Thursday, May 10, 2007


Two Logan County Men Enter Guilty Pleas to Drug Charges

Two Logan County men entered guilty pleas on drug conspiracy charges in Logan County Magistrate Court. According to Prosecuting Attorney Brian Abraham, both Jimmy George and Carl Goff pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. George will spend the next 1-5 years in prison. Goff will be sentenced on July 10th. The duo along with Matthew White were also accused of maliciously setting fire to an automobile belonging to Edwina Baisden at Coal Branch Hollow when Baisden was in the trunk. White entered a guilty plea and Goff went to trial and was found not guilty


Gov Fletcher Seeking Federal Financial Assistance for Nine Eastern Counties

Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has requested federal assistance from President Bush as a result of the severe weather that impacted the Commonwealth in mid April. Fletcher is requesting that assistance be provided for Pike, Floyd, Martin, Lawrence, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Perry and Carter counties. If granted funding by the federal government, local governments and certain non-profit groups can be reimbursed on money spent for flood cleanup. The proclamation does not include homes and businesses. FEMA estimates that the storm cost the Commonwealth $5,143,114.


Mingo County Continues Search for Homeland Security director

The Mingo Co Commission has narrowed the list of candidates down to five, for the position of Homeland Security Director. Commissioners John Mark Hubbard, Dave Baisden and Greg “Hootie“ Smith wants to fill the position with someone that has good communication skills and can delegate responsibility. Applicants should have a college education, have past experience either in law enforcement, or as an EMT or fireman and be familiar with emergency first responders. The list of candidates includes Lyle Marcum, Jarrod Fletcher, Kyle Lovern, Wallace Looney and John Hall. The new director will be paid anywhere from $20, 000 -$24,000 per year


SWVCTC to Hold Commencement

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is making plans to graduate its largest class in school history. Commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 12th. A total of 3 81 graduates have applied for certificates and degrees to be awarded during graduation which begins at 10am at the Chief Logan Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Heywood, assistant managing partner for, Bowles, Rice McDavid , Graff and Love LLP. Heywood is the former Chief of Staff and Counsel to Gaston Caperton, former West Virginia Governor


Pikeville's By-Pass Road Scheduled to Re-open Friday

Good news for thousands of motorists that travel Pikeville’s By-Pass Road. Sarah George, Spokesperson for Highway District 12, said that By-Pass Road will be opened to vehicular traffic early Friday afternoon. A portion of the bypass has been closed since late Sunday night . Heavy rain this past weekend triggered multiple rock slides. Road crews from Shelbiana and Canada had to build a temporary ramp to allow heavy equipment remove rock from the mountainside that endangered public safety. Crews have worked 16 hour shifts


No Bond Set for Elkhorn City Woman

An Elkhorn city woman remains in the Pike County Detention Center on multiple charges. The Kentucky State Police apprehended Jessica Bartley during a routine traffic stop. Trooper Anderson found several prescription bottles that contained a different variety of pills. Also found was a leather lipstick holder containing 27 orange xanex. Bartley failed a field sobriety test. Charges include, failure to dim headlights, operating motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in a proper container . No bond was set.


Visit to a Local Wal-mart Lands Pike Man In Jail

A visit to a local Wal-Mart lands a Pikeville man in jail. Officers from the Pikeville City Police apprehended Joshua B Hall in the parking lot of the Pikeville Wal-Mart May 9th. The twenty-five year old was arrested on the following charges public intoxication, possession controlled substance in the Third degree, and theft by unlawful taking. According to police, Wal-Mart employees observed Hall putting a flash drive in his pants pocket valued at $58.00. Hall allegedly had blue powder residue up his nose, which was identified as lore tab. Hall remains in jail in lieu of $2,000 bond.


Pike County Woman Remains Jailed on Drug Charges

Tina Sayers remains lodged in the Pike County Detention Center. The Kentucky State police arrested the Greasy Creek resident on four drug charges. Public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking of a controlled substance, and prescription controlled substance not in proper container. The police report revealed that Sayers allegedly failed a field sobriety test. Bond was set at $10,000


Canada Couple Accused of Child Abuse

The Kentucky State Police arrested Christopher and Robin Williamson. Troopers were dispatched to the home of the Canada couple. The Williamsons’ were arrested after an alleged domestic abuse. According to a police report, Trooper Nolte interviewed the children that were inside of the home . A medical report from the hospital, suggested that there was sufficient cause of alleged child abuse. The couple was charged with first degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12. The Williamsons’ posted bond.


Apple Blossom Arts Festival This Weekend

The 30th Annual Apple Blossom Arts Festival will be held Friday and Saturday in Elkhorn City. The event is being sponsored, by the Whitewater Shrine Club and The Pike Co Arts. All proceeds from the event will go back into the Shrine Club. The money will be used to transport children and their families to Shriners Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of the events will include a parade, car show, mother- daughter look-a-like contest, musical entertainment, farmers market, storytelling, soap making, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of food


Phelps Man Charged with Burglary

Russell Eldridge of Phelps was arrested Tuesday. Eldridge was charged with third degree burglary. The complaint alleges that Eldridge broke into the Phelps One Stop, by breaking a window. Eldridge allegedly took $300.00 in quarters and several cartons of cigarettes. Eldridge awaits a preliminary hearing


Varney Man Accused of Rape

Joseph Pinson, of Varney, Kentucky, posted $50,000 bond, and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on May 17th in Pike County District Court. Pinson was arrested and charged with four counts of first degree rape. The criminal complaint alleges that the defendant engaged in sexual acts with a nine year old female minor. The complaint states that the alleged sexual misconduct occurred in September 2006 then three more times this year.


Pike County To Replace School Buses

With the sale of bonds to the state, Pike County apparently has found a way to replace 20 school buses, in what is considered an aging fleet. It has been over two years since replacements have been purchased, due to budget constraints. EPA emission changes scheduled for July would increase the cost of each bus from the current $ 63,000 to more than $ 70,000


US 460 To Open

A section of Old 460 near Shelbiana is scheduled for re-opening during the Memorial Day Weekend. The target date is Friday, May 25th. Following the opening, paving will begin, according to George Collins, construction specialist for District 12.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Pikeville College Commencements set for May 12

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Pikeville College will honor the academic achievements of 132 undergraduate degree candidates and 69 new physicians from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, May 12. Several distinguished individuals, recognized for their significant contributions in education, journalism, cultural arts and medicine, will also be honored. The undergraduate commencement will be held at 2 p.m. at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville. The medical school commencement begins at 7 p.m., also at the Expo Center. On Thursday, May 10, graduating students in the College’s Elizabeth Akers Elliott Nursing Program will be honored during a nursing pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. in Booth Auditorium.

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