Gas Prices Emulate the “Yo-Yo” Effect
Just days after gas prices in Paintsville had dropped below $3 per gallon, a thirty cent spike in the price occurred at many local gas stations on Wednesday. Gas prices had jumped from as low as $2.89 to $3.19 in just hours across town. Some stations did not raise their prices as of Tuesday evening. Paintsville isn’t the only town that noticed a price increase on Tuesday. We’re told just as dramatic of an increase also occurred in Lexington and Somerset.
Bullet Found on Martin County School Bus
At least two lockdowns have occurred over the past month at Sheldon Clark High School in Martin County as a result of bullets being found inside the school. Now, school officials say a bullet was found this week on a Martin County Schools school bus. The Mountain Citizen in Inez reports the bus was parked at the Pigeon Roost Community Center at the time of a 911 call. It is unclear how the bullet got on the bus. Students were transferred to a different bus to go home.
3 Arrested after Trespassing on City Property
Paintsville Police have arrested three people who trespassed onto the city water tower. The Paintsville Herald is reporting this week that 30-year-old Matthew G Moore, 36-year-old James D Maynard, and 41-year-old Charity L Ward were arrested on Saturday night. The trio had reportedly damaged property at a motel. The newspaper also reported the three were laying on the road passed out when deputies arrived.
New Library Opens in Pikeville
A city continuing to make progress. The new Pike County Library has opened in Pikeville. The library is located just off of Cassady Boulevard near the Food City. Librarian Delania Adkins tells WYMT they’ve been open for over a week now and have had an average of 450 people using their computers daily. A grand opening ceremony will likely be held in the near future.
Man Facing Assault Charge in Lawrence County
A Lawrence County man has been arrested after injuring another man in a beating. Police say Evan Sizemore has been charged with assault, second-degree. Sizemore reportedly beat Ricky Calisto on Sunday with brass knuckles. Calisto suffered injuries to his head.
Art Exhibit on Display in Prestonsburg
An exhibit is being displayed at the Mountain Arts Center in Pretsonsburg this week focusing on the work of local artists. The “Bello Morte” exhibit, being hosted by the Kentucky Art Tribe, will be on display through the end of the month. Artists around the area are brought together through the non-profit organization that works to showcase the talent of southeastern Kentucky.
Grant Awarded to David School
A $175,000 grant has been awarded to the David School for their Inch-by-Inch program. The money, from Bingham Trust, will be used to make expansions to two school programs. One of those programs is known at the school as the “little garden program.” Students grow plants and then the plants are sold, giving students both science and economic knowledge at an early age. The David School in Floyd County currently has about 30 students enrolled.
Pikeville Medical Center Addresses Ebola Concerns
Pikeville Medical Center has issued a statement regarding any concerns of a potential Ebola outbreak in our region. According to President and CEO Walter May, “Ebola is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the risk of an outbreak here is very low. Even though it is highly unlikely that any patient with Ebola would ever be treated at Pikeville Medical Center, in the best interest of our staff and patients we are currently training staff and renovating a unit specifically for treating patients who could have a contagious virus like Ebola. Pikeville Medical Center has not treated any patients with Ebola, is not currently treating a patient with Ebola, and does not expect to in the future. But if someone does come to our facility with the symptoms, we intend to be prepared.” May said that irresponsible people are spreading false rumors on social media that Ebola has been identified in our region, and that these hoaxes are ultimately harmful. “Creating panic and hysteria distracts people from what is really important, like getting their flu shots,” May said.
Log Truck Crashes on US-23
A log truck crashed on US-23 on Monday in Lawrence County. It happened around lunch time just north of Louisa. The truck reportedly flipped over on the highway. The road was closed for several hours while crews worked to remove the overturned truck. We’re told no one was injured in the accident and no other vehicles were involved.
Highlands Stays Alert with Emergency Drill
Highlands Regional Medical Center recently participated in an emergency drill going through complete steps as if an actual emergency had taken place. The drill consisted of first responders’ team utilizing the Emergency Room, with local student volunteers from Prestonsburg and Johnson Central High Schools serving as patients. Each volunteer was treated as if they had sustained injuries due to an earthquake. In the coming weeks, leaders will further evaluate the exercise, so that they may be able to improve how true emergencies are handled.
Former Johnson County Teacher Indicted
A teacher at Johnson Central High School has been dismissed from employment after a complaint of an inappropriate relationship with a student. 25-year-old Robert L Cantrell is the teacher in question. Investigations by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Electronic Crimes Unit resulted in Cantrell being charged with two counts of Use of a Minor in a Sexual Performance, and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, 1st degree. An indictment warrant has been issued for Cantrell’s arrest. Officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office say they have full confidence in the Johnson County School District, and they have no doubt school officials will follow protocol in any questionable case.
Notice Regarding 2014 Taxes in Johnson County
Due to the fact that the Johnson County School System has voted to raise their tax collection percentage rate, and the subsequent petition of protest that was filed against the attempted raise; the 2014 Johnson County Property Tax Bills will not be issued until at least November 15th, 2014, and very possibly later than that. A definite release date has not been made as of yet. An announcement will be made as soon as a release date is set. Officials with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office apologize for any inconvenience.
Addiction Awareness Rally Held Saturday
A rally was held over the weekend in Paintsville to bring awareness, and fight drug addiction. Eukie Ward organized the event Saturday night at the Sipp Theatre in Downtown Paintsville. Ward is a recovered addict. She wants to encourage those who are addicted to find hope and reach out to those in the community who care. Several supporters helped to fund Saturday’s event. Ward says she hopes to hold more rallies of this nature in the future.
Violent Robbery Under Investigation in Inez
Deputies in Martin County are investigating a robbery at a pawn shop where a man was beaten. It happened at the Inez Pawn Shop last week. Deputies say a man was hit and kicked repeatedly, then robbed by his cousins. WSAZ-TV reports the man was playing a poker machine inside the pawn shop when the men walked in and began hitting him. Those men got into a blue 1968 Chevrolet truck, and a warrant is out for their arrests. Authorities ask that if anyone spots the blue truck, call the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Son, Mother Arrested in Eastern Kentucky Slaying
(AP) - A mother and son in eastern Kentucky have been charged in the slaying of a Morgan County man in his home. Kentucky State Police say 20-year-old Christopher S. Peyton was arrested on Friday and charged with murder. He is charged with killing 33-year-old Randy Williams, whose body was found on Thursday at Williams’ home in West Liberty. Williams had been shot multiple times in the chest. Peyton’s mother, 55-year-old Kimberly D. Peyton, was charged with complicity to commit murder in Williams’ death. State police say both were arrested without incident on Friday. They were jailed in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
Laurel County Man Faces Meth Charges
(AP) - A Laurel County, Kentucky, man is facing charges for allegedly cooking methamphetamine inside his home. Police arrested 39-year-old Richard Ehlers around 4 a.m. Sunday at his residence in East Bernstadt, about 10 miles north of London. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a black cooler in the bedroom under a baby bed containing several baggies of suspected meth, three glass pipes containing suspected meth residue, two baggies of marijuana and seven packs of Suboxone strips. Police say there were a 15-month-old child and a 9-year-old child present in the residence. Ehlers’ charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, wanton endangerment, and possession of marijuana. He was being held in the Laurel County Correctional Center on $1,000 bond. Jail records do not list an attorney for Ehlers.
Veterans Meet in Floyd County to Discuss VA Medical Care
Veterans in the Big Sandy area came together this week in Floyd County in an effort to improve the quality of medical care with the Huntington VA Medical Center. Several veterans say they have received great care for years but have been disappointed with recent visits and are becoming concerned. Officials with the Huntington VA Medical Center were on hand to meet with the veterans face to face to discuss the matter. They plan to meet regularly to discuss any future issues that may arise.
Progress in Expansion of Mountain Parkway
Expansion and widening of the Mountain Parkway…it’s been spoken of for years and limited widening has been done. But in the next few weeks, construction is set to begin on a section of the road just west of Salyersville. New signs were unveiled this week on the parkway. State officials say the project is a main component of the SOAR initiative.
Pike County Man Charged with Kidnapping
A Pike County man is facing kidnapping charges. Police say they were told by a woman that 42-year-old Craig Slife was holding her against her will. He was arrested after trying to flea the scene. WYMT-TV reports he’s been charged with kidnapping, fleeing and evading police, and alcohol intoxication. The name of the female victim has not been released.
Appeals Court Upholds Conviction in Big Sandy Inmate Slaying
(AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a federal inmate in the death of a fellow prisoner at a prison in eastern Kentucky. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday concluded there was no basis for overturning 37-year-old Dwaune “Deuce” Gravely’s conviction. Gravely and 31-year-old Darryl “Beast” Milburne were sentenced to life in prison for the Nov. 12, 2006, assault and slaying of fellow inmate Shamoni Peterson at USP Big Sandy in Inez. Prosecutors say the two men beat and choked Peterson to death and covered his nose and mouth until he quit breathing. Both were transferred to ADX Florence, the supermax prison in Colorado, which holds the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system. Milburne’s case is not part of the appeal.
Corvette Museum Sinkhole Repair Starts Next Month
(AP) - The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green says work will start in about three weeks to fill a massive sinkhole that opened up in February and allowed eight prized sports cars to topple inside. The project’s schedule calls for completion by July. The museum says six of the eight cars that fell into the hole last February are on display in the museum’s Skydome. The museum will move as many as possible into other public viewing areas after Nov. 9 until the Skydome reopens next summer. Video of the hole became an Internet hit, with cars toppling like toys. Museum officials considered keeping part of the hole open and putting a crumpled sports car back inside but said that idea lost favor because of safety feature and maintenance costs.
Kentucky Jobless Rate Falls to 6.7 Percent
(AP) - Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate in September dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said Thursday the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent last month, down from 7.1 percent in August. It’s the lowest statewide jobless rate since July 2008, when the rate was 6.6 percent. Officials say last month’s decline was the biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976. The preliminary rate for September was 1.6 percentage points below the 8.3 percent jobless rate in September 2013. Officials say job gains occurred in a number of sectors last month, including leisure and hospitality, educational and health services, professional and business services and construction. They say employment in the government and mining sectors remained flat.
Wet/Dry Vote to be Held in Louisa
The Lawrence County Clerk’s Office has approved a petition for a wet/dry vote in Louisa. WSAZ-TV reports the petition needed 204 certified signatures to be filed, and they received just enough. An election will be held in December. This will be the first wet/dry election in Louisa. In the past Louisa couldn’t hold such an election due to it’s status as a class 5 Kentucky city.
Property Tax Recall Filed in Johnson County
WKLW news has learned that a petition committee affidavit has been filed with the Johnson County Clerks office which means that a petition will likely be circulated to recall a portion of the proposed property tax increase by the Johnson County School Board. The increase as filed would increase the school property tax from 36.9 to 45.3 cents per hundred dollars evaluation which represent an increase of 8.4 cents or a percentage increase of 22.76%. It is expected that any petition would address the 5.7 cents or the “recallable nickel” as it’s referred to placed on the ballot for approval by the voters. The Johnson County Clerks office said that any petition related to the tax recall would have to be filed in their office by November 7th 2014 and have the required number of certified signatures to be valid.
Reports of Phone Scam in Floyd County
Some residents in Floyd County say have been receiving phone calls that are likely a scam. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt says his office has received several complaints stating the callers are claiming to be with local or state court systems, and seeking money for outstanding debts. The callers are also reportedly telling victims that if they don’t pay immediately, they will be arrested. Sheriff Hunt says if you receive a call of this nature, hang up the phone and do not give out any of you information.
Wanted New York Man Arrested in Magoffin County
A man from New York was arrested Wednesday morning in Magoffin County. Police say they observed a vehicle driven by Mathew McIntosh swerving around on US-460 in Salyersville. They smelled alcohol inside his vehicle and the man reportedly gave police the wrong name. McIntosh is wanted in New York. He’s locally been charged with disorderly conduct and giving an officer a false name, among other charges.