The Manchester Enterprise: News

‘Old Man’ Marcum Dies After Battle With Cancer

Clay County native Donald Marcum died last Wednesday at his residence in London, succumbing to cancer, which he had been battling for the last few years.

Marcum, better known to many as “Old Man”, was an avid sports fan of Clay County while being a citizen before moving to London to work at North Laurel High School as the school’s groundskeeper.

“Old Man” was an enthusiastic part of the North Laurel High School sports scene, known to many as Mr. North Laurel during his time there.

CCHS Tiger baseball coach Jason Smith fondly recalls being around Marcum growing up.

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County Warns Horse Owners to Act Responsibly

County Attorney Clay M. Bishop, Jr. is warning horse owners in Clay County to keep their horses pinned up.

Bishop says the county is concerned about the liability of horse owners whose horses may cause traffic accidents if left to wander.

The Animal Control unit has had an up tick in reports of horses running loose in the county, wandering in other property owners’ yards as well as in roadways.

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Coal Hollow Man Shot in Parking Lot

A young man has been treated and released after a shooting accident on Coal Hollow.

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Forty-Five Indictments Returned From Grand Jury

A Clay Co Grand Jury Returned 45 Indictments for November.  Of the 45, 12 indictments have been served.

Robert Banks was indicted for 4 counts of Trafficking In Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree, and his bond was set as a Surety Bond at $40,000.00.

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Manhunt Ensues for Fusner

2 Flown to UK After Roots Branch Shooting


Fusner may be responsible for a double shooting that occurred on Roots Branch.


A man hunt is underway in Clay County after a man shot two people at a home on Roots Branch Thursday.

Two people, who's identities have not been released, were flown to UK Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Though their conditions are unknown, police say they believe the victims of the shooting will pull through.

Clay County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police, along with Clay EMS responded to the shooting. All units are out looking for the man who may be responsible.

Police are currently looking for Jeremy Fusner, 21, of Roots Branch. Police believe he may have fled in a white pick-up truck.

A neighbor of Fusner, Virgil Smith, said he heard the gun shots. He was sitting on his porch when the incident occurred.

"A man came running out of the house and yelled for someone to call 911, so I went inside and called and grabbed a gun to protect myself," said Smith.

Smith says he knows Fusner, and said when he heard that Fusner was responsible for the shooting, it seemed unlike him.

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