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Local News 4-14-2014


Accident in Floyd Co. Under investigation

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, officers are continuing their investigation of a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 321 and Bays Branch Road that happened Friday morning. Reports indicate that both the drivers, were transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center for their injuries, but to what extent they were injured has not been released. Neither vehicle was carrying any additional passengers. The accident remains under investigation by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.  

Pedestrian Dies in a Pike County Accident

KSP in Pikeville are also continuing to investigate a Pike County woman’s death, after she was hit by a car while walking down the street last week. Kentucky State Police report the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County. 46-year-old Johnny Stewart was driving on Kentucky 80 when he hit 21-year-old Samantha Bennett while she was walking. Bennett died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstruction and no further information has been made available.

Evidence Gathered in a Lawrence Co Death Investigation. Looks Suspicious

Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation about a man’s mysterious death. The body of Brandon M Burnett, 30 of Denton, Ky in Carter County was found on a logging road just off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County on Monday, March 31. Officials are saying the death looks very suspicious. Burnett’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results did not show any signs of trauma to Burnett’s body.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts said they found shoe and tire tracks in the mud where the body was located, he added the only people who regularly travel the dirt road are workers with a gas and oil company, who found Burnett's body. Officials are waiting for the results of the toxicology test to help in determining the cause of death and whether drugs might have been involved. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads reference to who Mr. Burnett was with prior to his death. Anyone with information as to how Burnett's body got to the location is asked to contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 606-638-4851 or Lawrence County 911.

Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Part of State Budget Bill

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he has vetoed language in the state budget bill that would have blocked construction projects at some community and technical college campuses. Beshear said Friday his action will guarantee capital projects at all 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The governor's office says the budget passed by state lawmakers would have prevented nine of the 16 building projects from proceeding. Beshear says the two-year colleges play key roles in preparing Kentuckians for the work force, and says the colleges are overdue for expansions and upgrades. Beshear used his line-item veto power on other pieces of the $20.3 billion, two-year state budget that takes effect in July. Lawmakers can consider overriding vetoes during their two-day wrap up session that starts Monday.

Morehead State to Open High School Academy

Morehead State University plans to open a residential high school academy for academically gifted students. MSU Officials announced on Thursday that the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will open in August of 2015 and offer students dual credits for classes. The initiative is modeled after a similar one at Western Kentucky University called the Gatton Academy. It is being funded through a $2.3 million state appropriation and a $4 million donation from businessman Joe Craft.

Officials are planning for an initial class of 60 students, who will live on campus and attend classes with college students. Stivers and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins both worked to get funding for the project, and Adkins noted how the academy would benefit the region.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that you have 1 more day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, April 15th 2014, the bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

2014 Country Cares for St. Jude Radio-thon a Success!!!

The 2014 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is COMPLETE @ WSIP and turned out to be one of the most successful. Our TOTAL raised this year, by the end of Friday, April 11 was.........$43,056, with a few donations still yet to be counted.

THANK'S goes out to ALL of OUR LISTENERS!!! Without you, this could not be possible. ALL MONEY donated will go directly to the Children and Families @ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. We APPRECIATE EVERYONE for their Help and Generosity and we look forward to next year, as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Again THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to YOU, OUR LISTENERS for a JOB WELL DONE!!!!

Local News 4-11-2014


Pedestrian Dies in a Pike County Accident

According to the KSP in Pikeville, a Pike County woman died Wednesday night after she was hit by a car while walking down the street. Kentucky State Police report the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County. 46-year-old Johnny Stewart was driving on Kentucky 80 when he hit 21-year-old Samantha Bennett while she was walking. Bennett died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstruction and no further information has been made available.

Ashland Woman Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charge

The Boyd County Sheriff's Department conducted an undercover drug buy Wednesday evening and arrested one woman on drug trafficking charges. Officials report the incident happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Lee Street. Undercover deputies arrested Thelma Wawi, 50, of Ashland at her home, after purchasing heroin from Wawi. Deputies then searched her home, and found additional heroin, other narcotics, drug paraphernalia and cash. Wawi is charged with felony drug trafficking. She is being held in the Boyd County Detention Center.

Woman Killed After Single Car Crash in Estill County

One woman was killed Thursday evening, after a single car crash on Highway 213 in Estill County. Police say the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. and the investigation into what caused the accident remains open. Officials said a woman somehow went off the side of the road on a curve and went into a small dirt ditch which caused the car to flip. When the vehicle flipped, the woman was thrown into the road. Troopers believe she may not have been wearing her seatbelt and alcohol may be a contributing factor but they are still investigating. No other information about the driver has been released until after family has been notified.

Woman Sentenced In Stabbing Death of Wolfe County Man

A woman who police say helped kill a Wolfe County man in 2010 was formally sentenced on Thursday. Despite testimony from the daughter of murder victim Robert Bryant, the judge accepted a plea deal before Rebecca Wright's case went to trial. Wright pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The robbery and tampering with physical evidence charges against her were dropped. She could have faced 40 years in prison had her case gone to trial. Wright's ex-boyfriend and the victim's cousin, Lloyd Bryant, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the robbery and murder. Lloyd Bryant pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the violent stabbing death of his 44-year-old cousin in 2010, with whom Lloyd was living with at the time.

Kentucky Budget Surplus Less Likely

Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus. State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year. State officials predicted Kentucky's revenues would grow 2.1 percent in the 2014 budget year that ends June 30. For that to happen, revenues must grow 3.9 percent in the next three months. Driskell said she is confident the state will meet the estimate but said a surplus is becoming less likely. Road fund revenues increased $22.8 million in March, an increase of 19.9 percent. Road fund collections must increase an additional 2.7 percent over the next three months in order to meet the estimate.     

Kentucky Gov. Signs Cannabis Oil Bill

Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients. Gov. Steve Beshear signed SB.124 into law on Thursday. It allows doctors at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville research hospitals to prescribe cannabidiol to treat patients. Supporters note the oil has been particularly effective in treating seizures in children. In a news release, Beshear said he signed the bill into law because it only allowed the oil with the permission from a doctor at a research hospital or if someone is participating in a trial administered by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

Day 1 of the 2014 Premier Auto sales, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is is in the books here at WSIP. Thursday’s total tallied over $13,000 and we expect even a bigger amount today, as we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

Local News 4-10-2014


Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Tuesday (4-8-2014)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting from March 11, 2014. City Council members also approved the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Ambulance, 911, Emergency management, utilities and the treasurer and they also approved to pay the monthly bills. Council members present were: Bill Mike Runyon, Jim Meek, Sarah Hopson Blair, Tommy Trimble and Mark McKenzie, absent was David "Coach" VanHoose.

Only a few items on the agenda for the evening. The meeting got underway with announcements from Mayor Bob Porter. (1) He invited everyone to a public meeting on May 6 at Sipp Theatre @ 5 PM. Items discussed will center around future recreational projects for the city of Paintsville and Johnson Co. (2) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks at the Sipp, there will be Children’s Theatrical meetings. If you have a child interested in theatre, you’re encouraged to bring them to this meeting. (3) Mayor Porter said that the Blacktop Plant will open on April 14 and as soon as it opens, the “Pot Holes” in the city will be fixed. (4) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that Friday, June 13 there will be a Flip Flop Run in Paintsville. On Saturday, June 14 there will be a Bike/Hike at the Dawkins Trail at 9 AM. For more information contact City Hall.

Council members then heard from Regina McClure, as she announced McCort Electric in Lowmansville was the low bidder for Generators to be placed at the Paintsville Fire Dept and City Hall. This item was approved. Next Ms. McClure gave the council information about a new Volted Toilet to be placed on the Dawkins Trail @ Swamp Branch around the Riceville area. This would be a 50/50 Grant that Tourism would purchase, then Kentucky Parks and Recreation would maintain. This Volted Toilet consist of a “Pit” that uses “Sweet Smelling” technology that is good for 15,000 uses before it has to be pumped. This project was highly recommended by the State Park system and is used at some other Parks across the State. This item was also approved.

Finally, City Council approved items for City Utilities to improve waste water treatments in Paintsville. The Federal government would loan $4.9 Million, offer a Grant of $2.1 Million and the City utilities would only have to match $149,000. This items was approved. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Floyd Co. Shooting Suspect Identified

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.           

Ex-Clay Co. Judge, 3 others Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case

A former Clay Co. judge and three other officials have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud. A federal judge said during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that three of the defendants - former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school superintendent Doug Adams and former election officer William Stivers - must serve 100 days of home incarceration.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, they report that all 3 were placed on supervised release for two years, along with the fourth defendant, former county clerk Freddy W. Thompson. Prosecutors said the men used the Clay County Board of Elections to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell described their actions as "nothing short of despicable."

Domestic Violence Victims: Still Time to Sign Up for Health Coverage

The deadline in Kentucky to enroll for affordable health care coverage through the state marketplace, known as Kynect, has been extended to Friday. But, if you are married and a victim of domestic violence, you have until the end of May. According to Andrea Miller, economic justice services coordinator for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the special enrollment period for victims was created because of confusion over how to file for a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. "You don't want sometimes to be filing jointly for tax purposes, for any purposes," Miller pointed out. "Plus, it also might violate a protective order, because it requires that you have contact with each other in order to do that."

Miller said it's taken time for the IRS and the Treasury Department to exempt victims from a requirement to file jointly to receive a tax credit that helps them pay for their health care premiums. That's why the enrollment deadline for married victims filing separately is now May 31. The tax credit in question is available to individuals and families who earn from 100 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Even though enrollment for affordable health care coverage began last October, Miller said, the new tax credit guidelines weren't issued by the IRS and Treasury until late last month. "And so what this is allowing them to do, is to be able to keep their credit that they were entitled to receive, without filing jointly," she stated. Through the end of March 370,000 Kentuckians had enrolled for new health care coverage. That's more than one out of every 12 residents of the state. Link to Kentucky's ACA website at Kynect.ky.gov. The Kynect call center is at 1-855-4KYNECT.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon begins today at WSIP. All day today April 10 and again on Friday, April 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune into 98.9 FM and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

Local News 4-9-2014



Evidence Gathered in a Lawrence Co Death Investigation. Looks Suspicious

Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation about a man’s mysterious death. The body of Brandon M Burnett, 30 of Denton, Ky in Carter County was found on a logging road just off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County on Monday, March 31. Officials are saying the death looks very suspicious. Burnett’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results did not show any signs of trauma to Burnett’s body.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts said they found shoe and tire tracks in the mud where the body was located, he added the only people who regularly travel the dirt road are workers with a gas and oil company, who found Burnett's body. Officials are waiting for the results of the toxicology test to help in determining the cause of death and whether drugs might have been involved. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads reference to who Mr. Burnett was with prior to his death. Anyone with information as to how Burnett's body got to the location is asked to contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 606-638-4851 or Lawrence County 911.

Investigation Underway in a Deadly Shooting in Floyd County

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.

Ex-Judge Facing Sentencing in Vote Fraud Case in Clay Co.

A former eastern Kentucky judge is scheduled for sentencing after pleading guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud in eastern Kentucky. Former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle is set to face U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell on Tuesday in federal court in Lexington. Maricle pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to control local politics by means of vote fraud. Seven other people have also entered guilty pleas in the case that involved using the county Board of Elections in an effort to buy or steal votes in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last year overturned the convictions of the group after determining that a jury heard evidence it shouldn't have during a trial.

June Trial Set For Man Charged With Online Threats

A trial date has been set for a Kentucky man charged with threatening to kill the state's governor, first lady and their family in a series of Facebook postings. U.S. District Judge scheduled 22-year-old William Collin Bordt of Lexington to face a jury on June 5 in Lexington. Bordt has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Federal agents believe Bordt may have also posted threats to a former employer and a political figure in South Carolina. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Romagnoli wrote in an affidavit that Bordt posted "Your both dead if he doesn't step down" and other messages on the governor's Facebook page. Kentucky State Police arrested Bordt in March.

New Report Shows Kentucky Rates Low for “Well-Being”

A new report shows Kentucky is one of the worst states for well-being in the nation. The survey, by Gallup Organization and Healthways, ranked the bluegrass 49th in the perception of well-being. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other state leaders have been working to turn around these numbers and several new initiatives to help improve areas where Kentuckians suffer most.

The survey looks at emotional and physical health, behavior that affects health, job satisfaction, access to basic needs and outlook on life for Kentuckians. For years, the state has struggled in these areas, especially here in Eastern Ky. With the coal industry dwindling, many agree the region needs a new strategy to help local economies in the mountains. In December, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region imitative was created to help find ways to expand and diversfi an economy that’s depended on coal for decades. Another is ‘kyhealthnow’ created in February, which unites state government cabinets along with public and private groups to improve the overall health of Kentuckians within the next five years.

The goal is to cut smoking and obesity rates, reduce the number of people without health insurance as well as the number of kids with untreated dental problems and cut down on the number of deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease and drug overdoses. Kentucky has ranked 49th each year, except for 2008 (when the index began) when it was ranked 48th. To view the full report or for more information about SOAR, kyhealthnow or kynect, click the attached links.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. Also remember the only times you can burn outdoors is 6 PM – 6 AM. No burning after 6 AM and no burning before 6 PM and you need to be 150 FT away from any woodland area. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

Deadline to Register to Vote is April 21

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 20 Primary Election is Monday, April 21. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 21. Grimes also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:

To be eligible to vote, you must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen,
2. Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,
3. Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,
4. Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,

5. Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent”
6. Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

· Minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the General Election on November 4, 2014, are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary; however, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.

· Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 21, 2014. Pursuant to KRS 116.025(6), individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

· Changes in party affiliation for the 2014 Primary Election were due by December 31, 2013. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after December 31, 2013, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.

· Under the Secretary of State’s recently established Address Confidentiality Program, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can register and update their registration while keeping their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.

You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center, https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp. To obtain a registration card or for more information about registering to vote, visit www.elect.ky.gov or contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100. To learn more about the Address Confidentiality Program, visit www.sos.ky.gov.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is now just one day away, here at WSIP. Beginning this Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.

 

Local News 4-8-2014


JCSO Make Multiple Weekend DUI Arrest

According to a news release from the JCSO, on the morning of Sunday April 6th at approximately 4:30 AM while on patrol, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild observed a 1999 Blue Ford F-150 truck swerving into the white lines and hitting the breaks rapidly on US23. Deputy Fairchild performed a traffic stop. Fairchild determined through field sobriety testing and observation that the driver of the truck, 48 year old Bert Bentley of Inez, appeared to be operating the motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. It was determined through further investigation that Bentley was operating on a suspended driver’s license. Bert Bentley was arrested and charged with: DUI, Operating on a Suspended License, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, No Registration Receipt, and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. Bentley was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

In a separate news release from the JCSO, on the night of Sunday April 6th at approximately 8:30PM, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Fairchild was patrolling US23 near the Lawrence County line when he observed a blue van speeding into Johnson County. Upon traffic stopping the van at the Cardinal Country Mart in Lowmansville, Fairchild determined through field sobriety testing and observation that the driver of the van, 42 year old Jack Chandler of Paintsville, appeared to be operating his motor vehicle under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. Open beer containers and marijuana cigarettes were found on Chandler’s person and inside of the vehicle. It was determined through further investigation that Chandler did not have a driver’s license. Chandler was arrested and charged with: DUI, Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Marijuana, No Driver’s License, Speeding, and Failure to Wear Seat Belts. Chandler was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Teen Hit by Car in Rowan County

According to reports out of Rowan Co., Police say a teen was hit by a car early Monday morning. Reports indicate the 15-year-old girl got out of her parent's car and was attempting to cross the street, when a car coming in the opposite direction hit her. Police says the parent noticed the car approaching and tried to blow the horn, but the car didn't slow down. The teen was taken to the hospital for observation, but is expected to be OK. No charges have been filed against the driver. This incident remains under investigation.

Boyd Co. Assault Charge Dismissed after Immigration Agents Pick Up Suspect

Here’s an update to a story we had from last week. An assault charge has been dropped against a man accused of getting into a fight with a co-worker at a restaurant in Boyd Co. The fight took place on March 27 in the parking lot of El Colonial Mexican Restaurant. Police said the incident began as horseplay when Marcelino Pacheo Pedro, 21, was hit in the head with a broom handle, by David Ortiz, 24, who was arrested and charged with assault. The manager of the restaurant said the incident happened after the men got off work.

Russell Police now say the assault charge against Ortiz has been dropped because Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took Ortiz into custody. If he returns to the area, all charges will be reinstated.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. Also remember the only times you can burn outdoors is 6 PM – 6 AM. No burning after 6 AM and no burning before 6 PM and you need to be 150 FT away from any woodland area. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon gets underway later this week at WSIP. This Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune in and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.