Monday February 10, 2014

A special meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court turned controversial late last week when Judge/ Executive Jim Ward accused District Two Magistrate Terry Adams of voting against bringing new jobs to Letcher County. At the same time, Ward declined to name the company that is interested to locating on county-owned property at Isom. The business makes wood pellets that can be mixed with coal for power plants. Ward said he is afraid the company would lose state-funded incentives it hopes to receive if it is named prematurely.
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Police say an active methamphetamine lab was found inside a Thornton mobile home last week. This makes the third time in as many weeks that the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department has come in contact with a residence where police have found methamphetamine precursors. The renter of the trailer, William Bentley, 38, of 79 Golden Rod Drive, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Police found eight meth precursors including Coleman fuel, Liquid Fire, sea salt and Drano.
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Eight horses died in a barn fire Sunday morning. Scott County fire officials say the barn burned to the ground about 6 a.m. the flames may have been sparked near the tack room where three things were plugged in.  the barn was just renovated and everything was up to code. Fire crews are still working to determine what started the fire. seven of the horses killed in the fire were thoroughbreds and the yearlings would've been sold in September.
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Police officers with the city of Jenkins are currently investigating the suspected theft of a heat pump late Friday evening from the New Freedom Worship Center in Letcher County.  Severed wire is all that remains of the pumping unit. Police say pieces of a ripped screen window and a pronounced footprint on the front door are evidence of the failed entry. Pastor Danny Quillen has been ministering at the church for 10 years. He was in a job training session when he heard the news.
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Six school districts in Kentucky have received a $40,000 grant for a pilot program to help find ways to cut costs. The initiative is designed to save school systems across the state millions of dollars. The Kentucky Association of School Administrators and the American Productivity and Quality Center have partnered to train staff on different techniques that can be used to enhance savings. The districts that received funding from the state Department of Education include Daviess, Boone, Garrard, Lee, Martin and Nelson counties.