Ralph B. Davis

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PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Times has learned that Sheriff John K Blackburn has tendered his resignation, effective Tuesday. Sheriff-elect John Hunt will be sworn in as Floyd County's new sheriff.
News of the change came in the form of a two-sentence letter.
“I am going to retire early on September 30, 2014,” Blackburn wrote

Blackburn leaves office three months early

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Times has learned that Sheriff John K Blackburn has tendered his resignation, effective Tuesday. Sheriff-elect John Hunt will be sworn in as Floyd County's new sheriff. News of the change came in the form of a two-sentence letter. “I am going to retire early on September 30, 2014,” Blackburn wrote

Elderly couple overpowered by robbers

PRESTONSBURG — Kentucky State Police is seeking leads in a home invasion early Friday morning at Middle Creek. According to police, an elderly couple was at home around 5 a.m., Friday, when a man came to their door, asking to use the telephone. When they opened the door to let him in, they were overpowered by two men. The men brandished a w

Grand jury indicts 10

PRESTONSBURG — Ten people face a total of 20 charges, after a Floyd County grand jury returned indictments this week. Those charged include: • James G. Goins, 32, theft by unlawful taking, second-degree trespassing. • Teresa Holbrook, 39, third-degree escape, tampering with prisoner monitoring device, third-degree criminal misc

Burglary, chase net 28 charges

PRESTONSBURG — A Martin man faces a laundry list of charges, after a report of an attempted break-in late Monday night turned into a chase through Prestonsburg and up Middle Creek. Prestonsburg Police were called to 828 South Highland Avenue to investigate a report of an attempted burglary. Upon their arrival, however, they observed a green

MARTIN — A Prestonsburg man went from driving his car into a tobacco store to sitting in jail, after failing several field sobriety tests after the crash.
Martin Police were dispatched to Williams' Discount Tobacco shortly after 6 p.m., Tuesday, after receiving a report of a car driving into through the front window of the business. Upon arr

Impromptu Drive-Thru

MARTIN — A Prestonsburg man went from driving his car into a tobacco store to sitting in jail, after failing several field sobriety tests after the crash. Martin Police were dispatched to Williams' Discount Tobacco shortly after 6 p.m., Tuesday, after receiving a report of a car driving into through the front window of the business. Upon arr

Bungling burglar beaten, bloodied

PRESTONSBURG — Botching a burglary and ending up battered and bloody was only the beginning of a bad night for a Prestonsburg man, who found himself foiled by his victims. Prestonsburg Police were called to a home on North Central Avenue to respond to a report of a break-in. Upon their arrival, officers found their suspect — Alexander

Johnson public defender snared in drug indictment

PAINTSVILLE — A longtime Johnson County public defender and her son were arrested last week, charged with a variety of drug offenses. Mary Lou Chandler, 63, of Paintsville, was arrested Sept. 18 and charged with first-degree drug trafficking (less than 10 dosage units) and two counts of complicity to first-degree trafficking (less than 10 do

United Way questions city spending

PRESTONSBURG — Citing concerns with how the money is being spent, the United Way of Eastern Kentucky has frozen its donation this year to Prestonsburg Senior Citizens and has no plans to consider future donations until its concerns are addressed, the Prestonsburg City Council was told Monday night. United Way board president Phillip Elliott

City borrows money to pay for flood repairs

PRESTONSBURG — The city council voted Monday night to open a line of credit in order to pay for flood recovery projects, while waiting for state and federal reimbursements. Upon the recommendation of city treasurer Yvette Latta, the council voted to obtain a $500,000 line of credit, which Latta said would allow the city to pay contractors fo

Father files theft charge against son

PRESTONSBURG — A Goebel Branch man faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing cash from his father. Curt Linville Jarvis Jr., 43, of Prestonsburg, was arrested Sept. 9 on a complaint filed by his father, Curt Jarvis Sr., dating back to Aug. 18. On that day, the elder Jarvis alleges that his son said he was going to use a restroom, bu

Office theft caught on camera

STANVILLE — An Ivy Creek man is facing felony theft charges, after surveillance video allegedly showed him stealing money from a restaurant safe. Huddle House owner Robert Canter reported an apparent theft to Kentucky State Police on the evening of Sept. 8. When Trooper Cameron Allen went to the restaurant to investigate the report, Canter t

Bath County man arrested after wreck

JACK'S CREEK — A car wreck was only the beginning of trouble for an Owingsville man, who found himself in jail after he allegedly became belligerent with ambulance workers who sought to treat him. Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Martin was called shortly after 1 a.m. Friday to the scene of the wreck and, on his way, was notified by KSP Po

Market ranks first in state, fourth in U.S.

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County is making a splash on the state and national levels, after its farmers market posted some lofty numbers in “I Love My Farmers Market” promotion staged by American Farmland Trust. As it did in 2013, the Floyd County Farmers Market took the top spot among Kentucky markets as the “most celebrated

Black lung returns to 1969 levels

Gains made in the fight against black lung disease since 1969 have been all but erased, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The findings, to be published in the “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,” show that th

Woman charged after running over husband

HI HAT — A Hi Hat woman is facing felony charges, after allegedly running over her husband with a car early last Thursday. According to court records, Tina Sturgill, 46, admitted to having taken the prescription medication Neurontin, a drug used to treat seizures, restless leg syndrome, pain, anxiety, insomnia and bipolar disorder, prior to

PIKEVILLE — The stepson of a former Martin mayor has been ordered to spend the next two-and-a-half years in prison, following his conviction earlier this year on charges related to a vote-buying scheme.
James Steven Robinson, 32, was convicted in May of one count of civil rights conspiracy and two counts of vote-buying. He was acquitted on o

Former mayor's stepson gets 31 months

PIKEVILLE — The stepson of a former Martin mayor has been ordered to spend the next two-and-a-half years in prison, following his conviction earlier this year on charges related to a vote-buying scheme. James Steven Robinson, 32, was convicted in May of one count of civil rights conspiracy and two counts of vote-buying. He was acquitted on o

Drugs in home lead to abuse charges

ALLEN — Police who went to an Oklahoma Hollow residence to investigate a report of a stolen purse, instead allegedly found a man so intoxicated he had to be admitted to a hospital, while his drugs were left within easy reach of two young children. Two officers with Kentucky State Police went to the residence Aug. 11 to speak with those livin

PRESTONSBURG — The Battle of Middle Creek and Kentucky Highland Folk Festival have released schedules for their joint event this weekend at the Middle Creek National Battlefield.
Except for brief periods when the camp closes, all events and attractions at the battlefield are free and open to the public. Those who attend can see how Civil War

Battle, folk fest schedules released

PRESTONSBURG — The Battle of Middle Creek and Kentucky Highland Folk Festival have released schedules for their joint event this weekend at the Middle Creek National Battlefield. Except for brief periods when the camp closes, all events and attractions at the battlefield are free and open to the public. Those who attend can see how Civil War

Knott couple accused of SSI fraud

PIKEVILLE — A Knott County couple is accused of lying to the Social Security Administration for 14 years in order to obtain higher disability payments. According to a federal indictment handed down last week, husband and wife David Glenn Hughes and Ida Lee Hughes, also known as Ida Lee Ritchie, both received Supplemental Security Income paym

Candidates get another turn at the stump

PRESTONSBURG — Candidates for office in this November's general election will soon have a chance to make an appeal directly to voters, during an event later this month that hearkens back to political campaigns of old. An “Old-Fashioned Stump-Speaking” is scheduled to take place Sept. 27, on the city stage in the municipal parking




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