Thursday, November 01, 2007


Pikeviille College Offering Free Admission to Saturday's Home Athletic Events.

Two days after more than 1,000 fans traveled to Lexington to support the men’s basketball team against the University of Kentucky, the athletics department is reaching out to say thanks.

With a busy schedule on tap for Saturday, Director of Athletics Ron Damron has announced attendance will be free for all five home events that are scheduled for the Pikeville College Gym.

The Lady Bears Volleyball Team will host three matches beginning at 11a.m. versus Mountain State University, 3p.m. against Bluefield College. At 1p.m. MSU will face Bluefield.

The Lady Bears Volleyball Team will be taking donations for needy families.

The Pikeville College Bears Men’s Basketball Team will play at 5pm against Johnson Bible College.

The women’s basketball team will face Midway at 7pm.


September Pike County Circuit Court Grand Jury Indictments

Eleven people were indicted by the September Pike County Circuit Court Grand Jury. An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Here is a list of the people and the charges that are brought against that person.

Russell Eldridge of Phelps, KY : Third degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking.

Joshua T. Tackett of Virgie, KY : Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants third offense. Operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Bent E. Branham of Pikeville, KY : two counts of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Joshua Lee Sanders of Phelps, KY : Second degree assault, Fourth degree assault, intimidating a witness.

Dekan Branham of Pikeville: First degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, second degree burglary, second degree criminal possession of forged instrument.

Kerrie Hall of Pikeville, KY : First degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking,
burglary second degree, second degree criminal possession of forged instrument.

Veronica Bowling of Hellier, KY : First degree criminal mischief, second degree assault.

Jeanna Johnson Bowling of Virgie, KY : First degree criminal mischief

Dannie Hall of Pikeville, KY: Setting fire on the lands of another, Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

David Copley of Canada, KY : Receiving stolen property.
Tobey D. Collins of Pikeville, KY : Theft by unlawful taking, Fradulant Use of Credit Card, criminal possession of forged instrument second degree.


Two Plead Guilty in Pike County Circuit Court.

Two people pleaded guilty in Pike County Circuit Court.

Charles Fugate of Hazard pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and misdemeanor theft. The Pike County Commonwealth Attorney is reccomending a sentence of one year in prison.

Justin Lewis pleaded guilty to third degree assault and criminal mischief. Lewis is to serve two years of prison time and two years probation.


WV State Supreme Court Orders New Murder Trial for Mingo Co Man

The West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals has overturned a murder conviction of a Dingess man and has ordered a new trial in Mingo County Circuit Court.

David Jacob Nelson was found guilty on April 14th, 2005 for the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Wanda Lesher.

The high court wrote in its ruling that several errors occurred during the trial.

Nelson is scheduled for a pretrial hearing next week.


Murder Trial Moved From Breathitt County.

A judge moved the murder trial for Don Reed from Breathitt County to Letcher County.
reed is charged in connection with the murder of Brandy Rowe.

The trial is scheduled to begin December 19th.


ARH, Nurses Union Reach No Deal.

Three days of meetings between representatives of Appalachian Regional Healthcare and nurses who have been striking in Kentucky and West Virginia ended Wednesday with no deal.

Both sides had been meeting with a federal mediator. The next round of negotians is scheduled for November 6th.

The company said the nurses' three - year proposal includes request for a seven percent salary increase annually, additional sick time and increases in differentials, standby pay and ambulance run compensation.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Two Floyd County Men Found Guilty of Robbing Pharmacy.

Two men accused of robbing a Wheelright pharmacy was found guilty. A Floyd County jury found guilty Adam Chaffin and Adam Jones. A jury has recommended a sentence of 10years for the two men.

Chaffin and Jones will be formally sentenced on December 14th.


Pike County Man Found Dead on Houseboat.

An Elkhorn City man was found Tuesday afternoon dead on his houseboat at the Fishtrap Lake Marina. The victim was identified as 47 year –old James T. Rowe. Kentucky State Police along with the Millard Volunteer Fire Department responded. Neighboring boat owners told authorities that Rowe had been ill for some time. Foul play isn’t expected. The discovery came at 2:06 pm


Fire Damages Delbarton Gas Station.

No one was hurt in a fire that occurred at around 1:00am Tuesday at the Taylorville One Stop Gas Station. Members of the Delbarton, Matewan and Chatteroy Volunteer Fire Departments battled the blaze.

The fire gutted the upstairs upstairs that houses four apartments. The actual business received water and smoke damage.

No gas pumps were affected by the fire.


Floyd County Man to Spend 17 Years in Prison.

A Floyd County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Robert Rushmore was sentenced to 12 years on two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor. Rushmore was also sentenced to five years on the charge of one count of sexual abuse.

Rushmore will be eligible for parole in 14 and a half years.

The sentence was handed down in Floyd County Circuit Court.


Kentucky Residents to Pay More for Natural Gas This Winter.

If you are a Kentucky resident that uses natural gas to heat your home or business it appears that you are going to be paying more this winter.

According to the Kentucky Public Service Commission a customer who uses 10 cubic feet of gas next month would pay on average of about $128, or an increase of about $12 from a year ago.


Six Plead Guilty in Pike County Circuit Court

Six people pleaded guilty in Pike County Circuit Court to various charges. The following is a list of names with the charges and the sentence recommendation by the commonwealth attorney’s office.

Janice Maynard: theft, two years in prison followed by two years probation.

Joseph Hatfield: flagrant non-support, two years prison followed by five years probation.
Johnathan and James Holstein : various drug charges, four years prison.

Jimmy Ray : theft, one year in jail, one year probation and must pay restitution

Brandon Cornette : theft, two years in prison.


Mingo County Health Department to Give Flu Shots.

The Mingo County Health Department will be holding a flu shot clinic for people ages 19 and up on Tuesday, November 6 at the Health Department. The hours of the clinic will be from 9:00am to 3:00pm or while supplies last. There are no restrictions on the flu vaccine.

The Mingo County Health Department asks that anyone wishing to receive a flu shot wear a shirt that either has short sleeves or sleeves that are big enough to be pushed to the shoulder.

If you have any questions or would like more information call the health department at 235-3570


450 National Child Identification Program Kits Distributed in Mingo County

According to Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks the kickoff of the county’s participation in the National Child Identification Program was a tremendous success. Over 450 NCIP ID kits were distributed during the Williamson Memorial Hospital Health and Safety Fair.

The NCIP ID kits will be distributed at Mingo County elementary schools in the future. NCIP ID kits may also be obtained at the Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The National Child Identification Program was created in 1997 as a community service initiative to help protect America’s children and change the statistics related to missing children. The NCIP ID Kits promote awareness of child safety and provide parents and guardians with a clean, convenient way to record their child’s fingerprints, DNA and physical characteristics. Each NCIP ID Kit contains an inkless fingerprint card, DNA collection envelope and laminated wallet card.


Highway Officials Are Hoping that Final Segment of US 119 Can Open by Christmas

Motorists are getting anxious about when they will be able to drive the final segment of US 119 that would link the continuous four – lane highway from Pikeville to Charleston, WV.

Contractors are continuing to work on the final 1.7 miles that goes from Bent Branch to Scott Fork. That segment is being constructed at a cost of $ 33.3 million dollars.

Sarah George, spokeswoman with Highway District 12 says that they are hoping that the roadway will be ready for vehicular traffic by Christmas.
George says that a lot of work remains to be done such as drainage, guardrail and seeding work. George says that since it is a federal highway they are a number of things that must be completed before the road can be opened to traffic


Lenore Man Turns Himself In.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for a Mingo County man that turned himself in to authorities.

Kevin Johnson is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, burglary and petit larceny.

The Lenore resident remains lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail bond was set at $ 2,200 by Magistrate Pam Newsome.


U.S Army Corps of Enginners Can proceed with Logan County Flood Control Project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been given the go ahead to proceed with a project that calls for the widening of 3,600 feet of Island Creek to reduce the potential for flooding . The flood control project will protect 252 homes and businesses in Logan County.

The project also includes a flood warning system to notify residents of rising water in the Island Creek and Mud Fork areas.

The cost of the project is expected to cost $36 million, with the money coming from local and federal sources.


Nine People Die On Kentucky Highways

Preliminary statistics indicate that nine people have died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways last week.

All of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing a seat belt.

One double fatality crash occurred in Carter County. Single – fatality crashes occurred in Hardin, Hart, Casey, Graves, Clay, Whitley and Nelson Counties.

705 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 49 fewer than reported for this time period last year.

Of the 559 motor vehicle fatalities a whopping 317 victims were not wearing a safety belt.


Elkhorn Man Killed in Single Vehicle Accident

A single vehicle accident claimed the life of an Elkhorn City man. According to the Kentucky State Police 69 year – old Denver Hackney was traveling south on KY Route 197 on Elkhorn Creek. Hackney lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Two Plead Guilty in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Two individuals pleaded guilty in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Nathan Kenneth Estepp pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful assault. Denver Joseph Messer pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny.

The two defendants will be sentenced on November 26th by Circuit Court Judge Mike Thornsbury.


Area Businesses Partner with WestCare to Host Food and Paper Drive for Homeless/ Emergency Shelter.

Nearly 100 meals are served to men, women and children each day at the Westcare Emergency/Homeless Shelter in Pike County, so donated canned goods from area residents will make a difference to the facility’s food program.
“ The citizens of Pike County have been very generous in the past with their contributions of food and paper products. Our supplies are getting low and with winter just around the corner more individuals will be in need of our services,” stated Jennifer Noland, Regional Vice President for WestCare Kentucky. “ We are grateful that local businesses in the community have agreed to let us place a donation box in their stores.”

From Friday November 2 – Monday November 19th, WestCare Kentucky will partner with local businesses for a paper and canned food drive. Residents can drop-off their donations at the following locations throughout Pike County: Y.M.C.A.; Big Lot’s, Food City located at Cassidy Blvd and South Mayo Trail, Magic Mart, Velocity Market located on Hambley Blvd, and the Expo Center.

The East Kentucky Miner’s organization will kick – off the event at 1:00pm, Thursday, November 1 at the Expo Center.

Other items needed at the Shelter include paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning products, heavy duty trash bags, and baby diapers.

Westcare Kentucky, a non-profit charitable organization, oversees the operations of the 30 bed facility, which is located on Redale Road. The shelter provided temporary housing and meals to over 200 men, women and children in need last year.
If your business or organization is interested in participating in the food and paper drive please contact Sharon Yates at 606-432-9442.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Two Pike County Residents.

According to the Pike County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office two Pike County residents pleaded guilty to various drug charges.

Roselyine Adams pleaded guilty to one charge of drug possession. The commonwealth is recommending a sentence of three years in prison and three years probation.

Katrina Justice pleaded guilty to attempting to obtain prescription drugs by fraud. The commonwealth is recommending a sentence of two years in prison and two years probation.


Breaking and Entering and Gas Leak Occurred at Lenore K-8

The double whammy occurred Monday morning at Lenore K-8. When teachers and students arrived for school they found that their school was the victim of vandals. Principal Sabrina Runyon told us that the school was broken into. Runyon told us that the school received minor damage. Windows were broken out in the principal’s office and a classroom. The culprits evidently had a sweet tooth as candy was stolen from several classrooms. The school was cleaned up and students returned to the classrooms by 9:30am.

Runyon told us that at 10:45 am a gas leak was found outside of the school. Students were then dismissed. Runyon said that there was no danger. The reason that they turned out school was because they couldn’t cook lunch. Runyon said that the gas leak was confined to the outside of the school.

Runyon also told us that the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department is working on several leads concerning the breaking and entering.

The school has an enrollment of 582 students.


Miner Killed in Boone County.

An underground mining accident in Boone County has claimed the life of a coal miner. Ron Wooten, West Virginia Miners’ Health, Safety and Training Director say the miner was pinned between a rock and a jack or part of a conveyor belt. Wooten didn’t release the identity of the miner.

The accident occurred at Long Branch Energy’s Mine #23 in Danville.

This makes the sixth mining fatality in West Virginia this year.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Pediatric Symposium Set for Saturday in Pikeville.

The Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine will host its ninth annual Pediatric Symposium, Saturday, Nov.3, at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.

The symposium is offered in conjunction with the Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center in Hazard. Registration begins at 7:15 am and the program begins at 8 am .


Kentucky First Lady Spearheading Library Upgrades.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher announced a major initiative to ensure quality libraries for every Kentuckians in every community of the Commonwealth. The Governor and First Lady committed to funding a new program, Libraries across the Commonwealth, to be included in the next biennial budget.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher says that the funding will ensure that each community across Kentucky will have the opportunity to have a 21st century library facility.

The Fletcher’s want to commit six million dollars in additional funding for debt assistance grants for library construction and $ 12 million dollars for state aid to public libraries.

The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives records show that more than two million state residents have public library cards.


Logan County Woman Arrested Again on Drug Charges.

A Logan County woman remains lodged at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden after being arrested for the second time in two weeks on drug charges.
Sonya Wilson’s latest run in with the law came when authorities allege that that she stole some prescription drugs and had a small amount of crack cocaine in her possession.

Wilson was arrested on October 12th on various drug charges.


Pikeville Elementary Names New Principal.

Pikeville Elementary has a new leader. The PES Site Based Decision Making Council selected Robert Jones to become the new principal. The hiring took place on Friday. Jones will begin his new job on November 5th.

Jones is a native of Floyd County. He spent fifteen years with the Johnson County School System, during which time he served as a high school science teacher and Assistant Principal at Johnson County Middle School. For the past six and a half years Jones has been the Principal of W.R. Castle Memorial Elementary.


Massey Reports Profit in Third Quarter.

Massey Energy reported a profit of 8.5 percent in the third quarter. The company reported a net gain of 21.4 million dollars for the quarter.

Massey officials say that the profit was due to selling coal at a higher price. Chief Executive Don Blankenship says the company is on pace for record revenue and earnings per share this year.

Massey also is planning a major expansion. The company plans to open more mines and changes at others will add eight million tons of new production by 2010.

Projects are in the works for Mingo, Boone, Wyoming and Kanawha counties.


Beshear Has More Money to Spend in Final Leg of Campaign

According to the latest financial reports for the race for governor, Democratic challenger Steve Beshear has more money to spend in the final days than Republican incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Beshear has $574,000 left to spend while Fletcher has $314,000. For this month Beshear raised about $1 million dollars while Fletcher garnered $260,000.

Election day is November 6th.


Two Plead Guilty in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Two preliminary hearings in Mingo County Circuit Court resulted in two guilty pleas.

Norma Pauline Musick pleaded guilty to one count of forgery. Musick will be sentenced at 10:15am on Nov, 26th.

Glen Lee Blevins pleaded guilty to two separate charges grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Blevins will be sentenced at 11:00am, Nov, 26th.

The sentencing hearings will be conducted by Circuit Court Judge Mike Thornsbury.

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