Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 31, 2013

Local briefs: 2/1/13

Staff reports
The Independent

WEST LIBERTY — W.Va. man pleads to 1998 murder

WEST LIBERTY - Shane T. Elkins of Wayne County, W.Va., has pleaded guilty in Morgan Circuit Court for his role in the Jan. 22, 1998, murder of Michael Dean Bartley of Ezel.

Information was obtained in August 2011 about the involvement of Elkins and his father, Melvin Elkins, in the murder of Bartley. Elkins, who was in West Virginia’s Mount Olive Correctional Complex and serving a life sentence for the 2007 murder of his father, was extradited back to Kentucky in August 2012 to stand trial for his role in Bartley’s murder.

 Elkins’ final sentencing will be on Feb. 25.

Hemp subject of KET program

FRANKFORT - On the 8 p.m. Monday edition of “Kentucky Tonight” on Kentucky Education Television and at ket.org/live, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss industrial hemp.

Scheduled guests are:

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer

Former Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller, founder of The Recovering Politician

Dan Smoot, vice president of Operation UNITE

 Viewers with questions and comments may send emails to kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at ket.org/kytonight. Viewers may also submit questions and comments on Twitter @BillKET, #kytonight, or on KET’s Facebook page.  

Messages should include first and last name and town or county. The phone number for viewer calls during the program is (800) 494-7605.

Red Caboose event Thursday

HUNTINGTON - The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center inside the Visitors Center at Heritage Station will present “Love is an Art That Comes From The Heart” from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The event will feature local artists who display their creations at the center.  

Wine, Valentines’ Day cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries will be provided by River & Rail Bakery and Bottle & Wedge.  

Drawings for door prizes will take place every hour.

MEETINGS

Monday

Boyd County High School council, 4 p.m., in the conference room.