Friday, December 21, 2007


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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Murder

Don Reed will be sentenced next month after being convicted of the murder of Brandy Rowe. Rowe was murdered in Magoffin County just before Christmas last year.

Her body was found in a pond in Breathitt County. Reed now faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison.


Floyd County Rescue Squad Receives National Honor

Captain Timothy Cooley of the Floyd County Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad has accepted the 2007 National Service or Sacrifice Award for Response.

The award was presented in Washington, DC by Congressman "Hal" Rogers. The squad will celebrate their 50th anniversary in April.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Authorities Arrest 23 Drug Suspects in Pike and Floyd Counties

Authorities in Pike and Floyd Counties arrested 23 people accused of dealing drugs.

The arrests were the result of a 12-month investigation according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.

The drug offenses involved various drugs including marijuana, prescription pills and cocaine.

The following is a list of suspects:

Randall L. Bryant

Robert S. Oakes

Marlene Hall

Linda Fletcher

Jimmy Conley

Rono Hamilton

Gary Hamilton

Bobby Hamilton Jr.

Elizabeth Ousley

Rachel Cooley

Joshua Williams

Boonie Fletcher

Linda Fletcher

Steven Chapman

Robert Sykes

Mike Fields

Sheila Hopkins

Jimmy Hopkins

Jonathon Galloway

Ralph Caldwell Jr

Kerrie A Hall

Ashley Conn

Richard Stargill


Congressman Hal Rogers Announces Funding for Flood Control Projects

Congressman Hal Rogers announced Thursday that he has secured nearly $ 9 million dollars in flood control improvements throughout eastern and southern Kentucky.

The following projects in our area will be funded.

Pike, Floyd, Martin and Harlan Counties - $ 4.9 million : The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sponsored flood control initiative, along the Tug Fork , Levisa and Upper Cumberland River, which includes structural changes to waterways , relocating homes and businesses and flood-proofing existing buildings . Project planning will also continue for Floyd County including Prestonsburg.

Martin, KY- $ 1.35 million : Work will continue to relocate the town .


Pikeville Medical Center Awarded $ 500,000 in Federal Funding For Cancer and Heart Disease Research

Congressman Hal Rogers announced Thursday that he secured $ 500,000 in funding for Pikeville Medical Center’s Research and Development Institute . The project is to further the hospital’s advance research on cancer and heart disease.

The Institute will cost $ 5.4 million and will become a part of the hospital’s campus. It will be the first facility of its kind in eastern and southern Kentucky.


Knott County Secretary Indicted

43-year old Tammy Brewer, a secretary for Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson, has been indicted on perjury charges.

The indictment says Brewer committed perjury during a grand jury investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds by Knott County officials.

Indicted last month for election fraud were Randy Thompson and three other officials. If convicted, Brewer could face up to five years in prison. The court date has not been set.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Attorney General Greg Stumbo Running For Old House Seat.

Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced that he will run for the Kentucky House instead of a run for the U.S. Senate.

The 95th District House Seat is now vacant after first term Representative Brandon Spencer resigned Wednesday in a letter that he wrote to Governor Steve Beshear. The district covers Floyd County.
Stumbo represented the district for 24 years and was House Majority Leader for 19 years.


Update on Explosion at Phelps High School.

Trooper Scott Hopkins of the Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville informed us that a bomb squad cleared Phelps High School this evening after a firecracker ignited in a female student’s pants pocket while she was in a classroom.

Hopkins told us that the 16 year-old sophomore was transported to Pikeville Medical Center with minor burns, she was treated and released. Five other students were complaining of possible hearing injuries.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning at around 10:00am. Students were evacuated and then sent home.
The Kentucky State Police is still investigating the incident


Explosion at Phelps High School Injures Five.

Phelps High School was evacuated and classes were dismissed Wednesday afternoon.

Scott Hopkins with the Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville told us that a female student had a firecracker ignite in her pants pocket while she was in a classroom. The student was transported to a local hospital where she is being treated for burns. Five other students were complaining of hearing problems following the blast.

The student body was moved into the gymnasium until there transportation arrived to pick them up.


New Hospice Facility To Be Built

Hospice of the Bluegrass has announced plans to build an end-of-life facility in Perry County. It will be located next to the Hazard ARH.

Breathitt County is the latest to approve their share of the venture. Other counties involved in the effort are Perry, Knott, Letcher and Leslie County. The cost of construction is put at around 6-million dollars.

Officials say it is too early to know when construction will begin.


Mine Reclamation Funds Released

The federal government has released 274-million dollars to clean up abandoned coal mine sites in the U. S. Thanks to a 2006 federal amendment, it is twice the amount available in the previous fiscal year.

Kentucky, which ranks third in coal production, is getting 31-milion dollars. Last year 22 fatalities at abandoned mine sites were reported nationwide. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the vast majority of those deaths was from drownings.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The Kentucky Division of Water has notified the Elkhorn City Water Department that the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.

If you have any questions, call the Elkhorn City Water Department at 754-5080.


Kentucky Legislator Advocates Teenage Drinking In Military

State Representative David Floyd, of Bardstown, has pre-filed a bill for the 2008 session that would allow active-duty military personnel to drink beer in a bar as long as they possess a valid military ID card.

Floyd's position is...if a soldier is old enough to serve in the militry, they should be allowed to have a beer in public...even if they're not the leagal drinking age of 21.

He also said, most military people are responsible for their own welfare and own homes, so, it's only natural to allow them the responsibility to drink in Kentucky.


Kentucky Education Commissioner Visits Eastern Kentucky

Jon Draud, Kentucky's new Education Commissioner, was recently in Breathitt County and Pike County. It was the official debut of his assuming the new post.

Draud visited public shools in the two localities, and stressed his belief that education is the number one issue in the Commonwealth. He also said, funding is his main concern.

He visited the Pikeville Independent Schools while in Pike County.


Live Nativity At Pikeville Medical Center

The live nativity at the Pikeville Medical Center is now underway. It runs through December 21st.

Daytime matinees...through December 20th...11:00a-1:00p.
Evenings viewings...through December 21st...5:00p-7:00p.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Congressman Rogers Announces Funding for Pilot Program.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security is providing $ 4 million dollars to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to further enhance a REAL ID pilot program. The program is intended to develop more secure driver’s licenses throughout the country to prevent terrorism , reduce fraud, and improve the accuracy of identification documents that State governments issue.

The funding was announced by Congressman Hal Rogers


Kentucky Highway Fatality Report.

According to the Kentucky State Police 11 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways last week.

All of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and seven of the victims were not wearing safety belts. Three of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol .

Three of the vehicles occurred in eastern Kentucky ; Floyd, Lawrence and Perry counties.

So far 822 people have died on Kentucky roadways this year. This is 55 fewer than one year ago.


Drought Conditions in Kentucky Are Improving

The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet has lifted 46 water shortage watches and warnings due to drought conditions in the state.

Water shortage warnings in Letcher and Harlan counties have been changed to a water shortage watch.

The Climate Prediction Center has indicated normal to above-normal precipitation for the next three months in Kentucky.


Life Sentences For Youthful Offenders Under Scrutiny

Five offenders who committed crimes in Kentucky while juveniles, and, are serving life without parole for the crimes committed, have challenged the penalty, saying state law doesn't allow it.

Assistant Public Advocate Tim Arnold, who is representing one of them, says kids are just different and we don't just give up on them. But, Chris Cohran, Commonwealth's Attorney in Bowling Green says an offender's age doesn't matter.

Some believe Kentucky may be at a turning point on the issue.


Floyd County Traffic Death

Brandon R. Newsome, 24, of Grethel was killed when his 1995 Chevrolet S10 pickup struck an embankment on KY Route 680 and overturned.

Newsome was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to the McDowell ARH Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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