METH LAB BUST IN LAUREL COUNTY -- 11-22-10

Laurel County Sherriff Fred Yaden is reporting that on Friday officers were dispatched to Mill Creek Estates on an anonymous tip of a possible meth lab. When officers arrived they encountered two individuals in the apartment and a strong odor. After consent to search was granted, they discovered a one step meth lab and the occupants of the apartment, Laura J. Hammons, 19 and James Moore, 28 were arrested. During the discovery of the meth lab officers were exposed to the chemical and had to be transported to Baptist Regional Medical Center for treatment.

KY 296 IN WHITLEY COUNTY CLOSED -- 11-19-10

KY 296 in Whitley County will be closed from 8:30AM through 6PM today to allow state forces to clear right of way. All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change.

2010 COAL CLASSIC -- 11-19-10

The 2010 Coal Classic is a pre-season showcase and it will be at the arena this Saturday November 20. It will feature 14 boys High School Basketball teams from the 13th region and 4 middle school teams. You can get your tickets for this exciting sporting event at the Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 800.745.3000 tickets are $8 in advance or you can get a day long pass for $20.

GARBAGE COLLECTION -- 11-19-10

City of London residents will not have Thursday collection of garbage in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will however collect garbage on Friday for the regular scheduled routes and collect for the Thursday route as well. Please have your trash out the night before. If you have any questions please call 864.5521.

TOO MUCH TURKEY IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT BUCKLING UP -- 11-16-10

With the holidays upon us, millions of Americans are hitting the road to visit with family and friends. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety wants every celebration to be joyous occasion, so it's reminding travelers that state and local law enforcement will be out in force fom now to Nov. 28, sending the strong message to Click it or Ticket. While seat belt use is a t a record high of 84 percent nationwide, Ketnucky lags behind with an 80 percent usage rate. Statistics for 2009 indicate 398 of the 649 people who were killed in motor vehicles last year in Kentucky were not wearing a seat belt. In Kentucky last year there were 1,120 crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday, resulting in 330 injuries and seven fatalities. Of those fatalities, five were unrestrained. For more information about the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign for highway safety during Thanksgiving visit www.highwaysafety.ky.gov.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY -- 11-16-10

A boil water advisory is in effect for the customers of London Utility Commission on East 2nd street between Spring St. and Mahan Ave. Following such an event the potential exist for bacteriological contamination of the water supply; therefore this poil water advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

TWO METH LABS FOUND MINUTES FROM EACH OTHER -- 11-5-10

On Wednesday Laurel County Sheriff Fred Yaden reports that two meth labs were located in the east 80 area of Laurel County. The First Meth Lab was located on Taylor road off the second Tomcat Trail Entrance. The components for the lab were located in a outbuilding at the residence. The person responsible for the lab was not at the residence but according to Sheriff Yaden a warrant for their arrest will be obtained. Approximately 30 minutes after leaving the residence on Taylor Road another meth lab was located on East Laurel Road. Five people were located at this residence along with numerous meth lab components. Arrested was Walter C. Swafford, 48, Rhonda Wilson, 35, James Jones, 49, Dennis Lawson, 35, Gregory A. Curry, 34. All subjects were charged with manufacturing meth.

ANOTHER ARREST IN 2008 COLD CASE -- 11-5-10

Another arrest in a 2008 cold case. According to WKYT late Thursday afternoon police arrested Deborah Partin of Pineville for murder. Partin and Jeremiah Evans are now charged with killing William Taylor. Evans pleaded not guilty to murder and being a persistent felony offender Thursday in court. Taylor, who was 91, was beaten in his home in Frakes in January 2008. Taylor died from his injuries. Police say more arrests are possible in the case.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FOR A GOOD CAUSE -- 11-5-10

The Christian Shelter for the homeless and Come-Unity Cooperative Care has partnered to provice a day full of Christmas fun for the whole community. All proceeds from the day's events will be shared between Come-Unity Cooperative and the Christian Shelter for the Homeless. On Saturday, Dec 4, the day kicks off with Breakfast with Santa at 10:30AM at the London Fire Station, located at 911 Fire-Rescue Dr. In addition to breakfast, the firefighters will be on hand to visit with youngsters. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Mrs. Claus, make cookie houses and listen to carols and stories. A professional photographer will be on hand for youngsters who would like to have their photos taken with Santa. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and go on sale now-Dec. 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at Brookhaven Christian Bookstore or on the CCC website at www.come-unity.org or  wwwlondonshelter.org. There will be additional donation for photos with Santa.

LONDON RESIDENTS COLLECT GIFTS -- 11-4-10

Christmas is arriving early in London, as Independent Opportunities prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, London residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. From London, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world. Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org. LOCAL COLLECTION SITES: Independent Opportunities 70 Monty Drive London, KY 40741 (606) 878-9759 Mon: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wed: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thurs: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Last year, Independent Opportunities contributed 1,486 to join the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect over 1,600 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED: PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide. PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org. PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in London as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week is Nov. 15-22.