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August 19, 2014

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■ ■ Unveils sewer expansion, kicks off Job Corps' 50th anniversary By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — Congressman Hal Rogers was in McCreary County Monday to celebrate two local agencies. The day began in Stearns as Rogers, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE and US Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Leon Parrott announced a new sewer extension project which will serve more than 80 homes in the Revelo and Stearns communities. According to McCreary County Water Superintendent Steve Owens, the $667,000 project will extend sewer lines along Bridge Fork Road, Gene Jones Road, Newtown Road and Pine Ridge. The Section 531 Program, which is administered by the Corps of Engineers, is funding $500,000 of the project slated to be completed in August 2016. Col. Parrott said he was happy that the Corps' Huntingdon District was asked once again to work with McCreary County. Congressman Rogers noted that Kentucky is served by three Corps Districts headquartered in Louisville, Nashville and Huntingdon, West Virginia. "We are the same people, we have the same problems," Rogers said, adding that clean water and sanitary sewer remains a top priority for him. The congressman commended McCreary County volunteers for their efforts during the annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April. In McCreary County, PRIDE volunteers have cleaned up 51 illegal dumps, cleaned 866 miles of roadway, removed some 10,000 old appliances, collected nearly 30,000 old tires and 6,000 pounds of recycling. A KET videographer films the ceremonial groundbreaking of a sewer extension project for nearly 90 homes in Revelo and Stearns. Participating were McCreary County PVA Bruce Lominac, Judge-Executive Doug Stephens, Water Commissioner Maynard New, Water Superintendent Steve Owens, Water Chairman Raymond Taylor, Water Commissioner Coy Taylor, Congressman Hal Rogers, Water Commissioner Doug Sexton, PRIDE CEO Tammie Wilson, Water Commissioner Tony Jones, Col. Leon Parrott and Sheriff Gus Skinner. By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor STEARNS — Local authorities captured over the weekend two inmates who had walked away from a work release in Clay County. Kentucky State Police received a tip that James Ray Creekmore Jr., 32, and Michael Anthony Jones, 20, had made their way to McCreary County. Troopers Shaler Jones and Willie Cowan — along with McCreary County Sheriff Gus Skinner, Deputy Jerry Meadows, US Forest Service Officer Tim Grooms and his K-9 — responded to Bruce Street on Saturday in the early morning hours. According to Sheriff Skinner, Grooms' dog tracked the men to a shed at the Big South Fork Motor Lodge. Jones was taken into custody peaceably but Creekmore reportedly By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor PINE KNOT — Last week was a trying one for USP McCreary officials as news broke Friday of another inmate death — the second in three months. Donald John Post Sr., 69, of League City, TX, died last Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained during an attack inside his cell the day before at the federal penitentiary. The Associated Press obtained the information from Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn. USP McCreary's Executive Assistant/Camp Administrator Darrell Lennon released the following statement: "On August 11, 2014, at Helping a Blessing By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Thursday's meeting of McCreary County Fiscal Court was noteworthy in that several votes were delayed and it ended with an executive session involving personnel. The meeting opened routinely enough with the court approving Sheriff Gus Skinner's tax settlement and fee account for 2013. The sheriff noted that his department collected 93 percent of property taxes and 97 percent for tangibles. The delinquent bill sale, handled by County Clerk Eric Haynes, has been scheduled for August 27. Court members also authorized Sheriff Skinner to surplus a 1993 Ford E150 Van and a 1989 Chevrolet pickup (a drug forfeiture). The next items on the agenda involved the opening of bids which the court had voted to seek last month. Judge-Executive Doug Stephens first opened four bids for a remounted ambulance. As had been done last year, the county plans to use the "box" from an old ambulance kept at the road garage to be refurbished and mounted onto a new chassis. EMS/911 Director Jimmy Barnett advised the court that last year's refurbished ambulance from Tennessee-based Select-Tech cost the county $79,400 as opposed to purchasing a brand new ambulance for $130-140,000. This time, however, Select-Tech submitted the high bid at $88,115 VOL. 95, NO. 51 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 18 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, AUGUST 20, 2014 See Page 5A Preseason Tuneup See Page 1B See Page 10A 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. USP inmate dies Captured ■ ■ Fiscal Court tables bids, employee merit system ▼ ▼ See FISCAL COURT, Page 3A ■ ■ 'Walkoff' results in arrest County rethinking 911 Dispatch relocation ▼ ▼ See PRISON, Page 2A ▼ ▼ See ESCAPE, Page 2A Congressman comes to county ▼ ▼ See ROGERS, Page 2A ■ ■ 2 state inmates walked away from work-release Janie Slaven Photo Janie Slaven Photo Congressman Hal Rogers receives a plaque from Forest Service National Office Director Tina Terrell in celebration of the Job Corps' 50th anniversary. Donald J. Post Sr. Janie Slaven Photo

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