2 Kentucky Cities Facing Unpaid Water Bills

(AP) - Two eastern Kentucky cities have a simmering problem that may soon boil over. The city of Vicco owes Knott County Water and Sewer District $189,221.06 while the city of Hindman owes $196,428.45. Both municipalities are being sued by the water district in an attempt to collect. Water district attorney Mark Goss told WYMT-TV in Hazard the bills need to be paid because it is unfair to expect other customers to pay for the cities. The district sells water to both cities and to residents. Vicco’s attorney, Justin Noble, says the city sometimes offers extensions to people with overdue bills, which is creating debt from the city. Both the water district and Vicco officials said they are hopeful they can work out an agreement. Hindman city officials declined to comment.

Troopers Searching for 2 Teens Reporting Missing

(AP) - Kentucky State Police troopers are searching for two teenagers reported missing from their homes in the northeastern part of the state. Troopers say 15-year-old Kimbree Spillman and 15-year-old Peyton Adkins of South Shore may be travelling to Cincinnati and may be together. Spillman is approximately 5′ 4″ and weighs 115lbs. She has blonde hair and green eyes. Adkins is approximately 5′ 00″ and weighs 110lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing black and white printed leggings with a gray/silver shirt. The Kentucky State Police is asking the public for any information about Spillman and Adkins. Callers can reach the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or 1-606-928-6421.

Lockdown at Warfield Elementary School

Another school lockdown has been reported in Martin County. This time at the Warfield Elementary School. Reports indicate a bullet was found in a kindergarten classroom. Two other recent lockdowns in the Martin County School District were due to bullets being found in the school. Additionally, a bullet was found on a Martin County school bus last week.

Appalachian Air Takes Flight

The first Appalachian Air flight took off on Monday morning from Pikeville. Commercial flights from Pikeville to Nashville will depart daily at 6:30 AM. These flights are round-trip daily. Officials say it’s a big step in linking Pike County and east Kentucky to the global air system. The service will not only make it easier for locals to travel, but will also make this region more accessible for those coming into the area.

Road Crews Repairing Slide on KY-993

Crews are working this week repairing a portion of KY-993 in Johnson County. Officials with District 12 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say the site is at mile point 1.18, just over a mile south of the intersection of US-23. The construction is being done to repair a slide caused by recent rainfall. Motorists should be aware that this project will likely take all week, with work underway from about 8AM-5PM daily.

A Weekend of Zombies in Paintsville

Zombies filled the streets of Downtown Paintsville on Saturday night for a good cause. In fact, multiple causes. A Zombie 5K Run was held downtown along with a block party on Main Street for the Salvation Army of Johnson County. Meanwhile, a Zombie Prom was being held at the Paintsville Recreation Center. Ron & Jenny Robinson were named Zombie Prom king and queen, winning several prizes. All proceeds from that event benefited Whiskers or Wags: The Johnson County Animal Shelter Project.

Fire Closes Intersection in Phelps

A fire at a Pike County gas station forced crews to close a road for several hours. It happened at the One Stop in Phelps, causing the intersection of KY-194 and KY-632 to be closed. The fire broke out on Sunday morning. There were no reports of injuries in the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

New US-460 to Open in Pike County

(KYTC) - Half of new US 460 will open to traffic in the late afternoon on Wednesday, December 17, following a 1 p.m. ceremony at Shelby Valley High School and ribbon-cutting near the US 23 interchange. Mary Westfall-Holbrook, Chief District Engineer, Highway District 12, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced that the planned ceremony to mark the highway opening will be a living history event that all the citizens of the region are invited to attend. Shelby Valley High School Principal Greg Napier intends for all his students to attend this living history event. In addition, the school’s jazz band and Junior ROTC will participate in the celebration. The remaining 8.7 miles of the new roadway should be finished by the year 2020. In the meantime, motorists can drive the first half, getting on and off either at US 23 south of Pikeville, at Greasy Creek, Wolfpit, or KY 195 - Marrowbone - which connects to old US 460 at Regina.