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07/22/2016
SHOES OF HOPE: Missionary group provides shoes for nearly 300 kids while sharing God’s love

PIKEVILLE — “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ”  — Matthew 5:16 A mission team recently set an extraordinary example of good work by providing hope to children across the region through a heartwarming mission event. Score Domestic, a non-profit missionary organization, held its ninth annual “Shoes of Hope” event at UPIKE Gym on July 14.   The mission team was made up of 170 volunteers from nine different states, who all came together more on this story...  

07/22/2016
PLI concludes with session on natural gas, energy

PIKEVILLE — The Patton Leadership Institute class met on July 14 at Kentucky Power’s Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa, Kentucky for their final session in the Chamber’s professional development and leadership program. The day was filled with discussions and presentations on the state of energy and natural gas in the region. The PLI class heard from Morgan Colvin-Shaw, Outreach Professional with AEP Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive Program. The class learned how Kentucky Power’s Commercial Incentive Program can benefit businesses by a convenient way to receive funding for common energy efficiency projects.   The program currently more on this story...  

07/22/2016
KYCO announces new faculty

PIKEVILLE — Josephine O. Owoeye, O. D. , MPH, joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) as an assistant clinical professor with a specialty in pediatric optometry and binocular vision. Owoeye earned her Doctor of Optometry degree and completed residency training in pediatric optometry at the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md. At KYCO, she will be teaching binocular vision, strabismus and oculomotor rehabilitation and pediatric optometry. Before moving more on this story...  

07/22/2016
Major Mountain Parkway project nears start

SALYERSVILLE — The first extension of the Mountain Parkway in more than a half century will begin soon as contractors start to widen the roadway through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row. The 2. 4-mile project will improve safety and ease mobility through the busiest and most visible stretch of roadway along the Mountain Parkway corridor. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a construction contract to Hinkle Contracting Services LLC to perform the work along the Restaurant Row Segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. This project will continue construction already underway to widen and expand the Mountain Parkway immediately west more on this story...  

07/22/2016
Golf scramble benefits Trooper Island

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky State Police (KSP) are gearing up for the annual KSP Trooper Island Golf Scramble fundraising event. The tournament helps raise money to help provide a remarkable opportunity for children throughout the region to attend the popular summer camp – Trooper Island. Golfing is scheduled to be held on July 29 at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg. The format will be a four-man scramble which will include lunch, golf cart and drinks. KSP encourages individuals, as well as teams, to participate in the fundraiser. more on this story...  

07/15/2016
13th annual JULY JAM set for July 30

PIKEVILLE – Hundreds are expected to gather in Pikeville City Park for the 13th annual JULY JAM (Jesus Unconditionally Loves You. Just Ask Me) later this month. The two-day contemporary Christian music concert series features musicians and bands that are both regionally and nationally known. It will take place beginning at 7 p. m. on July 30.  The Christian Music outreach event will feature several familiar bands such as Among the Thirsty, Render the Hearts, Shiloh and UR. “This event is something we look forward to each year,” Grace more on this story...  

07/15/2016
BSCTC, MAC to feature voice camp

PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) will host a summer vocal camp featuring Ron and Chery Brendel on July 25-28 at the MAC. The Brendels are internationally recognized voice instructors from Cleveland, Tenn.   Ron, who gained world-wide attention from being the voice coach of 2016 Voice winner and Harlan native  Jordan Smith, is a faculty member at Lee University.   Chery, also a faculty member at Lee University, has performed all across the United States, as well as Germany and more on this story...  

07/08/2016
LOVE LOUD! Churches come together to perform random acts of kindness in Pike County

PIKEVILLE — A local organization has demonstrated how people can work together for a greater cause, helping humanity. Several people from all age groups volunteered their time to help local churches perform random acts of kindness throughout Pike County. The Pike Association of Southern Baptists participated and organized the annual Love Loud Mission event which was held June 26- July 1. Over 100 volunteers represented 12 Pike Association Churches in this year’s event. Organizers planned projects such as construction, community service and individual acts of kindness projects. more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Body Balance: Protect your body with healthy lifestyle

Each day, people are exposed to environmental pollution no matter where they live, work, or play.   The level of their exposure varies with some experiencing greater exposure to pollutants because of where they live or work.   Despite this, everyone can take action to reduce the health effects of their personal exposure to environmental pollution. Wise food choices and other healthy lifestyle behaviors can help. The Body Balance: Protect Your Body from Pollution with a Healthy Lifestyle curriculum is based on unique, ongoing research at the University of Kentucky. Funded by an NIH/NIEHS federal grant, UK researchers more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Patton Leadership focuses on tourism during latest session

The Patton Leadership Institute class met for their latest session in the Chamber’s professional development and leadership program on June 9. With the day focusing on regional tourism, the class started their session at White Lightening Zip Line in Pikeville. It was the first time zip lining for several PLI class members. “It was an amazing experience. This was my first time zip lining and it’s a day I will never forget,” Clarissa Adkins of U. S. Bank said. “The staff was wonderful and to have this attraction in our backyard is incredible. It’s more on this story...  

  

07/22/2016
ANU hosting annual Healthy Fun Fair

PIKEVILLE — American National University (ANU) is gearing up for its ninth annual Healthy Fun Fair.   The much anticipated event is expected to attract over 1,200 people to ANU’s Pikeville campus. Admission is free and the event will be open to the public. It will be held from 10a. m. until 3 pm at ANU across from Deskins motors north on July 28. “The Healthy Fun Fair is a special day for collaboration of the medical community and ANU that provides the opportunity to make health screenings available more on this story...  

07/22/2016
UPIKE hosts Esports Vision Science Academy

PIKEVILLE – Area middle and high school students sharpened their technology skills and learned about the science of vision in a setting centered on virtual reality during the University of Pikeville’s second Esports and Vision Science Academy. An interest in video games led to a broader learning experience. During the two-day camp, students built virtual reality viewers and learned various applications of virtual reality in architecture, mechanics, anatomy and gaming. The academy also included optics experiments to learn the properties of light,lenses, and time in the university’s biology lab for eyeball dissection. more on this story...  

07/22/2016
MSU hosting SOAR program Aug. 5

MOREHEAD — Morehead State University will offer a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program Friday, Aug. 5 in preparation for the 2016 Fall Semester. Participants will check-in on the first floor of the Camden-Carroll Library. This is a walk-in SOAR program as students can come anytime from 9 a. m. through 3 p. m. New first year and transfer students will register for their fall semester classes during this event. Students also will have their photographs taken for the University’s identification card, the EagleCard, and meet with representatives from more on this story...  

07/22/2016
UNITE addresses Floyd County Chamber

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on July 12, at Reno’s in Prestonsburg.   The topic for this luncheon was combating illegal drug use in our community.   During the luncheon, two speakers from UNITE (Unlawful, Narcotics, Investigations, Treatment & Education) focused on how education and treatment can bring a positive impact to a community’s drug culture. Nancy Hale, CEO of Operation UNITE, reviewed UNITE’s mission to rid communities of illegal drug use and how substance abuse problems can devastate families and communities. Debbie Trusty, Education more on this story...  

07/15/2016
Interactive wall has folks thinking: PUMC pastor says chalkboard attracting visitors

PIKEVILLE — Not everyone spends time thinking about what they want to do with their life before they die. What appears to be a simple question can prompt serious complex thoughts about life.   Pikeville United Methodist Church (PUMC) is  asking people to complete the phrase “Before I die. . . . ” PUMC is connecting with the community in a very unique way. Those walking along Main Street downtown will notice a large chalkboard outside the church with buckets of chalk. Visitors can stop and express their thoughts on the subject. “The chalkboard more on this story...  

07/15/2016
BWW flies into Pikeville for wing fanatics, sports fans

PIKEVILLE — Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. opened its newest location in Pikeville on June 27, bringing its mouth-watering wings, wide selection of premium, craft and domestic beers and ultimate sports viewing atmosphere to local residents. Buffalo Wild Wings is the destination for wing fanatics and sports fans alike.  “Our team members have worked tirelessly to get the restaurant opened. We look forward to delivering the ultimate sports fan experience to our guests. ” said Justin Schmidt, President of Schmidt Family Restaurant Group. “We are so happy to be a part of the Pikeville community. They more on this story...  

07/15/2016
Kentucky Opry adding soul with Blues Brothers act

PRESTONSBURG — Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will again welcome back two of its favorite past family members with Craig Collins and Allen James as The Blues Brothers. Collins and James popularized the act during the Kentucky Opry shows in the 1990’s. It quickly became a fan favorite due to their agility, comedy, and rhythm & blues feel that the duo added to the show. Collins and James met their future wives while performing with the Kentucky Opry. Collins married vocalist Raetta Damron and James married more on this story...  

07/08/2016
HCIJ hosting Kids Day at city park on July 16

PIKEVILLE — Hillbilly Christmas in July (HCIJ) is gearing up for its annual Kids Day in the Park, set for Pikeville City Park on July 16. The annual event benefits the Shriners Hospital for Children, a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. “Everything we do is for the kids,” HCIJ co-founder Jimmy Kinney said. “This will be a more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour

PIKEVILLE — Tickets are now on sale for Ted Nugent’s Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour coming to the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, Aug. 19. The music icon has released more than 34 albums and has sold a career total of 30 million records. He was known throughout his early career in the 1970s for using Fender amps, a large part of his signature sound, and for playing the hollow-body Gibson-Byrdland guitar. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard more on this story...  

07/08/2016
Kentucky Opry welcomes back Chris, Shea Lafferty

PRESTONSBURG – Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will welcome back two of its favorite past stars in Chris and Shea Lafferty. The husband/wife duo wowed audiences in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Chris was an original member of the Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros. when it was formed in the spring of 1992 with students from Betsy Layne High School. Beau Tackett, Blake Shelton’s guitarist, was a very early addition to the group, as well as Garland Rogers. Shea Leslie joined shortly after in the fall of 1992 after Billie Jean Osborne started a more on this story...  

 





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