Officials in an Eastern Kentucky County are moving against deadbeat parents

Pike County released warrants for 40 people who have accumulated an excessive amount of child support debt. County Attorney Howard Keith Hall’s office decided to use digital E-warrants to pursue the offenders because it will send up a red flag any time an officer stops them. While the goal of this aggressive move is to punish delinquent parents, officials hope it will discourage minor offenders from following suit. In a statement to Appalachian News Express Hall claimed, he is only pursuing individuals who have not made contact with his office or made payments on their excessive debts.

The search ends for an elderly couple after a house fire

The blaze occurred on Monday evening in Pike County, near Elkhorn City. While responders were able to douse the flames, they could not find the home owners Ross and Dixie Damron. Officials began the search yesterday morning and spent the day combing through the remains of the home, and discovered the remains of two people. While they have not identified the bodies yet, the coroner will conduct an autopsy this afternoon. Officials are not sure what started the fire, and Kentucky State Police Arson investigators are looking into the case.

Bevin announces broad spending cuts in his first State of the Commonwealth Address

Governor Matt Bevin addressed members of the state legislature yesterday and repeated his promise to make broad cuts to the state budget. His first point was to instate a 4.5 percent, or 117-million dollar, cut to the budget through executive action. There will be progressive cuts over the next two years, eventually leading to a 9 percent cut by 2017. Some sectors will not feel the pinch, since he promised to avoid cuts to K-12 education, veteran programs, and low income medical insurance. Some state agencies, including the Kentucky State Police and corrections will see an increase in their budget.

27 January 2016 Cancellations and Announcements

This post will be updated as more information is made available:

Breathitt County

David School

Floyd County

Harlan County (NTI Day)

Harlan Independent

Jenkins Independent

Johnson County (NTI Day)

Knott County

Lawrence County

Leslie County

Letcher County

Our Lady of the Mountain 2 Hour

Perry County


Pike County

Pike County (NTI Day)

Magoffin County (NTI Day)

Martin County (NTI Day)

Wise County VA (2 Hour Delay)

Wolfe County



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


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.