Madison County

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The Trump administration’s announcement Thursday that the opioid crisis is a national public health emergency was not news to first responders in Madison County.

Madison Co Students Safe After School Bus Fire

May 18, 2017
WKYT-TV News Staff

Students from two Madison County Schools are safe after escaping a burning school bus.  Bus #222 caught fire Thursday afternoon.

Cheri Lawson

A strong line of storms blew through Central and Southeastern Kentucky, Wednesday, knocking down power lines and trees and causing damage to several homes and businesses.

The wind blows hard through Donna Whittaker’s hair while she’s picking up the pieces to her home. The mobile home in Madison County where she and her husband lived was completely destroyed as high winds whipped through her neighborhood. Whittaker says it was pure chaos. “I was in the living room and all I could do was get under the coffee table because everything was falling.”

Madison County is one of 25 Kentucky counties benefitting from more than $1 million in state grants.  Officials in the bluegrass county will use more than $66,000 dollars to clean up an illegal dump.

Madison County Police

UPDATE:  (courtesy Lexington Herald-Leader/

Deputy Kevin Crutcher was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, he was released last night. (Wednesday.)  

A spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper Crutcher is a nine-year veteran.

Feedback: How About Madison Co. Election Returns?

Nov 10, 2014

Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."

Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.

Stu Johnson / WEKU Radio

A central Kentucky county is receiving additional resources to fight illegal drug trafficking at the distribution level.  Madison County is now a part of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  The announcement came Thursday in Richmond.  HIDTA Director Frank Rapier says the additional federal money helps cut off illegal drugs coming from areas like Detroit and Atlanta.  "The big thing is the partnership it brings to all the other HIDTA federal, state, and local working together.  That's huge for us and sharing the intelligence from that," said Rapier.

Authorities found three bodies Saturday in the ruins of a burned home in rural Madison County. The identities of the three will not be confirmed until autopsies are conducted, which could take place Sunday, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The three all appeared large enough to be adults, Cornelison said, but he could not determine their sex at the scene. Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office had not confirmed the cause of the fire Saturday, but it appeared that it started from an effort to heat the house, Trooper Robert Purdy said.