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Kentucky Opry Welcoming Kelsie May

Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will continue this weekend at the Mountain Arts Center with another local rising star – Kelsie May. The Louisa native made noise in 2015 on NBC’s The Voice when 3 judges turned their chairs around for her while singing “You’re Looking at Country,” by music legend and Johnson County native Loretta Lynn. Kelsie ultimately chose a position on team Blake, even after Christina Aguilera did her best sales job. Mountain Arts Center Executive Director and Opry emcee Clayton Case said the whole organization is thrilled to have her step on stage. This weekend’s show will be Saturday at 7:30 PM.

 

Road Construction to Close KY-979 Tuesday

A portion of KY 979 in Floyd County will be closed most of the day Tuesday (June 28) for replacement of a cross drain. The site is between Moore Fork Road and Buckhorn Road. A cross drain replacement involves sawing through the pavement across both lanes, removing the old drain, then installing a new drain, filling in the trench, and repaving the cut area. Traffic cannot get through the site while the work is under way.

 

Man Injured after Falling at Breaks Interstate Park

A Pike County man was hurt after falling off a cliff at Breaks Interstate Park on Saturday. Rescue crews from Haysi and Clinchco, VA, say it happened over a mile up a trail that could only be traveled by foot. The man, 45-year-old Bobby Conway, reportedly fell about 60 feet. He was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center. He is expected to be okay.

 

BSCTC to Break Ground on Advanced Technology Center

Just weeks after the SOAR Innovation Summit in Pikeville, Big Sandy Community and Technical College is entrenched in a variety of projects that promote innovation and job creation. The college has partnered with SOAR, the East KY Concentrated Employment Program, and Interapt and will soon break ground on the state’s first Advanced Technology Center.  The facility will be built on the Pikeville campus and will serve as a hub for high-wage, high-speed jobs across the southeastern United States.

 

Fatal Shooting in Breathitt County

One person is a dead and two others injured after a shooting over the weekend in Breathitt County. Police say when they arrived on the scene at the home just off KY-1098 and Cook Fork Road they found 47-year-old Henry Michael Hurt dead. At least two other people are reportedly injured. Police haven’t released a lot of information but say the people involved are related.

 

Deputies Looking for Thief in Floyd County

Sheriff’s deputies in Floyd County are looking for a man who stole several hundred dollars worth of tools from Clayton Homes in Harold. Business manager Matthew Trusty tells WYMT-TV those tools are needed regularly by the employees to provide customer service. The theft was captured by video camera footage, and deputies say they believe this man is responsible for other area thefts. If you have any information, you are urged to call the anonymous tip line: (606) 949-2020.

 

Voice Winner Jordan Smith Marries

Season 9 winner of NBC’s The Voice, Jordan Smith, married his longtime girlfriend, Kristen Denny, over the weekend in Middlesboro. The wedding was held on Saturday.

 

Latest on Mountain Parkway Expansion

Utility work is continuing along restaurant row in Salyersville as crews prepare to being construction on the Mountain Parkway Expansion later this summer. To the west, construction crews are working to build new bridges as part of three new interchanges along the parkway. Later this year, four lanes of traffic will be opened in a portion of Magoffin County where work has recently been underway.

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for New High School in Martin County

The Martin County Board of Education has awarded a bid for construction of a new high school. The Mountain Citizen reports Hinkle Construction of Lexington submitted the lowest bid. The bid will also need to be approved by the Kentucky Department of Education. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for this Thursday (June 30) at the future site of the school.


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