Juveniles hit in Walmart parking lot
Accused held on $100K, home incarceration

By TJ Caudill
Staff Writer

A woman, accused of hitting two juveniles with her motor vehicle while she was allegedly driving under the influence, was ordered to be held on $100,000 cash plus home incarceration bond.
Holly Darlene Combs, 35, of London, appeared in the Perry County District Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Parents and students enter West Perry for the first time
Work still remains to landscape the playgrounds. Officials estimate all projects should be completed soon.

By Sam Neace
Staff writer

The doors of West Perry Elementary in Hazard opened for the first time to parents and students Tuesday, as staff of the school held a Back to School Bash. Teachers were available to meet with students and tours of the new facility were also provided.
Work is still being done to complete sections of the campus. Landscaping for both of the school’s playgrounds is still underway and the interior design of the library remains unfinished. School officials estimate these projects will be completed within a couple of weeks. The remainder of the school is ready for students to utilize immediately, according to school officials.

Hazard man indicted on more than 100 sexual charges
Otis accused of rape, other crimes against four minors

By TJ Caudill
Staff Writer

A Hazard man is accused of raping four minors, all under the age of 16, between March and May of this year.
Jordan Otis, 24, of Hazard was indicted on one count of first-degree rape, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree criminal abuse, 36 counts of first-degree rape, 36 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree criminal abuse, two counts of first-degree rape, five counts of first-degree rape, seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse, five counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree abuse.

SOAR Summit 17: Defining success in Appalachia
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and coach John Calipari address the crowd at the fourth annual Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit, held Friday at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Bevin’s speech focused on the strengths he has seen in the region, and where it could lead the community in the future.

By Buddy Forbes
Appalachian Newspapers

PIKEVILLE — The fourth annual SOAR Summit took place at the East Kentucky Exposition Center Friday, bringing movers and shakers from all around into the conversation of the organization’s “21st century” blueprint for “shaping our Appalachian region.”
Congressman Hal Rogers, Gov. Matt Bevin and University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari all took to the stage during the summit, sharing with the audience their own views of what it takes to shape Appalachia.

Feds allege dealers flooded area with $5M of oxys
A Hazard Herald
Staff Report

At least 10 people were indicted recently by a federal grand jury on charges they were involved, at various levels, in a conspiracy to distribute thousands of pills of oxycodone in the Hazard area.
Included in those indicted is a man federal law enforcement identified as a “significant” source of the drug for the Hazard area. 
According to the indictment, issued July 27 by a federal grand jury in London, between October 2010 and the present, Rolando K. “Ro” Johnson, Celena L. Jones, Pacha R. Patrick, Josephine “Josie” Amburgey, Allison “Alfie” Feltner, Brandon “Worm” Woolum, Malik M. “Leek Hustle” Dillard-Cribbs, Joseph “Lil’ Joe” Combs, Cantania R. Wells and Tedrick Little, participated in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone which flooded thousands of pills into the area on a regular basis.