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CCHS Christmas Concert

The Clay County High School Music Department Christmas Concert was held at the CCHS Auditorium. The high school choir sang “All I want for Christmas is You” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. The Children’s Choir sang “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bells”. The Band played “Jingle Bell Jazz” and “The Names’ Clause, Santa Clause”.

(photo by Brian Smallwood)

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Three Die In Wreck that shut down Parkway near Manchester


Clay County Coroner Danny Finley has identified three people killed in a crash on the Hal Rogers Parkway.  Judy Ann Adams Pennington, Charlene Lowe and Tiffany Williams all died in the wreck. Williams was about eight months pregnant. All three were from Leslie County.


The accident stopped traffic on the Parkway between Manchester and Big Creek (Photo by Brian Smallwood)



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New Program seeks to help Clay Veterans

Program serves low income, homeless and at-risk rural veterans

The Reaching Rural Veterans Initiative is a new effort that will help address the needs of veterans in Clay County. Started by the VHA Office of Rural Health and working with the Military Research Institute at Purdue University in Indiana, the VA Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and The Remnant Bread of Life Church and Food Pantry in Manchester this program desires to help our veterans.

Greta Raleigh, Program Director at the Remnant Food Pantry said, “We just want our veterans and their families to know we care about them. We are here to pray with them, assist them with food, or just sit and talk if that’s what they need or want. We want to say thank you to all of our veterans for their service and the sacrifices that they and their families have made.”

If you are a veteran or know a veteran in Clay County please come by the food pantry or call for more information. They are located at 1 Fayette Properties Suite 1-E or call 606-598-8888 for more information. A day has been set aside each month for just veterans and their families. Come and be a part of this new program.

The program was recently featured on WYMT-TV




Southern Brothers help Laurel Creek Residents have a Merry Christmas

Members of the Southern Brothers and several students from Big Creek Elementary School were on hand Sunday at Laurel Creek Health Care Center to present several residents with gifts candy and cards. The Southern Brothers also presented a 50-inch TV to be used in the Rec Room.

Shop with a Tiger

Coach Robert Marcum and the Clay County Tiger basketball team were at Walmart for the “Shop with a Tiger” program. One basketball player from each grade school was host by the Tigers and allowed to choose Christmas gifts.

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Kentucky State Police, Post 11 traffic safety checkpoints


The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London, which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

Conceal Carry Class

Kevin Johnson

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson

Carry Conceal Deadly Weapons Class on Saturday December 5 at 8 AM at the Clay County Health Department Community Room. The class is an eight-hour class. The cost of the class is $65.00.

There are two parts to the class. First part is the classroom, You have to pass the OPEN BOOK written test, Second part is the range. You will need to bring 50 rounds of ammo for the pistol you will be using and the course of fire is 20 rounds at 7 yards.

You will only need the extra rounds if you have to retest. You must hit 11 out of the 20 rounds from 7 yards and you have to shoot all 20 rounds even if you hit the first 11.

For more info call 598-3471.

Lunch and Learn at the Excel Building


You are invited to a lunch and learn Presentation of “The Raising of America” Friday December 4 at the Clay County Excel Building (next to McDonalds). Lunch will be served from 11:30 till Noon. The film will begin at Noon.

Please RSVP by December 2 to Chelsi Hinkle at 606-598-0177 or chelsi_hinkle@berea.edu.

This ground breaking documentary series explores how conditions faced by young children and their families during the early years can literarily alter the developing brain and affect a child’s future success in school and in live.

We will enjoy a free catered lunch while we watch the introductory module of the Raising of America series, followed by a brief discussion of the implications of the information shared for the youth of Clay County.


“Cram the Cruiser” Holiday Food Drive


Kentucky State Police Post 11, London has kicked off their sixth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive. The campaign extends through December 11 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 232,011 pounds of food.

KSP Post 11, London is the drop off location for anyone interested in donating to this campaign you can also leave a donation at the London Wal-Mart Store.