Category: State & Local

County Fair planned in Knott this summer

By KAREN JONES CODY Do you remember the old-fashioned county fair? I do. I remember that kids would work on projects for weeks in preparation for entering them in the fair competition — dreaming of winning a ribbon. Adults had…

Ky. Governor quick to sign abortion bill

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It was quick, albeit unorthodox, when Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed an abortion-related bill into law Tuesday after a delegation of lawmakers presented it to him in his Capitol office. The…

Lions roar through All-A State Tournament

Roderick Rhodes arrived on Lotts Creek five years ago talking state championships and on Sunday he delivered, as his Cordia Lions won the 2016 All “A” State Championship. It has been quite a journey for Rhodes and Cordia as the…

Bipartisan RECLAIM Act to help coal communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new bipartisan bill aims to accelerate $1 billion in available funding in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AML) Fund to revitalize coal communities hardest hit by the downturn of the coal industry. The RECLAIM Act: Revitalizing the…

Ky. coal — lowest production since 1950s

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Coal production in Kentucky has slumped to its lowest level since the 1950s after declining nearly 21 percent in 2015. A report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says production fell to 61…

KSP Post 13 personnel to conduct traffic safety checkpoints

(HAZARD, KY) – Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard will be conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints and Moving Patrols throughout the Post 13 area during the month of February 2016. These enforcement efforts will utilize Troopers, Detectives, and…

PSC approves transfer of Troublesome Creek sewer system

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved, with conditions, the acquisition of the Troublesome Creek Environmental Authority’s sewer system by the Knott County Water and Sewer District. The PSC order issued Dec. 23 also provides for completion of a…

Kentucky’s new leaders, among youngest in U.S., take office

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Five of Kentucky’s six statewide elected officers took office on Monday, giving the state some of the youngest elected leaders in the country. Four of the five officers are under 40.…

KSP ‘Cram the Cruiser’ Food Drive underway

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky State Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers will help brighten the holiday season for families in need this year through the sixth annual Cram The Cruiser food drive, which began Nov. 20 and continues through Dec.…

Ky. refugee case highlights worries over Syrians in U.S.

By BRUCE SCHREINER and DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — From a Kentucky college town, two Iraqi refugees plotted to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al-Qaida operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops.…