By Karissa Blackburn
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Belfry Middle School Pirates won their fourth straight state football championship earlier this month. They defeated the South Oldham Dragons 14-8 to claim the title as the Kentucky Division II State Champions, and on Tuesday, the team was recognized by the Pike County Fiscal Court for their accomplishments.
Magistrate Bobby Varney read the resolution which states the program continues a long history of success of athletic as well as academic achievements. The team was bussed to the Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning where they were presented a resolution and fed pizza.
Things then were business as usual at Tuesday morning’s Pike County Fiscal Court regular meeting. All magistrates and Judge Bill Deskins were present at the meeting which began with public comments.
During the Public Comments portion of the meeting, Jim Bevins from the trail system and Tony Tackett from tourism spoke to the court.
Tackett reported that the tourism board recently attended the Kentucky Tourism Industry Association Conference where they won six awards for marketing.
He also reported that the tourism department has received “just about enough” furniture for the Hog Trial Cabin to take effect.
In 1873 Randolph McCoy accused Floyd Hatfield of stealing his hog. A trial followed, presided over by Reverend Anderson Hatfield, justice of the peace. To be fair, the jury consisted of six Hatfields and six McCoys. One witness, William Staton, stated he had seen Floyd mark the hog’s ear. This resulted in Floyd’s acquittal.
“Our main goal over the last couple of months was to get items of interest, and in the correct time period, to ensure that the Hog Trial was not only furnished, but open,” Tackett said.
The tourism department is also working to bring bussing companies to Pike County.
The court passed an ordinance to make the following roads county roads: TV Shop Lane, Causey-Coleman Road and Cure Road.
There were also first ordinance readings to make the following roads county roads: Travis Good Road and Mayhorn Hill. Doug Tackett said residents of these roads should be aware that they will have an address and 911 number change. Notice will be sent to these individuals through mail.
The court adopted resolutions in support of the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund Grant and the United States Office of Broadband Outreach and Development Commonwealth of Kentucky concerning the Pike County Broadband Initiative Project. Judge Deskins was authorized to execute all documents.
Other notes from the meeting:
County Clerk Rhonda Taylor said credit card machines are on their way. She also has a number system for Pikeville and Belfry, the two largest offices in the county.
The Pike County Christmas Parade will be held on December 5 at 2 p.m.