Thursday September 19, 2013

A woman has died following a three-car crash near the Watts community on Highway 15 in Breathitt County Wednesday Morning.

Trooper Bryan Layne of Kentucky State Police says Joyce Campbell was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and traveling southbound, when she crossed the center line and became out of control.

The truck then slid sideways and crossed into the northbound lane.

State police say Campbell first barely hit an AEP Power Company truck and then continued on to strike a Chevrolet Tahoe head-on

The Tahoe's occupant, Tabitha Perkins, died at the scene.

Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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The Whitesburg City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight to hear the first reading of a proposed new ordinance that would levy a 1.5 percent tax on all employees working inside the Whitesburg city limits.

Officials voted unanimously at the September meeting of the Whitesburg City Council to institute the tax, which would not affect retirement benefits or entitlements including unemployment and Social Security.

If the city council approves the proposal, Whitesburg will join other county-seat towns such as Pikeville, Hazard and Prestonsburg with taxes on the incomes of workers.

Most of Kentucky’s larger cities also have payroll taxes.

A large crowd is expected at the meeting to show their disapproval of the tax.

Whitesburg council members and Mayor James Wiley Craft say that if the payroll tax were to win approval the city will do away with business and occupational licenses and city automobile stickers.

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School officials say the new property tax rate adopted by the Letcher County Board of Education is estimated to generate about $4.6 million for the school district.

The board voted 3-2 to approve a four percent increase on the property tax rate after a required 30-minute public hearing was held in the conference room at the school bus garage.

For more on both tax stories see this week's edition of the Mountain Eagle.

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Floyd County Social Security Attorney Eric C. Conn has pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal attempt to make a gift to another person to contribute to a candidate on his behalf.

A plea agreement calls for a 12 month sentence, conditionally discharged for two years.

Conn must also pay $5,600 in restitution to the attorney general's office.

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Marty Childers, the executive director of the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg has resigned.

No reason was given for the resignation.

Board Member Miriam Sillman says the Jenny Wiley Theatre has been a vital part of the region for 49 years, and it will continue for many years to come.

The hunt for a new Executive Director will begin immediately.