Amelia Holliday

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

Latest Stories by Amelia Holliday

HAZARD—Another player in what has become a long-running family feud case in Perry County Circuit Court had his case heard in court this week, and accepted a plea deal presented by the Commonwealth.
Ruben Holland, 48, of Bonnyman, was indicted on one count of first-degree arson, a Class A felony, in June. Allegedly, in April, Holland started

Holland pleads guilty to arson

HAZARD—Another player in what has become a long-running family feud case in Perry County Circuit Court had his case heard in court this week, and accepted a plea deal presented by the Commonwealth. Ruben Holland, 48, of Bonnyman, was indicted on one count of first-degree arson, a Class A felony, in June. Allegedly, in April, Holland started

Trial continued in triple murder case

HAZARD—A Perry County woman facing three counts of murder was brought before the Perry County Circuit Judge again this month, after a long battle to keep the death penalty off of the table in the case. Billie J. Caudill, 31, of Whick, was indicted last year on charges of DUI third offense, driving on a DUI suspended license, and three counts

Letter to the Editor: Send Christmas to our soldiers

Dear Editor, I saw this on Facebook and thought it would be a nice thing to do for the season, maybe make us remember what the season is really for. Besides, these men and women were injured protecting our freedom! When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take a card and send it to this address: A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter

COMBS—The state's winningest girls' basketball coach will now not only have his name in the history books, but will also have his name written all across Perry County after local legislators had the entirety of Highway 15 in Perry County dedicated to Coach Randy Napier this month.
Representative Fitz Steele and Senator Brandon Smith presente

Napier honored after 794 wins

COMBS—The state's winningest girls' basketball coach will now not only have his name in the history books, but will also have his name written all across Perry County after local legislators had the entirety of Highway 15 in Perry County dedicated to Coach Randy Napier this month. Representative Fitz Steele and Senator Brandon Smith presente

HAZARD — A group hoping to revitalize downtown Hazard has now reinvigorated itself by making some much-needed structural changes.
InVision Hazard, a group fiscally sponsored by the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, has been involved with planning and executing various worthwhile projects in town. Up until now, however, a lot of confusion

InVision Hazard keeps plans moving forward

HAZARD — A group hoping to revitalize downtown Hazard has now reinvigorated itself by making some much-needed structural changes. InVision Hazard, a group fiscally sponsored by the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, has been involved with planning and executing various worthwhile projects in town. Up until now, however, a lot of confusion

HAZARD—Youths from across Southeastern Kentucky made their big screen debuts this month with the premier of “The Better Angels,” which tells the story of the 16th United States President's childhood and family struggles. Hillside Theater in Hazard hosted the Kentucky premier of the movie Friday evening to a packed house.
“I

'Better Angels' debuts in Hazard

HAZARD—Youths from across Southeastern Kentucky made their big screen debuts this month with the premier of “The Better Angels,” which tells the story of the 16th United States President's childhood and family struggles. Hillside Theater in Hazard hosted the Kentucky premier of the movie Friday evening to a packed house. “I

Hazard police host 'Santa with a Badge'

HAZARD—It's that time of year again—people rushing into packed stores, scouring the toy aisles for just the right thing, and waiting in line for much too long to check out. While many scenarios such as this one may end with the toys being wrapped and put under the tree at home, in Hazard, the Hazard Police Department (HPD) will be accep

East Perry's Hall looks for help along the baseline.
East Perry's Eversole takes a “3” during the 8th grade county tournament.
East Perry's Brewer settles in for a free throw during the 8th grade county tournament.
R. W. Combs' Beverly looks to pass around the East Perry defense.
R. W. Combs' Branson hits a shot in overtime to help

Lady Mustangs claim 8th grade tourney

East Perry's Hall looks for help along the baseline. East Perry's Eversole takes a “3” during the 8th grade county tournament. East Perry's Brewer settles in for a free throw during the 8th grade county tournament. R. W. Combs' Beverly looks to pass around the East Perry defense. R. W. Combs' Branson hits a shot in overtime to help

Fight leads to campus stabbing

HAZARD—At least one person was taken to the Hazard ARH Monday morning after an argument between two students escalated to violence on the main campus of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC). Major James East with the Hazard Police Department (HPD) told the Herald that a call came in to the station at around 11:30 a.m. of an argumen

Subway burglar pleads guilty

HAZARD—A Perry County woman accused of being part of the duo that burglarized a Subway restaurant in Hazard last year accepted a plea agreement in Perry County Circuit Court last week. Della Hurt, 23, of Lost Creek, was indicted in April, alongside 53-year-old Timothy Bruce Hurt, of Bonnyman, on one count of third-degree burglary. Hurt plea

HAZARD—Veterans across the county were honored on Tuesday as Veterans' Day celebrations recognized those men and women who fought for and served their country over the decades.
Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) hosted its first Veterans Day Program, a more extensive celebration of veterans in its college system, with ceremonies h

Veterans honored at tech campus

HAZARD—Veterans across the county were honored on Tuesday as Veterans' Day celebrations recognized those men and women who fought for and served their country over the decades. Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) hosted its first Veterans Day Program, a more extensive celebration of veterans in its college system, with ceremonies h

Assumed racism in E.Ky.

Last week, I was lucky enough to be one of the numerous organizers and participants in Hazard's first ever Haunted Harvest, which boasted a fall farmers' market, a ghost tour of Main Street, and the first — to my knowledge — haunted parking structure. The event was a huge success, which readers can learn more about in this week's editi

HAZARD—In what ended up being easily the closest race in the county, the decision of who would become the next jailer in Perry County came down to less than 40 votes Tuesday night.
Democratic candidate Dexter Howard came away with the win in the race with 3,983 votes, or 41.83 percent of the vote.
“I want to thank the lord and him hel

Less than 40 votes decide jailer's race

HAZARD—In what ended up being easily the closest race in the county, the decision of who would become the next jailer in Perry County came down to less than 40 votes Tuesday night. Democratic candidate Dexter Howard came away with the win in the race with 3,983 votes, or 41.83 percent of the vote. “I want to thank the lord and him hel

HAZARD—After a number of shakeups at the polls this election year, Perry County will have almost entirely new faces in nearly all of the governing bodies in both the city and the county.
More than 9,900 Perry Countians turned out to the polls on Election Day, making this year one of the most well attended elections in a number of election cy

General election ends in local shake-ups

HAZARD—After a number of shakeups at the polls this election year, Perry County will have almost entirely new faces in nearly all of the governing bodies in both the city and the county. More than 9,900 Perry Countians turned out to the polls on Election Day, making this year one of the most well attended elections in a number of election cy

HAZARD—The City of Hazard issued a boil water advisory for a number of communities in Perry County this week following a main waterline break.
According to the release from the City, customers on Highway 7, from Dykes Branch to the last customer on that road, on Bull Creek, on Highway 699, and on Highway 463 are under a boil water advisory u

Boil water advisory issued for southern Perry Co.

HAZARD—The City of Hazard issued a boil water advisory for a number of communities in Perry County this week following a main waterline break. According to the release from the City, customers on Highway 7, from Dykes Branch to the last customer on that road, on Bull Creek, on Highway 699, and on Highway 463 are under a boil water advisory u

More than two dozen indictments returned in Perry County

HAZARD—A Perry County woman who threatened an employee at a local hair salon last month leads the indictments for October. Elizabeth C. Ritchie, 26, of Hazard, was indicted on one count of first-degree robbery after allegedly attempting to rob Electric Beach Tanning and Hair Salon in Hazard on Oct. 3, wielding a kitchen knife and ordering em

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, On primary election morning 2014 I arrived at the Happy precinct at 11 a.m. and went in to vote. One of the precinct's workers jokingly asked me if I had come to vote for myself and I told him I hoped so. I was then presented with a paper ballot. I asked what had happened to the electronic machine with the rotary dial (eSlate) and was

Judge denies death penalty in murder case

HAZARD—A woman's life was fought to be kept off of the line last week in Perry County Circuit Court as her attorney argued against allowing her case to be escalated to a capital trial. Billie J. Caudill, 31, of Whick, was indicted last year on charges of DUI third offense, driving on a DUI suspended license, and three counts of murder. In Ju

HAZARD—The Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Appreciation Breakfast last month at the Ponderosa restaurant in Hazard. Sixteen awards were given out to local businesses, and included categories from best food service award to best non-profit award.
“To have service you must be a servant; to be a servant yo

Chamber holds annual Business Appreciation Breakfast

HAZARD—The Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Appreciation Breakfast last month at the Ponderosa restaurant in Hazard. Sixteen awards were given out to local businesses, and included categories from best food service award to best non-profit award. “To have service you must be a servant; to be a servant yo

HDA challenged to get 200 donations in 200 hours

HAZARD—Two-hundred hours, or just over a week—that's how long one local nonprofit has had to accumulate 200 donations in order to meet a charity challenge given out last week. And stakes are high in this race for donations as an additional $5,000 donation hinges on finishing it in time. The Housing Development Alliance (HDA), a nonprof





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