2022-06-16 E-Edition

Heat wave brings record temps

Heat indexes over 110 this week

Kentucky is expected to see the first sustained heat wave of the year during the upcoming work week, with temperatures reaching close to 100 degrees, and high humidity resulting in heat index readings of 110 or more, in much of the state. Heat advisories and even excessive heat warnings are possible in the coming days due to the high heat […]

Average U.S. gas price jumps to $5.10 per gallon

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 39 cents over the past three weeks to $5.10 per gallon. In Knott County at press time, gas was hovering around $4.79 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the price jump comes amid higher crude oil costs and tight gasoline supplies. The average price at […]

Knott plagued by drug deaths

Knott County has the unfortunate distinction of being named as one of the top five counties in Kentucky with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in 2021, according to a state report released this week. The 2021 Overdose Fatality Report, released by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), compiled data […]

Kentucky shatters its fatal overdose record; fentanyl blamed

Fatal drug overdoses rose nearly 15% in Kentucky last year, surpassing 2,000 deaths as the increased use of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — resulted in a record death toll in the state, according to a report released Monday. The report showed that 2,250 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2021 — an ongoing scourge plaguing rural counties and […]

Rider rescued after crash

First responders use ropes to reach a young man involved in an ATV accident Friday morning on Elmrock Decoy Road, just past the entrance to Mine Made Adventure Park. Billy Parsons, 20, of Winchester was traveling on a four-wheeler with a group when he dropped off the roadway and was ejected over the guardrail approximately 50 feet down the hill. […]


According to a report from WYMT-TV, sheriff’s deputies in Letcher County made an unusual discovery on Tuesday — they were able to recover a motorcycle that was reported stolen more than three years ago. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are expected to be filed later this week. Deputies were able to assist Kentucky State Police in returning the motorcycle […]

“Knott in Color’ honors unsung heroes

It is not every day that we run into heroes. Most people have probably never met their hero in person. During the 2021-2022 school year, one local teacher and 30 of her students decided to change that. Students in Ms. Cathy Conley’s senior English classes worked collaboratively to create the very first edition of “Knott in Color: Honoring Unsung Heroes”. […]


A Floyd County couple were involved in an accident on Hwy. 80 in Rock Fork on Monday evening. The driver stated something abruptly locked up on the car, causing it to veer off the road, striking a cliff side and overturning. Kentucky State Police, Lifeguard EMS, and Garrett Vol. Fire Department responded. (Photo by Jordan Thomas Hall)

Senator McConnell backs Senate bipartisan gun deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support Tuesday for his chamber’s emerging bipartisan gun agreement, boosting momentum for modest but notable election-year action by Congress on an issue that’s deadlocked lawmakers for three decades. The Kentucky Republican said he hoped an outline of the accord, released Sunday by 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, would be translated into legislation and […]