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October 28, 2014

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — Former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao made her first visit to McCreary County Friday on the campaign trail for her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell. The event, organized by the McCreary County Republican Party at the historic depot in Stearns, attracted an estimated 40 people. While the Senate Minority Leader is facing a tough Democrat challenge from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, President Barack Obama featured just as prominently in Chao's speech. Chao opened by praising Stearns' transformation into a tourism center rich in coal history. McCreary County has already gone through the devastation now being felt in other eastern Kentucky communities, Chao said, which have lost 7,500 jobs. "It's a huge issue for the entire state and this region," she said. Chao also expressed McConnell's opposition to "Obamacare," the Affordable Health Act which affects the See Page 1B By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — A local jury has found a woman guilty of animal cruelty and disorderly conduct in connection to a November 2013 raid on a Holly Hill puppy mill. Patricia Z. Douglas, 48, stood trial in McCreary District Court last Wednesday. She was arrested November 21 of last year and charged with 19 counts of second-degree animal cruelty as well as resisting arrest and first-degree disorderly conduct after authorities seized 19 small- breed dogs — primarily Yorkshire terriers, Dachsunds and Chihuahuas. The flea-ridden animals were kept in tight, unsanitary quarters at Douglas' Bethel Road home. Many were reportedly malnourished and pregnant. In court, Douglas was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty as well as the disorderly conduct charge. Judge Fred White ordered her to pay a $500 fine for the animal cruelty counts and $50 for d i s o r d e r l y conduct in addition to $133 in court costs. The case was brought to the attention of local authorities by the Legion Donation Special to The Record WHITLEY CITY — METT USA LLC, a subsidiary of METT Group International, is in the final planning phase of locating the first US Materials Recovery and Energy Plant (MREP) in McCreary County. Mark Gay, CEO of METT USA states "We have selected McCreary County among our initial U.S. MREP locations because of the County's unique opportunity to support METT's objectives of business viability, environmental By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Three people who were arrested in the last week are facing additional charges after fleeing authorities in two separate incidents. The first occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Marvin Kilby, 42, of Pine Knot was initially arrested for non- payment of fines and driving on a suspended license. On his way to Wayne County Detention Center, Kilby reportedly complained about his handcuffs being too tight so Transport Officer Lonnie Brown pulled off of US 27 at Mac Swain Circle. As Brown attempted to loosen the By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — The local economy is getting a much-needed boost with Monday's announcement that Outdoor Venture Corporation (OVC) is expanding once again. The military tent supplier has closed a deal with Herndon, VA- based Sotera Defense Solutions to acquire its Engineered Solutions division, which produced mobile units such field kitchens, showers and latrines at its Easton, MD plant. The operation will be moved from Maryland to OVC's Stearns Manufacturing Plant, which opened last year in the former LeSportsac Distribution Center when the corporation added insulated steel panels to its production line. OVC co-founder and president J.C. Egnew said this latest addition complements the company's existing output and allows OVC to meet even more defense needs. With some Sotera employees coming to Stearns at least in the short term to assist in the transition, the expansion is expected to add 50 jobs to the local economy over the next two years. "This represents our faith in the people and resources available here to take on new projects," Egnew said. "McCreary County has a long way to go but we have also made a lot of progress." He also thanked Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, United Cumberland Bank and local officials for their support. Plant manager Brian Maxwell led a brief tour of the facilty, explaining how production should VOL. 96, NO. 9 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 30 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 29, 2014 District Tourney See Page 12B ▼ ▼ See OVC, Page 2A 2 escapes in 3 days New Plant announced OVC announces expansion Douglas convicted of animal cruelty ■ ■ Adding 50 jobs with new acquisition ■ ■ Talks coal, healthcare ▼ ▼ See CHAO, Page 2A ▼ ▼ See PLANT, Page 2A Patricia Douglas ▼ ▼ See ESCAPE, Page 2A Janie Slaven Photo ▼ ▼ See DOUGLAS, Page 2A ■ ■ Animal rights group followed case Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao was in Stearns on Friday to campaign for her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. GOP welcomes Chao to county 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 ¢ OVC's Anthony Hines, President J.C. Egnew, McCreary Judge-Executive Doug Stephens, Plant Manager Brian Maxwell, Sotera's Carl Hauptmann and John Gilbay joined together for Monday's announcement of OVC's latest expansion. Janie Slaven Photo

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