Argument Turns Deadly at Knott County Trail Ride

(Soft Shell, KY) – An argument between two Floyd County men turned deadly at the Knott County Trail Ride early Sunday morning.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call at approximately12:07 a.m., advising that a man had been shot while attending the Trail Ride event.  KSP troopers and deputies with the Knott County Sheriff’s Department, who were working the event, responded to the altercation.

It was determined that the two men, Zachary Murphy age 19 of Langley, and 21 year old Miles Hamilton of Wayland had been involved in a physical altercation.  After being separated, Miles Hamilton retrieved a handgun and shot Zachary Murphy once, fatally wounding him.  Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene by Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair.  Miles Hamilton initially fled on foot, but returned to the scene several hours later and turned himself in without incident.

Miles Hamilton was charged with one count of Murder, and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.  This incident remains under investigation by Detective Chris Collins of KSP Post 13.


The UK Wildcat football team is riding high after a hard fought victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Lexington. The Cats fought back on three different occasions to include trailing by 14 in the 4th quarter. JoJo Kemp nearly single handedly carried UK to their win. Kemp,

Why Not UK
Why Not UK

running the Wildcat offense, ran at will through the Gamecock defense. UK overcame a horrible call on a South Carolina fumble and a defense that allowed 500 yards in total offense and 282 yards rushing. South Carolina would go away from their running game when it mattered in the 4th quarter only to have UK intercept a SC pass for a pick 6 to take the lead for good. UK would intercept another pass in the waining moments of the game to seal the victory.

Kentucky is 4-1 and could easily be 5-0 if not for a missed call at Florida. It is still early on in the season, but the Wildcats have shown they have changed the atmosphere in Lexington in regards to their football program. Kentucky will now face UL Monroe before they start the true tough part of their schedule that includes 4 of their last 6 games on the road. Their remaining schedule has UK at #15 LSU, at Home against #12 Mississippi St., at #24 Missouri, home against #13 Georgia before traveling to Tennessee and at Louisville. Assuming UK can win next week at home against UL Monroe to go to 5-1, they would have to win at least one of their remaining 5 games to qualify for a bowl bid. Not bad for a team who hadn’t won an SEC game since 2011 and only won 2 games all of last year. Things are looking up for the Kentucky Wildcat football team and has fans throughout the State of Kentucky saying, WHY NOT KENTUCKY!!!

Kentucky gets 1st SEC win since 2011

By Ricky Blair

Not since 2011 had the Kentucky football team walked off the field with a win over a conference foe; but this past Saturday the Wildcats put that shameful streak to rest with a 17-7 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

While this game wasn’t nearly as exciting as the last SEC victory – a game in which receiver-turned-quarterback Matt Roark was carried off the field by teammates and fans after leading the Wildcats to their first triumph over the Tennessee Volunteers in 26 years — it was none-the-less important for this coaching staff and young team as they try to turn a corner for this football program.

The Wildcats’ offense scored a touchdown on its first possession when quarterback Patrick Towles hit receiver Ryan Timmons on a 20-yard pass across the middle.  Timmons lost the ball, but it was ruled that he crossed the goal line before fumbling.  It was a close call for the Wildcats, who struggled for most of the game to move the football and to put points on the board.

Kentucky finished the first quarter up 7-0, but it wasn’t long before Vanderbilt took advantage of a Towles miscue. Towles threw a slant pass that was intercepted at UK’s own 10-yard line by Commodore cornerback Darrius Sims, who then trotted into the endzone for a touchdown. The Vanderbilt score tied the game at seven apiece.

In response, the Wildcats added a 44-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal, followed by a 12-play, 66-yard touchdown drive just seconds before halftime, which was capped by a 1-yard Towles run.

While the offense struggled for most of the day, the defense shined during this victory.  The defense was led by middle linebacker Josh Forrest, defensive end Bud Dupree, and cornerback J.D. Harmon, who each had five or more tackles.

The defense was also opportunistic, intercepting three passes in the game, which matches last year’s season total.  Marcus McWilson, Ashley Lowery and A.J. Stamps each had a take away during the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Regarding the win, UK coach Mark Stoops said, “It was a thing of beauty.”

While it wasn’t always pretty to watch for most of the fans, at this point any conference win is a beautiful thing.

UK Air-Raid flying high in 59-14 victory

By Ricky Blair – East KY Media

Braylon Heard scores the first of two touchdowns for the Wildcats. - Photo by Tammie Brown
Braylon Heard scores the first of two touchdowns for the Wildcats. – Photo by Tammie Brown

The Kentucky football team is off to a high flying start with a 59-14 win over UT-Martin on Saturday. Quarterback Phillip Towles was terrific in making his first start for the Wildcats. The red-shirt sophomore completed 20 of 29 passes for 377 yards and threw for one touchdown. Towles also showed his ability to move with a nifty 23-yard scramble for a touchdown. While Towles showed promise, he was not alone in having a successful day. Nine receivers caught passes and five running backs carried the ball during the game. The running game was led by junior running back Braylon Heard. The Nebraska transfer ran twice for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Let me say that again, he ran two times, scored two touchdowns. That’s “un-Heard of” when it comes to past opening performances for the Wildcats. Heard went 73 yards for a touchdown on his first carry as a Wildcat running back, and then, on his next carry, he went 43 yards for another touchdown. This would have to go down as the most spectacular start to a UK player’s career in the history of the school. Unfortunately, Heard turned an ankle on his second run and set out the rest of the game. With Heard’s big day, the Wildcats put up 234 yards rushing to go along with their 422 passing yards for a whopping 656 total yards of offense.

The offense was tremendous, but the defense was solid as well, holding the Skyhawks of UT-Martin scoreless for three quarters and putting a touchdown of their own on the scoreboard. The touchdown came when junior linebacker Khalid Henderson picked up a fumble at UK’s own 11-yard line and rambled 89 yards for the touchdown. Henderson also had 8 tackles, which tied him with Junior-college transfer safety A.J. Stamps for the most tackles on the day. Stamps had his own set of big plays making a huge hit in the UT-Martin backfield that sent the running back summer-salting and then he made a leaping one-handed interception.

UK’s 45-point victory was it’s largest win since the 2002 season. In comparison to the team we saw last season, Coach Mark Stoops said, “It was pretty evident today we were better.” Better indeed. This was a very nice way to start the season for this young football team.

Three Dead in Breathitt County Collision

(From KSP Post 13)  (Jackson, KY) – Three Breathitt County men are dead following a single vehicle collision late Wednesday evening.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call advising of the collision on KY 3193, at approximately 9:20 p.m., on August 27th.  Troopers from Post 13, along with Breathitt EMS responded to the scene.

3 Dead in fatal dui crash. (Photo submitted)
3 Dead in fatal dui crash. (Photo submitted)

Troopers determined that a Ford Ranger pick up truck was traveling north on KY 3193, when the vehicle swerved across the roadway and into a ditch on the opposite side of the road.  The driver appeared to overcorrect while attempting to gain control of the truck, which caused the vehicle to overturn.  The pick up entered a residential yard, where it came to rest against the dwelling there.  Jonathan Campbell, age 24, Adam Fugate, age 31, and Pearl Armstrong, age 19, all of Jackson, were passengers in the bed of the truck.  All were ejected during the collision, and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Breathitt County Coroner.  Joshua Thorpe age 20 of Jackson, was air lifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition, as was 25 year old Marcus Jones of Campton.  Jones is listed in stable condition.  The driver of the truck, Shawn Hardin, age 19 of Jackson, was arrested and lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.  He has been charged with three counts of Murder, 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree, and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence 1st offence.


Autopsies will be performed on the deceased victims by the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort.  Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this collision, and seat belts were not in use.  This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Tony Russell with KSP Post 13.

Wick Clemons Obit


Wick Clemons Obit
Wick Clemons Obit

Wick Clemons, 75, Jackson passed away Wed., Aug. 13, at the Ky. River Medical Center.  He was the son of the late Ed & Alifair (Miller) Clemons.  He was also preceded in death by 5 brothers, Sherman Clemons, Sam(Sambo) Clemons, Shelby Clemons, Forest Clemons, Ollie James Clemons; four sisters, Nokie Stone, Dellie Russell, Sarah Jane Reynolds, Bertha Clemons.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Fugate) Clemons of Jackson; one daughter, Jacqueline (Roger) Stacy of Campton; one granddaughter, Olivia Shay Stacy of Campton; two sisters, Dulscena (Raymond) Henry of Indiana, Arlene Lockridge of Florida; mother-in-law, Thelma Johnson of Richmond.  Funeral services Sat., Aug. 16, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Clemons and Rev. Douglas Finley officiating.  Burial in the Clemons-Ritchie Cemetery at Southfork.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Edna Mae Martin Obit

Edna Mae Martin, 80, Kite passed away Wednesday, July 30, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.  She was the widow of the late Quinten Roosevelt Martin and the daughter of the late Robert and Nancy Jane Perry.  She was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.  She is survived by one son, Glenn (Mary Lou) Martin of Kite; one granddaughter, Glenna Lou (AJ) Mullins of Kite; one great grandson, Justin Allen Mullins of Kite.  Funeral services were held Sun. Aug. 3, 1:00 PM at the residence of Edna Martin with Old Regular Baptist Ministers officiating.  Burial in the Martin Family Cemetery at Kite.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Delbert Smith Obit


Delbert Smith
Delbert Smith

Delbert Smith, 73, Booneville passed away Wed., July 30, at his residence.  He was the son of the late Arch and Doshia (Bowling) Smith.  He was also preceded in death by siblings, Roy, Ray, Simon, Claude, Hershell, Mary, Vernie;  He is survived by his wife, Roberta Smith of Booneville; three sons,  Marty Smith of Booneville, Scott (Becky) Smith of Columbus, Ohio, Rodney (Rachelle) Smith of Booneville; two daughters, Jaydine (JR) Stamper of Booneville, Kacey Smith of Booneville; one sister, Louise Jackson of Middletown, Ohio; eleven grandchildren, Kevin, Karissa, Kyle, Kristin, MJ, Taylor, Macey, Jeremy, Dylan, Brayden, Hannah; host of nephews and niece.  Funeral Sat., Aug. 2, 3:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jamie Brunk and Rev. Kevin Baker officiating.  Additional services Fri., Aug. 1, 7:00 PM with Rev. Daniel Stewart officiating.  Burial in the Courtland Cemetery at Buffalo.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lena Mae Cornett Obit


Lena Mae Cornett
Lena Mae Cornett

Lena Mae Cornett, 71, Viper passed away Monday, July 28, at the Nim Henson Geriatric Center in Jackson.  She was the daughter of the late Algie and Ida (Bach) Frazier.  She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Charles Edward “Rabbit” Frazier, Willis Frazier, Wilford Frazier, Bennie Frazier, John Frazier.  She is survived by one son, Roger Lindon Cornett of Viper; two daughters, Kimberly Lynn (Terry Lynn) North of Hazard, Vivian Leigh (Brent) Pulliam of Hazard; one brother, Mack Frazier of Noctor; one sister, Charlotte (Clarence) Bailey of Noctor; seven grandchildren, Whitney (BG) Dalton, Nicole Hollon, Austin North, Taylor Pulliam, Lexie Pulliam, Destiny Cornett, Ethan Cornett; two great grandchildren, Braxton Dalton, Gunner Pulliam. Funeral services Friday, Aug. 1, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. officiating.  Burial in the Frazier Cemetery at Noctor.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Cleta Mae Noble Obit


Cleta Mae Noble
Cleta Mae Noble

Cleta Mae Noble, 90, Southfork passed away Wednesday, July 30, at her residence.  She was the widow of the late Robert Noble.  She was a member of the Rehobeth Church.  She is survived by two sisters, Bea Noble of New Richmond, Ohio, Ernie Kidd of New Richmond, Ohio; one niece, Arlene (Gary) Jones of New Richmond, Ohio; special friend, Donna Turner of Jackson; host of close friends. Funeral services Saturday, Aug. 2, 1:00PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Hollon officiating.  Burial in the Hardin Cemetery at Southfork.  Serving as pallbearers, Dustin Turner, Willie Turner, Steven “Scoober” Noble, James Paul Noble, Gary Jones.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

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