McFaddin Receives Unanimous Vote

The search may be over for Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) next president.Dr. David McFaddin received a unanimous vote from the Presidential Search Committee.Dr. McFaddin is from Paintsville and is currently serving as the interim president in Richmond after Dr. Michael Benson left in December.

Kenny Payne’s Departure

UK Athletics confirmed the reports of Kenny Payne’s departure in a news release this morning.His departure ends a memorable 10-year run that included 295 wins, the 2012 national championship, four Final Four appearances, eight NCAA Tournament berths, five Southeastern Conference regular-season championships, five SEC Tournament titles and 33 NBA Draft picks as a member of Coach John Calipari’s staff.

Beshear Says Schools Should Delay

Gov. Andy Beshear recommended Monday that Kentucky schools delay the resumption of in-person classes until late September to provide more time to get the coronvirus under control.The Democratic governor said his recommendation that schools wait until Sept. 28 to reopen schools was a tough but necessary step as the state comes off an escalation of virus cases in July.

Helping Child Abuse Victims

Nearly $220,000 in grant money is on its way to organizations across Kentucky that help prevent child sexual abuse and the survivors of the crime.Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the funding from the Child Victim’s Trust Fund on Monday.Kentucky’s 15 Children’s Advocacy Centers received more than $65,000 to offset costs associated with administering more than 880 child sexual abuse medical exams. Other grants went to South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, the Family Nurturing Center of Florence and Child Watch Counseling and Advocacy Center of Paducah.

Circus Fun At The Library

The Pike County Libraries is hosting a unique drive-through event later this month intended to be fun for the whole family in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.Performers from the Cincinnati Circus Company will perform in the parking lot of the Lee Avenue branch of Pike County Libraries, located at 126 Lee Avenue in Pikeville, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 15. The event will feature aerialists, fire performers and stilt walkers, among other demonstrations.

Pleading Guilty In A Drug Case

A Kentucky doctor and his former office assistant have pleaded guilty for selling prescriptions for opioids over social media Scotty Akers, M.D., 48, and Serissa Akers, 33, his wife and former office assistant, both of Pikeville, pleaded guilty a few days ago to unlawfully distributing controlled substances during a time when the defendants did not have a legitimate medical practice. According to a statement sent to news outlets by the United States Justice Department, the couple admitted to using Facebook messenger to sell unnecessary prescriptions for opioids. Sentencing for both of them is scheduled for November 20th.

Ferry Reopens

A ferry that is the only direct route between Kentucky and Missouri has reopened after being out of service for several weeks while engine repairs were made.The Dorena-Hickman Ferry reopened on the regular summer operating schedule, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.The ferry connects Kentucky 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

Rail Trail Opening

A project that has long been in the works in Floyd County is set to open this week.Prestonsburg city officials announced the opening of the “rail trail” at Archer Park, which is set to be completed on Friday. The paved pathway spans over eight miles, providing plenty of room for families to enjoy nature while maintaining a safe social distance.While finishing touches must still be applied, including signage, benches and wastebaskets, Prestonsburg mayor Les Stapleton is excited for what the attraction will bring to the community.

Legal Showdown With Governor Beshear

Kentucky’s highest court will hear oral arguments next month in the legal showdown over Gov. Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 emergency orders.The state Supreme Court on Friday scheduled arguments for Sept. 17 in the case pitting the Democratic governor against the Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron. Cameron contends the governor overstepped his constitutional authority with the orders.

Fishing With Kids Event

The sixth annual ‘Fishing With Kids’ event brings hundreds of kids from all across the community to the Pikeville City pond every year. Saturday’s event was no different.A line started forming around 4 p.m. as families waited for a chance to receive free fishing equipment before spending the day by the water.Event organizers said the pandemic caused concerns, but with the space available at the pond, they were able to social distance and set a cap of 150 kids.There were more than 70 kids able to enjoy a raffle that included kayaks, bicycles, and scooters.