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With a theme of “open and honest government,” state Rep. Rick Nelson announced Monday he will seek the office of Middlesboro Mayor, subject to the May 2018 Primary.
“I have enjoyed representing the citizens of the 87th House District in Bell and Harlan counties, and have done so to the very best of my ability,” Rep Nelson said. “Staying in Frankfort from January through April every year, and being away from home is difficult, and I want to be able to contribute locally. If elected mayor, I promise to work full-time to help our city. If elected, I will not take a salary, instead using my mayor’s salary to help the city meet the city’s bottom line.”
As state representative, Rep. Nelson earmarked more than $13 million dollars in projects and funds to the city of Middlesboro.
WYMT News reports
Two children are recovering in the hospital after a DUI crash involving a car and a side-by-side ATV.
Police say a girl, 9, and a boy, 10, were in the side-by-side on Highway 11 in Knox County when a car hit them, throwing them from the vehicle.
The crash happened over the weekend on Kentucky 11 near Barbourville.
Police arrested James Embry and his brother, Kaegan Welch-Embry at the scene for assault and operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Also from WYMT News
A detective with Kentucky State Police testified in court on Monday about their case against a man accused of murdering a five-year-old boy.
Kentucky State Police charged Lonnie Belt with the killing of five-year-old James Spoonamore. Police found the boy’s body a few days after hikers came across his severely beaten mother over a cliff.
Police charged Lonnie Belt with murder, assault, kidnapping an adult, kidnapping a minor, and tampering with physical evidence.
At the end of testimony, the judge decided there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.
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