Generous Contributions Grow UPIKE Endowments on Giving Tuesday

Four endowments grew substantially from contributions made to the University of Pikeville on Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018, but alumni, donors, friends, faculty, and staff. Giving Tuesday efforts focused on raising scholarship money in honor of four individuals who have made a difference in the lives of students. Featured endowments included the Carold Grizzard Browning Lecture Series Endowment, the Ron D. Damron Endowed Scholarship, the Derrick “Big Show” Silas Endowed Scholarship, and the Dr. John A. Strosnider Endowed Scholarship. The average gift on Giving Tuesday at UPIKE was approximately $500, with an overall total of nearly $10,000, and gifts for endowments continuing to be received.

Kentuckians Warned of Scam Emails this Holiday Shopping Season

Kentuckians doing online shopping this Christmas season should be on the lookout for scam emails. Kentuckians say they are receiving what appear to be legitimate emails from popular retailers that are actually scams. The scam email is often personalized and includes a logo of a retailer such as PayPal, Apple, or Amazon, and instructs the receiver to resolve an issue with their online account or order by reentering their bank, credit card, or Social Security numbers. To spot a scam email, website, or app, Kentuckians should watch for misspelled words, avoid clicking on email hyperlinks, and pay attention the sender’s email address.

Chalk It Up Downtown Art Event in Prestonsburg, Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Chalk it Up downtown art event will be held in Prestonsburg on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The event, sponsored by the Prestonsburg Merchants Network, is free to children and adults and is from 11am to 3pm. Participants can register at Lou’s Place for Pets or City Perk. Register the day of and chalk will be provided by local downtown businesses. You will be assigned a sidewalk to turn into a masterpiece. The theme is snowman. Winner of each category will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony after the parade and prizes will be from local businesses.

BSCTC Trains Drivers for High Demand, High Wage Jobs

Photo: Big Sandy Community and Technical College

According to Bloomberg, the there is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States and Big Sandy Community and Technical College is playing a big role in trying to alleviate the shortage of big rig drivers through its commercial driver’s license programs. The Big Sandy Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions team participated in an open house on November 29, 2018 at Gateway Community and Technical College, where business leaders could see trucks KCTCS colleges use for training and hear more about program offerings. The CDL simulator utilized by BSCTC, which was installed in August 2018, is an ATS Simulator modeled after a 2018 Freightliner Cascadia. The simulator teaches students shift patterns, how to properly operate the clutch, and about driving in adverse weather before putting them in a real rig on the roadways. Kelli Chaney, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at BSCTC, said they’re proud to be at the forefront of educating the next generation of truck drivers. She added their role is to prepare the talent needed to fill jobs in our region.

Traffic Stop in Lee County Virginia Leads to Drug Arrest

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, Lee County Virginia Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Rouse conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by an individual he knew had no license. The stop occurred in Jonesville. Rouse observed the occupants of the vehicle, 38-year-old Brandon Dye, and 39-year-old Michael Thacker, acting suspiciously. A call was made for assistance from Deputy Mark Vanhuss and his K9 Bishop. While searching the vehicle, Bishop alerted to several parts of the car, which resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and $1200 cash. Both individuals were arrested and lodged in the Duffield Regional Jail.

Perry County Man Sentenced for Possessing Firearm as Convicted Felon

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, Willie Combs, of Perry County, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm following his prior felony convictions. Combs pleaded guilty to the firearms charges in May of 2018. During his guilty plea, Combs admitted that on May 22, 2017, he brandished a firearm to another individual during an argument. Combs was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm, based on three prior felony convictions, including a federal conviction for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Combs must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office following release.

Floyd Central High School Recognized as National Beta School of Distinction

Photo: Floyd County Schools

Floyd Central High School has been named a 2018-2019 National School of Distinction. This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership, and service to others. The National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year. As a symbol of their accomplishment, Floyd Central High School received a National Beta School of Distinction banner to display. National Beta School of Distinction recipients will be publicized at the 2019 National Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, OK in June.


Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Kentucky Serviceman Who Died in Korean War

Governor Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in honor of a Kentucky serviceman who was killed in action during the Korean War, but whose remains were only recently identified. Army Private Robert Sipes, Jr, 19, died on November 30, 1950, was accounted for on October 23, 2018, and will be buried in his hometown of Irvington on Wednesday. While flags are presently at half-staff to honor former President George H.W. Bush, Wednesday’s flag lowering will also honor Private Sipes.

School Safety Working Group to Meet at Mountain Arts Center Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Senator Johnny Ray Turner and Representative John Blanton are hosting the next meeting of the School Safety Working Group in Prestonsburg. The meeting will be at 1pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Mountain Arts Center. Senator Turner said concerns across the commonwealth continue to mount as shootings at schools, as well as at malls, theaters, churches, and other places are becoming more prevalent. The group, formed during the 2018 Legislative Session, has been meeting and holding hearings across the state to glean input on the best way to keep students, teachers, and others safe when they are at school.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Martin

A stolen vehicle has been recovered in Floyd County. The navy colored 2011 Suzuki SX4 was stolen from Mountain View Drive in Beaver. On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Martin Chief of Police Kenny Stidham recovered the vehicle at the Double Kwik area of Martin. Martin Police arrested Jackie Hall of Garrett due to an outstanding warrant of arrest chagrining him with public intoxication. Additionally, police arrested Ricky Adkins, of Martin, charging him with possession of controlled substance. Both were lodged in the Floyd County Jail.