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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Oneida man found in ditch, charged with DUI

Kenneth Bowling

Kenneth Bowling

Kenneth Bowling, age 20 of Oneida was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs/alcohol (first offense) according to a press release from the Manchester Police Department.
Sergeant Jeff Collett received information from a passerby of a vehicle in the ditch on Greenbriar road. Collett located a white 1998 Chevrolet

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Entrepreneurial SMARTS Training Begins in Clay

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Manchester is the first stop for Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED)’s Entrepreneurial SMARTS training course in 2015. Entrepreneurs and small business owners in Manchester and the surrounding communities are encouraged to register for the small business training course being offered January 22 and 29 and February 2 and 12 at the Clay County Cooperative Extension EXEL Building.

Participants receive a certificate recognizing their achievements and are eligible to apply for business startup or expansion funding from SKED’s loan funds. This nationally recognized course is valued at $250 per student. However, due to financial support through a grant from the ARC, combined with financial support from SKED, participants pay a mere $25 per person.

Entrepreneurial SMARTS is a four-session, 12-hour course designed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resource materials they need to get a new small business off the ground. This training also provides owners of existing small businesses the skills they need to become more successful and grow their businesses. To date, 368 aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have completed entrepreneurial SMARTS training in 29 sessions.

Graduates include owners of existing small businesses, folks working to open their own small business in the near future, entrepreneurs seeking some direction on the basics of starting and managing a small business, retirees, college students, employees of nonprofit organizations seeking education and training to more effectively assist their constituents and people who are unemployed and seeking an alternative to the traditional job market.

Anyone interested in learning about starting and successfully operating a small business is encouraged to participate. For information about entrepreneurship training, contact SKED (606) 677-6100. To register, visit: www.southeastkentucky.com and click on the Training link.

 

New head man for Tiger Football

Justin Combs with wife Tiffany and son Jace.

Justin Combs with wife Tiffany and son Jace.

Justin Combs was introduced Tuesday evening as the new Clay County High School football coach. According to a press release from Clay County School Superintend Amon Couch, “Combs is highly regarded as one of the rising stars in this region as assistant coach.”

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