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KentuckyWired moving forward

FRANKFORT — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers called KentuckyWired the new interstate highway of the Commonwealth. “We are already getting a glimpse into the high-tech opportunities that will be available to eastern Kentucky and across the Commonwealth with access to high-speed, high-capacity broadband,” Congressman Rogers said during a press conference held in the Rotunda of the Capitol building on Sept. 16. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said despite the project running four to eight months behind schedule its completion is essential to the economic future of eastern Kentucky counties as well as the entire more on this story...  

Interapt TechHire offers hope for eastern KY

PAINTSVILLE — The struggling coal industry in eastern Kentucky has forced many miners and others whose lives have depended on the industry to look other places for work. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) joined with members of the Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon cutting for Interapt TechHire Eastern Kentucky (TEKY) program on the Mayo campus on Sept. 19. Fifty interns have put their faith in an intensive 33-week training program that once completed will give them an opportunity to land a position with Interapt. more on this story...  

Big Ideas Fest discusses economic development

HAZARD — Hundreds of people spent the day discussing the future of Appalachia, focusing on education, workforce and economic development during Big Ideas Fest for Appalachia held at Hazard Community and Technical College on Sept. 16. Business, educational and community leaders spent the day exploring and sharing ideas to build the new economy/creative economy, promoting entrepreneurism and expanding local business. The event was hosted by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and the Appalachian Innovations Collaborative and sponsored by Appalachian Regional Commission. Several keynote speakers were on hand, touching on more on this story...  

Hatfields, McCoys to hold special service

PIKEVILLE — A special Hatfield McCoy church service is planned at the McCoy Well, Sunday, Sept. 25. Led by Billy Hatfield, direct descendant of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, the service will begin at 10 a. m. , and will conclude with the unveiling of new signs to be placed along the Randolph McCoy trail. “Part of what will make this service so special to me is that the Hatfields and McCoys are coming together on the property where the Hatfields attacked and burned down the McCoy’s cabin so many years ago,” said Tony K. more on this story...  

Paint Pikeville Pink downtown on Oct. 1

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville will be a sea of pink as people are gearing up for the sixth annual Paint Pikeville Pink 5K Run/Walk to be held in Pikeville. The annual race brings awareness to show support for those who are or have battled cancer. Proceeds benefit Blessed Beyond Measure (BBM), a Pikeville-based nonprofit organization that helps underinsured and noninsured cancer patients in eastern Kentucky, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a national organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer and helping breast cancer patients and their more on this story...  

Portrait of Chairman Hal Rogers now displayed

WASHINGTON, DC — A hand-painted portrait of U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers was unveiled on Sept. 8 in honor of his six years of service as the 31st Chairman of the U. S. House Appropriations Committee. His portrait will be displayed on the walls of the historic U. S. House Appropriations chambers along with 20 of the Committee’s former chairmen. “I’m humbled and honored to join the ranks of such monumental figures in our nation’s history,” said Rogers. “Over the last six years, we have worked tirelessly to restore public trust in the federal funding process, cutting more on this story...  

Fire safety school refreshes firefighting skills

PIKEVILLE — A record number of firefighters converged at Pike County Central High School this past weekend to take part in the 27th annual Pikeville/Pike County Fire School. The class was held for Area 11 state and fire rescue members and allowed all firefighters to become certified by the Kentucky Fire Commission. The event was mandatory for new employees who had to receive 150 hours of training. Experienced firefighters were able to receive refresher courses. “It was a wonderful training opportunity for our department,” Pikeville Fire Department member more on this story...  

Walk for Alzheimer’s set Sept. 17 in Pikeville City Park

PIKEVILLE — People in the area are coming together to join millions across the world to help bring awareness to Alzheimer’s. The walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at Pikeville City Park. Registration will begin at 9 a. m. Opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 a. m. , followed by the walk at 10 a. m. It’s held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to more on this story...  

Community gearing up for Light the Night

PIKEVILLE — Members of the community will come together to raise money for a common goal during the fifth annual Light the Night Walk scheduled for Pikeville City Park on Thursday, Oct. 6. The walk is a fundraising campaign benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) research which funds blood cancer cures. Event Organizer Scrapy Barnes said the evening walk is held annually to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by blood cancers. “We lost our daughter to this disease in 2005,” he said. “This is a way to honor her more on this story...  

Genealogy conference set for Paintsville

PAINTSVILLE — The 15th Annual Eastern Kentucky Genealogy and History Conference is set to be held at the Ramada Inn located on Sept. 16-17. The conference is held annually to preserve and share the rich and diverse history of eastern Kentucky and its people. Conference committee members want to share with the world what a special place the region is and how unique the people are. Visitors can expect vendors who will be offering Genealogy-related materials, in addition to some Appalachian crafts. more on this story...  


Hack-A-Thon set for Oct. 6-8 in Somerset

SOMERSET — Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) is focused on health challenges across Appalachia. SOAR is collaborating with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to find solutions to those challenges during the first-ever Hack-A-Thon in Kentucky on Oct. 6-8 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The Hack-A-Thon is designed to team up people with different backgrounds and areas of expertise to create innovative solutions to specific problems pertaining to obesity, diabetes and substance abuse.   “Appalachian Kentucky faces many challenges, but bringing communities together to more on this story...  

March for Babies walk set for Saturday

PIKEVILLE — The March of Dimes Central Appalachia March for Babies walk in Pikeville will be held on September 24 at the Pike County Central High School football field and track with registration beginning at noon and the walk beginning at 1 pm. Pikeville Medical Center will be providing free blood pressure and glucose screenings. According to the March of Dimes, the Central Appalachia March for Babies is an event which helps fund research to find the cause of premature births and ways to prevent it as well as support more on this story...  

Help preserve historic chapel

JOHNS CREEK — The historic Snivley Chapel Preservation Committee is looking to raise $9,000 to complete roof repairs to the church during its 2017 campaign drive. “Without the roof repair, there could be possible damage to the inside,” Committee Member Sandy Penix said. “We have approximately one thousand dollars now and are asking our community to help us towards this goal. ” Located at 9807 Highway 194 West, Lower Johns Creek, the chapel is the oldest church building in Pike County. It was built in 1853 on land obtained from Martin Leslie and his more on this story...  

UPIKE welcomes Class of 2020

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2020 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony Sept. 10. First-year student Madeline Anderson, of Onalaska, Wisc. , was “coated” by second-year students Christopher Yun, of Elizabethtown, Ky. , and Daniel Sullivan, of Crestview Hills. White coat ceremonies are rites of passage for beginning medical students. The ritual encourages a psychological contract that emphasizes professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine and focuses on the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the more on this story...  

Pike County Tourism honored at state fair

PIKEVILLE  — Pike County Tourism in conjunction with Montgomery, Boyd and Floyd counties, recently made an impact at the Kentucky State Fair. State fairgrounds in Louisville attracts as many as 6,000 people yearly. The eastern Kentucky booth was the main attraction. It was one of the largest booths at the fair. Pike County Tourism was presented with an award from Kentucky Farm Bureau for the best booth display at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair. Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett said the eastern Kentucky booth demonstrated and more on this story...  

Ribbon cutting held for Pikeville Farmer’s Market

PIKEVILLE — State and local leaders returned to the new Pikeville Farmer’s Market Pavilion to officially open the site during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 13. “This was a joint effort to continue growth for farmer’s market,” Pikeville Farmer’s Market President J. R. Damron said. “This was a joint effort to build a facility to help our local economy and our youth have the option to be entrepreneurs and continue to grow Appalachia. ” The state-of-the-art facility will allow the local farmers in the area the opportunity to grow and develop their goods more on this story...  

Sundy best coming home to play MAC Sept. 17

PRESTONSBURG — Sundy Best will be returning to their hometown to play the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday Sept. 17. Tickets are $21. The eastern Kentucky duo of Nick Jamerson and Kristofer Bentley have amassed a huge following and have played to a full house each of the last three times they’ve played the MAC. They are known for their high energy stage shows, a range of musical influences, and a witty banter between each other and the crowd. Jamerson says he loves playing his hometown. “I more on this story...  

Main Street Live hosting BBQ feud contest Sept. 16

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Main Street program has revamped downtown entertainment. Folks are encouraged to mark their calendars. The 2016 BBQ Feud Contest on Sept. 16. It will take place on the Billy Johnson Stage, located at the Main Street Expo Plaza. “This is something fun and exciting for our local grill masters to win money and involve people downtown for a fun evening of music and tasting BBQ,” Main Street Director Minta Trimble said. Trimble said the contest was started as a fundraiser for the program. more on this story...  

Former PMC anesthesiologist dies in crash

Dr. John Thomas Trump, 60, a resident of Lexington, beloved husband of Patty Gross Trump, died Sept. 3, due to injuries suffered in a small plane crash in Terre Haute, Ind. Born and raised in Michigan, he was the eldest son of the late John Walter Trump and Anabel Crow Trump, currently of Carlisle, Ohio. Dr. Trump was a graduate of Asbury College, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He honorably served in the U. S. Air Force and the Kentucky Army National more on this story...  

Eastern KY students chat with space station astronauts

HYDEN — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers had a passion for outer space as a young boy. Astronaut Tim Kopra never dreamed that one day he would be aboard the International Space Station hundreds of miles above the earth’s surface. The two came together at Hazard Community College’s School of Traditional Bluegrass and Traditional Music to share their stories with more than 500 Leslie County High School (LCHS) students. “Commander [Jeff Williams] do you hear me?” Congressman Rogers said as began a live video call to current astronauts onboard the space station. more on this story...  


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