A wreck in Graves County Wednesday afternoon sent two men to the hospital and resulted from the morning’s wintry weather.
Kentucky State Police says 67-year old Frank Vandyke of Mayfield was eastbound on Kentucky 348 around 2pm when he crossed a snow-covered bridge and lost control.
His vehicle traveled off the road, struck a tree and overturned. Vandyke and his passenger, 53-year old Donald Lassiter of Benton, were taken to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah for treatment of their injuries.
The Kentucky New Era has announced it will add another weekly paper to its media family.
Today’s paper says the Princeton Times Leader, which is owned and operated by the Kentucky New Era, has reached an agreement to purchase the Dawson Springs Progress.
Times Leader Publisher Chip Hutcheson is quoted as saying his long-standing friendship with the Dillingham family, which owns the Progress, helped make him confident that the new arrangement will be successful. Kentucky New Era Publisher Taylor Hayes says the partnerships will help secure the future of the weekly paper in Dawson Springs.
The Progress was established in 1919 and has been owned by the Dillingham family since 1971. The transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
The winter weather contributed to a wreck in Fredonia Wednesday morning that sent an Eddyville woman to the hospital.
Kentucky State Police says 52-year old Cheryl Peek of Eddyville was northbound on State Route 641 when her van ran off the road after hitting a patch of roadway covered in snow.
Ms. Peek attempted to regain control of her vehicle and over-corrected, causing her to hit a sign before slamming into an embankment. The van overturned and Ms. Peek was taken by ambulance to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah for non-life-threatening injuries. Police say she was wearing a seat belt.
Light snow has fallen off and on all morning since it changed over from rain overnight, though no major problems have been reported locally.
A dispatcher at the Hopkinsville-Christian County ECC said one motorist slid off the road this morning, but there haven’t been a lot of traffic issues noted from the first snow of the winter.
The State Highway Department says they are out treating roads in western Kentucky and plowing snow in counties to our north and west.
In Todd County, Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin says there haven’t been any issues with roads there.
Numerous wrecks were reported in Muhlenberg County this morning where the snow was much more abundant, while a few accidents were also recorded in Trigg County where the changeover occurred much earlier.
The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory for Christian, Todd, Trigg, Muhlenberg, Hopkins and Caldwell Counties until 3pm as forecasters say another additional inch of snow could fall before the system completely moves off to the east. Our middle Tennessee counties are under an advisory until 4pm.
The highest accumulations in Kentucky were near the Ohio River, where seven inches fell in Bardwell and 7 and a half inches in the community of Oscar. Albion, Illinois got the most snow of anyone, where 18.3 inches of the white stuff fell.
Forecasts for the storm changed several times this week, but the earliest projections of a northwestern track wound up being correct and later models showing blizzard conditions as far east as Cadiz were far from accurate.
The Pennyrile Area Narcotics Task Force assisted the Murray Police Department in a methamphetamine lab investigation this week that resulted in two arrests.
A news release from Murray Police says officers were called to an unoccupied home owned by Murray Calloway County Hospital on Christmas Eve and found 27-year old Thomas Broshears and 30-year old Sheena Goodwin of Murray both allegedly inside a closet with the ingredients to make the illegal drug.
Also inside the home was an active meth lab. The two suspects were arrested and Broshears was charged with burglary and parole violation. Goodwin was charged with burglary and manufacturing methamphetamine.
The Narcotics Task Force safely removed the lab and the pair is lodged in the Calloway County Jail.