A section of the new US-460 in Pike County is now open. The 8-mile stretch of road runs south of Pikeville, beginning at the intersection of US-23. Locals say the new roadway will reduce travel time, but more importantly is a much safer highway. Transportation officials say this segment of road has been in the works for over a decade, but the project doesn’t stop now. The next phase of construction is expected to begin soon, and will four-lane US-460 to the Virginia state line.
Popular Christmas Light Display in Magoffin Now Open
What has over the years became a popular Christmas light display in Magoffin County is now open. The Salyersville Independent is reporting the Candy Cane Lane is ran by the Gardner Family on Ivy Point Hill in Magoffin County. Thousands of lights are displayed every night from 6-9PM and Santa is sometimes there handing out candy canes. The newspaper reports there is no charge to take a walk down Candy Cane Lane.
(AP) - Kentucky Power Company is seeking to raise customer electric rates to help it complete the purchase of a West Virginia power plant. According to The Independent, Kentucky Power says the 12.5 percent increase would bring in $70 million, and that residential customers would pay about $22 more per month. Read More
(AP) - Residents in the small eastern Kentucky city of Louisa have approved alcohol sales. The Independent cited the Lawrence County Clerk’s office in reporting the final vote tally of 384-218. The referendum question asked voters whether they favored the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city. The vote comes as several other small cities around the state have considered similar referendums.
Paintsville Police are investigating after an accident involving a vehicle and scooter in Paintsville. It happened on Monday evening at the Walmart intersection on KY-321. Police say the scooter was crossing the roadway on a red light and moved into the path of a vehicle. The operator of the scooter sustained minor injuries. Paintsville Police say upon investigation, the driver of the scooter was under the influence and also had a backpack containing meth precursors. The driver of the scooter has been arrested and charged with DUI and meth related charges, and is being lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville. No one in the vehicle was hurt.
One Johnson County teacher has been arrested on meth charges. Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office say Timothy M Baldwin, a teacher in the Johnson County School District, was arrested on meth charges on Monday night in a vehicle at Thealka Park. Baldwin’s passenger in the vehicle, Michael C Peters, was also arrested on the charges. Deputies say they found a back pack in the vehicle along with two active shake and bake meth labs on the dashboard. Both Baldwin and Peters have been lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation.
The Paintsville City Council met on Monday evening. For full details on the meeting, click HERE.