Louisa Walmart hit with storm, substantial damage done

According to theweatherchannel, The Walmart in Louisa underwent some substantial damage/  “Straight line winds or possibly a tornado was what Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Micheal Woods called the storm that ripped off part of the roof on top of Walmart. It also overturned vehicles in the parking lot. Woods is calling the store “pretty much unusable now” Witnesses working for the store recall seeing trash cans blow over and shopping carts being blown over on top of vehicles.

Disaster Relief information

After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility. A FEMA contracted housing inspector may contact you to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration.


The David School awarded grant money

In an article to the Floyd County Times, The David School Announced that it was given a $30,000 dollar grant from an un-disclosed sponsor. They went on to say that the money was broken up into two increments of $15,000 dollars. The first payment awarded back in May, and the second to be given in May of 2017. The David School is a nonprofit educational facility, as it relies solely on grants and the community to maintain operation for Appalachian drop-outs, students at risk of dropping-out, or students who’s financial recourses are limited.

Big Sandy and the MAC partnering up for a vocal camp

Big Sandy Community and Technical College  and the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) will host a summer vocal camp featuring Ron and Chery Brendel on July 25-28 at the MAC.  The camp, which includes a public performance on July 28, is open to children entering grades ninth through 12th.  Registration is $100.  For more information and/or to register, contact Clayton Case at (606) 886-7388 or email ccase0005@kctcs.edu.

Shooting in Pippa Passes community


An altercation between several individuals escalated to a violent conclusion in Knott County.  Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard were called to Frankie Jane Lane in the Pippa Passes community at around 4:36 p.m., after dispatchers received several calls about the fighting.  Before KSP personnel arrived, an additional caller advised that a man had been shot.  Upon arrival, troopers found that 46 year old James A. Pratt of Pippa Passes had suffered at least one gunshot wound to his lower chest.  James Pratt was air-lifted to Pikeville Medical Center, where he was taken into surgery and remains at this time.

A Breathitt County man is found dead

The Kentucky State Police responded to a call about a man laying face down in the parking lot of  the Jackson Inn Motel yesterday morning. When officials arrived on scene they found  the body of 29 year old Charles N. Costello Officials initially determined that the victim had been in a dispute with 31 year old Josh Napier, during the conflict Costello received a stab to the throat. The motive for the argument or why either individuals were at the motel is unknown at this time. Officials are attempting to locate Napier and have considered him armed and dangerous. If anyone has any information concerning the location of Willie Josh Napier they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069.

More than $10.4 million approved for WV disaster relief

One week after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia, more than $10.4 million has been approved for homeowners and renters affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began June 22, 2016.   That total includes more than $8.6 million in housing assistance and nearly $1.8 million in other needs assistance. More than 5,200 households and businesses have registered with FEMA to date.

Man indicted for seeking minor to perform sexual acts

Jeffrey Scott Turner, 58, of Lancaster, was arrested June 9 and charged with prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for sex, a Class D felony. He was indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury Tuesday, June 28. Turner became the subject of a three-week investigation after he posted an online ad seeking a “dad for daughter” to perform sexual acts. After Turner communicated over the Internet with an undercover investigator’s persona of a minor, he was located by Beshear’s office and admitted he placed the initial ad and to having a conversation with a person he believed to be a minor. Turner was arrested by the Garrard County Sheriff’s Office and is currently out of jail on his own recognizance.