OBITUARIES

Mary Ruth Wallen age 85 passed away Thursday July 2, 2015. Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:00PM at McCreary County Funeral Home with burial in Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday after 6:00PM at the funeral home. McCreary County Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald Eugene Strunk age 84 of Whitley city passed away Friday July 3, 2015. Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00PM at McCreary County Funeral Home with visitation Monday after 12:00PM. McCreary County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kelsie Meadows age 91 of Parkers Lake passed away Friday June 26, 2015. Memorial services will be Monday at 6:00PM at Keith Morrow Cemetery with military honors by local American Legion and VFW. McCreary County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Updated Thursday July 2, 2015 @ 7:55am
NO CAR SHOW, MUSIC; OTHER ACTIVITIES IN STEARNS STILL ON
Due to weather conditions and forecast for Friday July 3rd, the car show and cruise in as well as live music in Stearns will not take place. However, event organizers say other activities including those at the McCreary County Museum and the fireworks after dark will still take place as scheduled.

PULASKI COUNTY CRASH CLAIMS WOMAN'S LIFE, INJURES TROOPER
A Tuesday evening traffic crash in Pulaski County claimed the life of one person and injured a Kentucky State Police trooper. Authorities say it happened just after 7:00pm Tuesday at the intersection of US Highway 27 and Waitsboro Road when a 2004 Toyota Corola reportedly pulled into the path of an oncoming police cruiser operated by Trooper Joshua Brainard. Following the collision, the car's driver, 56 year old Denese Koval of Nancy, Kentucky, was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset where she was later pronounced dead. The officer was also transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. The investigation into the fatal crash remains ongoing.

WHAY, UPTOWN OPRY TO HOST “AMERICANA GATHERING” SHOW
Heading into the July 4th holiday weekend, WHAY Radio and Hap Strunk's Uptown Opry are offering music lovers a chance to enjoy a show featuring Appalachian singer, songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell. The show will begin at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday July 2nd) at the Uptown Opry on Main Street in downtown Whitley City. Admission is $5.00 to help support the artist who is traveling from North Carolina for the show locally. Michael has previously been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and as been featured at the International Storytelling Center as well as performing at music events such as MerleFest and others.

The Uptown Opry will also host a special Friday night show including Larry “Lucky Dog” Davis performing Elvis songs and including a pot luck dinner.

GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN SHOOTING OF SOMERSET ATTORNEY
One year ago, in June 2014, Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano was gunned down outside his office. Now, the suspect in the case, Clinton Inabnitt, has entered a guilty plea in the case but has also claimed to be mentally ill. He will be sentenced on August 24th in Pulaski County Court.

FOREST SERVICE REMINDER ABOUT FIREWORKS ON FOREST LANDS
With the July 4th holiday weekend approaching, officials with the US Forest Service have issued reminders that fireworks are prohibited on national forest lands. All fireworks are banned on forest lands and that includes the possession of, discharging of, or use of any fireworks or other pyrotechnic device on national forest lands. The reminder was also extended to forest officials saying that all campfires should be attended at all times and that fires should be in designated fire rings or grills only within developed recreation areas. These regulations are in place, according to forest officials, to minimize the risk of uncontrolled wildfires spreading.

SCHOOL BOARD TAKING BIDS FOR MOWING SERVICES IN 2015
The McCreary County Board of Education is currently accepting bids from interested parties wishing to mow grass on school property for the 2015 season. Bid packets and information are available now at the school board office on Raider Way in Stearns with bids accepted through 2:00pm on Wednesday July 8th.

McCREARY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS LEAD TO DRUG ROUNDUP
The June session of the McCreary County Grand Jury led to law enforcement officers conducting drug roundups last week across the community. The grand jury indicted a total of 23 individuals with many of the charges being drug related. Officers spent much of last Tuesday executing arrest warrants for those indicted.
The McCreary County Voice has full details on the indictments and the drug roundup.

McCREARY 4-H PROJECT WEEK SCHEDULED TO START JULY 7TH
The McCreary County Cooperative Extension Service has announced that 4-H Project Week will begin next Tuesday July 7th and run through Friday July 10th with various activities for kids age 9 to 18. Classes will be offered for youth participants ranging from ceramics, rag top stools and woodworking to cooking, painting and basket making. Classes will be held at the McCreary Center Campus between 9:00am and 3:00pm each day with a lunch break. Each class has a fee to cover materials and expenses with fees ranging from as little as $2 per class to $12. Registration packets and information are available from the McCreary County Extension Office by stopping by or calling 376-2524. Registration forms and payments must be back in no later than this Thursday July 2nd.

MCCREARY SCHOOLS PUSHING FOR MORE BUS DRIVERS
With issues that arose last school year of not having enough bus drivers and many buses being overcrowded, the McCreary County School Board is now pushing for the hiring of additional bus drivers before school starts back in August. The school board recently approved a new incentive plan that they hope will encourage more applicants for bus driver positions, including substitute bus drivers. Those interested in learning more about those incentives or filing an application for school bus driver can contact the McCreary County Board of Education office or the Bus Garage for details.

McCREARY FISCAL COURT APPROVES BUDGET, BIDS FOR NEW YEAR
Meeting in special session Friday afternoon the McCreary County Fiscal Court voted to approve the second reading, and final passage, of the 2015-2016 budget for county government. The new financial plan will go into effect this Wednesday July 1st. The meeting, which lasted only a few minutes, also included the approval of bids for various goods and services for the new year and also an announcement that bids will be sought for new chest compression systems for the McCreary County EMS. The department was recently notified that they had been awarded a grant worth more than $487,000 to purchase the new systems for the service. The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court will be Thursday July 9th at 6:00pm.

McCREARY JOBLESS RATE SHOWS SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT
The latest unemployment numbers have been released by state officials and they show significant improvement for McCreary County over one year ago. The data is for last month when the county recorded an 8% jobless rate, down by nearly three full percentage points over May 2014 when the rate was 10.9%. In fact, all ten Lake Cumberland area counties saw lower unemployment rates from May 2014 to May 2015 with the exception of Russell County which showed a 9.7% rate this year, up from 9% last year. The Lake Cumberland area rate was 6.6% last month while statewide 5.3% were seeking employment. The US rate was also 5.3% in May. For more on Kentucky's labor market and unemployment data you can go online to www.kylmi.ky.gov.

WAYNE CO. TEACHER KILLED IN MOTORYCYCLE ACCIDENT
A popular teacher from Wayne County Middle School was killed this week in a motorcycle accident about 20 miles south on Oneida on Highway 27 in Tennessee. Karen Grinnell was headed south on Highway 27 Monday when she apparently lost control in a curve and hit a guardrail. She was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but still suffered fatal injuries. She had previously taught in Indiana and Colorado but had most recently led classes in neighboring Wayne County. A private funeral service was planned this week at McCreary County Funeral Home here in Whitley City. Her family had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, which also serves McCreary County.

McCREARY FISCAL COURT TO MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION
The McCreary County Fiscal Court is set to meet in special session this afternoon (Friday June 26th) at 4:00pm for the purpose of approving the 2015-2015 budget. The court approved the first reading of the budget in May, but then had to forward the spending plan to the state for approval which was not completed by the June regular meeting. Now, with state approval back, the court will give their final approval to the budget that goes into effect July 1st. The court is also set to approve bids for goods and services for the new fiscal year. Those bids were opened at the June 11th meeting but were tabled for review. The next regular meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court will be Thursday July 9th at 6:00pm.

BIG SOUTH FORK PLANNING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
The staff of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be busy this weekend with activities around the park. “Go with the Flow” will be held Saturday evening at 7:00pm at the Blue Heron Campground. The program, which is ranger led, is a virtual tour of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland river. The program is free and is handicap accessible.

Rangers will also lead a nature hike Sunday morning starting at 11:00am at Yahoo Falls, starting from the parking area just off Kentucky Highway 700 west of Whitley City. This hike is also free with a trail rated moderately difficult due to a long set of stairs. For information call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at 376-3787.

McCREARY SUFFERS SOME DAMAGE FROM WEEKEND STORMS
Storms that blasted through the area this past Sunday left some damage behind locally. In McCreary County, some of the damage reports included a tree that fell on a truck, a roof blown off a garage, and downed power and phone lines. In addition, the Stearns Trail Town sign was also damaged as the posts holding up the sign were twisted. That damage was fixed by county crews early this week as officials prepare for the official Stearns Trail Town certification ceremony set for Wednesday July 8th at that location. There were reports that a tornado may have touched down in the area Sunday, but those reports have not yet been confirmed by weather officials.

MCCREARY FAIR CONTINUES; GOSPEL NIGHT ON TAP THURSDAY
The McCreary County Fair is now in full swing for 2015 with gospel night planned for tonight (Thursday June 25th). Shepherd's Way and Iseral Clark will be performing tonight, in addition to the various games, activities and carnival rides. The fair will be open from 5:00-11:00pm tonight with a $10 per person admission fee. Friday and Saturday night the fair will be open 5:00pm-midnight with a $12 admission fee. Friday night is “open mic” night with anyone wishing to sign invited and Saturday night will include a concert by the Nashville duo The Springs. The McCreary County Fair is being held at the fairgrounds on the north end of the county park.

NEW KENTUCKY LAW CHNAGES BOOSTER SEAT REQUIREMENTS
Parents need to make note of a new state law in Kentucky which pertains to the age and height of children who need to be secured in a booster seat when traveling in vehicles. Previously, children younger than 7 years of age and between 40-50 inches tall were required to ride in booster seats. The new law, which went into effect this week, requires children up to age 8 and between 40-57 inches to ride in a booster seat. Police say a first offense will include a citation and a $30 fine, or the choice of purchasing a booster seat.

MCCREARY COUPLE SENTENCED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
The Social Security Administration has announced that a McCreary County couple has been sentenced for fraud. 59 year old Oliver Taylor was sentenced to 33 months in prison for healthcare fraud, while his wife, Lisa Taylor, was sentenced to 18 months for social security fraud. Records show that in 1993, Oliver Taylor received benefits from his elderly mother and continued receiving benefits even after she died. In total, the Taylors reportedly received more than $480,000 in benefits from the federal government as part of their scheme.

BLUE HERON NATURE HIKE SET FOR MID-WEEK
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has scheduled a mid-week nature hike starting from the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at the end of Mine 18 Road in McCreary County. Ranger Don Tetrick will lead the hike starting at 2:30pm today which will take in a portion of the Blue Heron Loop Trail to the “Crack in the Rocks” area. Bring water and dress appropriately for weather, including wearing sturdy, comfortable shoes for hiking. For information on the free, guided hike, call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at 376-3787.

UNITED CUMBERLAND BANK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
After 46 years working with Bank of McCreary County, which became United Cumberland Bank, Sharon Hollis will retire at the end of this month. United Cumberland Bank issued a press release this week announcing the retirement effective June 30th and announcing a retirement reception for family and friends at the main branch of the bank in Whitley City this Thursday June 25th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The release states that Hollis began with the bank as a teller in 1969 and also served as branch manager at the North Branch for 22 years before taking a position in the Debit/Credit Card division at the bank. She later was named a Vice President for the bank. Sharon Hollis has said she will spend more time with family and on her quilting in retirement.

McCREARY COUNTY PARKS FULL OF ACTIVITY FOR THE SUMMER
The McCreary County Park will be filled with activities and events through the summer, including the McCreary County Fair which is going on this week through Saturday June 27th. The park will also host a July 4th event next Saturday starting at 3:00pm including the second annual model rocket launch, watermelon seed spitting contest, a bike, wagon and walk parade, and movie at dark. In addition, a representative from the Safelink program will be on hand offering information and sign-ups for their lifeline phone service, which provides cell phone service to those receiving government benefits. The July 4th event at the park is being sponsored in part by the Facebook group “Support McCreary” with more information available on their page.

In addition to the McCreary County Park, Sandhill RV Camp will also be hosting events through the summer, including “ChristianFest '15” on July 17th and 18th with live Christian music and activities. A gospel music event is also planned at the McCreary County Park on August 1st.

For more on events at the McCreary County Park and Sandhill Rv Camp, call Melissa Vanover at the park at 376-7275.

McCREARY COUNTY FAIR SET TO OPEN TUESDAY NIGHT
The annual McCreary County Fair will open for 2015 this evening (Tuesday June 23rd) and remain open nightly through Saturday at the fairgrounds at the McCreary County Park. The carnival will be open from 5:00-11:00pm Tuesday through Thursday with a $10.00 per night, per person admission fee included for those riding as well as those walking around. Friday and Saturday night the carnival will be open from 5:00pm to midnight with a $12.00 per person admission fee. The carnival is provided this year by “Forever Young Amusements” with County Fair organizers promising more rides than previous years. In addition, the fair will offer gospel music Thursday night with Shepherd's Way performing at 7:00pm and Israel Clark at 8:00pm. Friday night's entertainment will be “open mic” for anyone wishing to sing and Saturday night will include “All Star Losers” from 5:00-8:00pm and The Springs in concert at 8:00pm. Other activities at the McCreary County Fair this week will include a dunking booth every night and chances to be a cop for a day, go fishing with the sheriff, or lock a cop up for the day. You can look up the McCreary County Fair on Facebook for full details.

McCREARY FARMERS' MARKET MEETING SLATED FOR TUESDAY
The McCreary County Farmers' Market has now been open two weeks for the 2015 season, and organizers are meeting this evening (Tuesday) at 5:30pm at the tourism office in Whitley City to work on ideas to continue growing and improving the market. Currently, the local farmers' market is open each Saturday from 8:00am to 12noon next to the Soil and Water Conservation District office, just off Wilburn K Ross Highway in Stearns. The market is also planning for a Thursday July 2nd setup from 5:00-8:00pm near Jackson Heritage Park in downtown Whitley City. Members of the market pay $40 annual dues and can setup at each market throughout the year to sell their locally grown and produced items. Non-members can also setup and pay a $5.00 per day fee. Tables and tablecloths are provided for those setting up. Products sold at the McCreary County Farmers Market should be grown or produced mainly in the county, although some products are permitted from the surrounding counties. Information on the market, including by-laws, rules and applications, can be found online at www.mccrearycounty.com. You can also like the new McCreary County Farmers Market Facebook page. The meeting this evening at 5:30pm at the tourism office is open to farmers market board members and interested vendors.

NEW STATE LAW ALLOWS HUNTERS TO DONATE MEAT
Non-profit groups in Kentucky that focus on feeding those in need could get some help from a new state law going into effect this Wednesday. Senate Bill 55, which passed in the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Beshear this year, will allow hunters to donate meat to non-profit groups to share with those they serve. The law requires that the meat have been properly processed and be considered disease free and not spoiled. Shelters and those serving free meals to those in need across Kentucky have applauded the measure, saying it will help them provide the meals that are desperately needed.

WHITLEY CO. AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING COUNTERFEIT MONEY
What started as a few reports of counterfeit twenty dollars bills being circulated in Whitley County last week as turned into an investigation of a possible money counterfeiting ring. The Whitley County Sheriff's Department first issued warnings to businesses in that county last week to watch for the fake twenty dollar bills, all of which look and feel real. The bills all had the same serial number and did not include the magnetic strip that legitimate bills will have. As the investigation into the fake money continued, officers were led to two suspects, both of whom were arrested on Friday. 26 year old Andrew Dodd and 43 year old Gerald Kier were charged with first degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Police say the investigation is continuing and they do expect to make additional arrests.

COMMUNITY ENJOYS BURGERS, SUPPORTING GOOD CAUSE
The local community enjoyed some grilled burgers and supporting a good cause Friday at Jackson Heritage Park in downtown Whitley City. Gracie's Rescue Outreach sponsored the “Barkin' Burgers” cookout raising money for the group which works to offer low cost spay/neuter options for local animals as well as meeting other animal needs in McCreary County. Eugenia Jones, organizer of the effort, reported that $400 was raised from the event Friday with all of that money going to the projects sponsored by Gracie's Rescue Outreach. The event was made possible, in large part, by the support of the Pine Knot Job Corps, which handled setup, cooking and serving duties on Friday. To find out more about the group and their efforts, look up Gracie's Rescue Outreach on Facebook.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICKS OFF AT LOCAL LIBRARY
It will be a fun filled summer at the McCreary County Public Library. In addition to the many regular programs and services offered by the library, the summer reading program is officially kicking off today. The theme of the 2015 summer reading program is “Every Hero has a Story.” Special activities are planned throughout the summer program, which runs through the end of July. For information, stop by the library on Main Street in Whitley City or call 376-8738.

FORMER DISTRICT JUDGE FACING TRIAL ON DRUG CHARGES
A former district judge for McCreary and Whitley Counties is facing a trial date on drug related charges. Jason Price, who served for a short time as district judge before being defeated by current Judge Fred White, was arrested earlier this year after an undercover investigation found him to be allegedly accepting illegal drugs as payment for his legal services. Price is facing trafficking in a controlled substance charges and will stand trial in Whitley County beginning October 28th.

WHITLEY COUNTY MAN INDICTED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES
Also in Whitley County, a grand jury has returned an indicted against Mark Lafferty on ten counts including five for second degree sodomy and five for sexual abuse. The indictment claims that Lafferty was working at a local church when he allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with an underage boy, under age 14, between August 2014 and February of this year. The charges also claim he used his influence through his position with the church to have sexual contact with a minor. Listeners are reminded that an indictment is not a finding of guilt in a case, but finds sufficient evidence to proceed with formal charges.

ONEIDA CITY PARK REPLACES POOL WITH SPLASH PADS
A project that city officials said was several years in the making was completed this week when the Onieda City Park replaced its Olympic size swimming pool with spash pads. The new splash pads officially opened Thursday and will reportedly save the city money over continuing to pump funds into an aging pool that needed more and more repairs and maintenance. The splash pad facility, which is mainly geared toward children, will be free to the public and open daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm through the summer. McCreary County officials, including Park Manager Melissa Vanover, recently submitted a grant request to the state in hopes of getting funds for a splash pad facility at the local park. To date, there has been no word on the outcome of that grant application.

BODY OF MISSING WOMAN FOUND NEAR CUMBERLAND FALLS
For the past several days, crews had been working in and around Cumberland Falls, searching for 24 year old Nina Parker from Owensboro. Authorities report that the woman;s body was located early Wednesday about 300 yards from the state park entrance in the water. Parker went missing last Saturday while enjoying an outdoor evening in the area. She went under the water and did not resurface. Officials say the extreme heat this week, as well as the threat of storms nearly each day, had hampered their search efforts.

WAL-MART CLOSED AS POLICE SEARCH AFTER BOMB THREAT
The Oneida, Tennessee Wal-Mart is normally a 24 hour a day operation, but the store was closed for a couple of hours Monday evening. It happened when the store reportedly received a call saying their was some type of bomb in the building at about 5:30pm. That resulted in the store being evacuated and law enforcement rushing to the scene to conduct a search. That search lasted for just over two hours until the store was reopened and staff and customers allowed back in just after 8:00pm. Crews say they found no evidence of an explosive device. Police are now focusing on finding out who called in the threat with charges likely against that individual.

NEW STATE LAW MAKES BUYING COUGH MEDICINE MORE DIFFICULT
New state laws are set to go into effect at the end of this month and one of those laws will change the way many people purchase cough medicine in Kentucky. Medications that include dextromethorphan will be restricted. There will be limits on the quantity of those medications that can be purchased and a photo ID will be required to purchase those. The buyer will also be required to sign a doument verifying that they are age 18 or older. Those medications include NYQuill, Robitussin and others. The move was made by state lawmakers to help cut down on something called “robotripping” which experts say is the practice of misusing certain medication to get high. Several other states already had such laws in place. Kentucky's law will go into effect on June 24th.

PULASKI AUTHORITIES EXECUTE DRUG BUSTS WITH 18 ARRESTED
A Monday drug bust in Pulaski County brought in a total of 18 suspected heroin dealers, according to authorities with the Sheriff's Department. The department has spent the last several months investigating heroin dealing and use in Pulaski County, leading to the arrests. Officials say additional arrests may be pending as the investigation continues.

CHAMBER OF COMMECE TO MEET WITH FOCUS ON TOURISM
The regular monthly membership meeting of the McCreary County Chamber of Commerce is getting underway at noon today upstairs at the McCreary County Public Library. The main topic of discussion will be tourism, focusing on the upcoming Stearns Trail Town certification ceremony, promotional efforts of the local tourist commission, and the newly developed Heritage Trail Days event. Lunch is being served at a cost of $5.00 per person, catered by KFC in Whitley City.

STEARNS TRAIL TOWN TO BE CERTIFIED BY STATE JULY 8TH
A project which has been in the works for the last few years will culminate with a certification ceremony for Stearns Trail Town next month. Tourism and county officials, joined by local volunteers and community leaders, have been working on the application process and an action plan for the Trail Town initiative for the last few years with the state setting Wednesday July 8th as the date for the official certification ceremony. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear is slated to be in Stearns that day for a ceremony at 12:30pm, along with other state officials and special guests. After that date, Stearns will officially be considered a “Kentucky Trail Town”, making it one of just six communities at that time to have received that designation. Stearns will be promoted locally and by the state as a hub for trail activities, helping boost the area's attraction as a tourist destination. While invitations are going out to various businesses, organizations and special guests, the public is welcome and encouraged to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception in the Big South Fork Scenic Railway train depot in Stearns. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Friday July 3rd by calling the McCreary County Tourism office at 376-3008 or by e-mailing tourism@mccrearycounty.com.

McCREARY COUNTY RECYCLING PROGRAM RECEIVES NEW TRAILERS
The McCreary County recycling program got a boost with the donation of two new recycling dumpsters coming from Lawrence County. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced the donation which comes includes Lawrence County donating a total of four dumpsters with two each going to McCreary and Elliott Counties to use with their recycling programs. Locally, county officials say the dumpsters will be used at the Beulah Mountain Christian Academy for their recycling efforts and at the recycling center in Stearns. In addition, McCreary County has recycling trailers located at the McCreary County Park and at Pine Knot Primary School and will have an additional mobile trailer that can be placed at another location in the near future. For more on recycling efforts in McCreary County, visit www.mccrearycounty.com.

TIP LEADS TO METH OPERATION BUST BY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
After receiving a tip last week about the whereabouts of suspects with outstanding warrants, the McCreary County Sheriff's Department, along with Kentucky State Police, searched a residence where they allegedly located a drug operation.
The McCreary County Voice reports that officers found and confiscated a large quantity of pills and drug paraphernalia, along with methamphetamine and more than $9,000 in cash. Several food stamp cards were also reportedly found at the home. While no arrests have been made in the case, investigators say evidence will be presented to the grand jury for possible action. The investigation is ongoing.

POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING AT SOMERSET MOTEL
A weekend shooting in Somerset is under investigation while two victims remain hospitalized. Police say it happened at about 10:00pm Saturday at the America's Best Value Inn on Highway 27. That is apparently where a number of people on motorcycles reportedly pulled into the parking lot and began shooting. The victims were identified as 69 year old Johnie Wardrup of Tateville and 26 year old James Mankin of Somerset, both of whom were airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington for treatment. Christopher McCracken of Nashville, Tennessee was reportedly arrested at the scene for carrying a concealed deadly weapon and tampering with physical evidence. Other suspects are being sought as the investigation continues and police are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information about the Saturday night shooting in Somerset is asked to contact the Somerset Police Department.

SHOOT HOOPS, NOT DRUGS” COMING TO McCREARY COUNTY
A special basketball camp aimed at keeping kids away from drugs while also teaching basketball skills will be held in McCreary County this Thursday June 18th. The “Shoot Hoops, Not Drugs” tour will be stopping at McCreary Middle School for kids this Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm and is led by former UK basketball star Jeff Sheppard. The camp includes basketball skills instruction, while also offer programs on marijuana, how to talk to kids about drugs, and other aspects of battling drug use by young people. All participants will also receive a free t-shirt and signed basketball.

BIG SOUTH FORK OFFERING SEVERAL PROGRAMS THIS WEEK
The staff of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be offering several programs and hikes to local residents and visitors this week. This Wednesday, June 17th, those interested can join Park Ranger Don Tetrick as he leads a group on a hike starting at the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at 2:30pm. The hike will allow participants to learn about the natural and geological features of the area as they trek to the area known as “Crack in the Rocks.” Those taking part should wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and bring water.

This Saturday, June 20th, the Big South Fork will present a program on the animals of the region beginning at 7:00pm at the Blue Heron Campground which is handicap accessible. The program is free and open to the public.

Next Sunday, June 21st, will bring another Yahoo Falls hike beginning from the parking area off Kentucky Highway 700 at 11:00am. This trail does include a long set of stairs and is rated moderately difficult.

For additional information on these and other programs offered locally by the Big South Fork, call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at 376-3787.

CREWS SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN NEAR CUMBERLAND FALLS
A 24 year old woman was enjoying a day out with friends Saturday evening when she went missing near Cumberland Falls in McCreary County. Authorities say the woman, who was from Owensboro, Kentucky, was possibly skipping between rocks when she fell in the water close to Eagle Falls on the McCreary County side of Cumberland Falls at about 6:00pm Saturday. She went under the water and at last report had not been seen since. Crews from various agencies in several counties began searching Saturday night and have continued that search over the last couple of days. They say the woman was wearing a white top and pink bottom.

McCREARY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POSITION ABOLISHED
Meeting in regular session this past Thursday evening, the McCreary County Fiscal Court moved into executive session near the end of the meeting to discuss personnel issues. Following a time behind closed doors, the court reconvened in regular session with Magistrate Duston Baird then making a motion to abolish the position of Community and Economic Development Director for McCreary County as of June 30th, the end of the current fiscal year. The motion was quickly seconded and the court vote 4-1, with Judge Executive Doug Stephens casting the only dissenting vote, to move forward with eliminating the position. According to the McCreary County employee salary schedule for the current year, that position carried with it a $38,000 annual salary at a total cost to the county of about $55,000 per year including all benefits. With the move Thursday night, the salary schedule and budget for the new fiscal year will have to be adjusted to reflect that savings. The position is held nu Susan Stephens, who ha sbeen on the job for nearly three years having been hired in 2012.

McCREARY COURT APPROVES SEASONAL PUBLIC WORKS STAFF
Thursday's meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court also included a vote to hire four part time seasonal public works general labor staff members for the county at a pay rate of $7.40 per hour at no more than 24 hours per week each. Judge Executive Doug Stephens explained that the county will be able to use the employees for maintenance, litter abatement, recycling, and other general projects and work needed by the county for up to nine months out of the year. He added the cost will not strain the already tight county budget because the funds will come from Forest Service funding that is allocated to the county and can be used only for certain, specific projects. The court approved the measure, with Magistrate Roger Phillips conditioning the approval on an agreement that the crew's first job will be to clean up the old county jail building. That project has been discussed previously by the court with the idea that once state officials come to McCreary County to inspect the facility or discuss any possible reopening of the jail, the facility should be in fairly decent condition. Judge Stephens agreed to put the workers on the project and the court approved the hiring of Vincent Dixon, Joseph Chase Jones, Cecil Allen Strunk, and David Allen Thomas.

JUNE FISCAL COURT MEETING INCLUDES SEVERAL ROUTINE ITEMS
The June regular session of the McCreary County Fiscal Court included several fairly routine approval items, including the reappointment of Mark Sewell as County Treasurer for a four year term. Sewell took the post one year ago filling the term of Donna Ross who retired from the position. He will now serve until June 30, 2019. The court also opened bids for various goods and services for the new fiscal year, but tabled approval until a special session set for Friday June 26th at 4:00pm. The court will also have the second and final reading of the new budget at that time. The first reading of an ordinance to create an extension service board passed the court, who then voted to appoint six members to serve staggered terms of that new board. Judge Stephens explained that the county already allocates funds in their budget for the extension service and that under Kentucky Revised Statute, extension boards can exist and manage those funds. Judge Stephens will also serve on that board during his term in office. Appointed were James Foster, Pam Gibson, Jeff Kidd, Karen Tucker, Page Bryant and Schyler Jones. Fiscal court also approved an agreement with the Blazin' Bluegrass Festival for the event to manage and collect camping fees at Sandhill Camp during two weeks out of the year, including their Spring Fest in June and the regular festival in September. Over the last several years, the festival has put money back into Sandhill Camp in the way of electrical upgrades and other improvements.

McCREARY COUNTY FARMERS' MARKET TO OPEN THIS SATURDAY
This year will be the second season for the McCreary County Farmers' Market and that season is set to open tomorrow, Saturday June 13th. The market is located next to the Soil and Water Conservation District office off Wilburn K Ross Highway in Stearns and will be open each Saturday from 8:00am to 12noon. Several local producers are involved and will be setting up each week with locally grown produce and other items that could range from local crafts, to jams and jellies, to livestock. While members of the farmers' market pay a small annual fee to join and can set up each week with their membership, others are welcome and encouraged to set up by paying a $10 fee per day at the market. Those shopping at the market will notice one change this year in the method of payments accepted. In addition to cash payments, SNAP, or food stamp, benefits will be accepted this year. For additional information you can contact Susan Stephens, McCreary County's Community and Economic Development Director, at 376-9711 or visit the McCreary County Farmers' Market on Facebook or at www.mccrearycounty.com.

MCCREARY COUNTY WILL BE EVENT FILLED THIS WEEKEND
In addition to the 2015 opening of the McCreary County Farmers' Market, this weekend will also include a number of other activities and events locally. Sawbucks Bingo is hosting a car show with indoor vendors starting at 3:00pm this afternoon followed by a specila Friday night bingo session. The Stearns Heritage Golf Course is hosting its 90th annual invitational tournament this Saturday and Sunday with information online at www.stearnskygolf.com. A rabies clinic will be held Saturday at Pine Knot Primary School from 9:00-11:00am and Whitley City Elementary School from 12:00-2:00pm Rabies shots are only $5.00 and good for up to one year. Local veterans, including members of VFW Post 5127 and American Legion Post 115, will be hosting a special Flag Day ceremony at the McCreary County Courthouse on Sunday at 2:00pm with the public welcome. For more on various activities locally throughout the summer, keep listening to HAY-98 and go online to www.mccrearytourism.com and click on “What's Happening?”

KENTUCKY BOOSTS FUNDING FOR SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAMS
Summer feeding programs are offered across Kentucky for children who may not get proper, nutritious meals when school is out during the summer. This year, Kentucky is putting an additional $40,000 into those programs going to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. $20,000 is coming from the State Planning Fund and will match a $20,000 private grant from Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger. Locally, summer feeding programs are being offered at Eagle Community Center and at McCreary Central High School. In addition, free lunch is offered each weekday for those in need at the Lord's Cafe, in the former Blue Heron Restaurant building. Other local efforts to feed low income people include the McCreary Christian Care Center Food Pantry.

McCREARY COUNTY PEDESTRIAN HIT, KILLED BY CAR IN STEARNS
Kentucky State Police have released information about a fatal traffic accident Tuesday night in the Stearns area. According to KSP, 27 year old Mickey Hatfield was walking westbound along Wilburn K Ross Highway when a 1999 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 21 year old Shawn Smith of Stearns, struck Hatfield at about 11:25pm. Hatfield was pronounced dead at the scene by the McCreary County Coroner's Office with an autopsy scheduled at the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office. Alcohol and drugs were not suspected as factors in the accident according to police. The case remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police, with assistance at the scene by the McCreary County Sheriff's Department, Whitley City Fire Department and McCreary County EMS.

McCREARY COUNTY FISCAL COURT TO MEET FOR JUNE SESSION
The regular June session of the McCreary County Fiscal Court will be held this evening (Thursday June 11th) at 6:00pm upstairs at the courthouse. An early look at the agenda would appear to indicate a fairly short meeting with a few routine items and personnel issues appearing on the list. Officials have reported that the second reading of the county's 2015-2016 budget will not be up for approval until a special session tentatively scheduled for Friday June 26th. That budget goes into effect on July 1st.

McCREARY AIRPORT BOARD VOTES TO IMPLEMENT TAX
After discussion and debate, the question of whether to tax the people of McCreary County as a way of funding the local airport was answered by its board Tuesday night. The board voted in the end to impose a tax, which like other taxing districts including fire districts, health department, and library will be added to local property taxes and motor vehicle registrations. The debate was held during a public meeting scheduled by the airport board at which several concerned citizens voiced their opposition to the tax saying, among other things, that there was no clear evidence that the airport had benefited the county in areas such as economic development. Bruce Murphy, former McCreary County Deputy Judge Executive and current Airport Board Chairman, said many top officials with companies and businesses had flown into the airport near Pine Knot before decisions were made to locate businesses here. He added that the prison, which is located adjacent to the airport, uses the facility on a regular basis to transport prisoners and would use it more if the runway can be extended. The runway was at the heart of the need for the tax, after the board requested just over $16,000 from county leaders recently to match federal and state dollars needed to resurface and repair the existing runway. The county said they could not find that money in their tight budget, leading the appointed board to the option of imposing the tax. The board also noted they have several other projects in their sights and need funding to maintain the facility as well as provide matching funds for grants. Citizens in attendance Tuesday pointed to other options for raising the funds needed for the airport, ranging from borrowing, fundraisers, seeking donations and seeking funds from other taxing districts with a surplus in funds. Among those speaking out against the tax being imposed were Magistrate Roger Phillips and County PVA Bruce Lominac, who both said they felt the citizens of the county were taxed enough. Following the lengthy, and at times heated debate, the airport board voted to approve the tax, which Lominac said would appear on tax bills coming out later in the year. The board did add that they would issue a recommendation to county leaders that they ask other taxing districts to lower their tax rates this year to help offset the negative impact on local citizens. However, it is ultimately up to those individual taxing districts where to set their tax rate with county officials only able to accept the tax rates presented to them.

AUTHORITIES IN PULASKI COUNTY SEIZE GAMBLING MACHINES
A series of raids in Pulaski County this week resulted in the seizure of 63 gambling machines from a total of seven different establishments. The case involves a four month long investigation conducted by several law enforcement agencies, including the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. No arrests were made as a direct result of the gambling raids, but some who had outstanding warrants were taken into custody. Additional arrests on the gambling charges could come later as the investigation continues.

LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP GEARING UP FOR FUNDRAISERS
The local animal rescue group called Gracie's Rescue Outreach is getting ready for a couple of fundraisers to help their efforts. On Friday June 19th, the group will host a “Barking Burgers” cookout at Jackson Heritage Park, located behind the library and tourism office in Whitley City from 11:00am to 1:00pm. For $5.00 per person, you can get a burger, chips and drink with all proceeds going to the group to assist with low cost spay and neuter efforts as well as other animal needs in McCreary County. On Saturday June 20th, Gracie's Rescue Outreach is joining with local Girl Scouts to hold a bake sale starting at 10:00am at Kroger in Whitley City. For more information on the group and their efforts, visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/graciesrescueoutreach.

INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT HERITAGE TRAIL DAYS IN OCTOBER
After recently announcing that the McCreary County Tourist Commission had moved to transform the McCrearyFest celebration into a new event called Heritage Trail Days for early October, tourism officials have now announced some details for the event. Being held Thursday October 1st through Saturday October 3rd, Heritage Trail Days will include a number of outdoor, trail activities, as well as heritage programs and live entertainment. On Saturday October 3rd, the downtown festival will be held along Main Street in Whitley City with craft demonstrations and vendors, food, live music, parade and other activities. Vendor applications and the parade entry application are now available online at www.heritagetraildays.com by clicking on the various links. Those businesses or clubs interested in being a food vendor at the downtown event, those interested in setting up as craft vendors and those interested in being in the parade should download the forms and return as soon as possible. Forms can also be picked up at the tourism office weekdays between 12:30-4:30pm. Various categories have been announced for the parade including cultural, historic and heritage entries, agricultural entries, entries related to outdoor recreation and scenic beauty, and heritage or classic vehicles. The early parade deadline for entries is Friday August 28th. For information e-mail tourism@mccrearycounty.com or visit www.heritagetraildays.com. You can also stop by or call the tourism office at 376-3008.

TUESDAY EVENING MEETINGS SLATED IN McCREARY COUNTY
Two meetings are scheduled locally for this evening (Tuesday June 9th) directly impacted by the budget and decisions of the McCreary County Fiscal Court.

We previously reported on the meeting planned by the McCreary County Airport Board for 6:00pm this evening at the airport. That meeting is scheduled to provide the public with information and gather public input on the possibility of a tax imposed by the board to help fund and maintain the facility. As was noted by airport board members during the May Fiscal Court meeting, the board has had the authority to impose such a tax for years but has never gone that route. Now, with grant funds and other means of funding the airport drying up, the board is looking at the option which would put it in the same category as the health department, library, fire districts and other local taxing districts. The issue came to light with the airport's request of the county for just over $16,000 to help match a grant project to resurface and repair the existing runway. The overall project cost was listed at $660,000, with almost all of it covered through state and federal grant sources. The county failed to provide the needed matching funds saying it could not be found in the budget.

Another meeting scheduled for this evening is at the McCreary County Extension Service office at the college in Whitley City at 6:00pm. The meeting is being held to gain public support for the creation of an extension board within the county. The notice about the meeting states that funding allocated for the extension service by the county is currently listed as aline item in the county budget. With an extension board in place, according to the notice, that same funding could go directly to the board to manage and oversee its expenditure. Those unable to attend that meeting can also contact the McCreary County Extension Service or can contact their magistrate with their thoughts on the proposal.

McCREARY OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS ABOUT TIRE RECYCLING
A reminder is being put out by the McCreary County Judge Executive's Office about the tire recycling program in the county. Officials say there is no need to improperly dispose of old, unwanted tires when they can properly dispose of them free of charge. Each year, the county receives a tire recycling grant from the state to handle the disposal and recycling of the old tires and still has money left from that grant for the current fiscal year ending June 30
th. McCreary County residents with up to ten tires to dispose of can take those directly to the transfer station in Stearns for free disposal and those with more than ten tires can get a voucher from the Judge Executive's Office to dispose of the tires free at Leslie's Tires, the designated vendor working with the county. There is currently no limit on the number of tires that can be disposed of, but the program is open to McCreary County residents only. For more information, visit the online recycling page on the county website at www.mccrearycounty.com or call the judge's office at 376-2413.

CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATES FROM McCREARY CENTRAL HIGH
During the 37th annual graduation ceremony for McCreary Central High School this past Saturday, approximately 160 members of the class of 2015 received their diplomas from Acting Schools Superintendent Aaron Anderson. The ceremony included performances by the McCreary Central Band and the McCreary Madrigals, along with the presentation of colors by the McCreary Central Junior ROTC. It also featured comments from class President and Valedictorian McKayla Hamlin as well as school officials and staff.

SUMMER BREAK BEGINS, ALONG WITH SERIES OF ACTIVITIES
Summer break is now officially here for students and staff of the McCreary County School District. However, that does not mean there is not still lots to do during the summer months before school starts back again in mid August. McCreary County youth ages 9-13 are heading out today for 4-H camp that will run through Thursday sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Program. Crossroads Community Baptist Church is also offering its day camp for youth who have just completed kindergarten through 6th grade. The camp runs daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the center located next to the community action office in the Big M Plaza in Whitley City. Other upcoming events will include the McCreary County Fair June 23rd through 27th, the Stearns Homecoming and Heritage Day in downtown Stearns Friday July 3rd including fireworks after dark, and a July 4th celebration at the McCreary County Park. Continuing the summer events will be the annual Moonshiner's Run Car Show, which will be back in downtown Whitley City, Saturday July 11th.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM SET TO BEGIN JUNE 22ND
The annual summer reading program at the McCreary County Public Library is set to begin in two weeks, on Monday June 22nd. The theme of this year's program is “every hero has a story.” During the course of the program, which runs through July, special programs will be offered each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the library and the bookmobile will also offer reading opportunities through the summer. For more information or to sign your child up for the summer reading program, stop by the McCreary County Public Library or call 376-8738.

VOTE YES” RALLY PLANNED ON ALCOHOL REFERENDUM
The referendum vote on alcohol sales in McCreary County could be coming later this year depending the the results of signature collections on petitions. Supporters of the move are organizing a “vote yes” rally which is planned for Saturday July 11th at the Stampede Run Horse Camp on Beulah Heights Road north of Whitley City. The event is being held to promote the petitions needed to call for the vote as well as to energize supporters and get them out to vote for legalized alcohol sales locally. The rally will be from 1:00-10:00pm and will include food, music, games and other activities. Camping is also being offered on site with space reservations available by calling 376-9666 or 376-1881. Information on the event can be obtained by calling Brian Hill at 606-310-3299 or Christy Baird at 354-2906.

McCREARY CHAMBER ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
With graduation set for this weekend for McCreary Central High School, awards and scholarships were handed out Tuesday night to some seniors during the awards ceremony. The McCreary County Chamber of Commerce has awarded its annual $500 scholarship to graduating senior Adrionna Haynes, daughter of Eric and Renee Haynes. The Chamber accepted applications from local seniors for several weeks and then conducted interviews to select their 2015 winner.

2015 McCREARY COUNTY FAIR PLANS DEVELOPING
The 2015 McCreary County Fair is now less than three weeks away with plans and schedules still developing and being announced. The County Fair Facebook page states that the event will run Tuesday June 2rd through Saturday June 27th at the fairgrounds at the McCreary County Park, just north of Whitley City. The page announces that the carnival, which is reportedly a new company coming to town this year with more rides promised, will be open each night from 5:00-11:00pm. Admission will be $10 per person Tuesday through Thursday and $12 Friday and Saturday which will include the walk in fee and rides. That also includes all entertainment such as live music and contests.

SOMERSET ANNOUNCED AS LOCATION FOR NEW CALL CENTER
An announcement was made this week that a new call center will locate in nearby Somerset, creating 150 new jobs for the region. The announcement was made by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and US Congressman Hal Rogers who say EOS USA will put nearly $4 million into the project which should have the facility open by the end of this year. The state reportedly approved about $2 million in tax incentives to attract the company to Kentucky and Somerset.

McCREARY COUNTY AIRPORT BOARD LOOKS TO IMPLEMENT TAX
After recently addressing the McCreary County Fiscal Court asking for a little over $16,000 in match funds for an improvement project, and being rejected in that plea, the local airport board has announced a public meeting this month for the purpose of starting the process to impose a tax to raise funding. Bruce Murphy, representing the McCreary County Airport Board at the court meeting last month, said the board has always had the authority to impose a tax, similar to those imposed by fire districts, health department and library, but the board had never taken that step and has been able to sustain the facility through other means. Now, with funds drying up and the court unable or unwilling to provide funding to assist the board, that group is set to meet next Tuesday June 9
th to provide information to the public and gain public input on the proposed tax. Airport board members have said without the improvements, which are mainly being paid for through grant funds with a small local match, the airport will have to close because it will lose its certification. The meeting on the tax plan will be at 6:00pm June 9th at the McCreary County Airport located at 1810 Airport Road in Pine Knot. The board is also accepting written comments on the proposal through June 9th. Those may be hand delivered to the meeting or mailed to PO Box 547, Pine Knot, KY 42635.

NEW HEAD COACH NAMED FOR LADY RAIDERS BASKETBALL
Officials with the McCreary County School District recently announced that a new head girls' basketball coach had been hired for McCreary Central. The McCreary County Voice introduced Todd Waters to the county last week reporting that he had been selected to lead the Lady Raiders basketball squad in the 2015-2016 season. Acting Schools Superintendent Aaron Anderson and High School Principal Sharon Ross Privett made the announcement. Waters comes to the program from Pulaski County where he coached the past ten years including boys' and girls' basketball and taught at Southern Middle. Assistant coaches named to fill out the local girls' basketball staff included Dottie Cotton and Sammy Strunk.

GROUP RESCUED AFTER GOING MISSING ON CUMBERLAND RIVER
Authorities say a group of seven individuals went missing Saturday evening on the Whitley County side of the Cumberland River. Williamsburg Police report that search crews worked for several hours before finding the group safe. Few additional details have been released about the incident at this time.

UNEMPLOYMENT NEWS CONTINUES TO IMPROVE STATEWIDE
The latest figures on unemployment rates for Kentucky show good news locally and statewide. Officials say Kentucky's jobless rate improved from 6.5% in April 2014 to 4.8% in April of this year, nearly a two point drop in the number of people actively seeking employment. The rate also improved from March to April of this year by six tenths of a percentage point statewide. Locally, McCreary County's rate of unemployed also improved from double digits, 10.8% in April last year, to just 7.3% in April of this year. That is also a full point drop from the March rate of 8.3%. The Lake Cumberland area, which consists of ten counties including McCreary County, also saw a drop in unemployed from 8.3% last year to 6.1% in April of this year. The US jobless rate stood at 5.1% in April. For more on Kentucky's labor market and unemployment data you can visit www.kylmi.ky.gov.

WHITLEY COUNTY COURT SECURITY OFFICER ASSAULTED BY INMATE
A Whitley County inmate who had been in court Wednesday morning reportedly assaulted a court security officer. Richie Dawn apparently began causing a disturbance after leaving the courtroom, knocking over a trash can and refusing to follow the orders of the officer. Dawn then allegedly began striking the officer in the head multiple times before he was brought under control and taken into custody. Dawn was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault and was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

FOREST SERVICE OFFICIALS OFFER TIPS FOR BEAR ENCOUNTERS
Officials with the Daniel Boone National Forest have issued tips and information to help visitors to the forest in potential encounters with black bears. With the bear population on the rise locally, the Stearns Ranger District of the forest is reminding those who visit the region to avoid issues that may attract a bear to your campsite or area. Those include leaving items out such as food, cooking oil, toothpaste, soap and garbage, all of which can attract a bear. The forest is populated with food storage containers that are bear resistant which should be used to keep food away from the reach of bears. Remember to never feed a bear because it is illegal in Kentucky and can also be dangerous. Never store food and other bear attractants in your tent and store food and garbage at least 100 feet from your campsite if possible. If you encounter a bear, officials say you should not run away and should not play dead but instead back away slowly without turning your back on the bear. Conflicts with a bear should be reported by contacting the Us Forest Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife or, in case of emergency, by calling 911.

WHITLEY CITY TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL KSR SUMMER TOUR STOP
For the second consecutive year, WHAY Radio and the McCreary County Public Library are teaming to host a summer tour stop of the Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) radio show. Matt Jones and the crew from KSR will be in Whitley City on Tuesday July 14
th for the live show from 10:00am to 12noon at the local library. The show will be open to anyone wishing to attend and can also be heard live each weekday on WHAY 98.3FM.

McCREARY COUNTY'S OCCUPATIONAL TAX NUMBERS ON THE RISE
One sign that the local economy may actually be improving is the increase in occupational tax revenue reported by McCreary County officials. According to the latest numbers, the tax receipts increased from just over $130,000 in April 2014 to more than $206,000 in April of this year. A similar trend was seen in the month of March when the figure came in at over $89,000 this year, up from about $68,000 in March of last year. The McCreary County Voice also recently reported that the county is expecting tax collections for the current fiscal year to top the $1 million mark, up from a budgeted amount of $950,000. For more on the local occupational tax, including reporting forms and monthly revenue summaries, visit tax.mccrearycounty.com.

CROSSROADS, LORD'S CAFE ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR SUMMER 2015
This summer the volunteers of the Lord's Cafe and Crossroads Community Baptist Church will be busy offering programs to the local community. Crossroads is offering their day camp beginning Monday June 1st with registration and half day camp from 3:00-6:00pm each day at their location in the former Maloney's building next to the Community Action Agency office in Whitley City. Once school is out for summer, the full day camp will begin June 8th from 10:00am to 4:00pm each day with various activities including crafts, games, singing, lunch and snacks. The camp is free to attend and is open to students completing kindergarten through 6th grade. For information stop by or register online at www.crossroadscommunitybc.org.

Meanwhile, the Lord's Cafe, which is sponsored by Crossroads Church, will offer free lunch meals weekdays from 11:00am to 1:30pm from June 1st through July 31st. The Lord's Cafe is located in the former Blue Heron Restaurant building, next to Parkland Motel, Highway 27 just south of Stearns. The cafe accepts monetary donations as well as fresh garden donations throughout the summer.

McCREARY COUNTY SURROUNDED BY TRAGIC MEMORIAL WEEKEND
The Memorial Day Weekend turned tragic to the west and south of McCreary County with fatalities reported in Wayne County and Scott County.

A residential fire in Monticello Sunday morning claimed the lives of three individuals who were in the home at the time. It happened at Ridgewood Trailer Court at about 4:00am Sunday with the victimes identified as 66 year old Hobert Piercy, 54 year old Laurina Piercy and 36 year old James Piercy. While the cause of the fire is under investigation, at this time authorities do noy suspect foul play and autopsies were not planned for those victims. Kentucky State Police are leading the investigation.

In Scott County, Tennessee, an incident is under investigation from this past weekend which killed one and injured at least two others. It happened during the holiday weekend festivities at the Trails End Campground in Huntsville when an altercation reportedly led to 42 year old Billy Jason Carson of Cleveland, Tennessee striking Tony Farrell and two others with his vehicle in the parking lot. Two victims were airlifted to UT Medical Center in Knoxville for treatment of serious injuries while Farrell was pronounced dead. Carson was arrested and charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment and was lodged in the Scott County Jail under $500,000 bond. The incident remains under investigation by the Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

McCREARY SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET UNDER NEW SUPERINTENDENT
The McCreary County Board of Education will meet this evening (Tuesday May 26th) under a new superintendent for the first time. It will be the first meeting of the board since Donnie Wright resigned the post and Aaron Anderson was appointed as interim superintendent. While the school board will, at some point, have to deal with the process of searching for a new permanent leader, that items does not appear on the agenda for this month's regular meeting. A number of issues are on the agenda including approval of the 2015-2016 salary schedule; creating five school nurse positions for next year, putting one in each local school; creating one district health coordinator position; declaring a surplus property sale at the former Smithtown Elementary School; and approving architects for the high school baseball field house renovation and construction of a softball field house. The board will also approve a tentative budget; accept bids for the new school year; and approve a number of field trips and fundraisers for schools and clubs. The next regular school board meeting after tonight is scheduled for Tuesday June 23rd at 6:30pm at the board office in Stearns.

BIG SOUTH FORK ANNOUNCES OPENING OF ALL VISITOR CENTERS
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has visitor center and visitor contact stations at various locations throughout the park, including McCreary County on the Kentucky side and several counties in Tennessee. The Stearns Visitor Contact Station, located off Wilburn K Ross Highway in Stearns, is now open and staffed each Saturday and Sunday, as well as holidays, through early September from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. The number for information is 376-5652. The Blue Heron Interpretative Center, at the Blue Heron Mining Camp, is also open Wednesday through Sunday and holidays and can be reached at 376-3787 or 376-5073. In Tennessee, the park has visitor center locations in Rugby, at the Scott County Visitor Center in Huntsville, in Crossville and at Bandy Creek. For more information on the Big South Fork, stop by one of these locations or visit www.nps.gov/biso online.


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