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Emergency road aid funds

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet the Clay County Fiscal Court will receive $57,950 in County Road Aid emergency funds to be used for slip repairs on Pine Lick Road; $56,340 for Newfound Road; $25,180 for Sacker Road; $117,210 for KY 687 (mile points 12-13) and $35,000 for KY 2000 (mile points 8-9) in Clay County.


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Couch’s Resolution on EPA

The House passed Representative Tim Couch’s, R-Hyden, House Resolution 9, which calls on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide regulated entities with advice and compliance assistance for the many laws and regulations it administers, and allow the opportunity to remedy any perceived violations of those regulations or laws, rather than enforcing any type of stern action. Passing the House on a vote of 80-15, House Resolution 9 will now be submitted to the EPA and each member of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation for review.


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Manchester Rescue Featured on Local TV

A rescue by local fire and rescue personell was featured on a local TV station. Manchester and Lockards Creek Fire Units responded to a vehicle over embankment call and found the car approximately 75ft over a large hill with patient still inside. Units deployed ropes and a haul system to reach and remove patient. Also responding to the scene were Clay County EMS, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Manchester Police Department and Kentucky State Police.


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Senate moves to snuff out smoking in schools

Public schools across Kentucky would have to go smoke free by next school year under legislation the state Senate passed by a 25-8-2 vote today. Senate Bill 78, dubbed tobacco-free schools bill, would outlaw the use of all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on elementary, middle and high school campuses, said bill sponsor Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester. He added that the ban would extend to school trips and school buses.


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This Week at the State Capitol

February 13 – 17, 2017

Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate. On Tuesday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 14, which is aimed at getting drug dealers off the streets by strengthening penalties for trafficking in heroin and fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Under the legislation, which was approved on a 36-0 vote, trafficking in less than two grams of these substances would be elevated to a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison. Later in the week, a pair of bills addressing the drug crises were also approved in the House committees.


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Pharmacist With Ties to Clay Found Guilty

A former Berea pharmacist has been convicted of dispensing pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine in Clay and several other surrounding counties. Lonnie Hubbard, age 41, was convicted by a federal jury on 71 counts, also including 56 drug counts, involving the illegal dispensing of controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose; maintaining a drug involved premises; 12 counts of money laundering; and two conspiracy charges. A jury that sat through an eight-day trial returned a guilty verdict after deliberating for three hours.


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Three Fires at One Time

East Bernstadt Fire and Rescue were called out at 4:25 PM on a structure fire and forest fire in Rockcastle County. Units arrived on scene to a structure on fire and several acres on fire. Crews were working to contain both fires when units were dispatched with Crossroads VFD for a structure fire at Robinson’s Stave Mill. Crews put out both structure fires and the forest fire were turned over to Kentucky Division of Forestry.


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Moral Recognition Therapy

Clay County Detention Center employee Jennifer Napier will be offering the inmates a new program called Moral Recognition Therapy, This program is often mandatory for inmates that make parole. Jailer Linda Smallwood is pleased that we know longer have to move state inmates to another location for this rehabilitation program. Mrs. Napier attended a week of training in Germantown Tennessee, to get her certification. She also has a degree in Human Service and Counseling.


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