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Local News 4-17-2014


U.S. 23 Shut Down in Russell Tuesday, After Undetonated Explosives Discovered

Travelers along a busy stretch of Highway in the Russell area of Boyd Co. had to be re-routed Tuesday, after a decade old set of explosives was found alongside U.S. 23 by construction workers. U.S. 23 between Ashland Drive and Kenwood Drive was shut down for about two and a half hours Tuesday, while law enforcement officials checked out the explosives. Several streets also had traffic delays during the closure.

According to the Russell Police Dept. construction workers on the Ironton-Russell bridge saw the white bags of explosives wedged in between the rock wall in the hillside across from the highway. Rather than digging them out and running the risk of hurting someone, the state police bomb squad was called in to detonate the explosives, causing a boom that was heard and felt miles away. Officials say the explosives were from a former construction project and could have been around 10 years old. No one was hurt during the blast.     

Michigan Meth Suspect Caught in Pike

A Michigan man was arrested last week in Pikeville, accused of manufactuing methamphetamine. Noel Davis, 58, who now lives in Pikeville, was arrested Friday on four federal charges, including conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute meth, maintaining a residence for the purpose of manufacturing meth, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. Davis is accused of being the cook in a meth conspiracy involving two other men from Detroit.

According to the Floyd Co. Times, a criminal complaint was filed by Wayne State University Officer Michael H. Jacobs, who serves on a Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Detroit Conspiracy One Task Force, Davis, Zachary Biles and Demarlo Biles attracted the attention of investigators Jan. 16, following an undercover buy by a cooperating witness.

On March 26, the task force executed a search warrant at a Detroit residence where the buys took place, where they discovered several items used in the production of meth, as well as a shotgun and a sub-machine gun. After the search, Zachary Biles admitted to investigators that he sold meth on Jan. 16, while Demarlo Biles admitted to possessing the firearms. Davis eluded capture until officials caught up with him in Pikeville. He appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court, in Pikeville, for an initial appearance, where he was ordered to be transported to the Eastern District of Michigan for further prosecution.

Ky. Lawmakers Finish Work Highlighted By Budget

The 2014 General Assembly session ended at the stroke of midnight on April 16, after a final day of maneuvering Tuesday. The politically divided legislature accomplished its primary tasks - passing a $20.3 billion, two-year state budget, followed by a $4.1 billion transportation spending plan. Kentucky lawmakers also revamped the juvenile justice system to lock up fewer kids and legalized a medicinal oil derived from marijuana to ease the suffering of children stricken with seizures.

Teachers and state employees got pay raises and an adult protection registry will be formed to screen caregivers for some of Kentucky's most vulnerable residents. From the session's outset in early January, Gov. Steve Beshear made education spending a priority. The new state budget raises per-pupil spending to its highest level ever, increases the number of 4-year-olds in preschool, restores cuts to child care programs and provides more money for school technology, textbooks and school safety, Gov. Beshear said. The budget imposed a new round of spending cuts across many state agencies to free up the extra money for education.

But for every bill that made it through the twists and turns of legislative review, many more came up short. Abortion-related bills that stalled in the Democratic-run House would have required doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to have a "face-to-face" meeting with women before the procedure. House Speaker Greg Stumbo's proposal to raise the state's minimum wage died in the GOP-led Senate.

A proposed statewide smoking ban was snuffed out. The House didn't take up a bill aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service by allowing telecommunications companies to scale back on landline investments.Two issues that overshadowed the start of the session - expanded gambling and a tax code overhaul - both fizzled. The budget included $418.9 million in General Fund-supported bonds to help finance construction projects at the state's four-year public universities. The state's two-year schools also are in line for construction projects. The budget includes $145.5 million in agency bonds to support a project at each of the 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Lawmakers OK Expanding Coalfield Scholarship Bill

Lawmakers have given final passage to a bill expanding a scholarship program for students in Kentucky's struggling coal regions. The measure cleared the General Assembly shortly before lawmakers ended the 2014 legislative session Tuesday night. The bill now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear for his consideration. The measure aims to increase the number of people obtaining college degrees in the eastern and western Kentucky coalfields. The students, for the most part, would attend four-year college campuses in coal counties, in hopes they pursue careers in the same region after graduation. The scholarships are funded with coal severance-tax funds. Participating students have to attend four-year campuses in their region, unless their programs aren't offered locally.

Road Spending Plan Passes Ky. Legislature

A $4.1 billion road-spending plan has passed the Kentucky General Assembly on the final day of the session, avoiding an expensive special session. The Senate approved the plan 37-1 Tuesday, and the House 71-26. The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of environmental concerns or problems acquiring land. Republicans and Democrats clashed over the plan Monday, and leaders of both parties said it was unlikely they would reach a deal. But lawmakers emerged from hours of closed-door meetings Tuesday to say they had reached an agreement both bodies could pass.

Ky. Releases County Unemployment Rates

Annual unemployment rates were lower in 51 Kentucky counties in 2012 than in 2013, while 57 county rates went up and 12 counties had the same annual rate for both years, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2013 at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 6.5 percent each; Scott County, 6.7 percent; Boone, Daviess, Franklin, Madison and Shelby counties, 6.8 percent each; and Caldwell, Owen and Warren counties, 7 percent each.

Leslie County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2013 — 17.7 percent. It was followed by Harlan and Magoffin counties, 17.6 percent each; Letcher County, 17.3 percent; Knott County, 16.1 percent; Fulton and Jackson counties, 15 percent each; Bell County, 14.9 percent; Perry County, 13.7 percent; and McCreary County, 13.5 percent.

Local News 4-16-2014


Traffic Stop in Johnson Co. Leads to Meth Discovery

According to a news release from the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office, on the morning of Friday, April 11th, 2014 at approximately 2:20AM, Deputy Byron Fairchild observed a 2004 Black KIA operating with only one working tail light on Broadway Street in Paintsville. As Fairchild turned to follow the vehicle, he observed the vehicle running a stop sign. After performing a traffic stop on the KIA, it was determined that the driver, 30 year old Nathan Cox of Paintsville, appeared to be operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs. Cox allowed the deputy to search the vehicle and a book bag inside the vehicle. Inside a book bag in the vehicle Fairchild located 3 needles with substances inside and a small clear baggie with a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine. Through further investigation it was determined that Nathan Cox was operating on a suspended license. Nathan Cox was taken into custody and charged with: DUI, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating on Suspended License, Disregarding a Stop Sign, and Improper Equipment. Cox was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Martin Co. Man Dies in a Motorcycle Crash in Lawrence Co.

One man was killed late Sunday evening, following a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 23 in the Shannon Branch area of Lawrence County. The accident happened around 9:50 p.m. Sunday. Police said Elmer L. Maynard, 53, of Debord, Ky. lost control of his Harley Davidson when he struck a guard rail and was thrown from the motorcycle. The Lawrence County coroner said Maynard died at the scene of the crash. Police believe Maynard was driving over the speed limit when he crashed. The crash remains under investigation.

Man Charged With Killing MSU Student Sentenced

A Rowan County man who admitted to murdering the mother of his child was sentenced in the case Monday. A judge agreed with the recommended sentence of 38 years for Casey Shay, who pleaded guilty to murdering Morehead State University student Cassandra "Cassie" Owens last year. Investigators say Shay shot Owens twice as she slept inside the bedroom of her Christian Street home in Morehead in March of 2013. The 21-year-old's body was found a day later. Shay went to the Rowan County Detention Center and confessed he murdered the mother of his child, then 2-yeard-old, Madison.

Owens' mother spoke for about an hour in court Monday before the judge's decision was announced. Melody York directed much of her personal testimony at Casey Shay, detailing her ordeal of finding out about the murder, and questioning Shay's true intention, calling her daughter's murder a planned attack. Shay's family said they disagreed with a lot of what was said about him in court, and added they wished the case had gone to trial.

Human Remains Located Confirmed to be Missing Person

According to a news release from the KSP in Ashland, on Friday April 11, 2014 the Kentucky State Police in Ashland responded to South Shoe, KY after being contacted by the Greenup County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department, while searching for a robbery suspect, had located human skeletal remains. The remains were located in a small creek near the intersection of US 23 and State Route 1043.

Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright and The Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office have positively identified the human skeletal remains as Gerald L. Boyles. At this time Mr. Boyles death does not appear to be criminal in nature

Lee County Fire Leads to Murder Investigation

According to the Kentucky State Police, they are now saying a Friday fire and death in Lee County, was actually a murder and they will investigate it as such. An Autopsy was performed on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort and the result’s concluded that Martha Belle Hollar, 79 years old of Beattyville, was deceased prior to her residence catching on fire. The murder investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jesse Armstrong and Arson Investigator Pat Alford. The Kentucky State Police requests anyone with information about the case to contact the Richmond KSP Post at (859) 623 - 2404.

House Approves Ethics Reform

House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Legislative Ethics Commission on Monday in an attempt to quell the political storm that erupted last week after the panel did not punish a former lawmaker accused of sexual harassment. In the days following the decision, the three women who filed the complaint said House Democrats were not providing a safe work environment, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell condemned the decision as a "cover-up" and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on the Legislative Ethics Commission to reopen the case.

Monday, House Democrats took turns expressing their "outrage" at the decision and praising the "moral courage" of three state workers who accused former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of sexual harassment. But they did not approve a resolution officially honoring the women because of concerns it could be interpreted as interfering in a pending lawsuit. Two of the women have sued Arnold and the Legislative Ethics Commission in state court.

While the changes passed 98-0, House Republicans used the opportunity to skewer their Democratic colleagues - who control the house with an eight-seat majority - for not doing something sooner. State employees Cassaundra Cooper, Yolanda Costner and Gloria Morgan all filed ethics complaints last year alleging Arnold touched them inappropriately over a four year period. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo appointed a special committee to investigate the charges, but that committee disbanded without taking action.

Legislation approved Monday:

-Required all commission members to attend at least half of the commission meetings in a calendar year

-Required the commission to have at least two women members and at least one minority member

-Clarified that the commission does have jurisdiction over former lawmakers

-Specifically defined sexual harassment by a lawmaker as "ethical misconduct."

And Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo called on the ethics commission to reopen the case. The three women have filed a motion asking the commission to reconsider their decision, which commission members will discuss at their meeting next month.

Juvenile Justice Bill Clears Legislature

Legislation aimed at revamping Kentucky's juvenile justice system by locking up fewer minors has been sent to Gov. Steve Beshear. The measure won final legislative approval Monday on a 30-8 vote in the Senate. Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield says his measure will result in better outcomes for young offenders at a lower cost to taxpayers. He calls it the biggest step in reshaping Kentucky's juvenile code in decades. The bill would steer more young offenders toward community-based treatment as an alternative to detention. It aims to keep more kids out of detention centers for skipping school or running away. Its reach goes further, allowing youths accused of misdemeanors or lesser felonies to avoid detention time, unless they committed sex or weapons crimes or had one prior offense. The legislation is Senate Bill 200.

Today is the Last Day to Pay Property Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that TODAY is the LAST DAY to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. At the end of business day today, the bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

Local News 4-14-2014


Accident in Floyd Co. Under investigation

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, officers are continuing their investigation of a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 321 and Bays Branch Road that happened Friday morning. Reports indicate that both the drivers, were transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center for their injuries, but to what extent they were injured has not been released. Neither vehicle was carrying any additional passengers. The accident remains under investigation by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.  

Pedestrian Dies in a Pike County Accident

KSP in Pikeville are also continuing to investigate a Pike County woman’s death, after she was hit by a car while walking down the street last week. Kentucky State Police report the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County. 46-year-old Johnny Stewart was driving on Kentucky 80 when he hit 21-year-old Samantha Bennett while she was walking. Bennett died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstruction and no further information has been made available.

Evidence Gathered in a Lawrence Co Death Investigation. Looks Suspicious

Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation about a man’s mysterious death. The body of Brandon M Burnett, 30 of Denton, Ky in Carter County was found on a logging road just off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County on Monday, March 31. Officials are saying the death looks very suspicious. Burnett’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results did not show any signs of trauma to Burnett’s body.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts said they found shoe and tire tracks in the mud where the body was located, he added the only people who regularly travel the dirt road are workers with a gas and oil company, who found Burnett's body. Officials are waiting for the results of the toxicology test to help in determining the cause of death and whether drugs might have been involved. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads reference to who Mr. Burnett was with prior to his death. Anyone with information as to how Burnett's body got to the location is asked to contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 606-638-4851 or Lawrence County 911.

Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Part of State Budget Bill

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he has vetoed language in the state budget bill that would have blocked construction projects at some community and technical college campuses. Beshear said Friday his action will guarantee capital projects at all 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The governor's office says the budget passed by state lawmakers would have prevented nine of the 16 building projects from proceeding. Beshear says the two-year colleges play key roles in preparing Kentuckians for the work force, and says the colleges are overdue for expansions and upgrades. Beshear used his line-item veto power on other pieces of the $20.3 billion, two-year state budget that takes effect in July. Lawmakers can consider overriding vetoes during their two-day wrap up session that starts Monday.

Morehead State to Open High School Academy

Morehead State University plans to open a residential high school academy for academically gifted students. MSU Officials announced on Thursday that the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will open in August of 2015 and offer students dual credits for classes. The initiative is modeled after a similar one at Western Kentucky University called the Gatton Academy. It is being funded through a $2.3 million state appropriation and a $4 million donation from businessman Joe Craft.

Officials are planning for an initial class of 60 students, who will live on campus and attend classes with college students. Stivers and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins both worked to get funding for the project, and Adkins noted how the academy would benefit the region.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that you have 1 more day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, April 15th 2014, the bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

2014 Country Cares for St. Jude Radio-thon a Success!!!

The 2014 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is COMPLETE @ WSIP and turned out to be one of the most successful. Our TOTAL raised this year, by the end of Friday, April 11 was.........$43,056, with a few donations still yet to be counted.

THANK'S goes out to ALL of OUR LISTENERS!!! Without you, this could not be possible. ALL MONEY donated will go directly to the Children and Families @ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. We APPRECIATE EVERYONE for their Help and Generosity and we look forward to next year, as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Again THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to YOU, OUR LISTENERS for a JOB WELL DONE!!!!

Local News 4-11-2014


Pedestrian Dies in a Pike County Accident

According to the KSP in Pikeville, a Pike County woman died Wednesday night after she was hit by a car while walking down the street. Kentucky State Police report the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County. 46-year-old Johnny Stewart was driving on Kentucky 80 when he hit 21-year-old Samantha Bennett while she was walking. Bennett died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstruction and no further information has been made available.

Ashland Woman Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charge

The Boyd County Sheriff's Department conducted an undercover drug buy Wednesday evening and arrested one woman on drug trafficking charges. Officials report the incident happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Lee Street. Undercover deputies arrested Thelma Wawi, 50, of Ashland at her home, after purchasing heroin from Wawi. Deputies then searched her home, and found additional heroin, other narcotics, drug paraphernalia and cash. Wawi is charged with felony drug trafficking. She is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.

Woman Killed After Single Car Crash in Estill County

One woman was killed Thursday evening, after a single car crash on Highway 213 in Estill County. Police say the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. and the investigation into what caused the accident remains open. Officials said a woman somehow went off the side of the road on a curve and went into a small dirt ditch which caused the car to flip. When the vehicle flipped, the woman was thrown into the road. Troopers believe she may not have been wearing her seatbelt and alcohol may be a contributing factor but they are still investigating. No other information about the driver has been released until after family has been notified.

Woman Sentenced In Stabbing Death of Wolfe County Man

A woman who police say helped kill a Wolfe County man in 2010 was formally sentenced on Thursday. Despite testimony from the daughter of murder victim Robert Bryant, the judge accepted a plea deal before Rebecca Wright's case went to trial. Wright pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The robbery and tampering with physical evidence charges against her were dropped. She could have faced 40 years in prison had her case gone to trial. Wright's ex-boyfriend and the victim's cousin, Lloyd Bryant, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the robbery and murder. Lloyd Bryant pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the violent stabbing death of his 44-year-old cousin in 2010, with whom Lloyd was living with at the time.

Kentucky Budget Surplus Less Likely

Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus. State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year. State officials predicted Kentucky's revenues would grow 2.1 percent in the 2014 budget year that ends June 30. For that to happen, revenues must grow 3.9 percent in the next three months. Driskell said she is confident the state will meet the estimate but said a surplus is becoming less likely. Road fund revenues increased $22.8 million in March, an increase of 19.9 percent. Road fund collections must increase an additional 2.7 percent over the next three months in order to meet the estimate.     

Kentucky Gov. Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients. Gov. Steve Beshear signed SB.124 into law on Thursday. It allows doctors at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville research hospitals to prescribe cannabidiol to treat patients. Supporters note the oil has been particularly effective in treating seizures in children. In a news release, Beshear said he signed the bill into law because it only allowed the oil with the permission from a doctor at a research hospital or if someone is participating in a trial administered by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

Day 1 of the 2014 Premier Auto sales, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is is in the books here at WSIP. Thursday’s total tallied over $13,000 and we expect even a bigger amount today, as we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

Local News 4-10-2014


Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Tuesday (4-8-2014)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting from March 11, 2014. City Council members also approved the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Ambulance, 911, Emergency management, utilities and the treasurer and they also approved to pay the monthly bills. Council members present were: Bill Mike Runyon, Jim Meek, Sarah Hopson Blair, Tommy Trimble and Mark McKenzie, absent was David "Coach" VanHoose.

Only a few items on the agenda for the evening. The meeting got underway with announcements from Mayor Bob Porter. (1) He invited everyone to a public meeting on May 6 at Sipp Theatre @ 5 PM. Items discussed will center around future recreational projects for the city of Paintsville and Johnson Co. (2) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks at the Sipp, there will be Children’s Theatrical meetings. If you have a child interested in theatre, you’re encouraged to bring them to this meeting. (3) Mayor Porter said that the Blacktop Plant will open on April 14 and as soon as it opens, the “Pot Holes” in the city will be fixed. (4) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that Friday, June 13 there will be a Flip Flop Run in Paintsville. On Saturday, June 14 there will be a Bike/Hike at the Dawkins Trail at 9 AM. For more information contact City Hall.

Council members then heard from Regina McClure, as she announced McCort Electric in Lowmansville was the low bidder for Generators to be placed at the Paintsville Fire Dept and City Hall. This item was approved. Next Ms. McClure gave the council information about a new Volted Toilet to be placed on the Dawkins Trail @ Swamp Branch around the Riceville area. This would be a 50/50 Grant that Tourism would purchase, then Kentucky Parks and Recreation would maintain. This Volted Toilet consist of a “Pit” that uses “Sweet Smelling” technology that is good for 15,000 uses before it has to be pumped. This project was highly recommended by the State Park system and is used at some other Parks across the State. This item was also approved.

Finally, City Council approved items for City Utilities to improve waste water treatments in Paintsville. The Federal government would loan $4.9 Million, offer a Grant of $2.1 Million and the City utilities would only have to match $149,000. This items was approved. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Floyd Co. Shooting Suspect Identified

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.           

Ex-Clay Co. Judge, 3 others Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case

A former Clay Co. judge and three other officials have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud. A federal judge said during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that three of the defendants - former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school superintendent Doug Adams and former election officer William Stivers - must serve 100 days of home incarceration.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, they report that all 3 were placed on supervised release for two years, along with the fourth defendant, former county clerk Freddy W. Thompson. Prosecutors said the men used the Clay County Board of Elections to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell described their actions as "nothing short of despicable."

Domestic Violence Victims: Still Time to Sign Up for Health Coverage

The deadline in Kentucky to enroll for affordable health care coverage through the state marketplace, known as Kynect, has been extended to Friday. But, if you are married and a victim of domestic violence, you have until the end of May. According to Andrea Miller, economic justice services coordinator for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the special enrollment period for victims was created because of confusion over how to file for a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. "You don't want sometimes to be filing jointly for tax purposes, for any purposes," Miller pointed out. "Plus, it also might violate a protective order, because it requires that you have contact with each other in order to do that."

Miller said it's taken time for the IRS and the Treasury Department to exempt victims from a requirement to file jointly to receive a tax credit that helps them pay for their health care premiums. That's why the enrollment deadline for married victims filing separately is now May 31. The tax credit in question is available to individuals and families who earn from 100 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Even though enrollment for affordable health care coverage began last October, Miller said, the new tax credit guidelines weren't issued by the IRS and Treasury until late last month. "And so what this is allowing them to do, is to be able to keep their credit that they were entitled to receive, without filing jointly," she stated. Through the end of March 370,000 Kentuckians had enrolled for new health care coverage. That's more than one out of every 12 residents of the state. Link to Kentucky's ACA website at Kynect.ky.gov. The Kynect call center is at 1-855-4KYNECT.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon begins today at WSIP. All day today April 10 and again on Friday, April 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune into 98.9 FM and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.