Clay County Murder Trial of Burns

June 6, 2017

When Kenneth Grubb appeared in court yesterday (June 5), he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Robert Burns. The victim’s 61-year-old body was found last month in a wooded area off Sol Hollow Road, which is in the Oneida area. In Ohio, Grubb was arrested a few weeks after the discovery of the body. Investigators have not revealed a motive for the murder. 

 

 

Teen Vandals in Letcher County

June 6, 2017

Two teens are suspected of being involved in several incidents involving vandalism on public property in Letcher County. Last week, vandals broke the glass windows of the Ermine Post Office and of several Letcher County High School buses. Deputies say that two juveniles, aged 13 and 17, were questioned about the damage. One of the children appeared to have injuries from broken glass. The minors informed the deputies that two adults might also have been involved. The cost of damage repair could be as much as four thousand dollars. 

 

 

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Governor

June 6, 2017

Kentucky Representative Darryl Owens filed an ethics complaint against Governor Matt Bevin because of the Governor’s personal house. The Governor bought his home in the Louisville-area for 1.6 million dollars in March; however, the issue is that the county valuation on the property is over 2.5 million. Bevin bought the home from Neil Ramsey, a donor to Bevin’s political campaigns, and Bevin later appointed Ramsey to the Kentucky Retirement Systems governing board. 

 

 

Bridge Name Unveiled in Harlan County

June 6, 2017

A bridge on Highway 119 in Cumberland now bears the name of a well-known leader in the Harlan County community, Reecie Stagnolia Junior. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, the former superintendent of Harlan Country Schools, and an original board member of the Kentucky Coal Miners Museum. Yesterday (June 5), the road sign displaying the new name of the bridge was unveiled in a ceremony. 

 

Free Initial Mining Training Sessions

June 6, 2017

The Kentucky Coal Academy is offering free initial mining training sessions this month at the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Harlan and Middlesboro. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration certify the instructor who teaches the class. The mining training starts June 7, and the electrical training gets underway beginning June 13. Contact the Kentucky Coal Academy for more information.