Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Inside The Outhouse To Air Tonight!

The city of Pikeville is packed this evening with vendors, booths and carnival workers all setting up for the 31st annual celebration set to get underway tomorrow. For thirty years now the celebration put on by Hillbilly clan one outhouse number 2 has worked to raise money to send to the Shrine Hospital which provides care for cripple children at no cost and you still have a chance to hear the story of Hillbilly Days as told by those who were there when it all began. Inside the Outhouse East Kentucky Broadcastings special radio documentary features comments from Hillbilly’s Howard Dirty ear Stratton, Jimmy Kinney, Tim Cecil, Wayne T Rutherford, Walter May and even you our listeners sharing thoughts on the annual tradition.

The show also features comments from Kim Branham, who received services at the Shrine hospital as a child and several heart warming stories of how Shriners have helped children.

Inside the Outhouse airs tonight at 6:00 on 93.1 WDHR and at 7:00 on 103.1 the mix and 900/960 am talk radio

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Assessing the Damage

Close to four inches of rain in some areas over the weekend caused headaches for motorists and had crews from county government and emergency management working hard to assess the damage following the regions first severe flooding event of the spring season.
According to Emergency Officials, the start of all the problems came Saturday night as heavy rains caused flash flooding into the early hours of Sunday.
“It began with some minor flooding in low lying areas like drainage ditches that couldn’t handle the flow of water which caused pond-ing and standing water on the roadways.” Said Doug Tackett, Director for Pike County’s Emergency Management Agency who detailed the preliminary damage caused by the storms. “We’ve had reports of homes surrounded by water in the pond creek area, some low lying flooding on Peter Creek we’ve had reports of several slides; including five or six which have damaged homes.”
“We have a number of county roads that have either some drainage that has washed out, some of them we’re under water and most of the damage I think is going to be to roads I believe and to the shoulders of roads.” Tackett stated before detailing one of the most notable casualties of this spring downpour “A section of US 460 has collapsed in the Shelby area and that road will be closed indefinitely.”
But as of press time officials we’re still unsure of the extent of damage and said that it will be several days before they know the full scope.
“Most of what we know at this time is preliminary and I know that we’ll be finding more.” Tackett stated late Sunday Evening as crews we’re still monitoring the situation. “We’ll be starting damage assessment on Monday and carrying on throughout the day before we know exactly what we do have.”
County Government was quick to respond to what might be declared a disaster as Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and staff spent most of the day Sunday touring areas most affected by the storms.
“Judge Rutherford and Deputy Judge Hayes have been working diligently since the early morning hours Sunday to monitor and address the flooding and slide situations within the county.” Said T.J. Litafik, Executive assistant to Judge Rutherford who detailed the county’s preliminary damage assessment “every magisterial district in the county has been affected by this in some capacity but the areas most affected have been in districts five and six.”
The Tug Fork River posed the biggest threat on Sunday as the river crested shortly before midnight a few feet above flood stage in the Williamson area. The Levisa fork of the Big Sandy River came to a crest earlier in the evening right just shy of flood stage in the Pikeville area.


Perry County Men Charged In Federal Court

Two Perry County men with a history of drug trafficking according to officials now face federal charges as the result of an investigation that began last year by Operation UNITE.

52 year old Jerry D. Delaney and 72 year old Delvin Caudill were arrested last week on criminal complaints filed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in London. Both were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute OxyContin, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Caudill was released on bond. Delaney is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday at the U.S. District Courthouse in London. A trial date is pending the return of indictments by a federal grand jury. Delaney and Caudill were originally arrested in October of 2006; by UNITE detectives following the execution of search warrants on their homes in the Hardburley community of eastern Perry County. Each was initially charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense. Searches of the two homes uncovered a large quantity of oxycontin with a street value of close to $10,000.

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