Wednesday September 4, 2013

A fire early Tuesday morning here in Letcher County destroyed Hatfield's Hunting and Fishing Supplies and some adjacent buildings just off Highway 15 at Van between Dry Fork and Isom.

Sandlick Fire Chief Chris Sexton says it was a really hot fire that consumed a lot of water trying to put it out.

The fire required the work of four fire departments.

In addition to the building's size, its age, including oil in the flooring treatments, contributed to the heat and difficulty fighting the fire.

No injuries were reported but traffic congested for several hours in that vicinity.

Authorities have not released the cause of the fire.

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Police have arrested a man in Middlesboro after they say he pulled a gun on a young girl during a robbery on Monday.

Officers wrote in an arrest citation that 41-year-old Christopher Brown, also known as Sam Brown, held the gun to the girl and asked her to empty her pockets.

He ran away with a gold necklace.

Police later arrested him on 21st Street and Exeter Avenue.

Brown is charged with robbery and is also wanted in Lee County, Virginia on unrelated charges.

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An eastern Kentucky man will be honored for his accomplishments at a mine competition that happened on August 21st.

Burl Scott was just named to the Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame by the National Mining Association.

The Association says he was selected because of his accomplishments and commitment in the field of mine rescue.

The induction ceremony will be September 12th in Columbus Ohio.

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A man is behind bars after police executed a search warrant on his home in Pike County last week.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department had been conducting an investigation for illegal drug activity in the Raccoon Creek area in Pike County.

This led them to serve a search warrant to 70-year-old James Phillip West on Wednesday, where they found illegal guns in his home, as well as ammunition and prescription medication.

Police say the guns are illegal for West to have because he is a felon.

West is being held in the Pike County Detention Center for violating his parole.

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Back to school shopping can be expensive, but you could get a little break next summer if a bill is passed in the next Kentucky General Assembly session.

State Representative Fitz Steele of Hazard has prefiled the Sales Tax Holiday Bill, which means you could buy school supplies and clothes with no sales tax for one weekend each year.

And Representative Steele says it would also help the local economy.  

Tennessee began offering a sales tax holiday several years ago.

He says he has tried for several years to get this legislation passed.

If the bill is passed, the sales tax holiday would be the during the first or second weekend in August.