An Eastern Kentucky official reminds pet owners to be wary of the cold

Sheriff John Hunt of Floyd County took to social media to assure his constituents that his office is keeping an eye on animal abuse. With overnight lows dropping to near zero, his office has been swamped with calls about animals being left out in the cold. In the statement his office assures the public that deputies are making interventions when necessary, and asks owners to ensure that their furry friends are kept safe and comfortable. He encourages owners to reach out for assistance if they do not have the means to care for their animals.

Photo credited to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department

Eastern Kentucky said goodbye to a local hero yesterday

Pete Grigsby Jr. lived a full life by all accounts, playing for the University of Kentucky under Coach Adolf Rupp on the 1954 team that held a perfect record. Grigsby came back to the mountains and Coached at McDowell High School for 13 seasons, bringing the school 3 regional championships; he also coached at M.C. Napier High School for three seasons. Grigsby held an impressive career with the Floyd County board of Education, serving as superintendent for the better part of a decade. Grigsby passed away at age 81, visitation and services will be at Hall Funeral Home in Martin.



School closings and delays for 19 January 2016


Floyd, Pike, Johnson, Perry, Lawrence, Ashland Independent, Boyd County, Fairview Independent, Wolfe, David School, Harlan, Hazard Christian, Martin, Knott, Letcher, Jenkins Independent, Hazard Independent, Magoffin, New Hope Christian Academy have canceled classes.

Gateway Christian is on a one hour delay, Jackson Independent, Ashland Holy, Rose Hill Christian, Breathitt, Wayne County WV, Mingo County WV, and Trinity Christian Academy are on a 2 hour delay.


Magoffin County calls off classes

Officials in Magoffin County have officially canceled classes for tomorrow (1/19/2016) due to a broken heater in one of the buildings.

18 January 2016 Obituaries

Betty Alice Young Johnson, 90, of Hazard, KY. Born on September 12, 1925. Married to the late Allen Johnson. Passed away on Jan. 13, 2016. Services will be at 1PM Sat. Jan. 23, 2016 at Maggard Brothers Funeral Home.

Pasty Pelphrey Blevins, 100, of Johnson County. Born October 30th, 1915 in Johnson County, Kentucky.Married to the late Pluma Blevins. passed away Friday, January 15th, 2016. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 18th, 2016 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.


Emma Jean Blair Adams, 71, of West Van Lear. born June 4th, 1944 in Johnson County, Kentucky. Married to the late Billy Ray Adams. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 18th, 2016 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.


Garland Risner, 83, of Royalton, Kentucky. Born February 10, 1932 in Magoffin County, Kentucky. passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016. Services for Garland Risner will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 18, 2016 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel.


G. B. Deaton, 85, of Jackson, KY. Born on May 17, 1930. Married to Nancy Jett Deaton. Passed away Friday, January 15, 2016. Services will be at 11AM Monday, January 18, 2016, at Johnson’s Church at Campbell’s Branch.


Corba Combs Cornett, 81 of Viper. Born January 31, 1934. Married to Gene Cornett. Passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Services will be at 1PM Monday, January 18, 2016 at Maggard’s Mtn. View Chapel.


Eleanor “Lena Bell” Blackburn, 96, residence not listed. Born January 24, 1920. Spouse not listed. Services will be at 1:00 pm on Monday at J.W. Call Funderal Home.


James Paul “JP” Proffitt, 83, of Pine Top, Kentucky. Born February 10, 1932. Married to the late Myrtle Smith. Services will be at 11AM, Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home Chapel in Hindman, Kentucky. With Military Honors by the Knott County DAV.


William Keith Ratliff, age 45, of Shelby Gap, Ky. Born on April 30, 1970. Spouse is not listed. Passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Lucas & Son Funeral Home.


Pebble Meade, 85, of Phyllis, Ky. born on February 20, 1930. A spouse is not listed. Passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Lucas and Son Funeral Home.


Henry Hamilton, 80, of Teaberry. Born on July 29, 1935. Married to the late Martha Story Hamilton. Passed away on Thursday January 14, 2016. Services will be Monday January 18, 2016 at 11am Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry, Kentucky.


Clora King Cantrell, 93, of Wittensville, KY. Born September 3rd, 1922 in Johnson County, KY. Married to the late Walter Cantrell. Passed away Saturday, January 16th. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at the Sitka Free Will Baptist Church.


Kelly Joe Webb 45, of Debord, Ky. born on March 17, 1970 in Martin County, KY. Spouse is not listed. Passed away on Friday January 15, 2016. Services will be handled by the Richmond Callaham funeral home but time and date are not listed.


Gloria Taylor, 71, of Auxier, Ky. Born June 21, 1944 Where: Ville Platte, Louisiana. Married to Willie “Russ” Taylor. Passed away on Jan. 16, 2016. Services will be a Graveside Services 2 pm on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, KY.


Nicky Dale Roberts, 63, of Robinson Creek, Kentucky. A birth date is not listed but he was born in 1953. A spouse is not listed. passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. Services have been delayed at this time at his family’s request. Arrangements will be held at a later date to provide a greater tribute and fulfill his wishes.


Ralph D. Allen age 64 of Salyersville. Born July 18, 1951. No spouse is listed. Passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by the Magoffin County Funeral Home.


Charles Bentley, 71 of: McDowell, KY. Born December 5, 1944 in Dony, KY. Spouse was not listed. Passed away January 17, 2016. Services will be held Wednesday January 20, 2016) at 12 noon in the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church (IBA) in McDowell, KY.


Sidney Childers, 83, of Lancaster, Ky. born January 20, 1932 in Hueysville, Ky. Married to Mabel Louise Isaacs Childers. Passed away January 16, 2016. A memorial service for family and friends will be held in Knott County at a later date.


Tammie Sabrina Stevens Corbitt, 53, of Pikeville, Kentucky. born in Pikeville, Kentucky on March 13, 1962. Married to James Corbitt Jr. Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the J.W. Call Funeral Home Chapel.


Charlene Ousley, 64, of Prestonsburg, KY. Born November 26, 1951 in Martin, KY. Married to Dennie Ousley. Passed away January 18, 2016. Services will be Wednesday (January 20, 2016) 1pm Nelson Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.


Woodrow Parrish, 93, of Pikeville, Kentucky. Born in Lockport, Kentucky on September 27, 1922. Married to Jessica Parrish of Pikeville. Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2016 at the Prewitt Funeral Home in New Castle, Kentucky.


Tiann Branham Mullins, age 60, residence is not given. Born on Sept. 15, 1955. Married to William (Bill) Mullins. Passed away Monday, January 18, 2016. Services will be will be Thursday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 1p.m. at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church.


Patsy Jane Jones Murphy, 83, of Wayland, KY. Born June 5, 1932 in Floyd County. Married to Thomas “TJ” Murphy. Passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016. Services will be Thursday, January 21 at 11 a.m. in the Hall Funeral Home.


Kermit R. Rowe, 70, of Dana Ky. Birth date is not listed. Married to Lenore Boyd Rowe. Passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016. Services will be on Thursday, January 21 at noon at the Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church, in Dana Ky.

An Eastern Kentucky man appeared on a popular comedy show

Christ Stapleton is a Johnson County native who has spent a lot of time in the national spotlight, including a duet with pop music star Justin Timberlake at the Country Music Awards. Over the weekend Stapleton appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and opened the show with the Star Wars franchises’ latest villain Adam Driver. Stapleton is scheduled to perform in Nashville on February 18-20 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Many in Martin County wary of mining spill

On Friday Martin County’s Emergency Management Director Lee Gauze reported a mining slurry spill from the Revelation Energy operation into Wolf Creek. In a statement to WYMT Gauze said these spills happen frequently, often twice a year. Slurry is what remains after coal is cleaned and can contain several toxins such as Mercury. Martin County was the site of one of the largest slurry spills in history when the embankment broke at a Massey Slurry pond, dumping 306 million gallons of Sludge into the water table. While Gauze says this recent spill should not impact the drinking water, residents are understandably worried.

A Pike County investigation ends in arrest

After an extended investigation the Kentucky State Police Criminal Interdiction Team obtained a search warrant for the residence of 57 year old Terry Fouts of Virgie. According to an officials statement by the KSP troopers discovered several different pain medications, a stash of Marijuana, multiple hand guns, a shotgun and a rifle. Troopers also found about 5-thousand dollars of cash in the home. The case is still under investigation, anyone who wants to make an anonymous tip can do so by calling 606 433 7711.


Image Credit: Kentucky State Police Post 9

Officials in Boyd County have caught a suspected thief

Deputies arrested 31 year old Justin Ross Watts of Ashland on Saturday for allegedly breaking into several vehicles. Watts was caught on video surveillance trying to use a credit card from one of the vehicles at a Wal-mart in Cannonsburg. Officials released the video to several news sources and public media, and several tips led them to Watts. Deputies contacted Watts who then turned himself in.

A Floyd County couple claims a shooting was self defense

The Kentucky State Police responded to the home of Leslie Cooley, on Old County road in the Harold Community at 7 pm on Saturday night. Cooley had contacted officials after her boyfriend Stan Lee, shot her ex-boyfriend Eric Edmonds. In a news release Trooper Steven Mounts said Edmonds is alleged to have driven to the residence to confront the couple, and cause them harm. Edmonds was transported to Pikeville Medical Center. Officials are not filing charges at this time, but the case will be presented to a grand jury.