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Three arrested on drug charges

Three Manchester residents have been arrested after Laurel County Sheriff Deputies found them in a vehicle in possession of suspected crystal meth, two loaded needles, digital scales, marijuana, rolling papers, a .40 caliber handgun and a .38 special handgun. Sam Wooton, age 73, of Wooton Drive Robert Hubbard, age 30, of South Hwy 11 and Robert Wooton, age 49, of Wooton Drive were charged with drug trafficking. Robert Wooton was also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.


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421 Will Reduce to One Lane

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that a portion of U.S. 421 at milepoints 17.9-20.2 in Clay County will be reduced to one lane beginning Wednesday, March 22 and is expected to conclude on Friday, April 14. The lane closure will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. The lane closure is necessary to allow ATS Construction to perform base failure repairs.


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Attention Boat Owners

Beginning in 2018 all boats being licensed in the State of Kentucky will be required to have a Hull Identification Number that meets Federal Coast Guard Regulations. If your boat has NO Hull ID number now, or has one that doesn’t meet those requirements, you will be required to apply for a Hull ID number at the County Clerks Office through the State of Kentucky.


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Unemployment

It was a little good news but mostly bad news for Clay County employment figures in January. Although more people were in the labor force, 97 fewer were employed with a told unemployment of 601 for a unemployment rate that puts Clay County in the top ten in unemployment statewide according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 17.9 percent. Elliott County, 14 percent; Carter County, 12.7 percent; Wolfe County, 12.1 percent; Leslie County, 11.8 percent; Lawrence County, 11.7 percent; Menifee County, 11.5 percent; Harlan County, 11.4 percent; Lewis County, 11.3 percent; and Clay County, 10.9 percent.


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Glow Orange Week

While many Kentuckians associate the color orange with rival college athletics programs, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced “Glow Orange, Kentucky” week, an initiative inspired by a national campaign to increase work zone safety awareness. KYTC invites organizations and citizens throughout the Commonwealth to pledge to illuminate buildings, landmarks, bridges, structures and homes with the color orange to show support during the week of April 3-7. Businesses and agencies that pledge to glow orange will be featured in a map highlighting statewide participation in the initiative.


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This Week at the State Capitol

Many bills ready to be signed into law as session nears final days

This has been a year for early arrivals at the State Capitol. Within a week of the 2017 legislative session’s start in January, bills started arriving in the governor’s office to be signed into law, an extraordinarily quick start for a session of the General Assembly.


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WANTED: Charles Ray

Charles Ray, age 42, of Upper Teges Road, is wanted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Ray is wanted for several burglaries and thefts across the Oneida area. He is 5′ 7″ and 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone who sees Ray or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson at (606) 598-3471 or Clay County 911 at (606) 598-8411 EXT 4.


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