Saturday, December 31, 2011

Environmental Groups Sue Johnson County Mine

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Pikeville claiming a Laurel Mountain Resources mine in Johnson County violated the Clean Water Act by releasing water containing selenium into local waterways. The environmental groups want the company to pay civil penalties and conduct monitoring to prevent pollution.

Pike County To Enforce Smoking Ban

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Five years ago, the Pike County Fiscal Court approved a smoking ban for the Hall of Justice and courthouse. In the new year, officers will be cracking down on smoking inside the buildings. Anyone caught smoking in the buildings will receive a citation and a $50 fine. Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says officials will do the best they can to enforce the ordinance. Maintenance workers will also conduct routine checks around the buildings looking for signs of smoking.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Statement from UPIKE President Paul Patton on CPE resignation

 "I have today submitted my resignation from the Kentucky Council on
Postsecondary Education to Governor Steve Beshear.  My advocacy for the
inclusion of the University of Pikeville in the state system of universities is
inconsistent with continued service on the Council.

The fundamental question of whether there should be a state supported university
in, and devoted to, serving the citizens of the Eastern and Southern Kentucky
coal producing counties is a public policy issue to be determined by the General
Assembly with advice from the Governor.  The Council does not opine on issues of
public policy; however, the details of this issue will most certainly involve
the Council.

Since Governor Beshear intends to use the CPE in the review of the study he is
conducting from the Governor’s office with the assistance of an independent
consultant, it is obvious that a conflict of interest will exist at that time.

I am confident the Council, under the leadership of President Bob King, will
provide the Governor and the General Assembly with helpful and unbiased advice
when asked.

I am honored to have been appointed to the Council and believe that these past
three plus years have been times of progress for postsecondary education in

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Pikeville Stabbing

{Pikeville, Kentucky}... A preliminary hearing is set next week for 21 year old Daniel Gillispie who pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault first degree and impersonating a police officer. Police say, Tuesday night, Gillispie claimed to be a police officer to get 21 year old Tommy Bray to open the door at an apartment building on Poplar Street in Pikeville and then stabbed him. Bray is in intensive care at Pikeville Medical Center. Gillispie's bond remains $30,000 dollars cash.

Johnson County Church Offers Reward

{Paintsville, Kentucky}...Nearly $3,000 worth of items were stolen from the Whitehouse Community Church in Johnson County on Christmas. Pastor Richard Salyer is offering a $1,000 reward after thieves took musical equipment and instruments used in Sunday school and worship service, vacuum cleaners and humidifiers. Anyone with information is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Department at 606-789-3411.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Attempted Robbery In Letcher County

{Hazard, Kentucky}... About 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call of from a person advising them that someone was attempting to rob his grandfather at gunpoint outside his residence at Happy Hollow Road in the Jenkins community of Letcher County. Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was going to work and had a computer in a bag as he left his residence. The perpetrator attempted to take the bag, and the victims struggled with him. The perpetrator was disarmed in the altercation and then threatened the victims with a knife and fled the scene before police arrived. The perpetrator was a white male approximately 5'7" tall weighing about 140 lbs. wearing a camouflage jacket and pants with a black mask. He fled the scene in a small tan passenger car believed to be a Toyota Corolla with a "Friends of Coal" registration plate. Anyone with any information is asked to call Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069 or 1-800-222-5555, and you may remain anonymous.

Perry County Woman Competent To Stand Trial

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Forty-two year old Sarah Melton has been found competent to stand trial after being charged in the shooting of her brother Kirby William "Bill" Couch and the shooting death of his girlfriend Cindy Caudill. On June 28th, Kentucky State Police in Hazard responded to a shooting in the Brownsfork community of Perry County and discovered that Bill Couch was involved in a dispute with his sister. Couch and Cindy Caudill were traveling on an ATV when Sarah Melton fired one shot with a shotgun, striking both vicitms. Cindy Caudill was pronounced dead at the scene. Couch was flown to the UK Medical Center in stable condition. Sarah Melton was arrested and charged with murder and criminal attempt to commit murder. Melton's lawyers plan to use an insanity defense. A trial date has not been set.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beshear Orders UPike Feasibility Study

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday he has ordered a study to look into the advisability and feasibility of adding the privately run University of Pikeville to the state's public university system. Last week, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, and former Governor Paul Patton, who is president of the University of Pikeville, proposed that the private university be taken into the state system, noting that none of the eight current state universities are located in the coal counties of southeastern Kentucky. Proponents say Kentucky's mountain residents need a four-year state university closer to their homes than the two nearest them, Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University. Robert King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, which oversees higher education in the state, recommended the study be done by an outside party because Patton is currently chairman of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Armed Robbery In Floyd County

{McDowell, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police are look for the person who robbed the McDowell IGA gas station in Floyd County Monday. Troopers say a man entered the store wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and a green ski mask, showed a weapon and demanded money from the register before fleeing the store in a maroon Nissan passenger car last seen traveling east on Ky. 122. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pikeville Man Arrested

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pikeville Police arrested 20 year old Shane Maxwell of Redale Road of Pikeville Thursday and charged him with third degree burglary and theft. Police say Maxwell contacted them and confessed to burglarizing the Mount Zion Baptist Church last week.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Patton Likely To Resign Chairmanship

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Former Governor Paul Patton, who is currently University of Pikeville President, says he will likely resign as chairman of the council on post-secondary education to avoid a conflict of interest as he pushes for the state to add UPike to its university system. Wednesday, he and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, announced for the first time a proposal for the university to become the first college in more than 40 years to join the state system.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Accident Kills Jackson Man

  • {Jackson, Kentucky}...Police say 34 year old Donald Tharp of Jackson was traveling about 8:00 A.M. Thursday on Highway 15 near the Perry-Breathitt county line when he lost control of his car, crossed the center line, went through a guard rail and over an embankment, the vehicle landing on its top. Tharp was pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

University Of Pikeville Seeks Public Status

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...University of Pikeville President Paul Patton confirmed Wednesday that discussions are underway about making the private university a part of the state's public higher-education system. Patton says the annual cost to attend Pikeville now is more than $16,000, compared with $6,5000 to $7,000 at state-supported regional universities. Governor Steve Beshear has been asked to support the  push. Proponents say Kentucky's mountain residents need a four-year state university closer to their homes than the two nearest them, Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University. The legislature would have to approve making Pikeville a state university. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg endorsed the idea. 

Pikeville Churches Broken Into

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Police are investigating after two churches in Pikeville were broken into and Christmas presents were opened. Church of God pastor Gene Layne says he was surprised to see his church's front door wide open Monday afternoon. Nothing was stolen from the Church of God, but members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church say they were not so lucky. Anyone with information is asked to call Pikeville Police at 606-437-5111.

Three Face Child Pornography Charges

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...After a three-month investigation into criminal activity involving the sexual exploitation of children, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch and Kentucky State Police Post 9 executed several search warrants in the Pikeville area involving illegal Internet activity during the week of December 12–16th. It involved the investigation of ten individuals suspected of participating in the distribution of child pornography computer files. To date, Roger Thacker II, 23, of Pikeville, Clarence Thacker, 37, of Robinson Creek, and 38 year old Michael Shepherd of West Van Lear have been arrested. Roger Thacker and Michael Shepherd were charged with distribution and possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. Clarence Thacker was charged with distribution and possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and sexual offender registrant prohibited from using social networking website, instant messaging or chat room accessible by minors. Clarence and Roger Thacker were booked into the Pike County Detention Center. Shepherd was booked into the Johnson County Jail. KSP anticipate several more arrests pending further investigations. 

Holiday Highway Safety

(Pikeville, Ky) - With the Christmas and New Year's holidays just around the corner, local police agencies are wanting you to know that enforcement efforts will be stepped up on our roads with additional patrols and traffic safety checkpoints. Between busy last minute shoppers with other things on their minds and people who are driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, this holiday period can be a dangerous one. Officer Tony Conn with the Pikeville Police Department explains, "We see a lot more DUI related crashes this time of year. You've got a lot more people on the roads and you've got more people going back and forth to stores doing holiday shopping. A lot of people have to go to three or four parties, both business and personal. Hopefully, they'll use their common sense and get a designated driver."
And, remember, the Designated Driver is NOT the person who has the least to drink. It is the person who has had NOTHING to drink. Identify the person who will be doing the driving before your holiday celebration begins.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Drug Roundup In Floyd County

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...As the result of an eight-month undercover investigation into the illegal sale of drugs in Floyd County, Operation UNITE, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police arrested 10 of 17 suspected drug dealers Tuesday. The investigation led to the interception of a package containing Suboxone hidden inside materials mailed from 26 year old Larry Ellison of Somerset to a relative inmate at Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright. Police arrested nine other individuals:

• George Adkins, 63, KY 3379, Grethel, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and persistent felony offender.

• Eugene Arms, 43, Georges Branch, East Point, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Joshua Blanton, 24, Myrtle Branch, Prestonsburg, cultivating of marijuana (30 plants).

• Donna Case, 51, Little Mud, Harold, one count each second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Finley Case, 45, Little Mud, Harold, one count each second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Ronald Gayheart, 59, Middle Branch, McDowell, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and two counts possession of a shotgun by a convicted felon.

• Anthony Gunnels, 37, River Pass Road, Harold, three counts second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Randall Ratliff, 37, Big Branch Hollow Road, Honaker, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Tracy Risner, 23, Madison Avenue, Prestonsburg, one count second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Knott County Water Problems

{Hindman, Kentucky}...Knott County officials say several families on the Knott County Water System were left without water after both water pumps failed over the weekend. Wednesday morning, a crane will lift the tanks out of the lake to see what the problem is and two new pumps will be ready for installation. The city of Hindman and the Caney area have been put on the old city of Hindman water system. For everyone else, bottled and gallons of water will be available.

Water pick-up points:
• Carr Creek Water Treatment Plant on Wednesday afternoon
• Ball Creek Fire Department Wednesday afternoon
• Fisty Fire Department Wednesday afternoon
• Lotts Creek Fire Department Wednesday afternoon

You must have a recent water bill to prove you are a customer to receive the free water.

Holiday Shopping Safety

(Pikeville, Ky) - Most people are full of the holiday spirit and good cheer this time of year, but this is also the time of year when criminals are looking to take advantage. Police officials say you should shop during daylight hours when you can, and shop with a friend. You are more likely to be targeted if you are alone. However, Officer Tony Conn with the Pikeville Police Department says you should also pay attention to what you leave in your vehicle. "Most of the robberies we see are 'smash & grabs'. People leave their packages in the seats without thinking. Theives will case the place out and walk along through the parking lots and bust the windows out of the cars," explained Conn. "You need to lock your packages and your purse in the trunk or in the rear section of an SUV where it is not as easily seen."
Other suggestions are for women to wear their purse straps across their bodies instead of their arm. And, men, carry your money and wallet in your front pocket. This week, you may be busy making last minute Christmas purchases, but don't get in such a hurry that you get careless and make yourself a target for a thief.

Pike County Accident Kills One

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Police say Robert Adkins tried to turn west onto U.S. 460 from Blair Adkins Street in the Yellow Hill area of Pike County when he pulled into the path of an oncoming car driven by Michael Bartley. Adkins was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bartley was taken to the Cabell Huntington hospital, along with a passenger.

Pike County Marathon Robbed At Gunpoint

{Virgie, Kentucky}...Police are searching for two suspects who robbed the Virgie Marathon in Pike County at gunpoint Sunday. Officials say one man, wearing a white hoodie and a black stocking over his face, came into the store, waved a weapon at the clerk and demanded money. A second person, wearing a black hoodie and a black stocking over his face, stayed by the gas pumps. They left heading towards Penny Highway in a white four door car with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Tanker Truck Overturns In Floyd County

{Ivel, Kentucky}...A tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen overturned Monday morning on US-23 in Ivel in Floyd County. Officials say the driver lost control and the vehicle turned over in the middle of the highway. Officials say the truck was from Norton, Virginia and on the way to Auxier in Floyd County. The road was shut down for three hours while haz-mat crews cleaned the area.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Multi-State Credit Card Scam Busted

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies busted a multi-state credit card operation at a home in Paintsville, seizing thousands of dollars worth of items, including watches, jewelry, perfume, shoes, clothes, and dozens of other items. Investigators say each item was purchased on the Internet with a stolen credit card number, involving victims in Oregon, Texas, Florida, Utah, Arizona, California, and Kentucky. The items were shipped to a home in Paintsville. Deputies went to the home and said the woman living there told them a man she met on the internet was buying the items and shipping them to her house and had asked her to mail them to him in New Jersey and Ghana. She said she did not know they were bought with stolen credit cards.

Apartment Fire In Hazard

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...State fire marshalls are attempting to determine what caused a fire in an apartment inside the old Hazard High School building Sunday night. Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy says the fire started on the bottom floor before working its way up causing the floors to collapse, filling the first floor with debris and rubble, leaving several homeless. Before the fire, there were 30 apartments that were home to more than one dozen families. A meeting will be held at 1:00 P.M.Tuesday at City Hall to help coordinate a community response.

They are already accepting donations and anyone who wants to send in something can send it to:

Community Ministries
Hazard High Fire Victims
151 Miss Edna Lane
Hazard, Kentucky 41701.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Stumbo To Kick Off Supreme Court Campaign

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo is expected to kick off her campaign for Supreme Court in Prestonsburg next week as she runs in a rematch against Justice Will T. Scott for a seat representing most of eastern Kentucky. Stumbo previously served on the Supreme Court until being defeated by Scott eight years ago. She later ran successfully for a seat on the appeals court. Stumbo will formally roll out her campaign at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday evening at Reno's Roadhouse Restaurant in Prestonsburg.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fire Destroys Pike County School Bus

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police are investigating after a Pike County school bus serving Belfry Middle and High Schools and Southside Elementary went up in flames. Thursday morning, the bus driver walked out of her home in Turkey Creek to prepare for the morning route and found a charred shell, along with small flames in the front of the bus. The $70,000 bus was destroyed. Police opened an arson investigation, saying they believe it was a prank that got out of hand. Anyone with information should call Kentucky State Police Post in Pikeville at 606-433-7711.

Johnson County Accident Injures Driver

{Paintsville, Kentucky}...The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement are investigating after a Brown's Food tractor trailer crashed around 1:30 P.M. Thursday on U.S. 23 in the Wittenville area three miles north of Paintsville in Johnson County. Assistant Chief Brian Jeffiers with the W.R. Castle Fire & Rescue says it took about 30 minutes for firefighters to extricate the driver, 48 year old Daniel Guyton of Ohio, who was taken to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Police say Guyton lost control in a curve, causing the vehicle to go off the road, fall into a culvert, and flip over.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Floyd County Woman Pleads Not Guilty

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Twenty-six year old Gladys Dickerson of Floyd County pleaded not guilty to murder and four counts of criminal abuse Thursday. Her husband, 30 year old Jason Dickerson, is also charged with murder and criminal abuse and will be arraigned next week. Two year old Watson Adkins, Gladys' nephew, died in September after police found him unresponsive at their home along Town Branch Road in Prestonsburg. The four counts of criminal abuse involve other children allegedly abused in their home.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Arch Coal Announces 117 Layoffs

Kim Link, a spokeswoman for Arch Coal, Inc. has announced 117 layoffs which went into effect December 2nd, 37 layoffs in Perry County, 42 in Knott County, 33 in Breathitt County and five in Pike County. Link says that laid off miners were offered severance packages, and mine personnel are working with other Arch operations and state employment agencies to help affected employees with job opportunities. County officials say the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules are not allowing coal companies to get permits, and now the companies are starting to see the effects.

KSP Investigating Floyd County Robberies

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police in Pikeville are investigating a string of robberies that have occurred in the Left Beaver area of Floyd County during the past two months. Police say, Friday night, a man wearing a ski mask entered the Vance Quick Mart in Hi Hat and demanded money. The Wheelwright Cardinal Country Store is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a robbery on November 21st. The suspect is described as five feet, five inches tall. He was wearing a black mask, white or tan hoodie, camouflage pants and dark colored gloves. The suspect in the Quick Mart robbery is a man about five feet, five inches tall, in his thirties to forties, wearing a ski mask, a hoodie, and camouflage. He had tattoos on his hands. Robbers have also hit other gas stations, restaurants, a hardware store, and other businesses. Trooper Shaun Little says. if anyone sees something suspicious, they can contact Kentucky State Police in Pikeville.

Perry County To Get New School

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Officials with the Perry County School District have signed a deal to purchase 24 acres of land along KY 80 for a new elementary school to replace Dennis Wooton Elementary. Recently, officials obtained approval from the Kentucky Department of Education on a parcel of newly developed land just east of the Daniel Boone Shopping Center. Superintendent John Paul Amis appeared before the state board of education on December 7th for the final approval, and signed the purchase agreement with the landowners two days later. The district began selling bonds to raise money for the project Tuesday, and Amis says he expects the bonds will be sold by December 29th , and he's hoping construction can start by January 2012. The property was purchased for $4.25 million, and the total cost of the project will be roughly $25 million at completion. The project calls for a preschool through 8th grade elementary school with a capacity of 650 to 700 students, along with new high school athletic fields on the grounds. If all goes well, Amis says the project could be complete in time for the start of the school year in 2013.

Hazard Attorney Files Campaign Papers

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Hazard Attorney John Hansen filed this week to run for the Commonwealth's Attorney in Perry County. Hansen, who served in that position from 2000 to 2006, would face current Commonwealth's Attorney Teresa Combs Reed in next year's election.

Winter Fire Safety Tips (part 3)

(Pikeville, Kentucky) - As the temperatures outside drop, more and more people turn to their fireplaces as a source of heat this time of year. And, one thing we need to remember, especially on Christmas, is how dangerous it can be to throw wrapping paper and tissue paper on the fire. It sounds like a good idea at the time, but Battalion Chief, Robert Lindsey, with the Pikeville Fire Department says that could be putting your life in danger. The paper is so light, the updraft created by the fire will lift it up inside the chimney. "It can either cause a buildup in the flue or at the weather cap which keeps rain from coming back down the chimney. The paper can't get out, so it gets stopped up," explained Lindsey. "The smoke cannot escape and it comes back inside the house. When people go to bed, they put the fire out in the grate, but they don't realize there is still something burning in the chimney. The smoke can't go out the top, so it comes back in the house and the carbon monoxide builds up."
Winter fires cause $1.7 billion dollars in property loss each year. But, the good news is that the majority of these fires can be prevented with regular maintenance and careful attention.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

American Woodmark Shutting Down In Perry County

{Hazard,  Kentucky}...American Woodmark is shutting down in Perry County, leaving more than 150 workers without jobs after the new year. Director of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Jeff Whitehead says it's a tough job market, and eastern Kentucky has some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, but there are employers hiring, and some people are getting jobs. For more information about EKCEP and the programs they offer to help people get jobs, go to

Winter Fire Safety Tips (part 2)

(Pikeville, Kentucky) - With Christmas less than two weeks away and homes decorated with displays, lights, garland and of course, Christmas trees, fire department officials remind us that those decorations are all fire hazards. And, if you decided to go with a fresh-cut Christmas tree this year, Battalion Chief Robert Lindsey with the Pikeville Fire Department explains that there are several things to remember to avoid a potentially dangerous fire in your home. "When placing your tree, pick an area that's not near any type of heating element or vent. People don't realize that a floor register for a regular central air and heating unit will dry trees out faster. You need to make sure you maintain the water leel in the tree as well," explained Lindsey. "Also, watch about the number and size of the lights you put on the tree. Those do produce heat and can create a drying effect and cause the needles to ignite."
Winter holiday fires are more severe than the average fire during the year across all loss measures. Injuries during Christmas season fires are twice as high, fatalities are five times greater and the dollar loss is more than three times the average. Watch for more holiday fire safety tips coming up tomorrow.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Armed Robbery In Letcher County

  • {Isom, Kentucky}...Sunday, at approximately 10:31 P.M., the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard was notified of an armed robbery which happened at 9722 Highway 15 at a Double Quick convenience store located in the Isom community of Letcher County. Two white males, each dressed in green camouflage style clothing and armed, entered the store through the front door and brandished a handgun then demanded cash and cigarettes from store employees then exited the store with an undisclosed amount of money and fled on an ATV which was believed to have been parked behind the business. No shots were fired, and there were no injuries during this incident.

Drug Roundup In Perry County

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Arrest warrants for 14 individuals on 30 charges have been issued after an undercover investigation into the illegal sale of prescription medications in Perry County. Monday, law enforcement officers from Operation UNITE, the Hazard Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Perry County Sheriff’s Office conducted  a roundup. As of 2:00 P. M., 10 of the 14 suspects had been charged and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center.
• Rocky Caudill, 45, Mountain Avenue, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in
a controlled substance second offense.

• Elijah Combs Jr., 58, Brookfield Lane, Hazard, first-degree trafficking
in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Elmer Combs, 64, Gregory Branch, Hazard, four counts first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance second offense.

• Gregory Combs, 44, Town Mountain, Hazard, first-degree trafficking in a
controlled substance.

• Shirley Combs, 44, Mountain Avenue, Hazard, two counts first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Fallon Hall, 29, Highway 15, Vicco, first-degree trafficking in a
controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled

• Romano Hensley, 50, Bulan Hiner Road, Bulan, first-degree trafficking in
a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Elijah Walker, 46, Justice Drive, Hazard, three counts first-degree
trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Johnny Williams, 33, Right Fork Rome Napier Branch, Hazard, three counts
first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

• Willie Williams, 22, Right Fork Rome Napier Branch, Hazard, three counts
first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Former Paintsville Doctor Pleads Guilty

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Monday, Dr. Richard Albert, 64, a former Paintsville doctor, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to conspiring to distribute and dispense controlled substances, admitting he unlawfully dispensed approximately 50,000 prescription pills to individuals in eastern Kentucky. Albert admitted that, from January 2009 until February 2011, he wrote numerous fraudulent prescriptions to individuals without a legitimate medical purpose. Albert worked at a Care More Pain Management and shortly after resigning from that clinic he worked at Second Street Enterprises. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when sentenced April 18th.

Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...On May 19th, Millard "Mitty" Thornhill's trailer in Hatfield burned, and firefighters found his body inside, but the medical examiner says he was shot to death before the fire started. Jeffery Lowe, Randy Thomas, Cynthia Ryan, and Shannon Turner were indicted on murder and robbery charges. Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley offered Lowe a plea deal to reduce the murder charge to manslaughter, and Monday morning, Lowe accepted it and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery before Judge Eddy Coleman. Bartley recommended a twenty year sentence, ten years for manslaughter and ten years for robbery to be served consecutively. Lowe will be sentenced January 27th.

Winter Fire Safety Tips (part 1)

(Pikeville, Kentucky) - As the weather gets colder, more and more people tend to participate in indoor activities and the need for indoor heating increases. And, with the cold weather comes the peak season for house fires. In fact, 27% of structure fires in the winter are caused by heaters inside the home. Robert Lindsey, Battalion Chief for the Pikeville Fire Department, will be giving us fire safety tips this week, and today discusses the importance of following directions. "The first thing people need to do is look at the manufacturer's standards. They all set parameters on how close you can have an item to the heater," explains Lindsey. "You need to watch when running extension cords. Those heaters are not approved to have extension cords. They will pull an excess of 1,500 to 2,000 watts of power when they first kick on, and most cords people have in their
homes are not rated for that."
Other winter safety issues we will be addressing this week include Christmas tree and electrical issues as well as fireplace and chimney safety.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Floyd County Gets New District Judge

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Friday, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Jimmy R. Marcum II as Floyd County's newest district judge. Marcum replaces retired Floyd County District Judge James R. Allen. Marcum, who has been practicing law in Floyd District Court for nearly 14 years, has been working as an assistant county attorney for Floyd County and as an associate with the law firm of Vanover, Hall & Bartley. Marcum serves as the city attorney for the cities of Allen, Wayland and Wheelwright. He received his juris doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law, in Ohio.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Indictment In Pike County

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...A federal court grand jury in Pikeville has indicted Donnie “DK” Kinder, 79, of Mouthcard, Brenda Branham, 50, of Albion, Michigan and Janice Branham, 54, of Springport, Michigan. In November, Operation UNITE detectives and DEA agents arrested them for what investigators say was an interstate drug pipeline that brought tens of thousands of prescription pills into Pike County. The indictment charges each with one count of distributing Oxycodone in Pike County between April 2010 and April 14, 2011. Investigators say the operation was responsible for distributing more than 50,000 Oxycodone pills within Pike County during a 12 month period. If convicted, they could each face a minimum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Fire Destroys Floyd County Home

{Eastern, Kentucky}...Police say a trailer fire on the Right Fork of Turner Branch in the Eastern community of Floyd County around 5:00 A.M. Friday morning left the family of Jesse Little, Anna Little and their four year old daughter with nothing. The family, which is usually home at that time of the morning, had left home earlier than normal due to a shift change for Anna Little. They are asking several churches for help with clothing and other items, and donations are being accepted at the nearby homes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Johnson County Sheriff Seeks Drug Informants

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...The Johnson County Sheriff's Department has seized dozens of illegal drugs and arrested dozens of alleged dealers in the past year, but Sheriff Dwayne Price says community involvement is needed to combat the problem. Price is willing to pay up to $100 to informants who will tell him who is dealing drugs and then possibly help with undercover work. Price says all informants will remain anonymous, and the identity of anyone who does undercover work will be kept secret. Anyone who is interested can visit the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in Paintsville or call 606-789-3411.

Hazard Man Pleads Guilty

  • {Hazard, Kentucky}...Ryan K. York, 29, of Hazard, was indicted in June on an allegation that he attempted to murder Emanuel Jones on June 18th by running him over with a vehicle in the parking lot of the Brown Derby in the Lothair area of Hazard. According to the agreement announced Thursday, York, who is currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. In exchange for his plea, York could be sentenced to serve three years in prison. Upon his release, he will be required to stay out of Perry County for 10 years. York is scheduled for sentencing on January 12th.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Enters Plea

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Wednesday morning, the Pike County Humane Society filed new charges against former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Randal Good after animal control officers seized more than 100 dogs from his property in Grapevine. Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive John Doug Hays, who oversees the Pike County Animal Shelter, says many of the dogs had to have extensive medical care, including having teeth and eyes removed. Animal control officers filed one attempted animal cruelty misdemeanor charge against Good, and the Pike County Humane Society filed 125 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Good pleaded not guilty to all the charges. More than seventy of the dogs are now in rescue mission homes, and 34 are available for adoption at the Pike County Animal Shelter. County officials are asking the County Attorney to pursue restitution from Good and make him pay back the thousands of dollars the county spent caring for the animals. In 2004, Good pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced to 180 days probation. Good is due back in court on February 14th.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Operation UNITE Rounds Up Suspected Drug Dealers

{West Liberty, Kentucky}...Sealed indictments were released Tuesday after a Morgan County Grand Jury indicted a dozen individuals suspected of illegally selling prescription pills. Operation UNITE deputy director Dan Smoot says several cases involved the individuals traveling out-of-state to obtain the pills. By early afternoon six of the 12 had been arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville. They are:

David Caskey, 29, KY 1161, West Liberty, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Ronald E. Caskey, 60, of KY 7, West Liberty, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Stephen Caskey, 27, Highway 7, West Liberty, three counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Angela Peters Robbins, 36, Darris Smith Road, West Liberty, one count each first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Charles Robert Sanders, 36, Conley Branch, West Liberty, one count first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Jack Sharp, Sr., 69, of KY 134, Adele, two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Paintsville Doctor To Plead Guilty

  • {Paintsville, Kentucky}...Dr. Richard W. Albert, a doctor accused of illegally distributing drugs at a Paintsville clinic, was scheduled to go to trial next week on a federal drug charge, but his attorney filed a motion Tuesday seeking a hearing for Albert to plead guilty. A grand jury charged Albert in July with conspiring to distribute prescription drugs without a legitimate medical reason between January 2008 and February 16, 2011, when authorities raided his house and a clinic where he'd worked. Lynne Thompson, an investigator assigned to a federal drug task force, says the clinic, which investigators say fed the region's crippling drug addiction, generated a lot of cash. In January 2011, Albert's weekly pay was $17,000 to $21,000. Albert faces up to 20 years in prison. The indictment included a forfeiture count under which the government seeks to take more than $530,000 Albert had in bank and investment accounts.

Monday, December 5, 2011

U.S. Postal Service Announces Plans

{Washington, D.C.}...In an attempt to avert bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service announced Monday its plans to slow first-class delivery next spring and eliminate next-day delivery for the first time in nearly 40 years. The changes could affect everything, including check payments, and add cost to mail order prescription drugs, especially in rural areas. The cuts will also close about 250 of nearly 500 mail processing centers across the country as early as next March. These consolidations could lengthen the time it takes for consumers to receive mail. Currently, first-class mail is generally delivered within one to three business days. However cutbacks could lengthen delivery time to two to three days and periodicals could take two to nine days for delivery. The price of stamps will also increase to 45 cents beginning January 22nd. "The U.S. Postal Service must reduce its operating costs by $20 billion by 2015 in order to return to profitability," said David Williams, vice president of network operations. "The proposed changes to the service standards will allow for significant consolidation of the postal network in terms of facilities, processing equipment, vehicles and employee workforce and will generate projected net annual savings of approximately $2.1 billion." The USPS is waiting for Congress to authorize a plan that would eliminate Saturday delivery and reduce labor and health care costs. While the USPS is an independent agency, Congress does control some portions of its operations. The changes in first-class mail can be implemented without congressional permission.

Pregnant Elkhorn City Woman Faces Drug Charges

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Twenty-two year old Erica Coleman of Elkhorn City appeared in Pike County District Court Monday morning where she entered a not guilty plea to four charges after Pikeville Police Officer Tony Conn arrested her Friday on several drug-related charges. Officer Conn says he noticed a suspicious car behind Hardee's on Hambley Blvd. Inside the car, he found Coleman and Kyle Thacker who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Upon further investigation, Conn discovered a large amount of drugs. He says Coleman told him she was injecting Suboxone. EMS took the eight month pregnant Coleman to Pikeville Medical Center, and she was released the same night and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. Judge Darrel Mullins agreed to put her on home incarceration and ordered frequent drug tests. Coleman is due back in court in February. Thacker was arrested on several drug charges and is out on bond.

Letcher County Rock Quarry Robbed

  • {Gordon, Kentucky}...The Bluegrass Materials-Cumberland Rock Quarry in the Gordon community of Letcher County is offering a $1,500 reward after being robbed twice between November 12th and November 27th, leaving them searching for almost $20,000 worth of equipment and tools. Manager Mark Roark says, after breaking in, the suspect disarmed the alarm system, but security footage caught the man in the act. If you have any information about the robberies, you should call Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-435-6069. The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard. 

Pikeville Accident

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pikeville Police say Lillian Pearl Elliott was driving a Chevy Blazer in the Buckley's Creek area of Pike County Sunday morning when she crashed head on into a car driven by Jeff Robinson. Elliott was taken to a Lexington hospital for surgery, but does not appear to have life threatening injuries. Robinson's vehicle had two young children inside. Police say they believe the Blazer had run a red light.

Floyd and Knott County Water Dispute

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...More than ten years ago, Floyd and Knott County officials signed an agreement on the Floyd/Knott County line allowing Southern Water and Sewer in Floyd County to provide water for some Knott County customers. Knott County officials say the contract states that, by 2005, they were supposed to have their water lines funded by Knott County coal severance money back. Alice Ritchie, the board chairwoman at Knott County Water and Sewer, says the customers were to be returned once Knott County could provide water for them. Knott County officials have filed a lawsuit. A motion hour for the dispute is set for Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in Knott County Circuit Court. Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley has filed a motion that the case be transferred to Floyd County Circuit Court.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gulnare Church Ban Overturned

{Gulnare, Kentucky}...An issue that caught a week of national attention has been resolved, and Pastor Stacy Stepp says he hopes the lifted ban ends all of the controversy. Members of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church voted to prohibit interracial couples from joining their church. The National Association of Freewill Baptists issued a statement Thursday saying, "It is our understanding that steps are being taken by the church in question to reverse its decision. We encourage the church to follow through with this action." Saturday morning, the member churches from the Sandy Valley Conference of Freewill Baptist met at Bowling Fork Freewill Baptist and ruled against the church's vote. Jim Patton, Representative of the Sandy Valley Conference, said, "We the church of the Sandy Valley Conference strongly denounce prejudice, racism, and all other ungodly forms of conduct whether it's inside the church or out. The vote concerning interracial marriage was not carried out in accordance with Robert's Rules Of Order. Even by a unanimous vote, it is null and void." Church members voted Sunday, 14 voting to do away with the motion, while two didn't vote. Pastor Stepp says he opposed the ban from the beginning and is ready to get his church back on the right track.

Highway Grants For Southern And Eastern Kentucky

  • {Washington, D.C.}...U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers has announced the release of highway emergency relief funds through two separate grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds totaling $2.7 million, will assist seven counties across southern and eastern Kentucky repair damaged roads as a result of severe storm damage beginning in June of this year. The following counties in the 5th Congressional District are eligible for repair funds: Bell, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Perry, Pike and Whitley Counties.

Nominees To Replace Retired Floyd County District Judge

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...In Frankfort Friday, the Judicial Nominating Commission announced nominees to fill the vacant District Court judgeship in the 31st Judicial District, Division 1, consisting of Floyd County. The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge James R. Allen, effective August 16, 2011, are James D. Adams II, Brett D. Davis and Jimmy R. Marcum II, all of Prestonsburg. Adams has been a sole practitioner in general practice since 2004. He received his juris doctor from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Marcum is an assistant county attorney for Floyd County, an associate with the law firm of Vanover, Hall & Bartley and serves as the city attorney for the cities of Allen, Wayland and Wheelwright. He received his juris doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio. Davis formerly served as deputy judge-executive under former Judge-Executive Paul Hunt Thompson. He is currently head of Low Income Housing Coalition of Eastern Kentucky.

Pike County Church Votes to Move On

(Gulnare, Kentucky) - The small Free Will Baptist church in Pike County that received international attention last week for its stance on interracial marraige voted Sunday to walk away from that issue and never look back. Dean Harville, a long-time member of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church whose daughter's interracial relationship was at the center of the dispute, says he is glad it is over, and believes it is now finally behind them. "We had a vote in the church to do away with the motion (on interracial marraige), not bring it up anymore and go forward. There were 16 members altogether...14 voted for it, and two didn't vote," said Harville.
Last week's vote of 9-6 not to extend membership opportunities to interracial couples made headlines across the country, and painted a picture of the church that no member wanted. Now that the matter has been addressed and last week's decision done away with, everyone agrees it is now time to heal...even the Harvilles. Dean Harville summed it up when he said, " those who voted for it last Sunday, I've already forgiven them. I've got to move on."

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gulnare Church Ban Overturned

{Gulnare, Kentucky}...Members of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church voted last Sunday to prohibit interracial couples from joining their church. The National Association of Freewill Baptists issued a statement Thursday saying, "It is our understanding that steps are being taken by the church in question to reverse its decision. We encourage the church to follow through with this action." Saturday morning, the member churches from the Sandy Valley Conference of Freewill Baptist met at Bowling Fork Freewill Baptist and ruled against the church's vote. Jim Patton, Representative of the Sandy Valley Conference, said, "We the church of the Sandy Valley Conference strongly denounce prejudice, racism, and all other ungodly forms of conduct whether it's inside the church or out. The vote concerning interracial marriage was not carried out in accordance with Robert's Rules Of Order. Even by a unanimous vote, it is null and void."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Potable Water Coming To Letcher County

{Payne Gap, Kentucky}...Access to potable water will soon be available to 181 households in Letcher County. The Department for Natural Resources' Division of Abandoned Mine Lands announced Friday the award of contract and the start of construction for phase one of the Payne Gap-Kona water supply project that will provide the citizens of Mayking and Payne Gap with access to a clean, safe water supply. The project, with a memorandum of agreement between the Jenkins Water and Sewer District and AML, totals $800,000 with the remainder of funding provided by Letcher County's coal severance funds. The project will be operated by the city of Jenkins. Akins Excavating of Corbin was awarded the contract with a low bid of $1,213,502.50. Nesbitt Engineering, Inc. of Lexington provided engineering services.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fatal Pike County Accident

{Millard, Kentucky}...One person is dead after a car accident Thursday morning near U.S. 460 in the Millard area of Pike County. The coroner says two trucks collided. A passenger in one of the trucks died at the scene.

Chamber Of Commerce Launches "Shop Local" Campaign

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is starting the annual "Shop Local" campaign to boost the economy and increase tax dollars. Brad Hall says there are deals in eastern Kentucky with great businesses, and for every one dollar spent locally, that dollar will turn over at least five times in the community. To entice shoppers, local businesses are posting coupons on the website Chamber of Commerce officials say new businesses are adding coupons each day to the website.

Magoffin County Accident Kills Toddler

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...Investigators say four year old Abigail Volk and her mother, Rebecca Volk, who is two months pregnant, were in a car that hit a van just before 2:00 P.M. Wednesday on Highway 460 near Bloomington Road in Magoffin County. Abigail Volk died at the scene, while her mother was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released Thursday morning. Capt. Carter Conley of the Magoffin County Rescue Squad says the child was in a restraint seat.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pikeville High School Earns PRIDE Award

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...The Pikeville High School Panther PRIDE Club has earned southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for educating their community about why and how to recycle. The PRIDE Club, which has 90 members in grades 7-12, spent months planning a local celebration of America Recycles Day, which is sponsored annually on November 15th by Keep America Beautiful. The club led four activities that promoted recycling. They arranged for Pikeville Mayor Frank Justice and Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford to sign a proclamation supporting America Recycles Day and recycling efforts in Pikeville and Pike County. Club members and AP Environmental Science students visited Pikeville Elementary School to teach a lesson on recycling for all 5th and 6th graders. Club president, Taryn Cantrell, and the sponsor, Kelly Scott, spoke to the public through interviews on the radio stations of East Kentucky Broadcasting, where they shared with the audiences the importance of recycling, as well as how and where to recycle locally. From 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on November 15th, the PRIDE Club set up information booths at Food City and Velocity Market where students handed out local recycling information and promotional items from America Recycles Day, Pike County Solid Waste and PRIDE. PRIDE’s Mark Davis says he commends the students and their sponsor, Kelly Scott, for coordinating such a comprehensive outreach campaign.

Louisville Man Sentenced

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Charles Hocker of Louisville has been sentenced to ten years in prison after police say he tried to run over two Pikeville Police officers on August 13, 2010 after they responded to an emergency protection order violation when Hocker was forcibly trying to enter a residence on the North Mayo Trail. The two units were advised by their dispatch that the suspect was intoxicated and suicidal. While en route to the scene, they passed the suspects vehicle coming towards them with no lights on. Officers turned and pursued the vehicle onto Hurricane Creek Road where the suspect turned onto a gravel drive and stopped and reversed his vehicle in a obvious attempt to strike the officers with his vehicle. At that point the two officers responded to the threat by firing at the perpetrator striking him multiple times. The officers removed the suspect from the vehicle and administered aid until EMS arrived. The suspect was transported to PMC and then air lifted to Saint Marys Hospital for his injuries.

Sandy Valley Conference To Discuss Ban

  • {Gulnare, Kentucky}...Leaders at Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church cancelled a scheduled meeting Wednesday and plan to ask for help resolving an issue after the church of about 40 members voted nine to six Sunday to not condone interracial marriage. Stella Harville, whose father, Dean Harville, is a deacon at the church, brought her fiancĂ©, Ticha Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, to the church she grew up and didn't feel welcome. Stella Harville's mother has written a letter to members at the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church asking them to not ban her daughter and fiancĂ© from church functions. The Harville's say if the church does not change its decision, then they will find a new church. The Sandy Valley Conference will meet Saturday in closed session to discuss the ban.

Reward Offered In Wheelwright Robbery

{Wheelwright, Kentucky}...A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about a robbery at the Cardinal Country Store in Wheelwright. Police say a five feet five inches tall male, wearing a black mask, tan or white hoodie, camouflage pants, and gloves entered the store last week, with a gun, hit the clerk, searched the store, and got all the money from the cash register.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Certified “Storm Ready”

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg has been certified by the National Weather Service as a “Storm Ready” facility. The park is the fifth state park in the nation to be recognized as Storm Ready, meaning the park will provide guests with severe weather information when checking in, including storm shelter locations and a listing of NOAA Weather Radio frequencies that serve the park. Fellow Kentucky resort parks round out the Storm Ready list, including Buckhorn, Dale Hollow, Natural Bridge and Lake Cumberland.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prestonsburg Couple Indicted

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...A Floyd County grand jury returned murder indictments Tuesday afternoon against Jason and Gladys Dickerson. Two year old Watson Adkins, the couple's nephew, died in September after police found him unresponsive at their home in Prestonsburg. The boy's mother, Rhoda Adkins, says Watson and her two other children had been living with her sister Gladys and her husband since March, and her sister was awarded custody in June. Kentucky State Police say Dickerson and his wife were arrested in Elliott County. State records show allegations that the couple abused the toddler.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Black Bear Hunt Set

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...Beginning December 10th, hunters can participate in a two-day quota hunt for black bears in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties. This year the hunt occurs on the second weekend in December, rather than the third weekend as it has since 2009. The hunt is open to any Kentucky resident who purchases an over-the-counter bear permit. Unless exempt, a person must also possess a valid Kentucky annual hunting license. This is the third year of a hunting season for bears in the state. The quota harvest is limited to 10 bears total or five female bears, whichever limit hunters reach first.

Pike County Animal Shelter To Adopt Seized Dogs

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County officials hope that by December 6th they can invite the public to apply to adopt more than one hundred dogs seized from the home of former Pike County deputy judge-executive Randal Good in Grapevine. Kristin Handshoe, Animal Shelter Acting Director, says shelter workers are nursing the dogs back to health, but the shelter needs volunteers to help bathe and feed all of the dogs. They also need donations of food, treats, blankets, and paper to help care for the dogs. If you want to volunteer, make donations, or adopt a dog, you can call the shelter at 606-432-6293.

Missing Floyd County Man Found Safe

{McDowell, Kentucky}...Forty-two year old Brian Keith Prater, who had been missing since being seen last Wednesday night in the McDowell area, was found safe Monday evening. His family says his car was found in Elkhorn Park in Minnie, and police searched the McDowell and Minnie areas for days looking for him. Investigators say Prater contacted state police late Monday afternoon to report he was fine. Troopers then found him and say he is okay. 

Pike County Church Refuses Interracial Couples Membership

(Gulnare, Kentucky) - One eastern Kentucky community is divided after a Pike County church voted Sunday not to allow interracial couples to be members or participate in church services. According to members of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, not everyone is in agreement with yesterday's vote. Melvin Thompson, who actually submitted the proposal to the church, defended his position, and says he doesn't feel this will affect the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church at all. "I do not believe in interracial marraiges, and I do not believe this will give our church a black eye at all. It came before the church on Sunday and the vote was 9 in favor and 6 against," said Thompson. One member of the community whose family attends Gulnare Freewill Baptist, L.J. Harville, says she finds Sunday's vote hard to believe. "I just can't believe that a church, where people go for solace in times of need, can show such a display of racism," explained Harville. East Kentucky Broadcasting obtained a copy of Mr. Thompson's proposal which passed on Sunday.
The following is that proposal : "That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve." Submitted to the church business committee November 9, 2011 for their consideration by Melvin Thompson, member, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Appalachian Wireless Black Friday Sales

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Appalachian Wireless started its Black Friday sales when its stores opened at 2:00 A.M. Hundreds of people got new cell phones for only one penny with a new one year service agreement. Danny VanHoose says sales surpassed last year's number. If you missed the Black Friday special, Appalachian Wireless will have deals on Cyber Monday. Sales will be online only.

WestCare Residents Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Dozens of people enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast at the WestCare Emergency Shelter in Pikeville. Anna Wakeland, Direct Care Worker at the shelter, says local churches and community groups donated food for the 32 people, and those living in the shelter cooked the meal. The Pikeville Medical Center also sent plates of food.

Former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Charged

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Former Pike County deputy judge-executive Randal Good is now charged with animal cruelty after more than 100 dogs found living in alleged filthy conditions were seized from Good's property in Grapevine. Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall says, "Cruelty to animals won't be tolerated. The statutes may not be as strong as some people would like them to be. It's still going to be pretty serious, and we're going to enforce the law at least to eradicate the problem in this case." Good was sentenced to 180 days probation after more than 100 dogs in filthy conditions were seized in 2004. Kristin Handshoe, Animal Shelter Acting Director, says shelter workers are nursing the dogs back to health, but the shelter needs volunteers to help bathe and feed all of the dogs. They also need donations of food, treats, blankets, and paper to help care for the dogs. If you want to volunteer, make donations, or adopt a dog, you can call the shelter at 606-432-6293.

Body Found In Perry County

{Hazard, Kentucky}... Kentucky State Police in Hazard are investigating after Frank Davidson of Wabaco was found shot to death at his home Thanksgiving morning. Police say it appears Davidson was cleaning his guns when one accidentally fired, killing him.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Two Arrested For Burglary

{Morehead, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police arrested Jonathan Blair, 27, of Lynch, and Joseph Davidson, 25, of Cumberland, after they were allegedly spotted breaking into a home in Morgan County Thanksgiving morning. Police found them while they were driving in downtown Morehead. Blair admitted to the burglary and told police where the stolen items were. Davidson was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and burglary second degree. Four additional warrants were served on Davidson when he was taken into custody. Blair is charged with burglary second degree.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Woman Injured When Train Hits Car

{Banner, Kentucky}...Mary Boyd of Dana was taken to Pikeville Medical Center Wednesday after a CSX train struck a car she was driving on Ky. 1426 in the Banner area of Floyd County. Investigators say crossing signals were working at the time of the incident. The accident remains under investigation.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Police Investigating Deadly Floyd County Shooting

{Hueysville, Kentucky}...Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened late Wednesday afternoon on Raccoon Road in Hueysville just off Route 7 in Floyd County. State police got a 911 call for help, and, when troopers arrived, they found Delmas Slone, Jr. dead outside his home. Police did not arrest the alleged shooter at the scene. They plan to take the case to the Floyd County grand jury to see if any charges will be filed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Floyd County Man Sentenced

  • {Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Twenty year old Benjamin Meek of Prestonsburg, in Floyd County, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder, robbery, and several other charges in the death of 20 year old Brian Jacob Gayheart. Police say, in May, Meek and his wife Kaitlyn Crum Meek went to the Goble-Roberts area to rob Gayheart of pills. Gayheart's body was found weeks later in the Big Sandy River in Boyd County. Police say he was beaten before his body was put in the water in Floyd County. In August, Kaitlyn Crum Meek took a plea deal for lesser charges and agreed to testify against her husband. She agreed to a 15 year sentence and was sentenced in September.

ARH Expanding In Hazard

{Hazard. Kentucky}...Appalachian Regional Healthcare officials held a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday to announce plans to expand in Hazard. A new tower will be built that wil linclude a new 24 bed emergency room, 16-bed cardiac critical care unit and 34 more private rooms on the third floor. Officials say it will bring 150 well paying jobs. At the ceremony, Congressman Hal Rogers said, "I only wish Bill Gorman could be here, how he would love this and how he had anticipated this."

Perry County Plans New School

{Hazard. Kentucky}...Talk about a new Dennis Wooton Elementary School in Perry County began in 2005, and school officials are getting the paperwork finalized to present to Kentucky's Board of Education on December 7th. Perry County Schools’ Superintendent John Paul Amis says more funding has been added to go along with the initial $5.7 million for the new school on Highway 80 just past Wal-Mart. If approved, it could be under construction by early next year. The new school will be a kindergarten through eighth grade school.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Floyd County Man Charged With Attempted Murder

{Stone Coal, Kentucky}...Twenty-four year old Wilfredo Domiguez was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond charged with attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence after a shooting on Saturday. Domiguez is accused of shooting Travis Scott in the Stone Coal area of Floyd County.  McDowell ARH officials called police after Scott came to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest. The arrest citation says Scott told police the shooting was drug-related, and Dominguez threw the gun over a hillside off Kentucky Route 7.

Floyd County Inmate's Case Sent To Grand Jury

{Prestonsburg, Kentucky}...Kathy Wills with the Floyd County Detention Center says, when 25 year old Glenda Holbrook was lodged in the jail, jail employees did the routine search for illegal items but found nothing. Corrections officers say another female inmate appeared later to be overdosed on drugs and was taken to the hospital and survived. Corrections officers say Holbrook smuggled the drugs in. During a preliminary hearing Monday, Holbrook's defense attorney argued there was no proof Holbrook brought in the drugs and asked the judge to dismiss the charge. The judge denied the motion and sent the case to the grand jury.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dogs Removed From Former Pike County Official's Home

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}... Friday, animal control officers removed more than 100 dogs from the home of  former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive Randal Good and took them to the Pike County Animal Shelter, where they are being cleaned and treated for malnutrition. Current Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive, John Doug Hays, who oversees the animal shelter, called the condition of the dogs "heartbreaking." This is the second time more than 100 animals have been removed from Good's property. The first time was in 2004. Good says most of the dogs were given to him by people who didn't want them anymore, and, although he tried to care for the animals, he became overwhelmed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Appeals Court Considering Mine In Floyd County

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...An eastern Kentucky coal company has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to reject a ruling that would place restrictions on a 2,000-acre plot of land it wants to mine in Maytown in Floyd County. Local residents and an environmental group have opposed the planned strip mines owned by Laurel Mountain Resources because of concerns about blasting and flooding. Lawyers for the Prestonsburg-based coal company, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the environmental group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth made arguments in front of a three-judge panel Friday morning. The appeals court will issue a ruling at a later date.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pike County Native Retiring

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Eighty-two year old Fontaine Banks Jr., a Pike County native whose public service career spans more than 50 years and involves working in various roles for six governors, is retiring as a senior policy adviser to Governor Steve Beshear, effective December 15th, two days after Beshear is sworn into office for a second four-year term. Banks, the son of a coal miner, graduated from Belfry High School in Pike County and received a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1951 from Berea College. He also studied at the universities of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cornell. Banks says he has Parkinson's. Banks has held the $68,298-a-year state job since January 2008 and was a staff member of Beshear's 2007 campaign for governor. In state government, Banks was chief of staff for the late Governor Bert T. Combs from 1960 to 1963 and held the same position from 1963 to 1967 for the late Governor Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt. He also was secretary of the Cabinet for Human Resources from January 1993 to May 1994 for Governor Brereton Jones and deputy human resources secretary for Governor Martha Layne Collins in the 1980s. Banks, who volunteered for the Marines and served in the Korean War, said he will miss state government and would consider a gubernatorial appointment to a state board or commission. Beshear said Banks "will be missed in the halls of Frankfort."

Magoffin County Couple Pleads Not Guilty

{Salyersville, Kentucky}...Forty-two year old James Garcia and 23 year old Cindee Collins, a Magoffin County couple charged with manslaughter for the death of Garcia's four year old son, Cameron Bryce Mullins, last year, pleaded not guilty Thursday. Four year old Cameron Bryce Mullins died two days before Christmas last year. The deputy coroner says the autopsy shows he had a severe head injury and other bruising. Bond is $250,000 cash for both Garcia and Collins. The couple will be back in court on February 20th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Zebulon Double Kwik Robbed Again

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Kentucky State Police say the Zebulon Double Kwik was robbed Sunday night and again late Tuesday night. Police say surveillance cameras show a man wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and a gray scarf around his face entered the store Sunday night. The clerk told police the man had a weapon and demanded cash. When the robber got money, he left the store in a dark colored Chevrolet Cavalier, driving toward Meta. Police say a man wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and a white bandana around his face entered the store around 11:30 P.M. Tuesday night with a weapon, demanded cash, then left with money. This suspect had no car. Police are asking anyone who sees a dark color Chevy Cavalier in the area to get a license plate number and call KSP Post 9 in Pikeville at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-433-7711.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Armed Robbery In Pike County

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}... Police are still looking for a male suspect who robbed the Double Kwik in Zebulon in Pike County Sunday. Police say a man wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and gray scarf around his face came in with a weapon and demanded money. He left in a dark colored Chevrolet Cavalier.

Man Indicted In Fatal Martin County Accident

{Inez, Kentucky}...Twenty-three year old Steven Heller of Kermit, West Virginia was indicted earlier this month in the death of 28 year old James Fletcher, of Martin County, Kentucky. A judge entered a not guilty plea for Heller during his arraignment on Friday. Police say, on June 25th, Heller was driving in the Crum area about 4:00 A.M. when he struck Fletcher’s vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, Heller’s blood alcohol was .223 and he tested positive for Cannabinoids. A passenger in Heller’s car had a blood alcohol content of .184 and also tested positive for Cannabinoids. Emergency crews say Heller was partially in the driver’s seat with his shoe stuck under the gas pedal, and the speedometer was stuck at over 100 mph. The other man told investigators that he, Heller and another person started drinking about 12 hours before the crash. Deputies say Heller told them he had no memory of the crash. The passenger told deputies that he had fallen asleep during the drive and woke up after the crash with blood on him. Heller is scheduled back in court in December.

New Road Planned For Fishtrap Dam Area

{Pikeville, Kentucky}... The Pike County Fiscal Court says construction will start in May on a new road that will connect Upper Pompey to the Fishtrap Dam area, cutting drive time to Pikeville nearly in half. For more than 100 people who live in Upper Pompey, Jonican, and Hurricane, the round trip is now approximately 80 miles. The Pike County Fiscal Court says funding is approved and design plans are made for the new road. The new road, which will only be three-fourths of a mile, will run from Upper Pompey to the Fishtrap Dam area by the RV park, which connects to US-460, but it will cut the drive to Pikeville from 42 miles to 12 miles. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett says it will probably save 20 minutes for ambulances, and maybe even fire response, to get in the area, and every minute counts.

Perry County Murder Waived To Grand Jury

{Hazard, Kentucky}...Timothy Ryan Sizemore, 27 of Hazard, has had his murder case waived to the Perry County Grand Jury after he pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered 31 year old Samuel Louive of Combs. Troopers from KSP Post 13 along with Hazard City Police responded to a report of shots fired on Baker Street in the Combs community on November 5th, 2011. Upon arrival, Troopers discovered Louive on the outside of a residence after being shot multiple times. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. A short time later Troopers located and arrested Sizemore, charging him with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Case Waived To Perry County Grand Jury

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The case of 23 year old Eric Ison of Hazard has been waived to the Perry County Grand Jury. Police say Ison was driving under the influence on Ky 15 in the Bonnyman Community of Perry County on November 4 th when his car ran off the roadway and struck the guard rail. Ison then over corrected, crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 68 year old Bobby Napier of Lost Creek in Breathitt County. Napier was pronounced dead at the scene. Ison could be indicted on murder and DUI charges.

Perry County Fiscal Court Hires Lexington Attorney

{Hazard, Kentucky}...The Perry County Fiscal Court has hired Lexington attorney Bradly Moore from the Boehl Stopher & Graves Lawfirm after Sheriff Les Burgett appealed a ruling that the employment of his wife in the sheriff's department was wrong. Last month, the ethics commission ruled that Lenora Burgett could no longer work in the sheriff's office. Moore has filed a motion to dismiss the sheriff. A special judge will be appointed to hear the case after Perry Circuit judge Bill Engle stepped aside.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pikeville Preparing For Major Business Expansion

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pikeville City Commissioners and a developer say a new 200,000 square foot shopping center is coming to Pikeville. City Manager Donovan Blackburn says the strip mall to be built on Thompson Road will have dozens of new stores. City Commissioners announced all the new plans during a meeting on Monday night. Part of the new shopping center will be built where the main Pikeville Post Office is, and the post office will re-locate in a new space in the shopping center. Plans were unveiled for a new eight story, 114 room  Hilton Garden Hotel to be built next to the Hampton Inn. The hotel will have a restaurant and outdoor event space on the rooftop. Brad Hall with Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says it will create an opportunity to bring in conventions and other tourism events. Developers say, once the new businesses are open, there will be 300 new jobs. Commissioners also approved $175,000 dollars in tax incentives for coal company Alpha Natural Resources to locate its headquarters in Pikeville, bringing 60 new jobs. Alpha still has to finalize a deal with the building's owner.

Arraignment Set In Knott County Murder

{Pine Top, Kentucky}...Twenty-nine year old Shauna Sloan Lopez of Melvin is scheduled to be arraigned in Knott District Court Tuesday on charges of murder, first degree robbery, and tampering with physical evidence in the death of 60 year old Ruby Slone of Mallie. At 11:45 A.M. Saturday, Kentucky State Police at Hazard received a call that a body was lying beside Steer Fork Road in the Pine Top community. Police say Slone was found dead of an apparent gun shot wound. Lopez is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail on a one-million dollar cash bond. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Letcher County Accident Kills Two

  • {Haymond, Kentucky}...Two people died in a traffic accident in Letcher County Saturday. Kentucky State Police in Hazard say Jimmy Woods Jr., 19, of Burdine, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt on KY 805 in the Haymond community of Letcher County when he lost control and went off the east bound shoulder of the roadway, collided with a tree, and then came to rest in a creek. Woods, along with his passenger, Whitney Griffin, 22, of McRoberts, were pronounced dead at the scene. No seat belts were in use.

Woman Charged With Knott County Murder

  • {Pine Top, Kentucky}...At 11:45 A.M. Saturday, Kentucky State Police at Hazard received a call that a body was lying beside Steer Fork Road in the Pine Top community of Knott County. Ruby Slone, 60, of Mallie, was found dead of an apparent gun shot wound. Shauna L. Lopez, 29, of Melvin, was charged with murder, first degree robbery, and tampering with physical evidence. Lopez was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. Slone's body was sent to the State Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Prestonsburg Attorney Announces Settlement

  • {Somerset, Kentucky}...Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield and six former employees have settled a lawsuit alleging they were fired in late 2010 or early 2011 because they actively campaigned for former county attorney Bill Thompson in the May 2010 election. Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf, who represented the former employees, said his clients were pleased with the $500,000 settlement. Hatfield says he did nothing wrong and that an insurance company agreed to a settlement over his objections. The six plaintiffs will receive over $83,000 each but will not be reinstated to their former jobs in the county attorney's office.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pikeville Honors Local Veterans

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Local school children and adults took a break from school and work Thursday to line the streets of downtown Pikeville in honor of local veterans. Inside the East KY Expo Center, Lee Greenwood brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of "God Bless the USA." Pikeville Medical Center announced its new emergency room will be named the Veterans and First Responders Trauma Center.

Pike County Detention Center Inmates Indicted

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...A grand jury has indicted eleven Pike County Detention Center inmates on promoting contraband charges. Jailer Rodney Scott says the number of inmate drug smuggling cases is dramatically increasing. In the past three weeks, officers have caught eleven inmates trying to get drugs into the jail. Jailers are working on some new security measures to prevent drugs from getting into the jail. Each suspect could face five to ten additional years in prison. Those charged are:
 Shellie Duncan, Island Creek
James Hylton, Dorton
Bradley Barnett, Middlesboro
Julian H. Gibson, Hellier
Joseph Edward Ratliff, Elkhorn City
Ricky Thomas, Pikeville
Jacqueline Bryant, Pikeville
Margaret Newsome, Banner
Larry Bartley, Teaberry
Christopher Mullins, Ivel
Boyd Campbell, Hazard

Deadly House Fire In Floyd County

  • {Garrett, Kentucky}...Family members say 87 year old Jewell Case and her 63 year old son James Case were killed in a house fire in on Front Street in the Garrett community of Floyd County about 1:00 A.M. Thursday morning. James’ body was found near the front door, while Jewell’s body was found in a bedroom. Family members say James has been living with his mother for the past 20-25 years after being disabled in an industrial accident. The State Fire Marshal is investigating to determine how or where the fire started.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bond Set For Salyersville Couple

  • {Salyersville, Kentucky}...Wednesday, a $250,000 full cash bond was set for 42 year old James Garcia and his girlfriend, 23 year old Cindee Collins of Salyersville, who are charged with manslaughter first degree for the death of Garcia's four year old son, Cameron Bryce Mullins, who died at Cabell-Huntington Hospital two days before Christmas last year. The autopsy report shows the child died from head trauma due to blunt force injuries to the cranium, which is the head, the trunk of the body, and other extremities.

Former Magoffin County Principal/Teacher Sentenced

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Wednesday morning, a federal judge sentenced former Magoffin County principal and teacher Darrell Patrick to 60 months in prison. Operation UNITE investigators say Patrick was trafficking drugs in Magoffin County. As part of his plea deal, Patrick also forfeited 87 firearms to the federal government that he admitted were used to further his drug trafficking. According to his plea agreement, starting in August 2009, undercover investigators with Operation UNITE bought Oxycodone tablets from Patrick on several different occasions. In October 2009, a search warrant was executed at Patrick’s residence and authorities found a small amount of Oxycodone tablets, firearms inside a gun safe and a bulletproof vest next to the gun safe.

Salyersville Man Sentenced

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...In July a U.S. District Court jury in Pikeville convicted 54 year old Randall Salyer of Salyersville on two counts of vote buying during the 2010 general election in Magoffin County. Wednesday, Salyer was sentenced to 21 month in prison. Under federal law, he will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence. Evidence at trial proved Salyer paid two individuals $100 each to bring him their absentee ballots in the general election, which was held in part to select a candidate for the office of United States Senator.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Turkey Creek Fire Department In Danger Of Closing

  • {Turkey Creek, Kentucky}...The Turkey Creek Fire Department in Pike County does not have enough volunteer firefighters and is in danger of closing. The Turkey Creek Fire Department responds to several calls for help each week, mostly car wrecks and house fires. Assistant Chief Matthew Cline says you have to have at least eight to ten people in the fire grounds to successfully fight a fire and sometimes that's not enough. Cline says the fire department only has six volunteers. The closest stations are several miles away in Belfry and Hatfield.

Trial Begins For Clay County Constable

  • {London, Kentucky}...Jury selection is underway in the federal drug trial of Clay County Constable Jack "The Tireman" Roberts. Police arrested Roberts and his wife in July after they both allegedly sold pills to an informant. Jack Roberts' trial is expected to last around three days at the federal courthouse in London. Jennifer Roberts, who pleaded guilty last month, faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced in March.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pike County Receives FEMA Mitigation Grant

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...Pike County officials received a check Monday morning from FEMA to relocate some 2009 Mother's Day weekend flood victim property owners in the Zebulon and Winns Branch areas. Kentucky Emergency Management presented Pike County with nearly three and a half million dollars from a FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant. Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says some of these people have been in four or five floods over the years. The money will be used to buyout around 25 properties. The owners will get the value the property was worth the day before the 2009 flood. Officials plan to start the property assessments this week. Anyone in the Zebulon area with questions on the buyout program can contact the judge-executive's office. Officials are working to get more mitigation grants for other areas of Pike County damaged in the 2010 flood.

Elkhorn City Gets Grant

  • {Elkhorn City, Kentucky}... Monday afternoon, state and county officials in Pikeville presented Elkhorn City leaders with checks totaling $100,000. Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor says the grant money will help provide funds for new sewer lines, new water lines, new water hook-ups and new drain lines. Mayor Taylor is applying for more grant money to fix the swimming pool and make other improvements to the city.

Letcher County Mine Foreman Killed

  • {Whitesburg, Kentucky}... Investigators say 47 year old Jerry Britton of Pound, Virginia, a foreman at the Hubble Mining Company's No. 9 mine in Letcher County, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead after apparently being struck by a a personnel carrier Monday morning while inside the mine. It was the state's seventh mine-related death in 2011. Hubble's No. 9 mine has had two accidents this year, including a July incident where a worker was injured by a hydraulic jack. The mine is closed pending an investigation.

Kentucky Receives Heating Assistance

{Frankfort, Kentucky}...Kentucky is receiving $24 million in federal funding to help low-income families stay warm this winter. State Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Pat Wilson says households that include seniors, the disabled or young children should take advantage of the assistance, known as Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Programs, or LIHEAP. It is a short-term program that operates its first phase in November and December and is available to customers at or below 130% of federal poverty guidelines. Applications for the subsidy phase of the program will be accepted at all community action agencies from Monday through December 16th, alphabetically based on the first letter of the household's last name. The crisis phase is for families in a home heating emergency and starts January 4th.

TruSeal Closing Knox County Plant

{Barbourville, Kentucky}...More than 200 employees at Barbourville's TruSeal manufacturing plant in Knox County found out Monday they will be laid off as the parent company of TruSeal wants to consolidate its operations into a facility in Cambridge, Ohio. The company will start moving equipment from the plant in January, and, by August, it will be permanently closed. The plant makes sealants for windows.

Letcher County School Board Considers Consolidation

{Whitesburg, Kentucky}...Parents, students, and county officials were in downtown Whitesburg Monday morning to protest against possible consolidation which would close Arlie Boggs Elementary. If the board approves the proposed redistricting plan, Beckham Bates Elementary is another school on the list that would be closed. The school board is expected to make a decision during their January board meeting.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Perry County Shooting Leaves One Dead

  • {Combs, Kentucky}...Timothy Ryan Sizemore, 27, of Hazard, was jailed at the Kentucky River Regional Jail charged with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment after police responded to a shooting at 12:01 A.M. Saturday in  the Combs community of Perry County. Police who responded to a report of shots fired found Sammy Louive, 31, dead outside a house on Baker Street. He had been shot several times.