The Beattyville Enterprise
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County approves tourism board, tax
The Lee County Fiscal
Breathitt County Sheriff Ray Clemons holds onto escapee Leslie Southwood. (Photo by John Boggs, The
Deputies with the Breathitt County Sheriff ’s Ofce ar-
rested Leslie Southwood Friday night at his residence in the
Breathitt County Sheriff Ray Clemons said that Deputies
Brant Noble and Marvin Reed arrested Southwood, 47, who
had escaped from jail June 26, without incident. He had been
considered armed and dangerous.
Clemons said he had received a telephone tip around 10N30
p. m. from a person he trusted that Southwood was at his residence putting down a rug.
He said that he and the two deputies drove near the residence. He stayed with the vehicles while the deputies went to
the house. They looked in a window, and saw Southwood on
the oor working on the rug. They then broke through the rear
door. Southwood’s female companion, Diane Short, screamed,
but the deputies were able to apprehend Southwood. He was
Clemons said that he and the deputies transported Southwood to the Jackson Police Department. Kentucky State
Police then transported him to the Three Forks Regional Jail
Southwood had escaped from the jail at Beattyville by climbing a 12-foot tall metal pole in the exercise yard.
He was considered dangerous by police because of previous
encounters with law enforcement involving weapons.
Southwood was serving 20 years for a probation violation.
He was originally convicted of a 2008 arson. His probation
violation stemmed from being arrested in Perry County in May
for DUI, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession
of a controlled substance.
While police were pursuing him in May, they followed him
to a wooded area near Clayhole. Shots were red at ofcers,
and a gun battle ensued between them and an unknown shooter.
Jeffery Lynn Southwood, a brother to Leslie Southwood, was
shot and killed during the shootout.
In June, Southwood was sentenced to a year for assaulting
his mother, Katherine Southwood in February. She said he had
hit her in the face several times, hit other parts of her body and
shoved her. She said she ed from him on an ATV because he
was in possession of a handgun.
Owsley leads area
in cold cases
Owsley County leads the
area in the number of cold
case murders, according to the
Kentucky State Police.
State Police records show
there are six open cold cases
from Owsley County, compared with three from Estill,
three from Powell, two from
Breathitt and one from Jackson. There are no such cases
for Lee and Wolfe counties.
The Owsley County cold
cases areN Danny McDaniel,
37 of Booneville, found shot
to death on September 19,
2002 at his residence on the
County Line Road, eight miles
north of Booneville.
Daniel “Whitey” Mayes, 23
of Booneville, shot to death on
March 24, 1997 at a residence
on KY 1768, seven miles south
Brenda Sue Davidson, 28,
and Michael Dale Davidson,
27, of Water Street in Booneville, found shot to death on
November 6, 1988 at their
Perry A. Clark, 35 of Nicholasville, was shot along with a
friend on September 27, 1987,
while canoeing on the South
Fork of the Kentucky River.
The location was just inside
Owsley County at the Clay
County line, 11 miles south of
Booneville near Bishop Bend
Road. Both victims were ambushed and shot by unknown
assailant(s) from the bank of
the river. Clark died at the
scene. The other victim was
able to escape and survived
Court Monday agreed to form
a tourism commission and to
impose a three percent room
tax on motels and cabins. The
revenue from the tax would be
used to hire a tourism director
and to advertise the county.
Linda Smith proposed the
tax and commission. She said
that Lee County is falling behind other counties that have
adopted room taxes to attract
more visitors. “We have no
funds to promote tourism,”
She said the tourism director
could be part-time, and would
be selected by the commission.
The commission would be
made up of a person nominated from the county, one from
the city, one from the chamber
of commerce, three from the
motels and cabins, and one
from the restaurants.
Mays said that 95 percent of
the people who would pay the
room tax are from out of the
Smith said she had proposed
the commission and the tax
several times, but had been
turned down. The last time,
she said, was in 2007.
Magistrate Tim Brandenburg
said he was in favor of the proposal, but that if it did not work
after four years it could be
voted out. Magistrate Everett
Lee Marshall said he also was
in favor of the proposal.
A unanimous vote approved
the proposal. Mays said that
would serve as the rst reading
of the tax.
Also during Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the court
approved the ve members of
the revitalized county ethics
board. To serve three years are
Jack Short, Isaac “Poodle” Barrett and Perry Thorpe. Robert
Stamper and Rick Isaacs are
to serve two years.
The court agreed to pay
for rabies shots for the county
dog warden. A series of three
shots must be given at $200
The treasurer ’s 2010 – 2011
nancial statement was pre-
Juanita Stamper, with the
sheriff ’s ofce, asked about
the status of broadband service
in the county.
Mays said that the U. S.
Department of Agriculture
has not yet signed off on the
Lee County School Board 4ember Jamie 9ard participated in Tuesday night’s
meeting via S?ype from Nashville. Also shown are Board Treasurer Sharron Adams and Transportation Director Ray Shuler.
Land leaves middle school
Lee County Middle School
Principal Gina Land has resigned from that position to
take on the job as academic
coach at Beattyville Elementary and South Side Elementary schools.
Superintendent James Evans, Jr., shared that information with members of the Lee
County School Board Tuesday
night. He said that interviews
would be conducted July 25 to
nd a replacement for Land.
Also during Tuesday night’s
regular school board meeting,
temporary approval was given
to participation in a federal
he Lee County Fiscal p r o g r a m t h a t w o u l d p r o v i d e
Court has lost a claim before free meals to children without
the Kentucky Court of Appeals their parents having to reeuest
that a road it said was a county
road is in fact not one.
In euestion was a road
on property that runs along
the Kentucky River and up
Walker’s Creek. James Chambers, Darlene Chambers and
Geneivive Campbell Brewer
own the property.
The Chambers and Brewer
he City of Beattyville
had closed the property after ended the scal year with its
they bought it in 1989. In 2006 general fund over $23,400 in
the scal court wanted it open, the red, but that is a far cry from
saying that it included a part the $133,206 loss recorded at
of a county road. Horse rid- the end of the previous scal
ers had reeuested the county year.
The dramatic improvement
Last year, Special Judge has been brought about by cuts
Daniel Sparks ruled in favor of t o e x p e n s e s t h r o u g h o u t t h e
the landowners, saying that the general fund and sale of surplus
county had no claim. He also eeuipment.
ruled that a 1990 scal court
Most of the previous year ’s
declaration that all roads to decit was attributed to the city
cemeteries or with two or more not accounting for the salaries
houses on them were county of two police ofcers that had
roads was invalid.
been hired under a federal
Sparks found that the deed grant. When the grant ran out,
of the property made no refer- the ofcers stayed but the inence to a county road; there come was no longer there.
were no cemeteries or fami- A substantial part of this most
lies served by the road; and, recent loss is also attributable
that the county had “failed to to the police department. Howfollow the Eminent Domain ever, much of it can be traced to
Act of Kentucky and other eeuipment and services associKentucky statutes in adopting ated with 911 dispatch.
the disputed roads.”
General Fund revenues were
After losing that case, the $ 4 , 2 5 1 b e l o w t h e $ 9 8 4 , 7 5 0
fiscal court appealed to the budgeted for this past fiscal
state Court of Appeals, say- year. Expenses were $19,207
them. Breakfast and lunch
would be available to all
Lee County students without
The program, known Community Eligibility Option, is
aimed at those districts that
have a high percentage of
households that receive food
stamps. It was announced in
June by the U. S. Department
o f A g r i c u l t u r e . K e n t u c k y,
Te n n e s s e e a n d I l l i n o i s a r e
the first states to have the
Local districts must still pay
for the difference between the
federal reimbursement and
the total cost of operating the
Evans suggested that the
board approve the program
on a temporary basis until it
knows if accepting it affects
other federal funding.
Board Chair William Owens said that Title 1 and other
federal funding is based on the
number of free and reduced
lunches provided. If that
information is not available,
the other funding could be
The board agreed to sell two
small pieces of property to the
state so that a safer entrance
can be made to the road to the
high school/middle school.
Land is to be shaved away so
that drivers will be better able
to see trafc where the road
meets the state highway.
the red, but
not as bad
Former Louisville mayor, and Democratic candidate
for lt. governor Jerry Abramson was in Beattyville
Tuesday to meet and greet. He and aides rst met
with former Beattyville 4ayor Charles Beach, III, and
then met with invited guests of Lee County Democratic
Jerry Abramson says he is
Louisville mayor says that
going to be an active lieuten- might mean tourism, but the
ant governor if he is elected economy must rst improve.
The Democratic candidate
with economic development
being his primary interest. For
eastern Kentucky, the former