Friday November 15, 2013

 

The Hazard ARH Medical Mall was evacuated yesterday morning because of a small electrical fire. Fire Chief Sam Stacy said they got the call about a fire alarm going off at the mall around 11 a.m. Officials said they did find smoke in the building. The medical mall closed for the rest of the day to get rid of the smoke. The Veterans Affairs clinic at the medical mall will be closed today due to the fire.

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This past Wednesday a detective and officers with the Kentucky State Police, FBI, and Pikeville Police Department conducted a federal drug roundup in Pike County. The roundup was the result of a seven month joint investigation into the trafficking of heroin in and around Pikeville. Officers executed 14 of 15 federal indictment warrants without incidence. The accused were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin as well as other distribution charges.

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One man is still in jail tonight after police received complaints about an intoxicated man at a homeless shelter on Tuesday. Officials at the Pike County Jail say 29 year old Donald Bailey was intoxicated at the Westcare Emergency Homeless Shelter. After officers arrived at the shelter, they found pills on Bailey's body He was charged with public intoxication and promoting contraband.

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The nation's largest public utility has voted to close six coal-powered units in Alabama and replace two more in Kentucky with a new natural gas plant. Yesterday Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said increasingly stringent environmental regulations and flat power demand have made it necessary to rethink how the utility generates power. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met with Johnson last month to seek continued operation of the coal-burning Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. One coal-fired unit will remain there.

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Community Trust Bank officials released surveillance pictures from an October 3rd robbery. Police say during that robbery the man walked into the bank in Virgie demanding cash. He did get away but dropped some of the money in a nearby creek. Police told us they believe someone was waiting in a car nearby for him. If you have any information you can call state police.

 

Thursday November 14, 2013

 

KSP confirmed a bank robbery occurred at the US Bank at Virgie in Pike County a little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday.  Police say surveillance images show one man enter the bank with what appears to be a gun, then he drives away with another man on a Honda four-wheeler.  This is second bank robbery in Virgie in six weeks.  The Community Trust Bank down the street was robbed in October.  Police have not said the robberies are related.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police.A scheduled hearing for three people accused of plotting and carrying out the murder a Millstone coal miner and father in June 2012 has been delayed until next month. The judge rescheduled a hearing originally set for Nov. 7 until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 to address pending motions and to discuss continuance of the trial date in the cases of James Maggard, Sephanie Fleming, and Austin Ison. The three were charged with murdering Dradrick “Drad” Fleming after Fleming’s badly burned body was found near Eolia on June 23, 2012.

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Seventeen candidates including nine incumbents have filed to run for Letcher County offices in the May election. The offices of county judge/executive, sheriff, county attorney, jailer, county clerk, coroner, magistrates and constables will be on the ballot for the primary election. Incumbents who have filed papers in the Letcher Court Clerk’s Office since Nov. 6 are County Clerk Winston Meade, Sheriff Danny Webb, Judge/Executive Jim Ward, County Attorney Jamie Hatton, Jailer Don McCall, Coroner Marty Baker, District One Magistrate Bobby Howard.

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The Whitesburg City Council updated and revised several city ordinances at its November meeting Tuesday night in an effort to comply with new state laws and to accommodate personnel needs. The council voted unanimously to direct City Attorney James Asher to change the personnel ordinance to separate the duties of the city clerk and bookkeeper/treasurer and to extend vacation for city employees to up to four weeks to honor a verbal agreement made with city employees several years ago.

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 Kentuckians who care about the future of Southern and Eastern Kentucky are responding to efforts to focus on the success of the region. 600 people have signed up for the Summit "Shaping our Appalachian region" or "SOAR". Governor  Beshear, Representative Hal Rogers, Senate President Robert Stivers, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced this plan last month. Registration remains open for anyone who wants to give their opinion.

 

Tuesday November 12, 2013


Their job is crucial whenever Mother Nature flexes her muscle. Road crews are ready to go out to make sure all 850 miles of Letcher County roads are safe for people to travel on. That can get tricky when winter weather hits because it can come at any time. As the Eastern Kentucky region braces for its first batch of winter weather this season, county officials work to tighten budgets without compromising safety.
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A Kentucky-based promotional campaign featuring a special logo for farm goods produced by military veterans is spreading nationally, with the goal of making the brand a household name and boosting income for ex-service members looking to make a living off the land. James Comer, Kentucky's agriculture commissioner, said Monday the California-based Farmer Veteran Coalition has volunteered to run the Homegrown by Heroes program across the country. The branding program got its start last January in Kentucky.
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Two hikers have been found after getting lost on a trail in the Red River Gorge Sunday night. It happened in Menifee County on Osborne Bend at Lost Branch. Officials say Troy Nowlin, of Lexington, and Mary Nash, of Pittsburg, were the two hikers that went missing. They're both 46 years old. The Menifee County Emergency Manager says they got lost when it got dark. They called 911 and were rescued. Neither one were taken to the hospital.
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Police say a central Kentucky woman injured in a weekend blaze has died. Kentucky State Police said that 49-year-old Debbie Cooper died early Monday morning from injuries suffered in the house fire. Police said Cooper's home in Liberty caught fire Saturday. She was flown from Casey County to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
  Police are still trying to find the cause of the blaze but don't suspect foul play.
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It's almost time for the holidays and KCEOC officials estimate one-half of charitable donations are made in November and December. Police say it is also the time of year holiday scams begin. The Christian Life Food Pantry in Barbourville depends on donations. Knox County Sheriff's Deputies want to make sure this charity and all of the others in the area get the donations people intend for them to get. Deputies say this is the time of year when scammers try to take away from the holiday spirit.

 

Monday November 11, 2013


Kentucky's bumper corn and soybean crops appear headed toward record heights for production, a dramatic turnaround from last year's struggles for grain farmers plagued by a combination of drought and extreme heat. Statewide corn production is forecast to reach a record 247 million bushels, up a whopping 138 percent from last year's skimpy production.
Corn and soybeans account for about one-third of Kentucky's overall agricultural cash receipts, which are hovering around $5 billion annually.
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A Pike County man is jail after police say he robbed a Pikeville convenience store Saturday evening. Police say surveilance video is what helped them make the arrest. Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday Pikeville Police say they received a call about a robbery at the Marathon Double Kwik on South Mayo Trail. Police identified 36-year-old, Gary Lowe, as the man they say held the cashier, stole the cash, and then left the scene on foot. Officers say they seached various locations before locating Lowe at the Riverside Inn.
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A two car accident sent one person to the hospital early Sunday morning. Perry County dispatchers say the accident happened on Kentucky 28 across from Ben's Quick Stop. the incident occurred around 10:20am. one person was taken to Hazard ARH. The extent of the injuries is unknown.


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A Boone County power station is using algae to eat the carbon dioxide emissions from its smoke stacks. The project began after Kentucky's Department for Energy Development and Independence tasked the University of Kentucky with finding a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions biologically. The procedure begins with a line connected to the flue gas stack atop Duke Energy's East Bend Station. More than 90 percent of Kentucky's power comes from coal, which produces carbon dioxide as a waste product when burned.
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The Rockcastle County coroner was called to the scene of a fire at a home in the Brodhead Community. Fire crews were called to the home on Chestnut Grove Road around 11pm Friday night. The coroner has identified the victim as 72-year-old Walter Wagers. Wagers' daughter says she spoke to him just before the fire. Kentucky State Police arson investigators were on the scene well into the morning to try to determine the cause of the fire. They say they don't think the fire is suspicious.
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Emergency crews in Laurel County say an allergic reaction may have been to blame for a hazmat scare. A student at the London campus of the Somerset Community College had to be treated by paramedics after having an allergic reaction. The reaction came after she opened a padded envelope and the lining came out. That led to emergency crews responding, including homeland security. At least 30 people were temporarily quarantined. No one was injured in this scare.

 

Friday November 8, 2013

A new report shows fourth- and eighth-graders in Kentucky have made little academic growth in math and reading. Commonly known as the "Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is given every two years to a sample of fourth- and eighth-graders.

In Kentucky, there was no change in fourth-grade math, but there was a one-point decrease in eighth-grade math.

As for reading, the report showed a one-point decrease for the fourth grade, and a one-point increase for the eighth grade.

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A shortage of police officers in the City of Jenkins is hampering efforts to keep students at Jenkins Independent Schools safe as they arrive at and leave school.

At the November meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Councilman Robert Adams questioned why Jenkins police officers were not directing traffic at the entrance of Jenkins Middle High School.

Adams said he has seen Jenkins MHS Principal David Lee out directing traffic and said the situation is not safe for Lee or for the people leaving the school and traffic passing the entrance.

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Officials say repairs are almost complete to the Evarts Elementary water line.

The leak has caused some issues recently, but officials say it is almost back to normal for students.

Outside of Evarts Elementary, the ground is torn up while crews repair the water leak.

Water plant workers noticed the school's water line had a leak and informed school officials. The Harlan County School District is making repairs and the water plant workers have provided some of the parts for the repairs.

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A new program in Kentucky is designed to speed up mental health treatment for combat veterans and reduce the wait for care from the federal Veterans Affairs administration.

The goal of the program, a partnership between the Kentucky National Guard, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Louisville, is to move veterans more quickly into treatment after they are either referred or seek out help for problems such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The federal Veterans Affairs department has a nationwide backlog kept soldiers waiting more than four months for treatment.

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Three people face burglary charges in Rowan County.

Police say they arrested Jonathan Runyon, Alisa Broussard and Adam Wilson.

They say the trio broke into a home along Freestone Road in Morehead and stole several items.

All three face burglary and theft by unlawful taking charges.

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Folks traveling along Kentucky 1006 tomorrow should expect delays.

Transportation officials say a section of the road around General Dynamics will be closed from 8:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon. T

hey say the closure is necessary to allow crews to replace cross drains.