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August 26, 2014

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — The McCreary County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly luncheon last Wednesday with Max Wise, senator-elect for Kentucky's 16th District, serving as guest speaker. Barring the surprise entry of a write-in candidate, Wise will assume the senate seat in January after defeating incumbent Sara Beth Gregory in last May's Republican Primary. Sen. Gregory — who had previously served as State Representative for McCreary, Wayne and part of Pulaski counties — actually won the majority of local votes while Wise — a Campbellsville native — won the northern half of the district. Anticipating a tough crowd, Wise said he appreciated the warm welcome he received on Wednesday and he hoped to relate to his constituents Due to the Labor Day holiday, editorial and advertising deadlines for the Sept. 3 edition of The Record will be this Thursday at 5 p.m. Holiday Deadlines Holiday Deadlines A Look at Life in McCr eary County COUNTY 7PMVNFt/VNCFS Former Miss Kentucky USA Allie Leggett County Judge Executive Candidates Q&A Doug Stephens & Jimmy Waters The Making of McCreary County 120 McCreary County's Newest Magazine INSIDE TODAY'S EDITION! A Look at Life in McCreary County COUNTY 120 McC ok o A L C s New eary County' Cr Y'S E INSIDE TODAY y ounty y C eary at Life in McCr T COUN COUNT west Magazine EDITION! Y TY TY TY TY 120 ■ ■ Parental concerns, budget, KISBIT discussed By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY —The McCreary County Jail was not in pristine condition when it closed in January of last year, and the ensuing 20 months haven't helped. But with the state Department of Corrections unlikely to approve construction of a new facility (unless it's regional), one of the candidates for Jailer/Chief Transport Officer is determined to find a way to reopen the old one. Democrat jailer candidate Derek Jones arranged for Carlos Cameron, Congressman Hal Rogers' new field representative, to tour the local jail Monday afternoon along with Republican jailer candidate Jessie Hatfield, Judge-Executive Doug Stephens and his Democrat opponent Jimmy Waters. Deputy Judge Andrew Powell led the tour and answered questions. The tour started in the "apartment" area, Former member Joyce Kidd (standing) addresses the McCreary County Board of Education Thursday night regarding a newly hired teacher at McCreary Central High School. Sitting at the board table are: (from left) board attorney Winter Huff, member Larry Davis, Superintendent Arthur D. Wright, Chair Nelda Gilreath, members Brandon Kidd, Roxanne Shook and Debbie Gibson. Special to The Record LONDON — Tonya Lee Anderson, 44, of Pine Knot, Ky., has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for drug trafficking offenses. One of Anderson's co-defendants, Robert Darrell Worley, aka Bobby Worley, 49, of Stearns, Ky., has already been sentenced, in July 2014, to 108 months for drug trafficking and firearms offenses. Under federal law, both will have to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentence. Anderson was sentenced on August 14. According to court documents, beginning in January of 2012 and continuing through October of 2013, Anderson and Worley conspired to distribute oxycodone. Specifically, By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — The McCreary County Record has learned that former Sheriff Clarence "Penny" Perry passed away over the weekend. Perry, 66, passed away unexpectedly at his Strunk Ridge home on Sunday. Born in Honeybee to the late Alonzo and Rosa (Bryant), Perry served as a Constable before being elected McCreary County Sheriff in November 2002. During his term, Perry faced the loss of a COPS grant which funded several deputies but was successfully able to petition McCreary County By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — The McCreary County Board of Education tackled a tough agenda Thursday — including parent concerns, a tight budget and a crippling insurance debt. The meeting began with Superintendent Arthur D. Wright updating the board on district performance as well as McCreary Central Academy. Supt. Wright presented school profiles from 2012-13 since the latest accountability scores won't be released until the end of next month. Whitley City Elementary jumped from the 45th to 61st percentile; Pine Knot Intermediate from 57th to 78th; McCreary County Middle from 19th to 24th; and McCreary Central High from 16th to 36th. Pine Knot Primary decreased from the 14th to sixth percentile. Overall the district improved from the 28th to 46th percentile. "We're looking forward to the September results," Wright said. Board Chair Nelda Gilreath thanked Wright for the update and asked what resources were available to ensure improvement. Member Brandon Kidd expressed particular concern for Pine Knot Primary since elementary levels provide the building blocks of learning all the VOL. 95, NO. 52 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 28 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. ©2014 All Rights Reserved WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014 Tourney Title See Page 1B The McCreary County Record Your Hometown Newspaper since in 1919 Print subscriptions include access to the e-Edition. Go to, open the e-Edition portal and register. Subscribe to just the e-Edition for $15/Year. Call 606-376-5356 for more information. Penny Perry dies McCreary County Pair Sentenced on Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges ■ ■ Candidates meet with Rogers' field rep ▼ ▼ See SCHOOLS, Page 2A ■ ■ Sheriff from 2003-2007 Can this jail be saved? ▼ ▼ See PENNY, Page 2A ▼ ▼ See FEDERAL, Page 2A School Board tackles thorny issues ▼ ▼ See JAIL, Page 2A Janie Slaven Photo Janie Slaven Photo Max Wise, senator-elect for Kentucky's 16th District, was guest speaker at last week's chamber meeting. Clarence "Penny" Perry Janie Slaven Photo Carlos Cameron (center), field representative for Rep. Hal Rogers, prepares to tour the old jail with local candidates. Sept. 1 Sept. 1 Wise addresses Chamber of Commerce ■ ■ Senator-elect pledges accessibility ▼ ▼ See WISE, Page 2A

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