Wind chills plunged well below zero across Kentucky on Monday as a blast of arctic air forced schools to close and kept many people from venturing outside into the biting cold. Temperatures dropped into the low single digits, and wind chills plummeted to 22 below zero at Louisville, 20 below in Lexington, 15 below in Jackson in eastern Kentucky and 14 below in Paducah in the west. Wind chills were expected to remain stuck well below zero across the state today.
Kentucky State Police say two people are dead following a blaze that destroyed a mobile home. police say the fire in Marion County was reported early Monday morning. Multiple departments from Marion and Nelson County responded and found the bodies after extinguishing the blaze. Police identified the victims as 60-year-old Thomas Wayne Cundiff and his wife, 71-year-old Mary Rose Cundiff, of the Holy Cross community.
While Letcher County has the state’s fourth-highest rate of unemployment, the current state of joblessness here is not as bad as it has been at other times in the modern era. Letcher County’s unemployment rate for November was 15 percent, up from 14.7 percent in October and 13.9 percent the year before. Letcher’s unemployment rate is better than only Leslie (16.5 percent), Magoffin (15.8), and Harlan (15.6) as the latest prolonged slump in mining leaves coalfield counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state.
Police are still looking for a Pike County fugitive who walked out of the Whitesburg hospital on Christmas Eve and left in a hospital pickup truck. Amanda Yonts, 24, of Shelby Gap, was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit of the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for a drug overdose. Nurses were aware that Yonts was wanted on an arrest warrant from Pike County for failure to pay fines.