Local News Thursday March 9, 2017

One person was hurt when a train hit his truck in Pulaski County yesterday afternoon. Police say the truck collided with the train at a crossing on KY-2227 near Warner Fertilizer around 1:30. There were no cross bars at the crossing… only a stop sign. 40-year old Russell Roberts was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. His condition isn’t known.

The Kentucky Public Service Commisison has granted Cumberland Valley Electric a rare hike, but it wasn’t as much as the utility had asked for. Last month…PSC ordered Cumberland Valley to conduct a financial study to examine how the utility can cut costs, and to look at options for merging with another electric utility in order to improve its financial standing. With the rate increase that was approved.. the average Cumberland Valley residential customer will see your bill rise by about 5.40 per month, a little more than a third of what they were asking for.

Kentucky lawmakers want to see school districts in the state re-work their calendars so that school starts in late August. 
Senate Bill 50 cleared the state House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 77-18 and now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk. The bill requires each school district to create a committee to come up with new options for the school calendar, in the hopes that local school boards will adopt a calendar where school begins no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26, which supportes say would help the states tourism industry.

Local musicians are coming together this weekend to help raise money for those who lost their homes in the recent storms. The Kickin it on the Creek benefit concert will raise money for residents in Estill County… where at least 20 homes were destroyed by damaging winds and severe weather that rolled through the area last week.

We’re under an elevated fire danger advisory today. Letcher, Leslie, Pike, Perry, Knott, and Pike counties are included in the advisory. Dry and windy conditions, along with a drop in the relative humidity, means we have an increased fire danger this afternoon. Fire officials ask you to not do any burning tomorrow if at all possible.

A traffic stop in Whitley County yesterday for outdated license plates… landed a Tennessee man in jail on drug charges. Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement stopped the driver… 45-year old Murriel T. Ward Jr. During the stops… troopers found drugs and drug paraphernalia, including needles and syringes.

The Prime 606 Steakhouse opened its doors last night in West Whitesburg. Owner Charles Colwell is no stranger to running a restaurant… he also owns Las Penas… a Mexican restaurant in Letcher County, right next door to the new steakhouse in the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center. Colwell’s daughter will help run the new restaurant.

There’s a new grocery store coming to the town of Jenkins. The former Casey’s IGA store is undergoing a remodel and expansion to become a Save-A-Lot. The new store is expected to open for business some time next month.

The FAA warned pilots at Louisville International Airport yesterday to expect "VIP movement" flight restrictions on Saturday… something that is put in place during presidential visits. However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wouldn’t confirm whether President Donald Trump has any plans to visit Kentucky this weekend… through there are reportedly plans for Trump to visit his estate in Florida on Saturday. At least one group who opposes the Trump administration has said that if the President does land in the Bluegrass State… they’ll be on hand to protest.

Borrow a book… or leave one to be borrowed, at Letcher County’s newest free library. The lending library is in the entrance to the courthouse. The new enclosed book shelf was donated by master woodworker Larry Whitaker from Mayking.