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Walmart to Host Christmas Caroling

Walmart will be hosting the Clay County High School Varsity Choir at the Manchester store on Tuesday, December 6.

The choir will be singing Christmas Carols at the store beginning at 9 AM.

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Hicks Critical After 421 Wreck

A man who lost control of his vehicle Tuesday night is in critical condition at UK Hospital.

Shannon Hicks, age unknown, was flown to UK Tuesday evening after his Chevy Blazer ricocheted off two guard rails on Highway 421.

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Tip Leads to Three Meth Arrests

An anonymous tip that meth was being cooked at a Bowling Street home in Manchester led to three arrests Tuesday.

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An unknown caller phoned Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London to complain about an ether-like odor issuing from a residence.

KSP Trooper Josh Wilson went to investigate at the residence and noticed a strong ether-like odor. After knocking on the door, he says a woman answered it and the smell became noticeably stronger.

Wilson says that Brenda Wagers, 40, was in a utility room in the house. When she opened the door to exit the room, a fog of smoke bellowed out.

Wilson evacuated the people from the house. With help from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Manchester City Police, the house was searched. Manchester Police Officer Jason Combs discovered a one-step active methamphetamine lab in the utility room, which was being cooked inside a mason jar.

Trooper Wilson explains that the chemical reaction that occurs in the manufacturing of meth creates oxygen. When manufactured in a plastic container, the plastic either melts or expands.

“Glass cannot expand, so when the oxygen levels build, it can only explode, sending shrapnel everywhere,” said Wilson. The area around the home was evacuated until Officer Combs could disassemble the lab.

Terry Bowling, 45, Gary D. Bowling, 21, and Brenda Wagers, 40, were all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The three had to be decontaminated at the scene before being taken to the Clay County Detention Center.

Trooper Wilson is in charge of the investigation. He was assisted by Manchester Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Manchester Fire Department.

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Council Approves Citywide Smoking Ban

The Manchester City Council approved a ban on smoking in public places in the city Monday night.

“Smoking is a privilege, and breathing is a necessity,” said Councilman John Ed Pennington, after going on record as sponsoring the smoking ban.

The city council voted unanimously to pass the ban against smoking and met applause from local citizens in doing so.

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Island Creek Crash Injures Four

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Four people were injured in a wreck on Island Creek Monday afternoon.

Around 1 PM, just three miles north of Manchester, a black four-door sedan, driven by Mary Burns, 78, of Manchester, collided with an S10 pick-up driven by Bertha Rogers, 39, of Manchester.

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