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WSIP News 5-12-2017

 

Meth Lab Found near Home with Children Inside

Two people are facing drug charges after law enforcement in Floyd Co. found an inactive meth lab near a home with children inside. According to the Floyd Co Sheriff's Dept. Deputies were responding to the home on Sammons Branch Road for a civil matter when they smelled a strong chemical odor coming from an out building. When they investigated the smell, they found the inactive meth lab, several meth precursors, and two baggies with a crystal substance believed to be meth. Arrested at the scene was the homeowner, 32-year-old Heather King, as well as 37-year-old Anthony King of Georgetown. Both were charged with manufacturing meth and trafficking charges, as well as wanton endangerment charges after one of Anthony King's children allegedly told deputies that he and his sister had been around the meth lab.


Family of Missing Woman Offers $10,000 Reward

The family of a missing Knott Co. woman is offering a $10,000 for information that leads to her whereabouts. Natasha Fugate Jones, went missing nearly 2 years ago and her family said they are still searching for answers. The family said Natasha Fugate Jones left the house the morning of May 7th, 2015 and never returned and she left behind two young boys. Family members add that she did leave a note for the boys saying she would be back. Kentucky State Police in Hazard says as of now, there are no new updates to the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky State police post in Hazard at (606)-435-6069.


State Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Click It or Ticket Campaign

In 2016 there were 629 deaths on Kentucky roads. According to the National Highway Transportation Agency, 61 percent of people who died in motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky in 2016 were not wearing their seatbelts. The same statistics found the number of people who died in crashes at night, and were not buckled up was 70 percent and Police say most crashes happen within a few miles of your home. With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, state law enforcement is hoping their Click It or Ticket campaign, May 22nd to June 4th will encourage people to buckle up.


Revenues up in April, but Likely Not Enough to Avert Deficit

A modest growth in Kentucky's April tax collections likely won't be enough to stop a predicted $113.2 million shortfall when the budget year ends June 30. State officials announced tax collections grew 1.7 percent in April compared with last year. It's the seventh time tax collections have grown during the first 10 months of the fiscal year. But state economists had expected the state would have more money by now. The legislature based the state's spending plan on that prediction. Tax collections will have to grow by nearly 10 percent over the next two months to avoid a shortfall. If there is a shortfall, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin could order budget cuts or use money from the state's reserve fund to make up the difference.


Kentucky Power Awards Grant to One East Kentucky

Kentucky Power officials awarded One East Kentucky with a $50,000 grant Wednesday. One East Kentucky is a nine-county regional economic development organization. The award is part of the Kentucky Power Economic Development Growth Grants (K-PEGG) program and is the third installment in a 5-year, $250,000 commitment to bring jobs to the region. “Kentucky Power takes great pride in working with local, regional and state organizations to promote stronger economies and economic growth in the communities we serve in eastern Kentucky,” said Matt Satterwhite, Kentucky Power president and CEO. “We are doing what we can to assist in the development of our region and in adding good paying jobs.”


Bridge Replacement to Close KY-2019 in Magoffin Co

In order to replace a bridge, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 2019 in Magoffin Co beginning Tuesday, May 23. The road will be closed at mile point 5.5, just south of the KY 1081 intersection at the Raccoon Creek bridge. The road will be closed until late July or early August, and will reopen before school starts in Magoffin Co. A detour will be posted for drivers, and message boards will also be used to inform drivers of the closure. Traffic can detour via US 460 and KY 1081. Nearly 1,100 vehicles use this section of KY 2019 each day.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Johnson Central High School – Tonight (Friday), May 12 @ 7:30 PM
Lawrence Co. High School – Tonight (Friday), May 12 @ 7 PM
Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.



WSIP News 5-11-2017

 

Floyd Co Crash Injures Three

According to officials in Floyd Co. a Wednesday morning crash closed both lanes of US-23 in Prestonsburg. Police say the wreck happened at the top of Katy Friend Mountain, in front of Mann Toyota. According to the Prestonsburg Police Department, a sport-utility vehicle hit a culvert, became airborne then flew into the path of a tractor-trailer. Police say two occupants of the SUV were taken to Pikeville Medical Center for serious injuries. One occupant was flown by helicopter, while the other was transported by ambulance. The driver of the commercial vehicle was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. Police are continuing to investigate the crash and no further information has been made available.


Martin Co. Couple Found Passed Out in a Car

A Martin Co couple was recently charged with trafficking meth after being found passed out in their vehicle. According to the arrest citation the Lawrence Co Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of a male and female passed out in their vehicle in Louisa. Upon the officers arrival 26-year old Ashley Horn and 26-year old Willis Horn, both of Inez were found passed out inside the vehicle while it was running. Ashley Horn was allegedly found passed out in the passenger seat with money in her lap. Upon searching the vehicle, officers found over one-thousand dollars in cash, two syringes, a set of scales, approximately 2 grams of what is believed to be meth and other narcotics as well as a 9mm handgun. Both Ashley and Willis Horn were arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and other drug related charges.


KSP Arrest 3 Men Attempting to Bring Drugs into Pike Co

According to the Kentucky State Police, Troopers prevented a pound and a half of marijuana on its way from Michigan from being brought into Pike Co. Court documents indicated that Troopers smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle that was stopped during a routine traffic check point on the Mountain Parkway. When the driver was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle the driver reached him a baggie of marijuana and rolling papers from the center console. Upon searching the vehicle a large plastic bag containing more marijuana was found in the trunk of the car under the spare tire. The driver stated there was approximately a pound and a half of marijuana in the bag. All occupants in the vehicle are said to have told officers they had traveled to Michigan and paid $3,000 for the marijuana which they had all pitched in money to pay for and were then going to transport it to Pike Co. Arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana and drug paraphernalia were 22-year old Thomas Smallwood, 18-year old John Barnes and 32-year old Daniel Belcher all of Jenkins.


Boyd Co. Man Arrested on Robbery Charges in Huntington

A Kentucky man was arrested in connection with the robbery last month of a Dollar General Store in West Huntington, according to Huntington Police. Brian Jeffery Gornes, 40, of Catlettsburg, was arraigned Tuesday on robbery charges in Cabell County Magistrate Court. Gornes was identified by the Huntington Police Department as the suspect in the robbery of the Dollar General Store in the 800 block of 14th Street West. That robbery happened April 19. HPD’s Violent Crime Unit worked with law enforcement officials in Kentucky to locate Gornes, who was arrested last Thursday. He is being held in the Western Regional Jail. His bond is $100,000.


Former Harlan Co Sheriff to Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Former Harlan Co Sheriff Marvin Lipfird will plead guilty in federal court. Lipfird is charged with misappropriating public money. An attorney representing Lipfird filed a motion for re-arraignment Tuesday. A date for the hearing is not yet scheduled. Lipfird is accused of stealing money from a fund intended for controlled drug purchases and seeking reimbursement for numerous personal expenses, including food, alcohol, hotel rooms and a subscription to a dating website. Lipfird is accused of forcing Harlan County to pay for fraudulent expenses, including duplicate payments for travel reimbursements and a cell phone issued to a friend. Lipfird faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


Kentucky Power Awards Economic Development Grant

One East Kentucky, a nine-county regional economic development organization charged with recruiting Industry and Investment to eastern Kentucky, on Wednesday received a $50,000 grant from Kentucky Power. The award is part of the Kentucky Power Economic Development Growth Grants (K-PEGG) program and is the third installment in a 5-year, $250,000 commitment to bring jobs to the region, including Floyd, Knott, Johnson, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry and Pike counties. The K-PEGG is funded through the Kentucky Economic Development Surcharge approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in 2015. For every 15 cents collected monthly from customers, company stockholders match the customer contributions dollar for dollar to generate $600,000 annually for investment at the local and regional levels. The program is available in all 20 counties served by Kentucky Power. Additional information on the grant is posted on the Kentucky Power website at https://kentuckypower.com/info/community/economic/

All grant applications were reviewed by a six-member committee comprised of four Kentucky Power employees and two outside, economic development professionals from the Kentucky Association of Economic Development and Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, Ky., provides service to about 168,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties. It is an operating company in the AEP system, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system. AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.


Recipients Named for the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship

Morehead State University has announced that Destiny Cheyenne Ross and Kurstin Tai Wooton of Flat Gap are the 2017-18 recipients of the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship. Ross is the daughter of Jerry and Jessica Ross. She has been involved in the Student Council, 4-H, Future Health Professionals (HOSA), Talent Search, Robinson Scholars Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes along with basketball, track and field, cross country and archery. She inspires to be a nurse educator. Wooten is the daughter of Paul and Kimberly Wooten. Among her activities were the president of the Interact Club, a yearbook leader and volleyball. She plans on becoming an elementary teacher.

Each year, at least one Curtis Scholarship is awarded from the JCHS graduating class. These scholars are awarded $10,000 annually to be applied toward their studies at Morehead State University. This scholarship support is possible because of the generosity of Thomas R. Curtis. In 1997, Curtis, an unassuming teacher of 30 years from Flat Gap, decided to do an extraordinary thing. He chose to leave a lasting legacy for the education of Johnson County students. When he passed away, he left the largest bequest in the MSU Foundation’s history, $1.3 million, to fund the Thomas Raymond Curtis Memorial Scholarship. Students from Johnson Central High School who plan to further their education at Morehead State University are eligible to apply for the award. Preference is given to students from Flat Gap who plan to pursue a degree in education. The award is renewable for three years if academic eligibility requirements are maintained. Ross and Wooten will both graduate from Johnson Central High School on Friday.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Allen Central High School - Thursday, May 11 @ 7 PM
Johnson Central High School - Friday, May 12 @ 7:30 PM
Lawrence Co. High School - Friday, May 12 @ 7 PM
Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.



WSIP News 5-10-2017

 

Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting (5-8-17)

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Court also met in regular session Monday, 5-8-2017 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of April 10, 2017 and the approval to pay the monthly bills as presented. The court also approved the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the General Fund to the Jail Fund. The first item on the agenda was to open bids on the Hale Drive Bridge. The court only received 1 bid from Bush and Burchett Contractors in the amount of $111,000. Judge Daniel said he thought that was a reasonable bid and asked the court to accept the bid, which they did. The next item on the agenda was to advertise bidding of blacktop. The court should start receiving the bids anytime and when they come in, Judge Daniel will call for a special meeting for approval.

Judge Daniel also said it was time to bid on Mack Trucks. As before, the court would like to use World Wide program where you buy a truck and use it for a year, then the truck would be taken to Alabama for auction with a guarantee of 90% of the trucks price. Judge Daniel said the county has made money on those deals every year with as much as a $30,000 profit. Next on the agenda was the approval of the Clerk’s claim for calculation of motor vehicle and boat bills for 2017. As required by the Dept. of Revenue, the total number of motor vehicle and boat accounts for Johnson Co. is 24,600 as of January 1, 2017 for which the Fiscal court shall pay the county clerk .15 cents for the calculation of a tax bill for each account. The amount to be paid by the Fiscal Court to the Clerk is .15 cents x 24,600 that equals $3,690.00. The commissioners approved the account. Next the court approved the county clerk’s quarterly report. The court also approved a memorandum of agreement with the Dept. of Transportation regarding the resurfacing of various county roads, which gives Judge Daniel the right to sign all documents pertaining to the agreement in order to receive money from the Dept. of Transportation for paying for the roads resurfacing.

Next the court also approved a memorandum of understanding between the Fiscal Court and Paintsville Utilities pertaining to the Van Lear Sewer Project. Judge Daniel said this project will serve all Van Lear residents and those who already have a septic system can sign up now. The final item discussed on the night was to open bids on the generator project. This project would get generators in all of the Johnson Co. Vol. Fire Department’s so they can operate during power outages. Judge Daniel gave EMS Director Gary McClure a copy of the 2 bids received to look over and make sure they meet all the requirements before deciding on which bid to approve. With nothing further to discuss the meeting adjourned.


Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Monday (5-8-2017)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Monday 5-8-2017 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of 4-10-2017 and special meeting on 4-13-2017 and 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 as presented. Mayor Bill Mike Runyon opened the meeting by thanking the Johnson Central Players for their wonderful production of the Lion King at the SIPP. First item discussed on the night was the first reading of the budget ordinance for fiscal year 2017-2018. Council members were given a copy of the budget to take home and look over, then a special council meeting will be called to approve at a later date. Next the council approved the bid on the 911 radio update, pending the city getting the grant it has applied for the system through Homeland Security, which cost nearly $100,000. The council also approved a request to advertise for bids for an outdoor warning siren for King Addition. EMS director Gary McClure said Homeland Security agreed to let the city use the leftover money from the installation of the siren to help pay for this one. These sirens will be placed at strategic locations throughout the city. The final item on the night was the swearing in of the new Paintsville City Police Chief, Mike Roe, who was the assistant Chief. Roe replaces Bill Holbrook who is going to the KSP. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.


One Person Killed in a Perry Co. Crash

One person was killed following a crash on Old Hwy-80 in the Combs community of Perry Co. on Tuesday. Officials report they were notified about the crash around 9:30 Tuesday morning. The accident involved a 10 wheeled commercial vehicle and a small commercial truck. The road was closed for several hours as investigators tried to figure out what happened. Investigators have not released the identity of the person involved.


Woman Dead after a House Fire in Greenup Co.

A woman died after a fire at a home in the South Shore community of Greenup Co. Greenup Co Coroner Neil Wright identified the victim as Carolyn Hunt, 72, who died in the fire shortly after midnight Tuesday at a home on East 1st Avenue. Wright says smoke detectors went off at the home, but Hunt was bedridden and wasn't able to escape the home. Reports say Hunt’s husband, who was also inside the home, tried to get her out, but was not able to do so. He was able to make it out of the home, but it was too advanced for fire fighters to attempt to rescue Mrs. Hunt. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No foul play is believed to be involved.


Man Injured after Falling off a High wall in Lawrence Co. following Pursuit

According to a news release from the Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Dept. on Saturday, May 6 at approximately 12:30 PM Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler observed a passenger in a vehicle acting erratic and also observed traffic violations. The vehicle sped up as Wheeler was attempting to catch back up to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle turned down South Pocahontas Street from Highway 2565 at which time the passenger Keith Penix, 26 of Louisa exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Penix was given multiple commands to stop by Wheeler, but he failed to do so. Penix then ran through some underbrush and fell over a rock wall landing in the creek below. At that time Wheeler advised 911 to send Netcare Ambulance and the Louisa Fire Department for the injured Penix. Once Penix was removed from the creek he was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. Penix' condition is not currently knkown, but it was reported he suffered some kind of leg injury. The news release does not say if Penix was charged with a violation.


Former District Judge Charged with Public Intoxication

Police arrested a Morgan Co attorney and former district judge on Monday. Officials say they responded to a call about an intoxicated female at Comfort Suites in Prestonsburg. According to the arrest citation, police found Kimberly Ison Gevedon, 47, of West Liberty, in the passenger seat of her vehicle. Gevedon allegedly told officers she consumed “a lot” of alcoholic beverages. Police charged Gevedon with alcohol intoxication in a public place. Gevedon served as district judge in the 37th District of Morgan, Elliott and Carter Counties.


Bridge Replacement to Close KY-2019 in Magoffin Co

In order to replace a bridge, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 2019 in Magoffin Co beginning Tuesday, May 23. The road will be closed at mile point 5.5, just south of the KY 1081 intersection at the Raccoon Creek bridge. The road will be closed until late July or early August, and will reopen before school starts in Magoffin Co. A detour will be posted for drivers, and message boards will also be used to inform drivers of the closure. Traffic can detour via US 460 and KY 1081. Nearly 1,100 vehicles use this section of KY 2019 each day.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

South Floyd High School - Wednesday, May 10 @ 7 PM
Allen Central High School - Thursday, May 11 @ 7 PM
Johnson Central High School - Friday, May 12 @ 7:30 PM
Lawrence Co. High School - Friday, May 12 @ 7 PM
Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.

 

WSIP News 5-9-2017

 

Minutes from the Johnson County Fiscal Court Meeting (5-8-17)

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Court also met in regular session Monday, 5-8-2017 @ 4:30 pm in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of April 10, 2017 and the approval to pay the monthly bills as presented. The court also approved the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the General Fund to the Jail Fund. The first item on the agenda was to open bids on the Hale Drive Bridge. The court only received 1 bid from Bush and Burchett Contractors in the amount of $111,000. Judge Daniel said he thought that was a reasonable bid and asked the court to accept the bid, which they did. The next item on the agenda was to advertise bidding of blacktop. The court should start receiving the bids anytime and when they come in, Judge Daniel will call for a special meeting for approval.

Judge Daniel also said it was time to bid on Mack Trucks. As before, the court would like to use World Wide program where you buy a truck and use it for a year, then the truck would be taken to Alabama for auction with a guarantee of 90% of the trucks price. Judge Daniel said the county has made money on those deals every year with as much as a $30,000 profit. Next on the agenda was the approval of the Clerk’s claim for calculation of motor vehicle and boat bills for 2017. As required by the Dept. of Revenue, the total number of motor vehicle and boat accounts for Johnson Co. is 24,600 as of January 1, 2017 for which the Fiscal court shall pay the county clerk .15 cents for the calculation of a tax bill for each account. The amount to be paid by the Fiscal Court to the Clerk is .15 cents x 24,600 that equals $3,690.00. The commissioners approved the account. Next the court approved the county clerk’s quarterly report. The court also approved a memorandum of agreement with the Dept. of Transportation regarding the resurfacing of various county roads, which gives Judge Daniel the right to sign all documents pertaining to the agreement in order to receive money from the Dept. of Transportation for paying for the roads resurfacing.

Next the court also approved a memorandum of understanding between the Fiscal Court and Paintsville Utilities pertaining to the Van Lear Sewer Project. Judge Daniel said this project will serve all Van Lear residents and those who already have a septic system can sign up now. The final item discussed on the night was to open bids on the generator project. This project would get generators in all of the Johnson Co. Vol. Fire Department’s so they can operate during power outages. Judge Daniel gave EMS Director Gary McClure a copy of the 2 bids received to look over and make sure they meet all the requirements before deciding on which bid to approve. With nothing further to discuss the meeting adjourned.


Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Monday (5-8-2017)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Monday 5-8-2017 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting of 4-10-2017 and special meeting on 4-13-2017 and 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 as presented. Mayor Bill Mike Runyon opened the meeting by thanking the Johnson Central Players for their wonderful production of the Lion King at the SIPP. First item discussed on the night was the first reading of the budget ordinance for fiscal year 2017-2018. Council members were given a copy of the budget to take home and look over, then a special council meeting will be called to approve at a later date. Next the council approved the bid on the 911 radio update, pending the city getting the grant it has applied for the system through Homeland Security, which cost nearly $100,000. The council also approved a request to advertise for bids for an outdoor warning siren for King Addition. EMS director Gary McClure said Homeland Security agreed to let the city use the leftover money from the installation of the siren to help pay for this one. These sirens will be placed at strategic locations throughout the city. The final item on the night was the swearing in of the new Paintsville City Police Chief, Mike Roe, who was the assistant Chief. Roe replaces Bill Holbrook who is going to the KSP. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.


Magoffin Co High School Senior Killed In Crash

A Magoffin Co High School senior was killed in a weekend car crash, officials in Magoffin Co. confirm. According to the Magoffin Co Schools Superintendent Scott Helton, he confirms that the victim, Madison Allen, was a senior at the high school. Grief counselors are there for her classmates as they deal with this tragedy. The crash happened around 10 P.M. Sunday night in the Gifford community of Salyersville. Allen was the only occupant of the vehicle. WSIP will update this story as more information is released.


Martin Co Woman Dies in ATV Crash

A Martin Co woman died Sunday as a result of injuries she suffered in an ATV crash. According to Martin Co. Sheriff Deputies, the crash happened around 6 p.m., off Route 908 in Martin Co. The victim has been identified as Tracy Dalton Horn, 42. Deputies say was driving a side by side ATV when it flipped. Two men found her and tried to give her CPR at the scene. When paramedics arrived, she was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center, where she later died. The Sheriff's Dept. said alcohol, drugs and foul play were not a factor. The incident is still under investigation.


1 Dead after Weekend Boating Accident in Rowan Co

The Rowan Co. Coroner’s Office confirms that one woman died after a boating accident at Cave Run Lake. Darlene Viars, 50, drowned after the boat she was riding in sank 200 feet from the shoreline. 3 others were in the boat when it began to fill with water. Those others made it to shore. Viars disappeared beneath the water. The coroner's office is investigating.


Man Wanted by Ashland Police Arrested

The man wanted by the Ashland Police Department was arrested Monday. On Friday, Police asked for the public's help in finding Roman Lewis, who was wanted for escape 2nd degree, theft of identity, theft by unlawful taking and driving under the influence.


Kentucky Tourism Shows Strong Growth in 2016

Kentucky officials said the state's tourism industry reported its strongest economic growth rate in more than a decade. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said on Monday that tourism had a $14.5 billion impact on Kentucky in 2016, up more than 5 percent from the previous year. Officials said it's the strongest overall economic impact growth rate since 2005, with each of the state's nine tourism regions showing increases. Tourism generated more than $1.5 billion in taxes and supported nearly 193,000 jobs last year, up by about 7,000 from the previous year. Commissioner Kristen Branscum said the report shows that tourism is "a vital economic driver" for the state. Officials say they will continue to build on Kentucky's signature tourism industries of horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary to attract visitors.


Bridge Replacement to Close KY-2019 in Magoffin Co

In order to replace a bridge, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 2019 in Magoffin Co beginning Tuesday, May 23. The road will be closed at mile point 5.5, just south of the KY 1081 intersection at the Raccoon Creek bridge. The road will be closed until late July or early August, and will reopen before school starts in Magoffin Co. A detour will be posted for drivers, and message boards will also be used to inform drivers of the closure. Traffic can detour via US 460 and KY 1081. Nearly 1,100 vehicles use this section of KY 2019 each day.


Graduation Dates and Times for Area Schools

The following is a list of dates and times for area High School Graduations.

Prestonsburg High School – Today (Tuesday), May 9 @ 7 PM
South Floyd High School - Wednesday, May 10 @ 7 PM
Allen Central High School - Thursday, May 11 @ 7 PM
Johnson Central High School - Friday, May 12 @ 7:30 PM
Lawrence Co. High School - Friday, May 12 @ 7 PM
Paintsville High School - Friday, May 19 @ * PM
Morgan Co. High School - Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 PM
Piarist School High School - Sunday, May 21 @ 1 PM (Jenny Wiley Conf. Center)
Magoffin Co. High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM
Sheldon Clark High School - Friday, May 26 @ 7 PM

Congratulations to All Area Graduates from New Country 98.9 FM.