Smith charged with burglary of Paces Creek Elementary

John Wayne Smith was arrested at Manchester Memorial Hospital for causing a disturbance and trying to fight personnel. (Photo by Jason Combs)

John Wayne Smith was arrested at Manchester Memorial Hospital for causing a disturbance and trying to fight personnel. (Photo by Jason Combs)

A Manchester man has been arrested following an investigation into a burglary at Paces Creek Elementary School. The investigation began when Clay County Board of Education security noticed an individual at the school on a surveillance video.

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Hensley Celebrates National Agriculture Day

Margaret Hensley reads to second graders at Burning Springs Elementary School.

Margaret Hensley reads to second graders at Burning Springs Elementary School.

Margaret Hensley, Women’s chair for Clay County Farm Bureau joined over 50 volunteers across the state to spread the importance of agriculture to our youth. This program is designed to help them understand the importance of how agriculture affects their everyday life.

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Mystery Skull

What appears to be a human skull was found in Clay County Monday and has been sent to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office. Local law enforcement authorities are investigating after firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service found the possible human remains on Ephram Creek Road after fighting a forest fire, according to Clay County Coroner…

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Hughes Hearing Rescheduled for Friday in Williamsburg

Dwight Hughs

Dwight Hughs

A second pretrial conference in the murder case against Dwight Douglas Hughes, age 61 of Fogertown is scheduled for Friday (March 27) in Whitley County before Judge Paul Winchester beginning at 10 AM. This conference was originally scheduled for February 20 but canceled due to weather.

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Burglary, Drug Cases Scheduled for Arraignment

Burglary, Drug and DUI cases as scheduled for arraignment in Clay Circuit Court Monday April 6.
Tabitha Lovins, age 28 was charged in a Clay County Grand Jury indictment for: possession of controlled substance (first degree). According to the indictment on July 4 (2014) she unlawfully possessed methamphetamine (schedule II controlled substance and narcotic drug).

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Drug Deaths Drop Dramatically

Clay County Coroner Danny Finley presented his fourth annual report during the March Fiscal Court meeting.

Clay County Coroner Danny Finley presented his fourth annual report during the March Fiscal Court meeting.

Clay County Coroner Danny Finley presented his fourth annual report during the March Fiscal Court meeting. Finley reported the top five drugs discovered in blood screens had changed and the total number of cases dropped dramatically (25 overall).

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900 Clay workers leave the labor force

900 Clay County workers left the labor force from December till January according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. In December 6,148 people were in the current labor force compared to only 5,248 in January. The total of county residents who were employed dropped by 961 from 5,656 to 4,695. Statewide the labor force dropped by 15,680 and the number of employed residents dropped by 34,912.

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Verbal altercation leads to shooting

Law officials discuss the collection of evidence after a shooting near Fall Rock Thursday evening. (left to right) Clay County Deputies Jeremy Gabbard, Taye Napier, Vehicle Enforcement officer Randy Radar, Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson and Detective Chris Curry.

Law officials discuss the collection of evidence after a shooting near Fall Rock Thursday evening. (left to right) Clay County Deputies Jeremy Gabbard, Taye Napier, Vehicle Enforcement officer Randy Radar, Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson and Detective Chris Curry.

Michael Couch

Michael Couch

One man is facing assault charges and another is recovering from gunshot wounds after a verbal altercation led to violence. Michael Couch and Jason Cottongim got into an argument near Fall Rock Thursday afternoon that ended with Couch in jail and Cottongim in the hospital.

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