Saturday, March 08, 2008


Portion of Route 49 in Mingo County Is Closed Due To Rockslide.

A rockslide has occurred on Route 49 between Lick Creek and Rawl. The roadway between those two communities are currently closed. highway officials are on the scene clearing the debris from the roadway.


Weather Postpones 15th Region Girls Basketball Touney

Here is the schedule for the 15th Region Tourney

Monday night 7:00 p.m. girls championship Pike Central vs Johnson Central

Tuesday night 6:30 p.m. Boys semi final East Ridge vs Johnson Central

Tiuesday night 8 p.m. Boys semi final Paintsville vs Shelby Valley

Wednesday night 7 pm Boys championship

All game swill be played at the East Kentucky Expo
Center in Pikeville.


Eastern Kentucky Now In Winter Storm Warning.

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a winter storm warning for eastern Kentucky until 9pm Saturday night.

The NWS says that snow bands will move through the area off and on through 9 p.m.

We could pick up an additional 1-3 inches of snowfall during the time period.


57 Miles Of Railroad Work Begins Monday in Pike and Floyd Counties

John Fortune, Appalachian Division Roadmaster for CSX, said that most of the crossings are on private property and will not affect the traveling public. “We are working with the Pike and Floyd County road departments, the City of Pikeville , and Highway District 12 to ensure that traffic disruption on the public crossings is minimal. The most heavily traveled crossings affected are at Allen, Banner, Tram, Harold, Boldman, Broadbottom, the ones parallel with Thompson Road, Island Creek, Joe’s Creek, and the one near the Johns Creek Volunteer Fire Department.”

Joe Stanley, Maintenance Engineer, said that traffic control at all the crossings which are on state right of way will be handled by Highway District 12 maintenance crews. “We will have a combination of flaggers, portable message boards, barrels, signs, and cones – whatever the particular crossing work requires.”

The work will begin at Ford’s Branch and go west toward Allen, then move back to Ford’s Branch and go east through Johns Creek to Jesse Branch near Millard.

Work at each crossing should take about one day, Fortune said. “We will let the area radio stations know a day or two in advance before work starts on each public crossing. We want to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding. In most places there are convenient detours. In a few places there are not. But we have found that as long as people know what is going on, they are glad to make a temporary sacrifice because they know the end result will be a safer rail system and smoother crossings.”


West Virginia DOH Working On Roads.

According to a spokesperson with the WV DOH in Mingo County road crews are out treating roads. The primary roads are listed in good condition at this current time. The seconday roads are listed in bad shape. Crews are just now getting to the secondary routes.


Single Vehicle Accident On Elkhorn Creek.

According to Pike County 911 a single vehicle accident has happened on Elkhorn Creek across from Mother Natures Water motorists use caution.


Heavy Snow Band Expected To Last Through 1pm

According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, a heavy snow band is expected to move through eastern Kentucky through 1 p.m.. The NWS says that our rwgion could pick up two inches of snow per hour through 1 p.m. The snow advisory remains in effect this evening until 5 p.m.

Friday, March 07, 2008


College Students From Lexington and Idaho To Participate In House Build Next Week.

Casey Horton, executive director of Sandy Valley Habitat for Humanity told us that 42 students from the University of Kentucky and Idaho will be in Pike County next week to build a house.

The house will be built at Robinson Heights located about one mile north of Coal Run.

If the weather cooperates the project will be completed next Friday.


Sandy Valley Habitat For Humanity Names New Executive Director.

Sandy Valley Habitat for Humanity recently named Casey Horton as new executive director.

Andrew Dinsmore is working in Africa.

Horton, a native of Virginia Beach, Va came to the mountains of eastern Kentucky five years ago after he met his wife as she was in law school in Virginia Beach

Horton says that he was recruited to the mountains.

Horton left his job as a paralegal for a local law firm.

Horton says he likes his new job because he wants to help people .


Bill That Would Stipends To Police Called To Active Duty Passes Kentucky House.

Local police officers who are called to active duty with the Kentucky National Guard or Reserves would continue to receive annual stipends from a state law enforcement fund under a bill that passed the House today.

Under House Bill 309, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, officers receiving the $3,100 annual pay supplement from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, or KLEPF fund, would not lose that incentive while they are on active duty. The supplement is paid annually to local law enforcement officers who complete a required number of training hours.

"I think the least we can do is help out there fine folks and continue to pay them their KLEPF pay while they are serving us overseas," said Koenig.

HB 309 passed the House 87-0 and now goes to the Senate for its consideration.


Juror Bill Moves To Kentucky Senate.

Turning age 72 would be reason enough to get out of jury duty under legislation which passed the House by an 85-0 vote today.

House Bill 593, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Ballard, D-Madisonville, would allow anyone who has reached age 72 to have their names removed from a list of prospective jurors. Once the name has been removed, the individual would be automatically exempted from jury duty.

"It (will no longer) be mandatory that they serve on a jury," Ballad said, when explaining the bill before the House vote. "They can, if they want to, they can volunteer to do it, but it just says they can opt out if they want to after they've reached 72."

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.


One Person Entrapped After Two Vehicle Accident at Robinson Creek.

According to the Kentucky State Police a two vehicle accident on Robinson Creek has officials working at this time. We were told that one person is entrapped inside onre of the vehicles. The Shelby Valley Fire Department is on the scene.


Thanks To Public Johnson County Authorities Nab Drunk Driver.

A Johnson County woman was arrested by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department .

According to the release several reports came in about a truck driving erratically and at a high rate of speed in the community of Nippa.

Deputies spotted the vehicle traveling over 80 m.p.h.

The driver Stephanie L . Music 29, of Meally. She was charged with 3rd offense DUI, driving on a suspended license and prescription controlled substance not in the original container.

A passenger had to be transported to a local hospital after authorities say that the person was extremely intoxicated.


Two Seperate Accidents Occured At Phelps. One Involved Coal Truck Other Tree Falls On Top Of Vehicle

Phelps Volunteer Department responded to two separate vehicle accidents.

At 1:30p.m. Friday a two vehicle accident involving a coal truck happened on Rt 194 east near the Phelps bridge. The emergency call reported one injury.

Two hours later a mudslide occurred on Route 194 east at Majestic also a tree fell on top of a vehicle in the same vicinity. The emergency call stated that a female sustained injuries.


Mobile Home fire In Floyd County.

The David Volunteer Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire earlier today.

The emergency call stated that a furnace caught on fire.


Fire Destroys Home of Delbarton Fire Chief

Thanks to a smoke alarm the wife and daughter of Delbarton Fire Chief are alive today.

Robert Hunt says that his house caught fire earlier this week while he was at work. His family were asleep . Hunt says thaqt the smoke alarm in his home saved his family from injury or perhaps death.


Two Charged With Murder In Relating To Boone County Incident.

Boone County Authorities have arrested and charged two men men with the murder of a Boone County resident.

Police say that Leslie Long and Wayne Gullett are responsible for the shooting death of Maxel long.

The incident took place in the community of Prenter.


Logan Lands # 3 Seed In Boys State Touney

First Round Games Wednesday

9:30 a.m. # 3 Logan 22-3 vs # 6 Weir 15-8

1 pm # 2 Wyoming East 21-3 vs # 7 Grafton 14-10

5:30 p.m. # 1 Ravenswood 24-1 vs # 8 Keyser 13-10

9 pm # 4 Bluefield 20-4 vs # 5 Oak Hill 12-5

Thursday, March 06, 2008


Gilbert Boys Face Trinity Next Week In Touney

The Gilbert Lions boys basketball team will play next Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. The 22-3 Lions are the third seed their opponent will be number six Trinity Christian based out of Morgantown. Trinity has a record of 18-5.

If Gilbert should win they would play in the semi-finals next Friday morning against either Wheeling Central 17-6/ Wirt County 15-9.


Domestic Violence Bill Advances To Kentucky House.

Legislation to protect the addresses of domestic violence victims, as well as a bill for more severe penalties for animal torture, both passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, would create a crime victim address protection program. Domestic violence victims could use the program to receive mail at a different address than the one they live at. Doing so would protect them from their abusers, Denton said. The Secretary of State's office, which would administer the program, would then forward their mail to their actual location.

Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, would step up the penalty for torturing dogs and cats to a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison. Under current law, the first offense is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying up to a year in jail, while subsequent offenses are Class D felonies.

Both bills now head to the Senate floor for the body's consideration


Second West Virginia Super Delegate Endorses Obama.

A second West Virginia super delegate has endorsed Barack Obama over Hilary Clinton on the Democratic side for the race for U.S. President.

Congressman Nick Rahall made the announcement this afternoon. Last week U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller announced that he would support the Illinois senator.

Two other super delegates Marie Prezioso and Belinda Biafore have endorsed Clinton.

Two others U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and Governor Joe Manchin have not endorsed anyone.


Pike County Circuit Court Grand Jury Indictments Released.

Thirteen people were recently indicted by a Pike County Circuit Court Grand Jury.

An indictment is only an accusation.

Mary E. Stewart Compton, 46, of Pikeville. Four separate charges.

Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, ( Class C Felony ).
Possession of Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree ( Class A Misdemeanor ).
Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree ( Class A Misdemeanor )
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 4th Degree ( Class A Misdemeanor )

Ronnie Deaton , 39, of West Liberty , Theft by Failure To Make Required Disposition of Property ( Class D Felony ).

Accused of committing offense when he allegedly obtained two Honda welders from Pikeville Rental Center in the amount of or a value of $ 300 or more, upon an agreement or subject to a known legal obligation to make a specified payment or disposition and then did intentionally deal with said property as his own and thus failed to make the required disposition.

David Bowling, 40, of Pikeville
James E. Bowling, Jr, of Elkhorn City

Burglary 1st Degree ( Class B Felony ).
Robbery First Degree ( Class B Felony )
Persistent Felony Offender ( Class A Felony)

Joshua T. Tackett, 23, Virgie.

Theft By Unlawful Taking ( Class A Misdemeanor )

Anna Prater , 32, Shelbiana. Theft By Deception ( Class D Felony ) four counts

Ben Owens , 79, Belcher.

Sodomy, 1st Degree ( Class A Felony ).

Rape , 1st Degree ( Class B Felony ) three counts.

The indictment states that the alleged offenses involved a minor dating back from 1979 – 1991.

Christopher Rowe, 38, Belcher. Theft By Unlawful Taking ( Class D Felony ).

Floyd Church, 43, Pikeville . Three different charges.

Prescription of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree ( Class D Felony )- Oxycodone
Prescription Drug Not In Proper Container ( Class B Misdemeanor )
Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under The Influence of Intoxicants ( Misdemeanor)

Edward Huff, 31, Zebulon. Theft By Unlawful Taking. ( Class D Felony ).

Barry Leathers, 37, Pikeville

Burglary, Third Degree ( Class De Felony )
Theft By Unlawfult Taking ( Class D Felony)

Accused of breaking in and taking items from the Thrift Store.

Shane Thacker, 34, Shelbiana, Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree ( Class D Felony ). – cocaine.


Pikeville Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge.

A Pikeville man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.

Ralph Caldwell , 28, of Pikeville pleaded to first – degree drug trafficking ( methadone ). The Pike County Commonwealth Attorney is recommending a prison sentence of 15 years.

Caldwell has a previous conviction. A few years ago he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking. Caldwell stole a piece of jewelry from a corpse at a Pike County funeral home.


Congressman Hal Rogers Announces Fire Departments Can Apply For Funding.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that fire departments can apply for the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters’ Grant Program starting now through April 4. This initiative supports local fire departments’ emergency response operations and firefighter health and safety programs.
“The assistance to firefighter grants enables our local fire departments to get much-need resources, said Rogers. “When emergencies strike, we all depend on firefighters for a timely and thorough response and the federal government created this program to help them achieve this critical mission.”
The Assistance to Firefighter Grants are funded at $560 million for this year’s budget. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding for important initiatives in the fifth Congressional district.
Fire Department personnel can access additional information at


Anti-Casino Rally Held In Frankfort

A rally against casino gambling was held Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. The demonstration was just down the hall from Governor Beshear's news conference.

John Mark Hack, president of "Say No Casinos", addressed the crowd, saying "Casino-Crats are hell-bent on transforming the Commonwelath with a "casino republic".


US23 Yard Sale Planned

Tourism directors believe a 200-mile long yard sale will bring additional dollars to eastern Kentucky. Officials reported tourists spent more than $300-million dollars along US23 last year, and they say a yard sale will bring in more.

The sale along the length of The Country Music Highway would cover nine counties...from Greenup County to Letcher County. The yard sale is scheduled for the last weekend in May.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Kentucky Senate Committee Passes Emergency Contact Bill.

Kentuckians would be able to list emergency contact information when they get a new driver's license under a bill approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Senate Bill 182, sponsored by Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, is designed to help authorities in an emergency when there is no way to know who should be contacted. The information would not be listed on the license itself, Jensen said, but would be available to those with access to other driver's license information.

Although circuit clerks would be required to ask for the information, Kentuckians could opt out of the database if they chose, Jensen said.

The bill now heads to the full Senate.


Energy Bill Passes Kentucky House.

An energy bill that would provide tax credits to Kentuckians who improve the energy efficiency of their homes or businesses was passed by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

House Bill 2, sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rocky Adkins, would offer limited nonrefundable tax credits for energy improvements including, but not limited to, insulation upgrades, solar and wind systems, energy efficient lighting or HVAC systems and purchase or construction of an "Energy Star" (federal Energy Star program) dwelling. Credits would total up to $500 per taxpayer for residential projects, up to $1,000 per taxpayer on commercial and multi-family rental property projects (for some upgrades), $800 per taxpayer for purchase or construction of an Energy Star home and $400 for purchase of an Energy Star manufactured home.

The credits would only be offered between 2009 and 2015, said Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.

Other provisions in HB 2 would increase construction of energy efficient state buildings, assess potential energy savings in public school buildings and promote private investment in hydroelectric power at Kentucky River dams. The bill now goes to the full House for its consideration.

Adkins said the legislation will enhance energy policy changes made by state lawmakers last year with the passage of HB 1.

"You know, I am a strong believer that energy independence is an achievable goal. But a big part of us being able to more forward in Kentucky is not as much about the amount of energy we consume, but how much energy we can conserve," said Adkins. "I believe that we have laid a good solid foundation to build on with HB 1, but (HB 2) really helps us to grow that footprint we need for solid energy policy."


Drug Bust In Mingo County.

The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant and made a drug related arrest Tuesday night in Breeden.

Authorities apprehended Jeffrey Thomas Marcum. Authorities have an arrest warrant for his father Jeffrey Allen Marcum.

The Marcum’s are accused of selling drugs to undercover agents.

Marijuana, hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia were seized.


Belfry Volunteer Fire Department Busy Responding To Accidents.

The Belfry Volunteer Fire Department has responded to two accidents.

A single vehicle accident at Hardy sent a Forest Hills man to a hospital.

A vehicle driven by Frankie Taylor of South Williamson left the highway and struck some trees.

A second accident, involving two vehicles, occurred on US119 in front of Wal - Mart.

Both drivers, Deauna Artis of Williamson and Shirley Chapman of Belfry, were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.


Four To Receive Honorary Doctorates From UK

Honorary doctorate degrees have been approved by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for four recipients.

The are Gifford Blyton, a former longtime UK faculty member, the former president of India,
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former UK basketball coach Tubby Smith and former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton.

The degrees will be awarded at commencement.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


One of Logan Six Granted Bail.

A Logan County Circuit Court Judge set bond in the amount of $ 100,000 for Danny Combs. Combs is accused of torturing and sexually assaulting Kanawha County resident Megan Williams.

Combs has been incarcerated in the South Western Regional Jail for several months.

A trial date was scheduled for April 28th.


WV Man Accused Of Robbing KY Department Store Must First Serve Jail Time In Mingo County.

A Logan County man accused of robbing the South Williamson, Kentucky Dawahare’s at gunpoint was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail on a charge of assaulting a police officer. He was credited with 23 days served. The sentence was handed down by Mingo County Magistrate Judge Dee Sidebottom.

Charles Canterbury of Pecks Mill was captured three weeks ago as he appeared in Mingo County Magistrate Court on other charges. After he serves his jail term in West Virginia he will then have to deal with the legal system in Pike County.


Accident Sends Three To Pikeville Medical Center.

Three Pike County residents were treated and released after a two vehicle accident that occurred on Rt 1426 at the mouth of Raccoon Creek.

According to the Kentucky State Police a vehicle occupied by Larry and Carol Coleman both of Raccoon pulled out in front of a vehicle operated by Ashley Holbrook of Pikeviile.


Mobile Home Fire At Sunny Fork

The Shelby Valley Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to a mobile home fire around 9:35 p.m. Tuesday night at the head of Sunny Fork. The report from 911 says the mobile home was believed to be abandoned.


Pike County Man Injured In ATV Accident.

A Pike county man had to be airlifted to a Tennessee hospital after injuries he received stemming from a two vehicle accident that occurred on Chloe Road.

Michael Thacker of Kendrick Road was traveling on Chloe via an ATV when he collided with another vehicle.

The accident remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police.


Longtime Pike County Fiscal Court Clerk Recovering From Knee Surgery

The Pike County Fiscal Court named Carol Napier as there interim clerk.

Longtime clerk Rose Farley is recovering from recent knee surgery.

No timetable was announced when Farley will be able to return to work


Pike County Students Urged Pike County Fiscal Court To Adopt County Wide Smoking Ban

Students representing the Pike County Youth Leadership Council spoke before the Pike County Fiscal Court urging magistrates to adopt a county wide smoking ban.

The students have made smoke ban requests to the City of Pikeville, Elkhorn City and Coal Run.
Members of the fiscal court took no action


Site Chosen For New Pike County Judicial Center.

The state and local members of the Administration of the Courts Committee reported to the Pike County Fiscal Court that they have chosen a site for the new Pike County Judicial Center.

The three story 98,000 square foot facility will be built on the present site of the the coroner’s office, Weddington Theatre, Pinson Hotel and the Artisan Center.

The next step is to notify the property owners and then condemn the properties.

Property owners have been offered $ 1.9 million. The building will cost $ 31.1 million.

The judicial center will be funded by the Commonwealth.


ATV Accident on Chloe Rd.

An ATV accident has occured near 3075 Chloe Rd. Kentucky State Police and the Millard Fire Department are on scene. The driver of the ATV is reported to have head injuries. More Information as details become available


WV Jobless Rate Announced.

Workforce West Virginia announced that the state’s unemployment rate for January climbed seven-tenths of a percent to 5.2 %.

Both Mingo and Logan counties saw an increase of three-tenths of a percent to 5.2 %.

Wayne County saw a dramatic 1.2 % increase to 5.8 %.

McDowell’s climbed to 7.3 % an increase of half of a percent.

The county with the highest jobless figure is Calhoun at 10.8 %. The lowest Monongalia 2.9 %.


Education Bill Passes Through Committee.

A Senate bill that would offer several incentives to increase the number of students taking advanced math and science courses in Kentucky was amended and passed by a House committee today.

The House Education Committee made only a few changes to Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Ken Winters, R-Murray, which would create a science and mathematics advancement fund aimed at improving students' math and science knowledge from elementary school through college. Those changes include allowing high schools to use start-up grants provided in SB 2 to pay for college training of advanced math and science teachers and requiring the Kentucky Department of Education to provide an ACT prep program to all high school juniors if funding is available.

Another change proposed by the House committee clarifies that each middle school shall have a policy for moving students into advanced math and sciences classes such as algebra or chemistry, if a student meets certain requirements.

SB 2 now goes to the full House for a vote.

Incentives that would be provided under SB 2 would cover the cost of high school AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) tests in all subjects--not just math and science--as well as the start-up grants for high school advanced math and science courses and Kentucky Virtual High School scholarships for high school students who do not have advanced math and science courses offered at their school.

SB 2 would also provide renewable learning grants to middle schools, funds to develop an energy technology engineering career track in public schools and professional development funding for elementary teachers.

The total cost of the incentives would be approximately $4.25 million, Winters said, with more than half of the cost paying for students' AP and IB exams.


Annual Spaghetti Dinner Event A Success.

A spaghetti dinner was held Monday afternoon at the United Methodist Church in Pikeville.

The event was held for the Big Sandy Valley Habitat for Humanity women’s build which will be held later in the year.

800 dinners were served, $5,000 was raised.

The dinner was sponsored by East Kentucky Broadcasting, Coke, Pikeville Medical Center, Jerry’s, Stanville IGA, Southeast Telephone, Wal-Mart, Reno’s, Pepsi, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Heiners, Giovannis of Prestonsburg and Pikeville Medical Center.


Former Pikeville College Administrator Named President of Mississippi College

Dr. Michael K. Murphy has been named president of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr. Murphy was a former administrator at Pikeville College where he served as associate dean for clinical sciences.

In 2007, he was appointed to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Murphy has been on campus working as vice president and dean of the school since January.

Monday, March 03, 2008


Forest Fires Reported Throughout Pike County.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry confirmed they have contained four forest fires throughout Pike County.

The fires combined to burn about 200 acres.

Fires were reported on Dry Fork, Ashcamp, Island Creek and Burnwell.

No structures were reported damage.


WVSP Busy in Dingess. Recover Stolen Safes And Cite 16 People On Various Charges.

Troopers from the West Virginia State Police were busy Sunday in the Dingess area.

Troopers were summoned to a remote part of the area . Someone found two safes in the hills. The safes had lottery tickets valued at $ 1,000 . The safes came from the Tiger Mart in Ashland. The business was robbed last month.. Authorities told us that at the time of the crime the safes had $2,500 in cash in them. Of course the loot is missing.

The State Police are trying to figure out how the stolen safes made there way into Mingo County.

While authorities were on the mountain working the scene they observed a pickup truck driving erratically. The truck carrying 16 people from Lincoln County was pulled over. Everyone was cited. Charges include public intoxication, possession of pills, possession of marijuana, underage drinking, contributing to a minor.

Police confiscated the truck, the booze and the drugs. The people ranged in ages from 16-47.

The violators must appear in Mingo County Magistrate Court within 10 days.


Vehicle Fire At Elkhorn City

Members of the Elkhorn City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire Monday afternoon at around 4:16 p.m. No one was injured . The fire happened on Rusty Fork


Teenagers Find Human Remains

Two teenage boys riding there ATV’s on a trail Sunday made a gruesome discovery. The teens discovered a human skull lying along the trail. The discovery was made in Pike County in the Beaver community.

Troopers found the rest of the skeletal remains to go with the body.

It will be several days before the state medical examiner can make an identification and determine a cause of death.

The KSP is looking in there archives at several cold cases.


E'town Man Arrested

On March 1, 2008, Phillip Hartledge, age 41, of Elizabethtown, Ky., was arrested by the Elizabethtown Police Dept. as the result of a joint investigation with the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Section as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Hartledge was charged with possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond. The investigation is continuing.


Former Eastern Kentucky Coal Operator Sentenced To Prison

A former eastern Kentucky coal operator will serve 18 months in a U.S. federal penitentiary.

Ireland Williams of Louisa was also fined $ 3,000. The former coal operator of the James H. Taylor Mining No 1 Mine at Turkey Creek was convicted on three counts of violating the United States Coal Mining Safety Act.

Williams was sentenced in United States Federal Court in Pikeville.


CSX Crossing At Lackey To Be Shutdown Wednesday For Repair.

CSX Transportation will close the crossing at the junction of KY 7 and KY 550 in Lackey, Floyd County , on Wednesday, March 5.

Jay Rutherford, CSX Roadmaster in Floyd County , said that the crossing is near the Mi-Dee Mart. Work is set to begin about 9 o’clock in the morning and should be finished by 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

“The crossing will be rehabilitated and repaved, so people should have a much smoother and safer surface over which to drive,” Rutherford said. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience, “and we want to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding. We feel the improvements will far outweigh the fact that traffic will have to detour and people might be inconvenienced for a few hours.”


Home Confinement Violation Lands Pike Man In Prison

According to the office of the Pike County Commonwealth Attorney. Pikeville resident Keith Little has entered a plea agreement. The 29 year-old pleaded guilty to second degree escape.

Little violated the terms of his home confinement .
The Commonwealth has recommended a sentence of five years.


Rutherford Sees Tranportation To Pike's Energy Policy

Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford spoke as a guest during Big Sandy Area Development District’s transportation meeting Friday, Feb. 29, noting the important role transportation would play in seeing an energy policy fully developed for Pike County.

“We have to be connected to the rest of America,” Rutherford told those in attendance. “And, among other options, we’re doing that with proposals for air service in hand right now.”

Pike recently received a proposal from the Florida-based company Air Azul that could soon see commercial flights leaving from the Pikeville/Pike County Airport.

Such transportation options are vital to the core concept of an energy policy aimed at enriching eastern Kentucky, Rutherford said.

“We’re blessed here in eastern Kentucky to be the Middle East of America,” he said. “Coal’s not everywhere, and if you took our coal and turned it into liquid, you’d have more barrels than we have in the Middle East.”
Rutherford gave the BSADD’s Transportation Committee an overview of Pike’s energy policy and focused on future


Kentucky Ranks 10th In Nation For Number of New and Expanding Projects in 2007.

The tally for Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup ranking is in, placing Kentucky 10th in the nation for new and expanded industry activity in 2007. The ranking is based on a state’s total number of qualified projects as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant database. Kentucky has the smallest population of any state ranked in the Top 10.

“We are proud to finish as one of the top ten in the nation for business expansion activity,” said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary John Hindman. “This ranking shows just how competitive Kentucky is in expanding our industrial base and validates our evolving strategic approach to identify and target economic opportunities.”

Qualified projects include those that meet at least one of three criteria: (a) involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, (b) create 50 or more jobs or (c) add at least 20,000 square feet of new floor space. During 2007, Kentucky generated 199 projects that met the database requirements. In total, 316 location or expansion announcements were reported in Kentucky resulting in 13,371 net new jobs created. Investment was estimated at more than $2.3 billion.

“Kentucky is a perennial strong performer in our annual tally of New Plant activity in the United States,” says Mark Arend, Editor in Chief of Site Selection. “This Top 10 finish in 2007 will make Kentucky’s economic development successes that much more visible to the corporate site location community worldwide.”

Site Selection publisher Conway Data has showcased the annual Governor’s Cup rankings since 1978. Its yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as “the industry scoreboard”. The magazine’s circulation base consists of 44,000 executives involved in corporate site selection decisions.

In addition to the Governor’s Cup, three Kentucky metro areas are recognized in their respective categories for the number of industry location and expansion projects. For metro areas with populations over 1 million, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Middletown, Ohio/Ky./Ind. finished second with 111 qualifying projects. Lexington-Fayette County tied for 10th place with 22 projects in the second tier of metros, comprising those with populations between 200,000 and 1 million. Bowling Green tied for sixth place with nine projects in the third tier of metros, those with a population between 50,000 and 200,000.

A total of six smaller Kentucky communities also fair well in the magazine’s Top Micropolitan Ranking. Glasgow, Paducah, Danville, Frankfort, Madisonville and Mayfield made the 2007 Top Micropolitan list, giving Kentucky a fifth place ranking for most top micros.


Kentucky Post 9 Welcomes 10 New State Troopers.

After 23 weeks of intensive training, the first Kentucky State Police class in more than two years graduated on February 25, 2008. Ten Troopers from Cadet Class 86 reported to Pikeville-Post 9 Sunday
A list of the new Troopers assigned to Kentucky State Police Post 09 are as follows:
Darrell Arnett, Salyersville, Ky.
Joshua Brewer, Combs, Ky.
Danny Caudill, Harlan, Ky.
Randall Coots, Smilax, Ky.
Joseph Dials, Mallie, Ky.
Dallas Greer, Corbin, Ky.
Richard Russell, Hazard, Ky.
Michael Webb, Phyllis, Ky.
Isaac Whitaker, Viper, Ky.
Donald White, Hindman, Ky.


Jeff Caudill Promoted To Captain KSP Post 9

Kentucky State Police Post 9-Pikeville would like to introduce the newest Post Commander
On February 16, 2008 Captain Jeff Caudill, a 15-year veteran, assumed command of the Pikeville Post of the Kentucky State Police. Captain Caudill is a native of Letcher County and has been a long time resident of Pikeville.

After graduating from has had a wide variety of assignments throughout his career. He has worked as a Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant and now Captain at Post 9. He has also been the commander at Facility Securities in Frankfort, Post 14-Ashland and most recently Post 13-Hazard.

Captain Caudill has a vested interest in the Pikeville community. He lives in Pikeville with his wife, Ginger and son, Owen. He is a member of the Jubilee Christian Assembly Church in Pikeville.


Deadly Week On Kentucky Roadways. Five Fatal Accidents In Our Listening Area

Preliminary statistics* indicate that seventeen people died in seventeen separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, March 2, 2008.

Twelve of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Three of the fatalities involved a pedestrian and two involved a motorcycle. One of the motorcyclists was not wearing a helmet. Four of the fatalities were a result of the suspected use of alcohol.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Boone, Campbell, Floyd (3), Gallatin, Henderson, Jefferson, Lawrence, McCracken, Meade (2), Ohio, Pike, Spencer, and Warren counties.

Through March 3, preliminary statistics* indicate that 114 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. That is two less than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 96 motor vehicle fatalities, 68 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 6 motorcycle fatalities and 3 of those were not wearing helmets. A total of 25 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Twelve fatalities have been pedestrians.


Two Men That Admitted To Stealing Catalytic Coverters Sentenced To Prison.

Remember the two men that pleaded guilty to stealing catalytic converters from several vehicles that were parked along By-Pass Road a few months ago ?

Christopher and David Parsons of Pikeville each received a 10 year prison sentence .


KSP Still Looking For Two Men Responsible For Home Invasion.

The Kentucky State Police continues to look for two male subjects that forced there way into an eastern Kentucky home Sunday night.

According to the Kentucky State Police a home invasion took place in the small Floyd County community of Honaker.

The suspects entered the residence armed with a handgun and an axe. They pepper sprayed one woman and forced her daughter to lay face first on the ground.

The two men stole a purse that contained $ 1,000 dollars.


Lawmakers Meet To Address Education Cuts

A proposal by Governor Beshear involving an $18.5-billion dollar two-year spending plan, which included 12% funding cuts to numerous state government agencies and public colleges and universities, prompted a meeting yesterday (Sunday) in Frankfort.

Members of six budget subcommittees from the House met behind closed doors in an effort to find ways to avoid making funding cuts in education in the state budget which begins July 1.

Results of the meeting were not made public.

Sunday, March 02, 2008


Route 80 Rockfall Kills Wayland Man

A Floyd County man was killed Saturday night when a large rock fell from the mountainside, landed on the cab of a truck killing the lone occupant.

The victim has been identified as 37 year-old Frank M. Baldridge.

Baldridge was traveling westbound on Kentucky Route 80 at Martin.

The accident happened at 7:23 pm.


Volunteer Fire Departments Respond To Accidents Saturday in Pike County.

Two single vehicle accidents in Pike County resulted in injuries.

The Phelps Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident at the foot of Phelps Mountain. The accident caused power lines to fall around the vehicle. The accident happened around 11:00 am Saturday morning..

The Johns Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Raccoon Creek Road at around 5:00 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle left the roadway and landed in a creek.

We have no information on the injuries.


Forest Fire Threatened Homes.

The Wayland Fire Department was summoned to the Muddy Branch area of Floyd County on Saturday.

A forest fire made its way close to several homes. We were told that the fire was contained and no homes were damaged.


Three Logan County Juveniles Charged With First Degree Arson.

Logan County Sheriff Eddie Hunter says three teenagers have been charged with first-degree arson stemming from a fire that did extensive damage to a Henlawson home.

No one was injured. The juveniles were arrested and later released into the custody of there parents.

The home, owned by James Alvin Adkins, was undergoing renovations


Investigation Continues Into Fatal Logan County House Fire.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is continuing there investigation into what caused a house fire that killed a Holden man.

The body of Larry Joe Butcher was found inside his home late last week. Logan County Sheriff Eddie Hunter says that Butcher’s body was found behind a gas stove near the back door. Foul play has been ruled out.


Williamson City Council Approves Contract Extension With Water Company

The City of Williamson recently renewed an agreement with Veolia Water on a five year deal. The company will continue to provide residents with water and sewer service.

Mayor Darrin McCormick says the contract is a $ 1.5 million savings to the city.


Three Enter Guilty Pleas In Mingo County Circuit Court.

Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Mike Thornsbury accepted three guilty pleas Friday.

Vance Prater, 31, and Elmer Prater, 34, both of Edgarton, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The duo admitted stealing several batteries and a wrench in valued in excess of $1,000.

Teddy R. Bowles, 23, of Baisden, admitted that he stole an ATV. He pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

The three men will be sentenced in April.


Floyd County Car Wreck Kills Teenager

A single vehicle accident in Floyd County late Saturday night killed one person and injured two others.

The victim has been identified as 19 year-old Angela Whitaker of David.

Joe Poe, 37, of David is listed in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Kevin Ousley, 19, of Hueysville, suffered minor injuries . He was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

The accident occurred at 10:31pm at David.

According to the Kentucky State Police the vehicle was traveling on Mine Access Road when it left the roadway and traveled approximately 150 feet over an embankment. Everyone was ejected from the vehicle. No one was wearing a safety belt.

It remains unclear at this time who was driving .

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