State & Local

Perry Co. clinic pharmacy robbed

January 12, 2015

(Cornettsville, Ky.) – A security guard was held at gunpoint and a pharmacy robbed at a Perry County clinic early Sunday morning. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a security alarm activation call at the Leatherwood Blackey Clinic in the Cornettsville community at 1:39 a.m.  As a trooper was en route to...

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Ky. Transportation Cabinet among first Waze partners

January 12, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2015) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Waze, the real-time, “crowd-sourced” navigation app powered by the world’s largest communities of drivers, have entered into a partnership through the new Waze Connected Citizens program, the company’s largest municipal effort to date. Waze is a GPS-based geographical navigation application program for smartphones...

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Local lawmaker charged with DUI

January 12, 2015

FRANKFORT (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky lawmaker has been charged with driving under the influence after being stopped by a state police officer in Frankfort.  Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb says Republican Sen. Brandon Smith, of Hazard, was stopped by the state trooper for speeding at about 9 p.m. EST Tuesday. Webb...

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Appalachian food and heritage celebrated at Hindman Settlement School

June 4, 2014
Delicious homemade pies were offered to the public free during the Food Summit event. (Photo by Jordan Thomas Hall)

By JORDAN THOMAS HALL The first Appalachian Food Summit: A Celebration of Our Appalachian Food Heritage was held Sunday at the Hindman Settlement School. The multi-state gathering, the first of its kind, brought together authors, chefs, farmers, advocates, scholars and consumers dedicated to preserving traditional Appalachian foodways and supporting a future where farming, local...

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Attorney General Conway’s Election Fraud Hotline gets 205 calls on Primary Election Day

June 4, 2014

Post-election audit to be held within 20 days FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2014) — Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Election Fraud Hotline received 205 calls from more than 60 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EST) during yesterday’s primary election.  Forty-nine calls involved allegations of vote buying/selling. “The Election Fraud...

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Hemp planted in Kentucky following dispute with feds

June 4, 2014

By BRUCE SCHREINER LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) –  Hemp has turned legitimate in Kentucky, where researchers are starting to plant test plots that will help gauge the economic potency of the non-intoxicating plant banned for decades due to its family ties to marijuana. As part of the comeback, University of Kentucky agronomy researchers planted a...

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HCTC grads include Knott students

June 4, 2014

Hazard Community and Technical College honored a total of 646 students for receiving 1,409 credentials during Commencement exercises held Saturday, May 10, in the John Combs Arena of Perry County Central High School. Those students honored from Knott County are: Susan Nichole Adams of Sassafras, Lakeisha Mashae Jacobs Alich of Pippa Passes, Jordan Arlie...

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Roaming horses are growing problem

May 5, 2014
Roaming horses are growing problem

There are many people in Breathitt, Knott and throughout east Kentucky who love horses but have limited space on their own properties to keep them due to the mountainous terrain. At  the same time, there are many large landowners and coal reclamation sites that could provide lots of grazing area and ideal pastureland. In...

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Knott’s first Village Post Office opens

May 5, 2014
Pictured (not in order) at the VPO Grand Opening -- Nick Walker VPO Coordinator, with Josh Slone, David Thomas, Donnie and Maybelle Newsome, Ronnie Ratliff (Postmaster of the Hindman Post Office), Charlie Keens, Stacy Turner, Melanie Little, Josh Meade and Austin Breeding.  (Photo by Mary Ross)

The Big S Market, located at 53 Old House Branch Road in Topmost, is the new home of the first Village Post Office in Knott County. The Topmost VPO is another opportunity to make postal services and products more readily available to customers with convenient hours. VPOs are operated by local businesses and provide...

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Senate Week in Review

March 4, 2014

By SEN. JOHNNY RAY TURNER FRANKFORT — After a pause in legislative work on Monday in observance of President’s Day, the General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday ready to begin the second, busiest half of the legislative session.  In the coming weeks, we will consider some of our most complex and significant bills, including the...

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