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Perry County Public Library opens “Inspiration Station”

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Perry County Public Library added an entirely new building today. Named the “Inspiration Station,” the building will be used as a free community space that can hold various events. Perry County Public Library Executive Director Sheila Lindsay says the grand opening shines a...
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Ian’s remnants bring clouds and showers to the mountains

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Showers are possible this weekend as the remnants of Ian slide up the East Coast. The weather stays gloomy through tonight. We stay cloudy with isolated showers possible, especially east of Highway 15. It will be chilly with temperatures bottoming out in the lower-50s. The forecast...
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Patriots pick up fist conference win against Cumberland (TN)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The Patriots football special teams lived up to their name, highlighted by three blocks on the day, while the defense held the Phoenix to six points to earn a 10-6 win over Cumberland Saturday night at James H. Taylor, II Stadium. With the win, Cumberlands improves to 3-2 on the year, including a 1-2 mark in conference play, while the Phoenix move to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in MSC play.
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KSP Request Public’s Assistance Locating Wanted Perry Co Man

The Kentucky State Police Post 11, London, is actively attempting to locate a Perry County man who failed to appear in court this morning. Alfred D. Francis, age 39 of Bulan, Ky, was scheduled to appear in Clay Co Circuit Court for a trial stemming from a fatal collision that occurred in April of 2019 in Clay County. Mr. Francis failed to appear to court, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Francis is described as a white male, 6’0’’ tall, approximately 220 pounds, with short black hair. Francis is from the Bulan area of Perry Co. The case is still under investigation by Tpr. Jarrod Smith.
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Flood damage repair will cause travel delays in Perry County

Roadwork this weekend for flood damage in Perry County has full daytime closures of KY 1440 (Upper Second Creek Road) Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. about a quarter mile south of the intersection of KY 476 and KY 550. There will be brief 20-minute openings approximately...
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Appalachian Big Ideas Festival underway in Hazard

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Community leaders are celebrating Appalachian heritage and planning for the future in the first Appalachian Big Ideas Festival. Advocates from all across the region gathered as a sign of strength in the mountains. “It is a celebration of who we are as a region, and I...
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Former Letcher Co Deputy Indicted on Rape and Other Charges

A former Letcher Co Deputy Sheriff has been indicted on multiple charges including rape. On Thursday the Letcher Co Grand Jury indicted Ben Fields of Whitesburg for rape, tampering with prison monitoring device, perjury and more for indicents involving a woman who had been under house arrest. In a lawsuit filed against Fields last spring the victim alleges he forced her to exchange sexual favors for leniency. Thursday’s indictment alleges that from July 2021 through January 2022 Fields tampered with the prisoner’s monitoring device and gave a false statement in a criminal complaint. Fields was fired in February for conduct unbecoming a deputy.
WHITESBURG, KY

Local author publishes second book

Carolyn Collett, an author from Hazard, recently published her second book, “Kids on the Dirt Road.”. Inspired by her adventures during her childhood, “Kids on the Dirt Road” is a compilation of short stories of a young girl and her friends that find fun and excitement in all that they do, showing the ways Collett and her friends used their creativity to have fun despite not having many toys or games growing up. The book, said Collett, is hoped to encourage young readers to imagine and turn the mundane into exciting games and adventures.
HAZARD, KY
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Police investigating threat at Harlan County High School

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Police are reportedly looking into a threatening message that was sent to Harlan County High School. The threat was sent through a copier in the high school’s cafeteria on Friday, shortly after school hours. A student’s name was associated with the message. In...
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Celebrating 78 years of Smokey Bear

HAZARD, Ky. — He’s a famous black bear known for the slogan, “Only you can prevent wildfires.”. We’re talking about Smokey Bear! He had a birthday recently and Smokey’s decades long mission still matters. For almost 80 years, Smokey Bear has been promoting safety. “I...
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Eastern Ky. school district receives $5,000 worth of school supplies

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The O’Mobile made its way to Letcher County Central High School Friday morning packed with school supplies. The donations were collected at neighboring O’Charley’s restaurants. One of the collections was in Knoxville, where a “Stuff the O’Mobile” event was held Thursday.
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