Friday June 20, 2014

UTILITY COMPANY WEED KILLER PROGRAM DISCUSSED

Weed killers being sprayed by utility companies are in the crosshairs of the Letcher Fiscal Court.  At this weeks meeting the court overwhelmingly voted to have County Attorney Jamie Hatton determine whether any state laws requiring prior notification of aerial spraying are now in effect and whether the county government has the right to adopt regulations of its own.  Magistrate Wayne Fleming says residents are angry that utility rights of way on their property are being sprayed without any notice. Judge/Executive Jim Ward said he would speak to utility company officials and ask them to cooperate with the court on the spraying.
 
BECOME A LETCHER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY

Monday is the application deadline to become a Letcher County sheriff's deputy. A meeting is set for 9am at the Letcher County Central High School football field where completed paperwork will be accepted and a physical test will be administered. inlcuding the bench press, sit ups, pushups, a 300-meter run and a 1.5-mile run. The department says those attending should bring their own supply of drinking water.
 
WHITESBURG AND JENKINS ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH WINGS AIR RESCUE

Residents of 2 cities in Letcher County who are in need of medical airlifting services no longer have to pay out of pocket if they have insurance. The cities of Whitesburg and Jenkins have entered into a municipal site plan with Wings Air Rescue. According to a Wings Air Rescue spokesperson the 2 cities are the first to activate the plan - which assures coverage whether with Wings Air Rescue or any provider in their network. Whitesburg paid nearly $9000 for the plan and Jenkins just short of $11,000.
 
2 FLOYD COUNTY MEN CAUGHT RED HANDED

Two Floyd County men were arrested when they were caught in the act of burglarizing a business in the city of Eastern. Police say Chad Manual resisted officers as they tried to take him into custody at Chesapeake Energy on Route 550. A second man - identified by police as Chris Mullins - was found near a vehicle where Manual was hiding. Both men are scheduled to make their first court appearance Monday.
 
A 3 CAR CRASH IN PERRY COUNTY

A crash in Perry County involving a pickup and a car sent 3 people to the hospital. Police say the crash happened on Highway 15 in Hazard near the Perry County Park. Rescuers had to extricate the 2 occupants of the pickup but the car's driver got out on his own.
 
FLOYD COUNTY MAN SURPRISES BURGLAR

A Floyd County man surprised the suspect who broke into his son's home - and held the burglar until cops got there. Court papers say John Harrison saw a back door window was broken and when he went inside to investigate - he confronted the suspect in a hallway. Police identified the burglar as Alex Adkins of Banner. Investigators say he admitted using a shotgun to try and force open a safe. Adkins is jailed on a $20,000 cash bond and will make his first court appearance Monday.
 
COAL MINE LAYOFF NOTICE IN HARLAN COUNTY

A mine in Harlan County has issued a 60 day notice of impending layoffs.  According to Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop 80 to 90 Harlan-Cumberland Coal Company workers could be furloughed on  August 18th. The company says an affiliate can't meet an upcoming deadline for fresh air retrofitting at 2 mines. A deadline extension is being sought.
 
LETCHER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE TONIGHT

Letcher County's Relay For Life is tonight at Riverside Park in Whitesburg. The annual event raises money for the American Cancer Society. It was started nearly 30 years ago by a doctor in Tacoma, Washington who spent a night walking around a college track. Earlier this week the annual Cancer Survivors' Dinner was held at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg.
 
PERRY COUNTY BRIDGE NAMING CEREMONY TO BE HELD SATURDAY

A ceremony will be held tomorrow to dedicate a Perry County bridge in memory of a Korean War veteran. Private First Class Herbert King who was killed On March 7, 1952 is buried in Riverside Cemetery with full military honors. The bridge named in King's honor is on Route 550 and crosses Combs’ Branch. The Dwarf Baptist Church is hosting the dedication ceremony that is open to the public.