New Interim President Named for BSCTC

Dr. Jay Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, announced Friday, June 23, that Dr. Anthony Newberry will become interim president/CEO of Big Sandy Community and Technical College July 1. Newberry is a former president of two KCTCS colleges- Jefferson Community and Technical College and Ashland Community and Technical College. He retired in 2015 after 13 years as president. He also served as chancellor of KCTCS and dean of academic affairs at Southeast Kentucky Community College. He has 39 years of community college leadership experience.

New Law in Effect June 29

New laws will be going into effect in Kentucky on June 29, 2017. Senator Johnny Ray Turner released a list of selected legislation from this year’s session. House Bill 67, also known as Jack’s Law, will limit the release of autopsy photos and other images to news outlets, bloggers, and other who do not have a legitimate need for them. This law honors a Kentucky child killed in an incident whose autopsy photos were released to the public against his parents’ wishes. Senate Bill 218 updates the pilot project within the Department of Agriculture for the study of cultivating, processing, and marketing industrial hemp. House Bill 524 was also passed to enhance public awareness of human trafficking by requiring the National Human Trafficking Reporting hotline phone number to be posted at public schools and highway rest areas.

Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Vehicle Thefts

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance with identifying those responsible for recent vehicle thefts in the Arkansas Creek community. The sheriff’s department recovered a 2013 Chevrolet 2500 diesel truck on Friday, June 23, parked and abandoned in the head of Click Branch of Arkansas Creek. Deputies believe the truck had been in the Arkansas Creek/Martin area for several weeks and possibly recently driven in the area. Anyone with information that would assist deputies in identifying the persons responsible can contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s dispatch at 606-886-6171 or their anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020.

Sutton Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

William Timothy Sutton, 55, of Corbin, has been indicted on several charges relating to a murder-for-hire scheme. On Thursday, a federal Grand Jury sitting in London returned the indictment charging Sutton with four counts of using the mail or a facility of interstate commerce, with the intent that four individuals be murdered in exchange for a promise and agreement to pay another to commit the murders. Sutton’s appearance before the United States District Court has not yet been set.

Belfry’s Coach Phillip Haywood Honored by NHSACA

Belfry’s coach Phillip Haywood was honored by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association on Wednesday and named national coach of the year. Coach Haywood is the state’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 417and 129 during his 42 year career, most recently Coach Haywood led the Belfry pirates to their fourth consecutive class 3A state championship. Under Coach Haywood, the pirates have made 12 appearances at the state championship, claiming six state titles.

Three Arrested after Special Needs Child Wanders into Highway

Three people are in jail after an autistic  child was found wandering on the road. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon. The child climbed out the window of his grandmother’s house and was walking on KY 302/water gap road when a coal truck driver saw the child she said she had to swerve to keep from hitting him. Rita Collins,43 and Natasha Frazier, 25 both  of Prestonsburg were charged with wanton endangerment. Scotty Gibson,22 of Prestonsburg was found inside the residence in possession of  a baggie of what was believed to be meth and a pipe, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Two arrested after a body was found in Pike County

Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post, is investigating the death of an unidentified person in the Belfry community of Pike County. On June 21, Post 9 received a call from the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance in locating a subject that had been reported missing to their department. Troopers from KSP Post 9 and Mingo County Deputies responded to a residence on Turkey Creek Road in Pike County. A search warrant was obtained, and investigators with KSP Post 9 located an unidentified person buried in a shallow grave, whose body was sent to Frankfort for autopsy. Jennifer Blankenship, 31, of Turkey Creek, and Okey Hinkle, 28 of West Virginia, were both arrested on unrelated warrants then later charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence respectively.

Two arrested for drugs in Perry County

On June 21, around 4:20pm, Perry County 911 received a call of two subjects passed out in a car in a Save A Lot parking lot at Grand Vue Plaza. Hazard police and the Perry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, where a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a large amount of drugs. Patty Lawson was charged with possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Melissa Ritchie was transported to Hazard ARH but will be charged as well. Crystal Meth, 198 pills, and 4 syringes were recovered.

American Metal Works in Paintsville Creates New Apprenticeship Program

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey joined officials from American Metal Works and the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. The first of its kind it the region, this CNC Programming apprenticeship will enable area apprentices to begin a 4-year Computer Numerical Control program at American Metal Works that will 2,000 on-the-job training hours and 144 classroom hours per year. Secretary Ramsey said the announcement represents how community leaders are taking note by coming together to benefit and prepare Kentucky workers for today’s economy. American Metal Works was started in 2016 by James Glass and Dennis Rohrer and is a small business manufacturer of parts for the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, defense, and manufacturing industries.

Pavement Rehabilitation on KY 160 in Knott County

Pavement rehabilitation on KY 160 in Knott County is scheduled to start Thursday, June 22. Traffic will be impacted from the intersection of KY 899 to the downtown traffic signal. Greeen said that motorists should be aware of their surroundings when traveling this section of highway, watch for milling and paving equipment, as well as workers along the roadway. Contractors plan to work from 7am until almost dark each day for several days, with work possibly continuing through next week to finish the project. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with the lane switching as work progresses.