Wednesday October 30, 2013

The tension continues to build between Jackson County's judge executive and the sheriff and now one of them is facing legal action from the other.

At Tuesday's special meeting of the Jackson County Fiscal Court, Judge Executive William O. Smith announced plans to sue Sheriff Denny Peyman.

This comes after a disagreement between the two about $278,000 owed from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Both men remain at odds over who is responsible.

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Officials at the LKLP Safe House in Hazard recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month by holding a candlelight vigil on Tuesday evening.

The touching tribute was for the Perry County community devastated by a deadly triple shooting more than nine months ago.

A tree was planted at Hazard Community and Technical College in lasting memory of 12-year-old Taylor Cornett, 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett and 53-year-old Jackie Cornett.

21-year-old Dalton Stidham is charged with murdering them in the parking lot of the college.

His trial is set to begin on January 6th.

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There will not be a strike at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center.

United Steel Workers sent a strike notice earlier this month saying if no agreement was reached by midnight on October 31st, they could go on strike.

Negotiators reached an agreement last week and the union members ratified the new contract during a vote on Monday.

Officials say it went into effect immediately.

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A man is under arrest following a fight that ended in a shooting.

The Buchanan County Virginia Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Ben Ratliff is charged with two counts of malicious wounding.

Deputies say they found Amanda and John Ratliff with non-life threatening gunshot wounds on Thursday at a home on Dusty Road in Grundy.

Ben Ratliff is being held at Southwest Regional Jail in Haysi.


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Dirt track race car driver, Josh McGuire, is recovering after a violent crash at the 201 Speedway during the Halloween 50 Saturday night in Johnson County.

Hundreds watched the crash happen at the track and thousands have seen it online via YouTube.

Track officials say McGuire was going somewhere around 100 MPH as he entered the first turn on his fourth lap...when his car began to flip.

Doctors say that McGuire has a fracture in his C1 vertebrae and he was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where he is now recovering but his family says he will be okay and is very lucky.

Doctors do not think McGuire will need surgery, but will spend the next three months in a neck brace.