Virginia State Police Looking for Vehicle Involved in Lee County Fatal Hit-and-Run

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The Virginia State Police are seeking assistance with locating a vehicle involved in a fatal-hit-and run in Lee County. The crash occurred around 9:30pm August 7, 2018, in the Woodway community on Route 638 Hickory Flats Road when 1989 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, operated by 32-year-old Gary Tabor, was struck by another vehicle, striking a utility pole.  He was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries but succumbed to injuries on August 8, 2018. The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be blue in color and may have damage to either the driver’s or passenger’s front side. If you have any information, contact Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131.

Voices and Visions Art Gallery Show at Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College McCall Art Gallery will host Voices and Visions as part of “Women in Art” series. This show will feature the original work of artists Patricia Kowalak, Paula Stewart Baldridge Smith, and Petra Carroll. The exhibit will be on display August 13 through September 21, 2018 in the McCall Art Gallery on the BSCTC Prestonsburg Campus in the Magoffin Building. A reception for the artists will be held September 19, 2018 from 4-5:30pm in the gallery. Art Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm.

Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Program in Pikeville

The Pikeville extension office will be holding a program on understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Issues discussed will be the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources. The Pikeville Extension office is located at 148 Trivette Drive. Registration is required. To register, call 1-800-272-3900.

Zion Deliverance Church Revival August 15-17, 2018

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The Zion Deliverance Church in Wayland, KY will be holding a revival with Brother David Stamper and family beginning August 15, 2018. The revival services will run nightly from Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17, 2018. Services will begin at 7pm nightly. The Zion Deliverance Church is located at 31 River St in Wayland.

Chinese Ambassador to US Visits Kentucky

Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai is visiting Kentucky for the first time this week. Ambassador Cui previously met with Governor Matt Bevin and leadership from the Cabinet for Economic Development during April’s China-U.S. Business Summit in Chicago. Governor Bevin said China presents a great economic opportunity for the state. After meeting with elected officials and economic development leaders, the Chinese delegation is expected to visit local businesses before leaving the afternoon of August 14, 2018.

Arrest Made in Shooting Death of Perry County Man

An arrest has been made in connection to the shooting death of a Perry County man. Following consideration of evidence and interviews, Detective Clayton Stamper with Kentucky State Police Post 13 obtained and executed an arrest warrant on Monday, August 13, 2018 on 37-year-old Harold Hayes of Busy. Hayes was charged with one count of murder and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. The murder charges stems from the death investigation of Terry Stidham, who was found shot to death on Elm Shoal Branch in the Combs community of Perry County on August 8, 2018.

Animal Alliance of East Kentucky Present WoofStock August 18, 2018

The Animal Alliance of East Kentucky will present the inaugural Woofstock showcase of area musical talent at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The local non-profit organization provides education to the public regarding the humane treatment of animals and low cast spay and neuter services to Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin counties. The benefit concert will feature local musicians, such as Bek and the Starlight Revue, Nicholas Jamerson, Luna and the Mountain Jets, and more. The show starts at 7pm. For tickets, call 606-889-9125 or visit

Kentucky Law Enforcement Officers Recognized for Protection Enforcement

On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the 2018 Governor’s Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards ceremony was held in Lexington. The ceremony recognized 141 law enforcement officers from across Kentucky. The program, hosted by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, recognized law enforcement officers for their enforcement efforts in seat belt and child safety seat violations. In 2017, there were 782 vehicle fatalities on Kentucky roadways with 51% not wearing their seat belt.

Columbia KY Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud

A Columbia, KY man has been convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. A Federal jury in Frankfort convicted 62-year-old Ronnie Rodgers of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud, arising from the sale of interests in oil and gas exploration ventures in South Central Kentucky between 2007 and 2017. Rodgers and his brother, Ricky Rodgers, sold interests in oil and gas programs utilizing false and misleading representations on expected production and profits, totaling around $10 million. He is scheduled for sentencing on December 5, 2018 and faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Prestonsburg Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

On Friday, August 10, 2018 around 5pm, Kentucky State Police Post 9 Pikeville received a report of an armed robbery on KY Rt. 1086. When troopers arrived at the scene, they were informed a male came in the back door of the residence of Russell Wallace and his wife, holding them at gunpoint. The subject took two firearms and the Wallace’s vehicle and the left the residence in the direction of Wayland. Around 6:30pm, Post 9 received a complaint of a reckless driver near the Dwale community in Floyd County. The description of the reckless vehicle matched the description of the vehicle in the robbery. After locating the vehicle, a traffic stop was attempted, but the driver refused to stop. A short pursuit ended after the operator exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Zackery Howard of Prestonsburg, was found finding in a residential garage in the area of Old Dwale School Road. Howard was charged with robbery, theft, resisting arrest, menacing, and disorderly conduct. He was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.