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Amelia Holliday

Position: Staff Reporter
E-Mail Address: aholliday@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 606-436-5771

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COMBS—Traffic was blocked in the Combs community of Perry County on Friday after a boulder slipping off the hillside above a section of Highway 550 caused officials to close that portion of the road until the boulder could be safely removed.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 10 closed the section of Hwy 550 b

Boulder slip causes temporary road closure

COMBS—Traffic was blocked in the Combs community of Perry County on Friday after a boulder slipping off the hillside above a section of Highway 550 caused officials to close that portion of the road until the boulder could be safely removed. Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 10 closed the section of Hwy 550 b

FRANKFORT—After being arrested and charged with a DUI earlier this month, local state senator and Hazard native Brandon Smith appeared in court Wednesday morning for his arraignment with a century-old law up his sleeve for his defense.
The Herald reported that Smith was arrested by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) on Tuesday, Jan. 6, mere hou

Senator fights DUI charge with 19th Century law

FRANKFORT—After being arrested and charged with a DUI earlier this month, local state senator and Hazard native Brandon Smith appeared in court Wednesday morning for his arraignment with a century-old law up his sleeve for his defense. The Herald reported that Smith was arrested by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) on Tuesday, Jan. 6, mere hou

School boards vote to fight Ky. Power rate increase

HAZARD—With Kentucky Power's request for a rate increase hitting the news in the last few months, it has been made very clear how hard residential customers could be hit by the more than 12 percent proposed hike. However, customers like the local school districts in Perry County will also be taking a major hit to their already tight budgets&#

Alleged robber, shooter takes plea deal

HAZARD—A Perry County man who allegedly shot a witness to a robbery in which he is also a suspect last year has entered into a plea deal this month. Dustin A. Stidham, 26, of Bonnyman, allegedly attempted to rob Bill Helton in Hazard on Feb. 15 of last year. The Herald reported that Kentucky State Police troopers responded to the scene of th

HAZARD—Two men accused in the burglary of the Perry County Coroner Jimmy Maggard's house in Hazard last October have been indicted on those charges as well as drug related ones.
The Herald reported last year that 34-year-old Eddie Boyd and 32-year-old Billy Caress were arrested in connection with the theft of more than $10,000 worth of jewel

Accused coroner's house burglars face indictments

HAZARD—Two men accused in the burglary of the Perry County Coroner Jimmy Maggard's house in Hazard last October have been indicted on those charges as well as drug related ones. The Herald reported last year that 34-year-old Eddie Boyd and 32-year-old Billy Caress were arrested in connection with the theft of more than $10,000 worth of jewel

Man pleads guilty to burglary

HAZARD—A Perry County man, who was indicted on burglary charged early last year, has pleaded guilty this month to the charges facing him. Bradford Baker, 30, of Busy, was indicted in April 2014 on one count of third-degree burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the indictment, Baker was a

HAZARD—Martin Luther King, Jr., was celebrated across the country on Monday, and festivities for the National Day of Service lasted throughout the day in Hazard.
Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) hosted “The Color of Unity” program Monday morning, which kicked off with a community breakfast and a Rosa Parks reenactmen

Hazard celebrates MLK

HAZARD—Martin Luther King, Jr., was celebrated across the country on Monday, and festivities for the National Day of Service lasted throughout the day in Hazard. Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) hosted “The Color of Unity” program Monday morning, which kicked off with a community breakfast and a Rosa Parks reenactmen

CORNETTSVILLE — An accident on Highway 699 in the Cornettsville community of Perry County has left one Harlan County man dead.
Scottie Cornett, age 40, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday evening at the UK Medical Center in Lexington as a result of the critical injuries he sustained during the accident.
The accident occurred at approximately

UPDATE: Car crash leaves man dead

CORNETTSVILLE — An accident on Highway 699 in the Cornettsville community of Perry County has left one Harlan County man dead. Scottie Cornett, age 40, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday evening at the UK Medical Center in Lexington as a result of the critical injuries he sustained during the accident. The accident occurred at approximately

Grand jury indicts few this month

HAZARD—The Perry County grand jury returned few indictments to kick off the New Year this month. Justin Lewis, 22, of Viper, was indicted on six counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Allegedly, from February to March of 2014, Lewis knowingly possessed and used forged checks written for amounts of $200 or more on

HAZARD—Additional evidence has apparently come to light in the case of a Perry County man accused of beating his girlfriend's 6-year-old child in April of last year.
Jamie A. Stamper, 35, of Hazard, was indicted in June on one count of first-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years old or under. Stamper was alleged to have “abused the

Trial continued in child beating case

HAZARD—Additional evidence has apparently come to light in the case of a Perry County man accused of beating his girlfriend's 6-year-old child in April of last year. Jamie A. Stamper, 35, of Hazard, was indicted in June on one count of first-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years old or under. Stamper was alleged to have “abused the

Accused meth maker takes Alford Plea

HAZARD—A Perry County man accused of making methamphetamine early last year has taken an Alford Plea this month. Joseph Wayne Newton, 30, of Perry County, was arrested, alongside 31-year-old Billie Womack, in May 2014 after Perry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to their residence on a tip that a fugitive was hiding there. The Herald re

Man pleads guilty after threatening sheriff's deputy

HAZARD—A Perry County man who was alleged to have threatened the lives of at least one Perry County Sheriff's Deputy has pleaded guilty in the case. Thirty-year-old Derek Smith, of Vicco, was indicted in December of 2013 on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of third-degree terroristic threatening. Smith was alle

HAZARD — A blast of arctic air is making the hills of Eastern Kentucky feel more like the frozen tundra.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson reported a record low temperature of one degree below zero Thursday morning. According to the NWS, 2014 and 2015 marks the first time in nearly 30 years that the temperature has fallen below z

Brutal cold slams East Kentucky

HAZARD — A blast of arctic air is making the hills of Eastern Kentucky feel more like the frozen tundra. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson reported a record low temperature of one degree below zero Thursday morning. According to the NWS, 2014 and 2015 marks the first time in nearly 30 years that the temperature has fallen below z

FRANKFORT—Local state senator and Hazard native Brandon Smith ran into some trouble this week after a traffic stop ended with him being arrested.
Sgt. Michael Webb with the Kentucky State Police said Senator Smith, R-Hazard, was stopped by a KSP trooper on Village Drive in Frankfort after he was observed to be speeding.
When questioned, Web

Police arrest senator on DUI charge

FRANKFORT—Local state senator and Hazard native Brandon Smith ran into some trouble this week after a traffic stop ended with him being arrested. Sgt. Michael Webb with the Kentucky State Police said Senator Smith, R-Hazard, was stopped by a KSP trooper on Village Drive in Frankfort after he was observed to be speeding. When questioned, Web

Brandon and Lacie Jones of Vicco, announce the birth of their son, Ryker Baron Jones.
Ryker arrived at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at the Whitesburg ARH Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 6.8 ounces, and measured 21 inches in length.
Maternal grandparents are Sandy and Paul Brewer of Chavies. Paternal grandparents are Serenia and Baron Watts/R

Brandon and Lacie Jones of Vicco, announce the birth of their son, Ryker Baron Jones. Ryker arrived at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at the Whitesburg ARH Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 6.8 ounces, and measured 21 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Sandy and Paul Brewer of Chavies. Paternal grandparents are Serenia and Baron Watts/R

Buckhorn's Peyton Cooper looks to get position for a rebound.
Buckhorn's Dylan Cole looks for a hole in the Tiger defense.
Wildcat guard Shannon Blank attacks the Jackson City pressure.
Buckhorn's Josh Crank sets the offense.
Buckhorn's Connor Hoskins slides through the lane for a bucket. Hoskins had 30 points in the Wildcats 74-60 win over Jac

Wildcats prevail over Tigers

Buckhorn's Peyton Cooper looks to get position for a rebound. Buckhorn's Dylan Cole looks for a hole in the Tiger defense. Wildcat guard Shannon Blank attacks the Jackson City pressure. Buckhorn's Josh Crank sets the offense. Buckhorn's Connor Hoskins slides through the lane for a bucket. Hoskins had 30 points in the Wildcats 74-60 win over Jac

Hazard's Hunter Hardy prepares to pull the trigger on a long “3” against Breathitt County.
Hazard's Braxton Whitaker looks to pass out of the corner during a game with Breathitt County.
Hazard's Ryan Smith breaks the Breathitt County pressure and looks for the shot.
Hazard's Griffin Wells splits the Bobcat defenders and heads to the

Bulldogs fall to Bobcats

Hazard's Hunter Hardy prepares to pull the trigger on a long “3” against Breathitt County. Hazard's Braxton Whitaker looks to pass out of the corner during a game with Breathitt County. Hazard's Ryan Smith breaks the Breathitt County pressure and looks for the shot. Hazard's Griffin Wells splits the Bobcat defenders and heads to the

VIPER—One Perry County man is in jail and another is dead following a domestic related shooting over the weekend in the Viper community of Perry County.
Troopers with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 13 in Hazard responded to a call Saturday night, just before 11 p.m., that a man had been shot at a residence on Plumbford Branch Road in V

Father kills son during argument

VIPER—One Perry County man is in jail and another is dead following a domestic related shooting over the weekend in the Viper community of Perry County. Troopers with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 13 in Hazard responded to a call Saturday night, just before 11 p.m., that a man had been shot at a residence on Plumbford Branch Road in V

HAZARD—Public attention shifted slightly this week from newly elected officials in the county to what exactly former county officials did while on the job in the last administration, after an article published on Friday attacked former Perry County Jailer Jeanette Miller Hughes for allegedly doing “very little as the county's $69,000-a-

Article slams former Perry jailer

HAZARD—Public attention shifted slightly this week from newly elected officials in the county to what exactly former county officials did while on the job in the last administration, after an article published on Friday attacked former Perry County Jailer Jeanette Miller Hughes for allegedly doing “very little as the county's $69,000-a-

First step in broadband initiative taken

FRANKFORT—The first real step towards making reliable, high-speed Internet available across all of Eastern Kentucky has been taken after Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, announced a partnership to begin the process of laying new fiber lines during a press conference last week. Beshear and Rogers, who have been the for





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