SOAR Announces WDOC Inc as Media Partner

WDOC Inc, parent company of WQHY 95.5 FM and 1310 WDOC AM in Prestonsburg have joined Shaping Our Appalachian Region as an Eastern Kentucky Media Partner. WDOC Inc. will provide a variety of services to SOAR, including but not limited to advertising and production, as well as services to SOAR Innovation clients. Joshua Ball, associate executive director of SOAR, said it is important to share the narrative of reshaping Appalachia throughout the region and media partners play a critical role. To learn more about SOAR’s partnership program, contact Ball at 606-766-1160 or email

Louisa Man Arrested on Charges Related to Child Pornography

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, around 8:23pm, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested 65-year-old James Combs on charges related to distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Combs was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. An investigation began after discovering the suspect distributed files of child sexual exploitation online. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized at his residence in Louisa. Combs was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Mingo County Teacher Arrested After Intoxicated Students Crash in Her Vehicle

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Rt 52 near Naugatuck around 11am. While investigating, officers found that two juvenile males were inside the vehicle. It was learned the males were students at Tug Valley High School and were driving the vehicle of a teacher, identified as Kandace Dick. It was discovered that Dick had provided the students with alcohol prior to allowing them to drive her car. On Thursday, January 17, 2019, around 2pm, Kandace Dick was arrested for two counts of child neglect resulting in injury and two counts of contributing to delinquency of a minor.

BSCTC Announces Winners of 3rd Annual Christmas Coloring Contest

Big Sandy Community and Technical College has announced the winners of its 3rd Annual Christmas Coloring Contest. This year’s winners were Haddix Bevins and Wesley Hancock of May Valley Elementary; Elaina Justice, Adrianna Steffey, and Adrihanna Griffey of Elkhorn City Elementary; and Kelsey Woods and Dannaka Carty of Paintsville Elementary. Winners received a Pathfinder gift bag, BSCTC coloring book, sunglasses, ruler, and other prizes. The next coloring contest will be held near Easter. For more information about the coloring contest, contact Jennifer Little at 606-889-4734.

Attorney General Beshear’s Opioid Lawsuits Now Before Judges in Kentucky Courts

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that the nine opioid lawsuits he has filed against pharmaceutical companies for allegedly flooding Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs are all now before judges in Kentucky courts. Beshear has filed lawsuits in Boone, Fayette, Franklin, Floyd, Hardin, Jefferson, Madison, and McCracken. The McKesson Corporation filed a motion to dismiss Beshear’s lawsuit and the ruling is pending in Franklin Circuit Court. A hearing to dismiss a lawsuit against distributor AmerisourceBergen is scheduled in Floyd Circuit Court at 9:30am February 12, 2019.

Three Arrested in Martin Following Traffic Stop

Martin City Police conducted a traffic stop on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. During the course of the traffic stop, Martin Police arrested three individuals occupying the vehicle, the driver, identified as 44-year-old Bradford Hunt of Hihat, 35-year-old Olivia Johnson of Garrett, and 32-year-old Stephanie Hall of Banner. Hunt was charged with possession of controlled substance and operating on a suspended license. Hall was also charged with possession of controlled substance as well as charges stemming from warrants of arrest, with Johnson charged with an active arrest warrant from Union County. All three were lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Two Vehicle Fatal Crash in Elliot County

Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received a call for assistance with a two vehicle fatal collision in Elliot County on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. James Barker, 38, of Sandy Hook, was traveling south on KY 7 in a black Toyota Scion when he crossed the center line and struck a white Chevrolet pickup truck operated by 18-year-old Gage Evans, also of Sandy Hook. Barker was pronounced deceased at the scene by Elliot County Coroner Steven Whitt. Evans and his passenger, 18-year-old Clark Howard, also of Sandy Hook, were transported to St. Claire Hospital in Morehead for treatment of injuries. The collision is being investigated.

BSCTC Professor and Counselor Receives National Counselors Award

Big Sandy Community and Technical College Professor and Counselor Elizabeth Cole has been awarded a professional development scholarship from the Center for Credentialing & Education, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. Professor Cole will receive $500 to advance the professional identity and development of CCE credential holders. Professor Cole wishes to bring new training opportunities to students, noting that career facilitation and coaching skills should be taught at the community college level. Ms. Cole’s plan is to offer these courses and certificates nationwide through web conferencing.

Kentucky State Police Seize Over 100 Marijuana Plants in Fleming County

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead received an anonymous tip of an indoor marijuana grow located in the Sherburne area of Fleming County. Through investigation, an indoor grow was located and being operated by 39-year-old Robert Leach of Flemingsburg. KSP seized 156 marijuana plants during the operation. Leach was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center.

DUI Arrest Made Following Three County Pursuit

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Prestonsburg Police Patrolman Joey Calhoun was conducting a High Intensity Patrol in the area of Kentucky Route 80 when he observed a late model Toyota Camry driving erratically and observed the vehicle had invalid registration. A traffic stop was made, and the driver, identified as Jessica Gayheart of Slick Rock, was determined to be under the influence. While attempting to place the subject under arrest, Gayheart fled the scene in her vehicle. The pursuit continued through Knott County, ending in Perry County when the subject’s vehicle was disabled with a spike strip. Kentucky State Police Post 13, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, and Perry County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit. Gayheart was charged with fleeing, DUI, and other charges. She was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.