BSCTC President/CEO Dr. Sherry Zylka attends Conference in Washington, D.C.

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The American Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of School Administrators recently hosted a meeting in Washington, D.C. and invited K-12 and Community College leaders to join them. Dr. Sherry Zylka, President and CEO of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, was in attendance. She invited Paintsville Independent Schools Superintendent David Gibson to participate in the initiative to report on their emerging partnership. Dr. Zylka said she was honored to have the opportunity to showcase what they are doing in eastern Kentucky and the great collaboration between high schools and BSCTC. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and share issues critical to advancing strategies ad building bridges between secondary and post-secondary education.

Embankment Repair on KY 588 in Letcher County

Work to repair an embankment failure on KY 588 in Letcher County began Monday, March 19, 2018, and is set to last three to four weeks. Red lights will be set in both directions for traffic control. Flagmen will provide traffic control while drilling, with delays possible lasting as long as 30 minutes during daylight operations. Temporary traffic signals will control traffic flow at night until the work is finished.

Johnson County Jeep Club Hosting Officer Scotty Hamilton Memorial Jeep Ride March 24, 2018

The Johnson County Jeep Club will be hosting the Officer Scotty Hamilton Memorial Jeep Ride on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Registration will be from 8am to 10am at the Paintsville Kmart parking lot. The cost is $10 per jeep and $5 for each additional rider. All proceeds from the ride will go directly to the family of Scotty Hamilton. The ride will begin at 11am and cover Johnson, Martin, Floyd and Pike Counties. All models of Jeep are welcome.

Ashland Man Arrested for Drug Possession, Medical Equipment Theft

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Ashland Police Department Patrol Division receive a report of a theft of several thousand dollars worth of medical equipment at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Through investigation, police identified and located James Whitmore as a suspect in the theft. During his arrest, Whitmore was found in possession of methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of controlled substance and theft and lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.

Morehead Police Seize Nearly $40,000 in Drugs and Cash

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On Friday, March 16, 2018, Morehead Police received a 911 call from an area hotel, reporting a male subject armed with a handgun, threatening a female. The call gave a description of the vehicle as it was leaving the area. The vehicle was located near a Taco Bell on KY 32. During the investigation, Morehead Police seized a large amount of crystal meth, heroin, cash and the handgun. The value of the items seized was estimated near $40,000. No word yet on how many suspects were involved.

Big Sandy Community &Technical College Hosts Next Step Camp

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Big Sandy Community and Technical College recently hosted a Next Step Camp on its Pikeville Campus to give students a look at different careers. High school students from Pike County spent the day with BSCTC faculty and staff exploring different career options. The students spent time in the Nursing lab, Automotive Technology, Electrical Engineering, Criminal Justice, Nurse Aid, Business Studies, and Industrial Maintenance, along with many more. The students also got a chance to meet with two entrepreneurs, Joe Knapp and Chris Tomlinson. Knapp, who sold his first business when he was a teen, encourage students to find something they were interested in and enjoy doing. Tomlinson, owner of new and emerging business Silver Liner, encouraged students to be thinking about college. He said the community and technical college is their pipeline for a skilled workforce. The Workforce solutions Next Step Camp is an annual camp that is made possible by Project Case and the Kentucky Career Center. For more information about the camp or how to be involved, contact Sally Porter at 606-218-1276.

Flags Ordered to Half-Staff for Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton

Governor Matt Bevin has proclaimed that US and State flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, March 19, 2018, as a mark of respect for fallen Pikeville Police Department Officer Scotty Hamilton. Governor Bevin encourages all Kentuckians, business, organizations, and government agencies to join in this show of support for Officer Hamilton’s family and the community of Pikeville.

Washer and Dryer Recovered in Laurel County Burglary Investigation

The Laurel County Sheriff’s office recovered a Samsung washer and dryer on Friday, March 16, 2018 as the result of a continuing investigation into a burglary which occurred off Slate Lick Road. The washer and dryer were recovered off Robinson Spur Road, which were returned to their owner. The suspect, 34-year-old Priscilla Smith, was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000. Smith had been arrested on Monday, March 12, 2018 for being in possession of a stolen 65-inch television. She was already lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Multiple Individuals Arrested in Connection to Murder of Pikeville Police Officer

Multiple individuals have been arrested in connection to the murder of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton. In addition to John Russell Hall, who was arrested on Thursday, March 15, 2018 and charged with Officer Hamilton’s murder, four other individuals have been arrested for their connection to the incident. On Friday, March 16, 2018, law enforcement officers arrested Greg Slone and Michael Slone from the Betsy Layne area, as well as Amanda Dotson and Jeanne Blackburn. These four individuals were charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.

BSCTC Brings New Technology Program to Campus Aimed at Middle School Girls

This summer, Big Sandy Community and Technical College will join Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of the country, to science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the 2-year program was piloted last summer at five community colleges and will expand to 16 community colleges, engaging over 1,500 students. During the three-week intensive learning experience, up to 100 girls from local middle schools across eastern Kentucky will attend courses at the BSCTC Pikeville Campus in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship, and design thinking principles. Following the summer, students will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year to develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.