Water Drive for Martin County

A water drive is being held for the citizens of Martin County. The county is currently suffering a water shortage and water contamination, leaving many residents without clean water to drink, cook, clean, bathe or brush their teeth. Organizers are asking for donations in the form of bottled water, jugs of water, or monetary donations to purchase water for the citizens of Martin County. Donations can be dropped off at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Postsecondary Building in Prestonsburg, or at the AppalRed Legal Aid office at 120 N. Front St in Prestonsburg. To have a donation picked up, contact Nick Bailey at 606-424-2012.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College to host Kentucky Chatauqua William Wells Brown

Photo: Kentucky Chatauqua

The Library Seminar Series and the Campus Environment Team at Big Sandy Community and Technical College will present a second Kentucky Chatauqua performance. This program will feature Virgil Covington, Jr in Williams Wells Brown: How I Got My Name. Brown is considered the first published African American novelist and playwright. This free performance is open to the public and will take place on February 26, 2018 at 10:50am in the Gearheart Auditorium on BSCTC’s Prestonsburg campus.

Mountain Parkway Expansion Adds New Connection for Magoffin County High School

Photo: KY Transportation Cabinet

Designers for the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project are adding a new access point to improve traffic flow near Magoffin County High School. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has updated its design for the Restaurant Row Segment of the project to include a right-turn-only option for traffic departing the school and heading east. Once the Restaurant Row project in finished in later 2019, vehicle will access the high school using a frontage road being built between the school and the four-lane parkway.

Man Arrested in Ashland for Breaking into Vehicles

The Ashland Police Department responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 2300 block of Greenup Avenue during the early morning hours of Thursday, February 15, 2018. Officers observed a man, identified as 41-year-old Kevin Hall, with a shopping cart full of stolen tools, next to a vehicle with broken windows. Patrol officers identified 12 separate vehicles involved in this incident. Hall was charged with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking from a vehicle. He was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.

Conn Permanently Disbarred in Kentucky

The Kentucky Supreme Court has permanently disbarred a disability attorney who pleaded guilty to bribing judges and doctors in social security cases and then fled the country to avoid going to prison before being captured in Honduras. It was reported by the Associated Press on Thursday, February 15, 2018 that an order signed by Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said Eric Conn’s actions make him unfit to practice law in Kentucky.  Conn is currently facing a potential life sentence.

BLHS Student Headed to Poetry Out Loud State Competition

Photo: Floyd County Schools

Betsy Layne High School sophomore Brianna Bradford is the school winner for the 3rd annual Betsy Layne High School Poetry Out Loud Competition. Bradford will advance to state competition in Frankfort on March 13, 2018. The competition was made possible through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, for which language arts teacher Patricia Hackworth had applied. Only 20 schools in Kentucky are selected to participate in the competition. The competition consists of dramatic readings of poems from the Poetry Out Loud website. Students are judged on accuracy and performance. Bradford will recite three poems at the state competition.

Scam Alert Issued on Tax Identity Theft

Attorney General Andy Beshear and AARP Kentucky have issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families protect their tax returns from being stolen by scammers. Tax identity fraud occurs when someone uses your social security number to file a tax return in your name, before you file in order to steal your refund. Tips to avoid tax-related identity theft are to file early, consider electronic filing, and monitor your refund. The IRS might contact victims of tax fraud via mailed letter, while others may discover fraud when they attempt to file. For additional information, visit irs.gov/identitytheft.

KY Historical Society Accepting Nominations for 2018 Kentucky History Awards

The Kentucky Historical Society is accepting nominations to honor people and organizations for their work in local and state history. The deadline for 2018 Kentucky History Awards nominations if 4:30pm, Thursday, June 7, 2018. KHS gives these annual awards to honor work to promote the preservation, awareness, and appreciation of state and local history. A nomination packet can be found at history.ky.gov.

Ohio Fugitive Arrested in Louisa

An Ohio fugitive was arrested in Lawrence County. The arrest occurred on Thursday, February 15, 2018 following reports of several break ins of homes and vehicle. The suspect, Lacy Lee Allen Pack, 36, of Columbus, Ohio, had a nationwide arrest warrant. He was chased by law enforcement from Fort Gay into Kentucky, where Louisa PD pulled him over and arrested him. Pack was charged with transferring and receiving stolen property, fleeing or evading police, and DUI. He was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Two Charged with Murder in Madison County Child’s Death

Two people in Madison County were charged with murder following the death of a child. The Kentucky State Police Richmond post was contacted on Monday, February 12, 2018 after  two-year-old Tristan Clements was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The initial investigation alleges he  was injured while in the care of his mother, Seara Clements, 26, and her boyfriend, William Butler, 31, at a residence on Dreyfus Road in Madison County. The child was admitted into the University of Kentucky hospital, where he remained until succumbing to injuries on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Police arrested Butler and Clements, charging them with murder, criminal abuse, and failure to report neglect of abuse. Both were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.