Tuesday March 18, 2014

Kentucky State Police say 37-year-old David Ritchie of Blackey in Letcher County was shot to death on Boothill Road just after 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Investigators believe Ritchie got in an argument with two men, Milburn Glover and William Banks. That is when KSP say Ritchie allegedly assaulted Glover of Cornettsville, who fired one shot killing Ritchie. Glover was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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Officials say roads in one Eastern Kentucky county continue to become safer. Traffic officials say there is no magic trick for reducing accidents, but say it takes a combination of efforts between various agencies and the public. Due to one group's efforts, positive results are being seen.  For the second year in a row, officials say the number of traffic crashes is down in Pike County. On Monday, highway safety team members looked over the latest numbers and also discussed options for prosecuting after fatal accidents.
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Firefighters made an unusual discovery, while battling a fire at a Somerset home. The fire broke out Sunday, along Winding Ridge Drive. While there, firefighters say they found what appeared to be an indoor marijuana growing operation. Officials investigated and found 8 marijuana plants along with grow lights.  Deputies cited the man who lives there, 62 year old Roy Woodward, with cultivating marijuana. No one was hurt.
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The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of assisting school districts facing a mounting number of missed days due to the harsh winter. The measure would allow local school boards to submit revised calendars to the state education commissioner to adjust for lost instructional time. If school districts still can't make up all the lost time, school boards could request a waiver from the required 1,062 instructional hours in a school year. Some districts have missed more than 30 days due to snow and ice.
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A career fair will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 123 of the First Federal Center. High school students, college students and people throughout the community are invited. Local businesses, as well as regional employers have been invited. Application and resume assistance will be available. Job seekers need to bring their Social Security card, driver’s license and resume and dress appropriately for a possible interview.