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  • Hazmat 6.jpg Local first responders aid in clearing Rockcastle wreck scene

    Local emergency responders helped make the scene of a dangerous wreck on busy Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County a little safer Tuesday morning.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-15-14 State Branch Drowning Scene Rob McCullough Photo 1.jpg SHS student perishes in Sunday drowning incident
    A Somerset teenager died Sunday afternoon after apparently drowning in the waters of Lake Cumberland.
    According to Chuck Godbey, Pulaski County Coroner, Tobias Napier, 18, was the victim of the accident that took place close to 2 p.m. at a boat ramp at the end of Slate Branch Road in southwestern Pulaski.
    Godbey said that based on reports from witnesses, Napier was sitting with his legs in the water and slipped off. 

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • MMF Crows 2 REVISED by KS.jpg Counting Crows soar over MMF
    Last August, the Master Musicians Festival board made the fateful decision to pursue a big-name headlining act this year. It’s fitting then that August and everything after led to the alt-rock icons Counting Crows (yes, they of the album “August and Everything After”) appearing on the MMF stage.
    And it paid off. This year’s festival — held this past weekend at Somerset Community College — more or less equaled the crowd that came in 2013 to hear country legend Willie Nelson.
    Tiffany Bourne, president of the MMF board, said about 6,000 individuals came through the gates over the course of the two-day outdoor concert.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coroner: Young male drowns near Slate Branch area

    July 13, 2014

  • MUG lacortiglia.jpg Local man sentenced in heroin death case
    A Pulaski County man was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin that resulted in a man’s death. 
    Anthony LaCortiglia, 30, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in London. 

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • MMF1.ch.jpg Counting Crows prelims rock MMF
    Counting down the hours until Counting Crows.
    That’s what attendees at Master Musicians Festival were doing Friday night and Saturday afternoon, but to be sure, they weren’t just idly biding their time. There was plenty to see and do and of course hear throughout the weekend.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • speck1.ht.jpg Wood’s pay raises concern Speck
    Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood made a series of promotions this week — all of which carried substantial pay raises.
    Wood called the moves “business as usual” and said he was setting up the sheriff’s office command staff for Sheriff-elect Greg Speck.

    July 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • DOWNTOWN PHOTO.JPG City officials working on a flowery downtown area
    The center of downtown Somerset is about to become a high-rise flower garden.
    “It’s called “Elevated Landscaping Foundations,” said Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler, explaining end results of workers tearing up sections of sidewalk around Fountain Square.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • ROADS-CUMBERLAND PKY PHOTO.jpg New entrance, exit ramps to be built on parkway

    Construction of a new interchange on the Cumberland Parkway at U.S. 127 in Russell County is expected to begin Monday (July 14), according to Amber Hale, information officer for Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burnside council eying another water hike

    Would convincing Burnside water customers to accept another price increase so soon after the last one be little more than a pipe dream?

    July 11, 2014

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