A federal judge rejects a request to delay coal dust regulations

 

The regulation in question is designed to lower the number of black lung cases, by increasing air quality samples in underground mines. The suit was filed by several coal corporations, and included the National Mining Association. Their goal was to push back the implementation date, which is set for February the first. The group argued that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration overstepped their authority when they issued the new rule. Yesterday the 11th Circuit US Court in Atlanta ruled that MSHA was well within its rights.

Authorities in Logan County arrest a man who passed out in his car

24 Year old Jordan Chase Canada of Delbarton was taken into custody after he was discovered unconscious in the parking lot of a Logan County convenience store. In a statement deputies say that Canada was parked next to a gas pump, with his vehicle in gear. Authorities found a used syringe in his lap, and a gram of what they believe may be Heroine. During a search of the vehicle deputies found 64 mason jars containing what they believe to be marijuana. Canada is currently being housed in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a 15-thousand dollar bond.

A Floyd County man accused of stabbing his wife claims he is not guilty

Thurston Sturgill of Hi Hat was taken into custody by the Kentucky State Police in early December for stabbing his wife, Tina Sturgill, and leaving her for dead. When troopers found his at a relative’s home in Letcher County they reported he was covered in blood. Tine Sturgill was treated for life threatening injuries, and made a recovery. Sturgill went before a judge yesterday and entered a plea of not guilty. He is currently being held on a 100-thousand dollar full cash bond.

 

26 January 2016 Closings!

This post will be periodically updated as we receive new information:

Ashland Independent

Boyd County

Breathitt County

David School

Floyd County

Harlan County NTI day

Jackson Independent 2 hour delay

Johnson County

Lawrence County NTI day

Leslie County

Letcher County

Magoffin County

Martin County NTI day

Paintsville Independent

Piarist

Pike County

Wesley Christian

Wise County VA

Wolfe County

A local sheriff’s department re-united a lost dog with her owner

Floyd County Deputies discovered the lost animal on Friday while patrolling route 80 near Bee Fork. According to their Facebook page as soon as they approached the stray it jumped into the cruiser, and spent the rest of the deputy’s patrol warming up. The department posted pictures on social media to try and find the lost dog’s owner. On Saturday their efforts were rewarded when they were able to reunite the dog, identified as Abby, with her owner.

Harassment charges against a former official were dropped

In December former Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin was charged with harassing Rescue Squad Captain Tim Cooley. According to Cooley Fannin had come to his place of employment, and had sent messages to his family. Fannin’s wife works at the rescue squad, and his children are dropped off there after school. According to Fannin he has to go to the building to pick them up. Cooley agreed to dismiss the charges, with the stipulation that Fannin refrain from contacting him or his family and he not enter the building while picking up family members.

Kentucky’s governor is under fire for leaving after declaring a state of emergency

Governor Matt Bevin joined other Republican leaders at a ‘Town Hall Meeting’ in New Hampshire. Bevin was invited to be a guest speaker at the events luncheon, and traveled to his home state shortly after making the announcement on Friday. In a statement his office defends the move by saying that he didn’t leave until he was sure matters were well in hand, and that he used the visit to meet with companies interested in Kentucky. Bevin was not the only governor to receive criticism for attending the meeting. New Jersey governor and Presidential hopeful Chris Christie received national attention for attending the event as his state was pounded by the storm.

A local business owner suffers from snow damage

Friday’s storm saw several inches of snow falling quickly. Apparently the winter weather was too much for a one shop in downtown Prestonsburg. The weekend’s blizzard dropped enough snow on top of the awning outside of the Lad ‘N Lassies clothing store that it collapsed yesterday morning. According to the owners there wasn’t any damage to the inside of the shop, but they fear the external damage will cause leaks. The shop is located in an older building, and the owners fear that the roof may not be sound. Repairs are still underway on the building.

A Johnson County Business is in deep trouble

The heavy snow that blanketed Eastern Kentucky caused the roof of the Paintsville Marina to collapse over the weekend. According to owner Bruce Blackburn the damage is extensive to the structure and the boats that were sheltering under it. In a statement to WKYT news Blackburn said that some boats had already sank, and the rest were all that was keeping the dock afloat. After the roof collapsed officials locked the marina down, and tapped off the scene. Blackburn’s next step is to get an estimate from his insurance company; he believes that there is between 2 and 4-hundered thousand dollars in damages.

 

25 January 2016 Closings

This post will be updated periodically as new information is made available.

Ashland Ind.

Boyd County

Breathitt County

David School

Fairview Ind.

Floyd County

Harlan County

Harlan Ind.

Hazard Ind.

Jackson Ind.

Johnson County

June Buchanan 2 hour delay

Knott County

Lawrence County

Leslie County

Letcher County

Magoffin County

Martin County

MSU-Prestonsburg

Our Lady of the Mountains

Paintsville Ind.

Piarist

Pike County

Pikeville Ind.

Wesley Christian

Wise County VA

Wolfe County