Big Sandy, Pikeville Medical Center Partner to Offer Accelerated Healthcare Fast Path Program

Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions division and Pikeville Medical Center have partnered to offer a new, accelerated Healthcare Fast Path program. The 10-week program will start June 1 on the Pikeville campus of BSCTC and will offer credentials in the high-demand healthcare fields such as nurses’ aide, phlebotomy, and pharmacy technician. Students will earn more than five college credit hours during the course. At the completion of the program, PMC will host a hiring event for participants. Eligible students can receive assistance for tuition and other services through the East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program.

Allen Baptist Church Holding Galactic Starveyors Vacation Bible School

The Allen Baptist Church, beside the Bull Creek Flea Market, will be holding a Vacation Bible School on June 4th through June 9th from 6 to 9pm. During the 5 days of food, fun, and news friends, children age 3 through grade 8 can experience Galactic Starveyors with Bible study and special activities. Adults will also have the opportunity to participate in a Bible Study. The week of activities is offered free of charge and open to everyone. For more information, visit the Allen Baptist Church Facebook page.

Bell County Accident Leads to Arrest

Bell County Deputy Patrick Brooks responded to an accident on Highway 92 the afternoon of May 19. Upon arrival, a silver four-door Chrysler sedan was found on its top in the roadway after striking a rock and concrete mailbox, causing it to overturn. The driver, Stacey Keck, 20, and passenger, Tylan Sosnin, 21, both of Pineville, were out of the vehicle and determined to be under the influence. Keck began assaulting the officer when he attempted to arrest her, while Sosnin yelled and cursed at first responders. Both were transported to the Bell County Detention Center.

Laurel County Man Arrested After Disturbance Complaint

On Friday, May 19, around 6:21pm, Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a disturbance complaint off Bill George Road. Upon arrival, deputies learned that Cameron Mays, 23, was refusing to let his wife and mother-in-law from the residence by sitting on the hood of the car. When deputies arrived, Mays continued to create a disturbance. He was charged with disorderly conduct and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Special Election for Johnson County School District Nickel Tax

A special election is being held in the Johnson County School District on the future of the Nickel tax. The tax is $0.05 on every $100 of personal property to raise funds dedicated to new construction, major renovation of current schools facilities, and debt service. For every $1.00 raised from the tax, it is matched by $1.83 from the state, qualifying the district to receive over $800,000 per year. As the tax was part of the existing 2015 and 2016 tax cycle, voting in favor of the Nickel tax will not increase anyone’s current tax burden. Johnson County School Board Chairman Bob Hutchison encouraged everyone in the district to vote for the best interests of the students.  Polls are open until 6pm.

KY 899 in Knott County Down to One Lane Due to Embankment Failure

Traffic on KY 899 in Knott County is currently reduced to the northbound lane due to an embankment failure. Temporary traffic signals will guide motorists through the area. Permanent repairs to the embankment failure require drilling railroad steel. It is expected that those repairs could start in the coming weeks, according to Bobby Smith, Knott County maintenance superintendent for Highway District 12. In the meantime, motorists are advised to slow down and stay alert at this site since vehicles will have to take turns.

Traffic Stop to Drug Arrest in Harlan County

On Sunday, May 21, the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals after a traffic stop on US 421, shortly after midnight. Through further investigation, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm were located on the individuals and inside the vehicle. Derek Hensley, 38, of Cawood, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He and Aimee Woodward, 33, of Harlan, were also charged with drug possession. Sim York, 42, was arrested on a parole warrant and charged with promoting contraband after attempting to take contraband into the detention center. All three were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

William G. Duke Golf Scramble Raises More than $28,000 for Big Sandy College Educational Foundation

Big Sandy Community and Technical College raised $28,323 for the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, INC. during the annual William G. Duke Golf Scramble on Wednesday, May 17 at StoneCrest Golf Course. The highlight of the event happened early when Neil Turner, with Turner Technology Inc., hit a hole in one on the Par 3, Hole 8 to win a 2017 Cadillac XT5 from the Walters Auto Group. Seventeen teams played in the golf scramble, which is played annually in memory of William G. Duke, who served as the special projects coordinator at the college from 2004 until his death in 2012.

Berkeley Energy won first place.  Team members were Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, David Bradley, Glenn Turner and John Harris.

Hutch Auto Group finished second.  Team members were: Ronald Patrick, Anthony Ottrando, Michael Fannin and Will Branham.

Texas Roadhouse was third with team members Daniel Dunn, Jessen Newbanks, Justin Taylor and Noah Lumiis.

Perry County Sheriff Department Conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints May 22-June 4

The Perry County Sheriff Department will be conducting safety checkpoints in Perry County during the period of May 22 to June 4. During the Checkpoints, Deputies will be enforcing laws related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, licensing of motor vehicles and operators, registration and insurance violations, seat belt and child restraint violations, and motor vehicle equipment violations. Traffic safety checkpoints are a valuable tool used to promote the safety and well being of the public as well as providing police with the visibility and interaction with the community. Checkpoints are utilized throughout the Commonwealth to help promote highway safety.