SOAR board meeting held at EKU/Manchester

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Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers recognized Chuck Fluharty, president and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), which has served as the interim administrative body for SOAR.  The co-chairs gave Fluharty a formal commendation to thank him for his work in organizing and supporting SOAR over the past year.  RUPRI will continue to support SOAR in a consulting role

SOAR Initiative Targets Action Plans for Region

As the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative approaches its second year, executive board members welcomed the new SOAR executive director and considered ways for the initiative to move from information-gathering efforts into action plans.

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers, the initiative’s co-chairs, called on the board to return to their communities with a renewed energy to tackle the more difficult work of implementing the recommendations gathered from a year’s worth of regional conversations.

Two Bridge Street Residents arrested on Thanksgiving

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Traci Mays and Jesse Rogers, both of Manchester, were arrested on Thanksgiving Day for being intoxicated in public. Manchester Police Department Officer Jason Combs responded to Bridge street to investigate a complaint of a intoxicated subject in an apartment destroying property. Traci Mays was arrested for alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest. Jesse Rogers was also arrested for alcohol intoxication. Both subjects were lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

Photo courtesy or the Clay County Detention Center.

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Author Visits Paces Creek

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Clay County native and author, Cordellya Smith visited several classes at Paces Creek Elementary School last week. Smith lived at Mill Creek as a child.

She is now a Kentucky educator who has published poetry, personal essays, and fictional short stories. She shared her first children’s book, Kawoni’s Journey Across the Mountain: A Cherokee Little Red Riding Hood.

During the visit at Paces Creek, she read her book and talked to the students about the steps of the writing process. She helped introduce some Cherokee legends and ten new Cherokee words/phrases including hello (Osiyo), goodbye (donada’ gonvi), and “I love you” (gvgeyu).

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‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive

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Kentucky State Police Post 11, in London fifth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive campaign extends through Dec. 16, 2014 and is designed to collect non perishable food items for needy families.

The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need during the holiday season. Suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. Last year KSP collected 124,000 pounds of food.

Donations can be dropped off at Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London.

Tax Issues Shut Down El Cazador

El Cazador was closed by the Kentucky Department of Revenue Friday. Aaron Asher is shown looking over the close order Monday.

El Cazador was closed by the Kentucky Department of Revenue Friday. Aaron Asher is shown looking over the close order Monday.

El Cazador Mexican Restaurant located in Manchester Square Shopping Center was closed by the Kentucky Department of Revenue.
Revenue officials were in Manchester Friday and placed a red poster on the door of the popular restaurant just before the start of one of the busiest nights of the week.

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New Company Contracted to Clean up Caudill Gap

A Louisville company that had the state contract to clean up the tires at Caudill Gap has been shut down due to a fire, which appears to have been caused in part because the company was not in compliance with state laws, according to a report at WLKY.com.

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