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September 16, 2014

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By DON PERRY Record Contributor WHITLEY CITY — Federal employees who refuse to pay the county's occupation tax are causing a hit to its pocket book. As discussed at last week's fiscal court meeting, the county is owed more than $135,000 for the 2013 tax year alone, and much more for previous years. These taxes are owed from employees working at one of the five federal facilities housed within the county: The prison, the post offices, national park, job corps, and the forest service. According to McCreary County Tax By DON PERRY Record Contributor WHITLEY CITY — An elderly Whitley City man was killed in a tragic train accident after being hit just before 10 a.m. at the crossing beside Lumber King. E d w a r d Murphy, 75, who was known to walk the roads a great deal of the time, was struck by a northbound Norfolk- Southern train. With First responders there within minutes, Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene. According a Kentucky State Police report, all indications are that the signals were functioning p r o p e r l y . Several of those who knew Murphy said he had difficulty hearing and that may be a factor in him being hit. Ed Murphy VOL. 96, NO. 3 WHITLEY CITY, KY 42653 606-376-5357 34 PAGES 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, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 www.mccrearyrecord.com See Page 1BB See Page 8B The McCreary County Record Your Hometown Newspaper since in 1919 Print subscriptions include access to the e-Edition. Go to www.mccrearyrecord.com, open the e-Edition portal and register. Subscribe to just the e-Edition for $15/Year. Call 606-376-5356 for more information. ▼ ▼ See TAX, Page 2A Don Perry Photos TRAIN FATALITY Whitley City man hit, killed in train accident Kentucky State Trooper Craig Reed looks for evidence beneath one of the cars at the site of the fatal train accident in Whitley City. By DON PERRY Record Contributor WHITLEY CITY — A decade ago a local Bluegrass band got a call asking it to perform at the high school ball field. Little did the band know that event would be the first of a continuously growing music festival right here in McCreary County. Eleven years after that gig, the Blazin' Bluegrass Music Festival has continued to grow in both popularity and quality performances, not to mention the crowds. When the McCreary County Tourism Commission decided to give the music festival a go in 2004, it hoped for some success. More than a decade later that hope has turned into a continually growing festival. This year's event is slated to begin Thursday, Sept. 18 and run through Sat. Sept. 20. The festival is again being held at the 4-H Camp on Sandhill Road, where it has called home for the last several years. The three-day festival will again offer an array of music for Bluegrass fans. It This issue of The McCreary County Record, is being sent as a gift to every household in McCreary County courtesy of our advertisers and sponsors. To subscribe, see subscription form on Page 6C. A Gift for You A Gift for You Music Festival kicks off Thursday Thousands of visitors are expected again this year at the Blazin' Bluegrass Festival held annually at the Sandhill 4-H Camp. Record File Photo McCreary County Sherriff Gus Skinner and Kentucky State Police Det. Billy Correll place evidence markers at the sight along the Northfolk-Southern railroad where Ed Murphy was killed on Thursday. Don Perry Photo McCreary Central Sophomore Natalie Trammell was among the brave students who donated during the HOSA Blood Drive held Friday at the school. Additional photos of the blood drive on Page 10B. Students Give Gift of Life By DON PERRY Record Contributor WHITLEY CITY — A Two McCreary Countians have decided to toss their hats into the ring as write-in candidates in the upcoming election. A primary candidate for Judge-Executive who puled out of race early on is back on the ticket as a write-in candidate. Wayne Phillips, a retired teacher and twin brother of former Judge-Executive Blaine Phillips left the race early to deal with some family health issues. According to County Court Clerk Eric Haynes, Phillips filed the necessary paper work with his office Monday morning. He becomes the third candidate in the race including current judge Doug Stephens, and Democrat candidate Jimmy Watters. Following Phillips, Jerry Privett file the paper work to A TAXING SITUATION ■ ■ Federal employees continue to dodge occupation tax ▼ ▼ See FESTIVAL, Page 2A ELECTION 2014 Two more seeking office as write-ins ▼ ▼ See ELECTION, Page 2A Established 1919 Making Some Noise The McCreary Central Band took first place in its last competition, and are headed to North Laurel to compete this Saturday. Ambur Trammell & Katelyn Duvall Raiders remain winless 50 ¢ 50 ¢ Raider Junior Cole Clark Despite a strong first quarter, the Raiders lost their home opener against Pineville Friday night. The team hits the road again this Friday when it travels to Leslie County in hopes of its first win of the season.

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