Friday, February 27, 2009

BREAKING: A.J. Stewart no longer a Wildcat still with the Wildcats

Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting that A.J. Stewart has been kicked off from the team. This comes after the debacle at South Carolina. Click below for more:

Kentucky Sports Radio: Source: AJ Stewart No Longer With the Basketball Team

UPDATE on Friday at 6:20am: WKYT is reporting that Stewart quit the team on his own.

UPDATE at 5:56pm: Billy Gillispie said at his press conference that Stewart did quit the team, but had a change in heart and practiced with the team today. Developing...

Evening Trio--2/27/09

Washington Times: Dobson steps down as Focus on the Family chairman

Kentucky Weather Center: Winter Storm Threat Continues

Fox News: Ed McMahon in Hospital In Serious Condition

Morning Trio--2/27/09

WYMT: 8 Year Old Brings Gun to School

AP: Scrappy Rocky Mountain News closing its doors

L.A. Times: Facebook offers users a greater voice

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Evening Trio--2/21/09

Letcher County Fiscal Court: Non-consumption advisory may be lifted as early as Monday

Fox News: Washington, Wall Street Buzzing About Prospect of Bank Nationalization

Lexington Herald-Leader: Balanced Cats rout Tennessee 77-58

Morning Trio--2/21/09

WYMT: Officials: Diesel Contaminated Water Supply

AP via Lexington Herald-Leader: ABC News report on Appalachia brings help (While I have no problem with people helping those in need, I do have a problem with "20/20" focusing on the negatives of Appalachia while ignoring the positives of the region.)

The Courier-Journal: Wildcats hope to improve vs. Vols

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tornado Watch Open Thread

5:22pm: The tornado watch has been cancelled for Eastern Kentucky as of 5:12pm. There are storms continuing in parts of the region, but they are weakening.

4:08pm: Based on the storm reports I've seen, hail seems to be the dominant feature with this outbreak.

3:40pm: Number of power outages climbs slightly to 136 here in Letcher County.

3:34pm ET: For the second straight Wednesday, severe weather is affecting Eastern Kentucky. A TORNADO WATCH is in effect until 6pm ET (5pm CT). Numerous warnings have been issued for the region, including a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for parts of Johnson and Martin counties until 4pm. 121 customers of AEP here in Letcher County are without power. I will post more updates if necessary. Post any severe weather reports in the comments section.

Morning Trio--2/18/09

Letcher County Fiscal Court: State of emergency declared due to water crisis

Wall Street Journal: GM Seeks $16.6 Billion More in U.S. Aid

Chicago Tribune editorial: Roland Burris, resign

Monday, February 16, 2009

Evening Trio--2/16/09

Culture and Media Institute: ABC Shortchanges Christians on Sunday (This makes the second demographic group ABC has targeted for smearing this week. Friday, ABC's 20/20 had a controversial piece regarding Appalachia.)

Kentucky Division of Water: Don't drink the water in Whitesburg

AP via Wall Street Journal: No Pot Charge for Phelps, South Carolina Sheriff Says

A response to Diane Sawyer

WYMT's Neil Middleton says it very well on his new blog post:


Morning Trio--2/16/09

Wall Street Journal: Obama Will Not Name 'Car Czar' to Oversee Detroit

Albert Mohler: Christianity and Evolution -- Seeing the Problem

C-SPAN: Historians rank Lincoln best President

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Evening Trio--2/12/09

AP: BREAKING: Gregg withdraws nomination to become commerce secy

Kentucky Power: 21,905 without power as of 4:15pm

USA Today: MLB commissioner Selig considers suspending A-Rod

Morning Trio--2/12/09

AP via Lexington Herald-Leader: Wind storm causes new round of outages

Kentucky Power: 39,233 without power as of 6:15am

L.A. Times: Diane Sawyer examines poverty in Appalachia (It will be interesting to see how Appalachia is portrayed on her special compared to other documentaries.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Severe Weather Live Blogging

9:57pm: 34,798 Kentucky Power customers out...3,040 here in Letcher County. Two counties affected by the recent ice storm--Martin and Breathitt--have the highest number of outages. Click here for the latest from Kentucky Power.

6:36pm: Power outages increased since last update...2,769 Kentucky Power customers still without power in Letcher County... a total of 30,628 Kentucky Power customers region-wide without power. Power on at my house here in Isom. PRAY for those affected by the storms.

5:52pm: 2,116 Kentucky Power customers in Letcher County without power.

5:37pm: Power is out at Sandlick...trees are down in portions of Letcher County. Power was flickering earlier here in Isom...but is on at the time of this update. STAY SAFE.

5:20pm: Winds continue here in Isom while the worst of the severe weather has moved on to the east. Power is out along the Whitesburg Bypass.

4:57pm: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING extended until 6pm for Letcher County.

4:46pm: Line of storms will hit Jeremiah and Roxana here in Letcher County by 5pm...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for Johnson, Martin and northern Floyd County until 5:45pm

4:21pm: Winds have picked up here in Isom. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES.

4:18pm: TORNADO WARNING for parts of Breathitt, Lee, and Wolfe until 5pm. SEEK SHELTER NOW!!!

4:06pm: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for portions of SE Kentucky--including Letcher County--until 5pm. STAY SAFE.

3:57pm: TORNADO WARNING for Knox County until 4:30pm. SEEK SHELTER NOW!!!

3:43pm: TORNADO WARNING for portions of McCreary and Whitley counties until 4:15pm

3:27pm: TORNADO WARNINGS for parts of Madison and Garrard counties...more TORNADO WARNINGS for parts of south-central Kentucky. SEEK SHELTER NOW!

3:05pm: TORNADO WARNINGS for parts of Lincoln and Casey counties...other storms move into metro Lexington.

2:12pm ET: TORNADO WATCH has just been issued for Eastern Kentucky until 9pm. In addition, the HIGH WIND WARNING continues until 4am early Thursday morning. Storms are roughly along the I-65 corridor at this time. Letcher County schools will be dismissing at 2:30pm. See map above for latest radar and Tornado Watch info. I will post updates as needed. Post your comments...keep it civil and clean.

Morning Trio--2/11/09

National Weather Service: High Wind Warning from 10am today until 4am Thursday for Eastern Kentucky

Bloomberg: Israeli Shekel, Bonds, Stocks Decline on Deadlock in Election

AP: List of TV stations to end analog on Feb. 17 (Despite the new June 12 deadline, many stations--including WYMT in Hazard--will shut down their analog signals on the original Feb. 17 deadline.)