Fire department responds to fire caused by phone
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The Hazard Fire Department received a call regarding a fire at home due to a cell phone. Fire Chief Robert Keith said it is not a call they get often, but it is not unheard of. “We received a call of a possible house fire and...
HPD: Man arrested on meth trafficking charge
A Hazard man is facing several charges after Hazard Police said they served a search warrant at his residence. According to an arrest citation written by HPD Sgt. Jordan Childers, on Feb. 26, officers executed a search warrant at the Glowmar Stormking Road residence of Michael Lewis, 60. Upon arrival,...
🚨 Traffic Alert: Lane Blockage Following Crash on AL 130, Buckhorn, Pike County
The time displayed is local to the original 511 traffic site in Alabama. Residents and commuters in Pike County are advised to exercise caution while traversing AL 130 near Buckhorn due to a recent crash resulting in lane blockage. Details about the specifics of the crash have not been disclosed, but the impact is currently affecting the flow of traffic. Authorities are requesting that drivers either use alternative routes or allow for extra transit time to maneuver through the affected area safely. The road conditions may change rapidly, and updates will be provided as the situation evolves. Please stay alert and adhere to guidance from local law enforcement and traffic management personnel.
Showers return to start March
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - We are tracking wet and gloomy conditions to kick off the new month. However, some improvements are on the way for the weekend. Scattered showers will stick around tonight. It will not rain all night, but off-and-on showers are likely. Lows fall into the mid-40s under a mostly cloudy sky.
Breathitt Co. flood survivor gets new home
BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - After losing her home in the July 2022 flood, Donna Jewell struggled to find a permanent place to live. “I lived in my mom’s attic. Well, I had a tiny house that we purchased. We were making payments and I had a heart attack last, not this past November, but the November before, and I was off work for six months and I lost it,” said flood survivor Donna Jewell.
Governor Beshear Visits East Kentucky as 2022 Flood Recovery Efforts Continue
The recovery efforts from the floods of 2022 continue. On Wednesday during his visits to Eastern Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear announced an effort to restore the trees lost to the floods. There are 1,500 trees that will be planted in Letcher, Perry, and Breathitt counties. The Governor said the trees will be offered at no cost to the homes, schools, businesses, and other local organizations that are eligible. The trees will be available in one- to three-gallon containers and will be four to seven feet tall. This Saturday is the first of three days the trees will be available at the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg. The other two dates are March 16 in Hazard and 23rd in Breathitt County. The trees were made available through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program and State Farm.
WATCH: ARH Sports Overtime -- Friday, March 1, 2024
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Nate Johnson and Armando Barry will show thrilling highlights from the final boys district championship games and break down parts of the upcoming regional tournaments. The crew will have a segment where they explain the new “super-regional” format for the last four boys and girls spots...
Kentucky's first high ground housing site for 2022 flood survivors is almost ready
The first site to supply new homes to survivors of the 2022 floods is almost ready near downtown Whitesburg. It’s the first of seven high ground housing sites designed to house a total of more than 500 families.
EKY students may see a familiar face on Survivor 46
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - 18 castaways recently embarked on a journey in Fiji to see who could outwit, outplay and outlast, and one has ties to the mountains. Survivor contestant Tim Spicer is a Virginia native and an Atlanta resident, but he travels to Eastern Kentucky frequently. Spicer works for...
Beshear, local officials announce another step forward in high-ground community
Another step toward recovery from 2022’s devastating flooding took place Feb. 27. Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by Perry County and Hazard officials to announce the construction start of a project to widen and improve Skyview Lane. The roadway, officials said, will provide better access for housing contractors building...
The 14th Region Tournament field is set
WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Coaches from the 14th region met in Wolfe County on Friday, March 1 for the drawing of the regional tournament. The format is the same as usual with the district winners getting the 1,3,5 and 7 seeds. The second game of the day will take...
Eastern Kentucky towns fight to recover from opioid epidemic, with help from newcomers and recovering addicts, national author reports
In early 2020, Mandi Fugate Sheffel, 42, opened a tiny bookstore in her hometown of Hazard. Everyone thought she was crazy. Downtown Hazard was a forbidding place to start any business, much less a bookstore. Most coal mines that once supported the area had closed. Many brick buildings from Hazard’s heyday were gone, bequeathing a gap-toothed look to Main Street.
Hazard wins 54th District championship in ARH Game of the Week
HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - #8 Hazard and Perry Central played for the 54th District championship in Thursday night’s ARH Game of the Week. The Bulldogs secured the 44-37 win over the Commodores.
Clay County takes home 49th District trophy
CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A rematch from last year’s 49th District Championship game between North Laurel and Clay County ensued at the Oneida Baptist Institute on Friday night. The Jaguars hoped to defend their title against the Tigers, but Clay County’s defense was unmatched from the jump. The...
Gov. Andy Beshear brings updates and funding to EKY
EASTERN KENTUCKY, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear brought updates on higher-ground communities in Letcher, Knott and Perry counties on Tuesday. The governor kicked off his Eastern Kentucky tour in Letcher County at the Cottages at Thompson Branch higher-ground community. Beshear said the Cottages at Thompson Branch would be the...
Employees at Ky. Dairy Queen claim they were forced to eat ice cream mixed with cleaning solution
CAMPTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Parents are concerned after they say their children were forced to eat ice cream mixed with cleaning solution. They claim this happened at work. “Oh, I was livid. I was livid,” said parent, Angela Patton. Angela Patton says on Friday night, her 17-year-old daughter was...
FEMA Awards Kentucky Department of Education More Than $1.1 Million to Restore Knott County Area Technology Center
FEMA has approved $1,142,754 in federal funding to The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for damage caused by the July 2022 floods in Eastern Kentucky. During the incident period, severe storms, heavy rain, and flooding caused overland surface flood waters to enter the Knott County Area Technology Center through doors and windows. Standing water remained in KDE facilities for approximately 10 days.
FIRST ALERT: Tornado WATCH expires, cold front moves through region
HAZARD, KY. (WYMT) - A wet and windy start to your Wednesday as a cold front sweeps across the region. A Tornado WATCH issued Wednesday morning has expired. We’ll be tracking an intense line of shower and thunderstorm activity this morning capable or producing heavy downpours, wind gusts to 70 mph, and a tornado or 2.
Colder, but much drier today
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Drier but colder weather will be found across the area today. Look for a mostly sunny sky this morning, turning partly cloudy this afternoon. Highs will top out in the mid-and-upper-40s. Another dry and chilly night is on the way for tonight. Low temperatures dip into...
The coldest February in Knott County history—and the warmest
Stacker compiled a list of the warmest and coldest Februaries in each county's history using data from the National Centers for Environmental Information.