Fatal Logging Accident in Letcher County
A logging accident claimed the life of a man in Letcher County on Wednesday. The coroner says 34-year-old Shawn Keith Boggs of Perry County was cutting down a tree when it fell on him, killing him. It happened on Campbells Branch in Letcher County on Wednesday just after noon.
Education Summit Held in Pikeville
Hundreds of students and teachers from around the area were in Pikeville on Wednesday for the Promising Practices Summit. The event, held at the East Kentucky Expo Center, is designed for teachers to share solutions of problems that occur in classrooms. Students also get their opportunity to present their ideas and plans to make improvements at school. The same group will meet again in the spring to discuss how their ideas were implemented. This year marked 3 years for the annual summit.
City of Pikeville to Manage Expo Center
Big changes coming soon at the East Kentucky Expo Center – but mostly behind the scenes. The City of Pikeville will take over management of the facility starting in January. The move should save several hundred-thousands of dollars – money that city officials say will go toward booking entertainment and conventions. Current employees are working on a contract; officials say when those contracts are up, the workers will work under a new Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center Corporation.
Martin County Family Loses Everything in Fire
A family in Martin County lost everything in a fire earlier this week. It happened in the Hode community. The Mountain Wolf reports the Warfield Fire Department was called out on Monday evening around 7 PM, but the home was already engulfed in flames when crews arrived. No word on how the fire started. If you’d like to help the family, a link is posted on the Mountain Wolf’s Facebook page.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclaimed in Floyd County
Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale signed a proclamation this week recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Floyd County. The Floyd County Times reports volunteers with Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter were on hand for the signing. The group also held a Walk for Peace on Wednesday in Paintsville at the recreation center.
Lane Changes on Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County
A new bridge and three new ramps for the Mountain Parkway opened Wednesday as construction crews move forward with projects to create a safer and better transportation corridor in Eastern Kentucky. Read More
Several Arrested on Drug Charges in Johnson County
Several people were arrested on drug charges earlier this week in Johnson County in what deputies say has been a year-long investigation. James Blair, Steve Blair, Elmer Fitchpatrick, Dennison Hayden and Cristy Cook-Parsons were all arrested Monday. They’re facing charges of trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. More arrests could be made in this investigation soon.
A ‘Like’ for a Good Cause
Several local fire departments, including the Paintsville Fire Department, are participating in a pumpkin contest benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The contest is being hosted by Servpro of Pike, Floyd and Knott counties. They’ve posted photos on their Facebook page from each fire department’s pumpkin – you can vote for a pumpkin simply by clicking ‘Like.’ The pumpkin with the most ‘Likes’ will win the corresponding fire department a dinner. Also, for each ‘Like’ pictures receive, a dollar will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Stafford House to Become “Pumpkin House”
The Historic Stafford House in Downtown Paintsville will become a pumpkin house this weekend. Several folks have dropped off their pumpkins this week to be on display this Saturday for the event. An open house will be held on Saturday and carved pumpkins will be on display. The pumpkins will be judged on Saturday evening and a winning pumpkin will be announced at 7PM. This is the second year of the Pumpkin House at the Stafford House, after a huge success last year.