LOCAL NEWS

New Legislation Concerning School Board Members

June 26, 2017

Several new laws go into effect in the Commonwealth starting on Friday (June 30). The state’s constitution requires newly passed legislation to go into effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session. Among the new laws, House Bill 277 allows individuals to serve on a local school board if they have an aunt, uncle, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law working for the school district. State law had banned anyone with those relatives that work for the district from serving on the school board because of a potential conflict of interest. One still cannot serve on a local school board if they have a mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, or daughter working for the district. 

 

 

Fundraiser Event Outside the University of Pikeville

June 26, 2017

Approximately two dozen people spent time on Saturday morning (June 24) climbing stairs as a part of a fundraiser. The participants climbed the 99 stairs outside the University of Pikeville 99 times, or 99 Squared. The event raised money for the Patton College of Education. 

 

 

Burglar Injured While Fleeing a Home Near Londo

June 26, 2017

A burglar was shot and injured as he tried to steal items from a home near London on Friday morning. The burglar, Otis Kemp, broke into the house by kicking in a door. Deputies in Laurel County say the homeowner shot the intruder as he fled the house with a number of stolen items. Investigators say Kemp ran into the woods after he was shot, and was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment before being booked on burglary and other charges. 

 

 

Three Arrested After Autistic Child Found Wandering Alone in Prestonburg

June 26, 2017

Three people were arrested Thursday (June 22) after an autistic boy was found wandering alone along Water Gap Road. A coal truck driver said they had to swerve to keep from hitting the child. The boy’s 43-year old grandmother was charged with endangerment. Investigators say she had custody of the child, who climbed out of a window at her Prestonburg home. A 22-year old Prestonburg man was also arrested when officers found him hiding with meth and a pipe in the home of the grandmother. The child’s 25-year old mother was also charged with endangerment. She already had outstanding drug and endangerment charges from last month, after she exposed the same boy to meth fumes. 

 

 

Electricity Returns to Kentucky Power Customers, Especially in Pike County

June 26, 2017

Electricity is back after more than 6-thousand Kentucky Power customers lost electricity during Friday (June 23) night’s storm. Pike County was hit the heaviest with around 2,500 homes and businesses without power. By Saturday night, most customers had their electricity back.