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Local News 10-3-2014


Floyd Co. Inmate Re-captured

According to WYMT reports, the Floyd County Sheriff Office and new Sheriff John Hunt say that a Floyd Co. inmate, who escaped custody on Tuesday while being transported to Pike Co. has been re-captured. Officials say 18-year-old Jeremiah Vance was found and arrested at a home in the Island Creek community of Pike County on Thursday afternoon. No other details have been released at this time.

Scores Released by KDE on State Assessment Testing

School and District results for overall assessment accountability were released Friday, (October 3rd) by the Ky Dept of Education. These results are from the Spring 2014 Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness Assessment program which includes achievement scores, growth scores, gap scores, college and career readiness scores, and graduation rate.

* Overall, the Johnson County School District earned a Distinguished Rating for student performance on the state assessment, with a total district score in the 96th percentile ranking. (Only 4 percent of the 173 school districts performed better than Johnson County). School districts scoring in the 90th percentile and above receive the "distinguished" honor. Johnson County is the sixth highest scoring COUNTY system in Ky. out of 120 county school systems and the 13th highest among all 173 school districts.

Individual County School results showed:

1) Porter Elementary (99th Percentile), Meade Memorial Elementary (98th Percentil) and W.R. Castle Elementary (99th Percentile) are receiving Distinguished ratings, as well as being identified as Schools of Distinction and Schools of Progress.

2) Highland Elementary (93rd Percentile) is also receiving a Distinguished rating as well as being identified as a School of Progress and a High Performing School.

3) Central Elementary (87th Percentile), Flat Gap Elementary (86th Percentile), Johnson County Middle School (83rd Percentile) and Johnson Central High School (88th Percentile) all received Proficient rating classifications for scoring above the 70th percentile. (CES and FGES are also called progressing schools for their gains made).

Johnson Co. Schools Superintendent Tom Salyer says, “We are extremely proud of our students, our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.” He adds, “It takes an entire community working together to produce such high achievement scores.”


* Overall the Paintsville Independent School District earned an overall 94th percentile ranking, which is classified as Distinquished. They are also are considered a High Performing as well as a High Progressing District.

Individual Results are as follows:

1) Paintsville High School scored at 97%, which is in the top 4% of high schools across the state and earned them the title of Distinguished and School of Distinction.

2) Paintsville Middle School scored at 71st Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing

3) Paintsville Elementary scored 77th Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing.

* Here are Results from the 2013/2014 Unbridled learning: College and Career Readiness for other area schools:

Overall State Percentage is 77 which is a Proficient Rating.

Pikeville Independent                     98th Percentile – Distinguished
Floyd Co.                                       98th Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Carter Co.                                      91st Percentile – Distinquished/High Performing Hazard Ind.                                   91st Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Ashland Ind                                        86th Percentile – Proficient
Boyd Co                                         83rd Percentile – Proficient/Progressing
Letcher Co.                                        79th Percentile - Proficient/High Progress
Pike Co                                          77th Percentile – Proficient
Rowan Co.                                          76th Percentile - Proficient/Progressing
Morgan Co                                    59th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Martin Co.                                     55th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Knott Co                                         51st Percentile – Needs improvement
Magoffin Co                                   33rd Percentile - Needs Improvement
Breathitt Co                                   30th Percentile - Needs Improvement/Focus Dist.
Lawrence Co                                  28th Percentile - Needs Improvement
Perry Co.                                            27th Percentile - Needs Improvement/High Progress     

Ashland Man Faces Charges in Lawrence Co. Accused of Beating on Police Car Window

An Ashland man is facing several charges in Lawrence Co., after numerous reports of the said the man was continuously beating on a police car window. Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies wrote in an arrest citation that David Johnson started punching a police car at the James Medical Supply parking lot in Louisa Wednesday night. An off-duty Police officer said he spoke to the man before another officer arrived on scene. Police report smelling alcohol on the man and when they tried to arrest him, he started fighting with them. Johnson is facing menacing, resisting arrest, and terroristic threatening charges, among others.

Voting Registration Deadline Looms for November General Election

In anticipation of the November 4th General Election, politicians are reminding Kentuckians of the voting registration deadline. County Clerks' Offices will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on Monday, October 6th. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date. Before registering, there are some rules to remember. To be eligible to vote, you have to have lived in Kentucky for at least 28 days before election day. You cannot be a convicted felon or have the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

52nd Annual Kentucky Apple Festival of Johnson Co.

Events are in full swing for the 52nd Annual Kentucky Apple Festival of Johnson Co. This year’s theme is “A Basket Full of Memories. Here is a rundown of pageant winner’s.

MISS APPLE BLOSSOM 2014 WINNER AND BEST COSTUME WINNER:

•           ALISON PRATER

RUNNER-UP AND MS. SUNSHINE WINNER:

•           AUDRIANNA KRETZER

BEST TALENT WINNER

•           MYKAYLA DANIELS

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JR MISS APPLE BLOSSUM 2014, BEST COSTUME WINNER:

•           LINDSEY FANNIN

RUNNER-UP:

•           HALEY LYKINS

BEST TALENT WINNER:

•           GEENA MEEK

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LITTLE MISS APPLE BLOSSUM 2014 WINNER

•           KAYLEIGH BRITTAN FANNIN

PRE-TEEN MISS APPLE BLOSSUM 2014 WINNER

•           ALEXIS GRACE HAYDEN

APPLE PRINCESS 2014 WINNER

•           DESTINY LASHAY FAIRCHILD

APPLE PRINCE WINNER 2014

•           ISAAC SKYLAR MICHEAL BLACKBURN

MINI APPLE PRINCESS 2014 WINNER

•           KLARA-FAITH ALEXIS SHEPHERD

MINI APPLE PRINCE 2014 WINNER

•           NOAH RAY BARTRUM

APPLE BABY CONTEST 2014:

•           (GIRL) – QUIANA WILLIAMS
•           (BOY) – KARSON KIDD CANTRELL

APPLE BABY CONTUME WINNER 2014:

•           (GIRL) CHARLIE GRACE PORTER
•           (BOY) AARON MASON BURCHETT

APPLE BABY MOST PHOTOGENIC WINNER 2014:

•           (BOY) KOLTEN ELIJAH JAY SHEPHERD
•           (GIRL) EMILY POWERS

Everything kicks into high gear today with the Arts & Crafts beginning at 9 AM – 9 PM, Flea Market, Merchants Markets, Terrapin Trot, School Activities like Spelling, Adding, Penmanship and Art @ 11:15 AM on the Courthouse Stage and don’t forget plenty of Music on the Streets. WSIP 98.9 FM will be in downtown all day brining you all the festivities of the 52nd Annual Kentucky Apple Festival of Johnson Co.

Local News 10-1-2014


           

Prestonsburg Police Searching for an Escaped Inmate

Prestonsburg Police are looking for an inmate who escaped from custody around 1 PM Tuesday, while he was being transported from the Floyd County Detention Center to the Pike County Detention Center. Jail officials identified the inmate as 18 year old Jeremiah Vance. Vance was in jail for fleeing or evading charges and was being transported to Pike County for charges of wanton endangerment there. Police believes he is still in the Prestonsburg area. If anyone has any information on this incident, contact the Prestonsburg Police Dept. or dial 911.

Big Sandy Federal Death Penalty Case to be Held in Lexington

An inmate charged with killing a fellow prisoner at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy will be tried in Lexington. Prosecutors and attorneys for 31-year-old John Travis Millner agreed to the location on Monday. Millner has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 35-year-old Vincent Earl Smith. Both were housed at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in January 2009. Prosecutors are seeking a death sentence for Millner if he's convicted. Prosecutors say Millner used a homemade ice pick on Smith before strangling him to death at the prison in Inez, Kentucky. Millner is serving a life sentence without parole for shooting a person with a high-powered rifle on New Year's Eve in 2002 in Washington.

1 Hospitalized After Gunfire Reported At Louisville High School

One child was rushed to a Louisville hospital Tuesday afternoon, after a report of gunfire at Fern Creek High School. Louisville police continue to search for the alleged shooter, who they say left the school immediately after firing. It wasn't clear if the injured student and the shooter knew each other or if the shooter was a student at Fern Creek. The child sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital. The school was locked down for several hours on Tuesday.

Students were led by police from the school to a nearby softball field, where their parents were being asked to pick them up from. Parents are asked to bring an ID to pick their children. According to police, several students reported seeing a firearm at the school. Police are at the scene looking for weapons. Fern Creek H.S.is located at 9100 Fern Creek Road, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Louisville.

President Grants Disaster Declaration Requested by Gov. Beshear

Governor Steve Beshear was notified Tuesday night that President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of severe storms and flooding this summer. Strong storms from Aug. 18-23 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which washed out roads and forced people from their homes throughout the eastern part of the state. Communities in Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike counties were the hardest hit. The President's action makes federal funding available to local governments in the counties of Floyd, Knott, Johnson, and Pike. Assistance for individuals and households remains under review.

The Governor requested the federal disaster declaration last week, noting that the damage was of such severity and magnitude that effective response was beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments. This is the first disaster declaration request Kentucky has made since a swath of tornadoes caused heavy destruction in eastern Kentucky in March 2012. It is Kentucky's 12th federal disaster declaration since 2008.

400 Kentuckians Use New Online Absentee Ballot System

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says about 400 Kentuckians in the military or living overseas have used a new system to request and receive absentee ballots electronically for the November elections. The system is part of a 2013 law that allows military voters or people living abroad to register to vote, update their voter registration or request and receive absentee ballots online. The system is paid for by a $2.2 million federal grant from the Department of Defense.

Kentucky Ranks Low on List of "Happiest" States

Here's something that could put a frown on your face. Kentucky is the fifth least happy state in America, according to an analysis by WalletHub.com. Researchers took a look at state-specific figures about income, health, divorce rates and other factors to come up with the list. Jill Gonzalez, spokesperson for WalletHub, says their results prove money isn't everything. "We saw that health had more of a factor on happiness than wealth," she says. "So that's one thing that money can't buy. So really, being healthy is what leads to being happy." While Kentucky ranked 33rd in work factors, its physical-health index was ranked 49th and it had the worst depression rate in the country. Kelly Gunning has suffered from "life-long" chronic depression for which she has sought care. Gunning is the director of public advocacy for the Lexington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She says depression can be deadly. "We don't have enough awareness; there's too much stigma," says Gunning. "There's stigma even existing in the treatment system; we criminalize mental illness. It's just an illness like any other illness but we don't treat it the same." Neighboring West Virginia was the least happy state in the country. Its folks in Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska who are smiling today. Their states were ranked, in that order, as the five happiest.