Friday August 1, 2014

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION TODAY AT LCC

This morning the freshman are ruling Letcher County Central High School. The incoming class along with their parents are on campus for a chance to get to know their new classmates and teachers, pick up  class schedules, have photos taken and pick out their lockers – which cost $5 to rent. Parents are taking part in a special orientation session and the day wraps up with a free lunch. Classes start August 6.



NEW MATH TEXTBOOKS TO BE IN USE NEXT WEEK

When Letcher County’s kindergardeners through fifth graders head back to class next week, they’ll be the first to use the district’s brand new math textbooks. The last new books were bought over a decade ago. In addition to traditional textbooks, the district bought electronic books and other resources using an $80,000 grant from the state. Next year’s grant will be used to replace math books in grades 6 through 12.



FLOYD COUNTY WRECK INJURES ONE

In Floyd County a pickup truck and a car met by accident – and it took some heavy duty gear to pull them apart, Police say the car was stopped to make a turn near Cooley Medical in Prestonsburg and the truck ran into the back of it. A truck with a winch was used to separate the truck from the car. The man and woman in the car weren’t hurt but the pickup driver was taken to the hospital.



HARLAN COUNTY BRIDGE NAMED FOR FORMER LAWMAKER

This week a bridge in Harlan County was renamed in honor of a former state lawmaker. The bridge over the Cumberland River leading to the Sunshine area of Harlan was named in memory of former state Rep. Henry J. Giles. Giles represented Sunshine and the 89th district in 1946, 1948 and 1952. He is also known for owning and operating Giles Moving and Storage and Harlan’s Ready Mix Concrete. Giles passed away in the mid 1990s.



FLOYD COUNTY INMATE BIT OFF PART OF FELLOW INMATES EAR DURING SCUFFLE

In a scene reminiscent of the Mike Tyson – Evander Holyfield boxing match, investigators say a Floyd County jail inmate bit off part of the ear of another inmate as they were fighting.
Brian Caudill now faces an additional felony charge for nipping the ear of Jason Boyd. Prosecutors say the whole thing was caught on the jail’s security cameras. Doctors were able to reattach the part of Boyd’s ear that Caudill is suspected of biting off.


WISE COUNTY SHERIFF LOOKING FORWARD TO USE OF 2 NEW DRONES

Wise County Virginia sheriff Ronnie Oakes says he hopes deputies will soon be allowed to use the 2 drones the department bought – but it depends on when – or if – the Virginia legislature allows them to fly. The state is one of 13 banning drone use other than in searches for children or by the Virginia National Guard. heriff Oakes tells the Washington Times they want to use the unmanned aircraft to search for lost person and to seek out suspected drug operations in the county. The Virginia State Legislature is expected to take up the matter in January.



WRITER'S WORKSHOP IN HINDMAN ENDS TODAY

A week-long writer’s workshop in Knott County wraps up today. The 37th annual Appalachian Writer's Workshop started on Monday at  indman Settlement School. Organizers say the workshop allows new and veteran writers to learn more about Appalachian literature and meet people who are from or write about the region.



3 PEOPLE SHOT IN LESLIE COUNTY THURSDAY NIGHT

3 people were shot last night in Leslie County and police are still trying to sort out what happened before the bullets went flying. Police say the 2 men and a 17 year old girl all suffered life threatening injuries. So far no one has been arrested.



SAYING GOODBYE TO PIKE COUNTY COURT BAILIFF AND DEPUTY

Friends and family of a Pike County court bailiff gathered Thursday night to say goodbye. Officials say Ernie Rhoten died this week from injuries he suffered when he fell off a horse last month. Rhoten was a Pike County sheriff's deputy and worked as a bailiff at the Pike County Judicial Center for about one year. Pike County chief sheriff's deputy Melvin Sayers said he never saw Rhoten frown or gripe. He was just well-liked by everybody." Members of the Fraternal Order of Police paid tribute to Rhoten in a special service at the visitation. Rhoten’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Washington County, Virginia.