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Fight leaves one man injured

Gary Scalf, 25 of Manchester, was jailed Friday after he allegedly used a box cutter to cut the head of Dustin Gregory (no age available) also of Manchester.

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Fugitives being brought back to Clay

After more than four years on the lam, two Clay County fugitives are on their way back home thanks to Facebook.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson said last week that his office received a tip that Jerry Lee Callahan and Rebecca Callahan had a Facebook account, and that it showed they were living in Texas.

Johnson said he followed up on the lead, and found it to be true.  He then contacted police in Victoria, TX, a community between Houston and Corpus Christie, and asked that the pair be arrested.

Johnson, and his wife Angie, flew to Texas to bring the Callahans back.  They were to arrive Wednesday.

According to court documents, Jerry Callahan, 44, and Rebecca Callahan, 40, of 5268 N Hwy 11, were arrested in August 2007 on several sex-related charges.  However, Judge Renee Muncy released them on October 29 because no indictment had been returned within 60 days.  Indictments against the two came down November 1 of that year, but by then they had disappeared.

The indictments charge that the alleged crimes occurred between sometime in 2004 through September 6, 2007.

Jerry Callahan is charged with two counts of rape in the first degree.  He is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a person under 12 years of age.  He is also alleged to have had forcible sexual intercourse with another victim.

He faces a charge of rape in the third degree for allegedly having sexual intercourse with another person less than 18 years of age.

He is also charged with three counts of incest, two counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

All of the charges concern three victims.

Rebecca Callahan is charged with complicity in the three rape charges.  She also is charged with two counts of incest, two counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The charges concern the same victims as those in Jerry Callahan’s case.

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Healthy Clay plans coming together

Is Clay County’s glass half full or half empty?  The answer differs, of course, according to whom it is asked.

A group of about 20 community leaders and concerned citizens, members of the Health Clay Coalition, gathered last Thursday, and their response is a definite half full.

After breaking into small work groups, they were asked, “What are you proud to say that Healthy Clay Coalition has accomplished?”

Their responses included: the Manchester smoking ban, McDonald’s changing its menus, crosswalk signage by the state Highway Department, safer walking with citations for drivers who ignore pedestrians, public safety ads with children, recycling, and a tripling in membership of the fitness center.

They were then asked to, “Imagine Clay County as you would like it to be in 10 years.  Describe how it will be different.”

They responded with: stay in Clay (population increase), better educated population that takes ownership, more safe areas for walking and running, continue county-wide beautification, promote the good, health is contagious (a healthy environment for a healthy us).

Other responses included: increase convenience factor at local parks, decrease obesity rate, have food service move from compliance to leadership, have ambulances posted in different parts of the county, move from a sense of entitlement to “I’m earning.”

More responses were: improvement of access to healthy foods, have Clay County in 10 years seen as a progressive place (the kind of community in which people would want to stay and move to), have adventure tourism, have the smoking ban be county-wide and have the county be drug-free.

The group was asked, “What do you see as the strengths and assets of Clay County that can be mobilized to make Clay County a ‘Healthy place to live, work and play’?”

Some responses were: existence of hiking trails, natural beauty, local media, good schools, lots of hard-working people who will rally together, history, athletic excellence and artistic people.

They were then asked, “Who needs to be involved in defining goals and objectives for the Healthy Clay County strategic plan?  How can we engage them in this process?”

Responses included: the entire community, the faith-based community, the Historical Society and leaders of local communities.

The group is going to get together again March 2, according to Health Department Educator Rhonda Bowling.  Goals are to be defined, and a strategic plan is to be compiled.  It, then, will be presented to the community.

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Clay hit hardest by snow

Clay County was hit hardest by Sunday’s snowstorm, according to Jackson Energy spokesperson, Karen Combs.

In a press release, Combs said that 1,300 outages were reported in Clay County, far more than any other county.  She said a main power line serving the Oneida area was hit by damage, causing a loss of power to over 140 homes Sunday night.  There were smaller outages throughout the rest of the county.

Crews were expected to have all power restored by noon on Monday.

Kentucky Utilities, which serves part of the Manchester area, reported six outages affecting 36 customers.

KU spokesperson Cliff Feltham said that 15 customers were without power from approximately 5 p. m. Sunday to 5 a. m. Monday because of trees on lines and broken poles.  The other customers were in the Chadwell Road area.  Trees on lines caused loss of power from approximately 9:40 p. m. to 5:30 a. m.

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Drugs claiming large numbers of county residents

Over half of the Clay County coroner death cases in 2011 were drug or alcohol-related, County Coroner Danny Finley told the fiscal court last Thursday.

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