Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 25, 2013

Local briefs: 7/26/13

Staff reports
The Independent

GREENUP — Info sought about hit and run

GREENUP - Authorities are seeking information about an incident in Greenup County where a man was apparently struck by a vehicle and left lying in the roadway.

According to Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper, deputies, along with the Kentucky State Police, were dispatched to the 5000 block of Brushy Creek Road on Tuesday after receiving a report of a man lying in the roadway severely injured and unresponsive.

It was believed at the time the victim, Charles L. McKenzie, 32, of South Shore, had been in a four-wheeler accident, Cooper said. However, the investigation revealed that not to have been the case, Cooper said.

McKenzie was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

Investigators have identified a person of interest in the case, but are still looking for information, Cooper said.

Those with information may call Deputy David Bocook at (606) 473-1411 or 473-7037.

‘Walk with Mayor’ will be Saturday

ASHLAND - Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles will have a “Walk with the Mayor” segment at 9 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Highland and Cogan avenues. Ambassadors are Elaine Preston and Skip Hydrick.

The next scheduled walk is Aug. 10.

Groundbreaking set for project

SANDY HOOK - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for Gov. Steve Beshear, local legislators and other officials as they gather Monday to celebrate the beginning of a $26.5 million reconstruction project along Ky. 7 in Elliott County.

 The project — the reconstruction of five miles of Ky. 7 from just north of Ky. 706 to the county line — marks a milestone in 16 years of improvements to the important highway connector for Sandy Hook and surrounding Elliott County communities. It’s the fourth phase, and the last phase north of Sandy Hook, of more than $60 million of road work.

 Ceremonies will begin at 12:40 p.m. Monday in the Elliott County High School cafeteria at which Beshear, Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, Rep. Rocky Adkins and other officials are expected to speak.

A groundbreaking will follow outside or, in case of inclement weather, ceremonies will continue inside.

Junior fishing at Greenbo Saturday

ARGILLITE - The Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Junior Fishing Tournament will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. It is sponsored by Don’s Bait & Tackle, Pressure Tech and Evans Funeral Home.

Free screening at KDMC Aug. 9

ASHLAND - King’s Daughters Medical Center will offer a free healthy heart with EKG screening at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Kentucky Heart Institute Offices, Suite 230, Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St.

A KHI specialist will review screening results.

The screening, which includes an EKG, total cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen levels, is sponsored by KDMC in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling (888) 377-5362. Fasting is not required.

East Carter ‘Blitz’ will be Thursday

GRAYSON - East Carter High School will host its annual “Back to School Blitz” from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Students may pick up schedules and complete paperwork. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to pick up schedules. East Carter has made changes this year to improve the blitz and make the process quicker.

If students have already accessed their schedules on parent portal, they may have been incorrect because the scheduling process was not complete and several changes have been made since then.

For more information, call ECHS at (606) 474-5714.

Thornberry named interim director

ASHLAND - The Little Sandy Board of Health, on a vote of 2-0 with one abstention, appointed executive assistant Paula Thornberry to the post of interim director because of the Aug. 1 retirement of Lloyd Miller.  

Thornberry will serve until a public health director can be hired. Dr. Kari Shields, board chairwoman, said she expects the board to move swiftly to replace Miller, saying the board hopes it takes no longer than three months.

Portsmouth post probes accident

PORTSMOUTH - The Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle fatal accident at 5:20 p.m. Sunday. The wreck occurred on State Route 140, just west of Turkey Foot Road.  

Patricia J. Chamberlin, 76, of South Webster, was driving eastbound on 140 in a 2012 Honda CRV when she drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch and concrete culvert. Chamberlin was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center by ambulance and later flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

The post was informed by the Cabell County coroner that Chamberlin had died of her injuries Tuesday afternoon.

Orientation set at Boyd County High

CANNONSBURG - Freshman orientation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Boyd County High School.

Incoming freshmen and their parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to attend as this is an important step in the transition from middle school to high school.

After the orientation, there will be an opportunity for the payment of fees and the assignment of lockers.

Rowan man dies in oxygen tank fire

MOREHEAD - A Rowan County man died Wednesday night after being burned when his oxygen tank apparently exploded.

Richard Jones, 52, of Lambert Hollow, was pronounced dead at St. Claire Regional Medical Center.

He was transported to St. Claire after a neighbor heard an explosion and found him in flames. The neighbor extinguished the fire on Jones’ body and called for help.

Morehead firefighters kept the fire from reaching other tanks on the front porch of the mobile home.

The incident remains under investigation.



Raceland-Worthington Board of Education, 5:30 p.m., mediation session with the Greenup County Board of Education about reciprocal agreements, at the Greenup County Courthouse Annex.