Local News 7-2-2013

Body Found in Small Pond in Letcher Co.

The body of a man who apparently died of an accidental drowning over the weekend was discovered in a small pond at Bronze Drive off KY 588  in Letcher County on Monday. The name of the victim had not been released at this time. Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said the victim was last seen on Saturday night fishing from a lawn chair beside the pond. Because the others who had been fishing with him had left the pond first, no one was at the scene when the drowning occurred. Webb said the victim had not been reported missing, and that no one had reason to believe he’d been involved in an accident until the body was discovered. We will have further information as it becomes available.

Two Crashes In Same Spot In Rowan County

A man was taken to the hospital for a car crash in Rowan County Sunday. The accident happened shortly before 7:00 Sunday evening on US 60 West near Acorn Industry Road. Witnesses say the driver rolled his car into a trailer that was near the road. This crash was in the same place as an accident Saturday, where a man died on a motorcycle. After a weekend with two crashes, one of them fatal, people in the area think something needs to be done about the road. The condition of the man in Sunday's accident has not been released.  
Three People Arrested in Boyd Co. Accussed of Selling Drugs to Undercover Officers

Three people are behind bars after selling drugs to undercover deputies. Boyd County Sheriff's deputies say George McGranahan, Shirley Conley, and Misty Cox, all of Ashland, sold oxycodone during an undercover buy Saturday night. McGranahan and Conley are charged with trafficking a controlled substance, while Cox is facing a charge for setting up the buy.

Nine Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 24 through June 30)

Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30, 2013. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Campbell, Estill, Floyd, Graves, Green and Pulaski. The victims in Campbell, Estill, Floyd, Graves, Green and Pulaski counties were not wearing seat belts. The crashes in Floyd and Green counties involved the suspected use of alcohol. One single-fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in each of the following counties: McCracken and Rowan. The victim in Rowan County was not wearing a helmet. One pedestrian was killed in Marshall County. The suspected use of alcohol was involved.
Through June 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 310 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 62 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Family Offering Reward for Information Leading to a Missing Pike Co. Man

A family is offering a reward for information in the disappearance of a Pike County man, who has been missing for more than two weeks. Family members are offering a reward for any information leading to Jimmy Kelly, who has not seen or heard from Kelly since June 12th. The amount of the reward has not been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police post in Pikeville 606-433-7711 or 1-800-222-5555

Beshear Elected Chairman Of Education Group
Gov. Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the 80-member Southern Regional Education Board. The board says Beshear will work with governors, lawmakers and state education leaders to improve public education student achievement. The term is for one year, and Beshear succeeds Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Beshear was elected during the board's annual meeting in New Orleans last week. The SREB's website says the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization was created in 1948 by governors and legislators from the South. It is based in Atlanta.

Child Care Crisis for Many Kentucky Families

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Thousands of Kentucky families are facing a child care crisis as the state drastically reduces the number of children it will help support. On Monday, the income-eligibility cutoff for child care assistance dropped from 150 percent to 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Mary Ann Mullins, a grandmother from Hazard, said she's worried about her grandkids. Her son and daughter-in-law work full-time and so does she. "I honestly don't know what he will do," Mullins said. "I don't know that he can afford $200 a week for child care. I'm just beside myself, actually." Mullins said that with assistance her son had only been paying $25 a week for the care of his two kids, ages three and five. The state estimates 8700 families could lose their child care assistance, cuts which could affect some 14,300 children. According to the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, Terry Brooks, with the cuts Kentucky now has the lowest eligibility rate in the nation. "They're bad for kids, they're bad for families and the real untold story is that in the long term they're going to be bad for Kentucky's budget," he declared. "So, it's a classic lose, lose, lose situation." Governor Steve Beshear said the child-care cuts, which amount to nearly $87 million, were made after exhausting all available options. He said comprehensive tax reform is needed to help Kentucky's children and their education. Kentucky Youth Advocates, which Brooks heads, is urging people to call the governor's office to ask him to restore the child care cuts. The message to Governor Beshear: "Reverse your decision." Brooks declared: "The kind of money that we're talking about here is table change when you look at the state budget." The tougher eligibility standards come on top of a three-month freeze on adding any new families to the child care assistance rolls. That alone affected some 1600 families a month.

Grimes Announces Run Against McConnell in 2014 Senate Race

Kentucky Secretary Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced in a press conference Monday afternoon she will run against Mitch McConnell in next year's election for Kentucky U.S. Senate. Grimes is thought to be the Democrats' best hope of unseating McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader. Grimes had been considering whether to throw her hat into the race for the past several months.