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December 16, 2014

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WinterFest was capped Saturday evening with the Winter Wonderland Parade. WinterFest Parade 2014 By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor PINE KNOT — With a new year just two weeks away, local authorities are investigating the first murder of 2014. Late Friday night, Pine Knot and Whitley City firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 5900 S. Hwy. 1651. Firefighters were able to contain the fire but discovered a deceased male inside. Kentucky State Police Post 11 was notified at approximately 11:52 p.m. Upon arrival, KSP Detective Billy Correll determined that Johnny G. Taylor, 66, suffered multiple stab wounds. Correll told The Record that Taylor was found in his bedroom. The suspected weapon was not located on scene nor was an obvious motive determined from the initial search. The detective praised Pine Knot Fire Department for containing the fire so quickly and preserving the scene. Taylor's body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy conducted on Saturday. Taylor had reportedly lived alone in the home ( )#!####" # (! &#%(& ' $$" &% $e CD of "Looking Back, Volume I," can be purchased separately for just $6.95 "Looking Back, Volume I," published in 2006, is no longer in print. It is now available on CD. 1e entire book is in easy to read pdf format, using Acrobat Reader. See a collection of old photographs & information gathered over several years by The McCreary County Record, featuring people & places in & around McCreary County. Come by our Office on Main St in Whitley City or call 606-376-5357 Today! VOL. 96, NO. 16 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 26 PAGES ©2014 All Rights Reserved WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014 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. By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor FRANKFORT — It was a marathon evening for those attending last Thursday's convening of McCreary County Fiscal Court but once the dust settled, not much was actually decided regarding the business license ordinance proposed by the McCreary County Chamber of Commerce. The evening started at 5 p.m. with a public hearing to gather comment on the ordinance, which would require businesses to register with the local Occupational Tax Office. The initial draft presented last month featured a schedule of varying fees, which most magistrates seemed to reject in favor of free registration and heavier fines. The Chamber committee revised the draft to include a flat fee of $25 for local businesses and $75 for itinerant businesses. Veteran insurance agent Buddy Wilson made the chamber's case for the license. He spoke of how the civic organization had lobbied for 911 dispatching as well as reducing the number of magistrates from eight to the current four. Wilson defended the license fee as necessary to help cover administrative cost, particularly a $50 payment for law enforcement to serve delinquents. The license itself, he said, would help in collecting occupational taxes from those participating in an "underground economy" whether it be outside contractors or home-based business operators. "If the tax applies to one, it should apply to all," Wilson said. But while enforcement of past county ordinances — or lack thereof — has been a major concern for most against the business license, at least one opponent suggested that the county should look the other way when it comes to the earnings of "the little people." In presenting a 500-signature petition to the Court, store owner Rick Wilson said that those who sell Avon or cut firewood or the like should be allowed to "be the judge of their own conscience whether or not Santa visits Preschool 50 ¢ 50 ¢ Established 1919 See Page 3B Basketball Highlights See Page 1B Murder Investigation in Pine Knot ▼ ▼ See ORDINANCE, Page 2A Business license ordinance tabled Janie Slaven Photo ■ ■ Fiscal Court approves move of 911 headquarters ▼ ▼ See MURDER, Page 2A ■ ■ Taylor stabbed, found in burned home Police tape marked off the entrance to Johnny Taylor's Pine Knot residence Saturday morning. Volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire the night before discovered Taylor's body in his bedroom with what was determined to be multiple stab wounds. Janie Slaven Photo During Thursday's public hearing, Pine Knot store owner Rick Wilson presented McCreary County Fiscal Court with a petition opposing the proposed business license ordinance. Wilson said he had collected 500 signatures in four days. Holiday Schedule The Record will close for Christmas at noon next Wednesday, Christmas Eve, and reopen on Friday, December 26. Janie Slaven Photos

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