Forest fires still burning in Eastern Kentucky
More than 10,000 acres of Eastern Kentucky are on fire. Forestry officials don’t expect that
number to go down anytime soon thanks to largely dry and often windy conditions persisting
across the area. Fires in Harlan County on Pine Mountain and in Breathitt County in Jackson
are two of the largest of the more than 20 fires active in the area. Harlan County has declared
a state of emergency and most Eastern Kentucky Counties including Harlan, Letcher, Perry,
and Pike County are under a burn ban until further notice.
Two gas tanker trucks collide over the weekend
Over the weekend a crash between two gas tanker trunks shut down US 23 near Jenkins for hours,
and severely injured one of the drivers. Officials say it happened Saturday morning. Fire Crews
from Jenkins and Neon helped to mop up gas from the truck that was turned on it’s side.
11-year-old Louisville boy dies in Red River Gorge
An 11-year old boy scout from Louisville died in Red River Gorge over the weekend after a tree
fell on his tent. Wolfe County Search and rescue says Jack Rose was in his tent for the night
when a tree fell and hit him in the head. Two doctors who were nearby responded but could not
revive the boy. The Boy Scouts of America released a statement confirming the death and
expressing sadness for Rose, his family, and his troop. They also thanked Wolfe and Powell
County Search and rescue teams for their support.
New scam arises as people pose as Kentucky Utility Workers
Police warn that in a new scam people are posing as Kentucky Utilities workers saying they will turn
off your utilities
unless you put money on a prepaid credit card, outstanding bill pay, ormoney pak card. They say ignore the call and if you’re really worried call the utility company yourself.
Kentucky Wildcats win their Final Exhibition Game on Saturday
A sounding win for the Kentucky Wildcats in their final exhibition game
. They thumpedAsbury 156-63. That’s the most points ever scored by UK in a regular season or exhibition game.
The previous record was 143 points against Georgia in 1956. The regular season begins
in Rupp Arena with the cats taking on Stephen F. Austin at .
Forest Fires continue to burn across the region
As fires continue to burn across the region fire officials are urging people to keep their lawns free of
leaves, sticks, and other flammable lawn debris. If a fire gets close to your home inform authorities
immediately. Currently more than 20 fires are burning across Eastern Kentucky resulting in a lot of
ATV crash kills a Perry County man near the Knott Perry County Line
A Perry County man died following an ATV crash yesterday morning near the Knott Perry County Line.
Tyler fugate will be remembered this evening from
at the Maggard Funeral home. His funeralwill be held
afternoon at . Fugate was taken to the hospital after the ATV he was drivingwent off an embankment near the Knott-Perry County Line. He later died at Hazard Medical Center.
Former Harlan County Sherrif has been indicted
Former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird has been indicted on a charge of theft of property from a
federally funded program. The indictment claims that Lipfird stole money that was supposed to be
used for controlled drug purchases. The indictment also alleges that Lipfird made Harlan County pay
for a litany of expenses including personal expenses, a dating site subscription, a friend’s cell phone,
and duplicate travel expenses that should not have been paid for with taxpayer money. No court date
has been set. If found guilty Lipfird could face up to 10 years in prison and a quarter of a million dollar fine.
Notice anything unusual while voting call Election Fraud Hotline
As you head out to vote
if you notice anything suspicious or abnormal you should call the ElectionFraud Hotline set up by Attorney General Andy Beshear. That number is 1-800-328-VOTE. The hotline is
. Beshear says each and every call alleging possible violations of voting rights will beinvestigated quickly. He says they’re committed to making sure the election is clean and anyone who tries to
tamper with the outcome is prosecuted.