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Harlan man seriously injured in attempt to burn debris

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Top officials with the Harlan Fire Department and Harlan Police Department are urging residents to refrain from using gasoline to start or fuel fires.The safety message was issued Wednesday afternoon following an incident on River Street in Harlan where a man was seriously burned while attempting to ignite debris near his home.The two agencies, along with Harlan EMS, responded to a call of someone having set himself on fire. Upon arrival, they found the victim, Robert Napier, had been seriously burned while attempting to throw gas on the debris when it “flashed on him,” officials said.


Funeral program at Southeast thriving, says director

Already unique as the only funeral service program in Kentucky, the program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College has received full accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education.Denise Shumate, the program’s director, told members of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce that all the recent graduates have found employment. She said all graduates are now eligible to participate in the national board examination. She added graduates are requ...

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Lynch council passes ordinance to keep dwellings safe, sanitary

An ordinance setting rules and regulations pertaining to occupying or residing in single family dwellings or apartments and the sanitation of those dwelling was unanimously approved during a meeting of the Lynch City Council on Tuesday.The ordinance states citizens shall not occupy or reside in a dwelling that is devoid of electric or water service or devoid of sanitary conditions. Anyone living in these conditions will be deemed in violation of the ordinance and will be subject to...

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Council briefed on sewer system woes

Reports on smoke tests on the city of Cumberland’s sewer system and the cost of treating sewage were among the topics addressed by Cumberland City Council on Tuesday.Matt Glass, representing the Kentucky Rural Water Association, told council he had conducted various tests in the city. A problem identified is gutters being emptied into the sewer system, increasing costs for treating water that shouldn’t be occurring.He stressed the water from the gutters shoul...

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Calloway man charged with identity theft

Kentucky State Police Trooper Joey Brigmon arrested John Rutherford for allegedly using another person’s credit to purchase oil.According to the complaint, Rutherford, 44, of Calloway, used Brenda Craig’s personal information in order to make credit transactions at Advance Auto Parts.The complaint states Rutherford used Craig’s bank account information to purchase $484.72 worth of oil from Advance Auto Parts on June 12.The complaint additiona...

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Boil-water advisory issued

Cawood Water District has issued a boil-water advisory for Bobs Creek to the end of KY 72 until further notice.

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The Law School Hall of Fame and dead lawyers

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives. All men, mostly middle aged.Some of the people who killed themselves were my friends. One was a good friend. Like I did, he grew up on the banks of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky, just a few miles from where the convention was taking place. When I looke...

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Stand in the Gap Coalition meets

The Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) conducted its quarterly meeting June 28 at their headquarters located at the oldest standing church in Cumberland Gap.SIGCO is a faith-based organization and includes an 11-county coalition of volunteers in eastern Tennessee, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. Their purpose is to seek the eradication of drug and alcohol abuse, and family violence.

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