Blood Drive at Prestonsburg Walmart June 21, 2019

The Kentucky Blood Center will be holding a blood drive at Prestonsburg Walmart on Friday, June 21, 2019, from 1:30pm-6pm on the KBC Bloodmobile. Beginning June 1 through September 6, 2019, every donor, age 18 and up, will be entered to win a 2019 Toyota Tacoma truck. Donors can donate every 56 days, giving them two opportunities to be entered this summer. Additionally, donors at the Prestonsburg Walmart Blood Drive will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Kentucky Opry on June 22, 2019 at the Mountain Arts Center. For more information or to schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 1-800-775-2522.

Regional Community Forum on New Federal Child Welfare Law

The Department for Community Based Services will hold nine regional forums this summer to give the public, providers, and other partners an overview of how a new federal law will help keep at-risk families together and prevent youth from entering the foster care system. The Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law in 2018, implements widespread child welfare reform specifically focuses on safely keeping families together, encouraging kinship or family foster home placement when children have to be removed from parents. A forum for the Eastern Mountain Service Region, covering Floyd, Pike, Johnson, and surrounding counties, will be held June 10, 2019 at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. Registration is required. Registration Link: https://familyfirsteasternmountain.eventbrite.com 

Veterans Benefits Field Representative at Floyd County Library June 5, 2019

Veterans Benefits Field Representative Brian Bowman will be at the Floyd County Library in Prestonsburg on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 9am to 3pm. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal and State veteran’s benefits. This services is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For an appointment, call 1-866-647-2926 to speak with your Veterans Benefits Field Representative.

Two Vehicle Collision in Prestonsburg

A two vehicle collision occurred in Prestonsburg. Around 12pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019, Prestonsburg Police responded to a call of an accident near Jenny Wiley Liquor. According Sergeant Ross Shurtleff, a motorist in a Lincoln Towncar was making a left turn at the Intersection of Lake and 302, when it crossed into the path of a Prestonsburg Utilities truck traveling north. The utility truck clipped the front end of the towncar. No injuries were reported.

Update: Missing Kayaker’s Body Recovered

Update: Kentucky State Police have issued an update on a missing person. Around 11am, Friday, May 24, 2019, the body of missing Pike County man Paris Smith was recovered. Smith’s body was found in the river in the area behind Big Lots in Coal run. Kentucky State Police report the investigation remains open.

Update: Kentucky State Police have issued an update on a missing person. The missing individual has been identified as 47-year-old Paris Smith of Joe’s Creek in Pikeville. Smith went missing around 10pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019, after being separated from a group of kayakers on the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. The area of the search began at the boat ramp behind the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Pikeville and continues north toward the Floyd County line. The search is continuing.

Original story: Officials are currently searching for a missing kayaker in Pike County. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Robbie Spears said a kayaker went missing from a group sometime on the evening of Wednesday, May 23, 2019. The identity of the individual has not been released at this time. The individual’s kayak and cell phone were recovered. Teams are currently searching the area of the Levisa Fork River near Coal Run. We will update this story when more information becomes available.

Trooper Injured During Arrest

A Kentucky State Police Trooper in Morehead was assaulted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Troopers Nathan Roark and Tyler Smith with Post *, along with Bath County Sheriff Jesse Stewart, attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Bradley Harris, 42, of Owingsville, on Moores Ferry Road in Salt Lick. Troopers made contact with Harris’s spouse, who advised that he had left the residence. After receiving consent to search the residence, Bradley Harris was found barricaded inside a closet. After refusing commands to exit, Trooper Smith entered the closet to remove the subject, and was stabbed in the leg. Harris was removed and taken into custody. Trooper Smith received treatment at St. Claire Hospital and was released.

Prestonsburg High School Senior Wins 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Kentucky’s Fifth District

US Representative Hal Rogers has announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District. The winning artwork will hang in the US Capitol Building for one year, representing southern and eastern Kentucky. The first place winner is Payton Martin, a senior at Prestonsburg High School, with a pencil portrait of President Abraham Lincoln. Payton will receive two airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to attend a national reception this summer in Washington, DC, along with all of the 2019 winning artists from across the county. He is also eligible for a scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Stolen Property Recovered in Burglary Investigation

An investigation by the Leslie County Sheriff’s Office has led to the recovery of stolen property. On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Deputy Jeremy Vega received a burglary complaint from the Beechfork area. After reviewing security footage, a search warrant was obtained  for the residence of Jimmie Simpson of Warbranch. A search was performed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, discovered a white crystal substance, a scale, several baggies, and another individual, identified as James Brock, of Asher, was arrested on a bench warrant, along with Simpson. On Monday, May 20, 2019, the sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip and uncovered two trailer loads of stolen property from a site on Ginger Lane that is directly connected with James Brock. Brock and Simpson were additionally charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Letcher County Man Killed After Striking Trooper with Vehicle

A Letcher County man was fatally wounded in a shooting involving Kentucky State Police Troopers the evening of Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Troopers with KSP Post 13 were attempting to locate Christopher Brown after receiving information that he was possibly operating a stolen vehicle in the area, and who was wanted for previous criminal offenses. Around 6:20pm, Troopers observed Brown in the parking lot of the Daniel Boone Motor Inn, from where he fled in a Jeep Cherokee, leading to a pursuit on KY 15 south to the Vicco community of Perry County, onto a strip mine road. Brown struck a trooper with his vehicle, at which time Troopers fired at the Jeep, fatally wounding Brown who was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner. On Trooper was taken to Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries from being struck by the Jeep and was later released. No one else was injured.

AppHarvest Secures Funding to Build Greenhouse

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, AppHarvest it closed a deal to build in Morehead. In a deal with Equilibrium Capital, AppHarvest secured $82 million in funding to build its 60-acre greenhouse. Construction is expected to begin immediately with its opening planned for 2020. AppHarvest’s first controlled-environment agriculture facility will create 285 full-time permanent jobs, as well as 100 construction jobs. The facility will grow tomatoes and cucumbers to be distributed to America’s top grocers by distribution partner Mastronadi Produce.