Smith Found Guilty on All Charges

Verdict returned after weeklong trial

Terry R. Smith

Terry R. Smith

Gerry Smith

Gerry Smith

A sentencing date of May 5 was set after a federal jury found Horse Creek resident Terry R. Smith guilty on all charges following a weeklong trial at London before Judge Karen K. Caldwell. Gerry Smith was also found guilty of being part of a major drug ring. Terry Smith was found guilty on the same charge and was also guilty of providing drugs that caused the death of Patty Smallwood and possession firearms by a convicted felon.

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Board of Education to search for new superintendent

$1 million in budget cuts being proposed

At the regularly scheduled work session on Monday night the Clay County Board of Education voted to form a screening committee and accept applications for the position of Superintendent of Clay County Schools for the term to begin July 1, 2015 at the expiration of the current Superintendent’s contract.  

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Sweet Scam Turns Sour

Mary Messer

Mary Messer

A Manchester woman was arrested after trying to duplicate a common scam with a sweet twist that turned sour. A common scam is to use SNAP to purchase soda and then re-selling it below wholesale to local grocery stores.

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Former Detention Center Employee Faces 18 Counts of Theft

Jessie David Hobbs

Jessie David Hobbs

A former Clay County Detention Center employee faces 18 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500 after an investigation located discrepancies of more than $20,000 in the commissary account according to a Manchester Police Department (MPD) press release.

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Corum named new City Attorney

New City Attorney Jenna Corum was given the oath of office by city clerk Mamie Smith.

New City Attorney Jenna Corum was given the oath of office by city clerk Mamie Smith.

The first regular Manchester City Council meeting of 2015 began with the approval and swearing in of new City Attorney Jenna Corum. She was given the oath of office by city clerk Mamie Smith.

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Homeless to be Counted

Clay County will be part of the K-Count, a statewide count of homeless Kentuckians of all ages who are living in shelters, on the streets, and other places not meant for human habitation, is being coordinated by Kentucky Housing Corporation [KHC].

The county will begin at midnight on Wednesday January 28, 2015, until sunrise on Thursday, January 29, 2015, local time.

The K-Count is a critical source of data on the number and characteristics of people who are homeless in Kentucky. The count helps to obtain data on the estimated size and scope of the homeless population on any given day in the Commonwealth. This information collected includes demographics, household size, and disabilities to guide grant applicants, Consolidated Plan jurisdictions, and other local stakeholders in future
planning and policy making. The count allows KHC and partners to assess the needs of homeless Kentuckians and look for additional resources while measuring the progress and performance of current homeless programs and services.

The K—Count specifically collects information on unsheltered homeless to determine how many persons are sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation. This is the only time this is done throughout the year and a vast amount of information is collected on this population. This data has become increasingly important as a measure of our local and statewide progress related to preventing and ending homelessness.

To be paired with a local coordinator for the count, contact Kentucky Housing Corporation‘: Polly Lloyd toll—free in Kentucky at 800-633-8896 or 502-564-7630, extension 274; TTV 711; or email: floydgwkyhousingorg. You may also visit Kentucky Housing’s website, www,kyhousing.org.

Clay UNITE Prevention Program a Model of Success

Clay County’s Operation UNITE prevention programs held a banquet at Greenbriar Presbyterian Church featuring Tom Vicini, Operation Unite Region Two Coalition Coordinator. He told the large crowd that of the thirty-two counties in the coalition five of best projects are going on in Clay County. He thanked the church for an outstanding meal and told the youth in attendance he wanted more of them involved in decision making.

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Three charged with stealing liquor while cooking meth

Sandra Miller

Sandra Miller

Todd Ruth

Todd Ruth

Robert Young

Robert Young

An incident that occurred in Clay County last week has gained statewide attention. A Perry County woman and two Clay County men were in Clay District Court for an arraignment Tuesday morning on charges of stealing a bottle of liquor while cooking meth in their vehicle.

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Former Principal Shot During Home Invasion

Marvin Leuschke was shot in his Tampa (FL) home. (Photo by Grayson Kamm, WTSP)

Marvin Leuschke was shot in his Tampa (FL) home. (Photo by Grayson Kamm, WTSP)

A former Oneida Baptist principal now living in Tampa (FL) is recovering after he was shot in the stomach during a home invasion last week according to TV station WTSP.

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Woman charged in death of husband

Burkhart Amy Lynn age 32 of Manchester criminal abuse (first degree) KSP Baxter 1 14 15

UPDATE – Amy Burkhart was charged with murder by the Kentucky State Police Tuesday night.

A Sextons Creek woman was in Clay District court Monday for an arraignment after she was charged with criminal abuse by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) in the death of her husband. Charles Burkhart Jr., 32, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

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