Collision in Letcher County Leaves One Dead

(Kona, KY) – One man is dead and three others injured following a two vehicle collision on US 119 in the Kona community of Letcher County.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard is investigating the collision which occurred around 5:40 a.m.  Troopers with Post 13, along with officers with Jenkins Police Department, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, Neon EMS, and Jenkins Fire Department responded to the scene to provide medical assistance and investigate the collision.


It was initially determined that a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 42 year old Kevin Stamper of Haymond, was traveling north on US 119.  The car crossed into the southbound lane where it collided with a 2008 Chevrolet Pickup driven by 48 year old Michael Thacker of Pikeville.  Thacker and two passengers, 40 year old Jason Baker, and 31 year old Thomas Miller, both of Pikeville, were transported to Whitesburg ARH for treatment of non life threatening injuries.  Kevin Stamper was pronounced deceased at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker.

Kevin Stamper was wearing a seatbelt at the time of this collision, and driver impairment is not believed to be a contributing factor for either driver, though toxicology results are pending.  No autopsy will be performed on the victim.  This collision remains under investigation by Tpr. Brandon Thomas with KSP Post 13.

Ulis Named Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week

First such honor of the season for a Kentucky player – St.Louis – Freshman Tyler Ulis has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week following his breakout performance at No. 4 Louisville on Saturday.

Ulis was selected by’s Matt Norlander, in partnership with the USBWA.

Ulis, a 5-foot-9 guard from Lima, Ohio, came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points in 26 minutes in top-ranked Kentucky’s 58-50 win over rival and 4th-ranked Louisville on Saturday. On the season, Ulis is averaging 5.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds.

Norlander’s popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation’s the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 24, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor.

In addition to the USBWA honor, Ulis was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and the Bluegrass Sports Commission Most Valuable Player for his efforts against Louisville.

Ulis is the first Wildcat to earn a weekly award from the USBWA this season, and the first since James Young claimed the Freshman of the Week honor on Dec. 31, 2013 following a double-double in last season’s regular season win over Louisville.

Kentucky will return to the floor on Jan. 6, 2015 to begin SEC play. UK hosts Ole Miss at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

Injury Accident-Rockcastle Co

(Mount Vernon, KY) On Tuesday December 30th 2014 around 4:45 A.M. Officer Dennis Jackson with the Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Enforcement responded to a two vehicle injury crash located on I-75 near the 63 mile marker in Mount Vernon Kentucky.


Upon arrival and through investigation officers found 42 year Jeffrey Shempert from Parrish Alabama north on I-75 operating a 2015 Freightliner when he struck the rear-end of a 1996 Freightliner being operated by 51 year old Hussein O. Dadd from Arlington Texas.

Shempert was transported to Rockcastle Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Drugs and Alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash. Traffic was routed onto US25 for nearly three hours while crews worked to clean debris from the interstate.

Assisting on Scene: Mount Vernon Police, Rockcastle Co Sheriffs Department, Rockcastle Co. EMS, State Highway Department, and Rockcastle Co Emergency Management. Officer Dennis Jackson continues     

UK stays undefeated as they beat Louisville 58-50

By Ricky Blair

The freshmen stole the show as the Wildcats defeated Louisville 58-50 in the Yum Center.  This young group of Cats, playing in their first road game of the season, rose to the occasion, scoring 39 of the Wildcats’ 58 points.  The smallest stood the tallest on this day, as the 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis played a sensational game.  “That’s the best I’ve seen him play since I’ve coached him,” said UK coach John Calipari after the game.  Despite repeatedly going out of the game to stop bleeding that came from a blow to the head, Ulis scored a game high 14 points and committed 0 turnovers in his 26 minutes of play.  Twelve of Ulis’ points came in the second half as he continually made big play after big play including two huge three-point shots that kept the Cardinals from putting together a serious run.

While Ulis was stealing the show, he wasn’t the only freshman who shined on this day.  Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds, battling the Louisville big men all day long.  Shooting guard Devin Booker was steady as he, like Ulis, did not commit a turnover against the Louisville defensive pressure. Booker contributed 9 points, while freshman forward Trey Lyles logged a game high 30 minutes, scoring 6 points and pulling down 9 rebounds.  Lyles played well in the first half, making all three of his baskets in the first 20 minutes.  At one stretch in the second half, this freshman scored 22 of 23 points for Kentucky, helping the Wildcats build a double-digit lead.

For basketball purists, this was not a pretty game. Both teams’ defense led to the other teams’ offensive struggles.  Kentucky, already leading the nation in defensive field goal percentage, showed the BBN why as they held Louisville to 25 percent shooting on the game.  Louisville only made 15 of 58 shots and was a lowly 3 of 14 from three-point range.

In what was a very physical game, which was exhibited by the blood on Tyler Ulis’ face, it was strange that only six free throws were taken in the first half, all of those by Louisville.  Kentucky shot zero free throws in the first half and did not shoot their first until 14:27 remained in the game.  Truly amazing.

With the win over Louisville, the number one ranked Wildcats are now 14-0 on the season and will start SEC play at home on January 6th with a game against Ole Miss.

Late Night Argument in Hazard Leaves One Dead

(Hazard, KY) – An argument between two Hazard men turned deadly late Sunday evening.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call from Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital at approximately 11:13 p.m., advising that a stabbing victim had recently arrived at the emergency room.

KSP personnel responded to the hospital, where 21 year old Edward M. Hughes of Hazard was receiving medical attention for a stab wound to the chest.  Edward Hughes was pronounced deceased at the hospital by Perry County Deputy Coroner John Collett at 12:55 a.m. 

Investigators responded to Cherokee Hills Apartments in Hazard, where it was determined that Hughes and Alan Williams, age 29 of Hazard had a physical altercation in the parking lot of the apartment complex.  During the fight, Alan Williams produced a knife and stabbed Edward Hughes once in the chest.  Hughes was transported by a family member to the hospital, while Alan Williams remained in the apartment complex.  KSP detectives located Williams and eventually placed him under arrest. Alan Williams was charged with one count of Murder, and is currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.  The victim’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.  This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Clayton Stamper of Post 13.

Cats Beat Cards In Ugly Affair 58 – 50

( Eleven More Days Of Camp Cal Then SEC Starts Play )

By – Ira D. Combs – Tri State Sports media Service Inc. 

It’s official now you can commence with the 40 – 0 talk and you can attach the name of  “ The Unselfish Cats ” to this 2014-15 UK team and more than likely the monday after the first weekend in April you can tweak that to “ The Unselfish Undefeated Cats “ . 

After the UK dominance of UCLA on Dec. 20th there was an NBA general manager that told Chad Ford who himself is considered the guru of the NBA draft that his opinion of UK was and I quote , “ I’ve never seen anything like this , UK doesn’t beat you they chew you up and spit you out “. UK didn’t exactly chew Louisville up and spit them out but it was very apparent as the game wore on that UK was the better team and the only thing left was the final margin on the scoreboard and who had the most take downs or landed the most punches . 

It was ugly basketball from the tipoff which thanks to the worldwide Leader in sports ESPN or in this case ESPN2 only those lucky enough to have tickets in the You Center got to see for the first 5:00 minutes because they wereshowcasing that barnburner affair between IU – G-town . Then the light went off in the brain of ESPN’s producer/director and they switched over to ESPN News for a few minutes until the IU – G-town game finally ended . Once the game telecast locked in to the rest of the free world it was another classic case of the actual game didn’t match the hype which has become too often in this regular season rivalry . 

The last (5) years whether the regular season game has been at Yum or Rupp it’s been a blood bath of physicality with very few moments of pure basketball where players can feature their god given skills . Yet , when the two teams have met recently in the 2012 & 2014 NCAA tournaments on neutral courts outside the boundaries of the Commonwealth the games have showcased some special moments both by players individual physical talents and team wise . Regardless of anyone’s individual opinion of play on the court there are many longtime supporters on the inside of each program that really look forward to each season when this game can be put behind them and they can move on to their conference schedule and build that NCAA tournament resume to as high a seed as possible . I know both head coaches feel that way and after the last few years regular season blood-baths you can count me in that category as well . Problem is I’m afraid we’ve not seen the last of ugly basketball . There are basically (2) ways a team with marginal talent can compete to a degree against a team with superior talent like that of this UK team . You can shorten the length of the game by keeping possession of the basketball away from the superior team for long periods of time but the modern day 35 second clock throws a clink into that theory or you can make the game as physical and ugly as possible with constant contact from full court pressure to constant hand slaps and body checks on the half court perimeter to bull rushing tactics in the lane and underneath the boards . In other words hopefully your team can give up as many or more fouls and out foul-shoot the superior talented team . 

Any of this sound familiar yet . 

Who is to blame for this type of basketball ? Nobody other than the coaches . Who can clean it up ? No one other than the game officials . 

So it appears the ugly tactic is the chosen one for this years UK opponents or at least it has been for Texas , Providence , and Louisville . Just settle in Big Blue Nation and enjoy the ride and let the players and coaches deal with the cheap shots and ugly basketball and Cal you probably need to slide over to Nutter Center and borrow those pads and helmets you used to tweak the team practices with in recent years .

Camp Cal Now Goes 24/7 

You think you had a rough holiday think again . If that scrum of a basketball game that UK – UL had Saturday wasn’t enough for UK players to deal with in the recovery process then add another week to 10 days of Camp Cal to the daily grind . Trust me all coaches love practices because they are in complete charge of everything plus don’t have the pressure of having to win . Players especially college and professional players literally hate practice especially those full of fundamental drills . Ever heard that old adage that practice makes perfect . Everybody knows there is no such thing as that perfect game but every coach thinks it’s still out there . 

UK doesn’t play again until Jan. 6th against Ole Miss in Rupp Arena . I’m guessing that game or game plan won’t be mentioned until the morning shoot around on Jan. 6th and in the meantime it’s more preparation in the bowels of the Joe Craft practice facility for more ugly , aggressive , brutal hoops the next 2 ½ months . 

Hang in there guys , the prize at the end is well worth it !!!!!!! 

You can go online to for more coverage of UK basketball & football as well as KHSAA basketball and football . Also , you can follow me on twitter now at @combsbrothers5 .

Pedestrian Fatally Injured in Letcher County Collision

(Colson, KY) – A woman was fatally injured after being struck by a car in the Colson community of Letcher County.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call at approximately 9:33p.m. Saturday evening, advising that a car had struck a pedestrian on KY Highway 7, in Colson.  Troopers, along with members of Neon EMS responded to the scene.

Initially the victim, 47 year old Connie Meade of Colson, was observed lying deceased in the northbound lane of HWY 7.  Further investigation determined that a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 22 year old Brittany Gross of Whitesburg, was traveling south on HWY 7, when the vehicle struck Connie Meade, who was apparently lying in the roadway..  The collision occurred in the southbound lane, but the victim came to rest in the northbound lane.  It has yet to be determined why Connie Meade was in the roadway, but foul play is not suspected at this time.

Impairment of the driver is not believed to have been a contributing factor in this collision, though toxicology results are pending.  An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for today at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Frankfort.  This incident remains under investigation by Detective Randy Combs with KSP Post 13.

New Years Resolutions can be Hard on Self-esteem by Gwen Randall-Young

Making New Year’s Resolutions sounds like a good idea, but sometimes can be hard on the self-esteem. Let’s look closely at the process. First we must take an inventory of all our faults, and then we tell ourselves that we will fix them all in the coming year. This is like getting a report card with only the bad marks, and then a whole pile of assignments that must be done to improve the marks. This does not sound like a happy way to start a new year.


Too many people want to through away the old year, glad that it’s over, and think a new year will make everything better. A year of living is too precious to discard so readily. It might be wiser to look at the past year, and to list all of our successes, all of the good things that happened. For some, there may seem to have been more problems than happy times, but even bad times are rich with opportunities for learning and growth.


Life’s journey will naturally leave us with some bruises and scars, but the human spirit was designed to be resilient. When someone climbs a mountain, they don’t talk so much about the struggles along the way, as they do about the exhilaration of reaching the top. Marathon runners may experience many times during the run, the feeling that they simply cannot go on. As difficult as it might be, there is the joy of accomplishment, and most do not fret over how well they ran, or how hard it was. It is enough to have done it.


Even if we have had a difficult year, we must honor ourselves for having persevered, and more than ever it is important to acknowledge our strengths. Unfortunately, in our culture, we tend to exaggerate our perceived deficiencies, and to minimize our good qualities. If there are people in our lives who criticize or put us down, it becomes even harder to see ourselves in a good light.


We all understand the concept of support and encouragement, for we have all had the experience of giving this to others. What is harder, is to give this same support and encouragement to ourselves. So don’t start the New Year by beating yourself up. Instead, begin by acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how small. Celebrate the fact that you gained an insight, resolved a problem, made someone smile, stood up for yourself. Certainly you can resolve to change some things, but see those changes are making an already good person even better. Remember, even if you don’t meet all of your goals, you will still be a wonderful human being. Happy New Year.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

Georgia Turner Obit

Georgia Turner Obit
Georgia Turner Obit

Georgia Turner, 69, Talbert passed away Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  She was a member of the Turners Creek Church of Christ at Talbert.  She was the daughter of the late Willie and Polly Ann (Chaney) Stamper.  She was also preceded in death by one son, Raymond Turner; one sister, Mattie Stamper; two brothers, Vernil Stamper & Jerry Stamper.  She is survived by her husband, Alvin Turner of Talbert, three sons, Willie(Sara) Turner of Talbert, Alvin Dean(Jennifer) Turner of Talbert, Victor(Ida) Turner of Talbert; one daughter, Sally(Charles) Gilbert of Booneville; two brothers, Ronnie Chaney of Canoe, Johnny Jr. Turner of Newport; three sisters, Farrah Faye Combs of Saldee, Lora Riley of Cynthiana, Connie Chaney-Hawkins of  Bevay, Indiana; ten grandchildren; six step grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Funeral services Sat., Dec. 27, 10:00 AM at the Turners Creek Church of Christ with Rev. Paul Hall and Rev. Silas Hall officiating.  Burial in the Alice B. Turner Cemetery at Talbert.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.