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OBITUARIES
Herstle (Bill) Leonard Swain age 87 of Stearns passed away Sunday August 30, 2015. Funeral services will be Friday at 1:00PM at Pine Knot Funeral Home with burial in Waters Cemetery at Bald Knob. Visitation will be Friday after 11:00AM at the funeral home. Pine Knot Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Jean Hicks age 66 of Parkers Lake passed away Monday August 31, 2015. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00PM at Indian Creek United Baptist Church with burial in Higginbotham Cemetery. Ms. Hicks will lie in state for one hour prior to serves at the church. McCreary County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
DAILY NEWS UPDATES
(Updated Friday September 4, 2015 @ 8:40am)

PULASKI COUNTY MAN DEAD AFTER LAWN MOWER ACCIDENT
Authorities in Pulaski County say a man there died Wednesday when his riding lawn mower went over a cliff, falling about 150 feet. Jake Neikirk was reportedly riding the mower just outside a home on Waitsboro Drive when the mower came too close to the edge of the cliff and went over the embankment. The man's body was sent to Frankfort to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy as the death remains under investigation.

LAW ENFORCEMENT INCREASE PATROLS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
A national law enforcement campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” will continue through this Labor Day Holiday Weekend with law enforcement agencies increasing their patrols for the campaign. Kentucky State Police are among the agencies increasing patrols to help cut down on erratic driving behavior ranging from speeding, driving under the influence and other offenses. The holiday weekend officially runs from 6:00pm this evening (Friday September 4th) through 11:59pm Monday September 7th. In 2014, the Labor Day Holiday Weekend included six alcohol related fatalities in Kentucky with 55 people arrested during the same period on DUI charges. Law enforcement agencies say they hope to cut those numbers in 2015. Motorists wishing to report erratic driving can do so by calling local law enforcement or the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

BIG SOUTH FORK HOSTING RECEPTION FOR PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
This year, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area hosted a photo contest with winning entries to be announced and revealed during a reception this Saturday September 5th. Categories for the contest included fauna, floral, landscapes, artistic and youth with entries judged based on technical excellence, originality, creativity, visual impact, and artistic merit. The reception will also include live music from the band South Sycamore and light refreshments will be served. The event will take place at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center in Tennessee starting at 5:00pm Saturday. For information or directions call the visitor center at 423-286-7275.

WEEKEND PROGRAMS OFFERED IN THE BIG SOUTH FORK AREA
The Big South Fork will offer a series of weekend programs for locals and visitors this Labor Day Holiday Weekend. “Go with the Flow” is a program that allows attendees to take a virtual tour of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River along with Ranger Karen Thompson, who will discuss the cultural and natural history of the river, as well as local tales of the Big South Fork. The program will begin at 7:00pm this Saturday September 5th at the Blue Heron Campground campfire circle. The park will also host a ranger led hike at Yahoo Falls this Sunday September 6th starting at 11:00am starting from the Yahoo Falls parking area off Highway 700 just west of Whitley City. This is a free hike to participate in with the trail rated moderately difficult due to a set of long stairs. For information or directions on the weekend programs in the Big South Fork call 376-3787.

"THE MAKINGS OF A MASTER” EXHIBIT AT McCREARY LIBRARY
Today marks the opening of a new exhibit at the McCreary County Public Library in downtown Whitley City. The exhibit, called “The Makings of a Master”, will be on loan from the Kentucky Arts Council for the next eight weeks and was brought to the local community as a joint effort of the Arts Council, McCreary County Tourism and the McCreary County Public Library. The exhibit will focus on the folk traditions, old and new, found in Kentucky, ranging from baskets to banjos, as well as dancing, drumming and more. It is free to view the exhibit by simply stopping by the McCreary County Public Library during their regular hours over the next several weeks. The exhibit was brought to McCreary County, in part, as a way of promoting the new Heritage Trail Days, which will be held October 1
st through 3rd. As part of the joint effort, several Kentucky Arts Council performers will be on hand Thursday evening October 1st in Jackson Heritage Park for a kick off event to that weekend. For more on Heritage Trail Days and “The Makings of a Master” visit
www.heritagetraildays.com.

FROZEN CORN RECALL IMPACTING SEVERAL STATES, INCLUDING KY
More than 9,000 cases of frozen corn are being recalled after the US Food and Drug Administration says a product tested positive for Listeria in Tennessee. The FDA says the recall involves frozen corn labeled Wylwood, Market Basket, Bountiful Harvest and West Creek and is impacting more than a dozen states, including Kentucky. The company responsible for distribution of the product says no illnesses have been associated with the product to date, but they say they will halt distribution as the FDA investigates the cause of the problem.

McCREARY COUNTY WOMAN KILLED IN CORBIN ACCIDENT
A McCreary County woman was killed Monday when she was struck by a speeding vehicle at the McDonald's on Master Street in Corbin. Police say 66 year old Norma Hicks was in the restaurant parking lot at about 4:20pm Monday when a Ford F-150 truck, driven by a 19 year old subject, pulled into the parking lot at a high rate of speed and struck her. Hicks died from her injuries and the 19 year old was taken into custody for questioning and for a blood test, although no charges had been filed at last report. Witnesses told media sources that the teen driver attempted to stop but that his accelerator got stuck. The fatal accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

PULASKI CASE RESULTS IN CONFISCATION OF GAMBLING MACHINES
Pulaski County authorities confiscated nearly one dozen gambling machines this week as part of an ingoing investigation. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department reports that people were spotted at Wesley's Billiards on Shell Mark Drive loading several machines into a trailer. They then left the business and were pulled over by officers who located the gambling devices and about $3,000 in cash. The investigation is continuing with additional arrests and charges possible.

RANGER LED HIKE AT BLUE HERON SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY
The weekly ranger led hike to the area known as “Crack in the Rocks”, part of the Blue Heron Loop Trail, will be held this Wednesday September 2nd starting at 2:30pm from the Blue Heron Interpretive Center. The hike is free to join and participants are asked to bring water and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes for the hike and dress appropriately for the weather. For information or directions call Blue Heron at 376-3787.

MCCREARY COUNTY GRAND JURY RECORDS LIGHT AUGUST SESSION
The McCreary County Grand Jury had a light session in August with four individuals indicted on a variety of charges. Brandon Lee Upchurch was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument or possessing counterfeit bills. Bradley King was indicted for a burglary at Pine Knot Intermediate School in July in which he is accused of taking several items valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000. Theft, burglary and criminal mischief charges were filed by the grand jury against King as well as being a persistent felony offender. Justin Vanover was indicted this past month for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence in connection with the case. The final indictment handed down in August was against Ronnie J. Howard for flagrant non support for two minor children. Listeners are reminded that an indictment by the grand jury is a formal charge in a case but is not a finding of guilt.

GINSENG HARVEST PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE FROM FOREST SERVICE
The Daniel Boone National Forest now has permits available for those interested in harvesting ginseng in the forest. The legal harvest season runs from September 15th through 30th with the permits available as of today (September 1st) for $20.00. The permit is issued per person for the year and must be in your possession at the time you are collecting ginseng. Up to one pound of green, non-dried ginseng root may be collected by permit holders during the two week harvest season. These permits apply only to national forest lands in the district that issues the permit. Harvesting from more than one district of the forest is not permitted. Anyone removing wild ginseng plant or its parts without a permit or outside the harvest season can be be charged with theft from the forest and can face prison time and fines. For information or to obtain a ginseng harvest permit visit the Stearns District office of the Daniel Boone National Forest on Highway 27 just north of Whitley City during regular hours or any of the forest's district offices.

HAUNTING” STORYTELLING EVENTS IN THE BIG SOUTH FORK
Two separate storytelling events will be held in the coming weeks in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. On Saturday September 12th, the annual Blue Heron Ghost Train will be held with participants invited to ride the Big South Fork Scenic Railway from Stearns to Blue Heron and enjoy an evening of ghost stories. The train will depart the depot at 7:00pm with the storytelling at Blue Heron starting at about 7:30pm and lasting until 9:00pm. Those who prefer to drive to the Blue Heron Mining Community may do so and join the free event. For information on the event, call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at 376-3787 and for information on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway call 376-5330.

The annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival at Bandy Creek in Tennessee will be held the following Saturday September 19th in the area around the Visitor Center. The day will include live music, craft classes and demonstrations, wagon rides, old time toys and storytelling into the evening. Admission is free but attendees are asked to bring a blanket or chair. For information call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 423-286-7275.

AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MAN WHO ROBBED GAS STATION
Police in neighboring Whitley County are searching for the man who they say robbed a gas station at exit 15 of Interstate 75 in Williamsburg Thursday afternoon. The man, described as being about 5'10” tall with tattoos on both arms, was wearing a dark blue or black pair of athletic style pants along with a red shirt. He entered the Express Mart at about 5:00pm with what appeared to be a gun and demanded money from the clerk. After receiving the cash, the man fled along with a female accomplice in a Nissan Sentra. The Whitley County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation and seeking the public's help in locating the individuals involved.

'TIS THE SEASON...FOR SETTING ANNUAL TAX RATES
This is the time of year when taxing districts, ranging from fire districts and library boards, to the county and school board, are setting their annual tax rates in anticipation of tax bills being printed by the end of September. Taxing districts will be submitting their rates to the McCreary County Fiscal Court who will be asked to accept those at their September meeting. The locals school board tabled setting their real property tax rate during their August 13th regular meeting as they awaited additional information from the District Finance Officer. That information came during a special session this past week at which the school district was faced with several options. One was to approve the compensating rate, which would set the tax at 40.3 cents per $100 of assessed value, an increase over the current rate of 39.7 cents. A “nickel tax” option would raise the rate to more than 50 cents and a third option included a 4% increase, bringing the rate to 41.9 cents per $100. Following discussion on the possible use of any surplus funds, which includes addressing the district's aging buses and hiring additional special education teachers as required by the state, the board voted 3-2 to accept the 4% increase. Members Roxanne Shook and Nelda Gilreath voted against the tax increase, with The McCreary County Voice noting their concern over the impact the increase would have on local citizens who have to pay the tax. The school board did vote to keep their motor vehicle tax rate at 30 cents per $100 assessed value, the same rate as the current year.

80's McCREARY CENTRAL REUNION SET FOR SATURDAY
Alumni, teachers, family and friends who were part of the 1980s at McCreary Central High School are being invited to this year's “80s Craze Reunion” being held Saturday September 5th at Sandhill RV Camp on Highway 700. The event will begin at 10:00am and last to at least 4:00pm with live music, raffles, games, food, and more, with admission free. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the reunion. Organizers encourage attendees to bring a covered dish, drinks, lawn chairs and bug spray. For information call Ronnie Shelley at 606-310-2877, Lou Keith at 910-265-1670 or Anessa Sanderson Jones at 376-4494. This year's reunion is sponsored by the class of 1985 but others are welcome.

McCREARY HIGH STUDENTS COMPLETE SUMMER WORK PROGRAM
Six students from McCreary Central High School completed a Youth Conservation Corps team this summer in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The crew spent the summer break working with crew leaders and Park Service employees clearing sections of the Sheltowee Trace National Trail from the Alum Ford Campground to the Cotton Patch Shelter. The team also rebuilt the Alum Ford Hiking Trail bridge and worked on portions of the Blue Heron Loop Trail. The students from McCreary Central who took part in the program included Zachary Newsom, James Parman, Cheyenne Perry, Nathan Prosser, Kayli Vanover, and John Walls. The Youth Conservation Corps program offers those age 15 to 18 a chance to work in the summer on projects on public lands, including in the National Parks.
WHITLEY CITY LIONS CLUB FIGHTING TO STAY ACTIVE
After decades of serving the local community, the Whitley City Lions Club is now fighting to remain active and needs new members to accomplish that. The McCreary County Voice reported last week about the struggles of the local club in keeping members active and keeping community projects going. Some projects sponsored by the club in the past include eyesight programs such as providing glasses, screenings and even surgeries for those in need, as well as food drives, and Christmas assistance programs. The Whitley City Lions Club was founded in 1946 and has included members residing in McCreary County as well a smany who may not live in the county but work at local businesses or government agencies. The club does require $25 annual membership dues to be paid, but members are not required to attend all meetings as long as they can commit to participating in projects. The club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00pm at Papas' Pizza, just south of Stearns on Highway 27. Those interested in joining or finding out more about the Lions Club, and keeping the club going, can attend the next meeting on Monday September 7th or contact one of the current members.
SOMERSET MAN SENTENCED TO 23 YEARS FOR KILLING ATTORNEY
The fatal shooting of Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano last year has now led to a prison sentence for his killer. Clinton Inabnitt entered a guilty plea back in June, stating in the plea that he was mentally ill when he shot the attorney outside his Somerset office in June 2014. Inabnitt has now been sentenced to 23 years in prison for murder and wanton endangerment. Stanziano's widow and daughter were in court during the recent sentencing hearing and said while they accepted the plea deal, they did not like the overall outcome of the case. The man's defense attorney claims the crime was preventable had the mental health system in Kentucky not failed their client.
BLAZIN' BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL GEARING UP FOR 11TH ANNUAL EVENT
The Blazin' Bluegrass Festival is getting set for its 11th annual event which will be the weekend of Thursday September 17th through Saturday September 19th at Sandhill RV Camp on Highway 700 near Whitley City. The lineup of musical acts this year includes Marty Raybon, formerly of the country group Shenendoah, along with Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Dean Osborne, Mountain Faith, Steve Gullley and New Pinnacle and others. Admission for the festival will be $8.00 for Thursday September 17th, $10.00 for Friday September 18th and $12.00 for Saturday September 19th or a three day pass is available for $25.00. For information on the Blazin' Bluegrass Festival call Freddie Patrick at 606-310-1242 or Larry Davis at 606-310-1619. You can call Rita Liley for camping information at 423-569-9271. You can also visit www.blazinbluegrass.com for information on the 11th annual festival.

McCREARY COUNTY TOURISM WORKING ON PROMOTION, EVENTS
The McCreary County Tourist Commission met for their regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon at the tourism office in Whitley City. The meeting focused on several ongoing projects of the commission including planning for the first annual Heritage Trail Days, which is replacing McCrearyFest as a county sanctioned and sponsored event. The event will be the first weekend in October and will include trail activities such as guided hikes, mountain bike ride, 10k trail race, canoe races and more. In addition, the weekend will include live music, zombie walk, free movie at the park, parade through downtown Whitley City, crafts and food. For full details on Heritage Trail Days, including getting involved with the various activities, visit www.heritagetraildays.com or like the event's page on Facebook.

The tourist commission is also currently working on a new 32 page newspaper style printed guide to help promote McCreary County and its trails. Content for the guide is nearly ready including visitor information, trail descriptions, a map and more, but the commission is currently seeking sponsorships from area tourism related businesses to help offset the cost of design and printing for the guide. Any local business interested in a ¼ page 5”x5” ad in the guide for as low as $50, can contact the tourism office at 376-3008 or e-mail tourism@mccrearycounty.com.

The McCreary County Tourist Commission consists of seven members, appointed by Fiscal Court, who serve three year terms on the board. The county employs a part time tourism director who works with the commission on projects and helps promote the county and staff the tourism office located on Geary Street in downtown Whitley City. The commission meets the fourth Monday of each month at 5:00pm.

SCOTT SOLID WASTE ANNOUNCES OPENING FOR JOB APPLICANTS
Scott Solid Waste, the company holding the franchise agreement to collect garbage in McCreary County, has announced a job opening and is currently accepting applications. The position is for a driver with the company with a CDL, commercial driver license, preferred but not required for employment. Those interested can apply online at www.wasteconnections.com.
DEADLY CRASH INVESTIGATED IN WHITLEY COUNTY THIS WEEKEND
A weekend crash in neighboring Whitley County resulted in one man being killed and another listed in serious condition. The two vehicle wreck took place about one mile down Highway 511 near Cumberland Falls Highway at about 7:30pm Friday. An S-10 truck had reportedly collided head on with a 1989 Ford F350 truck which was towing a trailer and tractor. The driver of the S-10, 35 year old Jason Wilson, was pronounced dead at the hospital a few hours after the crash, while 32 year old Wesley Bennett was listed in serious condition. The driver of the F350 truck was not seriously injured. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash which remains under investigation.
McCREARY TEAMS PICK UP WINS DURING FIRST WEEK OF SEASON
The first week of the fall sports season for McCreary Central High School was a successful one as the McCreary Central Raider football team picked up a win Friday night. The Raiders kick off their 2015 season with a 1-0 record after a road win over Jenkins 46-6. The Raiders will next travel to Lynn Camp this Friday for a 7:30pm kick-off, followed by a game at home at Clinton County on September 4th. Meanwhile, the Lady Raiders volleyball team also put some wins on the scoreboard last week, beating Clinton County and Bell County on the road. Then, Saturday the Lady Raiders hosted the McCreary Central Invitational with a split result, winning matches over Bell County and Jellico and losing to Somerset and North Laurel. The Lady Raiders now stand at 4-2 with a match on the road against Southwestern this Tuesday followed by a home match Thursday hosting Russell County. The Lady Raiders Soccer team will get in on the action this week as they start the season today (Monday August 24th) on the road at Whitley County.
McCREARY FARMERS MARKET RECEIVES PEOPLE FUND GRANT
Looking to expand operations and continue to grow, the McCreary County Farmers' Market was recently awarded a grant through the South Kentucky RECC People Fund program. The local market, an LLC operation governed by a board of directors with a partnership through county government and the Soil and Water Conservation District, was awarded $500 from the program. Officials with the McCreary County Farmers's Market say a number of projects are in the works including obtaining digital scales which can be certified for use at the market, promotional reusable bags with the market logo and other efforts to assist vendors and promote the market. They say the additional funds will help in those efforts. The market is traditionally open every Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm next to the Soil and Water Conservation District office just off Wilburn K Ross Highway in Stearns. The market has offers occasional “mobile markets” in Whitley City and other locations. Items sold at the market must meet certain criteria such as being grown or crafted in McCreary or one of the neighboring counties. For information visit the McCreary County Farmers' Market page on Facebook or visit www.mccrearycounty.com. The People Fund through South Kentucky RECC allows electric co-op members the option of rounding their payment up with the funds used for community related projects.
BIG SOUTH FORK SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSES CHAMBER
Niki Nicholas, Superintendent for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, was the guest speaker for this month's meeting of the McCreary County Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was held Wednesday at the public library with Superintendent Nicholas talking about several ongoing projects in the park. One issue addressed was next year's centennial celebration for the National Park Service and the 25th anniversary of the Big South Fork being part of the National Park Service, which also comes next year. The Big South Fork was established in 1974 but was not technically part of the Park Service until 1991, according to Nicholas. She also spoke about the new Pentathlon patch that visitors to all five National Parks located in Kentucky can receive. All visitors have to do is pick up a card at any Park Service visitor center or other location and confirm that they have visited all National Parks in the state by April 2017. The parks in the state include the Big South Fork, Mammoth Cave, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Cumberland Gap, and the Fort Heiman unit of Fort Donelson. Superintendent Nicholas also noted that the Big South Fork has more endangered species calling it home than any other Park Service area in the country, adding that the local park is supplying many breeding species to other areas to help keep the species going.
PULASKI MAN ACCUSED OF ENDANGERING CHILD IN POLICE CHASE
A Pulaski County man is being accused of endangering the welfare of a five year old child during the course of a police chase Sunday. Authorities say a Pulaski County Constable attempted to pull over 29 year old Matthew Logan for a possible parole violation. Logan refused to stop for the officer and instead led him on a pursuit which also involved Burnside Police and eventually found its way onto Somerset streets. The vehicle struck an embankment and a tree with Logan jumping from the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot. At that time, officers noticed his five year old son was in the truck crying and screaming. Police say Logan was apprehended about a half mile from the scene and the child was checked out by EMS personnel and found to be unharmed. Matthew Logan was arrested following a scuffle with officers and was charged with fleeing or evading police 1st and 2nd degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree and reckless driving. Other charges are also pending as the case remains under investigation.
KSP RELEASES ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON REPORTED SCAM
We previously told you about a scam in which a victim is called by someone claiming to be with the IRS. The victim is then told they owe money and must send payment immediately. The Kentucky State Police has released additional details about the scam, which is apparently being reported by residents throughout the seven county post 11 area. They say the calls are apparently coming from a “917” area code and that victims are being told if the debt is not paid, legal action will be taken against them. Authorities say the IRS does not contact anyone by phone and this is an obvious scam. Remember to never give personal or account information out over the phone and cautious about this type of call or any contact you have not initiated. Contact law enforcement to report this type of call immediately with as much information as possible.
McCREARY FISCAL COURT AUDIT RELEASED FOR 2013-2014
This week, the Kentucky Auditor's Office released its findings from an audit conducted on the McCreary County Fiscal Court and county government financial management for the fiscal year 2013-2014, which ended June 30, 2014. The audit points out several issues including improvement needed in the purchasing and procurement procedures of the county; better internal controls needed for payroll account; better procedures needed for leave records of county employees; and invoices needing paid in a more timely manner. Judge Executive Doug Stephens responded to each issue in the audit report with some of the responses involving the recent changes in personnel concerned with financial management for the county and a change in certain procedures to address issues. Judge Stephens also noted that the county treasurer and finance officer are now using the same financial management software programs to reconcile county finances, which he says will help with overall management and oversight. The complete audit report for the McCreary County Fiscal Court for 2013-2014 can be found on the auditor's website at auditor.ky.gov under “Local Government Audits” under “Audit Reports.”

PLANS BEING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST ANNUAL HERITAGE TRAIL DAYS
The traditional “McCrearyFest” celebration is being replaced this year by the new “Heritage Trail Days” in McCreary County the first weekend in October. The event is being held Thursday October 1st through Saturday October 3rd and is sponsored by the McCreary County Tourist Commission. The schedule for the weekend event is posted online at www.heritagetraildays.com along with vendor information and applications, parade entry forms and other information.

Among the activities planned will be a number of guided hikes, a mountain bike ride at Rock Creek, a Saturday afternoon canoe race at the reservoir, and a 5k race at the park and a 10k trail race at Blue Heron. In addition, a Thursday evening October 1st “kick-off” event will be held at Jackson Heritage Park in downtown Whitley City with roasted apples and pumpkin, live music featuring Kentucky Arts Council members Joe Lamay, Sherri Reese and Mitch Barrett and a farmers' market seed swap.

On Friday evening, October 2nd, a “spook-fest” will be held at the McCreary County Park including a zombie walk, live music from the group Austin's Basement and a free movie at dark. Friday night will also include a special legends show at the Uptown Opry in downtown Whitley City.

On Saturday, October 3rd, the downtown festival will be held in Whitley City during the day including live music with Kentucky Mountain Trio, the Clark Family and the Empty Bottle Stringband, along with food and craft vendors, childrens' activities, and the parade starting at 12noon. Parade entries are being taken now with a deadline set for Friday August 28th with several categories included for parade entries such as “cultural and heritage,” “It's Our Nature,” “Old Time Religion,” “Agriculture,” and “Heritage Vehicles.”

Saturday evening will include a Stearns “ShineFest” with live music, chili cook-off, Big South Fork ranger programs and a “shine n' show” classic car section.

For complete details, registrations, and the schedule for the weekend visit www.heritagetraildays.com or like the event's page on Facebook. You can also contact the McCreary County Tourism office at 376-3008 or e-mail tourism@mccrearycounty.com.

McCREARY COUNTY BOARD FACING TWO SEPARATE LAWSUITS
Members of the McCreary County Board of Education are facing lawsuits in two separate cases, with Acting Superintendent Mike Cash also named in both and the Site Based Decision Making Council at one local school named in one of the suits. The McCreary County Voice reports on the legal action including a suit filed by former Whitley City Elementary School Assistant Principal Cynthia “Cindy” Moore over abolishing her position. The suit claims that Principal Foster Jones had attempted on several occasions to have her terminated due to her claims against him about falsifying time records and other issues. When those attempts failed, Jones is accused of calling a special Site Based Council meeting to eliminate the position held by Moore and move her to a teaching position. That meeting was eventually ruled as being illegal by the Attorney General's Office for not providing sufficient notice of the meeting. Moore is reportedly seeking a court order reversing the council's decision. As leaders of the local school district, the board of education and Cash are also named in that suit.

A second lawsuit was filed against the school district leadership by Tim Moore, Mitzi Stephens and Jenny Lynn Wilson Davis claiming a personal vendetta against them by the board members. Tim Moore's position was completely abolished after former Superintendent Arthur Donnie Wright left the post and the other two saw salary reductions at the same time, according to the lawsuit. There has been no official response from the defendants in both cases as their attorney, Timothy Crawford, reviews the lawsuits.

McCREARY FISCAL COURT MOVES TO ABOLISH AIRPORT BOARD
After recent issues involving the possible implementation of a tax by the McCreary County Airport Board, and the removal of at least one member from that board, the county's leaders took action Thursday night to abolish the board and take control of the facility. A motion by Magistrate Roger Phillips begins the process of adopting a resolution and ordinance dissolving the board and authorizing Judge Executive Doug Stephens to put together a plan on managing the airport. Later in the meeting, citizen Pete Redden who had been serving on that board addressed the court during the citizen participation portion of the session pleading with the court to not allow for the closure of the airport. The court members stated they had no current plans to close the facility, but simply wanted to make sure it is being properly managed. One suggestion from the court was to move the airport under the economic development department.
McCREARY “SPEC” BUILDING CONSIDERED FOR POSSIBLE BUSINESS
Thursday evening's meeting of the McCreary County Fiscal Court included a request from Bruce Lominac, the county's PVA and a former member of the Industrial Development Authority, for a proposal from the county concerning the “spec” building in Pine Knot. Lominac said he had been in contact with a company interested in possibly locating a business in the county and that those officials were looking at the building located just off Highway 2792 near Airport Road in Pine Knot. The building was constructed, mainly using grant funding, in hopes of attracting business to the county but has been sitting vacant for nearly ten years. Lominac said in order to move the process forward with the potential company, the county would have to put in writing a proposal with details on what kinds of incentives or offers they can make to an incoming business. The court noted that the building cannot be sold, but can be leased and several court members urged that negotiations include offering a low lease payment in order to attract a company that may create jobs. Other incentives for a company could include the fact that no property tax would have to be paid on the building since it is county property and possible breaks on occupational taxes. The court voted to authorize Judge Stephens to prepare a proposal and begin negotiations with the company, pending certain criteria.

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