Man Injured Following Fall from Cliff

A man has been rescued after falling from a cliff in Powell County on Wednesday afternoon. It happened just outside of Stanton. Officials say a 52-year-old man suffered a broken leg as a result of the fall. He was with a friend who called for help. Firefighters were able to get the man out safely; they say he was responsive when he was being put in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

Martin County Man Caught with Stolen Guardrails

A Martin County man has been caught with stolen guardrails. The Mountain Citizen in Inez reports 29-year-old David J Brown of Lovely is facing several charges connected to the theft of guardrails that belonged to the county road department. Deputies reportedly caught Brown as he was driving to a recycling facility with the guardrails. Brown is also being charged with DUI-suspended license, among other charges. He’s being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville.

Early Morning Scare in Lawrence County

A scare on Wednesday morning in Lawrence County. Officials with the Fallsburg Fire Department received a call of a person trapped in a car due to a downed power line on a vehicle. It happened on Austin Branch Road. Crews say everyone is safe and the line was actually a phone line.

Water Outage Scheduled in Johnson County

Paintsville Utilities is scheduling a water outage for Thursday, August 28, 2014 beginning at 8:30 am for an area in Johnson County from the old Oil Springs Elementary School to the Johnson-Magoffin County Line and all side roads in between. Paintsville Utilities will be replacing two fire hydrants along KY Route 40. Water service will be restored as soon as possible. Once water service is restored, a boil water advisory will be issued for all customers within this area. You will be notified by the local radio stations when the boil water advisory has been lifted. Paintsville Utilities appreciates your patience and cooperation. This outage was scheduled for this past Monday; however, with the heavy rain from Friday night, we had to cancel the hydrant replacements to restored water service back to customers that were without water.

Kentucky Gets $20 Million Grant for Energy Study

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky to new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr joined Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and state House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins to announce a federal grant spread out among the state’s eight public colleges and universities. The money will pay for researchers to explore new ways to generate energy from plants and chemicals. Beshear and Barr said the grant would complement the coal industry, which generates about 90 percent of the state’s electricity. McConnell, who has made coal a central part of his re-election campaign, said the grant shows Kentucky is in a great position to compete for federal research dollars.

Breathitt Schools to Remain Under State Control

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years. Media report the unanimous decision came Tuesday after a nine-hour hearing in Frankfort. Attorneys for state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday argued that continued state management was needed so that students would continue making progress. Local school board members argued that some of their powers should be restored because they know what’s best for students. State manager Larry Hammond has overseen the district since December 2012. He recommended that it stay under state control. Board of education member said it appears that local officials have “only a superficial knowledge” of the skills needed to run the district.

Knott County Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint

A Knott County restaurant was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night. It happened at the Subway in the Mallie community. Police are trying to find the man responsible. Video camera footage shows the robber as a slim man over 6′ tall wearing a grey sweatshirt and a black stocking over his head. He got away with around $500 worth of cash. Police ask that anyone with information to call the Hazard Police Post.