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November 18, 2014

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Janie Slaven Photo A state highway crew, with assistance from local firefighters, cleaned up a rockslide on Yamacraw Hill Sunday afternoon which briefly blocked West KY 92. Slip-Sliding Away VOL. 96, NO. 12 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 22 PAGES By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — It was almost inevitable that the first meeting of McCreary County Fiscal Court post election would be well attended but Thursday's assembly was very nearly packed as magistrates considered the first reading of a new ordinance to implement a business license. The issue blew up just days after the General Election when photos of a suggested fee schedule surfaced on Facebook. The draft was circulated as part of a petition from the McCreary County Chamber of Commerce, whose representatives ultimately presented an updated version to Fiscal Court. In opening the discussion, McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens acknowledged that the public must have a lot of questions. "We just want to take this opportunity to let you know where we are coming from," he said. The explanation actually came from chamber member Greg Burdine, who said the suggested fees were nominal ($25-50 per year) but that the main goals of the legislation would be to (1) protect local business By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — Occupational tax revenues for Fiscal Year 2014- 15's first quarter show a strong start to the year. At $200,136.99, the figure is more than $6,000 above the $193,800.45 collected during the first quarter (July 1-September 30) of the 2013- 14 fiscal year and well above corresponding collections in 2008 ($158,130.53), 2009 ($155,156.29), 2010 ($182,223.51), 2011 ($171,127.63), and 2012 ($194,269.09). Most of the revenue was collected in July ($140,127.42) while $53,949.75 was collected in August and a mere $6,059.82 in September. Some $190,218 was deposited Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, editorial and advertising deadlines for the Dec. 3 edition of The Record will be next Wednesday at 5 p.m. 50 ¢ 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, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 www.mccrearyrecord.com MCMS Cheerleaders See Page 1B By JANIE SLAVEN Record News Editor WHITLEY CITY — McCreary County Judge- Executive Doug Stephens' joy of winning a second term was tempered last week with the announcement that his second in command, Andrew Powell, has accepted another position. Come January 5, Powell will join Union College as Director of Strategic Communications. The pos- ition involves marketing and grant solicitation as well as website super- vision. Powell graduated from the Barbourville private college in 2001 with a degree in Communications as well as Sociology. He learned of the public relations position through a college buddy who now works with Union's administration. Though clearly conflicted about leaving, Powell told The Record the new job was too good to pass up. "It'll mean free tuition for my kids," the father of four said. "It's a great opportunity." Powell will commute rather than move his family to Knox County. Staying in McCreary County will allow him to remain active in this community. How active has yet to be determined. The deputy judge- executive was meeting with Union officials yesterday morning to see exactly what the new job entails and the scheduling required. He is open to continuing with county government in some role. Supportive of Powell's decision for his family, Judge Stephens' is confident he will be able to serve as Deputy Judge in a part-time capacity. "If he's committed to part time, he can keep the legal authority he wouldn't have as a volunteer," the judge said. "I think Andy could do more part time Proposed business license hot topic at Fiscal Court ■ ■ Powell will continue county service in reduced role ■ ■ 1st Quarter revenues increase $6K from last year ▼ ▼ See POWELL, Page 2A Holiday Deadlines Holiday Deadlines ▼ ▼ See BUSINESS, Page 2A ■ ■ Public forum set for December 11 Andrew Powell Deputy Judge takes job with alma mater ▼ ▼ See TAX, Page 2A Payroll tax up ( )#!####" # (! &#%(& ' $$" &% $e CD of "Looking Back, Volume I," can be purchased separately for just $6.95 "Looking Back, Volume I," published in 2006, is no longer in print. It is now available on CD. 1e entire book is in easy to read pdf format, using Acrobat Reader. See a collection of old photographs & information gathered over several years by The McCreary County Record, featuring people & places in & around McCreary County. Come by our Office on Main St in Whitley City or call 606-376-5357 Today! Strunk citizen Tony Kidd questions fiscal court on the proposed business license ordinance during last Thursday night's well-attended meeting. Photo by Janie Slaven SOURCE: European Space Agency AP Spacecraft lands on comet After a decade-long journey of 4 billion miles, Europe's unmanned Rosetta mission achieved man's first landing on a comet. Lands on comet Comet path Path of spacecraft Earth Rosetta orbiter Lander After a decade-long journ Spacecraft land ney of 4 billion miles Europe's ds on comet unmanned Rosetta missi After a decade long journ spacec on a comet. Path of on achieved man's first landing ney of 4 billion miles, Europe s orbiter Rosetta spacec path Comet SOURCE: European Space Agency AP

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