November 22 Edition on News Stands Wednesday!

November 22 Edition on News Stands Wednesday!



Four facing drug charges

Christopher Sams, Nicholas Forbes, Jones Jerel and Israel Miller are scheduled to appear in Clay Circuit Court Monday (December 1) for pretrial hearings in drug cases

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Most local government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and will reopen Monday so their employees can enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

Those include: County Clerk’s Office, Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. County Attorney’s Office/Division of Child Support, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Manchester City Hall.

There will be no garbage pickup in Manchester Thursday and Friday.

The Manchester Enterprise will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Clay County Public Schools will close Wednesday and will resume Monday.

The Post Office will be closed Thursday.

Clay Drivers are asked to “Finish Strong”

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Clay County drivers are part of a Kentucky State Police (KSP) effort to reduce highway fatalities.

KSP is asking Kentuckian’s to ‘Finish Strong’ in 2014 by adhering to safe driving procedures including wearing seat belts, reducing speed, refraining from distractions and never driving impaired.  Kentucky is currently at its lowest highway fatality rate in nearly fifty years.

Preliminary statistics indicate that ten people died on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. During the same reporting period, KSP accounted for 411 seat belt citations, 116 aggressive driving citations, 49 distracted driving citations and 118 DUI arrests.

The #FinishStrongKY project began November 1, 2014 with a data driven strategy that places enforcement details in high crash zones where fatalities have occurred. The effort will remain in effect through the holidays.

KSP is partnering with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration to roll out the #FinishStrongKY media blitz.  The agencies will utilize social media platforms to blast out uniform traffic safety messaging with the hash tag FinishStrongKY.

Clay County citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Colter elected Chamber President

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Barbara Colter was elected as president of the Clay County/Manchester Chamber of Commerce during their November meeting. She will assume her new office after the chamber Christmas dinner which will be held Thursday December 11 at Noon.

Danny Finley was elected vice-president, Karen Lawson will remain as treasurer and Cheyenne Lyttle Cornett will take over as Secretary.

The executive committee will be Manchester Mayor, James Ed Garrison; County Judge Executive, Joe Asher; Past President, Colbert Hensley; and Manchester CEO, Erika Skula.

The board of directors are: Betty S. Meredith, Clara Benge, Haley McCoy, Clyde Phillips, John Ed Pennington, George Saylor, Randy Craft, Penny Robinson, Mary Nicholson and Kelly Hacker.

Clay Library to host Blood Drive Tuesday


Area residents are invited to be life-savers at the upcoming Kentucky Blood Center blood drive to be held at Clay County Public Library on Tuesday November 25 from 1:30 till 6 PM in the Community Room.

To schedule a donation or for more details, visit or call 800-775-2522.

Blood donors must have a photo ID, be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements.

Sixteen—year—old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at

Neal flown to UK following two-car accident

A two-car accident on Highway 638 Monday sent two people to the hospital and totaled both vehicles. Joanne Sizemore age 27 of Beech Creek Road was traveling east in a 2007 Pontiac G6 when she apparently loss control of her car striking a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Ricky Neal, age 44 of Upper Rader Road.

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