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Coburn, founder of local fire departments, dies at age 71

March 4, 2014
Bill Coburn

      By SHARON K. HALL Knott County says goodbye to a man who dedicated his life to serving others. Bill Coburn, 71, passed away Tuesday, February 18, of heart complications. Coburn is remembered as being a key figure in setting up most of the local fire departments and training many firefighters. He...

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Fiscal court adds one worker, expands duties of another

March 4, 2014

By KAREN JONES CODY The Knott County Fiscal Court voted to hire one employee and increase the duties and salary of another in a special meeting last week. (The court’s regular meeting was postponed from Monday until Tuesday for the observance of Presidents Day.) Following a closed session to discuss personnel, Judge-Executive Zach Weinberg...

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Knott County girl thrives in Nashville group

March 4, 2014
TRIPLE RUN’S SHOW IS FULL OF ENERGY AND PERSONALITY THAT REFLECTS THE TRIO WHO COMPRISE THE GROUP (Photo by Paul Gregersen)

  (Brittany Taylor Hamilton is the daughter of Knott Countians Shane and Bug Hamilton. The following is reprinted with permission from the Nashville Comet) By PAUL GREGERSEN When playing cards, a Triple Run is a string of multiple points in your favor. In music, it’s a rhythmic pattern with more ups than downs. Nashville’s...

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Senate Week in Review

March 4, 2014

By SEN. JOHNNY RAY TURNER FRANKFORT — After a pause in legislative work on Monday in observance of President’s Day, the General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday ready to begin the second, busiest half of the legislative session.  In the coming weeks, we will consider some of our most complex and significant bills, including the...

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Celebrating Glen Combs’ career

March 4, 2014
Celebrating Glen Combs’ career

  By RON O’BRIEN It was a modest ceremony last Thursday night, Feb. 20, that Knott County Central and the Board of Education put together to honor the basketball career of native son Glen Combs. Nothing especially flashy or elaborate. But it was just right. Some said the recognition was long overdue for a...

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Combs sentenced to 18 years

November 22, 2013
Jerry Combs was sentenced to 28  years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Eric Tysen Fugate of Hindman. Fugate’s mother, Jennifer Fugate Lawson (pictured left), gave a statement at the sentencing. (Photo by Sharon K. Hall)

By SHARON K. HALL A mother’s words reached out Thursday to seek justice for her son, who died in a January 2013 stabbing in Triplett Branch in Mousie. “I want to express my feelings to the court,” voiced Jennifer Fugate Lawson, whose 30-year-old son, Eric Tysen Fugate, of Hindman, was found slain near a...

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Ward pleads not guilty in murder arraignment

November 22, 2013
Ward pleads not guilty in murder arraignment

By SHARON K. HALL Holding framed photos of deceased Christina Barnett, family members sat in the Knott County circuit courtroom watching intently as murder suspect Gary Ward of Wayland was escorted into the room. Several members of Barnett’s family burst out with angry statements toward Ward. At one point Knott County Circuit Judge Kim...

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Five from Knott among new KSP officers

November 22, 2013
Graduating class KSP

  (FRANKFORT, KY. — The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 62 new troopers at ceremonies held Tuesday in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 880 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. Five of the six new troopers assigned to Post 13 in Hazard...

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Court approves funds for water treatment plant upgrade

November 22, 2013

By KAREN JONES CODY The Knott County Fiscal Court held their regular meeting for November on Monday, Nov. 18. Members of the court ran through a small agenda in a little over half an hour. The most significant item in the routine meeting came in the new business section. Judge-Executive Zach Weinberg presented a...

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Potato Branch residents appeal for help from Knott Water Board

November 22, 2013
Potato Branch residents appeal for help from Knott Water Board

      By SHARON K. HALL Residents from Potato Branch off Right Beaver Creek in Topmost filled the boardroom of the Knott County Water and Sewer District last Wednesday. The residents were concerned their private wells were producing low volumes of  water or no water. Failing water wells were said to be a result...

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