Gas Leaks Detected at Prestonsburg City Hall Monday
The Prestonsburg Municipal Building was evacuated Monday morning after a gas leak was detected. Prestonsburg city hall, dispatch/911, police and fire departments are all housed inside the municipal building. Mayor Les Stapleton reported released information stating the gas leak was detected early and there was never any danger of an explosion, but as precaution, the building was evacuated. Mayor Stapleton said the leak was repaired and the building was reopened later in the day. All emergency calls were re-routed through the KSP until the situation was resolved.
Tanker Crash Causes Traffic Delays in Pike Co
A tanker crash caused some traveling delays in Pike Co. on Monday. The Kentucky State Police said the crash closed Rt. 319 near the Rt. 1056 intersection south of the McCarr community in Pike Co. Officials say the crash was minor and there were no injuries, but the road was closed for several hours because crews had to off-load fuel onto another truck.
Martin Co Water Service Outage Continues
Officials in Martin Co say water problems continue to affect many residents in the county. For the last week, due to several water leaks throughout the county because of the recent cold weather, Martin Co. Water Officials have been forced to shut off water during the overnight hours to some areas of the county to help try and build up water levels in their tanks and to give time to repair broken or busted pipes. Judge Executive Kelly Callahan said the Water District is working non-stop to fix the problems, but officials still could not say when normal service might be restored. Martin Co Water Officials say they must ask for a rate increase because of this dire situation. To paraphrase from a post on the Martin Co. Utilities Facebook page, the primary causes for our current situation are a decrease in customers leading to lost revenue, coupled with an increase in utility costs to repair failing infrastructure. This shortfall has created an accounts payable debt that the utility don’t have the funds to pay. To read a statement from the Martin Co. Water Board, click on the following link. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2091294744492892&id=2001486190140415
KSP Warning Public about a New Phone Scam
The Kentucky State Police are warning citizens about a phone scam in the area. Troopers say the scammers are posing as AEP employees and calling businesses demanding immediate payment of a bill with a prepaid card. The scammers sometime even ask the customer to meet and make a cash payment. Troopers say the scammers often call from numbers that show Kentucky Power on caller ID. KSP says the scam has been seen in other parts of the Kentucky and in Ohio.
Kentucky is First to get OK for Medicaid Work Requirement
Kentucky has become the first state to win approval from the Trump administration requiring many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage. The Trump administration gave the approval Friday. People between the ages of 19 and 64 must complete 80 hours per month of “community engagement” to keep their benefits. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course and community service. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan will save state taxpayers more than $300 million over the next five years. He also estimates about 95,000 people will lose their Medicaid coverage either by not complying with the work and community engagement requirements or by losing their eligibility because they make too much money.
Johnson Co. Primary 2018 Election Filings (As of Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018)
The following is another updated list of filings for the 2018 Primary Election in Johnson Co. as of Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018.
* Circuit Clerk: Penny Adams ®
* PVA: Michael “Dip” Stafford (D)
* County Judge Executive: Roger T. “Tucker” Daniel ®, George Burton Spriggs ®, Lyndon Butcher ®, Mark McKenzie (D)
* County Attorney: Michael Endicott ®
* Country Clerk: Sallee Conley-Holbrook ®
* Sheriff: Doug Saylor ®, Brian Keith Bush ®, Dwayne Price (D), Cecil E. Cyrus II (D)
* Jailer: Russell Honeycutt ®, Toy L. Blair ®, Steve Rose ®, Marissa McCarty ®
* County Commissioners:
(Dist 1) Kathy Adams ®, Vessie Lee Workman ®
(Dist 2) Paul “Barber” Daniel ®, William R. “Robbie” Fraley II ®, Mike “Mikey” Jarrell ®
(Dist 3) Kenny Cantrell ®, Darren Gamble ®, Tim “Barber Tim” Salyer ®, Stephen Ray Grimm ®, Delbert Conley (D), Jimmy R. Castle (D)
* Coroner: J.R. Frisby (D)
* County Surveyor: Clarence Scarberry ®
* Magistrate: (Dist 1) Herbert E. Castle ®
(Dist 1) James “Redeye” Castle ® –
(Dist 2) Jason Golden ®, James Ryan Caudill ®, Bryan Castle (D), Bruce Ritz (D) –
(Dist 3) David Pridemore ®, Raymond Pennington ®, Toby McKenzie (D)
* Mayor: Bill Mike “Coach” Runyon
* City Council: Patricia Eileen Nelson, Christopher Pierce
We will continue to update this list as we receive them. Citizens interested in filing for the 2018 Primary have until Jan 30, 2018 @ 4 PM.