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Beauty and the Beast

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Monday’s snow left a scene of pastoral beauty at Big Hickory Golf Course.  Clay County’s schools closed early as some roads became slick.  Sunshine and near whiteout conditions alternated through the day, and led to 14 automobile accidents in the county.  According to Manchester Dispatch, there were 10 accidents reported to them.  None had injuries.  Kentucky State Police in London had reports of four accidents in Clay County.  One injury was reported.  Two of the mishaps involved vehicles sliding off the roadway.  “The first snow incident was yesterday here in the county,” reported John Dobson, public information officer with the Kentucky Department of Highways.  “The state is well stocked (with salt) and we do not anticipate any shortages for the remainder of the season.”

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Clay Students to Get Leg Up


Clay County students will soon be seeing the benefits of a federal program that is designed to improve educational achievement and healthy development.

Clay County’s Federal Program Coordinator Susan Burgan told the members of the school board Monday night that Clay, Jackson and Owsley counties are to receive assistance through Berea College for a $30 million Promise Neighborhood Grant.

Burgan said that an academic specialist will be in each of the elementary schools, and a college coach will be in the high school.

Superintendent Reecia Samples said that the positions would soon be posted.  The jobs will be in the schools, but the people will be employees of Berea.

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2012 New Year's Baby

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Makisha Howard holds her new daughter, the first child born in Clay County in 2012.  The baby, named Whitney Larae Sumner, was born at 6:16 p. m. Monday at Manchester Memorial Hospital.  Makisha and her husband Alexander Ray Sumner live at Beech Creek with their two other children, Josh and Caitlin.  Whitney weighed seven pounds and 10 ounces at birth.  She was 20 inches long. Because Whitney was the first baby of the New Year, the Manchester Memorial Hospital gave her a Pack ‘N Play, Travel System (Car Seat/Stroller Combo), Car Seat Cover, Bibs, Fleece Blankets, 2 Packs of Thermal Blankets, Baby Monitor, Grooming Kit, Diapers, Diaper Kit, Bottle Wash/Drying Rack Set, Bottles, Diaper Bag, Shampoo/Lotion Set, 2 Gowns, 3 Caps, 3-Pack Bodysuit, 2 Sleepers Pacifiers, Booties, and Socks.
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Two injured at Burning Springs

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A Burning Springs woman, 79-year-old Marina Marcum, was transported to Manchester Memorial Hospital Monday for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries she received in a two-vehicle accident on KY 421 at Burning Springs.  She is shown here just after being pulled from her car.  According to Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Randy Rader, Marcum pulled her Dodge Neon out from North Manchester Water into the path of a Nissan Altima driven by Jonathan Wagers, 28 of Manchester.  Wagers was also taken to the hospital.  Rhonda Frost, 28 of Manchester, and two small children, Emily Wagers and Jonathan Wagers, were passengers in the Wagers vehicle.  They were not transported.  The accident occurred at 9:10 a. m.

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Sheriff Warns Against Dangers of Bath Salts


A synthetic drug that has become increasingly popular among teens has Sheriff Kevin Johnson sending out a warning to parents.

“Bath salts”, which have primarily been banned in Kentucky after the passing of House Bill 121, which sent one Clay teen to the hospital, recently, says Johnson.

“Bath salts”, which have multiple street names such as Zoom 2, Aura, Vanilla Sky, White Lightening, and other names, and until recently could be found in stores under the guises of bath salts or insect repellants.

The synthetic drug contains an amphetamine-like substance, methylenedioxypryovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone. It’s affects are reportedly similar to those had from synthetic-marijuana (Scooby Snacks), the sale of which was recently banned in Laurel County.

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