Blood Drive at Floyd County Public Library March 3


The Floyd County Public Library will be holding a blood drive on Friday, March 3 from 9am to 11:30am on the KBC Bloodmobile at 161 N. Arnold Ave in Prestonsburg. All donors will receive a short-sleeve gray t-shirt. Blood donors must be 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. For more information and a parental permission slip, visit

Undercover Prostitution Investigation Leads to Five Arrests in Ashland


Ashland Police are reporting they have wrapped up a 10 day undercover operation targeting prostitution in Ashland. The undercover operation was conducted February 1-10. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section posted a personal ad on the internet. The target would respond to the ad and a meeting was arranged. Upon contact at the location, the suspect was met by detectives of the Ashland Police Department. A total of 5 suspects were charged with Prostitution, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Two Arrested at Messers Markey in Knox County


On February 21, around 1:30am, Knox County Deputies Mikey Ashurst and Andrew Lawson received a report of two females fighting inside Messer’s Market on US 25E in Barbourville. The two females were identified as 74 year old Maxine Patterson and 31 year old Becky Grubb. Patterson became disorderly  when confronted and was found in possession of a handgun inside her clothing. She was charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Grubb was also arrested and charged with public intoxication. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

EntreEd K-14: Every Student, Every Year Program Begins


The first meeting of all project partners and the participating community colleges  for the EntreEd K-14: Every Student, Every Year program occurred on February 17, 2017 in Charleston, WV. This meeting was designed to introduce community college partners to the program and educate them on the expectations of their involvement. The meeting took place at the Advanced Technology Center at BridgeValley Community and Technical College, one of the participating colleges. The six other community colleges involved include Southern, New River, Southeast, Hazard, Big Sandy, and Mountain Empire. The program serves distressed, coal-impacted counties throughout Appalachia to assist the implementation of entrepreneurship activities.

Alzheimer’s Association to Host Legal and Financial Planning Workshop


If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. A workshop will be held for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. The guest speaker will be attorney Kristie Goff. The program will be held on March 23rd, from 10am to 11am at the Johnson County Extension Office. Registration is required. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Reaches Agreement with Horse Training


The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has reached an agreement with horse trainer and owner Otabek Umarov for a five-year suspension and $5,000 fine following his refusal to comply with equine drug testing regulations. On April 30, 2016, Umarov prevented Commission personnel from collecting an out-of-competition sample from his horse, Looks to Spare, at Churchill Downs. State Regulations permit the Commission to request a blood or urine sample from any horse eligible to race in Kentucky to screen for banned blood-doping agents. Umarov will be prohibited from training or participating in horse racing in Kentucky for the duration of his suspension.

David Woman Arrested for Drug Possession

drug arrest

On Friday, February 17, Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a drug tip in the Open Fork Community of David. During their investigation, deputies located a female, Ethel Renee Breeding, in possession of four baggies containing the drug crystal meth. Breeding was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. She was lodged in the Floyd County Jail.

Former Lake Cumberland Marina Operator Sentenced for Bank Fraud


A Kentucky Man, who operated a marina on Lake Cumberland, has been sentenced to 50 months in federal prison for bank fraud. On February 21, Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph M. Hood sentenced John Guzman, 70, of Shelby County, KY, for nine counts of bank fraud. In addition to his federal prison sentence, Guzman was sentenced to five years of supervised release. Guzman was convicted last year by a jury who found him guilty of defrauding American Founders Bank of over $4,000,000. On applications for nine fraudulent bank loans, he claimed the money would be used to buys boats and homes that did not exist, as well as falsified appraisal documents and insurance policies for nonexistent collateral.

AMS Dance Cats Place 1st in Prop at State Competition

AMS State Champs

The Adams Middle School Dance Cats competed in the Kentucky Dance Coach Organization’s state competition in Frankfort the weekend of February 18. The AMS Dance Cats placed 1st in Prop, 2nd in Pom, and 2nd in Jazz. The Dance Cats are coached by Melissa Smith. Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb congratulated the team and Coach Smith on behalf of himself and the board for their achievements. Webb added the board team is happy to see their kids excel with their hard work, dedication, and teamwork.