No Students Injured Following School Bus-Involved Crash

No students were injured after a mini van crashed into a Floyd County School Bus on Monday morning. It happened on KY-114 near Prestonsburg. 25 students were on board the bus when the crash occurred. There’s no word on whether the driver of the mini van sustained injuries.

Elderly Woman Crashes Car into Restaurant

An elderly woman has sustained minor injuries after crashing her car into Ponderosa Steakhouse in Hazard. Police say it happened around 2:00 on Monday afternoon. The 90-year-old woman was taken to the hospital. Police believe she accidentally hit the gas pedal rather than the brake.

Power company employee receives accolades for helping man

(AP) - A Kentucky Power electrician has been given recognition from the American Red Cross and his employer’s parent company for helping to save someone’s life. Kentucky Power says Nathan Newsom was in Elkhorn City in Pike County earlier this year and stopped in a diner for lunch. Newsom said in a news release from the company Monday that while waiting, he heard a thumping sound. Thinking someone had fallen, he turned around and saw a man choking. Newsom, who said he had received safety training as part of his job, stepped in to help. He says it felt good knowing he could be of assistance. On Monday, Newsom was given the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action and the American Electric Power Chairman’s Life Saving Award.

BSCTC to go Tobacco-Free

Big Sandy Community and Technical College is set to go 100% tobacco free on all campuses over the summer. The school states in a news release that (BSCTC) has received a grant from the American Legacy Foundation to help it implement a 100% Tobacco-Free college policy. The news release says the college is working to make resources, such as smoking cessation classes, available throughout the area. The tobacco-free policy will go into effect on July 1.

Three Tornado Touchdowns Confirmed in Kentucky Saturday

Severe weather pounded parts of the state on Saturday evening. While we just saw showers and thunderstorms here in the Big Sandy area, two tornados were reported in other parts of the state. The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Adair County-that’s just west of the I-75 corridor. Some structures in the Columbia area sustained damage. Another tornado touchdown was confirmed in Edmonson County on Saturday-that’s along the I-65 corridor just north of Bowling Green. Another tornado touched down in Henderson County; that particular tornado was only on the ground for about a minute.

Widow of Sheriff Who Was Shot To Death Sues Gunman

(AP) - The widow of a West Virginia sheriff who was shot to death while he sat in his police cruiser is suing the man charged with killing him. The Charleston Gazette reports that Rosie Crum filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Tennis Maynard in Mingo County Circuit Court earlier this month. She is seeking $1 million in damages. Maynard is charged with murdering Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was shot in April 2013 in downtown Williamson. Earlier this year, a judge found Maynard mentally incompetent to stand trial. Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ordered Maynard committed to a state mental health facility for life and indefinitely postponed his trial. The civil suit says the sheriff was shot while conducting surveillance in a drug investigation.

Major Marijuana Bust in Martin County

Two people are behind bars after officials in Martin County discovered over 150 marijuana plants at a home on Rockhouse Road. Martin County Sheriff John Kirk says he first smelled the plants while driving in the area. He says they were growing in a trailer that had been turned into that of a greenhouse, specifically for the growing operation. Mardy Mollett Jr and Pamela Blevins are facing trafficking and cultivating marijuana charges. Sheriff Kirk says they have to deal with a lot of worse things like heroin and meth, but marijuana is illegal and they have to act on it.

KYTC Awarded Contract for New Bridge in Magoffin

District 10 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been awarded over $700,000 to build a bridge in Magoffin County. The Salyersville Independent reports the bridge crossing KY-867 and the Licking River is the largest of four contracts awarded within the district. The bridge is being built as part of the Dawkins Trail and is expected to be complete by November.

Week of the Animals Proclaimed in Paintsville

Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter signed a proclamation on Wednesday morning in conjunction with Kentucky Week of the Animals. The proclamation notes the efforts of Whiskers or Wags, Johnson County’s Animal Shelter Project. The City of Paintsville has now officially proclaimed this week as Week of the Animals. Officials with Whiskers or Wags say they plan on having Johnson County’s Animal Shelter open this July.

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