Martin County Boy Dies Following Bicycle Accident

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy that occurred on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. According to officials, the subject was involved in a bicycle accident that occurred near the Beauty area on Poplar Fork Road. The boy and a family member were riding bikes around 8:30pm when he lost control of the bike while going down a hill.  His bike did not have brakes and he was unable to stop before crashing into a metal drain pipe. His body was found by a deputy in the earlier morning hours of Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The identity of the boy has not been released.

2018 May Primary Election Results from the Region

The 2018 May Primary Election in Kentucky was held on Tuesday. May 22, 2018. Floyd County results Douglas Ray Hall winning Circuit Clerk; Stuart “Bear” Halbert” taking Jailer; and Gary Ousley voted as County Surveyor. Magistrate positions for District 1, 2, 3, and 4 went to Mark Crider, George Ousley, Mike Tackett, and Ronnie Akers, respectively. Contable winners for District 1 through 4 went to Larry “Boss” Jarrell, Gary Nelson, Ernie Ray Moore, and Allred “Junebug” Newsom. James Rose won the County Judge Executive position, beating incumbent Ben Hale by 31 votes. David Allen Barber was voted to the court of appeals for the 7th appellate district 2nd division, and Democrat Kenneth Stepp will take on Hal Rogers for the US Representative position for the 5th congressional district in November.

In Johnson County, Bobby McCool beat out Russell Halsey for the Republican nomination the 97th District State Representative and will go on to the general election in November. Tucker Daniel held onto the Judge Executive position, getting over 44 percent of the vote. Doug Saylor and incumbent Dwayne Price will head into the November General Election for Sheriff. In Pike County, Ray Jones and Kevin Hall won nominations for the County Judge Executive position, which will be decided later this year.

Blood Drive at Saint Joseph Martin June 13, 2018

The Kentucky Blood Center will hold an upcoming blood drive at Saint Joseph Martin on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm on the KBC Bloodmobile at 11203 Main Street. Donors will be entered to win a 2018 Toyota 4-Runner, as well as the Family Fun Pack, and receive a special 50th Anniversary t-shirt. Blood donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo ID and meet additional requirements. To schedule a donation or for more information on donating, visit or call 1-800-775-2522.

KSP Searching for Man who Robbed Bank in Hyden

Kentucky State Police investigators are searching for a man who robbed a bank in Leslie County the afternoon of Monday, May 21, 2018. KSP Post 13 received a call from Hyden Citizens Bank shortly before 1pm advising that a branch bank had been robbed. Troopers and detectives responded to the Hyden Citizens Bank location in the Hurts Creek Shopping Center off old KY 80 in Hyden. Upon arrival, investigators determined an unidentified man walked in the bank and presented a note to the teller demanding money. The teller complied and gave the an undisclosed amount of money to the man, who exited the bank and was last seen walking across the parking lot of the shopping center. The perpetrator is described as a white male between 5’6” and 5’10” tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark ball cap, long sleeved navy blue sweat shirt and light blue colored jeans. Witnesses advised he was wearing sun glasses and had scruffy-looking facial hair that appeared to be a mix of dark and white hair. Anyone with information is urged to call KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069.

Tick Season Underway in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding citizens to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses. People can protect themselves from tick bites by avoiding areas where ticks live, such as wooded and brushy areas, tall grasses, woodpiles, leaf litter, and areas close to the ground. After being in the outdoors, be sure to conduct a full body check, including under arms, behind knees, in and around ears, and in and around hair. When removing ticks, use tweezers to grab the tick close to the skin and gently pull with steady pressure, then apply an antiseptic to the bite site. For more information on ticks and tick-borne diseases, visit

Mattie Road in Lawrence County to Close for Culvert Installation Beginning May 29, 2018

County Road 1202, also known as Mattie Road, in Lawrence County will close for 15 calendar days beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018, weather permitting, for installation of the aluminum box culvert. Motorists will need to use a detour during this time. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is building a new bridge on CR 1202, over the Right Fork of Little Blaine Creek, west of Ash Branch Road. The road will be closed for 15 calendar days to finish installation and paving. Work to finish the project can be done after with the roadway open to traffic.

Family Argument Results in Shooting in Letcher County

An argument between two men escalated to gunfire at a home in Letcher County on Friday, May 18, 2018. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard were called to a residence on Square Dance Road in the Carcassone community in response to reports of a man being shot during an altercation. Preliminary investigation determined that 44-year-old Adam Henrikson of Blackey and his uncle, 57-year-old Robert Fugate of Carcassone, had several verbal disagreements over the past two days. Henrikson was allegedly attempting to gain entry into Fugate’s residence through the front door when Fugate fire a gunshot in the direction of the door, striking Henrikson in the legs. Henrikson was transported to Whitesburg ARH and transferred to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No charges have been filed at this time, but the incident remains under investigation.

2018 May Primary Election Results

Floyd County Circuit Clerk (DEM)

Douglas Ray Hall 5487

Donny Daniels 4398

Floyd County Constable District 1 (DEM)

Larry “Boss” Jarrell 1351

Williams “Bill” Callahan 832

Gary Wolfe 533

Floyd County Constable District 2 (DEM)

Gary Nelson 1121

Sam Duncan 1044

Floyd County Constable District 3 (DEM)

Willie Hall 974

Bobby Page 57

Ernie Ray Moore 1304

Joey Collins 443

Floyd County Constable District 4 (DEM)

Michael McKinney 415

Eddie Case  506

Green Wakeland 94

Allred “Junebug” Newsome 1137

Floyd County Jailer (DEM)

Glennis Caudill 1562

Stuart “Bear” Halbert 6477

Rondall “Rodney” Nelson 1776

Floyd County Judge/Executive (DEM)

James “Jimmy” Rose 3576

Ben Hale 3545

Mason Tackett 301

M. Bryan Lafferty 2819

Floyd County Magistrate District 1 (DEM)

Rick Jervis 66

John A. “Big John” Goble 442

Harry A. Adams 617

Mark D. Crider 1396

David A. Gearheart 403

Floyd County Magistrate District 2 (DEM)

Michael Prater 401

George Ousley 794

Randy K. Davis 742

Todd Hansford 306

Floyd County Magistrate District 3 (DEM)

Mike Tackett 1383

Warren Jarrell 1378

Ryan Slone 104

Floyd County Magistrate District 4 (DEM)

Lennix Cola Ray Akers 136

Williams L. Slone 638

Jeff Hall 65

George Hall 325

Ronnie Akers 1051

Floyd County Surveyor

Gary Douglas Ousley 4655

Billy Joe Hamilton 3627

US Representative, 5th Congressional District (REP)

Gerardo Serrano 96

Harold “Hal” Rogers 643

US Representative, 5th Congressional District (DEM)

Scott Sykes 2942

Kenneth Stepp 4652

Judge of the Court of Appeals, 7th Appellate District, 2nd Division, Unexpired Term

Kevin P. Sinnette 282

David Allen Barber 4411

Larry E. Thompson 1121

Donald Howard Combs 902

Jim G. Vanover 3265

Gene Smallwood Jr. 518


Big Sandy Community & Technical College and SOAR believe there is a Future in Appalachia

Along with Big Sandy Community and Technical College, SOAR is launching a new campaign, There is a Future. As a SOAR partner, BSCTC supports the affirmation that “Appalachia Kentucky is on the move.” The campaign looks to construct a new narrative of value, hope, and opportunity for the region. Dr. Sherry Zylka, President and CEO of BSCTC, said they are proud to offer training and entrepreneurship opportunities to help grow the region. The school is continuing to offer new educational opportunities and training to the region. Major construction of the state’s first Advanced Technology Center began earlier this year at the Pikeville Campus. Once complete, BSCTC will be able to offer a new Associate of Applied Science degree program with degree track options in various broadband fields.

Hazard Police Investigating Possible Voter Fraud

The Hazard Police Department is currently investigating a complaint of potential voter fraud. The Hazard Police say they received several complaints of multiple people allegedly attempting to buy votes. The police department has contacted the Kentucky Attorney General Office for assistance in the investigation. If you are aware of any type of election fraud, contact the Kentucky Attorney General Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-8683.