Friday, February 13, 2009


West Virginia Gas Prices Higher Than National Average

Gasoline prices are on the rise again in West Virginia, with some stations increasing prices by 17-cents in one day. According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for a gallon of regular is now $2.01, while the national average is $1.95 a gallon. Early Thursday, the cost of a barrel of crude slipped to around $35.


Gambling Bill Gets Legislative "Thumbs Up"

A legislative approval was given by the House Liceencing and Occupations Committee, the first step in the process to allow more gambling at Kentucky horse tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the plan now is to send the legislation to House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

Stumbo said Thursday, at this point the legislation doesn' have enough support to survive a floor vote. The proposal calls for video gambling terminals at 7 tracks, and Stumbo says the move could generate up to $340-million a year for the state.


Inez Man To Lead Nation's Largest Public Utility

By a vote of 4-3 Thursday, the Tennessee Valley Authority directors named Mike Duncan of Inez, KY to succeed Bill Sanson of Knoxville. Sanson's two year term ends on May 18.

Duncan, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, says he looks forward to leading the nation's largest public utility.


Thursday, February 12, 2009


Phelps Boy Struck By Vehicle

A nine year old Pike County boy was seriously injured Thursday evening while attempting to walk across a highway at an intersection. The child was accidentally struck by a vehicle. The mishap occurred at Phelps. The juvenile was transported by helicopter to a hospital.


Pike County Bus Service One Step Closer To Reality

Officials with Miller Trailways Bus Service met Wednesday with Pike County leaders to discuss a commercial bus service which would transport people from eastern Kentucky to Lexington and Louisville and return.

Pike County leaders say a study shows almost 90% of people in the area travel to Lexington for health care, business or education, and, many low-income either do not have a car or can not afford the gosoline for the 300 miles round trips.

Miller and Pike County officials say the project is one step closer to becoming a reality.


Severe Damage And Major Power Outages From Storm

125,000 customers in both Kentucky and West Virginia were reported without power early this morning due to last night’s heavy rains that brought gusty winds averaging between 60 mph to 71mph through the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Every county in our listening area reported the same thing, downed trees, power lines that fell across roadways and houses. According to AEP’s website 14,000 customers are without power in Pike County including 9,700 in Pikeville. Johnson County last reported 3,900 hundred without power, over 5,000 in Martin and Floyd counties. In West Virginia one death was reported in McDowell County when a roof of a gymnasium collapsed due to the weather, one person was also injured. Last report Mingo County had 3300 customers without power, Logan 5500 and Wayne 7500. A spokesperson for AEP told us that it could be midnight Sunday before all customers have the juice.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Old Man Hospital Building To Be Razed.

Members of the Logan County Commission told the Town of Man that the plan of using portions of the Old Man hospital as a trauma center has been nixed. Thieves and vandals have caused extensive damage to the building over the past two years, resulting in the entire building having to be razed. Officials say that they are still working on bringing a trauma unit to the community.


Authorities Receiving Information On Tragedy.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office has received over 20 tips about a house fire that claimed the lives of five people in the small Logan County community of Monaville. Last last month Melinda Dailey , her three children and her boyfriend Dwayne Ellis died . Investigators say that the cause of the fire looks suspicious. Authorities believe that illegal drug activity was going on at the residence. There is a $ 2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and or conviction. Contact the arson hotline at 1-800-233-fire.


CSX Lays Off 37

CSX railroad laid off 37 workers, train drivers or equipment operators, as a result of the slumping economy. 35 workers from Russell, Kentucky and 2 from Huntington, WV were let go. Last week, eleven workers at the Russell facility were furloughed as part of a 1600 worker furlough across the country.


London Restaurants Charged For Selling Alcohol To A Minor

Following an undercover sting called "Operation Zero Tolerance", eight London restaurants that serve alcohol were investigated and it was found that four of them allegedly was serving alcohol to a minor.

London City Police and Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control charged Chuckles Restaurant, Shiloh Premiere Steakhouse, La Azteca Mexican Restaurant and The Hangar Restaurant with serving alcohol to a minor. The minor was not carded and only one waiter asked for their year of birth. This is the second offense for Shiloh, which was also cited in late October, 2008.


Floyd County Marijuana Bust

After receiving several complaints, Floyd County Sheriff's Deputies discovered more than 100 marijuana plants. They were found Tuesday afternoon at a house on Route 7 in the Salt Lick community of Floyd County.

Billy Jack Johnson and Autumn Wireman were arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana and trafficking. Officers say they counted at least 115 plants, all growing in one room with heating lights above them, blankets over the windows for disguise and a closet full of fertilizer. The plants were removed. Investigators estimate the value of the plants at $100,000.

Monday, February 09, 2009


Ice Storm Deaths Mount To 30

As of Saturday, Kentucky public safety officials report 30 deaths have been reported in relation to the ice storm which recently hit the state.

76-year old Norman D. Jones of Lawrenceburg (Anderson Co.) died of blunt force injuries to his head and neck after falling from the roof of his home while trying to clean ice from his gutters. Also, a Hopkins County resident was killed in a fire.


No Charges In Fatal Pike County Accident

The Commonwealth's Attorney has decide not to file charges against 34-year old Elizabeth Stacey of Vicco. Investigators say, in December, Stacey's vehicle crossed the center line on US23 in front of Deskins Motors and hit a SUV.

The crash killed Stacy's passenger, 41-year old Andrew Scott Smith of Vicco, 47-year old Ernie Johnson and 7-year old Christian Beau Caudill, both of Pikeville. Test results show she had no alcohol in her system, but, did have a low level of hrydrocodone which was prescribed to her. Investigators say it was not enough to impair her driving.

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