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07/03/2015
Southern Baptists host ‘LoveLoud’ mission

PIKEVILLE: The Pike Association of Southern Baptists stepped into the community to help people in need this week. Approximately 60 people from 10 churches affiliated with the association spanned out into seven teams across Pike County to help local residents with home repairs and maintenance and provide other types of community service. Jason Lowe, director of missions for the association, reported that officials started planning the “LoveLoud” mission for Pike County a year ago. It’s something they hope to continue annually. Lowe said volunteers from throughout the country travel to more on this story...  

07/03/2015
New business opens in Elkhorn

ELKHORN CITY — If you ask Michael Carter why he offers pest control services, he won’t tell you — specifically — it’s because he enjoys killing insects and rodents. He’ll tell you that he enjoys his job; he’s good at it; and, then, he’ll say simply, “It’s the people,” I love getting to see new people, helping new people, helping them get rid of their pest problems. ”  That’s what he enjoys most about his job, which, he explains, is about much more than just ridding residences and businesses of a few pests. more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Four-mile obstacle course raises funds for those fallen in the line of duty

PIKEVILLE — Law enforcement officials, emergency medical technicians and fire fighters put their lives on the line to help people in need. While answering their call to duty, they face life-and-death situations on a regular basis. A group of local individuals want to thank them for that dedication, and they are seeking help from the public to accomplish their goal. Registration is underway for the second-ever Heroes Challenge obstacle course race, which will be held Aug. 8 in Coal Run. In this unique race, competitors jump, more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Locals invited to join UPIKE alumni for Ireland trip

There’s still time for local residents to sign up to attend a 10-day tour in Ireland with the University of Pikeville Alumni Association. The tour begins July 17 and the cost is approximately $1,999 per person. Participants will see sites of both scenic beauty and historic interest. Some highlights include Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the medieval monastic settlements of Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Rock of Cashel and an overnight stay on the Aran Islands. The group will stay in memorable and historic inns more on this story...  

07/03/2015
July 4: ‘Proceed with caution’: Pay attention to local ordinances

FRANKFORT — Kentuckians are encouraged to attend a community celebration this Fourth of July holiday. Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope advises families to let the professionals entertain you. “Setting off fireworks at home runs the risk of injury and may also run the risk of violating local ordinances and state law,” Swope said. “Citizens should be aware of potential prohibitions against celebrating with fireworks as local governments can set their own fireworks ban. ” If you insist on celebrating at home, Swope says that safety and more on this story...  

07/03/2015
State Rep. Harris appointed to committee

FRANKFORT — Rep. Chris Harris attended the inaugural meeting of the House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology on June 23. He was appointed to the committee on June 19 by House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg. The meeting focused on KentuckyWired, Kentucky’s broadband initiative to connect all 120 counties to high-speed Internet via fiber optic cable. Work on this project begins next month with eastern Kentucky as the first phase of construction. This is one initiative to grow out of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Widening project underway: Nearly six miles of parkway being widened and improved

SALYERSVILLE — About one-fifth of the widening and improvements of the Mountain Parkway between Campton and Salyersville will be under construction this summer, marking significant progress for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. A third construction project starting soon just west of Salyersville will bring a total of six miles of the current Mountain Parkway to the construction phase. “This marks an important milestone in a project that will eventually close the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. more on this story...  

07/03/2015
GI Bride: How the war brought one European to eastern Kentucky

By THELMA SPEARS For The Medical Leader From the author: I came to know Ivy Crum at the Betsy Layne Church of Christ. Ivy is a very reserved and quiet lady with a warm demeanor of friendliness. Her accent tells one, right away, that she is not Appalachian. I soon learned that she is British, but I didn’t learn her background until recently. When I learned that she had fallen and broken her right arm, I went to visit her. It was during these visits that Ivy talked about her life more on this story...  

07/03/2015
PSC approves Ky. Power rate adjustment

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Public Service Commission recently approved a settlement agreement that granted a rate increase to Kentucky Power Company. The agreement allows the company, which serves customers throughout eastern Kentucky, the ability to increase its revenue by $45. 4 million, or 65 percent of the amount the company sought in its application. The PSC modified the agreement to, among other things, shift a portion of the rate increase for residential customers from the monthly customer charge to the charge for electricity consumption. The settlement and order also more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Two Civil War vets honored at ceremony

ISLAND CREEK . The Col. Ben E. Caudill Camp #1629, Sons of Confederate Veterans, members of the Pikeville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and local residents honored two Civil War Veterans recently. A group of approximately 50 individuals participated in a ceremony hosted by the Col. Ben E. Caudill Camp to place new headstones at the graves of Riley Sweeney (1835-1913) and James Wesley Akers (1828-1911) at the Akers Cemetery on Island Creek. Akers was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, serving in Co. G 5th Ky. Infantry. Sweeny, who married more on this story...  

06/26/2015
Tackett honored with name on Country Music Highway

DORTON — State and local leaders joined community residents in a ceremony honoring musician Marlow Tackett on June 23. Tackett, a Pike County musician and founder of an annual Christmas giveaway that helped thousands of eastern Kentucky families for decades, is now honored alongside other musicians on the Country Music Highway. The ceremony, held in Tackett’s native community of Dorton in Pike County, featured Sen. Ray S. Jones, Rep. Leslie Combs, former Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford, Highway District 12 Chief District Engineer Mary Westfall-Holbrook and Tackett’s family members as speakers. more on this story...  

06/26/2015
Local communities join the fight against cancer: Floyd, Letcher, Pike and Tug Valley raise $176,000 this month for Relay

Local residents turned out in droves this month to help the American Cancer Society “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back” against cancer during Relay for Life events held throughout eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. In that effort, individuals, organizations and businesses in this region have made a significant impact in the fight against cancer. Josh Johnson, the eastern Kentucky regional representative for the American Cancer Society, reported that Relay for Life events in Pike, Floyd and Letcher counties collectively raised a whopping $151,000 for the nonprofit organization this month. But more on this story...  

06/23/2015
PHS honors distinguished alumni

Pikeville High School will soon celebrate its 100th anniversary. The school’s Alumni Association will host its 100th reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, with numerous activities planned. For the past year, the association has published monthly articles that detail the school’s history. This month, members submitted an article to honor PHS alumni who received Distinguished Alumni awards during the 2015 graduation ceremony in May. Those honored include the following: Will T. Scott, a 1965 graduate of PHS, attended EKU for one year before volunteering for service in more on this story...  

06/23/2015
Americorps honored in Prestonsburg

PRESTONSBURG — Members of UNITE’s Service Corps have been tutors, teachers, mentors and coaches throughout this past school year. “They have educated, they have been role models, and they have served,” said Nancy Hale, UNITE president/CEO, during a year-end celebration for the AmeriCorps program on June 4 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. “Doing community service not only makes a difference to those who are being served, but to those who provide the service,” she said. “Everything you do, everything you say is going to have a lasting impact forever. ” more on this story...  

06/23/2015
Buser re-elected

Boyd R. Buser, D. O. , FACOFP, vice president for health affairs and dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was re-elected to the board of governors and the nominating committee of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) at the AAO’s Convocation in Louisville. A member of the AAO Board of Governors since 2009, Buser was one of eight osteopathic physicians from around the country to be re-elected as a governor of the AAO, the largest medical society in the United States devoted to fostering osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (OMM-NMM). Buser will serve more on this story...  

06/12/2015
New business opens in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have a new place to turn to when their mouths are watering for southern-style barbecue. Pike County residents Bobby and Karen Boyd recently opened Bob’s Southern Smokehouse, located in the former Friend Law Office building at 130 Division St. in downtown Pikeville. The restaurant held a soft opening earlier this month, and officials with the city of Pikeville, the Pikeville Main Street Program and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce welcomed the restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 11. Bobby Boyd brought more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Coal Run cuts ribbon on new city hall, community center

COAL RUN — Representatives of the city of Coal Run, Pike County, the state legislature and the U. S. Department of Agriculture cut the ribbon on the Coal Run Community Center on Wednesday, June 3. Mayor Andrew Scott commended the “tireless” efforts of former Coal Run Mayor C. Laverne Dye, who worked for years to plan and obtain funding for the facility. It will be officially dedicated in her honor later this year, he said. “This is a very exciting day for Coal Run and I’d just like to thank former Mayor Laverne more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Relay For Life in Floyd, Letcher this weekend

Local residents have the opportunity to “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back” against cancer at two events this weekend. The Floyd County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p. m. on Friday, June 5, at the walking track of Big Sandy Community & Technical College and the Letcher County Relay for Life will begin at noon on Saturday, June 6, at Riverside Park in Whitesburg. Hundreds of people representing cancer patients and their families, as well as local businesses and organizations in Floyd and Letcher counties, have been raising funds for months more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Community welcomes new BSCTC president

PIKEVILLE — Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s new president shared a message of progress and commitment when he spoke to community members during a meet-and-greet at the Pikeville campus on Tuesday, June 2. The event came one day after Dr. Devin Stephenson officially stepped into his new role at the college. “I think, mostly, I am excited about the potential, about the possibilities, about the promise that exists and that will continue to come to this region in the future, and I pledge to you, every one of you today, a college more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Marshall Tucker band performs in Pike next week

PIKEVILLE — Fans of “Motors and Music” will converge on Pikeville next weekend for a two-day “Fire in the Mountains” event that culminates with a concert by the nationally-known Marshall Tucker band. There’s still time for local residents to purchase tickets for the event, which will be held June 12-13 in the Riverfill Arena in Pikeville. Admission is free to all car and bike events, and tickets to all concerts, including the Marshall Tucker Band performance, are only $25. On Friday, June 12, events begins with burn-outs, a bike show and a more on this story...  

06/05/2015
JWT opens Shrek next week in P’burg

PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theatre is opening its summer amphitheater schedule with a new play next week. JWT will open performances of Shrek: The Musical on June 11, and the show will continue with nine performances at the JWT Amphitheatre in Prestonsburg through Aug. 8. The play, sponsored by the J. W. Kinzer Foundation, is based on the Oscar-winning animation film, Shrek. It follows an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists his rescue. more on this story...  

06/05/2015
KSPPA hosts annual ‘Fish for Kids’ event: Proceeds benefit Shop with a Trooper

FISHTRAP — The Kentucky State Police’s Professional Association is months away from hosting its annual Shop with a Trooper event, inviting children from throughout eastern Kentucky on a shopping spree for Christmas, but that didn’t stop members from getting wet for the cause. The association’s local chapter, based at Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville, recently hosted its 4th Annual Fish for Kids Bass Classic fishing tournament at Fishtrap Lake in Pike County. More than 36 boats with 36 anglers and 33 co-anglers participated, collectively catching 57. 23 lbs. of fish during more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Kelly Wells, UNITE Pike host basketball camps

PIKEVILLE — Hundreds of middle school students turned out for University of Pikeville Basketball Coach Kelly Wells’ UNITE Pike Basketball Camps held recently at Pike Central and Phelps. Wells brought several of his players to assist with the camps. Pike County School District employees Marionette Little (Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator) and Catrina Slone, a UNITE Pike Board Member and a parent, spearheaded the camps. About 130 students turned out for the Pike Central Camp and another 115 for the Phelps event. “The kids had a great time,” Slone said. “We fed more on this story...  

05/29/2015
Soccer event raises funds for kids with cancer

PIKEVILLE — Steve and Crystal Berger moved from Pikeville to Madison County to “get a fresh start” in 2013 — two years after their 10-year-old daughter lost her battle with cancer. Next week will mark their fourth return trip to Pike County to host a soccer tournament in memory of their daughter. Allison Berger played soccer at St. Francis School when she was diagnosed with cancer in her brain and spinal cord in 2009. She underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to fight the cancer, but it didn’t stop her love for soccer. She more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Primary Election results in: Comer seeks recount in Governor’s race

The results are in, and two races in Tuesday’s Primary Election were close.   In the Democratic primary, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway easily beat opponent Geoff Young, a retired engineer from Lexington. Conway captured nearly 79 percent of nearly 180,000 votes cast in the race. As of press time, however, it was not clear which Republican Conway will face in the General Election in November. Republicans Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott of Pike County conceded the race, but candidates James R. Comer and Matt Bevin nearly tied. Comer received only 83 more on this story...  

05/22/2015
‘One East Kentucky’ group to launch job growth initiative

IVEL — A group of 50 business and professional executives representing nine eastern Kentucky counties met on May 19 at Appalachian Wireless’ headquarters to hear a report by a national consulting firm on whether a new regional strategy to attract jobs to the region will gain widespread support.   National Community Development Services, Inc. , headquartered in Georgia conducted a feasibility study of a proposed strategy called “One East Kentucky,” the product of the group’s deliberations at an October 2014, meeting at Appalachian Wireless co-chaired by University of Pikeville Chancellor Paul E. Patton and Appalachian Wireless CEO/General more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Keaton to compete at Scripps

WASHINGTON, D. C. — Paul Keaton, 14, the son of Drs. Jill and Andy Keaton, earned his opportunity at Scripps after winning a state spelling bee this year. An eighth grade student at Christ Central School, he is returning to Scripps for the second time. Last year, he ranked 13th place, and that’s not the only Scripps Spelling Bee honor for his family. His sister Emily competed in the national competition from 2009 to 2013, when she tied for 13th place. The Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminaries will be held May 27, and the semi-finals will more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Main Street Live is back!

PIKEVILLE — Main Street Live! will return this week to the Billy Johnson Stage, located on the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center Plaza, for its first show in its fifth summer season. The free event is open to the public every other Friday at 7 p. m. from May 22 through Oct. 16. The Pikeville Main Street Program opened Main Street Live! in 2011 as part of several initiatives to revitalize downtown Pikeville. It has grown by leaps and bounds. “It’s grown unbelievably,” Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Trimble said. “We’ve more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Locals honor Civil War soldier

STOPOVER — Local community members hosted a dedication ceremony at the grave of a Pike County Civil War soldier recently. Lawrence Cook and his unit from the Col. Ben E. Caudill Camp No. 1629 of the Sons of the Confederacy in Whitesburg dedicated a new headstone on the grave of Civil War soldier Peyton Hurley at the Hurley-Wolford Cemetery near the old Majestic-Knox Creek school in Stopover. With the guidance of Cook, Anita Stacy of Hurley, Virginia, and Pike County Heritage Commission member Chris Coleman and his wife Andrea, the group completed the more on this story...  

05/22/2015
BSCTC hosts graduation ceremonies

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College held its commencement ceremonies last week at the Mountain Arts Center. Dr. Jay Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), was the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8. “You come from all walks of life; you have overcome obstacles; your goals and professions vary, but tonight you are unified and share one distinct commonality … being called a college graduate,” said Box.   “Many of you will be staying right here in eastern Kentucky, where you more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Memorial ride, services set

PIKEVILLE — Thousands of people will travel to Pikeville to honor their loved ones at the Annie E. Young Cemetery this weekend. Thacker Memorial Funeral Home hosts several events for the Memorial Day weekend annually. For the first time, the observance will include a motorcycle ride to honor those who passed. “I ride motorcycles and wanted to do this to honor my son, who is deceased, and I have others who want to ride to pay their respects to those they’ve lost,” Thacker Memorial owner Larry Thacker said. more on this story...  

05/15/2015
Don’t forget to cast your vote on Tuesday!

Precincts will be open on Tuesday, May 19, for the Primary Election. Democrats and Republicans are coming to polls to qualify candidates for several state offices. The Republican ticket features a crowded race for Governor and opposing candidates seeking to be elected as state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of agriculture. The Republican ticket for secretary of state and state auditor has no opposition in the Primary. The Democratic ticket features two candidates for governor, a crowded state treasurer’s race and opposition in the secretary of state’s race. more on this story...  

05/15/2015
Tourism’s local impact is $300 million

FRANKFORT — Tourists spent nearly $300 million to visit attractions and participate in events in Pike, Floyd, Letcher, Johnson, Knott, Martin, Magoffin and Perry counties last year, and that amount is just a portion of the revenue generated by the tourism industry statewide. Gov. Steve Beshear announced this month that tourism has an economic impact of $13 billion in Kentucky. The Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet released that estimate in a report detailing the economic impact of Kentucky’s travel and tourism industry from 2013 to 2014. more on this story...  

05/15/2015
Mine Wars museum opens: Celebration incudes reenactments of Matewan Massacre

MATEWAN, W. Va. — Hundreds of people will make history in the town of Matewan this weekend. The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum will host its grand opening on Saturday, May 16. The grand opening coincides with Matewan Heritage Day festivities. Museum doors will open at 10 a. m. and visitors may watch the first of two Matewan Massacre Outdoor Drama reenactments at 11 a. m. United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts will be in attendance and Union Local 1440 will provide free lunch to attendees at 12 p. m. The more on this story...  

05/15/2015
Jubilee in the Breaks to be held next weekend

BREAKS, Va. — The Memorial Day weekend brings gospel music to the mountains. The 13th Annual Jubilee in the Breaks will be held at Breaks International Park from May 23-25. Pikeville Medical Center Radiology Department Clerk Gary Chaney organizes the annual event. He hosted gospel music events in other locations for nearly three decades and wanted to bring an annual event to the Breaks. Attendees travel from eight states to participate. Gospel groups from throughout the country will perform at the park amphitheater from 10 a. m. to 8 p. m. more on this story...  

05/08/2015
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

The Pike County/Pikeville Area Ministerial Association hosted the National Day of Prayer in the Pikeville City Park on Thursday. Local residents gathered to pray for the nation, government, military, businesses, educational institutions, the media, churches and family. The event featured comments from ministerial association President and Pikeville Medical Center Assistant Director of Chaplaincy Services Randy Johnson and music by Isabelle VanHoose of Trinity Harvest Church, Laura Ford Hall, the Big Sandy Singers and Christ Central School. The Pike County Central High School JROTC Program and University of Pikeville Student Government Association President Collan McCoy also more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Newsboys to perform in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — On Monday, May 11, the East Kentucky Expo Center will begin selling tickets for a concert by the Newsboys. The Newsboys will bring their “We Believe God’s Not Dead” tour to the Expo Center on Nov. 5. Since arriving on the scene in 1985 in Australia, the Newsboys have taken Christian music by storm. Nearly three decades later, the iconic band is an undisputed industry leader, garnering six gold albums; eight million units in career sales; 33 top singles; multiple GRAMMY® and American Music Award nominations and signature hits more on this story...  

05/08/2015
The backbone of business-building: Small business development centers help business owners in eastern Kentucky

PIKEVILLE — Where do eastern Kentucky small business owners go if they need to understand state and federal laws related to their business? Who can they turn to if they need advice about expanding services, changing locations or refining their business model? The answer lies at the doorstep of not one, but two, local offices that are dedicated to solving business issues just like that. The Pikeville Small Business Development Center and the Paintsville Small Business Development Center, affiliates of a state-wide business development program, offer free personal consultations to help business owners more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Apple Blossom Festival to begin

ELKHORN CITY — Elkhorn City will let its hair down next weekend to welcome visitors to the annual Apple Blossom Festival. The three-day event, sponsored by the Whitewater Shrine Club and the city government, features carnival rides and games provided by Derby City Amusements of Louisville, food vendors, a beauty pageant, a parade and various types of entertainment. It will be held in the city ballpark. The festival, a celebration of spring in Appalachia and fundraiser for the Whitewater Shrine Club, will feature free concerts by Exit 23, James Senters, more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Genealogy workshop to be held

PIKEVILLE — “Where do I go from here?” Pike County Special Collections Librarian Charlene Hopkins says that’s the most common question that people have when they begin research their family’s genealogy. That why she and librarians Christy Fleming and Mary Rowe are offering a free genealogy workshop entitled “Where do I go from Here?” next week. It will be the first genealogy workshop held in the new library since it opened this winter on Lee Ave. “A lot of people get stuck when more on this story...  

05/01/2015
New business planned for Marion Branch

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville City Commission took steps to welcome a new business into the city this week. The commission approved a contract with Seven Peaks Minerals, a Lexington-based company that plans to construct a 40,000 sq. ft. facility on approximately nine acres at the Marion Branch Industrial Site in Pike County. City officials negotiated a deal with Alltech to be the first tenant on the property last year. Since then, work has been underway to complete a road and bridge to improve access to the site. Construction of the road more on this story...  

05/01/2015
National Day of Prayer set for next week

PIKEVILLE — Hundreds of local residents will gather at various locations throughout eastern Kentucky to honor the National Day of Prayer next week. They will join millions of people who participate in prayer events throughout the country as part of National Day of Prayer, held annually on the first Thursday in May. In its 64th year, the National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 7 with the theme, “Lord, Hear Our Cry. ” This year, National Day of Prayer is based on I Kings 8:28, in which more on this story...  

05/01/2015
Trinity to host grand opening: Church to host block party on May 3

PIKEVILLE — A Pike County church is hosting a grand opening celebration and block party this weekend. Trinity Harvest Church invites the public to its grand opening on Sunday, May 3, in its new location at 220 South Mayo Trail in Pikeville, the former Mark V building. Church services will be held at 9:30 a. m. and 11:30 a. m. and city officials and community members will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a. m. The celebration will continue after the 11:30 a. m. service with a block party at more on this story...  

05/01/2015
Eastern KY leaders share ideas at conference

PIKEVILLE — Leaders from throughout eastern Kentucky shared ideas about promoting entrepreneurship and growing the economy last week during the East Kentucky Leadership Conference. Pikeville Medical Center was a premier sponsor of the conference, held April 23-24 at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center and the University of Pikeville. The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation has hosted the event for the past 28 years, bringing leaders from across the region together to discuss things that are important to the growth and development of eastern Kentucky. “Leadership is not an office,” East Kentucky more on this story...  

05/01/2015
Car shows to be held throughout region this season

People flock to local communities throughout the spring and summer months because they love chrome and leather. Numerous car clubs host monthly events throughout eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. With so many events scheduled, local car enthusiasts can enjoy a car show or drag race nearly every week of the month. WEEK 1: The Mingo-Pike Car Club cruise-in The group formed with support from car enthusiasts in the Tug Valley area last year. Members began the 2015 season by hosting monthly car shows more on this story...  

04/24/2015
EKLF conference underway

PIKEVILLE — The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation’s 28th Annual Conference is underway in Pikeville. The event, sponsored by Pikeville Medical Center, brings leaders together to discuss and share ideas. It began April 23 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, with roundtable discussions on various topics, a reception and an awards ceremony featuring Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen as guest speaker. The conference continues today in the Record Memorial Building at the University of Pikeville with the following items on the agenda: •7:30 a. m. : Registration; continental breakfast, more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Pikeville enters into a new century

The Class of 2000 ushered in a new era for PHS.   The district’s board of education, led by Regald Smith, Chairman, Ann Carty, Dr. Tom Hartsock, Dr. Mark Myers and Mike McCoy, worked with Superintendent Howard Wallen Jr. , PHS Principal Gilbert Shely and PES Principal Jerry Waddell. In this year, the PHS library was dedicated to Charles Spears, former principal, who stated that “Education came first. ”  In 2000, there were 16 sets of twins within the Pikeville Independent School District! In 2001, PHS more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Rally in the Valley to be held in Williamson

For the first time, Rally in the Valley will feature the “Big Sexy Memorial Ride. ” This event will begin with registration at 12:30 p. m. on Sunday, May 3, and the ride will start at 2 p. m. This ride — and the entire Rally in the Valley event — is dedicated to Appalachian Brotherhood member Charles Admiral “Chuck” Dotson II, who was also known by the group as “Big Sexy. ” Dotson, a Sidney business owner and musician, died at the age of 45 on Nov. 11, 2014, of complications from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Bypass project underway

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet started construction on a long-term fix for the rockfall problem on Bypass Road in Pikeville on April 20. The rock slope stabilization project involves building a soil nail wall along KY 1460 from Chloe Road to just past the Ferguson Creek traffic signals. This construction technique was used once before in District 12, on a section of US 119 near Sidney, so local engineers are familiar with the process and can vouch for its effectiveness. In addition to providing long-term rock slope stabilization, a soil nail more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Appalachian Street Rods formed

PIKEVILLE — There’s a new car show in town. Dana residents Rose and Neil Lester started a new car club, Appalachian Street Rods, about four months ago. The couple has helped organize Muscle on Main events in Pikeville for years. Rose Lester said the Appalachian Street Rods is planning numerous events this year. They hope to raise funds to host a “blowout” celebration for underprivileged and special needs children later this year. “We’re just looking at going all out with this event,” more on this story...  

  

07/03/2015
CrossFit Experior to expand to Pikeville

WILLIAMSON — Southern West Virginia’s only CrossFit gym is expanding its wings to become eastern Kentucky’s only CrossFit gym. CrossFit Experior of Williamson announced last week that it is opening a new location on the other side of the Tug River. The business, owned by Carrie Adkins, Nick Potter and Stacie Beckett, opened April 25 on the third floor of a building at 54 West Third Ave. in Williamson. It didn’t take long, however, for the business to outgrow the space. Just a few months later, the group moved the gym to more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Don’t miss these firework displays!

Local fireworks will be visible after dark on days indicated at the following locations: Friday, July 3 •Coal Run •Fishtrap Lake •South Williamson Saturday, July 4 •Elkhorn City •Fleming Neon •Jenkins •Pikeville •Prestonsburg •Whitesburg *Minnie *Weeksbury Celebrate July 4 with these activities: more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Backstage pass, buffet of entertainment

PRESTONSBURG — Have you ever wanted a backstage pass?  Well, you can get one at no additional cost during an upcoming special event at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg.   On Friday July 3, at 6:45 p. m. , there will be an opening night kickoff for Jenny Wiley Theatre’s latest show, Little Shop of Horrors.   This event will include a barbeque dinner and the show with a backstage tour, all included with the regular ticket price at no extra cost.   Additionally, audience members can enjoy more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Friends of Coal golf tourney slated

PINEVILLE — The Kentucky Coal Association invites the public to its 2015 Friends of Coal Golf Open, which will be held this month in Pineville. The 18-hole tournament will begin with registration and breakfast at 8 a. m. on Friday, July 31, at the Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville. A shotgun start will start at 10 a. m. and lunch will be offered during the awards ceremony. Registration is $160 per person, which covers green fees and cart and a sleeve of golf balls for participants. For details more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Sponsors sought for golf tournament: APCC offers chance for $1 million in annual tourney

PIKEVILLE — A nonprofit organization that helps local families facing crisis caused by unplanned pregnancies is once again going to the green to raise funds it needs. Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, located on Main Street in Pikeville, is seeking sponsors and donations for its 8th Annual Golf Fore Life event. The four-man golf scramble will be held Aug. 8 at Elk Run Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course at Johns Creek that was renamed in 2013 to honor founder and longtime chairman Jack Sykes.   The Golf Fore Life tournament more on this story...  

07/03/2015
This teenager will warm your heart

Meet Randy, 15, who is friendly to everyone. He likes playing board games with other children. He likes the Texas Longhorns, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, reading and playing kickball.  “I am nice. I am awesome. I’m a good man,” he said. “I want a mom and dad. ” Randy must be the youngest or only child in his family. He enjoys playing the Wii, playing with toys, coloring and watching movies. He also likes going fishing, bowling and participating in art projects. more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Kentucky receives $3.7 mil in AmeriCorps grants: Funding will help meet critical state, local needs

FRANKFORT — Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky received more than $3. 7 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service  for 12 programs. Programs receiving funding include Teach for America-Kentucky in Hazard, Operation Unite in Prestonsburg and Disaster Services Corps in Owensboro. Operation UNITE in Prestonsburg received $543,400 in grant funds, and an expected local match of $242,000 is required. The funding will provide 44 AmeriCorps members to provide math tutoring and drug abuse education prevention education for at-risk students. Members serve as drug education coordinators within their more on this story...  

07/03/2015
KLEMF awards $30K in scholarships to students

RICHMOND — A total of $30,000 in scholarships was awarded to 25 students across Kentucky by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. The Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarships were awarded to law enforcement officers’ dependents and survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. Officers’ dependents were awarded $1,000 toward the fall 2015 semester and officers’ survivors received $2,000. The scholarships help support students at 13 Kentucky colleges and universities, and one each in Ohio and Virginia. Scholarship recipients include one eastern more on this story...  

07/03/2015
Pikeville Bypass traffic pattern changes again

PIKEVILLE — The traffic signals at Don Combs Bridge and Bypass Road in Pikeville came down yesterday as workers from GSI moved north on the KY 1426 rockfall mitigation project. The traffic pattern changed again, with barriers at the end of the bridge, making the businesses along this stretch of the road accessible from the Chloe Creek end of the project. Barricades and variable message boards advise motorists that they can get to Dorsie’s Dairy Bar, Reynolds’ Produce, Pikeville Medical Equipment, Remember Me, and other properties along this stretch of KY more on this story...  

06/26/2015
New state laws go into effect this week

FRANKFORT – Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 regular session go into effect this week. The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature. The General Assembly’s 2015 session adjourned on March 25, making June 24 the day the new laws went into effect. There are some exceptions. Bills that contained an emergency clause, such as this year’s measure to fight heroin abuse, went into effect immediately upon being signed by the governor. A handful of bills also specified more on this story...  

06/26/2015
We’re still here: JWT boosts economy in P’burg

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton, Jenny Wiley Theatre Executive Director Martin Childers and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Manager Julian Slone all have one thing in common — they want the public to know Jenny Wiley Theatre is still open and active in Prestonsburg.   The theatre has been entertaining and enriching the community for 50 years, and the amphitheatre is still open at the park, in addition JWT’s new location in Pikeville. This summer, JWT will offer family-friendly entertainment in Prestonsburg including performances of Shrek: The Musical, which more on this story...  

06/23/2015
Varia Planetarium dedicated

PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the East Kentucky Science Center (EKSC) held a dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 6 for the Dr. Mahendra Varia Planetarium. Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC, said it isn’t often that you experience benevolence and philanthropy in such a strong way and that the “Varia spirit of giving and selflessness” is a model we can all follow. “Dr. Mahendra Varia and the Varia family have an unwavering dedication to education and to children, and they clearly understand the value of education in our more on this story...  

06/23/2015
Rotary Youth Fitness Challenge a success

PIKEVILLE — Approximately 200 students in three Pike County schools collectively lost 76 inches off their waists and 331 pounds, thanks to the collaboration between two local nonprofit organizations. The Pikeville Rotary Club provided $3,000 in funding to the Pikeville Area Family YMCA last fall to launch the Rotary Fitness Challenge at the YMCA and in local schools. Utilizing the national model provided through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Pikeville Area YMCA trainers Lindsey Hager and Kristie Crum hosted physical education classes at participating schools and YMCA Activities Director Jim Hatfield worked more on this story...  

06/23/2015
Griffin to lead AAO

Laura E. Griffin, D. O. , FAAO, associate professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practices (OPP) and chair of the department of OPP at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was chosen to be the president-elect of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) during the academy’s annual convocation in Louisville. After spending a year as president-elect, Griffin will become the 2016-2017 president of the AAO, the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (OMM-NMM). “I am so honored to be given the opportunity to lead such a more on this story...  

06/12/2015
Appalachian Air to end service next month: Weak economy, weak demand cited as issues

PIKEVILLE — Commercial air service will soon end in Pike County, less than a year after it got off the ground. The companies providing air service to the Pikeville–Pike County Regional Airport (PBX), Corporate Flight Management (doing business as Appalachian Air) and Public Charters, Inc. , announced on Tuesday that they will end service to PBX in July. The final date of service will be announced soon. Appalachian Air started service between PBX and Nashville International Airport on Oct. 27, 2014, the first such air service to eastern Kentucky. In spite more on this story...  

06/12/2015
New York expertise meets Jenny Wiley Theatre hospitality

By LYDA KENDRICK Jenny Wiley Theatre PRESTONSBURG — “Kentucky is my 50th state to visit. It’s sad that it took me so long to get here, but it’s just so beautiful here. I notice it every day,” said Shoshana Green, music director of Jenny Wiley Theatre’s upcoming show Shrek: the Musical, which opened last night.   Both Greene and the show’s director/choreographer, Dann Dunn, are professionals based in New York City (Dunn works out of Philadelphia as well).  They have 10 years of performing arts directing experience spanning across the nation, and, more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Christ Central student shines brightly in national spotlight

WASHINGTON, D. C. — A Christ Central School student spelled his way to the Championship Finals at the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee last week. Paul Keaton, the 14-year-old son of Drs. Jill and Andy Keaton, was among 285 students who earned the right to compete at Scripps, and he was among only 49 students who advanced to the semifinal round on May 28. The competition was televised on ESPN. By the end of the sixth round, Keaton was one of only 21 spellers left in the competition, and he and two other more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Folk music icon passes

An eastern Kentucky icon died this week. Jean Ritchie, a Perry County native was credited for reviving folk music on a national stage, died on June 1 at her home in Berea. She was 92. Born the youngest of 14 children in 1922 in Viper, Ritchie was known nationally as a folk singer, performer, author, composer and folk music collector. Her father was a farmer, and she and her siblings worked in the corn fields by day and gathered on the porch in the evening more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Funding to help homeless vets in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville now has additional resources to help veterans who are homeless. During a press conference Monday, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Kentucky Field Office Director Christopher Taylor announced $114,000 in funding that will help the Pikeville Housing Authority assist homeless veterans. The funding will provide 25 HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) vouchers to offer rental assistance from HUD to homeless veterans as well as case management and clinical support from VA.   “No man or woman who has fought for this country should have to more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Beauty and the Beast Jr. on stage; Princess Sing-along set for June 7

PIKEVILLE — It’s a tale as old as time, brought to life by the very young.   Jenny Wiley Theatre’s “Footlights” youth theatre program is presenting the final performances of “Beauty and the Beast Jr. ” this weekend. Based on the Disney movie, this musical will be familiar to many both young and old, and has several beloved songs, including “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast. ” The play, sponsored by pediatric dentist Dr. Lee Boyd, shares the story of a young woman named Belle and the beast more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Allison Taylor Berger Memorial Tournament set for this Saturday

PIKEVILLE — More than 100 adults and children will honor the memory of a St. Francis student at a soccer game this weekend. The 4th Annual Allison Taylor Berger Memorial Soccer Tournament will begin at 9 a. m. on Saturday, June 6, at the soccer field on Thompson Rd. in Pikeville. The Allison Taylor Berger Memorial Soccer Tournament is not an “open” soccer tournament and it usually only accommodates about 100 adults and children who knew Allison. Teams of adults and children play, in fun, to honor and celebrate her memory. Scores don’t really more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Changes proposed in hunting, fishing regulations

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed new fishing regulations and bear hunting season changes. The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law. In fisheries-related business, the commission recommended several new fishing regulations. The following fishing regulations are scheduled to go into effect this fall: The round goby, an invasive, non-native baitfish, may not more on this story...  

06/05/2015
Incentives for Kentucky landowners, elk hunters

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s elk zone encompasses more than 4. 1 million acres in 16 counties and a new program developed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources strives to make more of that land accessible to the public during the elk hunting seasons. The Voucher Cooperator Elk Permit Program offers private landowners and lessees an incentive for volunteering to open their land for elk hunter access: an elk tag of their own. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the framework for the program late last year. “We’ve got to more on this story...  

05/29/2015
Floyd, Letcher counties to host Relay for Life next week: Events set for Pike, Williamson

Local residents will turn out in droves in Floyd and Letcher counties next week to “celebrate, remember and fight back” against cancer. They will be raising money for the American Cancer Society during Relay for Life. Relay for Life teams in Pike and Mingo counties are also gearing up for annual Relay for Life events. Floyd County The Floyd County Relay for Life will begin at 6 p. m. on Friday, June 5, at the Big Sandy Community & Technical College walking track. more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Rosenberg earns national honor

WASHINGTON — John M. Rosenberg, former director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky (AppalReD), received the American Bar Association Grassroots Advocacy Award on April 15 for his longtime service and work in providing access to legal services. Rosenberg served as director of AppalReD from the time it first received funding from the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1970 until he retired almost three decades later. The largest legal aid organization in Kentucky, AppalReD provides free legal services to low-income residents in eastern and south central Kentucky, each year helping approximately 6,000 clients more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Floyd high school students are college grads

PRESTONSBURG — Twenty Floyd County high school students earned their college degree before they received their high school diploma. The students were part of the Floyd County Early College Academy, which began with a partnership between the school district and Big Sandy Community & Technical College in 2012. The 20 participants earned associate degrees during the BSCTC graduation last weekend. They are expected to receive their high school diplomas from their respective high schools on May 22. Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb commended the students. more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Local ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships awarded

LONDON – Twenty-four high school seniors were presented “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $36,000 for being champions for anti-drug efforts during a dinner celebration held May 5, at the London Community Center. Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joined Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers participated. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Local students receiving scholarships and other students attending local universities with these scholarships include: •Cambriana Bobrowski from Owsley County High. She will be attending more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Golf tourneys raise funds for education

Two local Chamber of Commerce organizations are hosting golf tournaments to raise funds for educational programs.  The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Links for Learning Golf Tournament on May 29 at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg. The annual event provides grants to local schools for supplies, equipment and other needs. Funds raised through the scramble are Chamber’s Education Foundation Fund. To sponsor the golf scramble, make a donation or to register to participate, call 606-432-5504 or email info@sekchamber. com. more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Pike library to start free financial literacy program: Program open to all with financial needs

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Public Library District plans to start a program geared to improve the region’s financial literacy. The program, “Smart Investing at your Library,” was made possible through an approximate $81,000 grant from the American Library Association and FINRA Investor Education Foundation, a national organization that works to give “underserved” Americans the skills and knowledge they need to gain financial success. The library district is targeting unemployed individuals with the program, but it is also open to others who need help understanding finances or who are experiencing financial difficulties more on this story...  

05/22/2015
Students graduate from Job Corps

PRESTONSBURG — The Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center hosted its graduation ceremony on May 1, handing out diplomas and certificates to 24 students. Colmon Eldridge, the executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, served as speaker at the event. He encouraged the students to understand that “it’s the ups and downs of your journey that makes you stronger. ” Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton told the students about his days as a Job Corps student and how he still uses skills he learned in Job Corps. Graduates include Sandra Jamie, who completed electrical and more on this story...  

05/15/2015
SOAR summit held in Pikeville: DAY-LONG EVENT ATTRACTS 1,300+

PIKEVILLE — Local, state and federal leaders were among 1,300 attendees at the second Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit, held May 11 in Pikeville. The day-long summit featured several sessions focused on strategies that could help grow eastern Kentucky’s economy, which has struggled through the loss of more than 7,500 coal mining jobs in the last few years. SOAR was founded in 2013 by U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Gov. Steve Beshear. After the first summit, SOAR established working groups and an executive committee specifically focused on key areas of needs more on this story...  

05/15/2015
Floyd Chamber honors individuals, businesses

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce honored several local businesses, individuals and organizations during its annual awards banquet and installation ceremony on May 7 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Riverview Health Care earned the Business of the Year honor, in recognition of the growth of the business, its appearance, service to the county and participation in the Chamber. The 121-bed nursing facility started utilizing the “Eden Alternative Model” three years ago and has since changed the facility to make clients feel more “at home. ” Changes include creating “neighborhoods” inside the facility and more on this story...  

05/15/2015
KTIA hosts Spring travel forum in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Travel Industry Association hosted its 2015 Spring Travel Forum in Pikeville this week. The two-day event attracted KTIA members, media representatives and others from across the state. It featured a “Trail Town Roundtable” with the Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism and workshops on research-driven tourism, the motorcoach market, marketing to millennials and a discussion on how the travel industry impacts the economy. Betty Tackett, owner of Dreamz Stables in Pikeville, joined Jill Malusky of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill to offer a presentation on transformative tourism development at the more on this story...  

05/15/2015
Model A Tour to visit this weekend: Group plans stops in Salyersville, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, Stone, Pikeville and Williamson

If you live in Magoffin, Johnson, Floyd, Pike or Mingo counties and you step outside this weekend and see 18 Model A Ford cars breezing down the roadway, don’t be alarmed. You have not stepped back in time. Those historic vehicles will be transporting approximately 38 members of the Central Kentucky Model A Restorers’ Club on one of their tours. “We’re a really diverse group of folks,” tour organizer Vickie Caudill said. “Some of us are retired. Some of us work. One couple coming out of Michigan will have their little more on this story...  

05/08/2015
State, federal leaders to attend SOAR

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and Gov. Steve Beshear will travel to Pike County next week for the SOAR  (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Strategy Summit. In its second year, the summit is themed “Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development. ” Beshear and Rogers, who started SOAR in December 2013, will speak at the kickoff session, which begins at 9 a. m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center. SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett is also expected to speak with Kentucky Educational Television host Bill Goodman as the moderator. more on this story...  

05/08/2015
‘Mud Creek Medicine’ author honored

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announced Kiran Bhatraju as the winner of the Kentucky Literary Award for his book “Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia. ” The Kentucky Literary Award is given to an author from Kentucky or one whose book has a strong Kentucky theme. Fiction and non-fiction books are recognized in alternating years. Bhatraju is a native of eastern Kentucky. His father, an immigrant from India, worked as a physician with Eula Hall at the Mud Creek Clinic and Pikeville Medical Center for more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Charlie Daniels Band to perform in P’burg: Tickets on sale Monday

PRESTONSBURG — The Mountain Arts Center box office will begin selling tickets for a concert with the Charlie Daniels Band next week. Tickets go on sale at 10 a. m. on Monday, May 11, for the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p. m. on Sept. 6 at the MAC. Charlie Daniels formed a rock band after graduating high school and later teamed up with others in Nashville  to produce songs that climbed the national charts. Among his more notable sessions were the Bob Dylan albums in 1969 and 1970, Nashville more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Island Creek bridge to close next week

ISLAND CREEK – The Paul “Doodle” Hall Bridge going into Island Creek (KY 1426) off US 23 south of Pikeville will close at 8 p. m. on Friday, May 15, and remain closed to all traffic until 8 a. m. Monday, May 18. Mountain Enterprise will be paving on US 23 southbound lanes during this time. “The paving project has a completion date of June 3,” Paxton Weddington said. “However, the bridge should only be closed the one weekend, unless weather interferes with the work on US 23. Weather forecasts so more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Appalachian Roots to host gala

PRESTONSBURG — Appalachian Roots will host a gala celebrating the future of eastern Kentucky on Saturday, May 9, at 6 p. m. at the First United Methodist Church of Prestonsburg.   A semiformal event, the gala will include a locally-sourced dinner prepared by Chef Nathaniel Petersen of McGuire’s Brickhouse restaurant, as well as a silent auction, speakers and live entertainment.   A photo booth will be available to attendees and various exhibits, including agriculture-themed art by local students, will be on display. Anyone interested in good food, good fun and eastern Kentucky’s bright more on this story...  

05/08/2015
Muscle on Main starts

PIKEVILLE — Car enthusiasts from throughout the region will flock to Pikeville this weekend for the first of many Muscle on Main events for the 2015 season. Muscle on Main, presented by the Good Ole’ Boys Rods & Cruisers Car Club, will be held on the second Friday and Saturday of every month through October in downtown Pikeville. The celebration begins with a block party in the Riverfill Arena on Friday, featuring live music, food, games and cars from 7 p. m. to 11 p. m. The Muscle on Main cruise-in/car more on this story...  

05/01/2015
McCarty to walk in parade today at Kentucky Oaks: Pike County cancer survivor one of 141 chosen to participate

LOUISVILLE — A Pike County cancer patient earned the honor of walking in the Kentucky Oaks 141 Survivors Parade today. Ashcamp resident Paula McCarty ranked 44 in the list of 141 cancer survivors selected to be part of the parade at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Friday, May 1.   The parade, sponsored by Kroger and Kindred Healthcare, is open to 141 breast and ovarian cancer survivors who earned votes online this spring. McCarty and other cancer survivors who were selected also earn two free seats, courtesy of Churchill Downs, to watch the more on this story...  

05/01/2015
BSCTC hires new president

PRESTONSBURG — Kentucky Technical College System President Jay Box announced the appointment of G. Devin Stephenson, Ed. D. as the next president of Big Sandy Community & Technical College. Stephenson has nearly 40 years of higher education experience and recently served as president/CEO of Three Rivers College of Missouri from 2009-2014. “Dr. Stephenson has a long history of community college leadership and demonstrated success within a statewide system,” said President Box. “We are excited to welcome him to Big Sandy and KCTCS. ” After consideration of four candidates, the BSCTC Board more on this story...  

05/01/2015
Documentary seeks to redefine ‘hillbilly’

LOS ANGELES, Ca. — Two directors are exploring the lives of authentic hillbillies for a new documentary film. Pike County native Ashley York is working with Sally Rubin to create the documentary, “The Hollywood Hillbilly,” in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating documentaries about the American South. The documentary explores the lives of ordinary people and scholars living in Appalachian communities located in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia and parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia. York and Rubin have already interviewed dozens more on this story...  

05/01/2015
Ground broken at StoneCrest

PRESTONSBURG — Mountain Comprehensive Care Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on April 20 for its new substance abuse treatment center. The StoneCrest Substance Abuse Treatment Center will be built at StoneCrest in Prestonsburg to increase MCCC’s substance abuse treatment capacity. Planning has been underway for a number of years on the project, which will include five buildings, a mail campus, short-term and long-term residential treatment housing for women and short-term and long-term residential treatment housing for men. The project is made possible through state and federal funding. The more on this story...  

04/24/2015
White Lightning Zipline now open

PIKEVILLE — People who walk the trail at Bob Amos or visit the park’s walking track will likely hear more than just the birds calling from trees. They’ll also hear White Lightning Zipline patrons screaming with excitement as they zip down the hillside. The zipline opened April 16, the first day of the Hillbilly Days Festival, and has since been packed with adventure-seekers who are eager to experience it. The White Lightning Zipline is one of many attractions the city has implemented and/or supported at Bob Amos Park and throughout more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Autism walk this weekend

Local residents have the opportunity to walk to raise awareness about autism this weekend. Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins and the Pike County Fiscal Court proclaimed April 25 as Autism Awareness Day in Pike County during a recent meeting. The proclamation was read by Deputy Judge/Executive Brian Morris following Irene Sturgeon’s address to the Fiscal Court announcing the 7th Annual East Kentucky Autism Awareness Walk scheduled for 11 a. m. , Saturday, April 25, at the East Kentucky Expo Center. A free Autism Awareness T-shirt, lunch and music will more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Belfry grad is first sailor to join Navy through virtual recruiting

By PHILLIP D. JAMES JR. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class BELFRY – Future Sailor Jacob Hatfield was the first sailor in the U. S. to join the Navy through Navy Recruiting District Ohio’s Virtual Recruiting Division. The Navy is utilizing VRDs to reduce travel cost and optimize recruiter productivity, while still providing access to Navy Recruiters in remote areas. Hatfield, a 2014 graduate of Belfry High School, is scheduled to go to boot camp May 19. From there, he is scheduled to attend Culinary Specialist “A” School. more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Rolling through the region: Several local clubs to host rides

The winding roads and natural scenery in Kentucky make it an attractive place for people who love the freedom of riding on the open road. And there are plenty of riding clubs organizing rides throughout eastern Kentucky this year. The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism recognizes this fact, publishing an online guide, “Bikers Find Back Roads Lead to Unspoiled Kentucky. ” Author Bob Amos reported that Kentucky’s “unspoiled back roads, begging for exploration, beckon to motorcycle riders,” and many of those back roads are located in eastern Kentucky. more on this story...  

04/24/2015
Biblical archaeologist to visit

PIKEVILLE — There’s still time for local residents purchase tickets to see an internationally-known archaeologist who will be visiting Pikeville next week. The University of Pikeville Alumni Association is hosting presentations by archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Divra, who are overseeing the Temple Mount Sifting Project, at 7 p. m. on Thursday, April 30 in the Booth Auditorium and 5:30 p. m. on Friday, May 1, in the Crisman Auditorium. The archaeologists are leading a team of volunteers who have uncovered hundreds of thousands of relics from the Temple Mount — the site of more on this story...  

04/15/2015
Airport Board launches marketing campaign; addresses TSA concerns

PIKEVILLE – With its initial advertising campaign in the rear view mirror, the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board is pushing forward with plans members hope will boost ticket sales for Appalachian Air. Ticket sales since the service was launched last October have been slow aboard the 19-passenger British Aerospace Jetstream J32 turboprop aircraft, operated by Public Charters of Pennsylvania and Corporate Flight Management of Tennessee. “We’ve got to work to build it [the service] and must do more to get people to use the service,” Chairman William “Bill” Hickman said, during the meeting held more on this story...  

 






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