Tuesday September 24, 2013

The Whitesburg City Council had a special called meeting last night and passed the 1.5 percent payroll tax.

The first reading of the proposed payroll tax for all employees within Whitesburg's city limits was held last Thursday and last night was the second reading and vote on the tax.

The vote was not unanimous with one council member voting no, however the legislation did pass and is effective as of January first of next year.

City leaders said the local papers will publish more details and every employer will receive a copy.

The city attorney said this tax includes provisions and exemptions that everyone needs to know.

City leaders say anyone with questions or concerns should feel free to reach out to council members and the mayor James Wiley Craft.


Police are investigating after a man stole a woman's purse in the parking lot of the Hazard Food City, and the whole incident was captured by security cameras.

Police say the robbery took place Monday evening around 8:30.

Police say the man drove up in an older model red pickup truck as the woman was putting groceries into her car.

Hazard policeman Timothy Feltner says the man got out and acted like he knew the victim.  She thought he was going to ask for directions when he grabbed her purse, pushed the woman to the ground and sped off.

The man is described as being in his early 20s wearing a gray top.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hazard Police.


A Harlan County business owner is offering a $1,000 reward to catch the person who stole from him.

Harlan Police say someone stole about 3 thousand dollars worth of items from Hamrick Bowling Center.

Blanton Hamrick says last Thursday when the business was closed, someone threw a rock through the side door, smashed the arcade games and got away with the prizes inside including iPads, iPods, and other expensive items.

Police have leads but no suspects yet.

Anyone with information on the burglary should call the Harlan Police Department.


Appalachian Wireless made an exciting announcement on Monday for the region.

Beginning October 1st, they will carry the newest Apple iPhone products...the 5c and 5s models.

Appalachian Wireless will offer the phones for a lower price than Apple and many other retailers.

They are two products officials say they are thrilled to offer to their customers.

Just like you saw from stores around the world, officials expect folks to line up early in Eastern Kentucky when the new phones become available next Tuesday.


Pikeville City Officials have talked about a new shopping complex for several years and on Monday that project took a big step forward.

Several store names were revealed at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project where officials discussed the importance of this project for the region.

Six national brand name stores coming to Eastern Kentucky bringing with them hundreds of jobs, which city officials say are much needed after last week's loss of more than 500 coal mining jobs.

In addition, officials say about 100 construction and development jobs will also come to the area.

The stores that were announced at the ceremony were Marshalls, Hobby Lobby, Maurices, Ross, Rack Room Shoes, and Ulta.

Officials say there are many other stores and restaurants that will be announced soon.

There will also be 200 apartments in the complex.

Construction will begin within seven to ten days.

The project will be completed in phases with the first store opening in four to six months.