Local family and friends are mourning the passing of three former and present Clay County citizens: Grover Spurlock, Eugene Hamilton and Judy Lynn Perrigo Lawson.
The Clay County School board is still trying to find a way to make enough cuts to help offset the nearly million dollars needed to cover a mandatory pay raise for all employees and secure enough funds for needed building repairs. At the February meeting, members voted to institute a hiring freeze effective immediately to help in preparation of their new budget.
Verdict returned after weeklong trial
A sentencing date of May 5 was set after a federal jury found Horse Creek resident Terry R. Smith guilty on all charges following a weeklong trial at London before Judge Karen K. Caldwell. Gerry Smith was also found guilty of being part of a major drug ring. Terry Smith was found guilty on the same charge and was also guilty of providing drugs that caused the death of Patty Smallwood and possession firearms by a convicted felon.
$1 million in budget cuts being proposed
At the regularly scheduled work session on Monday night the Clay County Board of Education voted to form a screening committee and accept applications for the position of Superintendent of Clay County Schools for the term to begin July 1, 2015 at the expiration of the current Superintendent’s contract.
A Manchester woman was arrested after trying to duplicate a common scam with a sweet twist that turned sour. A common scam is to use SNAP to purchase soda and then re-selling it below wholesale to local grocery stores.
A former Clay County Detention Center employee faces 18 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500 after an investigation located discrepancies of more than $20,000 in the commissary account according to a Manchester Police Department (MPD) press release.
The first regular Manchester City Council meeting of 2015 began with the approval and swearing in of new City Attorney Jenna Corum. She was given the oath of office by city clerk Mamie Smith.
Clay County will be part of the K-Count, a statewide count of homeless Kentuckians of all ages who are living in shelters, on the streets, and other places not meant for human habitation, is being coordinated by Kentucky Housing Corporation [KHC].
The county will begin at midnight on Wednesday January 28, 2015, until sunrise on Thursday, January 29, 2015, local time.
The K-Count is a critical source of data on the number and characteristics of people who are homeless in Kentucky. The count helps to obtain data on the estimated size and scope of the homeless population on any given day in the Commonwealth. This information collected includes demographics, household size, and disabilities to guide grant applicants, Consolidated Plan jurisdictions, and other local stakeholders in future
planning and policy making. The count allows KHC and partners to assess the needs of homeless Kentuckians and look for additional resources while measuring the progress and performance of current homeless programs and services.
The K—Count speciﬁcally collects information on unsheltered homeless to determine how many persons are sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation. This is the only time this is done throughout the year and a vast amount of information is collected on this population. This data has become increasingly important as a measure of our local and statewide progress related to preventing and ending homelessness.
To be paired with a local coordinator for the count, contact Kentucky Housing Corporation‘: Polly Lloyd toll—free in Kentucky at 800-633-8896 or 502-564-7630, extension 274; TTV 711; or email: ﬂoydgwkyhousingorg. You may also visit Kentucky Housing’s website, www,kyhousing.org.
Clay County’s Operation UNITE prevention programs held a banquet at Greenbriar Presbyterian Church featuring Tom Vicini, Operation Unite Region Two Coalition Coordinator. He told the large crowd that of the thirty-two counties in the coalition five of best projects are going on in Clay County. He thanked the church for an outstanding meal and told the youth in attendance he wanted more of them involved in decision making.
An incident that occurred in Clay County last week has gained statewide attention. A Perry County woman and two Clay County men were in Clay District Court for an arraignment Tuesday morning on charges of stealing a bottle of liquor while cooking meth in their vehicle.