Martin County


U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin today announced $7.23 million in grant funding for four projects in Martin County to address the community’s failing water system and improve economic development opportunities.

Two grants were awarded to help address the water crisis in Martin County, including:


Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling for the appointment of a receiver or independent supervisor to ensure nearly $8 million in current state and federal funded projects to improve the water system in Martin County are completed and not mishandled by the water district.

Beshear’s office chronicles years of inept leadership by the Martin County Water District in a 13-page report prepared by the AG’s Office of Rate Intervention.

The Water Spot

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District.

The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE).

Martin County Opens Emergency Shelter

Mar 9, 2015
American Red Cross

The Big Sandy Chapter of the American Red Cross has set up a shelter in eastern Martin County for people who’ve lost power or whose homes have been flooded in recent days.

Emerson Varney is disaster relief specialist for the agency and says the river is already high because of melting snow from last week’s winter storm. Heavy rains are expected in the region this week.

Varney says some homes near the Tug Fork River have been flooded as snow from last week’s winter storm has begun to melt and the waterway has spilled over its banks.   

Martin County High School Closed

Aug 2, 2013
Sheldon Clark High School - Martin County Schools

The doors of the only high school in Martin County will remain closed this school year.

WYMT reports the school board voted Thursday night to close Sheldon Clark HS after concerns were raised that nearby blasting was too dangerous. Officials say it was not an easy decision, and it is getting mixed reactions from people in the community. Hundreds of people came supporting their school and supporting their kids.