LOCAL NEWS

Thursday March 13, 2014

In pleading guilty earlier this week to her role in the brutal slaying of her husband in June 2012, a Millstone woman will avoid the possibility of being sentenced to death, or to life in prison without the possibility of parole, if she follows through on her promise to testify against her lover and another friend who are also charged in the case. Stephanie Fleming, 32, must give a recorded sworn statement regarding the murder of Drad Fleming, a 34-yearold father of three, and testify in the separate trials set against her lover, 34-year-old James Maggard of Neon, and the third suspect, 26-year-old Austin Ison of Pert Creek near Whitesburg.
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The Las Peñas restaurants will soon expand into the City of Jenkins. Charles Caldwell, who owns and operates the Las Peñas in Whitesburg, made the announcement Monday at a meeting of the Jenkins City Council. Caldwell said the restaurant will be located in the city community center next to the new Jenkins Swimming Pool. Caldwell said he intends to become the first restaurant in Jenkins to serve alcohol. Jenkins residents voted to approve alcohol sales in certain restaurants about three years ago.
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A career fair will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College on Tuesday, March 18, 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. Partners in the event include the Hazard/ Perry County Chamber of Commerce, East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program . Local businesses, as well as regional employers have been invited. Application and resume assistance will be available.
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Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus wants the town’s citizens to contact the police department when they have a law enforcement issue rather than posting it on social media websites such as Facebook or Topix. Dingus said he recently learned of dog problems in the city because some residents had posted it on Internet sites. He told the Fleming- Neon City Council that he has been working to address the issue, but added that for faster results it would be much better if citizens contact the police department directly.
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A House committee has approved a bill that would forgive public schools up to 10 missed school days because of winter weather. Most state lawmakers were eager to approve the bill. They were concerned a longer school year would force students to take end-of-the-year tests in June, a time when students are used to being on vacation. The Lawrence County school district, for instance, has missed 32 school days this year because of weather, pushing its school year to June 12.
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A seminar on home- or building-invading insects will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 17 at the Letcher County Extension Office. Dr. Mike Potter and Dr. Lee Townsend from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology will talk about spiders, head lice, bed bugs and brown marmorated stinkbugs. Lunch will be provided. It is free and open to the public.