Monday 8-17-15

By Jerry Adams

A house fire in Harlan County has left one woman dead. Officials identify her as 26 year old April Dean, who was trapped inside that home in the Stanfil community early Sunday morning. The Sunshine Fire Company responded to that blaze on Highway72, but were unable to save Dean. There is no word on what caused the fire—officials are investigating, but they say NO foul play is suspected.

-0-

A  Pike County congregation held its Sunday service outside this week—after a fire destroyed their church building. The Piso Freewill Baptist Church caught fire on Monday—and so, members improvised and held their worship under a tent next to the structure on Sunday. They say they are focusing on the future now and will do what t takes to rebuild. They also say their faith is strong and that they will remain together with God as they face the challenge ahead. So far the cause of that fire is under investigation.

-0-

Charges have been filed against a woman in Floyd County after they say she set up a booth promising free phone service, which they say was nothing but a scam. Police say they arrested Susan Ward after complaints that she had promised a free phone upgrade for cash at that booth in downtown Martin, , but that there were no free phones. She is charged with theft by deception..

-0-

A weekend crash in Bell County has left one person dead. Police say 42 year old Scotty Shackleford died when his ATV crashed into a truck on Highway 186 near Bennetts Fork Church late Saturday night. The truck driver was also injured and flown to UT Medical center.

-0-

Officials in Bell County say they aren't happy with some news coverage from big newspaper. A recent article about drug abuse and poverty by the Boston Globe focused on Pineville, and Pineville Mayor Scott Madon says that while his community has a problem with illegal drug use, so do many other places. He says the article was an unfair portrait of his town that ignored many of the positive things there. Other officials agree, saying county is working hard to address the drug problem, and working hard to improve the economy as well

-0-

Some roadwork effecting traffic in Knott County for the next few days. The Kentucky Highway cabinet says highway 1697 near highway 550 in Sloan fork will be closed during the day to make it safer for school busses. Officials say the work should take about a week and a half.

-0-

Some people in Breathitt County had a chance to step back in time..and to hone their marksmanship skills as well over the weekend. The national program called “Johny Appleseed” made a stop in Jackson, letting people practice shooting small caliber rifles...and giving them history lessons about how rifles were used during the Revolutionary War. Those in attendance say it was a worthwhile experience that taught them a lot about guns—and about history.