Looking back at 2021 – Winchester Sun

The past year has been full of good and bad news; fun and hard times. As we look back on 2021, the Winchester Sun would like to share with our readers some of our top stories from 2021 based on visits to our website https://www.winchestersun.com/

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As of December 28, 2021, we welcomed almost 1,205,811 visitors to our site. There they read stories and viewed photos on local government news, area crime, sports, and more.

Below is a list of the top 10 stores of 2021, along with the number of visitors who viewed each story on our website and a brief part of that story.

1. Sagittarius killed young mother, then himself
Website Visits – 12,477
Release date: March 31, 2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/03/31/police-investigating-fatal-shooting/

Winchester Police are investigating two fatal shootings that occurred shortly before 7:35 a.m. at 186 Spruce Court on Tuesday, March 30th.

Detective Steve Charles told the Sun on Wednesday morning that early evidence suggests suspect Kino Kendall, 23, apparently shot and killed Esther Meza 22 and then shot himself in a vehicle parked outside the residence.

Kendall was flown from Clark Regional Medical Center to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where he died Wednesday afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to assistant medical examiner Katie Lisle.

Meza, who had multiple gunshot wounds, died on March 30th.

2. Woman dies in downtown shootout
Website visits – 12.006
Release date: May 14, 2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/05/14/woman-dies-in-downtown-shooting/

A Winchester man was charged with murder after shooting a woman outside his downtown apartment.

Stephen McGuire of 40-B N. Main St. was still in the custody of Winchester Police Department officers an hour and a half after the May 14 shooting.

Police found Sheila Smith, 34, lying in the hallway outside the apartment. 2, when officers arrived around 4:30 p.m. after receiving the call from the control center and had reason to believe the suspect was still in the building, said Captain James Hall, detective.

3. Reports of gunfire at the Clark County Fair
Website visits – 7,622
Release date: June 29, 2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/06/29/reports-of-shots-fired-at-clark-county-fair/

Gunshots were reportedly fired at the Clark County Fair on Tuesday evening, June 29th.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue has told The Winchester Sun that one person was shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries to the lower leg and another sustained a superficial wound in the knee area Tuesday night at the Clark County Fair.

4. Clark County Judge Executive Chris Pace dies of COVID-19 complications
Website visits – 3,935
Release date: 10/15/2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/10/15/clark-county-judge-executive-chris-pace-dies-from-covid-19-complications/
Clark County chief judge Chris Pace died Thursday evening (October 14) of health complications resulting from a recent battle with COVID-19.
Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart said Pace was rushed to the emergency room at Clark Regional Medical Center Thursday night, where he died.

The coroner said Pace had no underlying health issues.
Pace, 44, was a staunch Republican. He was elected in 2018 and has been in office since 2019.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said he will miss his local colleague.

“We will miss Judge Pace very much. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Pace family. I would like to ask everyone to respect the family and their wishes during these difficult times, ”he said.

5. Schools remain closed due to COVID
Website visits – 1,053
Release date: January 8, 2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/01/08/schools-to-remain-closed-because-of-covid/

In January, Clark County’s public schools decide to suspend classroom teaching until February, Superintendent Paul Christy said in a letter to the families of students and school staff on Friday.

In the letter, which was posted on the school district website and social media, Christy said he was hoping to return to the classrooms at the beginning of the new year, but with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, he made up his mind That virtual learning would resume for the first half of the current nine-week period with the plan to return to face-to-face learning on Feb.22 if infection numbers allow.

“We will continue to monitor the local infection rate on a daily basis. A decision to return to face-to-face classes will be made in the week of February 15th, ”he said.

6. Branham is appointed chief judge
Website visits – 1,390
Publication date: 10/22/2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/10/22/branham-appointed-judge-executive/
Governor Andy Beshear announced in a October 22 press release that he had named Henry Branham for the remainder of the term of the man who defeated him in the last election for District Judge Chris Pace.

Branham said that in appointing the governor, he was fulfilling his responsibility to “all counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Clark Counties” to try to ensure that our local governments are run as well as possible.

Ultimately, his twelve years of experience and ability to run a county government is why Branham believes the governor is the right man for the job.

7. BOE votes to terminate the services of Grant, Rose & Pumphrey
Website visits – 885
Release date: 10/01/2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/10/01/boe-votes-to-terminate-services-of-grant-rose-pumphrey/
The Clark County Public Schools Board of Education gave the Winchester law firm Grant, Rose & Pumphrey 30-day notice during an extraordinary session on October 1st.
The board’s 3-0 decision to terminate its business deal with the legal services firm and approve one with Mount Sterling’s White, Peck and Carrington law firm was controversial. Brian Thomas had represented the board on behalf of Grant, Rose & Pumphrey and reported allegations to the Kentucky Attorney General in February that board member Sherry Richardson’s family business had indirectly benefited from a county project, leading to an ongoing investigation. The investigation found that Richardson had done nothing wrong.

8. Clark County Appoints New Headmaster
Website visits – 1,415
Release date: July 27, 2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/07/27/clark-county-names-new-school-superintendent/
Clark County Public Schools announced the hiring of a new headmistress, Dr. Molly McComas

McComas has over 22 years of public education experience and has been with the Scott County Schools Office of Student Services since 2017. She is also an Associate Professor of Graduate Studies at the University of the Cumberlands. McComas changed to the role of superintendent effective August 2nd.

9. Kentuckers describe protest and chaos in the Capitol
Website visits – 1,571
Release date: January 7, 2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/01/07/kentuckians-describe-protest-chaos-at-capitol/
What began as a rally in support of President Trump on Congressional Day on Wednesday was to confirm the electoral college vote count turned violent when protesters broke into the U.S. Capitol, smashed windows and furniture, and clashed with police.
Some Winchester area residents who have been there say they witnessed a largely peaceful protest.

Wayne Elkins, a Winchester businessman and brother of District Attorney William Elkins, was among those who attended the demonstration. He said he attended because he believed Democrat Joe Biden’s election as president was fraudulent and wanted to support Trump.

“I honestly believe that there has been so much fraud that I feel we can’t honor the choice,” he said.
Elkins said he didn’t see anyone climb or break in the walls of the Capitol because it was about 300 meters away. There are “a million patriots” and a few who “ended up getting out of hand,” he said.

10. Betty Berryman, former editor of Winchester Sun, dies; First female president of the Kentucky Press Association
Website visits – 852
Release date: 12/25/2021: https://www.winchestersun.com/2021/12/25/former-winchester-sun-publisher-betty-berryman-dies-first-female-kentucky-press-association-president /
Former Winchester Sun editor Betty Berryman died peacefully in her home on December 25th.
She was 92 years old. Berryman was an editor between 1988 and 2006. She was also the first female president of the Kentucky Press Association.

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