Local News 7-11-2014

One Person Injured after Accident on Rt. 201

According to reports, members of the Flat Gap VFD and W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue, responded to a single vehicle accident Wednesday evening around 8 PM. The accident was located on Ky. Rt. 201 at the Ky. Rt. 1092 intersection and involved a 1990’s model Blue Mustang. The driver was identified as Shannon Combs of Whitehouse. Johnson Co. Deputy David Pridemore said the cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it looks as if Combs lost control of the vehicle, causing her car to first go into a ditch and then onto an embankment were it came to a final rest.

Deputy Pridemore said the female was trapped inside the vehicle and complained of leg pain. Firefighters had to utilize hydraulic rescue tools to remove Combs from the vehicle for EMS personnel to begin treatment. She was transported by Paintsville Fire-EMS ambulance to Highland Elementary where she was then flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital. No other information has been released at this time and the Deputy David Pridemore with the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. is continuing to investigate this accident.

Fatal Crash in Knott County

Kentucky State Police say one person was killed Thursday, following a two car crash that happened in Knott Co. Police say the crash happened at the junction of Highway 15 and Kentucky 160 near Carr Creek Lake in Knott Co. around 3 PM. Highway 15 had to shut down for nearly 3 hours, as troopers investigated the accident and emergency crews cleaned up the scene. The name of the deceased or others injured has not released at this time. We hope to bring you further information, later in the day.            

KSP Searching for a Perry Co. Teen, Request Public’s Help

According to the Kentucky State Police, they are actively searching for a missing Perry County teenager. According to reports, 17 year-old Kayla Elliot was last seen on Sunday, July 6 around 3 p.m. along Heather Lane in the Scuddy Community of Perry Co. Troopers say they do not believe she is in any immediate danger. Elliot is described as, 5’6 (five feet six) inches tall, and weighs approximately 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and long brown hair, and was last seen wearing a green shirt and green shorts. If anyone has information that would assist in locating Kayla Elliott, you’re ask to please contact KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.

Tentative Agreement Reached between Hospital and Union

It looks as if Highlands Regional Medical Center in Floyd Co. and the Union representing 207 employees of the Hospital, have avoided a potential strike, at least for now. Negotiations between HRMC and Service Employees International Union, which represents licensed practical nurses, certified nursing aides, service and maintenance workers, and other support staff, had been in contract talks for the past week and the two sides met into the late hours of Wednesday to try and come to a compromise before the deadline.

There had been several items discussed during these talks, with the main points involving health insurance and a possible freeze in wages. The hospital currently provides health insurance to their employees and their spouses, but to help save money, HRMC was proposing to eliminate spousal coverage, while at the same time doubling premiums, deductibles and total out-of-pocket costs. Both sides were able to hash out a tentative agreement that would prevent a strike by employees that could have possibly stated on Thursday. Now those employees are casting their votes to see whether or not to except the “new deal.” If the employees do not agree on the new items, the two sides will once again go into meetings and try to come up with something else that satisfies each side. HRMC officials says these new contract proposals are essential to the future of HRMC as an independent and locally owned and controlled community health care institution.

Magoffin Co. Couple to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case Involving Morgan Co. Judge-Executive                                                                                                

According to the Lexington Herald, the Magoffin Co. couple charged in connection with a federal corruption case, involving Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley, is expected to plead guilty today. Attorneys for Kenneth Lee Gambill and his wife, Ruth L. Gambill, filed motions earlier this week, saying they have reached a deal with prosecutors, admitting they conspired with Conley in committing fraud, mail fraud and bribery.

According to the federal indictment, the Gambill’s operated a Salyersville construction company,that received contracts in Morgan County to build bridges and install culverts and to clean up debris after a March 2, 2012 tornado that devastated the city of West Liberty. Conley was charged of rigging bids to steer contracts to Gambill’s company and in some cases, judge Conley is said to have opened documents in private and lowered bids from the Gambill’s construction company, to make sure they had the lowest bid. The indictment also says that Conley made sure the company got more pay for tornado cleanup than justified. The conspiracy allegedly lasted from 2009 to August 2013 and the Gambill’s reportedly received $1.1 million in proceeds and Conley would receive kickbacks in return, according to the grand jury charge. Conley has pleaded not guilty. A scheduled change-of-plea hearing for Kenneth and Ruth Gambill is set for July 22. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and the government also seeks a $1 million judgment from the three people charged. Conley is scheduled for trial Aug. 25.

State Auditor Sets Public Hearings on Rural Hospitals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has set 10 hearings across the state to discuss the fiscal health of rural hospitals. Edelen's office says 45 percent of Kentucky residents receive health care at small, community hospitals and that the facilities help drive local economies. The hearings start next week in Prestonsburg and continue through Aug. 12 in Campbellsville. They kick off a study by Edelen's office to look at challenges facing small hospitals. The auditor's office is seeking financial records of dozens of rural hospitals and plans to issue a report this fall. Edelen's office says hospital administrators and staff, local elected officials, other health care providers and the public are invited. For more information, visit http://auditor.ky.gov.

Cost Lowered to take GED Test in Kentucky

The cost of taking the GED test in Kentucky is being reduced for a limited time. Effective immediately, eligible Kentucky adults can take each module of the GED test at the reduced cost of $10. The state Council on Post-secondary Education says the offer is being made possible in Kentucky through $20 limited-time vouchers using federal Workforce Investment Act funds. Through the offer, the full GED test is available at the reduced cost of $40, a savings of $80. Officials say the vouchers will be distributed while supplies last.