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Feds examine Stumbo campaigns
REGION — Federal authorities confirmed this week that the boundaries of an ongoing investigation into vote fraud had been expanded to include every county in southeastern Kentucky, but they would neither confirm nor deny a report received by The Big Sandy News that a subpoena has been issued for campaign records filed by Floyd County State Rep.
KSP opens probe of Paintsville PD
PAINTSVILLE — Investigators are “just getting started” in their probe into the disappearance of thousands of dollars in cash and unspecified items from the city police’s evidence room.
Fannin stakes claim to MAC jobs
Ordinance change stresses necessity, board unaware
PRESTONSBURG — Failing in a bid to take control of Prestonsburg’s tourism commission, Mayor Jerry Fannin apparently now has his eye on the Mountain Arts Center.

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Pit Stop
The Falls Creek Pavilion in Louisa was the first stop in a 100-mile round trip for about 60 motorcyclists Sunday who participated in a special segment of Martin County’s Relay for Life.
Feud erupts over tax plan
INEZ — The Martin County Fiscal Court will vote Monday on whether to adopt a business and occupational tax, which would require anyone working in Martin County to pay one percent of their gross earnings to the county and for businesses to pay one percent of their profits.
Salyersville cop gets 30 days
SALYERSVILLE — Council placed a Salyersville city police officer on notice Monday night to provide “papers in writing” within 30 days to prove that he can legally serve on the police force.

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Stayin' Cool
SWIMMERS took advantage of opening day at the Paintsville City Pool Monday, despite below-normal temperatures.
Plea deal leaves one for trial
Remaining Magoffin suspect in kidnapping case faces more ‘disturbing’ counts
SALYERSVILLE — A third Magoffin County man charged in connection with the July 10 kidnapping of five juveniles entered a guilty plea in circuit court last week— leaving one suspect, who was accused of the more “disturbing” offenses, to stand trial alone.
Stab victim runs from police
EAST POINT — An early morning manhunt Saturday for a Johnson County stabbing victim wasn’t all for naught even though the victim refused medical attention or to cooperate with police.

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Relay for Life
Veterans salute a flag among luminaries placed for the Relay for Life in Martin County.
Police pursuit ends in Dewey, 1 dead
PRESTONSBURG — Kentucky State Police are reconstructing the events leading up to the death of a Johnson County man whose car plunged into Dewey Lake early Sunday just moments after police called off a car pursuit of the man.
Water board probes missing money claim
INEZ — Officials would neither confirm nor deny reports this week that $1,000 is missing from the Martin County water plant. ...subscribers>>
AEP customers to see bill increase
LOUISA — Construction is complete of a $170 million pollution-reduction project at American Electric Power’s Big Sandy Plant near Louisa, and customers will start to see a surcharge on their July bill to cover the costs.
Coal severance funds available
PAINTSVILLE — Johnson County Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel announced Tuesday that $35,000 in funding from the county’s coal severance tax reserves would be available soon for sharing among 10 of the counties 11 volunteer fire departments.
One killed in Pike Co. crash
JOHNS CREEK — A Pike County sanitation department worker was killed Thursday afternoon while collecting garbage.

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Dawgs take 16th Region
GRAYSON — Lawrence County Bulldog head coach Randy Keeton made a visit to the pitcher’s mound during the seventh inning of Friday’s 16th Region Tournament championship.

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Rebels capture first-ever title
PAINTSVILLE — The Allen Central Runnin’ Rebels defeated the Johnson Central Golden Eagles 5-2 to capture their first-ever 15th Region baseball title at the Paul G.

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Castle agrees to terms with Yankees
WITTENSVILLE — A trembling hand signed the name "Heath Castle" to a minor league baseball contract with the New York Yankees Friday as the Johnson Central alum decided to forego his senior season at the University of Kentucky for a shot at the big leagues. ...subscribers>>

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Pollard to face stiff competition in defense of crown
PAINTSVILLE—The 63rd Paintsville Invitational Golf Tournament will get underway this Friday morning with 33 professionals set to tee off.

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Rebels end Cards' run
PAINTSVILLE — The Allen Central Runnin’ Rebels upset the Sheldon Clark Cardinals 4-3 Friday afternoon at Paul G.
Lady Dawg season ends in semi
CANNONSBURG — Lawrence County’s late-season run fell short in the 16th Region softball tournament as eventual champion Russell topped the Lady Bulldogs 10-0.

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Eagles take Pikeville in semi
PAINTSVILLE — After defeating the Pike County Central Hawks in the first round of the 15th Region Tournament, the Johnson Central Golden Eagles set their sights on the other team from Pikeville — the Pikeville Panthers — hoping to move into the championship game. ...subscribers>>
Caudill three-run homer highlights win over Rowan
GRAYSON — Rowan County was thought by some to be a possible challenge for Lawrence County in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals.
Rantings from the Road
Mo knows baseball
Sports Commentary
Even before Allen Central put the first cleat into Paul G.
special reports
Cold Case Files-Part 1
Getting Away with Murder
Seven cases go unsolved, an eighth is opened, all in a part of the world where murder is a rarity. ...subscribers>>
Cold Case Files-Part 2
Getting Away with Murder
Execution-style slaying in '79 baffles police

Editor's note:This is the second in a continuing series of articles on unsolved murders in the Big Sandy area.
Cold Case Files-Part 3
Blood Money

Third in a series

A paid 'assassin' takes the money but reneges on the murder-for-hire contract.
Cold Case Files-Part 4
Getting Away with Murder
Who murdered 'Mousie' Wells?

4th in a series

Kentucky State Police have never officially gone on record to identify the 1979 suspicious drowning of a Johnson County man as a homicide, but there's no question James Phillip "Mousie" Wells was killed by the hands of a cold-blooded murderer.
Cold Case Files-Part 5
Getting Away with Murder
Death by declaration

5th in a series

Missing for more than a decade, Martin County man is officially 'dead'

INEZ—More than a decade after a Martin County man disappeared without a trace from a Paintsville nursing home, his disappearance remains just as much of a mystery today as it did in 1990.
Cold Case Files-Part 6
Getting Away with Murder
Like father, like son

6th in a series

Herbert "Pete" Witten and his son Joel were shot in 1998 by someone who knew them and with their own gun, police suspect

STAVES BRANCH — An investigation into the October 1998 slayings of a Johnson County author and his son mirrors the all-too common outcome of probes into other unsolved murders in the Big Sandy region.
Cold Case Files-Part 7
Getting Away with Murder
Evans still missing his day in court

7th in a series

LOVELY –– Germer Evans' bruised and badly beaten body was found in his Martin County home in 1986.
Cold Case Files-Part 8
Getting Away with Murder
See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil

8th in a series

Two dozen witnesses, no arrests in '96 murder

GREENTOWN — More than five years after Ronnie Tackett was gunned down in cold blood in front of nearly two dozen witnesses neither the shooter nor a motive for the slaying has been identified by investigators.
Cold Case Files-Part 9
Getting Away with Murder
Cold case probes to be business as usual

Editor's note: This is the last of a series of stories profiling unsolved murders in the Big Sandy region.
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Death notices
Otis Lee "Buddy" Collins
FLOYD COUNTY — Otis Lee “Buddy” Collins, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, June 7, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg.
Winnie C. Dingus
FLOYD COUNTY — Winnie C Dingus, 86, of Martin, died Sunday, June 8, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.
Henry T. "Flying Eagle" Layne
FLOYD COUNTY — Henry T “Flying Eagle” Layne, 83, of Dinwood, died Thursday, June 5, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.
William Marion Mollett
MARTIN COUNTY—William Marion Mollett, 82, of Tomahawk, died Monday, June 9, at his residence.
Lola "Pat" Newsome
FLOYD COUNTY — Lola “Pat” Newsome, 52, of Teaberry, died Sunday, June 8, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.
Jobie Puckett
FLOYD COUNTY — Jobie Puckett, 88, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, June 8, at his residence.
Vanie Evelyn Sellards
FLOYD COUNTY — Vanie Evelyn Sellards, 80, of Allen, died Thursday, June 5, at her residence.
Teresa Lynn Thacker
FLOYD COUNTY — Teresa Lynn Thacker, 36, of Harold, died Friday, June 6, at her residence.
Queenie P. Thornsberry
KNOTT COUNTY — Queenie P Thornsberry, 71, of Kite, died Friday, June 6, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Bill Little Jr.
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Bill Little Jr, 86, of Louisa, died Sunday, June 8, at J J Jordan Geriatric Center.
Harry Russell Salyer
JOHNSON COUNTY — Harry Russell Salyer, 80, of Paintsville, died Friday, June 6, at his residence.
Billie Ruth Wilcox
FLOYD COUNTY — Billie Ruth Wilcox, 71, of Auxier, died Sunday, June 8, at her residence.
Mark Aaron Maynard
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Mark Aaron Maynard, infant son of Jesse and Sharline Hannah Maynard of Louisa, died June 7, at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa.
John Nolan Webb
LAWRENCE COUNTY — John Nolan Webb, 40, of Louisa, died Sunday, June 8.
Eulah Curtis
JOHNSON COUNTY — Eulah Curtis, 87, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, June 8.
Bobby Gene Litton
JOHNSON COUNTY — Bobby Gene Litton, 37, of Stambaugh, died Sunday, June 8, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg.
Adrian Bentley Wells
OHIO — Adrian Bentley Wells, 74, of Grove City, Ohio, died Saturday, June 7, at Doctors Hospital West.
Coffee Break
Our apologies to Williams ... we take it back
Okay, we officially take back everything bad we’ve ever said about state GOP chairwoman Ellen Williams, including our suggestion that she resign.
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Property transfers
Lands transfers filed with county court clerks across the Big Sandy region....tell me more>
Suits Filed
Lawsuits filed with circuit court clerks across the Big Sandy region....tell me more>
Marriage licenses
Floyd County Eddie T.
District Court dispositions
Johnson County June 5 docket Judge John “Kevin” Holbrook Anthony Scott Frantz: speeding 15 mph over limit - guilty, $140.
'Bruce Almighty' a nice feel-good film for Carrey
Jim Carrey is, arguably, the most popular comedian of his generation....tell me more>
Kentucky Opry opens summer season Saturday
PRESTONSBURG – The Kentucky Opry Summer Season will officially open on Saturday , June 14, at 8 p.
BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of seeing the best in people, which helps encourage them to live up to your perceptions.
Lawrence trials settled, postponed
LOUISA — None of the eight trials set to begin in Lawrence County this week took place, as some were continued and others ended before they started with plea bargains. ...subscribers>>
Paintsville woman shot in back of neck
EAST POINT — A Paintsville woman shot one time in the back of the neck on Sunday, allegedly by her ex-husband, was treated and released from Highlands Regional Medical Center.

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Louisa woman upset for find marker broken, burned
LOUISA — A Louisa woman decided enough was enough when decorating the grave of a loved one became a case of “here today gone tomorrow.
Stumbo says he'll try to fix vote-hauling laws
PRESTONSBURG — State Representative Greg Stumbo, D-Floyd, the Democrat’s nominee for attorney general in the fall, says he will propose changes to improve the state’s vote hauling laws.
Second round of bids opened for stalled sewer project
SALYERSVILLE — A stalled sewer project in Royalton was expected to make some headway Tuesday with Salyersville City Council’s second bid opening on the project.
Magoffin to host July 4 festival
SALYERSVILLE — This year’s Independence Day celebration will actually be a two-day affair in Salyersville, the city’s Main Street Renaissance Committee has proclaimed.
Decision to refinance bonds put off
PAINTSVILLE — The Paintsville Utilities Commission last week put off a decision on whether to refinance two bonds. ...subscribers>>
PHS band will not play on
PAINTSVILLE — While seventy-six trombones lead the big parade, what was once known as the Paintsville High School Marching Showmen will have to sit on the sidelines and become part of the school’s history.
Following the leader gets us nowhere
Paul Patton will be vacating the Governor’s Mansion in almost exactly six months, but as far as we can tell he’s already long gone.
Lets hold our heads up instead of our hands out
We don’t want to start sounding like a broken record, but this federal investigation into alleged election fraud is beginning to grow legs.

Editorial cartoons
JCMS Future Problem Solving Team 2nd in International Competition
Johnson County Middle School's FPS team finished second in the world, but first in America at the International Future Problem Solving Conference at the University of Connecticut, held June 5 - 8....tell me more>
Please, buckle up
June is National Safety Month.
Lawrence church raises more than $3,500 for March of Dimes
LOUISA — Smokey Valley Church and youth group participated in the annual March of Dimes Walk America on May 17 at Yatesville Lake.
Yatesville jubilee June 21
by Maureen Dosier| Lawrence County Arts Council The Lawrence County Arts Council is finalizing preparations for the third annual Yatesville Lake Family Jubilee.
Lawrence Democrat women host district meet
LOUISA — The Lawrence County Democrat Woman’s Club hosted a Fifth District meeting/luncheon May 15 at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville.
Service News
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McCoy chosen as model for Rose Tree
CEREDO, W Va — The Rose Tree Fashion Board of Ceredo, W.

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Ashley Elizabeth Butler and James Matthew See will wed Saturday, July 5, at 6:30 p.
Appalachian Regaional
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