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April 22, 2014

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor FRANKFORT — The 2014-16 biennial highway construction plan passed last week by the Kentucky legislature includes just over $31 million for two projects in McCreary County. The plan includes $5.1 billion worth of projects throughout the state but as much as 25 percent will be set aside in case some projects are delayed by environmental concerns or land acquisition holdups. McCreary County was never a major contender for funding but the plan does include $1.19 million to construct a left turn lane on US 27 into Somerset Community College's McCreary Center in Whitley City next fiscal year. For the reconstruction of KY 92 from KY 592 at Davis Hill to the Whitley County line, the plan includes $1.225 million for utility relocation in Fiscal Year 2015 and $29 million for actual construction in FY 2016. This being an election year, the two-year road plan ended up a major point of contention between the Republican- 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 HEATHER TOMLINSON and JANIE SLAVEN CNHI Staff Writers WHITLEY CITY — Emergency responders from more than 15 agencies escorted LaDonna Gibson Hurd back home to McCreary County Friday afternoon. The 37-year-old volunteer firefighter, home health nurse, and single mother passed away around 5 p.m. last Wednesday evening at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, exactly one week after she fell while roller skating with her three children at Skater's PRIMARY PROFILES Saturday's Easter in the Park event was a huge success with hundreds of children hunting for thousands of eggs. By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor This week, the McCreary County Record concludes our survey of candidates vying in the May Primary with Part 2 for the McCreary County Judge-Executive race. Our coverage of nonpartisan races as well as those with candidates advancing straight into the November General Election will resume this fall. 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. Phillip 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 Local emergency responders assisted in escorting the body of Pulaski firefighter and McCreary native LaDonna Hurd to Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home Friday afternoon. Coming Home Easter Stampede ▼ ▼ See ROAD, Page 2A Janie Slaven Photo Janie Slaven Photo Chris Hollis Photo ■ ■ McCreary gets small piece of $5 billion pie ■ ■ Judge-Executive, Part 2 Jimmy Waters (D) Greg Burdine (R) Phillip Brian Hill (D) Douglas Stephens (R) Scottie Morrow (D) Jimmie Bevo Greene (R) ■ ■ McCreary native dies 1 week after head injury Local road projects make budget ▼ ▼ See LADONNA, Page 2A VOL. 95, NO. 34 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 24 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 23, 2014 Strunk strikes out 18 See Page 1B Preschool Easter See Page 3B ▼ ▼ See JUDGE-EXEC, Page 2A Photo by Janie Slaven

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