Monday, July 21, 2014

Former Kentucky Governor undergoing chemotherapy



A former Kentucky Governor is undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer.

Wendell Ford says his campaigning for Democratic candidates across the state is on indefinite hold.

Ford says his cancer started to spread.

He retired in 1998 following four terms in the United States Senate.

He was Governor of Kentucky from 1971-1974.


Ford will turn 90 in September.

Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers



A multi-state effort to crackdown on distracted drivers by state police begins this weekend.

Troopers in six states, including West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, are going after drivers who aren't keeping their eyes on the road. This new push began yesterday and continues through next weekend.

Troopers say it's all about trying to save lives. They'll be doing extra patrols, especially in high-traffic areas. Police aren't just going after drivers on their cell phones. They say they'll be targeting any distracted drivers.


Kentucky firefighters to help in Oregon wildfire



Firefighters will be receiving some help from Kentucky as they try to put out a wildfire in Oregon.

Two Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighters left for Oregon yesterday.

The wildfire, near Warm Springs, has already burned 20,000 acres.
Investigators think lightning sparked it.


The Kentucky firefighters will help operate heavy equipment such as dozers or excavators.

NEA awards grants to 4 Kentucky projects


The National Endowment for the Arts is giving $300,000 to four community development projects in Kentucky.

The grants come from the federal agency's Our Town program, which awards funds to arts-based projects that contribute to the livability of communities nationwide.

In Cumberland, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is getting $100,000 for a conference that focuses on emerging artists in southeast Kentucky.

The Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky in Hindman is receiving $75,000 for a project celebrating the history and artisanship of the dulcimer.

In Lexington, the North Limestone Community Development Corporation is receiving $75,000 to support the development of a cultural plan and public art for the North Limestone Corridor.

In Louisville, $50,000 will go toward the development of a model for integrating artists into the corporate sector.


Jenny Wiley Theatre throws its 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration


By: Eric Eckstrom Email
Folks with Jenny Wiley Theatre held a “50th Anniversary Gala Celebration” in Prestonsburg Saturday. It was an evening of celebration, performance, and nostalgia.

How do you celebrate five decades of live theater in the mountains? For folks with Jenny Wiley Theatre, it was done with white cloths, formal attire, and an evening of activities.

And speaking of that past, one of the original cast members of the very first play performed at Jenny Wiley Theatre in 1964 was in attendance.

“Well we didn't have an orchestra pit. We didn't have the accompanying buildings that you see now. We just had the stage, the seats and the lighting in the back” says Anne Lemos, who performed in “South Pacific.”

But although the look of the theater may have changed since 1964, she says the opportunities it offers the area remain the same.

Organizers say they are proud of the many lives this theater has touched in only a few decades, and it is a trend they expect will continue for many years to come.


Hillbilly Christmas in July ride brings early holiday to kids in hospital


For the ninth year, a group of bikers took off toward Lexington to help young patients at the Shriner's Hospital.

Around 150 riders began Sunday morning from the Pikeville Harley-Davidson, and more riders joined in during the journey.

Organizers say they're never surprised at the amount of support the community gives.

If you'd like to help the group, visit hillbillychristmasinjuly.org.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Man accused of exposing himself to two women in Floyd County



An Eastern Kentucky man is accused of exposing himself to two women in Floyd County.

Prestonsburg Police say 52 year old Larry Orosz was arrested.

A citation indicates two women say Orosz exposed himself to them in the Walmart parking lot.

Police say Orosz told them he was wearing a woman's thong that was too small.

He faces disorderly conduct and indecent exposure charges.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges in court.