A local hero will be back in the national spotlight

Jordan Smith of Harlan became a household name after he appeared on the NBC game show ‘The Voice”. Smith will showcase his voice again week, as he sings the national anthem for the NHL winter Classic between Boston and Montreal on Friday. Smith will be back in his home state to sing the national anthem on Saturday at Rupp Arena when Kentucky takes on Mississippi. In a statement to WKYT Smith calls singing at Rupp a dream come true, because he is a huge UK fan.

Another Eastern Kentucky community is under scrutiny

Current State Auditor Adam Edelen released a report yesterday showing flagrant fraud in Morgan County following the 2012 tornado. Former Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley has already pled guilty to a mail fraud scheme, in which he took well over 100-thousand dollars in bribes from a contractor. According to the report Conley also used his authority to create a situation where there was very little oversight. According to Edelen’s office the report has been turned over to the FBI and other government agencies.

Officials in Johnson County are asking the public for help

Two suspects are already in custody and officers are working to close a case involving a string of robberies. According to WKYT Tony Jones and Shelby Barnett are suspected of involvement in as many as 5 burglaries. Deputies are still searching for a third suspect, Gary Gamble Senior, who they believe was involved. Officials believe that Gamble could be staying with family in Martin County. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s department at 606 789 3411.

Officials have ceased search missions at a local lake

Milo Lake in Martin County has been a hot bed of action for the past week as crews have drained and searched it in an effort to discover the fate of 37 year old William Fannin of Milo. Teams were led to the lake by cadaver dogs, and discovered several vehicles in the lake but did not find any sign of Fannin. While they have given up operations at the lake officials will continue the search in other venues, and Fannin’s family has offered a 25-hundered dollar reward for information leading to his discovery.

An argument over a commercial led to an arrest in Pike County

WKYT news reports that an Elkhorn City man called the police when his wife, Brandi Lester, allegedly bit him on the face. The couple said they could not agree if actress Hillary Duff had been in a commercial. The attack came when the husband tried to end the argument by kissing Lester on the forehead. Lester was arrested and charged with domestic abuse and fourth-degree assault.

A Perry County responder is still on life support

28 year old Ricky Moore is a long time member of the Jakes Branch Fire Department, who recently suffered from an aneurysm. Moore is currently on a ventilator at UK’s Chandler Hospital and has undergone four surgeries. To complicate matters Moore suffered a minor stroke on Sunday. In an Interview with WYMT Moore’s captain, James Farris, said that they hope to take him off of the ventilator this week. Since Moore does not have insurance his department is planning fund raisers to help cover his bills. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to call 606 854-3023 for details.

Police in a Northeastern Kentucky community are looking for a thief

The suspect is described as a male standing about 6 feet tall, with a red goatee and wearing a dark blue jacket over top of a light blue sweatshirt. According to officials the man robbed a gas station on the 28-hundered block of Winchester Avenue in Ashland yesterday afternoon around 3. He made off with some cash, before fleeing toward Green-up Avenue on foot. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the Ashland police, or their silent witness line at 606 329 1771.

A Louisa man is in jail after robbing his former employer

20 year old Tyler Ward of Louisa confessed to breaking the window out of the Milano’s Restaurant on Monday morning and stealing the cash register. Police were able to apprehend Tyler at a convenience store shortly after the incident occurred. He has been charged with Burglary, Theft by unlawful taking and Criminal Mischief.

A message on Facebook changed the course of a Johnson County man’s life

Twenty nine year old Wayne Stambaugh of Paintsville complained on his Facebook wall about the difficulty in finding a job without a GED. A friend called him out and asked why he didn’t get his, and his answer was he couldn’t afford it. After contacting administrators at Big Sandy Community and Technical College Stambaugh was able to receive funding, and completed the test with honors in just three weeks. In a press release Stambaugh claimed that he is going to further his education at the college, and thanked the administration for helping him get something that he takes pride in and that no one can take away from him.


Photo Credit: Stephanie Bunyard.

Photo Caption: Wayne Stambaugh is the newest GED graduate from the Johnson County Adult Education program, thanks in part to the support of the Johnson County Farm Bureau. Stambaugh is shown with Dr. Jennifer Leedy, director of the Johnson County Adult Education program, and Greg Meade and Roger Murray of Johnson County Farm Bureau.