WSIP News 4-19-2017


Martin Co Triple Murder Trial Continues

A Martin Co. triple murder trial continued on Tuesday in Johnson Co, as witnesses continued to testify in the triple murder trial of Amanda Bowen. Investigators say Bowen and her boyfriend, Jack Smith, killed three people in 2014. The victims include Tina Goble, 8 year old granddaughter Trinity Maynard and Cainie Johnson, Jr. During opening arguments, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Skeans addressed the jury saying Bowen knew Goble had drugs inside her home. While the defense did not deny Bowen's involvement, her attorneys claim she is mentally handicapped. An arson investigator, former Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece, and two Kentucky State Police troopers all testified in the case on Tuesday morning. The trial is expected to last throughout the week. Smith pleaded guilty last week to the charges against him and he is facing 3 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Letcher Co. Man Dies In Crash on Easter

A Whitesburg man died in a crash on Easter Sunday. The single vehicle crash happened around 10:45 a.m. on US 119 in the Payne Gap community. KSP says there were no witnesses at the scene. One trooper said that he observed a vehicle in a creek when he arrived at the scene but did not immediately notice anyone around it. After further investigation, the trooper discovered 28-year-old Larry C. Stidham underneath the vehicle. KSP says the investigation shows that Stidham was driving north on US 119 in a Ford Explorer when the vehicle hit a guardrail, fence, and utility pole before overturning. The vehicle continued over an embankment and came to a rest against several trees. Stidham was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Former Coal Mine could become a Solar Farm in Pike Co

According to a news release from Former Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen's The Berkley Energy Group and EDF Renewable Energy (RDE RE) started researching sites to begin construction, "with a focus on twin mountaintop removal sites just outside of Pikeville." The project would use hundreds of acres in reclaimed strip mines, in an effort to help displaced coal miners during the construction phase. BEG Project Development Executive Ryan Johns and Adam Edelen, of Edelen Strategic Ventures, came up with the idea. Edelen added, "Bringing together major platers in both coal and renewable energy to build a solar farm on a mountaintop removal site, creating opportunity for out-of-work coal miners is a once in a lifetime project."

State Government News

* The 2017 Kentucky legislative session is now officially over and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Adkisson is calling the session historic, pointing to passage of a right to work law and repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law in the session’s first five days. Adkisson says those legislative actions were a priority of the state’s leading business group for 30 years and says other actions, like passage of the medical review panels law, the charter schools law and a telecommunications reform measure made this one of the best sessions ever for Kentucky business. He says the decision to put off tax reform and addressing the state’s troubled public pension systems until a special session later this year cleared the way for action on these other measures.

The 2017 WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2017 edition of the WSIP/Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is now just 1 day away. Beginning this Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21, 2017, we encourage you, the listener, 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 12th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2016 radio-thon raised a total of $61,161, for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station located on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2017 event a success!

On Thursday and Friday you will be able to 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 April 20 & 21, 2017.