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Governor Andy Beshear says the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in west Kentucky is in Lyon County. During a press conference Tuesday, Beshear said the affected person is a 69-year-old man. 

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  The former Lyon County Middle School teacher and Lyon County High School coach who’s accused of “sexually exploitative related offenses” was charged in Lyon County District Court on Wednesday with five counts of installing an eavesdropping device.

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Update: Autopsies performed on a woman and infant who died in a Lyon County house fire Monday morning determined both died of smoke inhalation. The deceased victims are Amber Girkant, 29, and Nathaniel Vinson. The latter was just shy of nine-months-old. 

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The Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency is in the planning stages of building a large solar farm in west Kentucky. 

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Kentucky State Police have arrested a corrections officer for possession of drugs at a correctional complex in Lyon County. 


One person is dead following a house fire early Sunday morning in Lyon County.

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An African American couple who recently moved to Lyon County have become a target of confusion and fear on social media. Area residents have taken to outlets including Facebook and Topix voicing concern about a rumored ‘Muslim’ group of ‘Refugees’ on private property.


The National Transportation Safety Board's says pilot error was to blame in a plane crash that killed four people in western Kentucky.

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Kentucky State Police have arrested an employee of the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Lyon County for sexually assaulting an inmate. 

A man suspected of killing a state trooper on Interstate 24 has died after he was shot by police in Kentucky. The suspect, Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, was shot after a brief manhunt, according to the Kentucky State Patrol.

It all began Sunday night, when Trooper Cameron Ponder, 31, pulled a car over on I-24. The suspect then drove off, setting off a car chase, police say. After a pursuit of some 10 miles, the chase ended, and Ponder was shot to death in his police car.