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October 21, 2014

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By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat challenger who is hoping to unseat 30-year- incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, stopped in McCreary County Thursday with just under three weeks left in a grueling campaign. Grimes spoke to around a dozen supporters gathered at the McCreary County Senior Citizens Center. The small but enthusiastic group was warmed up by former Democratic Govenor Martha Layne Collins, who has been traveling with Grimes through much of the season. As the first female governor of Kentucky, Collins is a kindred spirit as Grimes seeks to the first female senator elected by Kentuckians. But McConnell has led in the majority of recent polls and has engaged her in a war of words over big See Page 1B By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — A local couple was arrested Friday in connection to a burglary which occurred the day before. According to Detective David Sampson with the McCreary County Sheriff's Office, Renee Stephens and Lonnie Stephens — both 45 and of Revelo — have been charged with second-degree Burglary and Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500 in connection to a burglary at an N. Taylor Road residence off Round Top just after midnight on Thursday, October 16. Det. Sampson stated that the fully-furnished mobile home is owned by an Ohio resident who stays there while visiting the county. Her father watches the property and saw taillights in the driveway as he was passing by. Enlisting his brother and nephew, the man returned to the property and discovered a strange couple. The male fled into the woods while the female fled in a green Toyota RAV4. The witnesses were able to get the vehicle's tag number and a good description of the woman, which they reported to responding officer Deputy Tom Smith. Dep. Smith was able to identify Renee Stephens as a suspect through that information. Det. Sampson and Kentucky State Lawson Scholarship By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — The McCreary County Record completes its series of candidate surveys this week with the race for the Division 4 seat on the local Board of Education. Vying for Division 4 (encompassing the communities of South Whitley City and Wolf Creek) are Larry Davis, who joined the school board in April 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Stewart Jones, and Rhonda Meadows Armijo. Their responses are printed in the order in which they were received. Larry "Lucky Dog" Davis retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 38 years and recently wrapped up 10 years of performing as Elvis to benefit Relay For Life. He currently is a DJ for WHAY Radio and serves as Vice President of the Blazin' Bluegrass of the Big South Fork. He and his wife Becky have three grown daughters — all of whom attended McCreary County schools. He is the son of Bill Davis and the late Jo By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Camden Reid King is a happy 15-month-old who loves his iPad and looks the picture of health. But as other babies his age began to become more mobile, Camden's family noticed that he had no interest in trying to crawl. Seeking help, they learned last month that Camden has a genetic disease known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is a progressive disease — similar to ALS — that impacts voluntary muscle movement and affects approximately one in 8,000 people. It varies widely in onset and rate of progress: the earlier the age of onset, the more severe the affect on motor function. Camden can sit up and use his arms but grandmother Lana King said he will only be able to walk with some type of assistance. His parents — Brook Privett and Coty King — have been taking him to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for treatment, including physical therapy twice a week. A benefit has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on November 14 at the McCreary County Senior Citizens Center to help the family cover travel expenses. The event will include dinner, an auction with Greg Burdine, and performances by The Oasis, Zack Roark and Heather Duncan Tucker. Lana said a larger concert — The Jam for Cam — is being planned tentatively for next spring. Proceeds from that event would go toward SMA research. "We're a small area but there is power in numbers," Lana said. "There's a reason the Lord gave us this little baby." Lana is hoping to raise SMA awareness, saying it's one of the most common "rare diseases." VOL. 96, NO. 8 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 22, 2014 Raiders v. Pulaski See Page 10B ▼ ▼ See CAM, Page 2A CANDIDATE COUNTDOWN Fighting for a Good Cause Revelo couple charged in late night burglary ■ ■ Toddler diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy ■ ■ Bd. of Education, Div. 4 ■ ■ Chao to visit Friday ▼ ▼ See GRIMES, Page 2A Rhonda M. Armijo Larry D. Davis ▼ ▼ See SURVEY, Page 2A Janie Slaven Photo ▼ ▼ See ARRESTS, Page 2A ■ ■ Officers able to retrieve some stolen property Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, candidate for U.S. Senate, shares a laugh with Mittie Broach during a brief campaign stop at the McCreary Senior Citizens Center on Thursday. Secretary Grimes' visit attracts small but enthusiastic audience 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 ¢ Lana King holds her 15-month- old grandson, Camden. 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