2020-04-23 E-Edition

Fiscal Court holds virtual meeting

The Knott County Fiscal Court’s April meeting was both routine . . . and completely out of the ordinary. With the courthouse and county buildings closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the court chose to hold a virtual meeting on Zoom. The meeting was live-streamed on YouTube so the public could watch it unfold. One item on the agenda will […]

Education continues — differently

Schools close for remainder of year due to pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s daily lives. The disrupted setting is particularly felt in public education. Among the first institutions to close was the state’s school system. Knott County Schools announced on March 12 that beginning March 16 they would close all schools and switch to NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction). Governor Andy Beshear announced this week that schools would […]

Rural clinic up to COVID challenges

Change is a constant in the healthcare industry, and has been throughout the nearly 50-year history of East Kentucky Health Services Center in Hindman, better known locally as Dr. Stumbo’s Clinic. The small clinic views the COVID 19 pandemic as an adjustment in operations, not their care. Because, there is another constant at the clinic: their commitment to their patients […]

News in Brief

Power finally restored throughout Knott County It was a rough week for many residents of Knott County, as some areas were without power for several days following severe wind damage from a storm on Easter Sunday evening. Approximately 62,000 customers in Eastern Kentucky lost power, including more than 7,000 in Knott County. Trees were uprooted and broken and power poles […]

Two Knott County men arrested on meth charges

Martin City Police Officer B. Stidham conducted a probable cause search of a vehicle early Tuesday morning, April 21, in the Langley community in Floyd County that resulted in the finding of illegal drugs. During the search, police found 5 1/2 Suboxone Pills and a plastic baggie with a crystal-like substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine. The driver of the […]

KSP investigates fatal ATV crash in Breathitt County

A single vehicle crash claimed the life of a Breathitt County woman late Friday night, April 17. Troopers with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 13 in Hazard were dispatched to the collision scene on Highway 15 in the Watts community, following reports of a crash near the Watts Fire Department at around 11:15 p.m. Breathitt EMS and Watts Fire Department […]

Coronavirus has ‘likely plateaued’ in Kentucky, Gov. Beshear says

Reprinted from Kentucky Today, with permission Gov. Andy Beshear said despite a spike in cases and deaths on Tuesday it looks like Kentucky has “ likely plateaued.” “This suggests that over the three days, where one day we had a really high number of new cases, one day we had a lower number and today we had 177, that we […]

Gov. Beshear launches ‘Healthy at Work’ for safe reopening of economy

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the launch of “Healthy at Work,” a new initiative to help Kentucky businesses reopen safely as we fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Governor has urged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home, following federal and state guidelines on social distancing and limiting contacts. However, Kentucky families and businesses also must prepare for […]

Enjoying the bear hunt in Knott County

Have you ever gone on a bear hunt? A real hunt? How about hunting for Teddy Bears? First I noticed a fat brown bear fastened to an electric pole. The same day I saw one hanging onto a fence. I said to myself, “What is going on?” Two days later I saw my neighbor-friend carefully fastened a white teddy bear […]