New Power Lines Across Mountain Parkway in Morgan County


Workers for Licking Valley Rural Electric Cooperative will be running new, overhead power lines across the Mountain Parkway this week, starting today, February 21. The utility work will result in brief traffic stoppages for the safety of workers and the traveling public. The work will occur near Exit 57 to Lee City/West Liberty. This is in the Morgan County Segment, where clearing work is starting in preparation for construction activities. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH.

Attorney Beshear Joins Other Egg Producing States to Have Shell Egg Laws Reviewed

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Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday, February 16, that he would be joining with egg-producing states Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that upheld California’s “Shell Egg Laws.” As the country’s largest consumer of eggs, California has laws and regulations prescribing standards for the conditions chickens be kept in order for producers to sell eggs in the state. Representatives of the states argue that the laws hurt agriculture in their states and violate the Commerce Clause, which regulates trade between states and foreign nations.

Tri-State Pawn Burglar Arrested


A suspect has been taken into custody for a Boyd County burglary. Tri-State Pawn & Jewelry in Ashland was burglarized on February 12, with the culprit taking over $2,000 in firearms. The burglar was identified as a juvenile and was arrested by Ashland Police along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on Friday, February 17. His name has not been released but he was lodged with the Department of Juvenile Justice. All weapons were recovered.

Body Found in Cumberland River Identified


Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins has identified the body found in the Cumberland River. Based on identification located on the body and a clothing description from a missing person case from Bell County, the victim has been identified as David Farmer, 51, of Pineville. Mr. Farmer went missing on November 20, 2016 in Pineville. He was last seen at the Pineville Community Hospital. The Bell County Sheriff’s Department was working the missing person’s case. The body will be sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Floyd County Students Advance to State Governor’s Cup Competition


Two Floyd County students will be heading to the State Governor’s Cup Competition. Paige Lemaster from Prestonsburg High School placed 3rd in Composition at the regional Governor’s Cup competition, with Natalie Lester from Allen Central High School placing 5th in Arts & Humanities. The Prestonsburg High School Future Problem Solving team also placed 3rd. The Regional Governor’s Cup Competition consists of students and teams from schools in Floyd, Pike, and Johnson counties. The State Governor’s Cup Competitions for high schools will be at Louisville’s Galt House, March 11th to 13th.

Open Auditions for Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Junior Pros


Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry has announced open auditions for the Junior Pro program. Auditions will be at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday March 4, from 10am until 4pm. Vocalists and instrumentalists will be welcomed. Students ranging from Kindergarten through the 12th grade for the fall semester of 2017 are eligible. Vocalists will need to be prepared to sing a verse and the chorus of “My Old Kentucky Home” and a song of their choice and chord charts or tablature for the judges to follow along. All students need to bring a photo and a short bio with them. For more information, call the Mountain Arts Center at 606-889-9125.

Governor Bevin Joins 25 Other States in Challenging California 2nd Amendment Case


Governor Matt Bevin has joined with 25 other states in filing an amicus brief in Peruta v. San Diego County, a Second Amendment case challenging the constitutionality of a California law restricting citizens’ rights to carry handguns outside their homes for self-defense. The case questions the legality of California’s restrictive concealed carry permit policy, which requires citizens to satisfy several conditions before obtaining a concealed carry license. Bevin said states and individuals must stand united against arbitrary government overreach.

Highway District 12 Contractor Truck Catches Fire in Pike County


On Monday, February 20, between 3:30 and 4pm, a flatbed truck owned by Highway District 12 contractor George B. Stone Company caught fire while parked in the work zone on the shoulder of US 460 at mile marker 21, just east of East Ridge High School in Pike County. According to inspector Brady Conn, the truck was part of a crew installing curve warning signs. No one was injured and traffic was stopped until the fire was extinguished. An electrical issue with an air compressor mounted on the front of the truck is believed to be the cause of the fire.

Suspicious Persons Complaint Leads to Drug Arrest

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Around 4am Thursday, February 16, Prestonsburg Patrolman Ross Shurtleff was dispatched to a suspicious persons complaint at Comfort Suites. The caller stated upon officers’ arrival that the subjects had left the area but were possibly staying in the Brookshire Inn next door. Officers Shurtleff and Kelly Frasure contacted the clerk at the Brookshire Inn and she was able to identify at least one of the subjects as being a guest along with Jessica Henson. Officers made contact with Henson at her room and she was immediately arrested. Jessica Henson was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance, and charges related to previous arrest warrants.

Second-Year Respiratory Therapy Students Practice Assessments on Pediatric Patients

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On Thursday, February 16, second-year students in the Respiratory Therapy program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College got hands-on experience with pediatric patients as part of their Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care course. Students practiced patient assessments on children ages eight months to 12 years old. Following the assessments, the children learned about Respiratory Therapy and its role in the healthcare field. Respiratory Therapy program coordinator Missy Skeens said through assessments, they gain valuable knowledge and get the opportunity to share their passion for this work with children.