Tuesday November 12, 2013


Their job is crucial whenever Mother Nature flexes her muscle. Road crews are ready to go out to make sure all 850 miles of Letcher County roads are safe for people to travel on. That can get tricky when winter weather hits because it can come at any time. As the Eastern Kentucky region braces for its first batch of winter weather this season, county officials work to tighten budgets without compromising safety.
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A Kentucky-based promotional campaign featuring a special logo for farm goods produced by military veterans is spreading nationally, with the goal of making the brand a household name and boosting income for ex-service members looking to make a living off the land. James Comer, Kentucky's agriculture commissioner, said Monday the California-based Farmer Veteran Coalition has volunteered to run the Homegrown by Heroes program across the country. The branding program got its start last January in Kentucky.
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Two hikers have been found after getting lost on a trail in the Red River Gorge Sunday night. It happened in Menifee County on Osborne Bend at Lost Branch. Officials say Troy Nowlin, of Lexington, and Mary Nash, of Pittsburg, were the two hikers that went missing. They're both 46 years old. The Menifee County Emergency Manager says they got lost when it got dark. They called 911 and were rescued. Neither one were taken to the hospital.
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Police say a central Kentucky woman injured in a weekend blaze has died. Kentucky State Police said that 49-year-old Debbie Cooper died early Monday morning from injuries suffered in the house fire. Police said Cooper's home in Liberty caught fire Saturday. She was flown from Casey County to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
  Police are still trying to find the cause of the blaze but don't suspect foul play.
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It's almost time for the holidays and KCEOC officials estimate one-half of charitable donations are made in November and December. Police say it is also the time of year holiday scams begin. The Christian Life Food Pantry in Barbourville depends on donations. Knox County Sheriff's Deputies want to make sure this charity and all of the others in the area get the donations people intend for them to get. Deputies say this is the time of year when scammers try to take away from the holiday spirit.