Monarch Butterfly Waystations Opening at William Whitley House and Carter Caves

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate two Monarch butterfly waystations at the William Whitley House State Historic Site and Carter Caves State Resort Park in September. The William Whitley House ceremony is September 22 at 5pm and the Carter Caves event is September 27 at 2pm. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky have worked with state parks and other groups to design and install Monarch waystations. Monarch butterflies need specific resources for their migration to and from Mexico, including nectar producing flowers, shelter, and milkweed, the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will eat. The Kentucky waystations serve millions of migrating Monarch butterflies.

Area Closes for Hunting in Eastern Kentucky

The Kentucky Fuel Corporation properties in eastern Kentucky are no longer open to public hunting. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced Wednesday, September 20 that Kentucky Fuel’s hunting access agreement is no longer active, returning the property to private status. The change occurred after the publication of the 2017-18 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide. The online version of the guide has been updated. Hunters are asked to respect private property and not trespass.

Boone County Man Convicted in Death of 7-Week-Old

On Wednesday, September 20, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Special Prosecutions Unit secured a conviction in the beating death of seven-week-old Aiden Wainscott of Boone County. Cody Jene Phelps, 25, of Walton, entered a plea of guilty in Boone Circuit Court to first-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony, and two counts of first-degree criminal abuse, Class C felonies. Prosecutors recommended a 20-year prison sentence, Beshear said. Formal sentencing is scheduled for October 18.

Perry County Man Steals Over $15K in Tobacco Products

On Tuesday, September 19, around 8am, the Perry County Sheriff Department received a call of a burglary at the Pigeon Roost Tobacco Store in Pigeon Roost. Deputies responded to the scene to discovery someone had broken into the store and stole $15,000 in tobacco products. Security video was reviewed, identifying the suspect as Charles Griffith. Following an investigation, deputies found Griffith at 18 Beverly Hill in Gays Creek with the stolen tobacco products. He was arrested for unlawful taking over $10,000 and criminal mischief and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. The products were recovered and returned back to the owner.

Treasurer Ball Selected for Governing’s 2018 Women in Government Leadership Programs

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball was selected as one of 25 participants for The Governing Institute’s 2018 Women in Government Leadership Program. The Woman in Leadership Program brings together elected female leaders from across the nation to acknowledge their contributions, create a forum to discuss leadership, and seek their help in mentoring the next generation of female leaders to run for office. Ball said it is an honor to be selected for the program. She added that more women need to run for office and is proud to be part of a program that encourages women in leadership.

Trooper Island Ride for the Kids Benefit Event September 23, 2017

The Trooper Island Ride for the Kids will be held Saturday, September, 23. The event will be held at the Mineshaft Harley Davidson at 114 Harley Drive in Pikeville. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Trooper Island Camp. Registration will be from 9am to 10:30am and the motorcycle run will be $15 person, with riders 16 and under riding for free. Door prizes will be given away and t-shirts will be available for purchase at Food City. The event will end at the Prestonsburg Quality Inn with a BBQ Feast and live music performed by Classic Rewind. The ride starts at 11am.

Culvert Replacement in Letcher County

Ky 1811 in Letcher County will be closed to all traffic at mile point one Wednesday, September 20, and Thursday, September 21, for replacement of a failed culvert that runs underneath the pavement. Highway District 12 Superintendent Billy Smallwood said the work will begin after school starts on Wednesday. The road will re-open Friday morning before school starts, after the concrete has had time to dry. Smallwood said building a new culvert will increase flow and widen the shoulder of the road on each side, which should stop flooding on this section of roadway.

Reward Offered in Laurel County Barbed Wire Theft

The weekend of September 16, a suspect in Laurel County took 35 rolls of barbed wire from a farm off Laurel Whitley Road, near Lily. A male subject, wearing a light, was seen in the area, and may be a suspect. If you know the identity of the individual, contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600. Information will be confidential and the victim is offering a reward.

Scam Alert in Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving complaints about a person identifying himself as Deputy Jason or Jesse Cook. The unknown person is claiming to be with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and is calling about legal matters which need to be resolved immediately. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has issued a notice that these calls are a scam and the person does not represent the sheriff’s department. If you receive one of these calls, hang up, do not pay upfront, wire money or send reloadable credit or gift cards, and do not give out any personal information.

Highlands and ARH Announce Merger Plans

On Tuesday, September 19, Appalachian Regional Healthcare and Highlands Health System announced they have entered into a Letter of Intent to merge the Prestonsburg-based Highlands Regional Medical Center and other Highlands Health facilities and services into the multi-hospital ARH system. Harold Warman, President of Highlands Health System, said the merger will ensure the communities Highlands serves will continue to have local access to the level of high quality, cutting-edge healthcare Highlands has provided for more than 44 years. ARH and Highlands hope to finalize the transaction by early 2018 after the completion of the due diligence process.