Fiscal court special meeting

Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:13 am

Clinton County Fiscal Court held a short special call meeting Monday morning, January 29 with all members present except magistrate Hershel Key.

There were only two items of business on the agenda as the court voted to approve a cash transfer and pay claims and bills prior to adjourning.

The next regular meeting of Clinton Fiscal Court is scheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 5 p.m. and is open to the general public.

    Several Circuit cases resolved in December

    The final session of Clinton Circuit Court last year was held on December 7, 2017 with Judge David L. Williams presiding.

    The following are cases in which some type of resolutions were made.

    * Sentencing was held in the case of Commonwealth vs. Michael Eugene Thompson, Jr., pursuant to an agreement reached on October 12, 2017.

    The defendant pled guilty to rape third degree with a five year sentence, sexual abuse first degree

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    Government meeting days, times, locations listed

    A new year has now begun and with it will bring many public meetings and forums related to government agencies that the public should be made aware, are open to all citizens unless not allowed by state or federal law.

    In an attempt to keep the public informed on when government agency public meetings are held, the NEWS is listing a standard “regular” schedule of meeting days/times each month for all public elected government officials and some other government appointed boards.

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    Cumberland County man charged in bomb threat investigation

    At approximately 8:31 AM CST, Post 15 received a call from the Cumberland County Sheriff in reference to a bomb threat at the Cumberland County Justice Center.

    Three first responders in the community received a text message stating there was a bomb in the Justice Center which was then evacuated and closed along with Main Street and the surrounding area.

    The building was searched and cleared by KSP personnel along with a KSP K9 and no threats were located.

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    Transition of Clinton Center to local schools facility now underway

    The Clinton County School District’s Facilities Planning Committee, which had originally thought it had met for the final time on the relocation of the Clinton County Area Technology Center to the SCC-Clinton Center facility, was called to service one last time this week at the behest of the Kentucky Department of Education.

    The purchase of the Clinton Center, to be used for the new Area Technology Center and Central Office, has been ongoing for the past couple of years and recently given final approval to the point

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    School board holds busy, lengthy regular meeting Monday

    Clinton County Board of Education held a long regular monthly meeting Monday, November 20 with all magistrates present except Goldie Stonecipher. The board heard its annual audit report and other presentations, along with several other items of business and a closed session prior to adjourning.

    The board first recognized two recently retired teachers, Frankey Butler and Sandra Guffey, each who had retired at the end of September.

    Instructional Supervisor Paula Little then presented representatives from the Clinton County Preschool Partnership

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    Clinton Grand Jury returns indictments; Circuit Court session held

    The Clinton County Grand Jury and Clinton Circuit Court both held regular sessions on Thursday, November 2, with indictments, mostly multi-count, being returned in open court and judge David L. Williams presiding over the circuit court calender.

    The following true bills were returned by the grand jury this month:

    * Tommy Phillips, the alleged offenses of theft by unlawful taking or disposition over $10,000 but less than $100,000, Class C felony and persistent felony offender first degree. The alleged offenses occurred on or about September 15 through October

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    Clinton unemployment continues to decline

    Clinton County’s jobless rate continued a downward trend in September, according to statistics from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    After hitting highs at almost nine percentage points earlier in the year, the unemployment rate in Clinton County in September stood at 5.5 percent, down from the previous month and was part of a trend in steadily decreasing unemployment in the overall 10 county Lake Cumberland area.

    The jobless rate in the Lake Cumberland area took a large drop from August to September, standing at an even

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    Stearns, York trials continued during October term of Circuit Court

    Two co-defendants who are charged with attempted murder and other offenses have had their trial dates continued once again.

    During a pretrial conference in Clinton Circuit Court, also for motion for jury trial, Circuit Judge David L. Willams continued the trial dates for Danny Joe Stearns and Lisa Sue York and further scheduled another pretrial conference for both for December 7 at 9 a.m. They had originally been scheduled to stand trial on November 13.

    Stearns and York are each charged with attempted murder, first degree assault, theft

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    Harmon releases audit of Clinton County Sheriff’s Office

    State Auditor Mike Harmon has released the audit of the 2016 financial statement of Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey. State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff. In compliance with this law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year: one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account, and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office.

    Auditing standards require the auditor’s letter to communicate whether the financial statement presents fairly the receipts, disbursements, and excess fees

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