Former meth lab burns in Martin County

Responders had to battle a fire in Martin County yesterday. The call went out at 10:30 last night that a mobile home had caught fire. Two other homes near the scene also caught fire, but officials say that no one was home. Deputies had been at the home the previous evening and according to WYMT they had arrested 41 year old Todd Preece, 28 year old Justin Markham, and 32 year old Candy Maynard on meth charges.

 

Dozens of children signed up for free books this Thursday

The event took place at the Floyd County Public Library and is part of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program initiated by former First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. The program sends children one free book each month until the age of five. In a quote to WYMT, Willa Johnson, the head of KVEC stated, “Learning really starts before Kindergarten, it starts at birth so we really want people to have access to as much, [and] as many tools as possible.” Officials from KVEC made two other visits to libraries in the county and hope to launch programs in other counties in the near future.

Some local restaurants are working with a food pantry

The McDonalds locations in Hazard and Whitesburg are both drop off locations for the Journey Christian Church Food Pantry. Anyone who brings in a food donation can actually receive a free donor’s meal in return. Pastor Ben Fugate told WYMT that they will also be accepting donations at the church, and reminds donors that they need donations at all times of the year.

A Pike County community’s petition for alcohol sales has been denied

Elkhorn City put up the request a couple of months ago, which would allow them to vote for alcohol sales within the city limits. While Pikeville is a wet town, Pike County remains dry. According to the county clerk the city needed 126 valid signatures to put the issue to a vote, but it was returned with only 64. This prevents the issue from even being brought up for a vote.

Pikeville Police Department gets a federal grant

Police in Pikeville are using a grant to keep the community safe for the holidays. During this time of year more people are traveling, going to parties and more homes tend to be broken into. Officials in Pikeville hope that this federal grant will allow them to keep more uniformed officers on the streets and highways. The funds will be used to offer officers additional overtime pay.

 

Hundreds turned out for a Pike County job fair

The Bowlin group hosted the event and the Pikeville public library looking to hire utility construction workers. Michael Warrix is an unemployed miner who attended the event, and according to him so many people showed out that some will have to return today….*audio*. The Bowlin group held another event in Hazard on Tuesday.

 

Deputies take fuel thieves into custody

Three Floyd County men were arrested for stealing diesel fuel from a mining site. Blackhawk officials called the department after they suspected previous thefts of fuel. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s department the men were pumping fuel out of the mines reserve, and selling it for a discount price. Patrick Kidd, Shannon Hunter and Corey Kidd have all been charged with burglary and trespassing. The three are currently being housed in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Local charity donates shoes

The Paintsville Kiwanis Club has donated more than one hundred pairs of shoes to students in need. In a statement to WYMT, President Tyler Crum stated, “It’s our goal as a club to help our kids have a better quality of life in our county and give them better opportunities.” The club makes the donation possible through fundraising sells and has been doing so over the span of the last decade. The shoes were delivered to resource teachers yesterday and will soon be distributed to students.

FLOYD COUNTY COMMUNITIES AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION WILL BE TUESDAY DECEMBER 15, 2015

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE

FLOYD COUNTY COMMUNITIES AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION

WILL BE TUESDAY

DECEMBER 15, 2015

AT NOON

AT

 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

PRESTONSBURG, KY.

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

AND ATTENDEES ARE ASKED TO BRING

A REFRESHMENT ITEM.

ATTENDEES ARE ALSO ASKED TO BRING A GIFT OF

CHILDREN’S UNDERWEAR WHICH WILL BE

GIVEN TO TWO AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!