3 arrrested in drug bust
ASHLAND - Three were arrested on drug charges Thursday night after being caught with $28,000 worth of cocaine.
Deputies from the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant around 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of Prospect Avenue. They found 280 grams of white powder cocaine and $1,000 cash.
Laurel G. Vaughn, 36, Omar P. Henry, 35, and Denise N. Carter, 28, were taken into custody.
Vaughn and Carter were charged with trafficking a controlled substance and Henry was charged with tampering. Deputies said he tried to throw the cocaine when deputies arrived.
Vaughn and Carter were living in the house. Henry lives in Covington.
The Kentucky State Police assisted in the case.
Clerks receive records grants
FRANKFORT - Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones has received a grant for $26,102 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to preserve and manage local government records.
Greenup County Clerk Patricia Hieneman has received a grant for $3,105.
Fifty-two grants have been awarded for a total of $935,341 from fiscal year 2013 Local Records Grant Program funds.
During the program’s 27-year history, a total of more than $19 million has been distributed across Kentucky and included grants to all 120 counties.
The grants will be used to convert aperture cards to electronic form and index documents by book and page number.
Meth arrests made in Johnson
PAINTSVILLE - Three were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies were serving indictment warrants when they noticed Lucas Moore, Donnis Skaggs and Jason Owens smoking something next to a car. Upon searching the car, deputies found an active meth lab inside.
The men were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Unemployment rates fall in state
FRANKFORT - Unemployment rates fell in 83 of the state’s 120 counties between January 2012 and January 2013, while 33 county rates increased and four stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 5.9 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 6.5 percent; Oldham County, 6.6 percent; Shelby County, 6.7 percent; Madison County, 7 percent; Franklin County, 7.1 percent; Daviess and Scott counties, 7.2 percent each; and Anderson, Hancock and Union counties, 7.3 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 18.8 percent. It was followed by Letcher County, 16.9 percent; Leslie County, 16.4 percent; Harlan County, 15.8 percent; Fulton County, 15.2 percent; Jackson and Knott counties, 15.1 percent each; Bell County 14.7 percent; Menifee County, 14.6 percent; and McCreary County, 14.4 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count the number working.
Genealogy group to meet March 28
GREENUP - The Greenup County Genealogy & Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 in the meeting room at the Greenup County Public Library. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dresses, basket items needed
ASHLAND - For Jamie’s Sake is seeking prom dresses, jewelry, shoes, other prom accessories and tuxedoes for its Promalooza event on April 6. Teens in foster care come to the event and select what they want to wear for prom and also have their makeup and hair done.
Also, the organization requests help with items for Easter baskets. The organization is trying to fill baskets for 106 children in foster care.
To make a donation, call the office at (606) 327-5511 or drop off items at the office at 1544 Winchester Ave.
Donations are tax deductible.
3 arrrested in drug bust
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Judge denies renewed motion to dismiss Rosen lawsuit
A judge has refused to dismiss a former Boyd district and circuit judge’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that affects his ability to run for re-election this fall.
In an order entered on Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate denied a renewed motion to dismiss by current Boyd Circuit Judge George W. Davis III, an intervening respondent in the suit filed in January by Marc I. Rosen.
Ashland football players join special-needs students for prom
The purple chiffon gown and the sparkling tiara are back in the closet four days after the big dance, but Karina McBride still hasn’t stopped talking about Saturday night — the decorations, boys bringing her cups of punch, her first kiss (on the cheek, her mother hastens to interject), and dancing the night away at her first prom.
“She’s been flying high since that night,” said Michele Woods, who is Karina’s mother and who brought together friends and volunteers to organize a prom for special needs students.
Concrete pouring at Putnam
Workers are pouring concrete foundations at Putnam Stadium and once those are dry and cured will be ready to install seats at the historic arena.
The workers are putting in 12-hour shifts to keep on schedule to complete the stadium’s reconstruction in time for this fall’s football opener, said site supervisor Craig Chinn of Trace Creek Construction.
The most visible work is happening on the home-team side of the stadium, where workers Tuesday were setting forms for the cylindrical concrete piers that will support the seats. Once those are poured, cured and inspected they will add the seats.
Unique races for Carter magistrates
Carter County magistrate ballots are full of candidates eager to represent constituents in each of the five districts that make up the county’s fiscal court.
Of the five seats available, three magistrates are seeking re-election: Clarence “Sonny” Fankell, D-Grayson, District 2; Clifford “Sodbuster” Roe, D-Olive Hill, District 4; and Brandon Burton, R-Olive Hill, District 5.
The incumbents will each have to battle as many as three opponents in their district primaries next month before they can focus on reclaiming their magistrate titles in the November general election.
This year’s magistrate race will host a total of 22 candidates, with 11 from Grayson, nine from Olive Hill and two from Denton.
Martin County marks 50 years since LBJ visit
Today marks 5o years since former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez resident Tom Fletcher and promised to end poverty in America on April 24, 1964. On Friday, Inez will be commemorating the occasion with a special event.
Trail Town trial run to be in Olive Hill this Sunday
Olive Hill will participate in a trial run this Saturday in the city’s push to become a certified Kentucky Trail Town.
Some area farmers may be eligible for LIP program
The Grayson Farm Service Agency, (Boyd, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence) is having registration for the Livestock Indemnity Program to eligible producers who suffered losses beginning Oct. 1, 2011, and subsequent years.
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The King’s Daughters Pregancy and Infant Loss Support Group invites families who have experienced the loss of an infant during pregnancy or following birth to participate in a butterfly release and prayer ceremony at 2 p.m. May 10 at the Ashland Central Park fountain.
Garner hosting National Day of Prayer activities
The Garner Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting day long events at the Kyova Mall to commemorate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.
Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday
A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.
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