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Local News 1-15-2013

Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting 1-14-13

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Ct. met in regular session Monday, January 14 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. Eight (8) items were listed on the agenda to discuss on the evening. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from 2 previous meetings, December 10, 2012 and a special called meeting from December 27,2012 and the court approved to pay the monthly bills

First item discussed was the approval to transfer $40,000 from the general fund to the jail fund, which was approved. Judged Tucker Daniel said it's getting a little better, but still a sore spot to deal with. Next the court held their first reading of the Clerk's 2013 budget. Total expected revenues and disbursements $6,172,275, which is close too, if not the same as last years budget. The court approved the Clerks budget for 2013. Next was the first reading of the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Dept budget for 2013. The budget shows a total expected revenue of $718,022 with receipts totalling the same amount. Judge Tucker Daniel told the court that Sheriff Price and himself have had several conversations about this budget and Daniel requested that Sheriff Price redo the budget on two seperate occassions. He requested changes be made due to the fact that the Sheriff's budget showed a line item of $125,808 from the Fiscal Court. Daniel said that the county has got written up on several occassions because State Auditors says it creates an artificial inflation of the revenue stream in the sheriff's budget. Sheriff Price says this has been a yearly occurrance over the past couple of years for budget purposes only. Judge Daniel says over the last couple of years, there has been a rumor about the county reducing the sheriff's budget, but Judge Daniel said that simply was not the case and they have never "cut the budget", not even a penny.A back and forth discussion was held between Sheriff Price and Judge Tucker Daniel concerning this issue. Daniel says the auditors he has spoken with say this $125,000 can't be put in as a line item, but he is requesting that the sheriff come to the court on a case by case basis and that the money has not been taken away, it just needs to be a case by case matter and Judge Daniel said they do not have a problem with helping the sheriff's dept. whenever they need it, as long as they can do it. Sheriff Price however says the auditors he has spoken with say there is not a problem and the $125,000 can be inserted in to the budget. Price told the Judge and the court that the department has never done anything wrong against the court or the county and has always given back what was not spent. Judge Daniel told Sheriff Price that it's not a case of not "trusting" the dept. it's a matter of doing what State Auditor Adam Edellan's office say they have to do. County Attorney Micheal Endicott spoke up and said that according to a Dept of Local Goverment printo out, that the county could indeed put it in as a line item in the counties budget. Judge Daniel said he has got to travel to Frankfort on Wednesday and will discuss this matter with Auditors and see what options the county and the sheriff's dept have. After a lengthy discussion, this item was tabled until a special called meeting, which will be announced soon, to vote on the sheriff's budget.

Next item was to open bids on a surplus county vehicle, (1994 Ford Passenger Van). Three bids were opened up for the first time. Bid 1, read by commissioners Daniel was for $1003.03 by the West Van Lear Church of Christ. @nd bid was read by commissioner Adams for the amount of $307.77 submitted by Red Barn Auto Sales and the last bid was read by commissioner Gamble for the amount of $526 by James Castle. After a short discussion, the court voted to except the bid from the West Van Lear Church of Christ. Motion passed.  Next the court voted to renew the contract for Sam Auxier as the county road foreman. The contract will be the same as his existing contract. Judge daniel said Sam was by far the best road foreman in the State, bar none. After the listed items on the agenda was completed, the Judge ask for any additional comments from the floor and Paintsville/Johnson Co. Emergency Mgmt Director Gary McClure told the court that he will be getting the completed contracts for the new code red system and will have estimates for new radio equipement for County fire departments. Finally the courrt heard from Eric Ratliff with Paintsville utilities about possible upcoming water line expantion in the county and the work will stay "in house" by Paintsville Utilities. With no further items to dicuss or comments from the floor, the meeting adjourned at 5:24 PM.

Salyersville Man In Court to Answer to Murder Charges

The man accused of murdering a Magoffin Co man last week, appeared in court Monday to face the charges against him.. Law enforcement officials say Daniel Hackworth took the life of Donnie Allen just one day before his wedding day, but Hackworth's defense says that is simply not true. Last week investigators said they were called to Allen's house in Salyersville where he was found dead in the yard, and they say Hackworth was still in the home with a gun. Defense attorneys for Hackworth said there was not enough evidence to prove Hackworth actually committed this crime and there are several reasons why he should be considered innocent, including more possible persons of interest. Officials are continuing to investigate the crime, but Hackworth will continue to be held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center without bond and Prosecutors are deciding whether they will seek an indictment against him.

School Officials in Martin Co. say Inez Middle School Vandalized

While classes where dismissed because of sickness last Thursday and Friday in Martin Co. school leaders say one of the counties schools was vandalized. Inez Middle School officials say they found the school with many items misplaced, wax on the gym floor was torn up, a vending machine was broken into.  School officials believe the vandalism happened Thursday night and all indications point to vandalism only, because nothing seemed to be missing.  Inez Police Dept. are continuing to investigate and ask the public to contact them, if you have any information on this incident. As of this morning, no one has been arrested.

KSP Report Eight People Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week                                                                                                       

Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. One single-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Jefferson, Meade, Morgan and Webster. The victim in Jefferson County was not wearing a seat belt and the use of alcohol was involved in the Morgan County crash. One motorcycle crash fatality occurred in Fayette County and one in Scott County. The Fayette County crash involved the use of alcohol. One fatality was the result of a crash involving an animal drawn vehicle in Simpson County. One pedestrian was killed in McCreary County. Through Jan. 13, preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is nine less than reported for this time period in 2012. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Suspect in Ashland Strong-Armed Robbery Sentenced to Prison

 One of the two people charged with stealing a woman’s purse while she was loading a wheelchair into her car has been sentenced to prison. Ashland Police said the strong-armed robbery happened last January in the parking lot of the Ashland Children’s Clinic at 700 13th St. A Boyd County Grand Jury indicted 29-year-old Roger Kittle Jr. and 22-year-old Heather Griffith, both of Ashland, on first-degree robbery charges following their arrests. Commonwealth Attorney David Justice says that on Friday, Kittle pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Justice says Griffith is also expected to plead guilty to the same charge later this month.

School Bus Involved in Accident Bath County 

A Gateway Head Start school bus was involved in an accident Monday morning. Dispatchers say a bus collided with another vehicle along Slade Road in Owingsville around 7:45 a.m. Officials say pre-school age Head Start students were on board the bus at the time of the accident, but none suffered injuries. There were reported injuries to victims in the other vehicle. No further information has been released.

Paintsville SBDC Offering a Free Workshop Jan. 18

Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center in Paintsville will host “The Small Town Merchant Program” Friday, Jan. 18, from 8:15 a.m. until 10 a.m. The free workshop will be held at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College (auditorium building C), 513 Third Street. Retail and restaurant businesses join the Paintsville KSBDC and national retail specialist Marc Wilson to learn how your small business can grow and prosper. “We believe small town retailers and restaurant businesses are the heart of our communities,” said Michelle Spriggs, management consultant. “We are excited to bring Marc to our community and have him share his 35 years of experience in the retail and restaurant business with our area small business owners.” Seating is limited and advance registration is recommended. Complimentary breakfast will be provided by MACED during this event. Training programs, sponsored or co-sponsored by SBDC, are available to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, creed or national origin. Special arrangements will be made for those with disabilities if requested in advance. For a list of upcoming events, you may visit the MSU SBDC website at www.moreheadstate.edu/sbdc. Additional information and preregistration are available by contacting Spriggs at the Paintsville Small Business Development Center at 606-788-7272 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..