Thursday November 14, 2013

 

KSP confirmed a bank robbery occurred at the US Bank at Virgie in Pike County a little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.  Police say surveillance images show one man enter the bank with what appears to be a gun, then he drives away with another man on a Honda four-wheeler.  This is second bank robbery in Virgie in six weeks.  The Community Trust Bank down the street was robbed in October.  Police have not said the robberies are related.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police.A scheduled hearing for three people accused of plotting and carrying out the murder a Millstone coal miner and father in June 2012 has been delayed until next month. The judge rescheduled a hearing originally set for Nov. 7 until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 to address pending motions and to discuss continuance of the trial date in the cases of James Maggard, Sephanie Fleming, and Austin Ison. The three were charged with murdering Dradrick “Drad” Fleming after Fleming’s badly burned body was found near Eolia on June 23, 2012.

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Seventeen candidates including nine incumbents have filed to run for Letcher County offices in the May election. The offices of county judge/executive, sheriff, county attorney, jailer, county clerk, coroner, magistrates and constables will be on the ballot for the primary election. Incumbents who have filed papers in the Letcher Court Clerk’s Office since Nov. 6 are County Clerk Winston Meade, Sheriff Danny Webb, Judge/Executive Jim Ward, County Attorney Jamie Hatton, Jailer Don McCall, Coroner Marty Baker, District One Magistrate Bobby Howard.

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The Whitesburg City Council updated and revised several city ordinances at its November meeting Tuesday night in an effort to comply with new state laws and to accommodate personnel needs. The council voted unanimously to direct City Attorney James Asher to change the personnel ordinance to separate the duties of the city clerk and bookkeeper/treasurer and to extend vacation for city employees to up to four weeks to honor a verbal agreement made with city employees several years ago.

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 Kentuckians who care about the future of Southern and Eastern Kentucky are responding to efforts to focus on the success of the region. 600 people have signed up for the Summit "Shaping our Appalachian region" or "SOAR". Governor  Beshear, Representative Hal Rogers, Senate President Robert Stivers, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced this plan last month. Registration remains open for anyone who wants to give their opinion.