Celebrate Black History Month
The public is invited to a presentation by Joseph
Bundy at Southwest Virginia Community College on
Thursday, February 8, in B-130 at 12:10 p.m. Bundy
will dramatize W.E.B. Dubois' Souls of Black Folk
with monologues depicting The Teacher, The Parent
and The Minister. A reception is set for 11:00 a.m.
in B-130. This event is part of SwVCC's Black
History Month celebration and is sponsored by the
New Voices Series and the SwVCC Series.
Charged for Shooting Horses
Set to Determine Whether to Try Teens as Adults in the
male juveniles have been arrested and charged in the
January 25 shooting of seven horses belonging to a
Breaks Stable horse owner, according to Detective
Richard Ray of the Pike County Sheriff's Office.
two Pike County high school students, who were 17
years of age at the time of the shooting, face
misdemeanor animal cruelty and felony criminal
boys have allegedly signed affidavits, admitting their
guilt, according to the Appalachian News Express, a
Pikeville, Ky., newspaper.
were transported to the Breathitt County Juvenile
Detention Center in Jackson, Ky., on January 31, where
they await a hearing in the case.
hearing has reportedly been set for Friday, when it
will be determined whether the youths will be tried as
horses were killed in the shooting and four others are
still recovering from injuries sustained after they
were shot – some of them multiple times.
Hayes, who brings the horses to the stable operated at
the Breaks Interstate Park every summer, was alerted
by a friend the day after the shooting that something
was wrong with her horses when the friend called her
to tell her the herd had been moving and come down the
mountain sweaty and agitated. She also reported it
appeared some of the horses were bleeding.
said she went to the home, about six miles away, at
the edge of dark to find a bloody trail of hoof prints
leading to the herd. Tire marks indicated the shooter
apparently gained access to the site by vehicle. Hayes
said as she followed the bloody trail, she found some
of the horses which had fallen. One had been shot in
the gut, another, in the head and one, through the
said her herd – 28 horses in all – were wintering
on a strip job site at Beaver, Ky., just outside of
Elkhorn City, Ky., when seven of them were shot.
horse, she said, had about 15 rounds in it; and
another was shot six times. One was shot in the throat
and may not live, she added.
Odie and Ghost died and Blondie and Moody Blues are
still touch and go as to whether they will survive,
Hayes said. Two others, Red and Sparky, were also
shot, but are expected to survive.
complimented the efforts of Pike County, Ky.,
veterinarian Joey Collins for his efforts to help the
horses wounded in the shootings.
said the horses have wintered at the Beaver location
for the past 17 years.
said the area where the horses were being pastured
also used to be a landfill, which has since been
reclaimed and turned into pastureland.
lot of people in the community are outraged,"
Hayes added. "I've never seen anything like this
. . . it's beyond cruel."
investigation was conducted by Ray and Chief Deputy
Melvin Sayers of the Pike County Sheriff's Office.
Given on Renovation Feasibility Studies
Harman Buildings Targeted
Cathy St. Clair
at two former school buildings in Buchanan County – one at
Whitewood and the other at Harman – were given the green light,
allowing their sponsors to apply for planning grants to determine
the feasibility of renovating the buildings for other uses.
Honaker and Judy Horn, of Buchanan Youth Outreach, were given the
authority to apply for a $25,000 feasibility and architectural
design study grant to look at developing the old Whitewood school as
an assisted living facility.
Inc. Director Rob Goldsmith was given the green light to apply for a
planning grant to look at converting the old Harman Elementary
School into apartments for the elderly.
discussing the Whitewood project, Honaker noted that planners are
looking to restore, preserve and to bring jobs to the facility by
making it an assisted living home. She asked that the board of
supervisors agree to be the grant recipient and she asked for the
county’s support of the project, which she added would help BCYO
in obtaining future funding for the project.
Administrator W.J. Caudill expressed concern about the impact any
planning grant received might have on the cap the county is under
related to Community Development Block Grant funding, however, Louis
Ballenberger, of the Cumberland Plateau Planning District, noted
that planning grants are not considered toward the cap amount
allowed to any one county for CDBG funding.
noted that BCYO had received some private donations and she added
that there are other areas from which funds are being sought,
including through the General Assembly. She noted the group is also
working on an application to submit to the Thompson Foundation.
Additionally, she said there were possibilities that tax credits
might be available through the Historical Resources Commission.
Rural Development has also visited the school and done a
walk-through there, Honaker explained.
Supervisor Buddy Fuller noted that People Inc. had previously done a
study on the Whitewood school and he suggested that Honaker and Horn
check with Goldsmith to determine the results of that.
He said as
he recalled, workforce housing was what the People Inc. study
recommended, however, he said the community didn’t support that
use of the building, and consequently People Inc. dropped the
however, the project discussed publicly at that time was for low
income housing to be developed in the school and People Inc. did
drop the project after the community opposed that use for the
wished Honaker and Horn luck in the project and he made the motion
to authorize the application for the planning grant on behalf of
Buchanan Youth Outreach. Rocklick Supervisor David Ratliff made the
second. The vote was unanimous.
Harman school project, Goldsmith approached the board to suggest the
old Harman school might be renovated to provide apartment housing
for the elderly.
the Harman study would focus on architectural work needed, and a
market study to determine interest, as well as need.
he said, People Inc. representatives would talk to people in the
Harman community to determine if its proposed use as apartments for
the elderly was something acceptable to people there.
for the planning study, Goldsmith said -- if granted -- would come
from the Community Development Block Grant fund. He added that the
study grant application would not impact the county’s ability to
apply for other planning grants, nor would it factor into a block
grant cap under which the county falls.
motion to seek the planning grant for the Harman project was made by
Ratliff. Fuller seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous.
BSSWCD Deal on Knox Property Tabled
Cathy St. Clair
deal between the county and the Big Sandy Soil and Water
Conservation District regarding property in the Knox District has
apparently fallen through again.
hearing had been scheduled to consider the transfer of two tracts of
property to Big Sandy including .479 acres known as the "voting
precinct" property and another .90 acre section of land on the
D.A. Justus school property. The hearing had been set for 11:15 a.m.
on Monday during the regular board of supervisors meeting, however,
it was not held.
members prepared to open the public hearing, Garden Supervisor Buddy
Fuller made a motion to table the matter and Hurricane Supervisor
William P. Harris seconded it.
Soil and Water Conservation District Director Bobby Hall noted the
deal had fallen through for the third time and he blamed Knox
Supervisor Pat Justus.
has been going on since 2000," he said.
Grundy Chairman Carroll Branham agreed to appoint a committee
comprised of himself, Justus, Assistant County Attorney Lee Moise
and County Administrator W.J. Caudill to meet with the Big Sandy
board to reach an agreement.
two were expected to meet as early as Wednesday.