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.
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