A Big Creek man was arrested for DUI on an ATV while transporting several cases of beer. Manchester Police Officer Logan Wolfe observed Donnie Smith, age 55 of Big Creek while he was on routine patrol. A four-wheeler at CMR Quick Stop which was loaded with several cases of beer. After an investigation Wolfe arrested Smith and charged him with operating ATV on roadway; no operators license; and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
*** UPDATE *** Kentucky.com is reporting that Jimmy Benge and Gerald Sizemore are expected to enter a guilty plea in this case…..
Gerald Lee (Jerry) Sizemore has asked a federal court to expand the scope of and continue an evidential hearing on Tuesday at the United States Courthouse in Lexington in the Eli Marcum murder case to hear “evidence of FBI misconduct and consider an appropriate remedy”.
Sizemore, Jimmy D. Benge and Vernon Renus “Red” Delph were charged with murder in the December (2012) brutal death of federal informant Eli Marcum in count two of a March (2013) federal indictment. Delph has entered a guilty plea and implicated Sizemore and Benge in the murder.
Kenneth Gregory and Darcy Randal Collins are scheduled for sentencing in Clay Circuit Court Monday January 5 according to courts.ky.gov.
Two high profile cases were the last two indictments returned by the Clay County Gray Jury in 2014. Amber Willoughby and Phillip Thompson were indicted in a child abuse case involving a four year old child. Michael Landon Edwards and his girlfriend and grandfather were indicted for a shooting that occurred in the WalMart parking lot.
Pre-Trial hearings have been scheduled in Clay Circuit Court Monday January 5 for Quintin Metcalf, Wendy Mills, Rodney MacClaine Smith and Bradley Shawn Minton on various charges according to courts.ky.gov. According to usleagal.com a pretrial hearing is a proceeding held before a trial to simplify the issues of law and fact and stipulate certain matters between the parties, in order to expedite justice and curtail costs at the trial.
Motion hearings are scheduled for Clayton Dewayne Jackson and Michael Elam Monday January 5 in Clay Circuit Court according to courts.ky.gov. According to usleagal.com a motion hearing provides judges with an opportunity to hear oral arguments, in addition to the written motion and memoranda submitted to the court.
Clayton Dewayne Jackson was indicted and charged with murder (five counts), arson (first degree) and theft by unlawful taking in an incident that claimed the lives of five members of a Red Bird family.
A natural Christmas tree is a holiday season tradition in many households.
Cherished are the memories made around it and dreaded is the day when it must come down, even if the needles are dropping like confetti on New Year’s Eve revelers.
A Christmas tree’s usefulness doesn’t end when the holidays are over.
They may be recycled for mulch or donated to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to provide more cover for fish – and better opportunities for anglers.
The department is accepting natural Christmas trees free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations at more than 30 drop-off locations across the state through Jan. 15, 2015. To find the nearest location, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov. Click on the “Fish” tab and choose “Fishing Home” from the dropdown menu. A link for the Christmas tree recycling program appears on that page.
Fisheries personnel collect the donated trees and bundle them to create fish attractors that will be submerged in lakes across the state. These brush reefs provide new cover for all fish and nursery habitat for young fish. They also attract baitfish and algae, providing food for young fish and other aquatic organisms.
New habitat is placed in lakes year-round by fisheries personnel. The Global Position System (GPS) coordinates of these features are plotted on lake maps available on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website.
Kenedy heading to her Sophomore Winter Formal last month
The Greatest Gift – The Gift of Life
This time of year, most of us are busy buying gifts, making plans, and celebrating with family. Two years ago, Kenedy Maze and her family were just trying to make it through the holidays alive. Kenedy, of Fleming County, Kentucky, was missing a lot. She missed her friends because she was not allowed to go to school due to the advancing Cystic Fibrosis (CF) disease taking over her lungs. She missed being able to run and play because she was now tethered to 6 liters of oxygen just to breathe. She missed her sister, Kaylee, who lost her fight against CF in 2007.
In January 2013, Kenedy and her mother left family and friends to move to their transplant hospital St. Louis because Kenedy was getting so sick. “When I hear of someone talk about registering as an organ donor, I hear them talking about a hero,” Kenedy has said.
During the holidays, many of us wish to give back, but we struggle to find the time and means to do so. This Christmas, there is something everyone can do that costs nothing, takes less than a minute, and helps children like Kenedy. Joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry gives hope to thousands of children, adults, and their families.
“Although we may not be able to save their life today, we are able to give them hope simply by registering,” explains Clay Circuit Clerk, James Phillips. “There are over 124,000 patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant this Christmas. Each day, 21 of those patients will lose their fight, and their life, waiting.”
The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life works to educate Kentucky about the vital mission of organ donation and encourage everyone to be hope for patients in need.
“As your Circuit Court Clerk, I’ve been involved with our Trust For Life for many years. My staff and I ask every person obtaining a license or ID if they would like to donate $1 to raise awareness about this lifesaving mission. We are also required to ask everyone to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. It only takes a moment to say ‘yes’ and be hope,” says Phillips.
Everyone, regardless of medical history or age can join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry simply by saying “yes” while renewing a driver’s license or going online to www.donatelifeky.org.
“We feel honored to give everyone the opportunity to be hope and save lives – in a quick and simple way – every day. Thanks to the kindness of this community and the dedication of my hardworking staff, many of you have already joined the Registry over the years. However, the need is still there. Only 45% of Kentuckians are registered donors. Everyone, regardless of medical history, can join the Registry to give hope to those waiting today. It’s easy. Do you have questions about organ donation? You can call 1-866-945-5433 and talk to Shelley at the Trust For Life,” explains Phillips.
Kenedy received her Gift of Life in April 2013 after several months on the Waiting List. “Kenedy’s lung transplant is still proving to be a success. Her lung functions are at 98%, and she is living life. Cystic fibrosis (CF) has stopped her from doing so much, but she is showing CF that she is stronger. Her Sophomore year of high school has been exciting,” explains Kenedy’s mom, Sandra Maze. Kenedy adds how grateful she is for her second chance at life, “I have chosen to live my life not only for myself, but for my organ donor. I am living because of organ donation.
Governor Steve Beshear and Senator Robert Stivers participated in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the expansion of the Riverside Trail. Stay in Clay received a $130,000 grant to complete the trail. The ceremony featured music from the Clay County Middle School choir.
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