A Clay County man is in jail after police found 39 bags of cocaine, more than 80 prescription pills, and almost five hundred dollars in cash as they were trying to serve a warrant.
Police say they saw 30 year old Edward Roberts running behind a residence on Curry Branch Road trying to get rid of pill bottles that had the drugs in them. Police say they also found a rock of cocaine under the cap Roberts was wearing. He was charged with 6 counts of trafficking and is being held in the Clay County Detention Center.
Cities, states, and individuals should make plans now in case the bird flu becomes a worldwide pandemic. The Bush administration is updating its response strategy for a deadly flu pandemic inside America's borders. While plans are slowly formulating for that possibility, the United States is no stranger to flu disasters.
Dr. W.E. Becknell remembers the flu pandemic of 1918 very well- he was nine years old.
"I was taking care of my father and mother who were both home in bed with it, and my aunt who lived a mile and a quarter from us," Becknell said.
Around 40 million people died worldwide.
"They just couldn't get better. They had nothing to help them and they just died," Becknell said.
Now, the government wants to make sure that's never the case again. Wednesday, the White House outlined a plan for a worst-case scenario, which includes two million Americans dying from a flu pandemic. Doctors are quick to point out, however, the disease is not yet contagious, human to human, but they also said having a game plan is essential.
The federal government's plan includes advice like keeping office workers at least three feet apart, establishing mandatory sick leave, and requiring airline crews to carry masks for sneezing or coughing passengers.
Post by Local News on May 11, 2006 15:28:19 GMT -5
"Read To Achieve" Program Considered Success
Governor Fletcher's "Read To Achieve" program has seen good results after just one year. The Read to Achieve Program is finishing up its first school year and Clay County schools say they have achieved success with a 40 percent improvement.
"Our reading scores have really shown improvement, and just from the beginning of the year until now," said Denva Smith, District Reading Coach.
Grant money is provided to bring in reading coaches which assist the teachers and help provide one-on-one time with children.
"It’s intervention based to make sure those children are on grade level and they will be able to compete with their peers," said Reecia Samples.
Once a school receives the Read to Achieve grant, they will keep the funding as long as they show the children are improving. But Clay County Schools have actually taken reading programs a step further with a Reading Celebration, hosted this year at Big Creek Elementary. This year's theme is "The Magic of Reading" and over 400 Clay County students will be recognized for their reading success and the 8th annual event inspires an entire community.
"To get not only the kids involved but we want to get the parents involved, you know families involved, you know have everybody reading," said Samples.
They say that the success comes in the combination of programs which reaches more children with different incentives. The deadline for the Read To Achieve application for next year is due next Wednesday, May 15th and the Clay County Reading Celebration will be held at Big Creek Elementary Friday night at 5 pm.
Post by Local News on May 21, 2006 19:11:00 GMT -5
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Will Serve His Nation Also
An assistant commonwealth attorney is now not only serving his state but his nation as well. Richie Couch took the oath of first lieutenant into the Kentucky National Guard at the Clay County Courthouse.
He says he wanted to serve his nation when he was in college ROTC and is excited to have this opportunity. He will go through two parts of training, a 4-week military orientation, and then a 10 week military law phase at the Judge Advocate General's School in Virginia.
This coming weekend marks a monumental day for drug treatment, and for a father. Charlie McWhorter donated more than 50 acres for a drug treatment facility. The Center, Chad's Hope, is named after his son, who died of a drug overdose in 2004. The 50-bed men's facility in Clay County is a project mcWhorter knows Chad would admire.
"The physical structure is not going to mean as much to me as when we see the first people graduate from the treatment, and they become people that are contributing back into the community and changing their lives," McWhorter said.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Chad's Hope will be held Saturday morning at 10 in the Burning Springs community of Clay County. The facility will be operated by Visions of Eastern Kentucky, a non-profit faith-based organization. It's expected to open in the summer of 2007.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For New Drug Treatment Center
Southeastern Kentucky's newest drug treatment facility held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to formally kick off construction of Chad's Hope Center. People from all over the state attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the drug and alcohol treatment facility. It will house 45 men at a time. But because entire families are affected by drug addiction, this facility isn't going to just focus on the addict but their loved ones as well.
"They are also going to do family counseling and that's an important component," said UNITE Executive Director Karen Engle.
The center will offer both traditional and faith-based treatment programs, so it partnered with UNITE and will be operated by Visions of Eastern Kentucky, a non-profit faith-based organization.
"Where the people will be brought that want to recover and be held by local people, people of faith," said Congressman Hal Rogers..
The land was donated by Clay County native Charlie McWhorter and the new drug and alcohol treatment facility is named after his son Chad.
"So we used to come over and ride the 4-wheelers and Chad would always say, I'd like to build me a house here," said McWhorter.
But Chad McWhorter died in 2004 of a drug overdose, and now instead of living here, he will be memorialized with a facility to treat those affected by the same thing that took his life. Chad's Hope Facility should be finished by summer 2007.
U.S. Representative Hal Rogers has included $3 million in the federal transportation budget for continued development of Interstate 66 in Kentucky.
"It is well documented that the vast majority of traffic related deaths in Kentucky occur on rural, non-Interstate roads," said Rogers. "Improving our highway system is absolutely critical to saving lives and protecting the traveling public." Rogers added, "Interstate 66 will provide a safe link to communities in southern and eastern Kentucky, many of which currently have limited access to major highways."
Rogers secured $1 million for construction of the northern bypass connector to I-66 in Somerset and $1.5 million for continued development of the I-66 corridor between Somerset and London. An additional $500,000 is included for continued development of I-66 in Pike County. Since 1998, Rogers has secured $70 million in targeted federal funding for development of I-66 across Kentucky. The bill also includes $470 million for the Appalachian Highway Development System that is targeted to improve the distressed region's highways. Kentucky is slated to receive $68.5 million of those funds.
Money for these projects is included in the 2007 budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 14. Rogers works to provide funding for Kentucky transportation projects in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Plea Agreement Reached In Clay County Drug Case Danielle Morgan Reports
A plea agreement has been reached in a federal Clay County drug case. It will be the second guilty plea out of the four defendants, who are accused of making one million dollars from alleged drug deals between November 2000 and May 2005. In addition, the two remaining defendants want a new judge in the case.
Bobby Joe Curry's family and friends say he turned his life around in May 2005, giving up drugs for Christianity. His attorney says there's never been any question that he did things wrong in the past. Now Curry is pleading guilty to five counts including conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, oxycodone, and methadone, as well as distributing those drugs which killed Stacey Harris in November 2003.
The two remaining defendants are Former Assistant Chief of Police Todd Roberts and Former 911 Director and City Council Member Vernon Hacker. Together, they are requesting District Judge Danny C. Reeves remove himself from the case. In a motion filed by their attorneys, they claim Judge Reeves made public statements to a local newspaper calling out local and state officials in the federal drug case of Former County Clerk Jennings White. In the same article, he claims denying a change of venue was a mistake, a statement the attorneys say they believe proves Judge Reeves will be impartial to the United State's motion to have this case moved out of the London Federal Courthouse. Tammy Napier pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this month.
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Last Edit: Oct 3, 2006 6:38:41 GMT -5 by Local News
Mock Accident Focuses On Prevention In Clay County
An eastern Kentucky high school is focusing on accident prevention after the loss of several students in one school year. Faculty and students at clay county high school gathered today to learn about safety after four students died in ATV and car accidents during this school year alone. Today's motto was prevention and how the teens are responsible for their own safety.
"So if we educate our children," says Parent Stephania Gregory. "Maybe in the future we won't have to go through this again."
"I had one friend killed on a 4-wheeler, I don't want to have anymore," says Eleventh Grader Cameron Rice
The child fatality review board organized the event. Through a mock ATV accident, students were taught to wear helmets and never ride with a passenger .... and they were reminded to always wear their seat-belt in a vehicle.
Post by In The News on Apr 2, 2012 10:57:41 GMT -5
WYMT-TV Charges not expected in deadly shooting on Blackie Branch Road in Clay County
Police say a man tried to force someone out of a home and ended up being shot to death. State police tell WKYT Jimmy Hoskins went to the home on Blackie Branch Road in Clay County after having an argument with the man who lives there.
The man fired shots that killed Hoskins. Police have not filed charges. They say they'll present their investigation to the Commonwealth's Attorney.