Officials in Martin Co. Investigating 2 Recent House Fires in Martin Co.
According to the website, the Mountain Wolf, fire officials in Martin Co. are investigating two recent fires. The first fire happened at around 4 PM on January 31 along Mills Branch Rd. in the Turkey Creek community of Martin Co. The Turkey Creek VFD and Inez VFD were called to the scene of this structure fire. The house was said to be more than 150 years old and belonged to Charles Mills. There was no one living in this home at the time of the blaze. The fire was said to have started in the kitchen area and fully engulfed the home. The cause of the fire however, is not known at this time. On the scene of this fire were members of the Turkey Creek VFD and Inez VFD.
The second and most recent fire occurred on February 2, 2014 along Route 1714 next to Howard's Restaurant near Emily Creek. Officials say one room was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and they were able to extinguish the fire. KSP Arson Investigator’s were called to the scene of this fire. Then on February 3 at around 7:45 PM fire crews were called out for a structure fire at the same location. This time when firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed. The home is located at 2607, and had no residents living inside at the time of the fires. KSP Arson Investigators were also called to this location to determine the cause of the fire. On the scene of this fire members of the Warfield VFD.
Woman Killed in Tuesday Morning Crash in Knott County
A Knott Co. woman was killed Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident. According to the Kentucky State Police in Hazard, the accident happened around 12:24 a.m. Tuesday morning on KY Highway 550 in the Mouse community of Knott County. Reports indicate that a white Chrysler passenger car was traveling east on KY Highway 550, when the driver apparently misjudged a curve and drove off the left shoulder of the roadway where the car came to rest in a creek. The driver was identified as Brenda Thacker, 54, of Mousie, she was pronounced deceased at the scene by Knott County Deputy Coroner Donnie Sammons. Police say Thacker was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision and toxicology results are pending. The accident remains under investigation by KSP in Hazard.
Police Continue Investigations for Suspects in Recent Area Robberies
The KSP in Pikeville continuing their investigating into recent robberies across our portion of Eastern Ky, primarily in Pike and Floyd Counties. Late last week, Bella's Gas & Go in the Freeburn community of Pike County was robbed by two unidentified males, who entered the store, demanded money then fled the scene on foot. One of the suspects was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black pants and gloves. A second individual was described as wearing a black sweatshirt with a fluorescent yellow baseball cap.
On Monday January 13 at 11:59 P.M. the Bella's Gas-N-Go was robbed once again by two males wearing dark colored clothing and wearing masks. The intruders brandished a weapon, demanded money then fled on foot.
On Tuesday, January 14 at 10:49 P.M. the Fast Lane located in the Eastern community of Floyd County was robbed by two males brandishing a weapon and demanded money. They too fled on foot after getting the money.
Then on Thursday January 16 at approximately 8:12 P.M. at the MI-DEE Mart in the Lackey community of Floyd County was robbed when a male entered the business, brandished a weapon, demanded money and then fled the scene on foot. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. KSP in Pikeville ask that if anyone has any information pertaining to any of these robberies, to please contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or (606) 433-7711. Callers can remain anonymous.
Beshear Offers Tax Overhaul Plan
Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed sweeping changes to Kentucky's tax code that include lowering tax rates for individuals and businesses and expanding the sales tax to more services. The state's cigarette tax would increase to $1 a pack under the plan. Beshear said Tuesday his package includes 22 changes to the tax system. He calls it a "beginning point" in discussions with lawmakers to modernize the tax system to make Kentucky more competitive.
This proposal expands the sales tax to the labor associated with installation and repair of taxable goods, certain recreational activities, and certain commercial, residential and personal service. The sales tax also would apply to admissions to fitness centers and golf courses under the plan. Beshear says his plan would increase state General Fund revenues by nearly $210 million per year once fully implemented.
Half of Kentucky's Kindergarteners not ready for School
State education officials say Kentucky kindergartners are not prepared to master essential skills in school. That’s according to a new report that shows half of kindergarten children, who started school in the Fall of 2013, were not ready. Kindergarteners were given a test which includes counting to 30 and saying the alphabet. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the report is disappointing, but not surprising.
Photo Contest Seeks To Get Kids Outdoors
The state Energy and Environment Cabinet is taking submissions from young nature photographers for a contest. The cabinet's "Capture the Earth" contest is for middle school students grades 6 to 8. Cabinet Secretary Len Peters says the contest is meant to get students outside to explore their natural surroundings. Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 4. The winner will receive lodging for two nights at a Kentucky State Resort Park. Students can email one photograph as an attachment to kidsphotocontestky.gov.