Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Project to Replace Two Bridges

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s project to replace two bridges on KY 1426 at Bent Branch begins next week. The road will be closed to through traffic at the work site, which is between Cabin Knoll and Scott Fork. One bridge is above and one is below the building, which used to be the IGA/Johns Creek Grocery.


“There is access to US 119 on either side of the work zone,” said Paxton Weddington, Highway District 12’s Resident Engineer on the project . “School buses and other through traffic will have a short detour on US 119 from one side of the work zone to the other.”


Bush and Burchett was awarded the low bid contract for $1,036,595.80. Paul Burchett said that the Scott Fork bridge will be replaced first, with demolition of the old bridge scheduled to begin Monday, February 2nd, weather permitting.


The Cabin Knoll bridge involves relocation of a water line before construction starts.


Completion date required on the contract is December 1, 2015, but the contractor’s planned schedule shows that work could be finished as early as the first week of September.


Monday, January 26, 2015

State police has trooper shortage

Kentucky State Police is about 100 troopers short of its authorized staffing level, due in part to retirements and challenges in finding recruits.

The agency currently has 910 troopers, including 69 new trainees that graduated last week.

Trooper Paul Blanton at state police headquarters in Frankfort said a recent cadet class had 63 graduates, but there were 62 trooper retirements during the cadet training period.

Blanton says there are also challenges in recruiting eligible applicants, and readying a new cadet class takes a long time.

He says some applicants, like those who have visible tattoos, get disqualified at the start. Still others who become troopers leave the KSP for other law enforcement agencies.

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Stumbo to push for release of LRC audit report

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he will push for the release of a nine-month-old performance audit of the Legislative Research Commission.

Stumbo said Friday that he's asking LRC leaders in the House and Senate to put the audit's release on the agenda for their Feb. 4 meeting.

He was responding to an Open Records Act request filed this week by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

A firm was hired last year to audit the agency's performance in response to several scandals, including sexual harassment complaints that forced the resignation of state Rep. John Arnold.

A report from the audit company came in April, but legislative leaders have refused to release it. Leaders have called that report a draft, making it exempt from the Open Records Act.

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Kentucky Power told to refund $13M to Eastern Kentucky customers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has ordered Kentucky Power to refund about $13 million in over-charges to customers.

The PSC also barred the electric provider from collecting $41 million in additional fuel costs that were to be taken in through May.

The refund will be in the form of credits on future bills. A statement from Attorney General Jack Conway's office says the average residential customer would save about $155 over a 17-month period.

The PSC also criticized Kentucky Power for failing to disclose additional fuel costs for ratepayers after the 50-percent interest purchase of the Mitchell power plant in West Virginia.

Floyd County House Fire Injures one

One person was taken to an area hospital following a Floyd County house fire.

According to officials with the Garrett Fire Department, the house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

Authorities say the owner of the house went to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation.

The investigation continues into what caused the blaze.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kentucky State Police Post 9 Welcomes 16 New Troopers

Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville welcomes 16 new Troopers to the Post 9 family. 

On Friday January 16, 2015, Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 69 new Troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort. These 69 Troopers began their 23 week academy process on August 03, 2014, and graduated as the 92nd Kentucky State Police academy class.
The 16 graduates assigned to Post 09 are as follows:
Marty Adams
Mark Branham
Michael Coleman
Jonathan Corey
Mason Flynn
Casey Goodsell
Jordan Grevious
Jeffrey Johnson
Dackery Larkey
Bradford Martin
Colbert Maynard
Matthew Mihalik
Samuel Reed
Daniel Saylor
Jacob Spurlock
Sheldon Thomas
Post 9 Pikeville is eager to introduce the new Troopers to the communities they will serve.

Defense opposes longer sentence in Morgan Judge-Exec case

Defense attorneys are objecting to a prosecutor's request to send an eastern Kentucky judge-executive to prison in a corruption case for more time than federal guidelines suggest.

Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley pleaded guilty in August to fraud. Court records indicate he received at least $130,000 in kickbacks from a contractor between 2009 and 2013.

Prosecutors said the scheme continued as the town struggled to rebuild from a deadly March 2012 tornado.

Under federal advisory guidelines, Conley's top sentence would be seven years and three months, but assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Boone has requested a sentence of 11 years and four months.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 27.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Former Kentucky Governor Dies

Kentucky political icon Wendell Ford who went from Lt. Gov. to Governor then represented Kentucky in the U.S. Senate has died at age 90.

Ford was diagnosed in 2014 with a malignancy on one of his lungs. Ford had undergone a series of chemotherapy treatments in his hometown of Owensboro.

Two arrested for animal cruelty in Johnson County, KY

A couple in Johnson County, Kentucky are facing eight counts of animal cruelty after police say they found animals in poor health on their property.
Curtis Fraley and Lucinda Fraley both face animal cruelty charges, according to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
The release says deputies found eight dogs and one horse in poor condition and the animals were put under the care of a local rescue groups.
The case remains under investigation.

Two children escape car wreck unhurt in Johnson County, KY

Two children were left unharmed after a truck flipped in Johnson County, Kentucky yesterday.
Samuel Lutz, the driver, told deputies that he was going south on Route 201 when a tire blew out on this truck causing him to lose control.
The truck flipped and came to a rest on its side.
Lutz was taken to the Paul B. Hall Medical Center for treatment. Two children in the truck were in their car seats and buckled. Both were unharmed in the wreck.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gibson Bottom Bridge

The Pike County Fiscal Court held a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday morning.

The Pike County Fiscal Court met on Wednesday to discuss the on-going construction situation regarding the Gibson Bottom Bridge on Elkhorn Creek just off route 197 in Kettle Camp.

Allegedly, construction began before the proper bid was awarded which left the residents of Gibson Bottom without access to their property.

Gibson Bottom resident, Allen Gibson, stated that the residents now have to drive through a neighbor’s yard in order to get home.

The Fiscal Court rejected the bids for the bridge and declared the situation an emergency; meaning, construction can begin immediately without the court having to award a bid.

According to Pike County Judge Executive Bill Deskins, the bridge should be completed in less than a month.

UPike Construction Continues

Warm weather is helping progress on a construction project at the University of Pikeville.

Crews are working to build a home for UPIKE's new Optometry School and the current nursing program.

School officials say the building will be bigger than the Coal Building that now sits along Hambley Boulevard.

School officials say they are on schedule for the 18-month project and plan to begin its first classes in the Optometry Program in 2016.

Garbage Bill for Martin County

A new garbage ordinance was proposed during the last Martin County Fiscal Court meeting, that could charge people $17 on their water bill for trash, a service that is currently free.

The current garbage service requires those in the community to drop off their trash.

The new ordinance would still require people to do that and pay for it.

Officials say if the ordinance is passed they hope to eventually have a trash pick-up service.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kentucky State Parks Announce Family Adventure Quest for 2015

2015 marks the 10th year for the Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest - the digital photo scavenger hunt for families and friends.

This year's edition has a new twist. Teams of two or six members choose between an eastern or western booklet. This doesn't mean you only get to explore half the state, it just means that the quests that require visiting a specific park will only be in the half of the state you choose.

That still leaves more than two thirds of the challenges that can be answered at your choice of parks. For example, a non-park-specific challenge may ask for a photo of your team building a sand sculpture at a Kentucky State Park Beach. The beach you choose is up to you.

Teams have until December 1st, to complete as many quests as they like in an effort to have fun and win prizes.

More details and registration forms can be downloaded at You can also pick up a registration form at any Kentucky State Park starting in February.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Among Top Concerns for NTSB

Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases a "Most Wanted List," a list of 10 safety concerns that warrants urgent attention and top priority status based on past accident investigations. The goal of the list is to increase awareness about these concerns and encourage those in the traffic safety and transportation fields of implement viable solutions over the course of the year.

The NSTB's goal to end substance impairment in transportation is on the list again this year and continues to be the focus, as NSTB has been working to educate parents and the public about the dangers of drunk driving for more than 23 years. To end substance impairment in transportation, the NTSB recommends additional countermeasures relating to post-crash data collection and the documentation and reporting of crash data, increased use of high visibility enforcement, expanded use of ignition interlock devices, and targeted measures for repeat offenders, including DWI Courts.

The NTSB defines substance impairment as not only alcohol related but also due to over the counter medications, prescriptions medications, and illicit drugs, as well.

Officials: 1 dead, 1 injured in overpass collapse in Cincinnati

Fire and emergency medical officials say a construction worker was killed and a tractor trailer driver injured when an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Fire Department says the collapse onto southbound interstate 75 happened near Hopple Street, north of downtown, around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Fire officials say southbound lanes were closed indefinitely. It wasn't clear what caused the collapse.

Officials say several hundred tons of concrete fell onto the road. A tractor trailer was damaged.

The driver was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with minor injuries.

A witness told authorities he heard "a real big boom" and then a couple of seconds later he saw police cars rushing to the scene.

Grimes campaigns for statewide office, but which one?

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will run for statewide office this year.

The former Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate said she has been encouraged to run for governor, attorney general and to seek re-election as Secretary of State. Grimes said she has not decided what she will do yet but that she will file for office before the Jan. 27 deadline.

On Monday, Grimes attended the Alpha Phi Alpha Unity Breakfast in Lexington with former state Sen. Georgia Davis Powers. With a campaign photographer in tow, Grimes worked the room of about 1,500 people before leading the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Freedom March.

Grimes lost a closely watched U.S. Senate race in November to Mitch McConnell, who now leads the new Republican Senate majority.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mountain Parkway Expansion opens field office

Salyersville location will be staffed six days a week

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – Residents who want to know more about the Mountain Parkway Expansion now can get information about the project at a new office in Salyersville. The office is in the Magoffin Plaza, 447 Parkway Drive (U.S. 460).
“As construction gets underway, we know people will have lots of questions,” said Marshall Carrier, project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “The field office is another way we can provide information and answers to citizens throughout Eastern Kentucky.”
The initial operating hours for the office are:
· 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
·       10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays.
·       9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
If residents have questions but can’t come to the office, they may call (606) 349-8160. Information also is available or by following the project on Twitter (@MtnParkway) or on Facebook (

Sixty-nine Cadets Graduate From Kentucky State Police Academy

The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 69 new troopers at ceremonies held today in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 910 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The new troopers are part of the agency’s 92nd cadet class. They started a 23-week training cycle on August 3, 2014 in a class that consisted of 110 cadets.  Forty-one resigned during the weeks of mental and physical challenges that followed. Three women started the program and one, Leslie Strong, of Hyden, completed the training. The class also included one African American and one Asian American.

The training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, land navigation, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

Several members of the class earned special recognitions including

Bradford Martin, of Ivel, Ky., received the Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to cadets who demonstrate leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day.

The following is a list of the new troopers for Post 9 Pikeville:

Marty Adams
Mark Branham
Michael Coleman
Jonathan Corey
Mason Flynn
Casey Goodsell
Jordan Grevious
Jeffrey Johnson
Dackery Larkey
Bradford Martin
Colbert Maynard
Matthew Mihalik
Samuel Reed
Daniel Saylor
Jacob Spurlock
Sheldon Thomas

Each new trooper will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post assignments.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Board of Education Non-Traditional Intruction Days

The Pike County Board of Education held a special meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the progress of the non-traditional instruction days.


Mary Beth Stiltner, a Board of Education member, says there has been positive as well as negative feedback. She says the non-traditional instruction days are being monitored closely and the feedback has been very helpful.

Other members of the board are concerned that Pike County won't receive the proper funding because students won't be in school as much as they're normally required to do so. The board is also worried that it may cost them more money in the long run.


The board will be evaluating and reviewing the take home packets that were sent home with students and vote on whether or not to keep utilizing the non-traditional instruction days.


Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

 The Kentucky State Police, working in conjunction with Sergeant Greg Roberts with Tennessee Highway Patrol and Sergeant Charlton Martin with Alabama State Police, made a felony drug arrest in the early evening hours of Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Trooper Zach Bryson with the Kentucky State Police Post 09 Criminal Interdiction Team, conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Black Volkswagon Jetta in the Dorton community of Pike County. 

Trooper Bryson contacted the driver, Jeffery Coleman, 47, of Pikeville, KY. As Trooper Bryson approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of marijuana. Kentucky State Police K-9 Unit Trooper Bo Cure responded to assist with the traffic stop. 

A search of the vehicle resulted in the Troopers locating and seizing approximately 30 pounds of marijuana, 18 Oxycodone tablets, and $28,000 in U.S. Currency. Coleman was arrested and charged with the following:

1. Speeding
2. Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense
3. Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense
4. Possession Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree
5. Trafficking in Marijuana Over 5 pounds 1st Offense

Coleman was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. This case remains under investigation.
Photo: Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

The Kentucky State Police, working in conjunction with Sergeant Greg Roberts with Tennessee Highway Patrol and Sergeant Charlton Martin with Alabama State Police, made a felony drug arrest in the early evening hours of Wednesday, January 14, 2015.Trooper Zach Bryson with the Kentucky State Police Post 09 Criminal Interdiction Team,  conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Black Volkswagon Jetta in the Dorton community of Pike County.  Trooper Bryson contacted the driver, Jeffery Coleman, 47, of Pikeville, KY.  As Trooper Bryson approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of marijuana.  Kentucky State Police K-9 Unit Trooper Bo Cure responded to assist with the traffic stop.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the Troopers locating and seizing approximately 30 pounds of marijuana, 18 Oxycodone tablets, and $28,000 in U.S. Currency.  Coleman was arrested and charged with the following:

1. Speeding
2. Possession of Controlled Substance  1st Degree 1st Offense
3. Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 1st Offense
4. Possession Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree
5. Trafficking in Marijuana Over 5 pounds 1st Offense

Coleman was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.  This case remains under investigation.

Accused Sheriff Killer Incompetent

The man charged with gunning down the Mingo County Sheriff has been found incompetent to stand trial, and sentenced to life without mercy in a state mental hospital.

Tennis Maynard, 39, is accused of shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum in April 2013, as the sheriff ate lunch in his car in downtown Williamson.

Cabell County Judge Paul Farrell issued the ruling during a hearing Thursday afternoon in Huntington.

Farrell committed Maynard to Sharpe Hospital in Weston.

Maynard was charged with murder, attempted murder, and reckless indifference in the case. 

On those charges, Farrell sentenced him to life without mercy for murder, 3-15 years for attempted murder, and 1-4 years for reckless indifference.

If he would regain competency, Maynard would be tried on those charges. Judge Farrell says it's up to the hospital to let the court know if that would happen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Representative Leslie Combs to Visit Classrooms to Teach Students About Civics

As part of the nationwide America's Legislators Back to School Program, Representative Leslie Combs will be at Fleming Neon Middle School this week.

Combs, a Democrat from Pikeville, will be teaching civics and public service to 90 8th graders starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Kentucky lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle have a history of active participation in the program, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislators. Each year more than 15,000 Kentucky students from Kindergarten through high school are reached though the professionally-designed curriculum, which is aimed at increasing students' knowledge about history and government.

The program is non-partisan and non-political, instead giving students motivation to follow current events, gain a greater understanding of our system of representative government, and use their own critical thinking skills.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Heat On to Pay a Heating Bill? Help is Available

The window is now open for assistance for lower-income families who face utility shut-offs for nonpayment.

Lower income families an apply for crisis home-energy funds under the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP. This is the second phase of the federal program.

Mike Moynahan runs the program for Community Action Kentucky, the agency that administers the funds. He says, "What we consider to be a crisis situation is if somebody has a disconnect notice from their utility company or, if they heat with a bulk fuel, they're within four days of running out."

Moynahan adds that the average crisis assistance amounts to about $250, with a cap of $400. To be eligible, family income must be at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that's roughly $2,600 a month before taxes.

For more information, call Community Action Kentucky at 800-456-3452.

Non-Traditional School Days in Pike County

Pike County School Systems will be conducting Non-Traditional School Days.

Whether it be due to weather or sickness, if Pike County students miss a day of school, the Board of Education can now implement a Non-Traditional School Day.
The Pike County Board of Education’s District Innovative Coordinator, Mary Beth Stiltner says, "This is exciting because this will be a day of school we don't have to make up."

According to Pike County Schools Superintendent David Lester, Non-Traditional Instruction creates a culture of learning that meets the needs of individual students by using effective instructional strategies and increasing student engagement.

Letcher County man dies in an ATV accident

Authorities report a Letcher County man who had not been seen for several hours, was found dead after being involved in an ATV crash.

76 year old Coolie Baker was found by family members less than one mile from his home on a logging road.

Officials say the ATV had overturned trapping Baker underneath.

Kentucky State Police and the Letcher County Coroner are investigating the death.

State officials say Kentucky is on pace to meet budget

(AP) - Kentucky's chief budget officer said the state is more likely to avoid a deficit after solid growth in tax collections through the first six months of the fiscal year.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell said the state's money from income and sales taxes and fees grew $5 million in December. So far, Kentucky's general fund revenue has increased 3.5 percent from last year through December. The state's $9.8 billion spending plan assumes the state's revenues would grow 3.6 percent by the end of June.

Kentucky ended the 2013-14 fiscal year with a $90 million shortfall.

Driskell said the state's gas tax collections grew by $123.6 million in December. Collectively, the road fund has grown by 1.1 percent through December. But officials expect that number to drop as the gas tax fell 4.3 cents in January.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Workforce Solutions to Offer ServSafe Training and Certification

        Big Sandy Community and Technical College will offer an industry-leading food service training and certification program on its Prestonsburg and Pikeville campuses.

        BSCTC’s Workforce Solutions will hold the ServSafe training and certificate program on January 31st and February 7th on its Prestonsburg campus. Each class will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

        The course is designed to develop an understanding of the basic principles of food sanitation and safety, and how to apply them in food service operations. Topics covered in the course include: food safety regulations, flow of food through operation, food safety management systems, facilities management and employment training.

Big Sandy Idol - Homeschooled Students Audition Schedule

        Big Sandy Idol will conduct a special audition for home school and private school students.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 20th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

        The auditions are open to any student who is home schooled or attends a private high school in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties.

        Two students will be selected to compete in the Big Sandy Idol competition to be held on March 13-14 at the Mountain Arts Center. Singers will compete for a full scholarship to BSCTC, a full album recording and a spot on the Big Sandy Singers.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Wild Game Feast

        Natural Bridge State Resort Park will host its Appalachian Wild Game Heritage Wild Game Feast.

        The wild game buffet will include roasted top round of bison carved to order, country ham, tender barbecue buffalo ribs, buffalo meat and buffalo burgers, venison and rabbit burgoo, snapping turtle soup, and all the fixings.

        There will also be a dessert bar including baked Alaska.

        The buffet will be held on January, 24th from 4 to 8 pm.
        For more information call 1-800-325-1710.

Death of Retired KSP Lieutenant


Retired Lieutenant, Chester Potter, graduate of Kentucky State Police Cadet Class #1, passed away at Riverview Healthcare Center nursing home on January 10, 2015.

Potter was recently recognized by KSP Commissioner, Rodney Brewer, on March 06, 2014, as the last surviving member of the first Kentucky State Police cadet class. 

His death is a great loss to his family, the community in which he served, and to the entire Kentucky State Police Agency.  Potter was 94 years of age. 

Rare budget changes could impact pensions, cancer research

Legislative leaders want to make changes to the state's $9.6 billion budget to plug a hole in the state's struggling retirement fund for public school teachers and build a cancer research facility at the University of Kentucky.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a bill on Friday that would borrow up to $3.3 billion to help the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System make its monthly $144 million benefit payments. And Republican Senate President Robert Stivers wants to give the University of Kentucky up to $150 million to build a research building for its Markey Cancer Center in a state that has one of the highest cancer rates in the country.

Each proposal would require a 60 percent vote to pass.

Kentucky to transfer 150 elk to Wisconsin to help build herd

Kentucky's elk herd began with seven elk from Kansas in 1997. Now the population has boomed to 10,000, and the commonwealth is helping to build a new herd in Wisconsin.

According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the agency will provide Wisconsin with 150 cows, calves and yearling male elk trapped from areas with high complaints about nuisance elk. The transfers will take place over the next 3-5 years and be paid for by Wisconsin.

In return, Wisconsin will help develop forest habitat in eastern Kentucky to benefit wildlife, especially ruffed grouse.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees will assist with the trapping and disease testing in Kentucky.

The Montana-based Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will supply additional support. The foundation was instrumental in establishing Kentucky's elk herd.

Martin County Meth Bust

A meth making investigation ends with seven people arrested on various charges.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests at a home on Maynard Drive in Inez.

Sheriff John Kirk says deputies found various meth precursors on a kitchen table, a bottle that appeared to contain meth that had been dropped though a hole in the floor, a burn pile and a bag inside a dryer that contained Liquid Fire, salt and a vent tube.

All seven people were arrested on various meth charges, and taken to a local hospital for decontamination.

Those arrested were:

Steven R. Davis, 31, Inez
Heather S. Henley, 28, Inez
Robin Tackett, 36, Paintsville
Jackie Maynard, 41, Wittensville
Linda Jude, 34, Inez
Lonnie Maynard, 42, Inez
Jimmy Maynard,35, Inez

Friday, January 9, 2015

"Faith, Family and Football," by Coach Philip Haywood

        Belfry High School Football Coach, Philip Haywood, has written his first book.

        The winningest Coach in Kentucky history, Coach Philip Haywood of Forest Hills, Kentucky has published his first book, “Faith, Family and Football.”

        In the book, released by ‘Coaches Choice,’ Haywood discusses football and his coaching career, along with his strong relationship with God and his family.

        Belfry High School will have the book for sale on Wednesday with a portion of the proceeds going to Belfry High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Or you may order the book online, however, the school will not receive any benefits if bought online.

Johnson County Crash

One man is dead and a teenager is in the hospital following a crash near the Johnson-Martin County line.

During the investigation they discovered that a red Grand Am was driving southbound on Route 3 in Johnson County when it hit a truck going northbound.

That's when 19-year old Megan Neidlinger  apparently hit 34 year old Randall Powers.

The crash caused Powers’ Ford Ranger to go over the guard rail and seven feet down an embankment.

Powers was pronounced dead on the scene and Neidlinger was taken to Highlands Hospital, she was later air-lifted to a different hospital.

The crash is still under investigation.

26 flu-related deaths reported in Kentucky

A Kentucky health official says 26 people have died in the state as a result of the flu this season.

Public Health Deputy Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh said Thursday that the flu outbreak is at a widespread level statewide for the fifth straight week.

According to Kevin Hall with the Fayette County Health Department there were 104 confirmed cases of the flu in Lexington as of Wednesday. Last season, he says there were eight at this time.

Humbaugh says the 26 flu-related deaths in Kentucky included two children, five people between the ages of 18 and 64 and 19 who were 65 or older.

Last season, he says there were about 50 flu-related deaths in Kentucky.

Humbaugh says the flu vaccine isn't as well-matched to covering circulating flu strains as health officials would like to see. But he says the flu shot is still the best way to prevent the illness.

Health officials say flu season typically runs from October to May.

‘Right-to-work Act’ passes Senate after lengthy debate

FRANKFORT – The state Senate today passed a bill – dubbed the Kentucky Right to Work Act – to allow people to work at unionized shops without paying dues to an organized labor group.

State Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said it isn’t state government’s role to create jobs, adding that was for the private sector. “But it is the job of government to create an environment where jobs can flourish, where we have current employers wanting to stay in Kentucky and expand their operations and, of course, to attract employers from other states and countries to come here to Kentucky,” he said. “There is no question in my mind that the passage of SB 1 is the absolute best step this General Assembly and governor can take to create a better environment for the creation and retention of jobs here in the commonwealth.

Thayer said nine of the top 10 states experiencing job growth and economic expansion at a greater rate than Kentucky are right-to-work states.

The legislation, designated Senate Bill 1, passed on a 24-12 vote.

 Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, spoke out against the legislation during the debate. He said the states with the highest quality of life are not right-to-work states and states with the lowest quality of life are right-to-work states.

 “My biggest fear is if we pass this legislation, are we again encouraging a race to the bottom by Kentucky – that we want people to be paid less, earn less, have less money to spend on their families, spend for education, spend for healthcare,” said Thomas. “Isn’t that what we are doing by passing this legislation?”

Senate President Robert Stivers II, R-Manchester, said he many of the states listed as having a high quality of life have the distinction of also having some of the highest cost-of-living prices in the nation. He cited a 560-square-foot flat in New York that recently sold $325,000 as an example of out-of-control cost-of-living prices.

“One thing I can tell you … is that when you look at where the jobs are being created … one of the main factors is whether you are a right-to-work state. That’s not an assumption. That is a reality.”

 The bill will now go to the state House for consideration.

Kentucky Senate approves anti-heroin bill on 3rd day of session

The state Senate unanimously approved an anti-heroin bill on Thursday designed to set the tone for the short legislative session while arming Republicans with strong arguments to capture the governor's mansion in November.

The bill cleared the Republican-dominated Senate from start to finish in just three days. And while lawmakers said it was not a partisan issue, politicians on both sides were positioning themselves to benefit from the bill's passage

The bill redirects about $7.5 million of state money to local jails for substance abuse treatment programs. And it shields heroin users from minor drug charges if they dial 911 during an overdose.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear called for similar legislation in his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Brushy Mountain in Pike County

Due to a bad break on Thursday, January 8th, drilling will occur on Brushy Mountain in Pike County. The road will be closed because traffic won’t be able to get around the drill, once it’s set up.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, there will be long delays.

Construction will begin at 8am and last until 6pm for several weeks. When school is in session, there will be breaks in the afternoon for buses to get through.

BSCTC Interim President Named

Dr. Charles V. Chrestman has been named interim president and CEO of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), effective January 12.


Dr. Chrestman retired as president of Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina, where he served from 2003-2013.  Prior to that, he spent 27 years in various positions, including vice president for instruction and chief academic officer, at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi.  He replaces Dr. George D. Edwards, who spent 14 years at BSCTC and announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015.  He will serve as Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) interim chancellor.


“I am confident Dr. Chrestman will provide strong leadership during this period of transition at Big Sandy Community and Technical College,” said Dr. Jay Box, president-elect of KCTCS. “He has spent most of his professional career at community colleges and he will be a good fit for BSCTC.”


Dr. Chrestman has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics from Delta State University.  He has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi. 


During his career at RCC, Dr. Chrestman led more than $12 million in construction and renovation projects.  Additionally, he secured more than $20 million in grants and sponsored projects; more than $5 million was invested in technology and equipment; new programs were added; and enrollment more than doubled at the college.

Floyd County Thefts

Prestonsburg Police Department is looking for information about equipment that was stolen from vehicles parked at a motel.

According to authorities,  someone stole two Heavy Duty Sthil weed eaters, a Sthil leafy blower, and a Sthil pole saw from a Swartz Mowing vehicle.

A short time later, they received another call from the motel about items that were stolen from an Elliot company vehicle. A Sthil concrete saw and an Echo chain saw were stolen.

Prestonsburg police are asking for anyone with information on this theft to contact the department at (606) 886-1010.