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Militia groups "prepared" in case Trump loses

"Some armed militia groups are preparing for the possibility of a stolen election on Nov. 8 and civil unrest in the days following a victory by Democrat Three Percent Security trains in Jackson, Ga.  (Reuters photo by Justin Mitchell)Hillary Clinton," Justin Mitchell and Andy Sullivan of the Reuters wire service report.

Three Percent Security Force, a militia group training in Jackson, Ga., "say they won't fire the first shot, but they're not planning to leave their guns at home, either."

Chris Hill, a paralegal who goes by the code name "Bloodagent," says he admires Donald Trump's "promise to deport illegal immigrants, stop Muslims from entering the country and build a wall along the Mexico border," Mitchell and Sullivan write. "Trump has repeatedly warned that the election may be 'rigged,' and has said he may not respect the results if he does not win.

At least one paramilitary group, the Oath Keepers, has called on members to monitor voting sites for signs of fraud."

Reuters reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, estimates there were 276 active militias last year, up from 42 in 2008.

Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 11/03/2016 


Kentucky Office of Homeland Security sponsors training 

How would Kentucky react if a hackers took down the power grid over a quarter of the state, while a separate cyber incident simultaneously threatened to steal data from a number of state government computer networks?

The growing threat of computer networks and systems becoming infected from malicious software brought together more than fifty participants, including information technology experts, state and federal law enforcement, private sector representatives and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to a training exercise Wednesday hosted by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS).

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton addresses those attending the conference. During the simulation, participants reacted to an ever-evolving threat scenario, forcing them to implement and test their emergency action plans in real time (Photo Provided)

“A primary goal of the initiative is for states to develop strategies for strengthening cyber security practices across the Commonwealth,” explained KOHS Executive Director John Holiday. “The summit brings together state policy leaders, as well as private sector experts and federal partners, to highlight innovative practices and identify ways in which state-driven solutions can be replicated nationwide.”

“With more of our infrastructure dependent on the Internet and emerging technologies, building a strong network of defense against cyber attacks is critical for Kentucky,” said Hampton.

During the simulation, participants reacted to an ever-evolving threat scenario, forcing them to implement and test their emergency action plans in real time. Following the exercise, event organizers led participants through a thorough review and critique of their performance.

“The most critical element to a training exercise is the after action review,” Holiday stated. “It is only through intense and objective analysis that best practices are established. Furthermore, it is imperative that best practices be disseminated, which is why our Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center assembles and shares information with our collaborative partners throughout Kentucky.”

The exercise, co-hosted by the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), included participants from the FBI and a number of state entities, including the Department of Corrections, Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky State Police, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Revenue, Finance Cabinet, along with private sector representatives from Louisville Gas and Electric.

From Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Communications



Interapt will allow 50 students to go through 20 weeks of paid training as computer coders and those who complete the program will earn positions with Interapt

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), met with Hal Heiner, secretary of the education and workforce development cabinet at his Frankfort office on Monday, June 28. 

Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, met with Hal Heiner, secretary of the education and workforce development cabinet, on Monday, June 27 at his Frankfort office.  “I appreciate Secretary Heiner taking time out of his schedule to meet with me,” said Dr. Stephenson. “Secretary Heiner is committed to bringing opportunities to Kentucky and he is strongly committed to the transformation of Eastern Kentucky’s economy.  We look forward to working with the cabinet on many initiatives going forward.” 

Dr. Stephenson shared BSCTC’s story of transformation over the past year, including a sweeping administrative reorganization and strategic planning effort.

“It is important for the Secretary to know that our programs are relevant to business and industry and that we are committed to assisting students find gainful employment beyond graduation,” Dr. Stephenson added. “What inspires our work each day is the ability we have to transform our region one student, one opportunity at a time.”

Earlier this year, BSCTC was approved to start a Broadband Technology associate degree program, the first in Kentucky and just the third program of its kind in the United States.  BSCTC was also the first college in Kentucky to launch a Fiber Optics Association (FOA) sanctioned Fiber Optics training program.  Later this year, BSCTC will break ground on a $4.5 million Advanced Technology Center, the first fiber-to-the-desk facility in the state, to house the aforementioned programs. 

“The Advanced Technology Center will give us the capacity to explore programming in areas such as unmanned aircraft and cyber security,” said Dr. Stephenson. “As the economy changes, so does our planning and our programming.  It’s important that we remain on the bleeding edge in regard to program offerings and equipment and that is one reason we are seriously developing plans for future work around the areas of advanced manufacturing, telemedicine, and digital technology.”

Dr. Stephenson also shared the recent developments of the TechHire East Kentucky program.  This collaboration between BSCTC, the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Interapt will allow 50 students to go through 20 weeks of paid training as computer coders and those who successfully complete the program will earn positions with Interapt.

“I wanted Secretary Heiner to know that there are a lot of dedicated people working on the frontlines of transformation each day in Eastern Kentucky,” said Dr. Stephenson. “I also expressed my sincere appreciation for the leadership and innovation displayed by EKCEP and their partners. We have a very responsive workforce investment board that is always willing to partner with our college on programs.”


Students from the electrical technology program on the Mayo campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College provided electrical services for vendors at the 54th annual Kentucky Apple Festival.  Shown are: Keshia Howard, Ronnie Lowe, Bradley Helton, Jacob Robinson, Associate Professor C.W. VanHoose, Louie Jude, Cody Kirk and Jackie King.

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. – Did you enjoy a Tiger Ear, fried apple pie or funnel cake at this year’s Kentucky Apple Festival? Or did you take in a carnival ride or enjoy the ever-famous arts and crafts tent?

If so, you should thank a small group of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) students.

Keshia Howard, a first-year student in the electrical technology program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, checks an electrical outlet at the arts and crafts tent prior to the 54th annual Kentucky Apple Festival.Students in the college’s electrical technology program on the Mayo campus wired the 54th annual Kentucky Apple Festival, a tradition that has been going on for more than three decades.

“It’s about community, it’s about service, and it’s about getting out of the classroom and getting some practical, hands-on training,” said C.W. VanHoose, associate professor of electrical technology at BSCTC. Student from VanHoose’s and Associate Professor Jimmy McClure’s class worked on the project. “Our students are part of our communities, and they look at this as a way to give back.”

VanHoose, who also serves on the Kentucky Apple Festival board, said the assistance of the students, under his supervision, provides a substantial cost savings to the festival. The students and VanHoose have dropped 60, 200-amp services for all food vendors and have laid 870-feet of wire to the tents housing arts and crafts and other vendors.

Jackie King, a second-year electrical technology student, works on wiring for the 54th annual Kentucky Apple Festival.  Planning for such a huge task starts at least a month before the festival. Keshia Howard, a student in the electrical technology program, remembers a humid August day when VanHoose asked the students if they wanted to be in the classroom or out in town getting some practical learning.

“We decided to go outside, and it was pretty humid,” recalled Howard, 26, a first-year student from Magoffin County. “All of that aside, it feels amazing to help your community and gain experience for my future career at the same time.”

Jackie King, 29, of West Liberty, has attended the Kentucky Apple Festival before. He knew some work went into setting up for the event, but he has a whole new respect for it.

“It’s a lot of processes and troubleshooting,” said King, a second-year student. “When I walk the streets this weekend, I’ll have a sense of pride knowing that we played a part in this.”

For more information on BSCTC’s electrical technology program, contact VanHoose at (606) 788-2888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


West Sixth Brewing is releasing the new Half-Bite IPA, the first Kentucky beer to be canned and available in 12 packs and it will have half the alcohol content of its regular IPA beer.

“We’re excited to announce that Half-Bite IPA, our newest offering – will be available just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations,” said West Sixth co-founder Ben Self.

“Designed to be the rowdy younger brother of the West Sixth IPA, the Half-Bite IPA uses the same varieties and quantity of hops as our regular IPA, but contains only half the alcohol – so it’s perfect for summer days and outdoor adventures when you want to have a few,” said co-founder Brady Barlow.

West Sixth Brewing Half Bite

“Reflecting on the nature of the beer, it only seemed appropriate the Half-Bite IPA will be canned and sold in 12-pack boxes,” said co-founder Joe Kuosman. “We’re very excited to be the first brewery to do this in Kentucky.”

Half-Bite IPA is aggressively hopped with Centennial, Citra, and Columbus hops. It’s got a great bite, earthy bitterness, and citrus notes, but clocks in at only 3.5 percent ABV, said co-founder and brewer Robin Sither.

As with all of the West Sixth Brewing cans, these cans and boxes were designed by local designers Brian and Sara Turner of Cricket Press.

“They really knocked it out of the park with Half-Bite, especially having both a can and box design” said West Sixth Creative Director Kelly Hieronymus. “I can’t wait to see this 12-pack in the wild.”

Half-Bite IPA will be available through West Sixth’s distribution partners in Kentucky (Clark Distributing, River City Distributing, and Stagnaro Distributing) beginning next week.

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From West Sixth Brewing Communications