Times Journal

Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Russell Springs City Attorney Matthew DeHart says the city has concluded its internal investigation into alleged improprieties conducted by city employees.

As a result of the investigation, DeHart says one employee, Mark McClure, was reinstated to his position as park employee with no disciplinary action after no finding of wrongdoing.

Two employees, City Clerk Wendy Burton and Safety Director Richard Roy were reinstated with conditions.

“They were put back to work,” said DeHart. “They have received a reduction in duties; they’ve lost their supervisory duties and corresponding reduction in pay.”

They’ve also been placed on probation, according to DeHart.

One employee, Deputy City Clerk Sharon H. Hill, remains on administrative leave.

DeHart said that a determination of Hill’s status will be resolved within the week.

He said he has not been able to obtain any information regarding any investigation being conducted by outside agencies of the Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Department of Corrections.

The investigations into the conduct of the four city employees were the result of alleged wrongdoing involving work-release inmates from the Russell County Detention Center.

They have been on paid, investigative leave since early October.

The allegations resulted in a suspension of the prisoner work release program for two weeks, being reimplemented following retraining of supervisory personnel authorized to handle the work release prisoners.


Russell County Laker football standout Nick Britt was named the Kentucky Football Coaches Association’s Class 4A Player of the Year two weeks ago Friday as well as the district player of the year in 4A’s 6th district.

Britt, a senior running back, finished the season with 1,915 rushing yards, 32 rushing touchdowns, 316 yards receiving and one receiving touchdown. He averaged nearly 160 yards per game this season.

“I’m tickled to death for the young man,” said Laker head coach Bill Sharp.

“He is a kid that worked hard the four years he’s been here. He is a humble young man who played the game the way it was supposed to be played. He never ran his mouth or any of those kinds of things, he just went out and played hard.”

Sharp said he was pleased the district and the rest of the state acknowledged the type of season Britt had on the field and gave him the recognition he deserved.

“He is blessed with some ability,” Sharp said.

“The unfortunate thing is that I don’t get to coach him any more.”

Britt rushed for 687 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns as a freshman, 1,309 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore and as a junior set the single-season Laker rushing record at 1,727 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns, a number which he eclipsed in his senior campaign when he finished with 1,915 rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns.

Britt holds the career rushing mark for Laker football with 5,638 rushing yards and is the school’s all-time leader in touchdowns and scoring, according to Sharp. Britt totaled 95 rushing touchdowns over his four-year Laker football career.

He also had 1,087 receiving yards in his career to go along with eight touchdown receptions.

For his career, Britt also had 658 kick return yards and three touchdowns as well as 145 punt return yards.

Britt played in the 2012 Best of the Bluegrass All-Star Football Game at Louisville St. Xavier High School this past Sunday afternoon.

Britt will be on the Kentucky All-Star team against a team of Louisville high school all-stars.

The Lakers finished the season 11-1 after going 10-0 in the regular season, the first undefeated regular season since 1983 and the only Laker team ever to win 11 games in a single season.

The KFCA also awarded Sharp a plaque commemorating the undefeated 2012 regular season.

This past season Russell County captured its first district championship since 1993 after winning district 6 in class 4A, which also includes Knox Central, Rockcastle County and Clay County.

Last year’s Class 4A Player of the Year was quarterback Patrick Towles of Highlands, who went on to play college football this season at the University of Kentucky.