Motorist traveling between Floyd and Knott County should lookout

All of the recent rain and snow has caused a rock slide on route 80 near the border. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, all four lanes of the road are open but there could be some scattered smaller stones on the road. Officials plan on breaking up the boulder, which will involve closing one lane of route 80. The boulder is clearly marked with road barrels and should not pose a risk to drivers.

16 February 2016 Weather closings

Breathitt County Public

Boyd County Public

David School

Fairview Independent

Harlan County Public

Jenkins Independent

Johnson County Public

Russell Independent

Pike County Public

Wolfe County Public

Floyd County Public

Knott County Public

Lawrence County Public

Leslie County Public

Letcher County Public

Martin County Public

Perry County Public

Wise County Public

Maggofin County Public

Paintsville Independent (1 hour delay)

Ashland Independent (2 hour delay)

BSCTC (2 hour delay)

A Floyd County town will receive a bump in federal funding

The Martin Community has been plagued with seasonal flooding. The Martin Redevelopment Project will receive an additional 2.5 million dollars in funding to help combat the problem. To date numerous homes and businesses have been relocated from the flood zone. The city’s strategy revolves around mandatory floodplain evacuation, relocating public facilities, property acquisition and flood proofing.

A Boyd County woman is dead after a traffic accident

The incident occurred on Friday night on route 60 near the KYOVA mall in Cannonsburg. According to officials, 51 year old Tammy Hall of Ashland received serious injuries after an unnamed driver who ran a red light struck her vehicle. While Hall was pronounced dead at the scene the driver of the vehicle she was in was transported to Ca bell-Huntington where they are listed in stable condition. The crash is still under investigation, but officials do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Lawrence County officials discover a meth lab

While investigating a burglary in Fallsburg deputies obtained a search warrant for a couple of rooms at the Louisa Budget Inn. While investigating the hotel rooms deputies discovered two recently used meth labs, generator bottles, and other ingredients in a bathroom. 36 year of Jonathan Mills and 28 year old Shirley Vincell of Louisa were charged with manufacturing meth. Both were transported to the Three Rivers Medical center for decontamination before being lodged in the Big Sandy Detention Center.

The Kentucky State Police are searching for a missing teen

Her family last saw 17 year old Emma Riney of Hardin County on Thursday morning when she left for school. Riney has made contact with her friends since she disappeared. Officials believe that she may be in the company of an unidentified adult male. She is described as white with brown hair and eyes, and was last seen driving a Grey Pickup, license number 307-LTT. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement.

Officials locate a missing Knott County man

A Golden Alert was issued for Jennings Ritchie of Brinkley on Saturday evening. Ritchie suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and his relatives feared for his safety. According to his family, he left his home at 5 am on Saturday morning and they lost track of him. He was discovered in a convenience store in Central Ohio, when he approached a sales representative and claimed he couldn’t find his party. Ritchie was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark and his family was contacted.

15 February 2016 Weather Closings!

This list will be updated as we receive new information:

Ashland Independent

Boyd County Public

David School

Fairview Independent

Floyd County public

Hazard Christian

Hazard Independent

Jackson Independent

Jenkins Independent

Johnson County Public

June Buchanan

Knott County Public

Lawrence County Public

Leslie County Public

Letcher County Public

Magoffin County Public

Martin County Public

Paintsville Independent

Perry County Public

Wise County Public

Wolfe County Public.

Floyd County Drug Court

Alice Lloyd College 2 hour delay

Morehead State University 2 hour delay

University of Pikeville 2 hour delay

 

A former governor is stepping up to defend his signature program

Steve Beshear is squaring off with Governor Matt Bevin over the Kynect healthcare exchange. The current administration plans to dismantle the program and switch Kentuckians to the federal exchange. Beshear and his coalition hope their new campaign will change this new policy. They have launched a non-profit organization called Save Kentucky Healthcare, which is dedicated to educating  voters about healthcare issues.

West Virginia’s Governor has vetoed “right to work” legislation

The bill keeps companies from requiring their employees to compensate Labor Unions for representing them. In a statement, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said that the “right to work” issue has not dissuaded any companies from relocating to West Virginia. He also said that he saw little value in the legislation, which could actually lower wages. The Bill will now go back to the Republican controlled legislature for a second vote.