Thirteen Reasons Why You Matter Discussion Group at Floyd County Library

Beginning July 26, the Floyd County Library will be hosting a discussion group on the Netflix drama series Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the book by Jay Asher, and discuss the book’s personal importance to individuals. All students and their parents are invited to attend. Episodes of the Netflix series will also be viewed. The show is graphic in language and details. The group will begin at 6:30pm.

Repair Work to Close Russell Viaduct July 25-28

Beginning Tuesday, July 25, and continuing through Friday, July 28, the Ruseel Viaduct on KY 244 will be closed day and night as structures and maintenance crews with the Kentucky Department of Highways patch the pavement and repair parts of the bridge along the roadway center line. Motorists should use caution through the KY 244/US 23/Ironton-Russell bridge intersection, follow signs, and barrels marking lane closures, and use US 23 and Ferry Street or other routes to detour. Emergency vehicle traffic such as ambulances or fire trucks will not be affected. The repair work is necessary to extend the life of the bridge; a replacement project has been designed and is moving toward construction.

Unemployment Rates Increase in June 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the office of Employment and Training. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017. The preliminary June 2017 rate was also up from the 5 percent rate recorded in June 2016. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for June 2017 was 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, also rising 0.1 percentage point from May’s 4.3 percent.

Fatality in Bath County Motorcycle Accident

Around 7:24pm on Friday, July 21, 2017, Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead responded to a single vehicle collision near the five mile marker of Wyoming Road in Bath County. Emergency personnel responded to the scene where it was determined Shawn Patrick, 48, of Owingsville, was traveling southbound on Wyoming Road when he lost control of his motorcycle and left the roadway. Mr. Patrick and his motorcycle came to a final rest after striking a fence in a neighboring field. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Opening Day for Students in Floyd County to be Decided at Board of Education Meeting

On Monday, July 24, Floyd County Schools will hold their regular Board of Education meeting at Prestonsburg High School at 6:30pm. At this meeting, board members will decide if the opening day of school for students will be amended. Currently the first day of school is scheduled for August 7, 2017.

Road Resurfacing in Hazard July 24

Road crews will begin resurfacing Broadway from Deaton Street to Newland Street in Hazard on Monday, July 24 at 10am. In order to do this project as quickly and effectively as possible, all vehicles must be moved from street parking on Broadway in the affected area before 10am on July 24. Any vehicles left on street parking may be subjected to tow after the 10am start time.

Beshear and Other Attorneys General Send Letter Addressing Sexual Assault Protections on College Campuses

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. According to a July 19 letter from the 20 attorneys general, the US Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors of sexual assault. The letter, sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, mentions comments by an acting federal education official who has reduced efforts to identify systematic problems in conducting campus sexual assault investigations.

Updated: Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Armed Robbery at East 80 Grocery

Update: Three have been arrested in Laurel County for staging an armed robbery. The arrests were made around 1:40am Monday, July 24 in Clay County. Through investigation of July 23 robbery of East 80 Grocery, it was determined that the store clerk, along with two other individuals staged the robbery in a plot to steal money from the store. The store clerk, Jeffry Minto, 50 was arrested for theft, complicity to commit robbery, and falsely reporting an incident; the individual who entered the store demanding money, Bobby Lee Goins, 47, was charged with robbery; and Bertha Ann Isgrig, 27, Goins’ daughter, was charged with complicity to commit robbery. All three were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Original: On Sunday, July 23 around 5:42am, Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at East 80 Grocery. Investigating deputies report one individual entered the store armed with a pistol, believed to be a .22 caliber, demanding money and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in a red four-door car headed toward Clay County. The suspect is described as skinny, wearing a pink shirt, a long dress, and a mask, and is possibly a female. Anyone with any information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600.

KSP Charges Lewis County Man Charged with Child Exploitation Offenses

On Thursday, July 20, at approximately 11:15am, Kentucky State Police arrested Joshua K. Hehner, age 29, of Petersville, and charged him with ten counts of Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor. Hehner was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Brian Cooper KSP.

Cooling Stations Offered for Those in Need of Relief from Extreme Temperatures

Due to the forecasted extreme heat for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 the following organizations have generously offered to provide cooling stations for those in need.  This can be an especially dangerous time for the elderly, those suffering illnesses, and young children.   These stations will be open to anyone needing relief from the intense heat.  The Floyd County Sheriff’s office, (606) 886-6711, will be assisting with transport for those that cannot get to one of these stations.

 First Baptist Church of McDowell    Friday and Saturday  Noon to 7 pm

Prestonsburg City Hall                       Friday and Saturday    24 hours each day

Allen Fire Department                       Saturday     Noon to 7pm