Oct. 15, 2012, for residencies occurring in the spring of 2013. For more information about the Teacher Initiated Program, contact Rachel Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-3757, ext. 486.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Post by In The News on Apr 6, 2012 11:58:52 GMT -5
Substance Abuse in Innovative Public Health Project Outside The Wire press release
The Partnership at Drugfree.org and Outside the Wire are collaborating to present a series of dramatic readings and town hall discussions about the disease of addiction. Supported by a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, "The Dionysus Project" will tour to three communities that have been profoundly impacted by drug abuse and addiction, beginning in Appalachia (Manchester and Hazard in Kentucky) and moving to the West Coast (Los Angeles, California.)
Audiences will observe actors such as JESSE EISENBERG (The Social Network) and ADAM DRIVER (HBO's Girls) in Kentucky, and other acclaimed actors in Los Angeles performing readings of scenes from Euripides' Bacchae, an ancient Greek play about the destructive power of intoxication. The presentation serves as a catalyst for town hall discussions on the impact of substance abuse and addiction upon individuals, families and communities that have been affected by drugs and alcohol. The reading/discussion format is intended to break down the stigma associated with substance abuse and addiction and promote healthy dialogue among diverse communities - public and professional - fostering compassion, cooperation and understanding.
The project uses an ancient Greek tragedy, written nearly 2,500 years ago, to engage audiences in crucial discussions about the timelessness of the human struggle with substance abuse and addiction, as well as resources and solutions that communities can utilize today.
The Kentucky readings and town hall discussions will focus on abuse of prescription medicine - an issue that prominently affects this area - and will take place on May 3, 2012 in collaboration with Operation Unite, a nonprofit organization aimed at combating substance abuse in Kentucky. The Los Angeles event will address the link between creativity, intoxication and substance abuse and will be held in partnership with Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse service organization serving the LA area. The date of the Los Angeles event is to be determined.
For more information and updates about the performances, visit The Partnership at Drugfree.org's events page.
Post by In The News on Apr 8, 2012 16:09:14 GMT -5
steelguru.com Xinergy update on Straight Creek & Redbird Thermal Reserves
Xinergy Ltd a Central Appalachian coal producer announced that it has completed a detailed review of the mineral exploration, development and production activities at Straight Creek, its active Kentucky thermal operations and Red Bird, the Company's previously announced acquisition adjacent to Straight Creek.
The work was conducted under the supervision of Phillip Lucas, PE PLS of Summit Engineering Inc., who is a Qualified Person and independent of the Company as defined in National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and is detailed in a NI 43-101 technical report entitled "An Independent National Instrument 43-101 Report Summarising Mineral Exploration, Development and Production Activities of Xinergy Corp. Straight Creek and Red Bird Reserves, Harlan, Leslie, Clay, Knox and Bell Counties, Kentucky" dated March 15th 2012. The Technical Report indicates that there are approximately 42.9 million proven and probable mineral reserve tons on the Property.
These results supersede the estimated results that were disclosed in a press release dated January 5th 2012 when the acquisition was announced as well as the technical report related to Straight Creek from 2009.
In addition, the Company announced the filing of its Annual Information Form or AIF for the year ended December 31, 2011 to the System for Electronic Analysis and Retrieval or SEDAR.
Mr Bernie Mason president of Xinergy said that "Our active exploration and acquisition program has more than doubled the size of our Kentucky thermal operations.”
The previously announced Red Bird acquisition along with proving up of additional reserves at Straight Creek pushes the Company's total proven and probable reserves to over 114 million tons. As one of the lower cost producers in our region, the incremental reserves subject of this 43-101 position the Company well to participate in a thermal market recovery."
Post by In The News on Apr 12, 2012 17:27:58 GMT -5
The Times-Tribune Area amateur radio groups have common bond By Jeff Noble, Staff writer
In a video made in 2003 for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the late journalist Walter Cronkite spoke about the public service done by amateur radio, or “ham radio” operators, during the dark day in our nation’s history that was September 11, 2001.
Cronkite, an amateur radio operator himself, said in their response, “Their country asked, and they responded without reservation.”
It’s the bond three ham radio operators have in common — to use amateur radio as a primary source to get the word out to those who can respond in times of crisis, to get more ham operators involved, and to get others to join the network.
On Tuesday, they talked about that service at the Corbin Fire Department headquarters on Main Street.
“During the ice storm we had about two or three years ago, the only thing working when the lines were down and the power was out was ham radio,” said Captain Tony Anders, a Corbin firefighter who lives in the Laurel County community of Keavy. Anders is the Coordinator for the Skywarn severe weather spotter program in Region 11, made up of Whitley, Laurel, Knox, Clay, Jackson, Rockcastle, Bell and McCreary counties....
Post by In The News on Apr 12, 2012 17:47:02 GMT -5
wtvq.com Manchester honored for taking away the right to smoke Reported by: Greg Stotelmyer
It was eight years ago this month that the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld Lexington’s smoking ban which had passed the previous July as the state’s first smoke-free law. Now, nearly a decade later, anti-smoking advocates say the momentum for a statewide smoking ban is intensifying and they are in a “full court press.”
Legislation for a statewide smoke-free law made it out of a House committee for the first time ever in the Kentucky General Assembly last month, but the idea was not pushed to a vote in the full House.
City leaders from three southeast Kentucky towns were honored for their advocacy in passing comprehensive smoking bans. Corbin, Manchester and Somerset are the three newest additions to a list of 22 Kentucky communities which have comprehensive laws prohibiting smoking in all public places and work places, including restaurants and bars.
Post by In The News on Apr 15, 2012 13:35:36 GMT -5
thenewsjournal.net Senator Robert Stivers honored at GOP's annual Lincoln Day Banquent Mark White
Hundreds of GOP faithful gathered in Corbin Saturday night to honor six area residents, who have made significant contributions to the Republican party and to energize the Republican base for the upcoming presidential election this fall.
The 74th Annual Fifth District Lincoln Day Banquet was held at the Corbin Technology Center.
Senator Robert Stivers of Clay County was one of the six inductees into the Fifth District Lincoln Club Hall of Fame Saturday.
The hall of fame was started in 1985 and honors outstanding Republican leaders who have contributed above and beyond the call of duty to the Republican Party, noted U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who presided over the induction ceremony.
The other hall of fame inductees included: Jean Dorton of Johnson County; Rep. Danny Ford of Rockcastle County; Bob and Nancy Mitchell of Corbin; and Donnie Girdler of Pulaski County, who was honored posthumously.
The Fifth District Lincoln Club was established in 1938, and is the oldest Lincoln Club in Kentucky.
Post by In The News on Apr 15, 2012 13:41:43 GMT -5
buzznewsstatewide.blogspot.com Former Clay County Constable Sentenced
Jackie "The Tireman" Roberts, a former Clay County constable, has been sentenced to serve 19 years and seven months in prison. Roberts was sentenced in federal court in London for three firearms counts and for trafficking in Hydrocodone.
He was convicted after a trial last November. Roberts, who operated a used-tire store in Manchester and used his nickname in political campaigns, was convicted of selling pain pills, being a felon in possession of a gun and possessing a gun while he was an illegal drug user.
Roberts sold pain pills to an undercover informant at his store last summer, when he was a constable. In a search the next day, police found a gun where he had stayed. The sentence for Roberts was enhanced because he had several previous convictions, including robbery, burglary and assault. Roberts' wife, Jennifer, pleaded guilty in the case and is to be sentenced in May.
Post by In The News on Apr 18, 2012 13:39:40 GMT -5
The Times-Tribune Manchester residents arrested for law office burglary
Two Manchester residents were arrested Saturday for burglarizing a London lawyer’s office, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.
Following the complaint about a burglary at the Law Office of David Howard about 6 p.m., the investigation led police first to the homeless shelter located next to the law office. People interviewed there said Jonathan Freeman, 32, and Brittany Smith, 28, had stayed at the shelter and had bragged about getting a large cash settlement.
Police then checked local hotels and found Smith had a room rented at the Days Inn Motel. About 10 p.m., the two returned to the motel and were arrested by Walker.
Freeman was charged with third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property. Smith was charged with receiving stolen property.
Police recovered a large amount of cash, a book collection, rare coins, two laptop computers and other items that had been stolen from the law office.
Others assisting were Capt. Derek House, Detective Allen Harris, Sgt. Travis Hurley, Officer Shannon Morgan and Officer Justin Roby. Harris continues the investigation.
Post by In The News on Apr 19, 2012 13:28:18 GMT -5
courier-journal.com Stivers says Beshear may face lawsuit, Williams wants him to seek counseling
David Williams, Steve Beshear
FRANKFORT, KY. — The political acrimony between Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams reached new heights Wednesday when Beshear in essence vetoed nearly $50 million in road projects in or near Williams’ district.
Williams told the press Wednesday that the Senate will proceed with passing a transportation budget, even as he questioned whether Beshear had the legal authority to strike specific projects from the state road plan.
On Wednesday, Beshear completed his review of the plan and effectively vetoed all or portions of 11 projects. Nine are in Williams’ Senate district, and two others straddle Williams’ district and Russell County.
Senate Republican Floor Leader Robert Stivers of Manchester wouldn’t rule out a lawsuit to challenge the vetoes, but Williams said it was unlikely. But he was harsh in his criticism of Beshear, who beat him in November’s gubernatorial race.
“I think the governor needs to seek some counseling for his hate for me,” Williams said. “I think he’s allowed his personal anger and vitriolic comments to go beyond the bounds of normal reason in this thing.”
Post by In The News on Apr 19, 2012 13:35:29 GMT -5
WYMT-TV Clay County man accused of assaulting officer tells his story from jail
A Clay County man, 30-year old Jessie Bowling said he believes he was treated unfairly after police responded to a call made by one of his own family members about a domestic dispute. He now faces nine charges, including assaulting a police officer.
Jessie Bowling has been lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail after police arrested him early Sunday morning and charged him with multiple felonies.
Bowling will be in Owsley District Court on April 19 for a preliminary hearing.
Post by In The News on Apr 21, 2012 9:12:54 GMT -5
sentinel-echo.com Manchester woman injured in U.S. 25 crash By Nita Johnson, Staff Writer
Traffic backed up along U.S. 25, four miles south of London, on Thursday afternoon following a crash that sent two persons for medical treatment. According to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred just after noon when a silver 2011 Chrysler driven by 48-year-old Patricia Smith of Manchester stopped for traffic ahead of her in the northbound lane.
Regina Napier, 33, of London, was behind Smith’s vehicle and could not stop in time to avoid a collision, striking Smith’s car in the rear. Both vehicles stopped in the northbound lane and blocked traffic for 45 minutes.
Smith and Napier both received serious injuries from the crash and were transported to Saint Joseph-London for treatment.
The investigation into the accident is being conducted by Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. He was assisted at the scene by Laurel EMS, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Lily Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department, and Kentucky State Police Special Operations Officer Landry Collett and Trooper Justin Oliver.
Post by In The News on Apr 21, 2012 9:23:54 GMT -5
Harlan Daily Enterprise Manchester Physician offers tips for cancer prevention, early detection
Colorectal cancers are the third most common cancers in men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. This year, more than 141,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 49,000 will die of the disease. Yet, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and curable forms of cancer, if caught early. According to Oakunle Ajayi, M.D. general and colorectal surgeon at Saint Joseph London, colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, and the rate of successful treatment is high, especially when the cancer is treated early.
Dr. Olakunle Ajayi is Board Certified in general and colorectal surgery with offices in London and Manchester.
Post by In The News on Apr 22, 2012 8:09:32 GMT -5
herald-leader.com Promise of 1,400 jobs produces unpaid bills, lawsuits in Manchester By Bill Estep
MANCHESTER — When a Florida company said in 2009 it planned to build a factory in Clay County and hire 1,400 people, it seemed almost too good to be true.
The poverty rate in the Eastern Kentucky county was three times the national level, and the estimated median income of residents was $20,999, less than half the national figure of $50,740. Even with an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent, the county couldn't possibly fully staff the factory.
Nearly three years on, the project has produced nothing but unpaid bills and lawsuits.
The city bought a $900,000 site for the factory and incurred fees for engineering and other work, but the company didn't come.
Now, the city is being sued for $500,000 in unpaid bills for work companies did at the site, and is still paying for the land, which sits largely empty, eroding and, at this point, unneeded.
Post by In The News on Apr 23, 2012 5:29:52 GMT -5
herald-leader.com Manchester doctor accused of producing child pornography By Beth Musgrave
A Manchester doctor has been charged with producing child pornography. Kentucky State Police and the FBI began an investigation on Thursday of possible sexual abuse by Dr. Kishore Jadhav. On Friday, during a follow-up to that investigation, police determined that Jadhav had allegedly produced pornography involving a minor.
Jadhav was arrested Friday on one count of production of child pornography and is lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Post by In The News on Apr 25, 2012 12:42:06 GMT -5
Jim "Bo" Lyttle
herald-leader.com Clay magistrate stabs wife, kills himself By Bill Estep
A Clay County magistrate stabbed his wife several times early Wednesday and then shot and killed himself, according to local authorities. Police don't yet know why James "Jimbo" Lyttle attacked his wife, Manchester police Chief Chris Fultz said.
The attack happened just after 6 a.m. at the couple's home in East Manchester. James Lyttle, 51, went to an outbuilding after ambulance workers arrived and shot himself with a pistol, authorities said.
Lyttle died from a gunshot to the head from a .38-caliber revolver, Clay County Coroner Danny Finley said.
Finley said investigators will order a toxicology screen on Lyttle, but at this point, drug and alcohol use are not suspected as factors in the case.
Finley said Lyttle, who was well liked in town, had worked for the county school system and owned a popular convenience store with relatives.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer, shown here speaking in support of Steve Beshear's failed attempt to bring Atlantic City casino gambling to Kentucky, was a main force behind the Farmer audit.
herald-leader.com Farmer audit called 'very political and self-serving' By Jack Brammer and Janet Patton
FRANKFORT — A 151-page audit of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer's administration was "very political and self-serving," Farmer's attorney, Guthrie True, said Monday.
True's comments came just minutes after Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen and Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer released the scathing report. True implied that Edelen and Comer might be using the audit to bolster possible bids for governor someday.
Comer and Edelen, who shook hands twice during their news conference and mentioned their spirit of cooperation, said they focused on facts, not politics. Both took office in January.
Farmer, who was agriculture commissioner for eight years and ran last year for lieutenant governor on the unsuccessful ticket of Republican Senate President David Williams, was not available to comment on the audit.
Williams said via email that the audit "speaks for itself."
He commended Comer and Edelen for their cooperation but said he hopes Edelen "applies the same rigor and high standards to every executive agency he has the responsibility to inspect."
True said Farmer was given "little opportunity for meaningful input" into the audit. He said Farmer asked to review and comment on the audit but his request was denied.
"It's unfair, but that's politics," the attorney said.
Post by In The News on May 1, 2012 12:17:12 GMT -5
bereaonline.com Manchester woman charged with shoplifting in Berea
On 4/29/2012 Police charged Lucy Smallwood age 35 of Manchester Ky with Theft By Unlawful Taking U/500 Shoplifting. Loss Prevention employees at Walmart observed the accused take items from the shelf and remove the tags. She then concealed items in her purse and exited the store and made no attempt to pay for the concealed items. She was then stopped by Loss Prevention employees.
She was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.
Post by In The News on May 4, 2012 17:52:38 GMT -5
WDRB-TV Manchester bank has filed foreclosure suit against Richie Farmer
Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is in legal trouble again. This time, it's with a bank. A Manchester bank has filed a foreclosure suit against Farmer and his wife. The suit is seeking more than $300,000 due on a mortgage that the bank says hasn't been paid on since at least January.
An attorney for Rebecca Farmer -- who filed for divorce last April -- says Richie is responsible for making the payments, under an agreement in the divorce case.
Post by In The News on May 4, 2012 18:05:52 GMT -5
Lois Minton of Manchester charged with Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor in Madison County
Drug Arrest: On 05/03/2012 Officers received a complaint that there were several subjects in the same vehicle attempting to purchase pseudoephedrine at Walmart. The vehicle was located in the parking lot and consent to search was given.
Officers located several boxes of pseudoephedrine along with Clonazepam and Alprazalam pills. A small amount of marijuana and $443.00 cash were also located.
Officers arrested Lois Minton, 33 years old of Manchester Ky. She was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking In Controlled Substance 3rd (Three Counts), Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor 1st Offense. She was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.
Post by In The News on May 4, 2012 18:11:37 GMT -5
middletownjournal.com Ex-Hamilton resident indicted in 1969 killing Clay County sheriff was shot 5 times in 1969
As Clay County Sheriff James M. “Matt” Sizemore went out to serve warrants on June 1, 1969, southwest of Manchester, Ky., five bullets from a high-powered rifle took him down as he stepped out of the car. Despite an intensive investigation in the foothills of the Appalachians three hours southeast of Louisville, investigators remained stumped as to who pulled the trigger, killing the lawman of seven years.
After more than 40 years, prosecutors on Thursday said they believe the answer has been found. A grand jury in Clay County charged 61-year-old Oran Brumley, a former resident of the area who later moved to Hamilton, with murdering Sizemore. He’s currently serving prison time in Ohio.
Brumley eventually moved to Hamilton. When investigators wanted to re-interview him, they found Brumley in the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, where he’s serving time after being convicted in 2004 of murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary for a knife attack on an 80-year-old Hamilton man.
Brumley was convicted of a 2003 attack on Hagar Combs at Comb’s Hamilton home on Elmo Avenue. During their investigation into the attack, Hamilton police discovered that Brumley had recently been paroled from prison, where he was serving a sentence for a murder conviction.
Brumley remained in custody in Ohio on Thursday afternoon. It was unclear when he would be returned to Kentucky to face charges. He had no attorney on the Kentucky charges. Arrangements must be worked out with Ohio for Brumley’s return to Kentucky, Clay County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Gregory said.
The investigation is ongoing and more indictments may be forthcoming. When asked if Brumley had accomplices, Gregory repeated that more indictments may be forthcoming.
Former Clay County Sheriff Edd Jordan, who kept the investigation going during his tenure from 1990 through 2006, said it became apparent in the mid-1990s that Brumley and others were involved in Sizemore’s death. Jordan said the new information linking Brumley to Sizemore’s death is more than enough to solve the case.
Gregory said Sizemore had a role in sending one of Brumley’s family members to prison a few years before the shooting and retaliation may have been a motive.