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The Beattyville Enterprise Serving Lee County, Beattyville and the Three Forks area for 127 years County approves tourism board, tax The Lee County Fiscal Breathitt County Sheriff Ray Clemons holds onto escapee Leslie Southwood. (Photo by John Boggs, The Jackson Times-Voice) Southwood nabbed Deputies with the Breathitt County Sheriff ’s Ofce ar- rested Leslie Southwood Friday night at his residence in the Clayhole community. 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 not armed. 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 in Beattyville. 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 ofcers, 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 of Booneville. Brenda Sue Davidson, 28, and Michael Dale Davidson, 27, of Water Street in Booneville, found shot to death on November 6, 1988 at their residence. 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 See “Owsley” Page 5 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. 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. Judge/Executive Steve Mays said that 95 percent of the people who would pay the room tax are from out of the county. 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 a shot. The treasurer ’s 2010 – 2011 nancial statement was pre- sented Juanita Stamper, with the sheriff ’s ofce, 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 vendor. 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. action. 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 decit was attributed to the city cemeteries or with two or more not accounting for the salaries houses on them were county of two police ofcers 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 ofcers 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 County loses suit T them. Breakfast and lunch would be available to all Lee County students without charge. 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 program. Local districts must still pay for the difference between the federal reimbursement and the total cost of operating the program. 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 affected. 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 trafc where the road meets the state highway. City in the red, but not as bad T See “Suit” Page 5 See “City” Page 5 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 women. Abramson here 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 See ‘Abramson’ eastern Kentucky, the former Page 5

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