Thursday August 29, 2013

Police have charged a Dry Fork man with stealing jewelry from a neighbor’s house.

29 year old Bennett Mathew Kincer of Little Dry Fork Road, was arrested Monday by Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Travis Cantrell and charged with second-degree burglary (forced entry).

Police recovered jewelry stolen from Freda Campbell’s home located at Little Dry Fork and returned the items to her.

Kincer was being held Tuesday night in the Letcher County Jail.

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A Letcher County school district employee now home after spending more than a month in two separate hospitals after sustaining serious injuries in a freak accident while on vacation.

A tree fell on 41 year old Michelle Tilley of Pike County, on July 10 while she was in a cemetery at Cades Cove, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mrs. Tilley, an aide in the structured classroom for autistic students at West Whitesburg Elementary School, was treated at the University of Tennessee Trauma Center before being transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta July 22.

A welcome home party for her will be held at 12:30 this Sunday, September 1, at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church.

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A judge Wednesday restored privileges to all five members of the Breathitt County School Board.

Breathitt County District Judge Frank Allen Fletcher wrote an order stating that the Breathitt School Board is restored to the status of being able to once again be involved in school board meetings and business.

A copy of the order is attached to this story for viewing.

Board members filed a lawsuit after they claim Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday took away their rights as elected officials by minimizing their roles in meetings.

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Toyota wants to hire laid-off coal miners for its plant in Georgetown.

Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program said Toyota  reach out to them  because the miners in our region are a proven workforce.

He added that Toyota said some their best maintenance people come from eastern Kentucky and have been coal miners.

The meeting is part of EKCEP's job initiative called Hiring our Miners Everyday, or H.O.M.E.

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The Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center got a large gift this Wednesday, thanks to the generosity of some local county clerks.

The Eastern Kentucky clerks raise money throughout the year by selling bird houses.

Wednesday, they gave the center a $10,000 check to go toward several things, including a new pinball machine.

Officials at the center say this is not the first gift they have received from the group.

The group is made up of Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade, Perry County Clerk Haven King, and Leslie County Clerk James Lewis.

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A community water testing workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at the old Boone Motor Building on Madison Avenue in Whitesburg.

Participants will learn how to do basic tests of local streams, and how to get others involved. They will also discuss water quality issues in the mountains.

The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the STAY Project and Headwaters Inc. For more information, call Elizabeth Standifer at (606) 632-0051.