Library director defends tax rate increase
By TJ Caudill
Staff Writer

The Perry County Public Library Board was one of the few county taxing districts to raise its 2017 property tax rate doing so by nearly two cents. In the Perry County Fiscal Court’s monthly scheduled meeting, the library director presented and defended the tax rate to members of the fiscal court.
Library Director Elaine Neace presented to the fiscal court the library’s property tax rate of 16 cents per $100 property value accessed for 2017. This is up from 2016 by 1.6 cents. The library’s tax rate from 2016 was 14.4 cents.

The Black Gold tradition continues
Robby Higgins showing off his Wax Hand during Black Gold. Higgins is a 10-year-old student at Roy G. Eversole

For more photos from the Black Gold Festival check out the September 21, 2017 edition of The Hazard Herald.

Details emerge in arson, murder case
Colwell accused of stabbing victim before allegedly setting house on fire

By TJ Caudill
Staff Writer

Details continue to emerge regarding an incident, which led last week to arson and murder charges being filed against a Leslie County man.
Enoch Colwell, 52, of Wooton, remained lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on Wednesday, a week after Kentucky State Police charged him with murder and first-degree arson, linked to the death of Jeffery Standridge at Avawam.

Disability Resource Center has grand opening
Members of the Hazard Perry County Chamber of Commerce and the Disability Resource Center participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 6.

By Sam Neace
Staff writer

The Disability Resource Center in the Hazard Village Shopping Center held its grand opening ceremony Wednesday. Members of the Hazard Perry County Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon cutting during the ceremony.
“We are a center to help disabled people with independent living services based right here in Southeastern Kentucky,” said Community Specialist Kelvin Fugate. “We assist any individual with any type of disability by providing core services, such as help finding employment, education, vocational rehabilitation, peer support or referrals to other agencies that can help them with their needs.”

Arson, murder charged after body found

By TJ Caudill
Staff Writer

AVAWAM – A Leslie County man is facing murder and arson charges after a body was found in a burning residence in Perry County Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said.
The Perry County Coroner’s Office said the body was discovered at the scene of a house fire at Avawam but that identification of the victim has not yet been made.