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Special Veterans Court program started by Boyd County Circuit Court Judge allows vets a fresh start

By Carly Carver The Daily Independent CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) – A United States Marine has a chance at a fresh start thanks to hard work and a specialized court program led by northeastern Kentucky circuit court judges in conjunction with the Veterans Administration. 
James “Jim” Blankenship, a United States Marine Corps veteran, graduated from Boyd County Circuit Court’s Veterans Court...

Boyd County jailer requests state remove 60 inmates from troubled detention center to alleviate pressure

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In an effort to relieve overcrowding, 60 state inmates are being removed from a Kentucky jail that is reeling from two years of problems, including the death of two inmates in the last week. Boyd County Jailer William Hensley, who was elected to the position in November but took over a month early because of the resignation of the previous jailer, asked for the state...

Boyd County Detention Center has second death in four days after multiple inmates overdose

Kentucky Today There was a second death in four days at a troubled Kentucky jail after multiple inmates overdosed on drugs Saturday into early Sunday morning. Two inmates were rushed to the hospital and one, Charles Shawn Finley of Ashland, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond told The Daily Independent they “are suspecting fentanyl” because that’s...

Braidy Industries buys additional parcels at EastPark Industrial Center; breaks ground on $1.3B mill

Braidy Industries has announced that it has invested $3.4 million to acquire additional land and buildings at the EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, just hours before the groundbreaking for its new mill. In April 2017, Braidy Industry announced its plans to build a $1.3 billion mill, which has been called a game changer, in Boyd County. The newly-acquired properties include the 12.6-acre HT Hackney...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

Kentucky’s 2017 corporate investment hits $9.2 billion creating 17,200 jobs; highest mark in 17 years

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky has announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over...