Busy Road Blocked in Inez
A portion of KY-40 is closed this week in Martin County. The road block is at the intersection of KY-645 and Coldwater Road near Blacklog. Crews are installing a cross-drain blocking the road. Motorists moving to and from Downtown Inez and Blacklog will need to allow extra time to travel around the block by using KY-645. The road is expected to be reopened next week.
Johnson County Fiscal Court Meets
The Johnson County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening. Full details of the meeting from WKLW News can be obtained by clicking HERE.
Fatal Accident in Pike County
A fatal accident occurred over the weekend in Pike County. It happened on Saturday on US-460 in the Lick Creek area near Mouthcard. 49-year-old Terry Sawyers was pronounced dead by the Pike County Coroner. His wife was in the vehicle. She had to be taken to the hospital, but has reportedly since been released.
Pike Man Missing for One Week
A Pike County man has been missing for one week. Family members say they haven’t seen 34-year-old Gary Runyon since Tuesday of last week, and say they are increasingly concerned because he needs medication for his mental health issues. Officials say they have been searching the area all week with no result. There was a report of someone in Ohio matching his description, but when family searched that area, he was not found.
Golden Eagles Play in 15th Region Championship Game Tonight
The Johnson Central Golden Eagles will be playing in the championship game of the 15th Region Boys’ Basketball tournament tonight in Pikeville. The Golden Eagles defeated the Prestonsburg Blackcats lastnight with a final score 92-40. Their opponents, Shelby Valley, beat Lawrence County in the final game of lastnight’s action. Johnson Central and Shelby Valley will face off in the championship game at 8:00 tonight at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
Bill aims to keep minors away from tanning beds
(AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a measure aimed at blocking minors from using tanning beds. The measure cleared the House on a 61-31 vote Monday. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Rep. David Watkins of Henderson. He cites rising rates of skin cancer, especially among young women, as the reason for his proposal to keep people under age 18 from becoming customers at tanning facilities. The bill would make exceptions for minors who have been prescribed the use of tanning beds by physicians.
House budget would let schools forgive 10 days
(AP) - Kentucky public school students would not have to make up as many as 10 canceled school days under a proposal in the House budget. State law requires public schools to have a minimum of 170 days and 1,062 hours of classroom instruction. But 31 of the state’s 173 school districts have missed at least 20 days because of snow and ice, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association. Lawrence County School District in eastern Kentucky was one of the hardest hit. Superintendent Mike Armstrong said the district has missed 32 days so far. In January, students were in school just five days. House lawmakers are considering a separate bill that would let school districts lengthen the school day to make up missed time because of an emergency.