Thursday, 30 June 2022


Breaking News: Greenup residents warned to stay indoors

Breaking News: Greenup residents warned to stay indoors

By Adam Black

The Ashland Beacon

UPDATE WED. 1:30 p.m.: After an extensive search throughout the night, Worthington-Wurtland law enforcement are informing residents it is safe to come out of their home. 

According to local law enforcement, the fugitive, which has now been identified as Shawn DeLong, has been captured and is in police custody.

This is the message residents received Wed Morning from GREENUP E0911.

"Thanks for being vigilant and providing tips. The suspect in Worthington was arrested and in custody.

Thanks again."








Police said around 7 p.m. Tuesday, an officer pulled up to DeLong who was in a broke down vehicle. After questioning DeLong and receiving wrong information from him, Raceland-Worthington Police was still able to identify  DeLong properly, and when they went to arrest him for federal warrants, DeLong ran off.   During the foot pursuit, DeLong reportedly struck an officer in the face and was able to flee into the woods. Throughout the evening several local police agencies responded to the area for the search of DeLong including K-9 units and the use of thermal imaging cameras.   DeLong was found around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in a vacant house on Franz Drive in Worthington. DeLong now faces more charges for evading police, assaulting a police officer and burglary. 




DeLong is being held at the Greenup County Detention Center.













UPDATE 11:27 p.m. : U.S. Marshals , along with the Boyd County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the search.

 UPDATE 10:37 p.m.:  According to reports on the police scanner U.S. Marshals are on the way to the area.

GREENUP Residents in the Worthington-Wurtland area of Greenup County have been asked to stay inside their homes Tuesday night due to a fugitive on the loose.
The suspect is reported to be a 5-foot-10-inches male with tattoos on his arms and wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and possibly no shoes. If seen law enforcement ask that you call 911 immediately.
According to the Greenup E-911, Alerts went out to residents around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday informing residents about the fugitive on the run by foot. The message was sent out at the request of the Worthington PD and Mayor.
Residents were also warned in all capital letters to not approach the fugitive if seen and to call 911 immediately.
Below is the alert that went out to residents of Greenup County.
“GREENUP E911: Worthington-Wurtland area of Riverside and Franz Dr. Stay inside your homes due to a fugitive on foot in the area. Police are on the the scene. “
“GREENUP E911: Male subject with blue jeans, a black shirt and possibly no shoes. 5'10" with tattoos on arms. DO NOT APPROACH suspect. Call 911.”
“GREENUP E911: Stay in your homes until the area has been cleared by law enforcement. Message sent at the request of Worthington PD & Mayor.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Raceland Race Days Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Raceland Race Days Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Sophie Quesenberry

The Ashland Beacon


   Raceland Race Days will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with this year’s jam-packed three-day festival beginning Thursday, August 2. The festival, originally started to commemorate the old Raceland race track, will officially begin at 5 p.m. at the Raceland City Park until it wraps up on Saturday, August 4.

   “A lot of people didn’t know how Raceland got its name, because it got it from the race track.” said Donald Sammons, Raceland Police Chief. “So, that’s why Race Days was started. It’s a family oriented three-day festival that has something for everybody and at a low cost. For example, all the concerts are free.”

   Race Days will also be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with more big-name entertainment than ever before. Sammons added that while the festival usually doesn’t book very many names for entertainment, this year the event booked several in honor of its 30-year milestone. Bands performing include: Walker Montgomery, Confederate Railroad, Cletus T. Judd and Ronnie McDowell.

   Sammons said that more than anything, Race Days is a way to bring the community together and get it involved as much as possible. “On opening night, we have the Raceland-Worthington High School Cross Country team hosting a 5K that is $20 to join. Every dollar raised by that goes to the track team. That’s their big fundraiser for the year.”

   According to Sammons, food will also be a hot commodity this year, with one vendor who specializes in Greek food coming all the way from Florida. Additionally, vendors with Navajo tacos, hand-dipped ice cream, along with other staple festival food will be in attendance.

   Other festivities spanning the festival include craft vendors, inflatables, free barrel train rides and The BARKer Farm petting zoo on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

   “It’s exciting to see how Race Days has grown,” said Sammons. “From a hometown event that only attracted a few hundred people to something that attracts thousands from all over the country. It’s wonderful.”

   Race Days will officially kick off at 5 p.m. on Thursday followed by the first musical performance of the weekend by gospel band Looking Up at 6 p.m. and Written at 7. A 5K sponsored by the Raceland-Worthington Cross Country Team will also take place at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. the festival will wrap up for the night with a performance by the Jason Lovins Band.

   On Friday, the event will begin at 4 p.m. with an open microphone session followed by a performance by Gypsy Rose at 5 p.m., Dustin Burchett at 6 pm., Walker Montgomery at 7 p.m., and Confederate Railroad wrapping up the night at 8:30 p.m. Also on Friday night, the Huddle House Jeepsters will be putting on their Jeep Show at 6 p.m.

   Saturday will close out the event beginning with another open microphone session at 10 a.m., preceding the dog show at 11 a.m. At 12 p.m., the beauty pageant will be underway until 3 p.m. when the watermelon eating contest begins. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the stick horse derby, lawn mower races, and the duck race will take place. At 5 p.m., the first musical performance of the night will begin with band CARRIER. At 6 p.m., Chad Stanley will perform. At 7 p.m., Cletus T. Judd will perform followed by the final concert of the festival by Ronnie McDowell at 8:30.

Baby P Makes Three

Baby P Makes Three

Greenup Couple Adopt Baby Daughter


Adam Black

The Ashland Beacon


   Even with just three hours of sleep, Amanda and Brennan Plummer can’t help but smile when they tell the story of their daughter. After about a year and a half of trying to adopt, Ellie Paige Plummer made her way into their hearts and her forever family.

   “We weren’t able to have children on our own, but we knew we wanted them,” Brennan Plummer said. “We had tried several options including foster to adopt but they just didn’t seem to be working out.”

   Starting a family is usually a private thing, but it quickly became a community affair as the Plummers Facebook page, Baby P Makes Three gained momentum and rallied support in their small community of Greenup County. On the social media page, the couple documented their struggles and triumphs while searching for a baby to adopt.

   “One of the things we knew would help speed up the process was getting the community involved,” Brennan said. “It got our name out there and the community spreading our message.”

   While the Plummer's hoped the community would help, they never expected the overwhelming support that poured in.

   “They hosted breakfasts, fundraisers, and shared proceeds from vendor events,” Amanda Plummer said. “It was truly amazing.” Both Amanda and Brennan shared that they were thankful for the community support and considered everyone who had been involved a part of their family.

   “Everyone was so happy just like us when we finally got Ellie Paige. I just can’t believe she is ours. She’s perfect,” Amanda said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

   While Ellie Paige is now with her forever family, the Plummers can vividly remember what it was like when they heard of her for the first time. “We received a call from a friend in Illinois who knew someone putting their child up for adoption,” Amanda said. “We got in contact with them and within two days we were on FaceTime watching the ultrasound.”

  Having had negative experiences in the past Brennan didn’t want to give his hopes up and said he was guarded about the whole thing until the day they were heading to watch their new daughter be born. “We had talked to a lot of people and for some reason or another it didn’t work out, but she worked out perfect,” Brennan said. “Her birth mother wanted her to go to us and knew we were a good fit.”

   Both Amanda and Brennan got to see the birth of Ellie Paige, with Brennan even cutting the cord of their new baby girl. “Being in there was one of the best moments of my life,” Amanda said. “To hold her and feel her wiggle and cry was unforgettable.”

   Now two months after adopting Ellie Paige, a new normal has taken shape in the Plumber home. Although they don’t get much sleep now, their lives are filled with something better, their daughter.

   “I don’t know what I’m looking forward to most,” Amanda said. “Each day is such a blessing.”

   “We couldn’t have done this without the community’s help,” Brennan said. “We are so grateful for everything they have done to help us reach our dream.”

Greater Ashland Beacon Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Greater Ashland Beacon Celebrates 7th Anniversary

Stay Tuned for More “Free-Kin” Beacon  News and Entertainment 


Carrie Stambaugh

The Ashland Beacon


   With this issue, The Greater Ashland Beacon is celebrating the end of its seventh year under the ownership of Philip and Lora Stewart and Jason and Kimberly Smith, and the beginning of an eighth year of producing the weekly newsmagazine.

   “What I am most proud of are the people who have been around us for the last seven years,” said Philip Stewart. “With the right people - look what you can accomplish.”

   He pointed to the recognition the newspaper received at the annual Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Newspapers Awards Ceremony, held in Lexington this January. The Greater Ashland Beacon received a second place General Excellence in the category of weekly newspapers, along with nine additional awards across a variety of categories including sweeping the “Best Sports” photography category and capturing top two awards for “Sports Photo Essays” and top honors in the “Special Sports Section.” It was the first year the newspaper had entered the KPA’s annual competition.

   “We never expected that. We knew we won a few, but to come away with second place General Excellence floored me. I didn’t sleep for three days afterward. I wanted to tell everybody. It wasn’t what I did, it was all the writers, photographers, layout people did. I’m just fortunate enough to have a bunch of great people around us to work with,” he added.

   The newspaper has continued to grow each year, he said, adding he expects it will continue to grow. He said there is a misconception that newspapers are “dying.” The “Free-kin Beacon,” however, is thriving because of its focus on hyper-local news and events, along with its local columnists and creative content including the “Tell Me a Bedtime Story,” which features original children stories written by Ashland Community and Technical College English and writing instructor Jon Joy.

   There will be even more reason for the community to turn to The Beacon for news and entertainment in the coming week. “We will roll out a new, expanded website with breaking news and launch our GAB Channel, a web-based streaming video news and entertainment channel, along with an updated app,” he explained.

   “We’ve always been more than just a newspaper. We are so in to our community through activities that we get involved in -we try to be a part of everything that happens in our community because this is where we live, and these are the people who are paying our bills,” he said.

   “We want to give back because we do appreciate everything people have done for us, from our advertisers to our contract writers and photographers. We’re not doing this to get rich but we’re having the time of our life seeing everyone and being involved in the community,” he added.

First Stages of Riverfront Trail Completed

First Stages of Riverfront Trail Completed

Lisa Patrick

The Ashland Beacon


   On Saturday, volunteers showed up to help with the Riverfront Trail Build sponsored by the City of Ashland in cooperation with Build Ashland. This was the first stage of the trail build to lay the foundation for what will eventually become a half mile of walking trail with river beach access points.

   The Riverfront Walking Trail is a grassroots community effort. The conversation that set the plan for the trail in motion began about a year ago on Facebook. People who participate in discussions on the Build Ashland Facebook page began asking for the Riverfront area to be used more.

   The real catalyst for the trail, according to Ashland Public Information Officer Joanna King, was the donation of the crumb rubber for the trail. Boyd County Fiscal Court purchased the crumb rubber for a project and then was unable to use it so, they made the decision to donate it to the city. The only thing that the city has paid for to this point is for a few staff to prep and clear out some of the area, she said.

   King said that when the trail is completed, it will be a beautiful green space that cost the city very little. The upper portion of the trails will be covered in crumb rubber because those are the areas that are unlikely to flood.

   The lower paths will be covered with slag. Slag is a mixture of sand and very small pieces of gravel that doesn’t wash away when water rises. There will be wild flowers planted all around the area of the figure eight that makes up one side of the trail. Large stones will be placed on the inside of the figure eight in a conversational grouping.

   Almost 40 volunteers showed up on Saturday morning to help spread out the crumb rubber, clear out the fence line, pick up trash and debris and cut down the lower limbs of the trees along the flood wall.  Cutting the limbs and topping the trees will create a “line of sight” into the area for police officers driving past the area.

   City Engineer Ryan Eastwood said that it was amazing to have so many volunteers come out to help build the trail. He feels that the Ohio River is the “most valuable asset the city has and the most underutilized.”

   When Eastwood and his crew first came down to start clearing the land, there were people living in tents and a lot of drug paraphernalia was laying around the area, he said.

   Once the trail is completed, he hopes that it will be a safe area for physically active people to come down to get their 10,000 steps, to bring their children down to run around, or to come fish on the small beach area of the riverfront. The goal is to make the area safe and to make it unattractive for tent campers (which is not permitted in city parks).

   Future trail builds will be coordinated for city employees and volunteers to work together to complete the trail. Future builds will include planting the wildflowers, cleaning the rest of the brush along the riverfront and extending the fence line to create a barrier between the trail and the railroad tracks.

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