Tuesday November 19, 2013

Emergency crews were cleaning up debris and assessing damage Monday after a band of strong storms passed through the state, damaging homes and striking a nuclear enrichment facility. Authorities reported tornado sightings in eight counties. The National Weather Service on Monday confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Butler County, damaging homes and snapping trees along a path near Huntsville. The weather service said teams also were dispatched to other western Kentucky areas Monday. There were no reports of serious injuries.

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The Whitesburg City Council updated and revised several city ordinances in an effort to comply with new state laws and to accommodate personnel needs. The council voted unanimously to direct City Attorney James Asher to change the personnel ordinance to separate the duties of the city clerk and bookkeeper/treasurer and to extend vacation for city employees to up to four weeks to honor a verbal agreement made with city employees several years ago. The council also voted unanimously to give the mayor the authority to purchase new accounting software to accommodate the needs of the city in light of the new tax.

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Prestonsburg Police made two arrests a local business on Friday. Now, the business owners face child abuse charges.  Officers say the arrests came after they were notified about the possible abuse of multiple children.  After receiving the complaint and information, the department began an investigation. Officers say they then went on to arrest both a man and a woman. The two arrested own the business located in the Prestonsburg Village Shopping Center.

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Firefighters spent hours battling flames in Floyd County Monday night. It happened in the Garrett community. Officials say it started in one house and spread to two others. Garrett firefighters say they got the call around 6:00 on Monday evening that an abandoned house was burning, and it was quickly spreading to two others. Firefighters say the two empty houses are destroyed.

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The cool weather caused by the longer nights of November have deer feeling frisky. Mating activity peaks in mid-November and increases deer movement. Data from the Kentucky State Police shows deer and vehicle collisions are highest in November. Motorists must pay attention while driving during this time of year, especially those traveling rural and outer suburban roads at night. Slow down and remain alert while driving, particularly in areas where woods border the road. Deer often dart out from wooded areas onto the road before a driver realizes it.