McCreary County Record

September 30, 2014

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Ten of 11 targets were captured last Wednesday as part of a drug roundup coordinated by the McCreary County Sheriff's Office and the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Fork. This roundup was a continuation of an effort begun on September 17 in which 11 suspected drug traffickers were arrested. Arrest via district court warrants last Wednesday were: • Purlina Goins, 74, of Parkers Lake — second- degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, e (hydrocodone) • Michael Soard, 48, of Stearns — two counts of second-degree TCS (hydrocodone) • Gorman "Bunt" Watson of Stearns — first- degree TCS (10 or more units of oxycodone) • Roy Mike Hines of Stearns — first-degree TCS (10+ oxycodone) • Gary L. Tucker of Revelo — two counts of Trafficking Marijuana (eight ounces to five pounds) • Tiffany L. Miller, 22, of Revelo — two counts of Trafficking Marijuana (eight ounces to five pounds) • Wanda S. Miller, 44, of Strunk — Trafficking Marijuana (eight ounces to five pounds) See Page 1B SCC in Guatemala By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — The McCreary County Board of Education has a new attorney after meeting again in special session last Wednesday. The meeting had been initially scheduled for as a budget working session but attorney discussion was added to accommodate a presentation from Jeff Hoover, a Jamestown attorney who also serves as Republican Floor Leader in the Kentucky House of Representatives. As with the special session the week before, vice- chair Roxanne Shook objected — noting that she was not informed of the agenda change — while member Larry Davis also expressed concern over holding two special sessions in light of the district's limited financial resources. Member Deborah Gibson countered that the board has been encouraged through training to hold working budget sessions (working sessions usually involve no action). As the opposing sides aired their differences, Hoover noted that if hired, he would represent the entire district including board members, the superintendent and even staff. "I have no agenda," he said, adding that he would issue legal advice and leave policy issues to the board. Upon questioning from the board, Hoover acknowledged that he may skip "routine" meetings 2-3 times per year and emphasized the need to preview meeting agendas to prepare advice and not "shoot from the hip." Gibson also brought up an apparent practice in By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Two weeks after a woman was found wandering the tracks of the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, her suspected rapist was arrested. While the suspect had not been publicly identified, a warrant had been issued for his arrest. District 2 Constable Freddie Clark was on routine patrol the afternoon of September 21 when he spotted the subject as a passenger in a passing vehicle. "He turned his head as if to avoid me," Constable Clark told The Record Monday. Knowing the warrant was outstanding, the constable initiated a traffic stop to investigate further. Michael Ralph Barnett, 36, of Worley Hill Top was arrested and charged with one count of first- degree rape. The charge stems from the September 7 discovery of an adult female along the tracks of the Scenic Railway as the train returned from Blue Heron. Train staff picked up the woman and returned her to the depot at Stearns where McCreary County EMS and Deputy Sheriff Jerry Meadows were waiting. The woman — who was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset with multiple abrasions — told the deputy By JANIE SLAVEN Record Staff Writer WHITLEY CITY — The 35th annual McCrearyFest kicked off this weekend with the crowning of 2014 Miss McCrearyFest. On Saturday night, 16-year-old Rachel Lauren Wells won the 16-22 Miss division of the 33rd annual McCrearyFest pageant held in the McCreary Central High School Auditorium. The daughter of Phillip and Melissa Wells, Rachel is a junior at MCHS. Festivities resume this Friday night at 5 p.m. with the Street Concert featuring Ryan Patrick and Austin's Basement on Main Street in Whitley City. That event includes a chili supper and Zombie Walk. Then Saturday's event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Main Street with a performance from the KITES and the "Sweet Southern Comfort" parade getting underway an hour later. Organizers chose the theme in honor of Buddy Jewell's hit. The first "Nashville Star" winner will cap off the day-long celebration with a free performance opened by local American Idol contestant Zach Day and Nashville musician Dewayne Spaw. More information is available at or on Facebook's McCrearyFest/WinterFest page. In addition to the people McCrearyFest attracts, the county will also have an influx of visitors as Stearns undergoes a trial run Saturday and Sunday toward state Trail Town certification. In addition to hundreds of miles of hiking VOL. 96, NO. 5 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 24 PAGES 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, OCTOBER 1, 2014 MCMS Girls Basketball See Page 4B ▼ ▼ See WEEKEND, Page 2A Constable nabs rape suspect Buddy Jewell headlining McCrearyFest ■ ■ 35th annual Fest kicks off full weekend ■ ■ Case sent to grand jury ■ ■ 10 more arrested ▼ ▼ See DRUGS, Page 2A ▼ ▼ See SCHOOLS, Page 2A Michael R. Barnett School board picks Hoover as new attorney ▼ ▼ See RAPE, Page 2A ■ ■ Bus transportation dominates second session McCreary County Sheriff Gus Skinner holds the door for Gary L. Tucker, the final suspect to be captured during last Wednesday's drug roundup, the second in two weeks. Drug roundup continues 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. 50 ¢ 50 ¢ Janie Slaven Photo Rachel Wells was crowned Miss McCrearyFest 2014 Saturday by 2013 Queen Amber Genoe. This year's schedule of events can be found on Page 10B. Don Perry Photo

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