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  • Authorities investigating second teen's disappearance

    Grayson County’s law enforcement community is asking for the public’s help in locating a second missing teenage girl — the second to disappear from Leitchfield in less than a month.
    The Leitchfield Police Department said Hailey Mercer, 17, was last seen around 9:30 p.m. May 8. She’s described as a blue-eyed blonde standing about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 148 pounds. She was wearing red pants and a white shirt when she disappeared.

  • Former spouses indicted in slaying

    A Leitchfield woman now faces a charge of complicity to commit murder in the death of her boyfriend, Robert “Bob” D. Hayes.
    A Grayson County grand jury recently indicted Tiffany Durbin, 35, on the charge, as well as charges of tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.
    She was scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on the charges May 23, but the results of that appearance were not available at press time.

  • Grayson school board approves bond refinancing

    In a move expected to save more than $100,000, the Grayson County Schools district plans to refinance some nearly-decade old bonds.
    During their May 11 meeting, members of the school board signed off on refinancing the bonds, issued in 2008 for heating and cooling projects.
    Erin Embry, the district’s finance officer, said the move could potentially save the district $10,000 to $13,000 annually over the remaining 11 years of the bond term.

  • Properties remain unsold

    Leitchfield’s old recycling center and a nearby church, used for storage, remain unsold.
    During Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor William Thomason said the city had received no takers in its recent attempt to sell the properties, at 121 W. White Oak St. and 209 S. English St., by sealed bids. The minimum bid for each was set at $250,000.
    City attorney Ken Smart led the council through a “finding of facts” to declare both properties surplus, which will allow the city more flexibility in how they can be sold.

  • Search for missing teen continues

    Grayson County authorities are repeating their pleas for the public’s help in finding a missing teen.
    According to the Leitchfield Police Department, Savanna C. Crawford, 16, was last seen leaving her home on Penner Drive shortly after 7 p.m. April 10.
    LPD Detective Kevin Smith said Tuesday the teen has been listed as a missing person in a national database and with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
    Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said “due to her mental state” Crawford is considered to be in danger.

  • Court tables fire dues proposal

    One of three proposed changes to Grayson County’s law adding optional fire dues to property tax bills has been tabled, at least for now.
    During a special meeting April 13, Grayson County Fiscal Court decided to hold off on a proposal to let tax payers opt out of the fire dues by simply signing their tax bills, rather that the current process of requiring them to complete forms at the sheriff’s office each year.

  • Train, semi collision leaves one injured

    One person was injured April 12 in a train versus semi collision at the railroad crossing on Clarkson’s North Patterson Street.
    The crash happened at 11 a.m. and involved a semi with an open trailer of furniture-finished cabinet plywood and a two-engine P&L Railroad train. The train wasn’t hauling any additional cars.
    The semi, driven by Torey Griffin, 24, of Newport News, Va., was headed south toward Main Street.

  • School board honors students

    Two Grayson County High School seniors were recognized April 13 as the recipients of the Grayson County School Board’s First Degree College Scholarships.
    The $1,000 awards are for students who will be the first in their families going to college.
    This year’s winners are Robbie Hayes and Rachel Hunt. They were named during the school board’s meeting, held this month at the Clarkson Elementary School gym.
    Hunt was not at the meeting. Hayes was, and was called to the middle of the gym floor by board president Carolyn Thomason.

  • New marina to open at Rough River next month

    The landscape at Rough River Dam State Resort Park will be changing in coming weeks.
    During a March 9 meeting of the Friends of Rough River organization, park manager Michael Ricks announced that the long-planned relocation of the park’s marina is nearing completion.
    Efforts to move the marina to the north side of the lodge, between the Point and the beach, have been underway for years. The new spot, in deeper water, will allow the marina to be used year-round.

  • Clarkson smoking ordinance smoldering

    A planned vote Monday on a city-wide public smoking ban in Clarkson had to be delayed due to state law.
    The city commission was expected to take a second, and final, vote on an ordinance banning smoking in public, but city attorney Tom Goff stubbed that out. He said the commission couldn’t vote on the ordinance because it hadn’t been legally advertised prior to that night.
    After deciding to postpone the vote to April to allow the proposal to be advertised, the commission spent nearly an hour debating the pros and cons of a smoking ban.