Wednesday June 25, 2014

PROMISE ZONE PROGRAM COORDINATOR NAMED

The company managing a multi-county federal development program in Eastern Kentucky has selected a program coordinator. Sandi Curd was chosen by Kentucky Highlands Investment Corps to manage implementation of the Promise Zone program. Letcher, Perry, Leslie and Harlan counties are part of an 8-county group awarded a national Promise Zone designations - which gives the region tax incentives and federal grants aimed at improving the economy and expanding educational opportunities.


3 CAR CRASH IN FLOYD COUNTY


One person was hurt in a 3-car chain reaction crash yesterday in Floyd County. Police say a couple were driving south on U-S 23 in Banner when another driver pulled in front and suddenly stopped as they tried to make a left turn. The couple's car quickly braked and was then rear ended by 2 other cars. A woman in one of those cars was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.


MISTRIAL IN PERRY COUNTY CIVIL CASE


A judge declared a mistrial in a Perry County civil case because of a possible irregularity during the jury selection process. It centers around a suit brought over a crash between a Perry County School District and a car. Perry County Circuit Judge Bill Engle learned from recordings that during the jury selection process, Perry County School Superintendent Jonathan Jett, who had not been subpoenaed for the case, had been talking with potential jurors in the hallway during the recess. Jett says he had not discussed the case with any of the jurors - but Judge Engle said that any conversation could taint the jury pool, so a mistrial was declared.


PIKE COUNTY MAN DIES IN WEST VIRGINIA FIGHT OVER CHILD CUSTODY


A Pike County man died Monday night in what police in Logan County West Virginia say was a battle over child custody. Investigators say Matthew Dillon of Belfry got into an argument and a fight with Rex Hale of Logan, West Virginia. Dillon suffered fatal injuries in the fight, but West Virginia State Police haven't disclosed the nature of those injuries. Hale was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. West Virginia State Police say charges may not been filed because Hale may have been acting in self defense.


FLOYD COUNTY SCHOOLS NAME NEW COORDINATOR


The Floyd County School District has selected a veteran educator to be technology innovation coordinator . Courtney DeRossett  most recently was assistant principal at  Prestonsburg High School.  The district is beginning its digital conversion this fall beginning with grades 5 through 9 - and part of that program is individual laptop computers for each teacher and student.


HARLAN COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY CHARGES


A Harlan County man was arrested on suspicion he burglarized a home and then tried to sell some of the stolen items. Police say earlier this year Joshua Noe entered property owned by Edwina Burkhart and took a number of metal items and some vintage farming equipment. Investigators say Noe sold them to Robinson Recycling in Bell County. Noe was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond.


LEGENDARY CLINTWOOD VA FOOTBALL COACH PASSES AWAY


A legendary football coach from a Dickenson County, Virginia high school has died. Ralph Cummins is described as the man who founded one of Southwest Virginia's most enduring high school football dynasties at Clintwood High School. Cummins won 271 games at Clintwood, leading the Greenwave to state titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978. The team went undefeated between 1972 and 1979.  Cummins was 88.