Free Social Media Workshop in Johnson County
Organizers with the Pikeville Innovation Office are planning to conduct a social media workshop on Monday. The event will be free and can help business owners and employees to boost their presence in social media. The free event will be held on this Monday from 5:30 - 7PM at the US-23 Country Music Highway Museum in Paintsville. Free food will also be provided.
UPDATE: Second Death Following Crash in Pikeville
Last week we brought you a story of a five vehicle crash on US-23 in Pikeville. That crash killed 58-year-old Walter Gearhart. We’ve now learned that there has been a second fatality as a result of the crash. Police say 34-year-old Kimberly Thompson died this week as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. It happened near the Island Creek intersection. The accident remains under investigation.
Complaints About Food at Sheldon Clark High School
Students and parents in Martin County are complaining about food being served at Sheldon Clark High School. The Mountain Citizen newspaper in Inez says many calls have came into their office from parents regarding both the quality and quantity of the food at the school. School officials say the food being served is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” The newspaper reports many teachers in the school district feel the same way, and that one teacher in particular don’t eat his lunch at the school anymore.
Louisa Man Facing 35 Years in Prison
A Louisa man is facing 35 years in prison after he, according to investigators, had sexual contact with a teen and photographed the assault. WSAZ-TV reports 67-year-old Harold Shannon pleaded guilty to second-degree sodomy and unlawful transaction. He’s being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville and will be sentenced in October.
3 Arrested in Lawrence County Home Burglary
Three men are facing burglary charges after breaking in to a home in Lawrence County. Brandon Birt, John Oliver, and Joshua Triplett were arrested on Tuesday night after deputies say the three robbed Truplett’s parents’ home. Birt was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.
Man Catches Burglars at Magoffin County Home
Kentucky State Police say a Magoffin County man caught two people stealing from his home. It happened at Lawrence Hale’s home on Straight Fork Road. Jammie Risner has been arrested and is facing a burglary charge. Hale says he found his shotgun and TV in Risner’s trunk. There’s no word on any other arrests.
Man Rescued After Getting Stuck in Red River Gorge
Crews worked for hours on Wednesday working to free a man who got stuck in the Red River Gorge. Officials say the 21-year-old had somehow gotten his leg stuck by a log in the park in Wolfe County. His injuries are said to be non-life threatening. He was transported to the hospital but was reportedly able to get into the ambulance without assistance.
Martin County Man Charged Following Shooting
A Martin County man has been arrested and charged with assault after deputies say he shot another man in the face. Police say Larry Mills told them in an arrest citation that the victim stole $20 and a pack of cigarettes from him. Mills says when he raised a gun at the man, his father-in-law grabbed him causing the gun to go off. The victim’s name has not been released. WYMT reports he suffered wounds to his face and neck. Mills was arrested on Saturday.
KHSAA Investigating Following Fight at Football Game
A fight broke out at a high school football game last Friday night. The game between Lawrence County High School and Breathitt County ended with no coach for Lawrence County, and without some of the team. Lawrence County Coach Joey Cecil was ejected from the game but has since been reinstated. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is investigating video footage of the altercation.
Police: Charges Pending in School Threat Case
(AP) - Kentucky State Police in Ashland say charges are pending against an 11-year-old girl after a threat of violence was made on social media toward schools in Greenup County. Police say they began investigating Tuesday after being informed of the threat. In a statement early Wednesday, police said they were able to locate the suspect in less than six hours. Police said there are no other suspects and no additional threats have been made. Media report three school districts in the area closed on Wednesday due to the threat - Greenup County, Raceland-Worthington and Russell Independent Schools. Police say the investigation is continuing.
School Board Proposing Tax Increase
The Johnson County Board of Education is proposing a significant increase in school taxes on both real estate and personal property for residents of Johnson County. The tax proposal would raise the tax from 36.9 cents to 56.6 on both real and tangible property which results in an increase of over 53%. The Johnson County Board of Education will hold a public hearing to take public comments concerning the proposed increase in property taxes on Monday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
Highland Folk Festival: Huge Success
The annual Highland Folk Festival was held this weekend in Floyd County. Locals and tourists were part of the battle re-enactment event. Venders selling souvenirs say the tourist dollars the event brings into Floyd county is “unbelievable.” The event is held just west of Prestonsburg in the Middle Creek National Battlefield. Next year’s Highland Folk Festival will again be the second weekend in September.
Man Dies After Police Standoff In Madison County
(AP) - Police say a man has died after leading Lexington officers on a chase and exchanging gunfire with them. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, police on Saturday began following the man’s vehicle after he attacked Officer James Winter, who had responded to a domestic violence call involving the man. Police said the man was wanted on charges of burglary, assault and wanton endangerment. Officers followed the vehicle into Madison County, where the chase ended. Police say the man, who was not identified, fired on officers, and they returned fire. The man was taken into custody after a half-hour standoff. He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died. Winter was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. The shooting is being investigated.
Fatal Tractor Accident in Clay County
A tractor accident this weekend has taken the life of a Clay County man. It happened early on Saturday morning just off of KY-638. 48-year-old Jesse Napier of Clay County was working with another man using a John Deere Tractor to get an SUV off of a muddy road, but the tractor slid and rolled over an embankment. Napier was killed in the accident.