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March 24, 2015

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Record Report WHITLEY CITY — The McCreary County Record is publishing its final edition today after 96 years of serving Whitley City and nearby southern Kentucky communities. The closing includes the paper's website, Publisher Rob McCullough said the paper's news editor will transfer to the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, a sister publication. The two other Whitley City staff members – office/circulation manager and compositor – have announced they will retire. Subscribes to the Record who pre-paid beyond this final edition will be issued refunds. McCullough said the weekly paper could not support itself economically even as efforts to reduce costs were implemented, including shifting some administrative functions to the Somerset paper. "Revenue from advertising and circulation simply could not sustain the Record despite the staff's and the company's best efforts," he said. "We explored every possible avenue to keep the paper open." The Record, with a circulation of 2,596 copies, has served McCreary County since 1919. McCullough thanked the paper's readers and advertisers for their support over the years. "It is never a happy day when a community newspaper closes," he said. "But when the economics no longer work, the lights have to be turned off at some point. Unfortunately, that day has arrived for the Record." McCreary County Record publishes last edition By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — As the three- year required separation between countywide alcohol referendums winds down, a local group has launched a new petition to get alcohol sales on the ballot this fall. Brian Hill of Advanced McCreary County announced Saturday via the group's Facebook page that he was in the process of delivering petitions to businesses throughout the county. The group is hoping to gather at least 1,300 signatures by August 31 in hopes of getting a special election scheduled in late September to avoid conflict with the November General Election for state constitutional offices. That may be difficult as Kentucky law calls for such local option elections to be held not earlier than 60 days nor later than 90 days after the date the petition is filed with the county clerk. Stearns resident and two-time judge-executive candidate Scottie Morrow spearheaded the last countywide referendum — gathering 1,000 signatures between February when he filed the petition in late June 2012. At that time, only 495 signatures needed to be verified as belonging to registered McCreary voters — 25 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the 2011 General Election. Advance McCreary is facing a larger number because of the 5,213 ballots cast in November 2014 — an election which included county offices rather than state. No matter when the next local option election occurs, the prospect of alcohol sales stands a better than even chance of passing. The August 2012 referendum was defeated by less than 50 votes and in the interim, Stearns voters approved the historical district going "moist" just last fall. The latest drive has also gotten some public political support with McCreary Deputy Judge-Executive Andrew Powell posting to this newspaper's Facebook page the following statement: "I want to ask everyone in McCreary County to consider and adopt a pro-alcohol ordinance for our community. My entire life I have been told our county is 30 years behind everyone else and this van be so no more. We must move our county forward, be proactive, improve the Record Staff Report WILLIAMSBURG — Police have arrested an attorney who used to serve as a district judge in McCreary and Whitley counties on a drug trafficking charge. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird told The (Corbin) Times-Tribune that 38-year-old Jason Paul Price of Williamsburg is accused of accepting pain pills as payment for legal services. He faces one count of first-degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, first offense. "He (Price) wasn't selling (drugs)," Bird explained to the newspaper that the state statute defines "trafficking" to include purchasing, selling or giving illicit drugs. "He was purchasing," Bird alleged. "We had some very recent information develop that he was allegedly taking drugs as payment for legal fees." Using a "cooperating source" to make a legal fee payment in the parking lot of a fast food Advance McCreary County launches new wet/dry petition ▼ ▼ See PETITION, Page 2A ■ ■ Civic group aiming for September referendum ■ ■ Jason Price a former Dist. Judge ■ ■ Chloe Carrick, 4, returns to preschool after health scare Jason P. Price VOL. 96, NO. 30 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 36 PAGES 50 ¢ 50 ¢ Established 1919 Pledged to no party's arbitrary sway, we hew to the lines of truth and edification of our people and let the chips fall where they may. ©2015 All Rights Reserved WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015 Lady Raiders top Oneida See Page 1B ▼ ▼ See PRICE, Page 2A By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor HAYES CREEK — Preschooler Chloe Carrick is a giggly ball of fire, even more energetic than most four-year-olds. She says she enjoys reading, playing on her tablet, tractor rides and looking for turkeys. Perhaps her favorite pastime is playing with the family's three dogs: Sophie, Mickey and Jake. Seeing her good-naturedly tussle with Sophie, it's hard to believe that just four months ago, Chloe's life hung in the balance. Her story begins the Monday before Thanksgiving. Chloe's mother, Latoya, recalls that it was about 10 p.m. that night when she and her husband, Bruce, were roused by Chloe's screams — shortly followed by vomiting and hallucinating. But the little girl recovered well enough for her parents to attribute the incident to a stomach virus which had been going around at the time. The Carrick family — including two-year-old Nate — proceeded with plans to spend the holiday with Bruce's family in Ohio. By Wednesday evening, Chloe's illness ▼ ▼ See CHLOE, Page 2A Photo by Janie Slaven Attorney charged with trafficking in pills Bouncing Back

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