Saturday, May 21, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-22-'11

The following were arrested:

• Timmy Casey, 44, Phelps
• Christopher Holbrooks, 26, Rockhouse
• Alicia Lee Johnson, 23, Virgie
• Maxwell Mark Tackett, 42, Virgie
• Jodi Ann Taylor, 35, Virgie
• Chris Taylor, 38, Virgie
• Jason Dean Maynor, 31, Virgie
• Traci Murphy, Virgie
• Jamie Ratliff, 39, Regina
• William Johnny Slone, 51, Mouthcard
• Charles Ratliff, 66, Regina
• Phillip West, 68, Coon Creek


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-22-'11

The schedule next week includes:

9:30-10:15 a.m. Monday, May 23, Hamlin-Lincoln County Public Library, 7999 Lynn Ave., Hamlin, Lincoln County.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, Hometown Senior Citizens Center, 100 1st Ave., Hometown, Putnam County.

2-3:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, Mason County Public Library, 508 Viand St., Point Pleasant, Mason County.

10-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, Gilbert Senior Center, 87 Venus St., Gilbert, Mingo County.

11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, Westmoreland Senior Citizens Center, 3609 Hughes St., Huntington, Wayne County.

2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, Milton Public Library, 1140 Smith St., Milton, Cabell County.

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, Chapmanville Towers, 3407 North Main St., Chapmanville, Logan County.

3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Chapmanville Public Library, 299 Vance St., Chapmanville, Logan County.

10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, Mingo County Courthouse, 75 East Second Ave., Williamson, Mingo County.

Friday, May 20, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-21-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-21-'11

Thursday, May 19, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-20-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-20-'11

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-19-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-19-'11

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-18-'11

Governor (R) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                               Votes        % Votes
David L. Williams *                 68,540          48.2
Phil Moffett                               53,950          38.0
Barbara Holsclaw                 19,644          13.8

Secretary of State (D) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                                Votes          % Votes
Allison Lundergan Grimes *     85,563            55.3
Elaine N. Walker                          69,077            44.7

Secretary of State (R) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                                Votes           % Votes
Bill Johnson *                         66,429             50.4
Hilda Legg                                65,332             49.6

State Auditor (R) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                                Votes            % Votes
John T. Kemper III *                   70,874              57.3
Addia Kathryn Wuchner            52,876              42.7

State Treasurer (D) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                                Votes         % Votes
L. J. 'Todd' Hollenbach *           106,194           71.0
Steve Hamick                           43,457            29.0

Agriculture Commissioner (D) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                                  Votes           % Votes
Robert 'Bob' Farmer *                    45,666              30.4
John Faris Lackey                    31,560              21.0
B. D. Wilson                                  29,011              19.3
Stewart Gritton                           25,003              16.6
David Williams                           19,007               12.7

Agriculture Commissioner (R) - Statewide (100 % of precincts reporting)
Candidate                                  Votes          % Votes
James R. Comer *                    86,527              66.7
Rob Rothenburger                    43,142              33.3


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-18-'11

  • A federal grand jury has filed a new indictment against Hughie Elbert Stover, the former security director for Massey Energy’s Performance Coal Co. subsidiary, which runs the Upper Big Branch Mine. The indictment alleges that, during an interview on November 30, 2010, Stover lied to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration investigation team looking into the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster by telling them Performance prohibited security guards from giving advance notice when federal inspectors were on mine property. The indictment alleges Stover directed guards to give advance notice. Stover was already facing charges of obstructing justice by concealing documents and making false statements in the criminal investigation of events at UBB.

  • Jay Van Meneen, 33, of Phoenix, Arizona pleaded guilty Monday to charges of aiding and abetting the distribution of 100 kilograms or more of marijuana in Putnam County. Prosecutors say Meneen drove from Arizona to West Virginia to deliver the marijuana on behalf of a drug trafficking organization operating in Arizona and Mexico. The buyer was a confidential police informant. On March 5, 2010, police pulled his vehicle over, searched a trailer he was pulling and found 310.2 kilograms of marijuana stored in a false wall. Mennen faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when sentenced September 19th.

  • The Hurricane Police Department is investigating after the body of 53 year old Louis “Jimmy” Reynolds was found at about 10:00 A.M. Tuesday morning laying in a fire pit near Tanner Street in Hurricane. Police think the death is accidental.

  • State Agriculture Commissioner 84 year old Gus Douglass, West Virginia's current longest serving statewide elected officeholder, has announced he will not seek reelection. Douglass says this, his 11th four-year term in office, will be his last. Douglass plans to retire to his family farm in Mason County once his term in over in January 2013. Douglass was first elected in 1964 and served continuously until a run for governor in 1988. He returned four years later and has served since then.

  • Police arrested Victor Bradshaw, 48, of Ironton, Ohio, around 4:00 A.M. Tuesday morning after they say they found him stealing the gutters from the St. John's Episcopal Church located at 3000 Washington Boulevard in Huntington. Bradshaw is charged with a felony count of grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of destruction of property.

  • Charleston City Council approved a measure Monday that will clear the way for a new 10-bed veterans' group home to be located at 229 Capital Street where the top two floors have been vacant for nearly 10 years. Despite the opposition of several businesses, Council members voted 21-2 to support the plan. Councilman Robert Sheets, from the city's 10th Ward, and Councilman Culbert Smith, from the city's 9th Ward spoke out against the bill, saying they would like the group home to be located elsewhere. In the current plan, the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center will operate the 10-bed facility with one person supervising the homeless veterans. Councilman Bobby Reishman, who owns the building, did not vote on the measure.

  • WorkForce West Virginia Acting Executive Director Russell Fry told a group of state lawmakers Tuesday that money will not have to be borrowed from the state's Rainy Day Fund to prop up the state Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. Fry says the state's unemployment rate is now below the national average. State lawmakers gave approval to a plan earlier this year to borrow up to $20 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund. The money would be paid back within six months. Fry says that won't be necessary.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is warning Congress that not raising the debt ceiling could cause a second recession, but West Virginia's Republican Representatives Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley say “reckless spending” and no fiscal reforms is what hurts the U.S. economy. In a May 13th letter to Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Geithner said not increasing the debt ceiling would cause the U.S government to default on spending obligations, such as Social Security, and such a default would “inflict catastrophic, far-reaching damage on our nation’s economy.” Capito and McKinley, who aren’t buying that, say it is time for the government to spend within its means, and the Obama administration needs to cut spending before they would vote to increase the debt ceiling.

  • An audit covering the 2008 through 2010 budget years released to legislative leaders Tuesday alleges revenues from 10 athletic camps hosted by West Liberty University, formerly known as West Liberty State College, ended up in the personal bank accounts of coaches. Two of those coaches, in the men's basketball and football programs, failed to report $80,000 from these proceeds on their state or federal income tax returns. Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred told the House-Senate Post-Audits Subcommittee that these were money-making operations. The audit found the school's Hilltopper Athletic Club received $101,515 from boosters and in other revenues during that time, but had lost its tax-exempt nonprofit charity status with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

  • In an effort to improve ticket sales, West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck has proposed beer sales, along with prohibiting the re-entry to games and moving smoking to designated areas during football games. The public had one month to comment on the proposed rule, but with hundreds of opinions pouring in, the public seems to be against the sale of beer at WVU athletic events. WVU’s Board of Governors will discuss the proposal at its June 3rd meeting. The rule, as written, if approved, will go into effect August 1st.

  • Six at-large, and seven Ward seats, as well as a mayoral term were up for grabs in Charleston's general election Tuesday. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones won a third term. Returns showed Jones with 3,349 votes, topping his challenger Janet "JT" Thompson, who had 1,376 votes. Six Council-at-Large seats were decided; top vote getters were: (D) Mary Jean McIntosh Davis, (D) Andy Richardson, (R) Tom Lane, (D) Jerry L. Ware, (D) Kasey Russell, and (R) Chris Dodrill.

  • Republican Anne Charnock won was unopposed for Municipal Judge, with 3,089 votes. Democrat Vic Grigoraci won the City Treasurer's race unopposed, with 3,350 votes.

  • The totals for each race follow:
       Municipal Judge
      (R) Anne B. Charnock - 3,089
     City Treasurer
      (D) Vic Grigoraci - 3,350
     Council-at-Large (Top Six Elected)
      (R) Chris Dodrill - 1,886
      (R) L.G. Sturgill - 784
      (R) Tom Lane - 2,541
      (D) Martha "Gale" Poore - 1,525
      (D) Kasey Russell - 1,914
      (D) Pat Brown - 1,519
      (D) Jerry L. Ware - 2,003
      (D) Andy Richardson - 2,612
      (D) Mary Jean McIntosh Davis - 2,646
      (I) Charles "Chuck" Parks - 423
      (I) Jason "Slim" Blackhurst -669

      City Council Ward 1
      (D) Bobby Haas - 105
     City Council Ward 2
      (R) William Kirk - 87
     City Council Ward 3
      (D) Joe Deneault - 83
     City Council Ward 4
      (D) James D. Ealy - 109
     City Council Ward 5
      (R) Teresa "Tricky" Reed - 87
      (D) Mike Nichols - 162
     City Council Ward 6
      (D) Edward Talkington - 144
     City Council Ward 7
      (R) Mike Stajduhar - 119
      (D) Chris Kimes - 104
     City Council Ward 8
      (D) Bob White - 75
     City Council Ward 9
      M. Sharon King - 42
      (I) Cubert Smith - 111

      City Council Ward 10
      (D) Robert E. Sheets - 112
     City Council Ward 11
      (D) Marc Weintraub - 253
     City Council Ward 12
      (D) Jim Harris Jr. - 142
     City Council Ward 13
      (R) Susie Kortz Salisbury - 213
      (D) Garold "G.W." Morris III - 86
     City Council Ward 14
      (D) Jack E. Harrison - 190
      City Council Ward 15
      (R) Courtney C. Persinger - 231
      (D) Dave Higgins - 209
     City Council Ward 16
      (D) Samuel A. Minardi - 184
     City Council Ward 17
      (R) Bobby Reishman - 180
      City Council Ward 18
      (R) John H. Miller, Jr. - 237
      City Council Ward 19
      (R) Rick Burka - 85
      City Council Ward 20
      (R) Brent Burton - 175
      (D) Cheryle M. Hall - 107
     City Council Ward 21
      (D) Mike Clowser - 116

Monday, May 16, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-17-'11


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-17-'11

Sunday, May 15, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-16-'11

  • Just days before the May 17, 2011 primary election, Secretary of State Elaine Walker released an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters.  The list is designed to help voters understand.  Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.


        “We want to make sure that people are informed about the upcoming election
and their rights as voters,” stated Secretary Walker ;“We hope more
people participate in the upcoming election than we expect; and are trying
to raise awareness about the ;primary election in every way possible.
This election is critically important and I encourage everyone to get
out and vote.”

               Below is a list of important “Dos and Don’ts.”  ;For more information,

          Kentucky Election Day Dos and Don’ts

        Do; Verify your voter registration status before you head to the
polls. ;Visit the Voter Information Center at


        Don’t; Get discouraged by long lines or long ballots. You can be
prepared by previewing your ballot online at Vote.Ky.Gov. ;Remember, as
long as you are in line by 6 PM, local time, on May 17th you will be able to
cast your ballot.


        Do; Know where to go to vote. The Vote.Ky.Gov website has the Voter
Information Center that allows voters to both find the address of their
polling place and to obtain driving directions from their residence.


        Don’t; Campaign or solicit votes within 300 feet of a polling place.
Electioneering in the immediate area around polling places is illegal in
Kentucky.;However, you will not be turned away from the polls for
simply wearing a campaign button, shirt, hat, etc.


        Do; Know the most convenient times to vote are during low traffic
periods: not during the morning rush hour, lunch, or the evening rush hour.
;Remember, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ;However, if
you are in line by the close of polls at 6:00 p.m. local time, you will be
allowed to vote.


        Don’t; Wait until the last minute to head to the polls. You may
encounter traffic or another unexpected delay. ;If you are not in line
by 6:00 p.m. local time, you will not be allowed to vote.


        Do; Bring identification to the polls on Election Day. Types of
acceptable voter ID include: personal acquaintance of precinct officer,
driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or another form of ID
containing both picture and signature.

        Don’t; Use prohibited items at the polls such as video cameras, cell
phones, or any other device that can record the identity of voters. If
you bring a cell phone to the polls, you are encouraged to place it on
silent or vibrate.


        Do Ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting
machine or ask other procedural questions of the precinct election officials
if you are confused about the voting process.


        Don’t; Get caught up in election rumors. To get the facts,


        Do; Let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at
the polls;Start with your precinct election officers and county
clerk, or call the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100.


        Don’t: ;Forget to remind your friends and family to vote. ;All
elections are important as it is one way that you can make your voice heard.


        Do: ;Thank your poll workers. Without the nearly 15,000 Kentuckians
that have volunteered to be poll workers across our state, this election
would not be possible. They work long days on the front lines of our
elections and deserve our appreciation.;Contact your county clerk if
you are interested in helping in the future.


        Don’t Forget that you can obtain all of the election results in near
real time by visiting after the polls have closed


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-16-'11

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