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Joe Asher

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E-Mail Address: jasher@civitasmedia.com
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County supports bill

During a meeting on Friday, the Harlan Fiscal Court approved a resolution showing support of Kentucky Senate Bill 29. The bill is designed to ensure funding and stabilization of the state's road fund. The resolution states the Harlan Fiscal Court supports legislation to stabilize Kentucky's Road Fund to ensure continued safety for all motorists th

A Loyall man is facing a charge of receiving stolen property after allegedly selling battery cells that didn't belong to him to a recycling company.
Robert A. Marlowe, 31, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sergent on Friday.
According to the citation, Hubert Saylor claims Marlowe received stolen property on Feb. 2. Marlowe was f

Man charged with receiving stolen property

A Loyall man is facing a charge of receiving stolen property after allegedly selling battery cells that didn't belong to him to a recycling company. Robert A. Marlowe, 31, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sergent on Friday. According to the citation, Hubert Saylor claims Marlowe received stolen property on Feb. 2. Marlowe was f

Former sheriff's audits released

Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen has released audits of the office of former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird for the years 2012 and 2013. The audits contain several issues, including missing funds from a drug-buy account. According to the audits, expenditures for items such as food and alcohol, a dating website subscription, a massage,

County approves lease of boat dock

The Harlan Fiscal Court approved the lease of the Stone Mountain Boat Dock during a meeting on Friday, relieving the county of a facility that has become a financial drain. Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said in an interview after the meeting the county will be entering into an agreement with Todd Duff, with the lease agreement taking ef

Water woes improving

Additional snowfall hit Harlan on Thursday, leaving more problems for emergency workers. Issues continue with water systems all over the region, with Kentucky Emergency Management doing what they can to get water to the folks that need it. According to Kentucky Emergency Management Public Information Officer Buddy Rogers, 93 Kentucky counties have

Garbage service to be on regular schedule Friday

Harlan County residents have been hit with a number of problems in the past two weeks because of the relentless winter weather, not the least of which has been a lack of garbage pickup as the roads have been too dangerous for the trucks to travel. According to Christy Middleton, a representative with Waste Connections, the company the county contr

The recent winter storm that has covered the county in several inches of snow will likely continue to impact the area even after the snowfall stops. Once the snow begins to melt, the resulting runoff water will make flooding a possibility.
Robert Dillingham, a hydraulic engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers Nasvhille Division, said they will b

Corps monitoring water levels

The recent winter storm that has covered the county in several inches of snow will likely continue to impact the area even after the snowfall stops. Once the snow begins to melt, the resulting runoff water will make flooding a possibility. Robert Dillingham, a hydraulic engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers Nasvhille Division, said they will b

Harlan city water has good report

The recent winter weather has been responsible for huge amount of damage and problems around the county, not the least of which involves water system issues. However, according to Harlan Municipal Water Works (HMWW) Superintendent Otis Lewis, HMWW has stayed ahead of things so far. “We're hanging on,” said Lewis. “Everybody's got

The city of Cumberland has been without water since Friday reportedly due to a clogged water intake, a situation that only adds to the current state of emergency already in effect because of heavy snow and extreme low temperatures. However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel as far as the city's water is concerned.
Mayor Carolyn Elliot sa

Water woes in Cumberland

The city of Cumberland has been without water since Friday reportedly due to a clogged water intake, a situation that only adds to the current state of emergency already in effect because of heavy snow and extreme low temperatures. However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel as far as the city's water is concerned. Mayor Carolyn Elliot sa

HPD Facebook post goes viral

Mike Thomas had no idea his little joke in the midst of a snowstorm would bring international attention to Harlan. Thomas, the Harlan City Police chief, placed a post on the department's Facebook page announcing an arrest warrant had been obtained for Queen Elsa, the ice princess from the popular Disney movie “Frozen.” Shortly after th

The following have filed for marriage licenses at the Harlan County Clerk's Office:
• Dianna Harrison Pace, 49, to James Leslie Parker, 48;
• Katelyn Leann Thompson, 22, of Smith, to David Adam Owens, 25, of Evarts;
• Isabelle Marie Sturgill, 36, to Venice Lee Risner, 49, both of Kenvir;
• Candie Lynn Thompson, 32, to Ph

Courthouse News: Marriages

The following have filed for marriage licenses at the Harlan County Clerk's Office: • Dianna Harrison Pace, 49, to James Leslie Parker, 48; • Katelyn Leann Thompson, 22, of Smith, to David Adam Owens, 25, of Evarts; • Isabelle Marie Sturgill, 36, to Venice Lee Risner, 49, both of Kenvir; • Candie Lynn Thompson, 32, to Ph

Combining months of winter into a single week, Harlan County saw additional snow on Wednesday and received a forecast of bitter cold for today and tonight and a potential for flooding on the weekend.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS), in Jackson, said an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow fell on Wednesday, with gusty winds up t

Another winter blast

Combining months of winter into a single week, Harlan County saw additional snow on Wednesday and received a forecast of bitter cold for today and tonight and a potential for flooding on the weekend. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS), in Jackson, said an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow fell on Wednesday, with gusty winds up t

Cumberland approves personnel manual

The Cumberland City Council approved the second reading of the city's personnel manual during a recent meeting, but not before some discussion concerning the position of chief of police. The position of the city's chief of police is currently open after former chief Wayne Creech left the Cumberland City Police for a position with the Harlan County

A Lynch man has been indicted after allegedly selling a narcotic in 2013.
Christopher Hill, 43, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Lynch City Police Department on Thursday.
According to the indictment, Hill committed the offense of trafficking a controlled substance. The indictment states Hill knowingly and unlawfully sold or transferred bu

Lynch man indicted for trafficking

A Lynch man has been indicted after allegedly selling a narcotic in 2013. Christopher Hill, 43, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Lynch City Police Department on Thursday. According to the indictment, Hill committed the offense of trafficking a controlled substance. The indictment states Hill knowingly and unlawfully sold or transferred bu

The Cumberland City Fire Department is working on replacing old gear with new equipment.
Mayor Carolyn Elliot suggested Cumberland Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Cornett update the council on coal severance money being used for new equipment during a recent council meeting.
“We do get coal severance money each year from the state,” said C

Cumberland discusses new equipment

The Cumberland City Fire Department is working on replacing old gear with new equipment. Mayor Carolyn Elliot suggested Cumberland Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Cornett update the council on coal severance money being used for new equipment during a recent council meeting. “We do get coal severance money each year from the state,” said C

Southeast honors Harlan County graduates

Those receiving associate degrees and diplomas from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College in Harlan County at the conclusion of the fall 2014 semester include: Christopher Allen, Tack Welder; Richard Matthew Anglian, Medicaid Nurse Aide; Tara L. Asher, Medicaid Nurse Aide; Bethany L. Aslinger, Associate in Arts; Spencer G. Bailey, T

E-911 panel discusses radio coverage

The Harlan County E-911 Board is working for better radio communications for Harlan County's emergency and law enforcement personnel. Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill gave the panel an update on an ongoing project designed to improve the county's radio coverage during a meeting on Wednesday. “We have a site secured a

John Teagle has been working in law enforcement for a large portion of his life.
Teagle, 45, currently lives in Evarts and has been with the Evarts City Police Department for three years. He spent eight years at the Harlan County Sheriff's Office. He has also worked with The Harlan City Police Department and Cumberland City Police Department as we

Career of dedication

John Teagle has been working in law enforcement for a large portion of his life. Teagle, 45, currently lives in Evarts and has been with the Evarts City Police Department for three years. He spent eight years at the Harlan County Sheriff's Office. He has also worked with The Harlan City Police Department and Cumberland City Police Department as we

E-911 board hears voice printer request

The Harlan County E-911 board discussed a variety of issues during a meeting on Wednesday, including concerns over an outdated voice print recorder at the Harlan City Police Department. Harlan City Police Chief Mike Thomas spoke to the panel about the possibility of updating the device. “As you know, we have a voice print recorder, it recor

A few hours after wrapping up an incident that led to the discovery of an alleged active meth lab in a pickup truck in the Walmart parking lot, Harlan City Police found themselves dealing with a meth lab for the second time within a 24-hour period on Tuesday evening.
Ashley North, 20, of Harlan, was arrested by HPD Officer Britt Ross on drug charg

Another meth lab in Harlan

A few hours after wrapping up an incident that led to the discovery of an alleged active meth lab in a pickup truck in the Walmart parking lot, Harlan City Police found themselves dealing with a meth lab for the second time within a 24-hour period on Tuesday evening. Ashley North, 20, of Harlan, was arrested by HPD Officer Britt Ross on drug charg





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