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April 15, 2014

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — McCreary County's one-percent occupational tax garnered $341,533.21 in the third quarter of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the latest figures released by the Judge- Executive's Office. The county collected $135,855.06 in January; $137,552.66 in February; and $68,125.49 in March. After the occupational tax office covered administrative expenses, just over $331,000 has been deposited into the county's General Fund over the last three months. The third quarter figure, typically the largest of the fiscal year as it encompasses the height of the tax season, represents more than first- and second-quarter collections combined ($338,890.27). It also beats the $330,066.06 collected in the third quarter of the 2012- 13 fiscal year. As of March 31, the county has collected $680,423.48 for this fiscal year. With tax season over, it may be difficult to reach the $950,000 yearly total projected when the current budget went into effect last July. 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. By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor PINE KNOT — Kyndal Patrick appears to be like any other little girl on the verge of turning five. She's talkative, full of energy and obsessed with the Disney movie Frozen. The only noticeable difference is how well she gets along with her little brother, Kyler, who's two. But Kyndal just recently came home after 53 days in East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Her parents, Kyle and Alicia Patrick, first noticed Kyndal becoming ill as they celebrated Kyler's birthday on January 5. It PRIMARY PROFILES By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor This week, the McCreary County Record is featuring survey responses from all six candidates running for McCreary County Judge- Executive. Due to its length, the survey will be published as two halves, with the conclusion appearing next week. Responses are printed below in order of receipt. Jimmy Waters is a Democrat candidate from Whitley City. He and wife Maxine have two daughters, five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Waters' platform includes promoting local tourism, working within the county budget, supporting our ambulance service and law enforcement, reopening the jail and gaining magistrate confidence. Greg Burdine of Pine Knot is seeking the Republican nomination. Having joined Pine Knot Funeral Home in 1995, Burdine is active in the community. Currently chairing the McCreary County Development Association and Leadership McCreary County, he is past president of the local Chamber of Commerce and served on boards for the McCreary County Economic and Community Development, USP McCreary, Pine Knot Job Corps, and McCrearyFest/WinterFest. Phillips Brian Hill of Smithtown is seeking the Democrat nomination. A truck driver for almost 20 years, Hill ran a budget as an owner/operator for three years before taking his current local job. He has become politically active in the last couple of years, particularly with the jail closing, and serves as a Facebook page administrator for Advance McCreary County. Hill and wife Cristy have four children. Douglas (Doug) Stephens is the Republican incumbent from Whitley City. He worked as a biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for almost 25 years, 16 in the capacity of supervisor for the southeastern Kentucky district. He has also operated his own consulting business, taught part-time at the SCC McCreary Center, served a term on the McCreary County Board of Education and pastors City of Refuge Christian Fellowship. Jimmie "Bevo" Greene II of Whitley City is seeking the Republican nomination. Now employed with RTEC, he has worked in manufacturing, construction, retail, trans- portation, and owned several small businesses. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and deacon at Walkers Chapel Baptist Church, Greene is the son of former Judge-Executive Jimmie W. Greene and the late Kyoko Yamamoto. Scottie Morrow is a Democrat candidate from Stearns. He retired after 20 years in the United States Air Force where he was trained as a leader and manager. Morrow holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. What is your vision for McCreary County and how do you plan to bring that about? Discuss your role as a leader of Fiscal Court as well as the county's various departments and volunteer boards. WATERS: Start small business and grow big. With Fiscal Court I plan to fly low and move slow, to work with the Fiscal Court to move this county forward. I will never stop looking for jobs. Little brother Kyler, 2, helps 4-year-old Kyndal Patrick model the T-shirts now being sold to give back for the support she received during her recent hospitalization. Bravery Janie Slaven Photo ■ ■ Revenues increase during tax season ■ ■ Judge-Executive, Part 1 Jimmy Waters (D) Greg Burdine (R) Phillip Brian Hill (D) Douglas Stephens (R) Scottie Morrow (D) Jimmie Bevo Greene (R) This accident occurred Monday afternoon on US 27 in front of Jones Farm and Garden as a northbound Chevy Silverado — driven by Vestle Patrick, 72, of Parkers Lake — attempted a left turn and entered the path of a southbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Morgan Watson, 29, of Whitley City. Watson was transported by McCreary County EMS. The accident was investigated by Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Reed with Whitley City firefighters assisting at the scene. ■ ■ Kyndal Patrick, 4, shows a lot of guts & even more heart in fighting sudden illness Payroll tax bounces back in 3rd quarter ▼ ▼ See KYNDAL, Page 2A VOL. 95, NO. 33 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, APRIL 16, 2014 Ladies in KY/TN Border Battle See Page 1B ▼ ▼ See JUDGE-EXEC, Page 2A Photo by Janie Slaven

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