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The Mayor of Olive Hill, Kentucky, Danny Sparks, has resigned from his position after undercover officers caught him in a drug selling sting near a school.

Could someone seemingly safe be selling drugs to your kids? Learn the street terms and listen to what your kids or their friends are saying.

Officers say that Sparks sold them marijuana just 1,000 feet from Olive Hill Elementary.

While Sparks called the incident a big mistake, he resigned his post following the arrest.

The Journal-Times published a copy of his resignation letter.

“Due to a very bad mistake that I have made tonight, and have failed the trust of the good people of Olive Hill, my friends and most of all my family, I have decided with deep regret to resign tonight as Mayor of Olive Hill. I hope that everyone will understand that I have always tried to do the very best for Olive Hill and hope that the people will understand that I will always try to continue to help in any way possible to better this City regardless of what position I may serve. What happen(ed) tonight is something I have never done before and deeply regret it and hope to move on.”

Drugs can send good people down the path of making poor decisions.

Kentucky is one of those states where they are aggressively fighting prescription drug abuse.

Of course, Kentucky is one of the states battling a serious epidemic.

One woman will be spending some serious time behind bars for pushing the pills to another woman who lost her life.

Ashley Ritchie, 19, of Eastern Kentucky, overdosed at the home of Judy Mcintosh.

Mcintosh sold the pills to Ritchie, and investigators quickly discovered that Mcintosh was distributing pills across Eastern Kentucky.

Today she heard her sentence.

27 years in prison, forcausing a death by illegally distributing prescription drugs.

So often, we see young people die from a drug overdose, but we don’t find out who provided the drugs. This time they had a good lead.

Authorities will likely never know if any of mcintosh’s other customers died from drugs, but they do know that she won’t be selling pills to people for a long time.

It’s pretty obvious to anyone who has been around a drug abuser.

Nobody chooses to use heroin. They are compelled to do it. Their bodies ache for it. Their need for opiates will shut down without it.

But if you give in, you could end up dead.

If you’re lucky, you end up in jail.

A story this morning out of Louisville, details how one man’s playful experimenting with pills in high school, evolved into a habit that almost killed him.

And he only realized he was lucky to be alive, when he was sitting behind bars in a jail cell.

This is the story of Wes Oetinger from the courier-journal.

Came across a wonderful story out of Olive Hill, Kentucky from WSAZ.


Kids actually were supporting a program that advocates drug testing in school and in the home. And for those who participate by being tested at school, or having their parents test them, the kids receive a t-shirt that they can proudly wear that says “Screened and Clean.”

Here’s what the students had to say:

“If there’s a party and kids are tempted to do drugs, and the parents might test them when they get home, they’ll think twice,” –student Morgan McGlone

“It will help the relationship between parents and kids. Because too many kids think they can get away with it – and they shouldn’t get away with it.” –student Sarah Crum

“If the parents are using drugs, I would say, ‘If you test me, then I should be able to test you,’ so it’s fair for one or the other,” –student Kansas Cox

We often encounter resistance about home drug testing, and many times, it’s the parents making up the most excuses. On top of it, they rarely discuss drugs and the anti-drug message at home with their children. It’s one of the leading reasons why 2,500 children try drugs for the first time every day.

This screen and clean program sets a great example, and like one student said, if the popular kids are wearing the shirts, maybe more kids will want to hop on the bandwagon!