Wayne County vs Belfry Live Friday at 4 PM
Statement From KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett on Friday KHSAA Finals at Bowling Green
Right now, it appears that the first two games Friday will be able to go on as scheduled. The tourism bureau is prepared for late room reservations, even extended stays.
The local schools have also been very gracious in offering space at their buildings for groups to go if we have a major issue. Again, we are all attempting to prepare for all possible eventualities. The first two games Friday are: Williamsburg vs. Mayfield in the Class 1A championship game at 12 Noon and Wayne vs. Belfry in the Class 3A championship game at 4 PM ET.
Cardinal Fans Keeping Eye on Friday Bowling Green Forecast
The state championship games begin Friday afternoon in Bowling Green.
Officials at the Kentucky High School Athletics Association say they are aware of the weather situation and will discuss contingency plans as the weather develops.
The current forecast for Bowling Green for Friday is a 100% chance of rain with a high of 38 degrees.
Williamsburg plays Mayfield in the Class 1A championship game at 12 p.m.
Wayne plays Belfry in the Class 3A championship game at 4 p.m.
Scott County plays Meade County in the Class 6A championship game at 8 p.m.
There are three other championship games on Saturday, including Pulaski County against Bowling Green in the Class 5A game at 8 p.m.
KSP Looking for Escapee From Clinton County Jail
The Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate 33-year-old Bobby Pillar, of Albany, who escaped from the Clinton County Jail on Monday night around 9:00 PM CST. Pillar was being treated for a cut in the front of the jail when he assaulted a Deputy Jailer and fled on foot.
Pillar is a 6 foot 3 inch, 220 pound, white male with blue eyes and red hair and was last seen in the city limits of Albany. He is believed to have been living at a residence on KY Hwy 1590 in Clinton County and also had a recent address in Pulaski County. Pillar was serving time for Flagrant Non Support. If anyone has any information as to his whereabouts, contact local law enforcement by dialing 911 or by calling the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555. You may also text-a-tip to the Kentucky State Police at 67283.
Wayne County Hosts South Laurel Tonight in High School Basketball
Tonight in High School Basketball, two of the top winning programs in Kentucky High School Basketball history will take the floor as one team.
When the Wayne County Boys open their season against South Laurel, it will mark the merge of the program with the 6th most wins, Wayne County, and the program with the 8th most wins, Monticello. Monticello School was merged into Wayne County School at the close of the school year in May.
The two Schools have combined for over 2000 wins and multiple Regional Championships, as well as two state runner-up finishes.
Wayne County opens the season ranked in the state’s Top 25 in most pre-season polls after winning the 12th Region Tournament in March, before losing to eventual State Champion Madison Central in the State Tournament.
WKYM will have the broadcast of the game tonight beginning with pregame programming around 7:00. You can listen on the FM dial at 101.7, and for the first time ever locally, you can listen online at wkym.com, or on your smartphone by downloading the free WKYM app.
Activities to be changed For State Football Championship
With the Wayne County Cardinals in the Class 3A State Championship Friday at Bowling Green, there will be no school Friday At Wayne County Schools.
The Monticello-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade sponsored by the Wayne County Farm Bureau Federation will be moved to this Saturday evening at 6 PM, and the Wayne County-Whitley County Boys Basketball game will be played this Saturday as well.
Cardinals Advance to Class 3A Championship game
Wayne County rolled over Paducah Tilghman 34 to 10 to advance to Class 3A State Championship game next Friday at 4 PM ET vs Belfry in Bowling Green.
The Cardinals enter with a 14-0 record as Belfry is 13-1. In the final Associated Press poll of the year, Wayne County was #1 and Belfry #2 in Class 3A.
43rd Annual Kiwanis Auction on WKYM
The Annual Monticello Kiwanis Club Radio Auction on WKYM was held Wednesday and Thursday evenings. If you were a winning bidder of an item, you may pay for it and pick it up at the Wayne County Farm Bureau office on North Main in Monticello.
Cardinals in Class 3A Semifinals Tonight
Wayne County plays at Paducah Tilghman tonight in the semifinals of Class 3A State Football Championship.
The Cardinals are 13 and 0 entering tonight's game as Tilghman enters with an 8 and 5 record. Te winner advances to the State Championship next Friday in Bowling Green.
Cardinals Advance to Class 3A Semifinals
Wayne County won its first Regional Championship Friday night by defeating Defending Class 3A State Champ Louisville Central 17 to 7. After trailing 7 to 3 at the half, the Cardinals scored two second half touchdowns to improve to 13 and 0 on the season.
The Cardinals will play at Paducah Tilghman next Friday. Tilghman defeated South Warren 8 to 7 to advance to the semifinals.
Somerset and Pulaski County both won Regional Championships Friday night.
Somerset defeated Prestonsburg 28 to 21 in Class 2A and Pulaski County won over Madison Southern 32 to 28 to advance in Class 5A
WKYM Announces High School Basketball Game Of The Week and Free App for online listeners
WKYM would like to announce…we are your new home of High School Basketball featuring the Wayne County Cardinals and Lady Cardinals in our "Alton Blakley Family of Dealerships Game of the Week".. In addition to being your regular home for the University of Kentucky Wildcats…and the daily Kentucky Sports Radio Show, you can now catch the best of High School Basketball on WKYM.
We also announce today….we are one of the first radio stations in Kentucky to have our own mobile app. Yes…you can now listen online anywhere in the world through our website, your smartphone, or tablet.
Our new app is available free for Iphone from the itunes store or the android market through Google Play. You can check our website, for more information, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Cardinals are #1 in final regular season AP Football Poll
The new Associated Press High School Football poll is out and for the first time in School History, the Wayne County Cardinals are #1 in Class 3A.
Wayne County moved into the top spot after completing its first undefeated regular season with a win Friday night over Rockcastle County. The Cardinals begin state playoff action Friday night against Larue County. Two other teams in Wayne County’s district, Corbin and Bell County remain in the top 10 in this week’s poll. Pulaski County enters the playoffs as the #2 team in Class 5A.
Cardinal Football Wraps Up First Undefeated Season, Gets ready For Playoffs
Wayne County finishes with first undefeated regular season in the 45 years of the football program by smashing Rockcastle County 48 to 15. The Cardinals open the Class 3 A this Friday night at home against 0-10 Larue County.
Two Charged with Murder of Clinton County Man
21-year-old Andrea M. Byler and 52-year-old Michael E. Thompson, both of Albany, KY, were arrested today at 9:45 AM CST and charged with Murder. On Saturday, October 26 at approximately 1:28 PM CST, Post 15 was notified by the Albany City Police Department that a body had been discovered under a trailer at a residence on Cody Lane. The body was later identified as 19-year-old Jimmy D. Sidwell Jr., of Adolphus, KY. An autopsy was performed today at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort where the preliminary cause of death was determined to be from multiple stab wounds to the upper torso.
Byler and Thompson were lodged in the Clinton County Jail. Detective Ricky Brooks is investigating.
Hunters In Kentucky Have Expanded Harvest Area For Black Bears
Hunters in Kentucky now have an expanded area and season in which
they may attempt to harvest a black bear. The season structure expands
the bear zone and the bear chase areas, establishes an archery/crossbow season and increases opportunities for hunting with dogs. The change that
affects most hunters is that persons may hunt bears now in Wayne County
and 15 other counties – Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, McCreary, Perry, Pike, Pulaski and Whitley counties.
Law Enforcement Warns Motorists Of Deer Vehicle Accidents
Law enforcement agencies would like to remind motorists that the number
of deer-vehicle accidents increases substantially through the end of the
year as the fall crop harvest and mating season combine to put deer on
Cooler evenings and shorter days kick in the fall mating season, putting
deer on the move at times they are least visible. An analysis of crash
reports indicates most auto collisions with deer are just before sunrise
or just after sunset.
Burnside Votes to Go "Wet"
By a count of 123-39, a light turnout of Burnside voters opted to permit expanded alcohol sales within city boundaries.
The results of the Tuesday option election permit beer and liquor sales in a retail store setting in Burnside-
The city of Somerset last year began allowing the legal sale of alcohol last year, which has dropped some $700,000 in alcohol taxes in the city’s coffers.
KSP Warning All Citizens Of A New Phone Scam
Officials with Kentucky State Police are warning all citizens, particularly
the elderly, about a new phone scam where the caller pretends to
be a representative from Publishers Clearing House.
The phone scam is reportedly targeting elderly citizens saying they won
a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, which asks them to put money
on a Green Dot MoneyPak - it's a re-loadable debit card.
Law enforcement officials say there are some very basic steps that
everyone can follow to avoid falling victim to one of these cons. Be
very protective of your personal information and money. If they don't
already have that information, then don't provide it to them over the
phone or the internet. Ask them to send you something in writing, if
it’s a legitimate business, that's the best way to handle those
Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call from a solicitor should
contact local law enforcement immediately.
Monticello Man Arrested After Thursday Shooting
Police say they've made an arrest for a shooting in Wayne County that sent one man to the hospital.
It happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday on Lincoln Street in Monticello.
Police say Chris Loveless, 35, shot Michael Dean.
Police later arrested Loveless and charged him with first degree assault.
Dean was airlifted to UK Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Four Individuals Indicted By The Wayne County Grand Jury
The Wayne County Grand Jury met for their regular monthly session on
Tuesday, October 8th and indictments were filed on four individuals in
the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Travis Parmley was indicted for Assault 2nd and Persistent Felony
Amanda Gowin was indicted for Promoting Contraband, 1st and
Persistent Felony Offender, 1st.
Phillip Griffin was indicted for Promoting Contraband, 1st and
Persistent Felony Offender, 2nd
and Kendall Thompson was indicted for Promoting Contraband, 1st
and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is
an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Beaver Creek, Burnside Marinas now under new management
Two marinas on Lake Cumberland are now operating under new management.
Beaver Creek Marina in Wayne County, and Burnside Marina are now being managed by Anchor South Company of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Anchor South will also take over management of Eagle Cove Resort and Holly Creek Marina in Tennessee.
Wayne County remains at #3 in Class 3A Football Poll
The new Associated Press High School Football poll is out, and the Wayne County Cardinals remain at #3 in Class 3A, as they head into a Friday showdown against district foe Corbin. Corbin checks in at #4, and the team Wayne County defeated last week, Bell County dropped to #10 .
One other team in the Lake Cumberland area, Pulaski County is at #2 in the Class 5A poll.
Wayne County High School Ranked Among Top 20 High Schools
Wayne County Schools have received outstanding news regarding their
assessment results form the previous 2012-13 school year. Wayne County
High School made it into the top 20 ranked high schools across the state.
The high school made a huge impact in these latest results ranking at the
96% percentile among high schools across the state with an accountability
score of 69.5, the most impressive data ever. The high school ranked 20th
out of 231 high schools, moving them up to the "Distinguished" level.
The district overall made an impressive leap amongst Kentucky's 175
school districts. An overall score of 60.6 ranked the local district at the
84th percentile, labeling them "proficient".
All three Wayne County School levels improved overall and made up
the district score. The Wayne County Middle School improved their
accountability score of 52.3 in 2011-12 to 56.1 in 2012-13. Bell
Elementary jumped from the 31st percentile in 2011-12 to the 43rd
percentile in 2012-13.
Shots Fired Into Wayne County Home Sunday Night
There has been another report of shots fired in Wayne County - this time
into an occupied home. According to a news release from the Wayne
County Sheriff’s Dept - at approximately 9:10PM on Sunday, September
22nd, Deputy Sheriff Jason Phillips responded to a call of shots fired into
a residence owned by Susan Morris on Sally Burnett Road.
The home was occupied by Jessica Dobbs, Josh Keith, along with
three juveniles ages five, six and fourteen. Upon arrival Deputy Phillips
met with the victims. It was initially reported that two shots were fired
into the residence – since then authorities have discovered three different
bullet holes at the home.
One shot entered the wall directly above one of the juveniles head in
the living room, another shot entered a bedroom where another juvenile
was at the time of the incident. The shots appeared to have been shot
from a 9mm handgun and possibly fired from a moving vehicle while
passing by the residence.
Anyone having information about the incident is asked to contact the
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 348-5416. The investigation is continuing.
Wayne County man dies of apparent suicide
Captain Tim Catron with the Ky. Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources reports that a Wayne County man was recovered from Lake Cumberland after an apparent suicide / drowning. Officers with the Ky. Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources were called to the Grider Hill Marina in Clinton County around 8 PM on Monday evening September 16, 2013.
Two men reported to officers that they had noticed a man standing in front of a houseboat then shortly thereafter heard a large splash in the water.
After finding a suicide note inside of the houseboat officers called for an underwater camera and divers. At approximately 1:30 AM divers recovered 47 year old Andy Barnett of 7697 West Highway # 92 Monticello, Ky. in 115 feet of water.
The death investigation is continuing by Officer Matthew Parmley with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Clinton County Coroner Steve Tallent.
Wayne Fiscal Court Approves 2014 Budget Amendment
Wayne County Fiscal Court met in regular session Thursday night,
Septemeber 12th and approved the second reading of an ordinance
amending the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The budget was amended to
include unbudgeted receipts of $809,952. The largest portion of that
money was CDBG grant funding.
The court also approved the appointment of Wayne Conn to the 911
board. During the meeting, magistrates were informed that county
officials have been contact with the Governor's office and the State
Transportation Cabinet regarding safety concerns on Bypass 90 in the
area where a three vehicle crash last week claimed two lives.
City Council Approves Tax Rates For 2013 - 2014
Monticello City Council met in regular session Monday night, on
September 9th and approved tax rates for 2013-2014. Real estate
property tax rates will increase slightly, while the rate for tangible
property will decrease.
The council approved the second reading of the ordinance, which
levies a tax of 12.5 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value for
real property taxes, up from 12.3 cents in 2012.
The rate for tangible property was set at 13.8 cents per hundred
dollars of assessed value, down from 14.1 cents in 2012. The tax
rates for watercraft and vehicles remained the same at 22.5 cents per
hundred dollars of assessed value.
UPDATE: Deadly Accident On Lake Cumberland
The Wayne County Coroner’s Office confirms two fatalities from a single boat incident that occurred during the annual Poker Run on Lake Cumberland Saturday, September 7th.
The incident was reported to Wayne County 911 Dispatch at 11:24 am Saturday, with a report that a boat had flipped over near the Tom’s Creek area of Lake Cumberland. The two men were brought to the boat ramp at Camp Earl Wallace where they were pronounced dead at app. 12:35 by
Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.
Jeffery Thomas Asbell, age 47, and Bradley David Smith, age 39, both of Joplin, Missouri, were in the boat, reported to be a 38 ft. tunnel hull catamaran, and were ejected from the vessel during the accident. Asbell suffered serious blunt force trauma to his head and Smith experienced
serious blunt force trauma to his abdomen and lower extremities.
Coroner Hicks has been in contact with the next of kin for both men, and
the men will be returned to Missouri to their families.
Poker Run Boat Flips In Wayne County - Killing Two
A boat participating in the Poker Run flipped this morning resulting in two
deaths. According to the Monticello Wayne County 911 Communications
Center - dispatch received a call at 11:24AM this Saturday, September
7th – the caller reportedly stating he had observed a Poker Run boat flip
and two people had been ejected.
The deadly accident occurred between Camp Earl Wallace and Ramsey
Point on Lake Cumberland and the two victims were reportedly transported
to Incident Command Operations at Camp Earl Wallace.
Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks has confirmed the deaths of 47 year
old Jeffrey Thomas Asbell and 39 year old Bradley David Smith - both of Joplin, Missouri.
The Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Wayne County EMS, Wayne County Rescue Squad, Monticello Fire Dept, Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept, Air Evac, Air Methods and the Wayne County Coroner responded.
Kentucky's 2013-14 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 7th
Kentucky's 2013-14 deer season opens on Saturday, Sept. 7, the first day of the 136-day archery season. The season continues through Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
For the past three seasons, record harvests have been posted for the month of September: 5,577 deer in 2012, 4,945 in 2011 and 4,407 in 2010.
Most deer, even mature bucks, are still in their summer pattern when bow season opens. They are more visible during daylight hours than later in the season and their daily movements are more predictable. Deer frequent crop fields and weedy pastures in the late afternoons, especially when the rising moon is high in the sky at dusk. In September, these quarter moon periods fall on the 12th and 26th of the month.
The current statewide population estimate for Kentucky's deer herd is about 750,000, before fawning, with a stable to slightly decreasing trend.
Lake Cumberland Poker Run Coming Up This Saturday
The Big Fast boats return to Lake Cumberland this Saturday, September
6th for the annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run. Nationally recognized
and one of the top 10 Poker Runs - the Lake Cumberland Poker Run
attracts boats from all over the country.
Spectators by boat or land can view the run between 11 and 1PM
Eastern Time on the East End of the Lake between State Dock and
Burnside Marina and from 2 til 4 Eastern Time on the West End at Wolf
Creek Marina and Grider Hill Marina. Boaters are asked to give the big
boats plenty of room to run during these hours. Stay on the sides and
keep your wake to a minimum as the boats come by. The Poker Run is
not a race but, boats will be traveling the lake at high speed. Do your
part to keep everyone safe. When you hear them coming - get out of
the way and stop and enjoy the show.
KSP Update: Accident Has Claimed Another Life
The three vehicle accident in Monticello on Tuesday, September 3rd has
claimed another life. 69 year old Gladys Parmley, a passenger in the
Dodge Caravan was taken to UK Hospital and has since passed away.
The investigation is continuing by State Police.
KSP release info on fatal crash on Monticello By Pass
On Tuesday September 03, 2013 at approximately 1:25 PM, the Kentucky State Police, post 11 London, received a report of a three vehicle traffic crash, with a fatality, on KY 90 in Monticello, KY.
Upon arrival Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper Craig Reed determined that a 2002, Kia Spectra, operated by Eric Branscum, 25, of Stearns was traveling East bound on KY 90 when he struck a 2003, Toyota Camry, in the rear also traveling East bound operated by Jessica Whitaker, 28, of Somerset.
After impact the Toyota Camry traveled into the West bound lane of KY 90 and was struck in the passenger side by a 1992, Dodge, Caravan, traveling West bound operated by Veila Stephenson, 75, of Monticello
The operator of the Toyota, Camry was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition.
The passenger of the Toyota, Camry Louanne Ellis, 57, of Somerset was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner.
The operator of the Dodge, Caravan was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition
The passenger of the Dodge, Caravan Gladys Parmley, 69, of Monticello was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and listed in critical condition
Alcohol and Drugs are not suspected.
Eric Branscum was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. The operators and passengers of the Toyota, Camry and the Dodge, Caravan were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
Trooper Reed is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Justin Oliver, the Monticello Police Department, Wayne County EMS, the Monticello Fire Department, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Fire Rescue.
Persons Being Sought In Home Invasion And Credit Card Fraud
According to Chief of Police Ralph Miniard - on Wednesday, August 20th
... Officers arrested 35 year old Angela J. Bolen also known as Angela
Daffron in connection with a December 6th home invasion on Evelyn
Avenue in Monticello. Bolen was charged with 1st degree robbery, theft,
tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender, 2nd
degree in connection with the home invasion. She was also charged
with burglary 3rd, theft and persistent felony offender 1st degree in
connection with an unrelated case. 19 year old Chris Bolen and 20
year old Victoria Young, both of Monticello are also being sought in
connection with the home invasion.
On Wednesday, August 20th - 31 year old Julie Lyons was arrested by
officers of the Monticello Police Dept in connection with an ongoing
investigation of credit card fraud. Lyons was charged with 41 criminal
offenses related to the fraudulent use of a credit card. 43 year old
Pandora Decker of Monticello is also being sought in connection with
the same credit card fraud investigation. Anyone with information
as to the whereabouts of Chris Bolen, Victoria Young or Pandora
Decker may call the Police Dept at 348-9313 or 911.
Wayne County Grand Jury Indicts Nine Individuals
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, August 20th for their
regular monthly meeting and indictments were filed on nine individuals
in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Viewers are reminded the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury
is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty.
Wayne County Board Meets
The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session last
night (Monday) and approved a 2.7 cents increase in property tax
rates this year. The rate for personal and real property will
increase from 38.9 cents to 41.6 cents per hundred dollars of
The process of determining the tax rate for the Wayne County School
District was a little more complicated this year due to the merger.
The rate approved by the board was the compensating rate, which will
basically generate the same amount of money as last year's tax rate.
Also during the meeting, the board heard an update regarding the
start of school, which officials said was a smooth one. Enrollment in
the district is 3, 447.
The board also met in executive session to discuss one matter of
Cystic Fibrosis Solicitation Scam Ongoing In Monticello
The Monticello Police Department has opened an investigation into
a report of a person or persons soliciting donations for cystic fibrosis.
Cash or checks are being solicited. The suspect is reported to cash
the checks and return to the donor - saying the check was lost and
ask that the donor reissue the check. The suspect also promises
that t-shirts will be given to each donor. This solicitation scheme is
a fraud. Anyone with information about this scheme is asked to call
the Police Department at 348-9313 or 911.
Nine people died on Kentucky Roadways last week
Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
Seven single-fatality crashes involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. These crashes occurred in Fayette, Franklin, Graves, Grayson, Leslie, Marion and Russell counties.
Two single-fatality crashes involved motorcycles. Crashes occurred in Fayette and Hardin counties. One victim was wearing a helmet.
Through Aug. 11, preliminary statistics* indicate that 388 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 76 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 300 motor vehicle fatalities, 153 victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-six of the 52 motorcycle fatalities were not wearing helmets. There have been six ATV related crashes. One bicycle rider has been killed. Twenty-eight pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 80 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. As of Aug. 11, Kentucky has had 50 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013.
Fiscal Court Agrees On Proceeding With Bridge Project
Wayne County Fiscal Court met Thursday night, August 8th and
approved a resolution allowing the Stinson Road bridge replacement
project to proceed. The state has awarded funds for the bridge
replacement project in the Dry Hollow area of the county.
During the meeting, the court approved the appointments of Ralph
Davis, Scott Gregory and Russell Alley to four year terms on the
Airport Board. They also approved the appointments of Sharon
Hammock and Norma Reese to the Northern Wayne County Ambulance
District. The court also agreed to sell several surplus items to the
3203 Students At Opening Day Of Wayne County Schools
Wayne County Schools welcomed students to the campus Wednesday morning after a huge effort over the summer to prepare for an increased
Last year, on the first day of classes the attendance was recorded at
2,463 students in grades K-12. Today the first day enrollment increased
to 3,203 students in K-12. These figures did not reflect preschool
enrollment because those classes have not yet started. Walker
Early Learning Center is expecting 204 preschoolers on August 19th,
to join the 244 kindergartners who attended today. Phase-In for
preschoolers is August 14-15.
The 740 enrollment gain from last year on the first day to today
involves not only the merged Monticello Independent students, but
at least 23 students who would have moved here from other districts.
Wayne County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Allen Clark expects
an even greater increase in enrollment on Thursday.
Grand Jury Meets And Indicts Twelve Individuals
The Wayne County Grand Jury met Tuesday, July 23rd and indictments
were filed on twelve individuals in the Circuit Clerks office. Viewers
are reminded that the indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an
accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless
Monticello City Council approves Traffic Ordinances as Wayne County School prepares to bus students to and from two campuses
The Monticello City Council met in special session Monday night,
on July 22nd and approved two ordinances regarding traffic issues
as Wayne County School prepares to bus all students from the
Wayne County and Monticello campuses.
The council approved an ordinance that changes the intersection
of First Street and Cherry Street from a four way stop to a two
way stop. Traffic on Cherry Street will now stop at the intersection
and traffic on First Street will have the right of way. The council
also agreed to restrict traffic on Cave Street to bus traffic only
between the hours of 7AM and 4:30PM when school is in session,
with the exception of residents of Cave Street. An emergency
was declared by the council so that the ordinances could be
adopted prior to the start of the new school year on August 7th.
They are effective immediately.
Professional Learning Symposium For Wayne County Teachers
Wayne County School teachers are attending a Professional Learning
Symposium this week - July 22nd through July 24th. The two and a
half day customized conference was designed by Wayne County
Schools so the new merged teaching staff could relate their skills to
the updated Comprehensive District School Improvement plans.
The conference will help nearly 250 local educators grow professionally
and sharpen their skills to better influence student learning. The
symposium features 42 topics, with 105 sessions to choose from and
25 specialized presenters. Teachers will gain 15 hours of professional
development during the conference.
Wayne County School Board holds first meeting after merger of Schools
Last night (Monday) marked the first meeting of the new Wayne County
Board of Education, which now includes members of the former
Monticello Board of Education, following the merge. Eight board
members attended the meeting, where they were learned more about how
the moving efforts are progressing this summer.
Superintendent John Dalton said that everything has gone smoothly so
far and he expressed his appreciation to everyone who has worked hard
to move schools to their new location, which is part of the new grade
configuration at Wayne County. Dalton told board members that
everything is on schedule and school will start on August 7 as planned.
Local Resort mentioned in National Publication
Wayne County Tourism got a nice mention in a recent article in the national publication USA Today. A resort located in Wayne County, on Lake Cumberland, Golden Pond Resort was mentioned as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Charming Lakeside Cottages you can rent."
Golden Pond is located on Lake Cumberland in the Cumberland Ridge area of Wayne County.
Wayne County Board meets tonight, first since merger
The newly merged Wayne County Board of Education will meet tonight for its first session at 6PM at the Central Office.
The new board comprised of members of the Wayne County Board and the former Monticello Board of Education will have their first meeting since the official merger of Schools July 1. The Board will have a total of nine members, five from Wayne County, and four from Monticello, as one Monticello member, Bill Denney resigned.
The Board will continue with members of both schools until new districts can be aligned, and Board member elections will be held beginning next year. After Districts are aligned, and elections are held in 2014 and 2016, the Wayne County Board will return to five seats.
Motions Denied To Dismiss Murder Charge And Reduce Bond
On Tuesday, July 9th - Wayne Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard denied
a motion to dismiss the murder charge against Jimmy D Massengale
regarding last year's shooting death of Roger Dean - based on his
claim of self defense. The Court found Dean was not armed with
any weapon and that there was an objectively reasonable basis to
believe that Massengale was not in fear of Dean at the time of the
On Thursday, July 11th - Judge Miniard denied a reduction of bond
for Massengale. The Court found that Massengale is a threat to the
public at large. Massengale - according to the order - had two
altercations with Dean on the date of Dean's death. Massengale had
also had an altercation in Clinton County - in which he was in a fight
and was physically injured.
Wayne Fiscal Court Met Thursday, July 11th
The Wayne Fiscal Court met in regular session on Thursday, July 11th
and approved a cost of living pay increase of 21 cents per hour for
all county employees. The raise, which was included in the county's
budget for the next fiscal year, will take effect with the next pay
Also during the meeting, magistrates were informed by Wayne County
EMS Director Bubby Corder that the ambulance service was awarded
a $41,524 dollar hazard mitigation grant. The grant money will be
used to purchase a generator for the EMS building.
Monticello City Council Meets Monday, July 8th
The Monticello City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 8th
and agreed to refinance debt on two of its loans in an effort to save
interest over the next several years. The council first discussed the
possibility of using funds that the city currently has on certificate of
deposit to refinance debt during a meeting in April.
During the meeting, the council looked at a proposal to pay off the
debt currently owed on the city hall annex and the aerial fire truck,
which totals about $379,000 dollars. The city will use a portion of the
$500,000 dollar CD it currently holds to pay those two debts off. By
taking this action, the city will realize significant savings in interest -
a total of $50,802 dollars over the next five years. The payments on
both these debts are included in the city budget and will be paid back
into the city's surplus funds.
Also on Monday night, the council discussed a couple of requests
they have received from Wayne County Schools regarding the
upcoming school year. Wayne County Schools will be using the
Monticello School for classes and they are requesting some traffic
flow changes to help with buses that will be traveling between the
two campuses. The first request is that the city change the four
way stop at the intersection of First Street and Cherry Street to a
two way stop. The school has also requested that Cave Street
be open to only bus traffic from 7AM til 4:30PM when school is in
session. The exception would be for the residents who live on
Cave Street. The council will hold a special session later this
month and consider the emergency adoption of ordinances
addressing these traffic issues.
The council approved the transfer of deeds of a couple of pieces
of school property, still held in the City of Monticello's name, to
the Wayne County School District Finance Corporation.
Previously, school districts could not issue bonds and relied on city
or county governments to issue bonds for them. That law has
changed, allowing school district finance corporations to issue
bonds, but there is still Monticello School property in the city's
name. The city received a request to convey those property's
to Wayne County, as the two school districts merged.
SKED Encourages Business Growth Throughout Area
USDA funding will help SKED continue business growth in Southern
Kentucky. Entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Lake
Cumberland Area including Wayne, Pulaski, Russell, Adair, Casey,
Clinton and Cumberland counties will benefit from a new program
targeting their success by the Southeast Economic Development
SKED will use the $70,733 dollar grant to provide assistance to
small business owners and entrepreneurs in 18 counties by
helping them start, stabilize and grow successful businesses.
Log on to southeastkentucky.com for more info on SKED services.
State Police Asking For Help In Identifying Burglary Suspects
The State Police Post at Columbia is requesting assistance in identifying
three Russell County burglary suspects. Post 15 is investigating a
burglary that occurred between April 1st and June 30th in the area of
Warriner Ridge Road and Lawless Cemetery Road in Russell County.
A Tractor Supply brand 3 point auger, 2 Performance tractor batteries,
a draw bar for a Massey 255 and a chain link dog kennel were taken.
Investigators are requesting help in identifying three white males ages
twenty to twenty five. Anyone with information may call 270-384-4796
Man Electrocuted on Lake Cumberland
A 34 year old man is dead after being electrocuted while swimming in Lake Cumberland Sunday.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Captain Tim Catron says a Lily, KY man, Kevin Short, was electrocuted while swimming near a private dock by the South Fork of Lake Cumberland near Garland Bend.
Officials say they believe a electrical cord was wrapped around a ladder, and Short may have come into contact with it.
House Speaker denied request for stay in redistricting
House Speaker Greg Stumbo's request for a stay in two lawsuits asking judges to redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky has been denied. Gov. Beshear has called a special legislative session starting Aug. 19 to deal with the issue. A three-judge panel has set a trial in the case for Sept. 23.
RECC Outage report as of 8AM ET Thursday
South Kentucky RECC continues working on outages caused by the storm that swept through SKRECC’s service territory around midnight. Currently, approximately 500 members are without power across the system.
Current outages are widespread mostly in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, and we do have one broken pole in Paradise Acres in Pulaski County.
Overnight, outages were also widespread with Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne Counties being the hardest hit. The high winds that accompanied this storm wreaked havoc on power poles and lines and caused trees to fall on the lines.
SKRECC V-P of Engineering Dennis Holt says restoration continues as quickly as possible.
“The outages we had were mostly because of the wind. Crews, both construction and right-of-way, have been working and will continue to work until everyone is restored. We appreciate the patience and kindness our members have shown to us during this outage situation.”
Holt adds that people need to use extreme caution around broken and downed power lines. He says just because a line is on the ground or broken, does not mean it is dead. If anyone sees a downed line, they should call their local co-op office or 911 with the information.
Local man dies in work related accident
Kevin Miller, age 29, was pronounced dead at app. 12:35 PM Tuesday afternoon by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks. Mr. Miller apparently was in the elevated bucket of a bucket utility truck, and was estimated to be as much as 50-60 feet above the ground when the incident occurred. During the cutting of a large limb one of the arms of the lift reportedly broke causing Mr. Miller to fall out of the bucket and reportedly landed on a grassy area of ground. Wayne County EMS was called to the scene and was assisted by Monticello Police Department. Paramedics began advanced life support efforts on the scene and transported him to the local ER where he later died.
Mr. Miller has been taken to Frankfort to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy due to his death being work-related and to determine the exact nature of his injuries.
Gossage named Wayne County Middle School Principal
The Wayne County Middle School Site Base Council named Mellissa Gossage as the school’s Principal effective July 1. Gossage is currently the school’s Assistant Principal. Since she will be moving to the Principal’s position, the Assistant Principal position will be posted and available effective July 1st.
New laws go into effect Tuesday in Kentucky
New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 regular session go into effect on Tuesday.
That means laws against human trafficking will soon be strengthened. More DNA testing will be allowed as evidence in post-conviction felony cases. And school districts can start deciding whether they want to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18, though the 2015-16 school year would be the first year any changes could actually impact students.
The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature, except for general appropriation measures and those containing emergency or delayed effective date provisions.
This year’s regular session adjourned on March 26, making June 25 the day that most laws will take effect.
US House votes to cut Food Stamps
The House has voted to cut food stamps by $2 billion a year.
The chamber rejected 234-188 a Democratic amendment to a wide-ranging farm bill that would have maintained current spending on food stamps and cut farm subsidies instead. The bill cuts the $80 billion-a-year program by about 3 percent and makes it harder for some people to qualify.
The Senate passed a farm bill last week that would make much smaller cuts to the food stamp program, which has doubled in cost since 2008.
The House is debating 103 amendments to the five-year, half-trillion dollar bill as backers are trying to shore up votes for final passage. Democrats are opposing it because of the food stamp cuts, while some conservatives say the cuts aren't deep enough.
Two occupied vehicles shot into in Monticello.
Monticello Police report several vehicles have been shot into since Tuesday morning, including two occupied moving vehicles. One of the vehicle was shot into on the KY 90 Bypass around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, and the other this morning around 3:00.
Monticello Police Chief Ralph Miniard said this morning there have been about 35 incidents reported in the last month in the city alone. They have involved vehicle windows shot out, as well as buildings shot into, including Steubenville Baptist Church, Town and Country Plaza, and Monticello School.
Miniard said it appears a pellet gun has been used to shoot the windows.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Being Investigated By Sheriff's Dept
The Wayne County Coroner's Office was called to the Dobbs Hill area of Old North KY 90 early Saturday morning by Wayne 911 Dispatch. I t was reported that a motorcycle accident had occurred and there was 1 fatality.
Eric Tyler Upchurch, age 22, the sole occupant of the motorcycle, was traveling South on Old KY 90 early Saturday morning when he left the roadway and struck an electrical utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene at app. 4:45 am by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.
Other units on the scene included Wayne County EMS and Sheriff's Department, Monticello Police and Fire Depts.
Wayne County School Board meets, purchases adjacent property
The Wayne County Board of Education last night (Thursday) and
approved the purchase of the remaining piece of property adjacent to
the campus, at the appraised value of $432,000. The board approved
the BG-1 for the land purchase and the resolution that sets up the
process for the issuance of a short term bond issue to finance the
Superintendent John Dalton updated board members regarding the move
that is currently underway on the campus, as the school district
prepares for the new grade configuration and the additional students
from Monticello School. He said things are going well so far.
The focus for teachers this summer will be professional development,
according to Dalton, as the effort continues to merge staff from
Monticello School into the Wayne County District.
Go fishing this semester: College students in Kentucky eligible for resident licenses
College students, who are always looking for the best deals in food and entertainment, should consider what fishing has to offer.
For just $20, the cost of an annual resident fishing license, students can spend their free time this semester having fun on the water while catching some "fast" food in the process.
Tourism in Wayne County brings in over $33 million, up 4.5% in 2012
As the summer travel and tourism season is fast approaching, Wayne County received some great news earlier this week, as Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry released their economic impact numbers for the past year. Wayne County, a member of the KY’s Southern Shoreline Region, increased travel direct expenditures from $20,508,364.00 in 2011, to $21,431,240.00 in 2012, while total travel expenditures also increased to $33,689,909.00, after totaling $32,239,148.00 the previous year.
Lake level rises after heavy weekend rain
After receiving around two and half inches of rainfall this weekend , the level of Lake Cumberland is on the rise. As of noon today, the lake level is 708.30 feet above sea level and continuing to rise.
The level of the lake could continue to rise as there is at least a mention of rain each day through Sunday in the forecast.
The official measurement of rain from Saturday to Monday morning at 8AM was 2.44 inches at the national Weather Service reporting station at the Monticello Wayne County Airport.
Wayne County native receives Honorary Doctorate at UK Graduation
Robert Milton Huffaker, a native of Wayne County, was selected to receive honorary doctorate degrees at the University of Kentucky's Commencement yesterday. Huffaker has an over 50-year career as a distinguished physicist, company founder and CEO, and philanthropist.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in physics and pursuing graduate studies at UK, Huffaker worked at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center for 15 years. Among his many accomplishments there was initiating and directing the development of laser Doppler systems for aerodynamic applications. He moved on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and later founded Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI), in 1984 to develop Doppler laser radar technology and systems for meteorological and military applications.
As a philanthropist, Huffaker has founded or co-founded three organizations that support and assist families and children. He also has donated well over $3 million to these and other nonprofit agencies. Huffaker received an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
Four Wheeler Accident Kills Wayne County Man
According to a news release from Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks
... a Coopersville community resident died following an ATV accident on Thursday afternoon.
Units from Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne County EMS were called to the Canada Creek Road where a man was reported to have run off the road while riding an ATV. Upon their arrival it was determined that the man was deceased and the Coroner’s Office was asked to respond.
Alvin Brown, age 65, of East KY 92 was pronounce dead at app. 3:40 PM by Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks. Mr. Brown had apparently gone off the side of the gravel portion of the road, with the vehicle overturning and coming to rest on him. During an examination of Mr. Brown it was discovered that he had suffered a head injury and skull fracture during the accident that took his life.
It was determined that an autopsy would not be necessary in this case.
Monticello and Wayne County School Boards meet tonight, will discuss Merger Proposal
The Monticello and Wayne County School Boards will be meeting tonight in regular monthly session. The Monticello Board meets at 5PM, and among the items on the agenda, Board members will hear the merger proposal for Monticello and Wayne County Schools.
At 6 this evening, the Wayne County Board of Education will meet, and discuss the merger proposal as well. The Wayne County Board meeting will be held in the Wayne County High School Auditorium.
Monticello School Manager James Hamm and Wayne County School Supt. John Dalton appeared at the Monticello Kiwanis Club meeting Friday and spoke at length about the merger proposal. Both Hamm and Dalton said they have spoken frequently as the two Schools move closer to merger for the start of the next school year. The merger proposal was delivered to
Wayne County School Friday. Details of the merger proposal are expected to be announced at both meetings tonight.( WFLW and) WKYM will cover both meetings. You can follow the live action by following WKYM on Twitter or Facebook, using keyword WKYM.
Monticello School expected to present Merger Proposal to Wayne County School today
According to information given at the Kentucky State School Board meeting earlier this week, Monticello School is expected to give a merger proposal to Wayne County School today.
The Wayne County School Board will meet Monday in regular session. The specifics of the merger proposal were not given at the State Board meeting .
At an earlier meeting of the Monticello School Board it was noted that any merger proposal presented to Wayne County would be prepared by Monticello School’s State Manager James Hamm with approval of the State Education Commissioner Terry Holiday. The proposal is first formal merger presentation presented to Wayne County since the merger talks began in December.
The State School Board discussed the Monticello-Wayne County merger at length Wednesday, at which time it was explained by the State’s legal Counsel, after a merger agreement was signed, a ten member Board of Education comprised of the five current board members from each school would run the newly merged School. The new Board would be in office until new School Board Districts would be aligned and elections for the new seats to be held in 2014 and 2016.
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