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Audit shows violations
Report says Fannin, city council broke laws by taking control of tourism commission
PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin and city council members violated numerous state laws when they took control of the city tourism commission's funds and power to fire its executive director in April was given to Fannin. ...subscribers>>

Petition seeks pardon for Isaac
LOUISA — A petition drive seeking a pardon for a former Lawrence County pastor has made it's way to the governor's office, but there has been no official comment on whether it will be granted. ...subscribers>>
CATS scores show steady gains
BIG SANDY REGION — October not only brings with it cooler temperatures and community festivals, but also the results of the previous year's Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS). ...subscribers>>
Former utilities employee details harassment
Claims snakes were thrown at her
PAINTSVILLE — A former female employee who won a $10,000 settlement from Paintsville Utilities for sexual harassment claims the abuse was "so hostile" that snakes were brought in on several occasions and slung at her. ...subscribers>>

Residents say business exceed property line
LOVELY — Several residents of Lovely fear that a business owner is illegally infringing upon their property, and they want something done about it. ...subscribers>>

Apple Days photo gallery
Another Apple Festival has come and gone for Johnson County. Here is a photo gallery of this year's activities. ...subscribers>>
Robbery suspects indicted
PRESTONSBURG — An Ohio pair was indicted Sept. 30 by a Floyd County Grand Jury on charges relating to the Aug. ...subscribers>>
Murder suspect to be arraigned
LOUISA — A Blaine man indicted last month on murder charges will appear in Lawrence Circuit Court Friday. ...subscribers>>

Lovely library closes its doors
LOVELY – Due to what is reportedly a lack of funds and patrons, the Rufus Reed Library in Lovely has shut its doors. ...subscribers>>

Campaign trail
Fletcher stops in Paintsville
Ernie Fletcher, the Republican candidate for governor, speaks during a campaign stop in Paintsville Monday. ...subscribers>>
11-year-old boy accidentally shot
BOONS CAMP — An 11-year-old boy is reportedly in good condition after being shot in the head Sunday. ...subscribers>>
Arrests on rise in Louisa
LOUISA — Arrests in Louisa have been on the rise so far this year according to Louisa Police Chief K. ...subscribers>>
Four in Floyd indicted on charges involving children
PRESTONSBURG — Four people were indicted last week by a Floyd County Grand Jury in separate cases ranging from first-degree rape, incest, sodomy and abuse — all involving children. ...subscribers>>

Tigers keep barrel with Apple Bowl win
Paintsville 20, Johnson Central 13
PAINTSVILLE — The Paintsville Tigers defeated the Johnson Central Golden Eagles 20-13 Thursday night in the 30th Annual Apple Bowl at the Johnson Central football field. ...subscribers>>
Dawgs dismantle Vikings in 50-0 rout
MOREHEAD — Lawrence County's performance against Rowan County last Thursday was nothing short of dominating. ...subscribers>>

Cards scalp Warriors, 67-20
BLACKLOG — Sheldon Clark quarterback Nathan Moore raced for a 23-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage to set the tone for the rest of the night as the Cardinals scalped the visiting East Ridge Warriors 67-20 Friday to move to 4-2 on the season and remain undefeated in district play. ...subscribers>>
Big play Blackcats ease by Magoffin
PRESTONSBURG — With a major second-quarter explosion, Prestonsburg broke open a close contest just before halftime and went on to blow Magoffin County away in district high school football action here Friday night. ...subscribers>>
Little has record night for South Floyd
Running back rushes for 403 yards
HI HAT — With senior fullback Brandon Little's career night leading the way, South Floyd enjoyed one for the record books against district foe Jenkins here Friday night. ...subscribers>>

Homecoming Queen
Sheldon Clark Homecoming Queen Tabitha Maynard, middle with her court Christina Bowen and Misty Maynard, Thursday night at halftime of the Cards' win over East Ridge. ...subscribers>>

Lady Rebels knock off Betsy Layne
53rd District play opens
EASTERN — The Allen Central Lady Rebels defeated the Betsy Layne Lady Cats 2-1 Monday night in the first round of the 53rd District Volleyball Tournament at the J. ...subscribers>>
Sheldon Clark eliminates Lady Eagles
PAINTSVILLE — With both Sheldon Clark and Johnson Central suffering losses in the first round of the 52nd District Volleyball Tournament, one squad stayed alive and another went home when they met each other Monday in the loser's bracket. ...subscribers>>
Runnin' Rebs drop to 1-6 with loss to Hazard
EASTERN — Allen Central's Robert Vanderpool took the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, but it would be the only score for the Runnin' Rebels until the fourth quarter as the Hazard Bulldogs scored early and often to bite Allen Central 61-20 Friday at Eastern. ...subscribers>>
Lady Tigers advance past Lady Eagles
PAINTSVILLE — Desiree Haney and Savannah Moore scored the last two points of a three-game set as coach Jo Evelyn Newman's Paintsville Lady Tigers advanced past coach Debbie McCool's Johnson Central Lady Eagles 2-1 in Monday's 52nd District Volleyball Tournament at the JCHS Fieldhouse. ...subscribers>>
Lady Hornets sweep Sheldon Clark
PAINTSVILLE — Coach Neil West's Magoffin County Lady Hornets advanced to the semi-final round of the 52nd District volleyball tournament Monday night as they swept coach Bobby Allen's Sheldon Clark Lady Cards 2-0 in straight matches at the Johnson Central Fieldhouse. ...subscribers>>

Golf tourney tees off
JIM BOYD of Lawrence County, right, chatted with Georgetown College coach Happy Osborne prior to teeing off Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Jim Reid/Bob Davis Golf Tournament at Canewood Golf Club near Georgetown. Osborne holds the annual event as a fundraiser for his Tiger basketball team. Reid, who died of cancer in 1998, and Davis are the two most winningest coaches in Georgetown basketball history. ...subscribers>>
South Floyd opens post season with win
EASTERN — Fast starting South Floyd had little trouble getting past Prestonsburg in the first round of the 53rd District Volleyball Tournament Monday at Allen Central. ...subscribers>>

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Are you ready for some football?
Special section
Football season is here with most games kicking off Friday night at schools across the region. ...subscribers>>
Bad weather mars Half Mountain schedule
ROYALTON — Half Mountain Speedway once again fell victim to potential bad weather conditions Oct. ...subscribers>>
special reports

Liquor Inc.
Is it BIG business, BAD business or BOTH?
Part 1

Opponents of legal alcohol sales say they lead to increases in DUIs and other alcohol-related crimes.

Reversal of fortune series
Is legalized gambling an option for ailing economy?
Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part story series on the economic pros and cons expanded gambling might present to Eastern Kentucky. ...subscribers>>
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
Charles Edward Blevins
FLOYD COUNTY — Charles Edward Blevins, 80, of Weeksbury, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital....tell me more>
Ronnie Lee Hackworth
FLOYD COUNTY — Ronnie Lee Hackworth, 47, of Auxier, died Monday, Oct. 6, at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg....tell me more>
Charlie Hamilton
FLOYD COUNTY — Charlie Hamilton, 83, of Harold, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital....tell me more>
Gloria Dale Hammonds
MARTIN COUNTY — Gloria Dale Hammonds, 61, of Lovely, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at Cabell Huntington Hospital....tell me more>
Darcus Key
FLOYD COUNTY — Darcus Key, 81, of Allen, died Thursday, Oct. 2....tell me more>
Susie Kimbler
FLOYD COUNTY — Susie Kimbler, 94, of Harold, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital....tell me more>
Harold Lykins
KENTUCKY — Harold Gene Lykins, 56, of Glencoe, died Sept. 25 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Edgewood....tell me more>
Alice Moore Ousley
FLOYD COUNTY — Alice Moore Ousley, 87, of Hippo, died Friday, Oct. 3, at her residence....tell me more>
Rilda Sipps
FLOYD COUNTY — Rilda Sipps, 76, of Cattletsburg, formerly of Price, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland....tell me more>
Opal Spaulding
MARTIN COUNTY — Opal Spaulding, 86, of Debord, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at her son's residence....tell me more>
Bobby Turner
KNOTT COUNTY — Bobby Turner, 65, of Sassafras, died Friday, Oct. 3, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center....tell me more>
Frank Tussey
FLOYD COUNTY — Frank Tussey, 78, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland, following an extended illness....tell me more>
Neil Franklin Ward
FLOYD COUNTY — Neil Franklin Ward, 49, of Martin, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin....tell me more>
Shelby Watts
KNOTT COUNTY — Shelby Watts, 67, of Sparta, Tenn., formerly of Clearcreek, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at his residence....tell me more>
Dr. Olen Donald Amerson
JOHNSON COUNTY — Dr. Olen Donald Amerson M.D., 60, of Hager Hill, died Thursday, Sept. 25, at his residence....tell me more>
Opal Jordan Littrell
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Opal Jordan Littrell, 88, of Louisa, died Thursday, Oct. 2....tell me more>
Lorie Leanne Tackett
JOHNSON COUNTY — Lorie Leanne Tackett, 28, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at her residence....tell me more>
John Carson Jenkins
JOHNSON COUNTY — John Carson Jenkins,76, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, Oct. 5, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville....tell me more>
Margaret Jewell Adams Vanhoose
JOHNSON COUNTY — Margaret Jewell Adams Vanhoose, 73, of Sitka, died Thursday, Oct. 2, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville....tell me more>
Francis Milton Picklesimer
JOHNSON COUNTY — Francis Milton Picklesimer, 88, of Flat Gap, died Friday, Oct. 3, at his residence....tell me more>
Lillie Ramey Butcher
JOHNSON COUNTY — Lillie Ramey Butcher, 89, of Williamsport, died Friday, Oct. 3, at her residence....tell me more>
Mary Francis Craft Arnett
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Mary Francis Craft Arnett, 86, of Salyersville, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville....tell me more>
Ollie Lovely Howard
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Ollie Lovely Howard, 83, of Salyersville, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at the West Liberty Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness....tell me more>
Richard A. Bromley
WEST VIRGINIA — Richard A. Bromley, 96. of Huntington, W.Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Mariner Health Care Center....tell me more>
Sandy Wilks Sams
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Sandy Wilks Sams, 24, of Owenton, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Oct. 5....tell me more>
Gloves off in governor's race
Politics is heating up in Kentucky. Finally.

For a while there, it seemed that all was peace and quiet in the governor's race, what with Ben Chandler and Ernie Fletcher spending most of their time espousing programs to save the commonwealth from a fate worse than death.
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Newsome hearing set
PIKEVILLE — A hearing is set for 11 a.m. Thursday in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to hear arguments why Knott County Judge-Executive Donnie Newsome and campaign worker Willard Smith should not be jailed while awaiting sentencing on conspiracy and vote-buying convictions. ...subscribers>>
District Court Dispositions
Floyd County

Sept. 26 docket

Judge Eric D. Hall

Freddie Joe Conn: DUI alcohol/drugs (3rd)—guilty, $880.
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Property transfers
Floyd County

To Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways from Virgil and Ada Hamilton.
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Suits filed
Floyd County

Rebecca Hall vs. Rodney L. Hall; petition for dissolution of marriage.
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Marriage licenses
Floyd County

Karrie Allison Lovins, 22, of Langley, and Nicky Joe Tackett, 20, of Melvin.
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New Drivers
Johnson County

Jason R. Brown of Lowmansville; Tyler A. VanHoose of Paintsville; Matthew A.
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Johnson County 911 report
Monday, Sept. 29

9:10 a.m.: Caller from State Highway Dept. requested officer in reference to finding wallet with marijuana in it at the bridge before Powell Addition turn off.
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Alias producers right not to join Sydney and Vaughn
Alias, ABC's critical hit, had several nominations for an Emmy, but was unable to convert on any of them....tell me more>
BORN THIS WEEK: Your honesty not only helps you make decisions for yourself, but also helps others find the right choices for themselves....tell me more>
Last suspect in vote fraud pleads
PIKEVILLE — The last Knott Countian awaiting trial on vote-buying charges pleaded guilty Monday in U. ...subscribers>>
Missing school board minutes found
INEZ — Minutes of a meeting in which Landon Preece was selected as principal of Inez Middle School have finally been found, but questions still linger concerning his selection. ...subscribers>>
New allegations surface in vote buying case
PIKEVILLE — New allegations that some witnesses scheduled to testify in a federal vote-buying trial were threatened surfaced Monday in U. ...subscribers>>
Promoting Unity
FLOYD COUNTY and Prestonsburg city officials have proclaimed the month of October as the National Day of Unity through the city and county to encourage residents, agencies and businesses to become more involved in their communities. Tammy Jervis, Sherry Bruckner and Linda Hutchinson, with the Floyd County Community Council on Domestic Violence are pictured with Judge-Executive Paul Hunt Thompson and Mayor Jerry Fannin as the two sign the proclamations. BSN photo/Susan Allen ...subscribers>>
Jailer, school board races on ballot in Martin
INEZ — Unexpired terms for jailer and a school board seat will be on Martin County's ballot for the Nov. ...subscribers>>
Address mix up causing tax troubles
LOUISA — Tax bills being returned has Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts warning residents that they should make sure their addresses have been changed to the new 911 address. ...subscribers>>
Woman claims jewelry stolen from home
INEZ — A woman who allowed a female and two of her sisters to wear her clothes alleges they robbed her Sept. ...subscribers>>
19-year-old asks to be arrested
TOMAHAWK — A 19-year-old woman talked a Martin County sheriff's deputy into arresting her Friday afternoon, authorities said. ...subscribers>>
Kentucky's unemployment rate plummets
Magoffin records highest rate
FRANKFORT — Kentucky's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5. ...subscribers>>
Pot burn
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF Garmon Preece and Deputy Larry Workman burned two large marijuana plants Friday, Oct. 3, that had been confiscated from the home of Danny Speers of Tomahawk on Oct. 1. BSN photo/Lilly Adkins. Click for picture ...subscribers>>
Gas bills expected to be higher this year
FRANKFORT — Kentucky natural gas consumers should expect bills this fall that are higher than at the same time last year, the Kentucky Public Service Commission says. ...subscribers>>
Lawrence plans events for fire safety week
LOUISA — It's that time of year again when the Louisa Fire Department talks to Lawrence County students about fire prevention. ...subscribers>>
More Medicaid data available online
FRANKFORT — Kentucky's Medicaid Program is making more patient information available to health care providers with the help of Internet-based technology. ...subscribers>>
PRIDE is money well spent
Driving through Blaine the other night, there was a sight that caught our eye. ...subscribers>>
Minute men, or women, didn't take job seriously
Was Landon Preece illegally hired as the principal of Inez Middle School?

That question apparently surfaced in the Office of Education Accountability's investigation of the Martin County School District, but, until recently, minutes of the meeting in which the IMS site-based council selected Preece were missing, posing a problem not only for investigators but for taxpayers of Martin County.

Editorial cartoon
A list of things that Democrats believe
Guest commentary
By Rich Lowry

A presidential primary is a way for a political party to make up its mind.

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Polish Philharmonic Resovia opens concert series
PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Concert Association opens the 2003-04 concert season on Thursday, Oct....tell me more>
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How to avoid aisle rage
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Extension News
by John E. Sparks

Lawrence County Extension Agent for Agriculture/Natural Resources

Late fall and early winter are the best times to fertilize landscapes with mixed plantings of grass and woody plants.
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Service news
ARLA MAY and John Eskridge of Van Lear announce the graduation of their son, William Otto Blankenship, from the Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill....tell me more>
Arts council sponsors contest
by Maureen Dosier | Lawrence County Arts Council

Attention all students, the Lawrence County Arts council (LCAC) and the Big Sandy Coffee Shop are sponsoring a Pumpkin Art Contest.
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BSN reunions
Webbville School

The Webbville School held its annual reunion Sunday, Sept.
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MICHELLE LEE MARTIN and Jason Lycans were united in marriage Saturday, Aug. 16, at Yatesville Lake State Park, Louisa, with Judge-Executive Phillip Carter officiating. The bride is a daughter of James D. Martin of Blaine and Donna Martin of Louisa. The groom is a son of Reuben and Donna Lycans of Louisa....tell me more>

Anniversary celebrated
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED: Paul Gene and Emily Price of Ulysses celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept....tell me more>
Anniversary celebrated
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED: Paul Gene and Emily Price of Ulysses celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept....tell me more>
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Frank and Anne Kokocinski of Syracuse, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, MaryAnn C. Kokocinski, to Michael L. Bowlin, son of John R. and Joyce Bowlin of Sitka....tell me more>
LEANDER — Terry and Shari Caudill of Leander and Ernest and Penny Marsilett of East Point announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Miranda Gail Caudill, to Adam Bradley Meek, son of Ronald and Connie Meek of Boons Camp....tell me more>
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