Monday June 30, 2014

VANDALS DAMAGE AT BLAIR CEMETERY

Police are still hunting for whoever damaged or destroyed nearly 30 grave markers at The Blair Cemetery in Whitesburg. Investigators say the vandalism happened sometime between April and Memorial Day. Some of the markers were over 100 years old and the cemetery has asked decedents of those buried there – along with the community - to help pay for the repairs. Investigators ask anyone who has any information to catch the vandals to get in touch with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office or Whitesburg City Police.

LETCHER COUNTY FOOD PANTRY BENEFIT BIKE RIDE

The Letcher County food pantry got a helping hand from the Rigid Riders motorcycle club in the form of food and cash donations. Food Pantry president Geraldine McDonald says the need is great right now and the efforts of the club help greatly in meeting that need. Saturday’s event was the first food pantry ride for the club. Donations are accepted at the Pantry’s location on Madison Avenue in Whitesburg.

MAYKING FIRE DEPARTMENT SUV STOLEN

A Letcher County fire department is asking for the public’s help to find an S-U-V that was stolen last week. The 1998 Jeep with official Kentucky License Plate 7-9-1-6 was taken from the Mayking Fire Department. The department says it used the Jeep for training trips and inside was thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Investigators ask anyone with information on the theft to call the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office.

EXPLOSION AT STATE HIGHWAY GARAGE IN PIKEVILLE

Some scary moments for a couple of Pikeville highway department workers when a gas explosion sent a portion of a garage's concrete floor flying into the air. Investigators say methane that accumulated in an abandoned may have caused the blast at the garage next to Pikeville High School. The 2 workers were not hurt.

PERRY COUNTY SUMMER IN THE PARK

A Perry County tradition went on as scheduled Saturday despite the nasty weather. It was the 9th annual Summer in the Park, held at Bobby Davis Park in Hazard. There were lots of kids activities including a workshop to teach the making of Hazard's famous tiny doors. Entertainment included performances by the Little Theatre of Hazard, which is celebrating its 60th season.

PIKE COUNTY MAN INDICTED IN SHOOTING

Prosecutors say a Pike County man indicted in a shooting is claiming it was an accident. Roger Johnson says while he was having an argument with the shooting victim, he says the gun went off while it was being cleaned. The victim – identified as Anthony Chainey – suffered a bullet wound to the stomach. Johnson could be in jail for up to 20 years if convicted.

CITY ATTORNEY CONTRACT IN PRESTONSBURG CANCELLED

Prestonsburg is without a city attorney when the city council voted to reject a contract with Jim Webb. The vote was 4 to 2, with 2 council members absent. The rejection brought stunned reaction from Mayor Jerry Fannin, who says the matter will be taken up at a future meeting. Webb says the city council overstepped its authority in not approving his contract.

SOAR LISTENING SESSIONS NEXT MONTH

The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Education and Retraining Working Group will host a series of six public listening sessions next month. Organizers say the sessions give the public a chance to deliver input on a number of action plans being considered to attack persistent challenges of unemployment and poverty.

KSP I-75 CHALLENGE

Drivers are likely to see more state troopers on Kentucky roads through the Independence Day weekend. As part of "The I-75 Challenge," Kentucky State Troopers are joining with police in 5 other states to focus on drivers who are speeding, driving distracted, not wearing a seat belt and driving under the influence. The 'staying alive on 75' enforcement effort covers 1800 miles from Michigan to Florida.