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08/26/2016
KSP Post 9 to raise money for Shop with a Trooper

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky State Police (KSP) is gearing up for the second Run Signal 9 5K/1 Mile Walk to be held at Trimble Branch Park, located behind city hall in Prestonsburg, on Sept. 2. The race, which raises money for the annual Shop with a Trooper event held at Christmas, will begin at 8:30 a. m. OnStar donated flashing blue lights that participants can clip on their shirts during this unique 5K. “Running Signal 9 is a radio code to show a unit is running lights and sirens in an more on this story...  

08/26/2016
Jenkins Homecoming Festival this weekend; benefit ride planned

JENKINS — The city of Jenkins Homecoming Festival continues this weekend downtown. A number of activities are planned. Food, music and swimming will highlight the weekend. This year’s charity ride on Saturday will be held for Hunter Ashley. Hunter was  diagnosed with leukemia and requires travel for treatment. Registration will begin at 11 a. m. at Giovanni’s Pizza. Kickstands up at noon. Those who want to donate and not ride can stop by the restaurant and make a donation. Here is this year’s more on this story...  

08/19/2016
BACKPACKING AROUND THE WORLD: Pikeville native’s passion for travel comes full circle

Pikeville native Cassie Huff is chasing her childhood dreams. Huff, who is currently a Public Health student at the University of Kentucky (UK), is backpacking her way around the world. “As a child, I was fascinated by those who were different than me,” she said. “Especially by those who spoke languages other than English. ” Cassie was no different than many young children. She began to dream of things she wanted to do and always had the urge to see the world around her and what it entailed. more on this story...  

08/19/2016
YMCA’s reading program to begin

PIKEVILLE — A strong education background helps prepare a child for the rest of his or her  life. The Pikeville-Area YMCA is gearing up to start its Kindergarten readiness program on Aug. 22. The program is free to anyone wanting to participate, and will be held at the Pike County Library downtown location, adjacent to the Coleman College of Business. “The program is considered a ‘come learn with me’ program,” YMCA Child Care Director Shelly Fouts said. “We encourage parents to attend the program with their child and help them learn. more on this story...  

08/19/2016
Online survey for deer hunters

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages deer hunters to participate in a new online survey about deer hunting and management in Kentucky. The survey is available at http://www. research. net/r/KYDeerInput2016 through Sept. 9. “We’ve not surveyed our hunters in a long time,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “Hunters in Kentucky are harvesting record numbers of deer and the state is producing a lot of trophy bucks each season. But maybe there are some things that could be done better. We want to give everybody more on this story...  

08/11/2016
Sunrise Children’s Services now available in Pikeville

COAL RUN — A wide array of services for children is now available to families all across eastern Kentucky.   Sunrise Children’s Services helps children who have been abused or neglected, and,  with Kentucky being one of the states with the highest numbers of child deaths resulting from abuse and neglect,  it can now extend its services to area residents by offering their family services program. “We saw a great need for services in this area,” President and Chief Executive Officer Dale Suttles said during the open house held on Aug. more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Mullins shares life-changing experience

PIKEVILLE — Karyl Mullins is a wife, mother of two and now a weight-loss inspiration throughout the United States. Mullins, an eastern Kentucky native, was recently featured on the cover of People Magazine for her incredible and inspiring weight-loss journey. She lost 130 pounds through Weight Watchers. “I was never a heavy person until my lifestyle took an unhealthy turn,” Mullins recalled. “I began eating out, snacking on junk food and never exercising. My health suffered and I needed to make a change. ” Mullins joined Weight Watchers and starting more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Aviation Camp provides ‘Higher Education’

By MIKE TITUS For The Medical Leader PIKEVILLE   — Thirty-three students participated in the 10th Pikeville Pike County Aviation Camp July 27-28. The camp, conducted by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, is hosted by the Pikeville Pike County Regional Airport.   Instructors Jim Cagey, Kurt Jefferson, Ed Murphy and Dustin Ratliff taught students navigation, aeronautics, flight simulator use and how to take off, fly and land a real airplane.     In the preliminary session, Murphy asked the students how many would like to become aviators and more than a dozen more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Blood Center announces upcoming blood drives

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) makes sure hospitals around the state are prepared when roads lead to the emergency, delivery or treatment rooms. To help out during those times in need, KBC is urging Kentuckians to donate soon to ensure a strong blood supply. Two upcoming drives are planned in Pike County. KBC will be at Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Main Tower on Friday, Aug. 12, and at Heillier Missionary Baptist Church on Marrowbone Creek Road, Elkhorn City, on Aug. 13. The PMC more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Coal Academy mining classes available

PIKEVILLE — Here’s a list of training and courses provided by the Kentucky Coal Academy at Big Sandy Community and Technical College: MINE EMERGENCY TECH RETRAINING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold an 8-Hour Mine Emergency Tech Retraining from 8 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. , Monday, August 29 on its Pikeville campus (Room S230). The class is FREE. For more information, contact Harlan Hammond at (606) 218-1228 or email hhammond0002@kctcs. edu.   SURFACE MINE RETRAINING: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold an 8-Hour Surface Mine more on this story...  

  

08/26/2016
Racing memorabilia on display at MAC

PRESTONSBURG — The Ranier Family racing tradition goes back to the 1950’s when Prestonsburg native H. B. Ranier first climbed behind the wheel. His son, Harry, has carried on and enhanced the Ranier name in NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series for driving greats such as Lennie Pond, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Carl Yarborough and Davey Allison. Racing fans will now have an opportunity to get up close and personal with pieces of NASCAR history now on display at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). The Ranier Racing Museum offers a wide variety of more on this story...  

08/19/2016
Community Spotlight: Tight spending habits pay big dividends

DELBARTON, W. Va. — Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) Chief Robert Hunt said counting pennies during tough economic times in southern West Virginia has paid big dividends for his firefighters and the community. The department welcomed “Rescue 203,” a 2007 International rescue truck this past Saturday, ending a two-year long search to replace the station’s 18-year-old truck. “We noticed a couple of years back that our call volume versus fire and rescue was something like 80 percent to 20 percent,” Hunt said. “With our older truck having more than 100,000 miles on it we more on this story...  

08/19/2016
Pike County Bowl financial boost for area schools

PIKEVILLE — A sure sign of football season is the annual Pike County Bowl media and coaches luncheon. It’s the official kickoff to another exciting year for schools. Bowl games serve as a great resource for financial support of the county’s six high schools. The 32nd annual Pike County Bowl, sponsored by Community Trust Bank and WYMT-TV, will be held Aug. 26-27 at CAM Stadium in Belfry and the W. C. Hambley Athletic Complex. “The support of the bowl games goes right back into the athletic departments of our schools,” Committee more on this story...  

08/19/2016
67th Annual Magnolia Fair — Aug. 22-27: Lineup announced for this year’s event

MATEWAN, W. Va. — One of West Virginia’s most historic towns is set to host one of the longest running events of its kind when the 67th annual Magnolia Fair opens next week. The fair, which was first held on Aug. 1, 1949, will run Aug. 22-27, at Magnolia Park. Visitors will enjoy carnival rides, pageants, food and a line-up of musical entertainers. Gate will open at 6 p. m. nightly. Gate admission is only $10, and includes all scheduled concerts. Here is a look at more on this story...  

08/11/2016
National Farmers Market Week: Celebration concludes Saturday in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Farmers Market, along with 160 farmers markets across the Commonwealth, will celebrate National Farmers Market Week with an event from 9 a. m. until 1 p. m. Saturday.   The market is currently located on Trivette Drive at the Pike County Extension Office, with plans to move later this fall. The week kicked off on Tuesday as Pikeville Medical Center’s Radiology Manager Neil Hunt was featured with his heirloom beans by the bushel full.   Hunt, who lives on Coon Creek, farms with his father-in-law Irvin Coleman.   An array more on this story...  

08/11/2016
Lawmakers fish for solutions to bear, carp numbers

FRANKFORT — Black bears and Asian carp came to Kentucky years ago uninvited. Now that they are apparently here to stay, state Fish and Wildlife officials are working hard to control their numbers. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Greg Johnson told the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment yesterday that Asian carp is widespread in West Kentucky and along the Ohio River while most black bears are still found in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky. Efforts are underway to control both species, said Johnson, who first tackled questions about more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Belfry youth’s battle with cancer inspiring others

BELFRY — Nothing brings fear to a family more than hearing the word cancer. It’s a dreaded disease that 15-year-old Dalton Naranjo of Belfry is now battling on a daily basis. “When Dalton was first diagnosed with leukemia he told me not to worry, that God would take care of him,” his mother Connie Naranjo said. His courageous spirit is inspiring many others. “His strength from day one has amazed me,” Connie added. “He was ready to battle this disease and has shown us all strength. ” more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Low-interest loan helps SOAR region farmers: KHIC expands work with KAD Fund, Grow Appalachia

LONDON — Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation announced the expansion of its partnership with the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and Grow Appalachia for the SOAR Small Production Loan Fund. A new $200,000 grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund will provide $175,000 to KHIC to recapitalize the loan fund and $25,000 for Grow Appalachia to provide technical assistance. The loan fund, which helps small producers grow nutritional foods so they can move into commercial production, was initially established in 2015 through a $200,000 grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Francisco donates scholarship

PIKEVILLE — Officials with the Pike County School District and East Ridge High School (ERHS) extended a special thanks to Cathy Nichols Francisco, who has honored her late father E. H. Nichols Jr. , by granting a scholarship to an ERHS senior. It marks the fourth year Francisco has donated the funds to a senior in honor of her father, a long-standing member of the Elkhorn City community who served the area for many years as its school board member. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Murphy Deskins. Francisco said more on this story...  

08/05/2016
Traffic switches this week on Mountain Parkway: Vehicles moving to newer pavement as expansion continues

SALYERSVILLE — Crews working on the Mountain Parkway Expansion in Magoffin County will change traffic patterns this week, allowing workers to advance the widening of the roadway near Salyersville. Travelers should prepare for several lane switches between mile points 69 and 72 of the Mountain Parkway – just west of Salyersville. Speed limits have been reduced in the area, and signs will be posted to alert travelers of the changes. In the area of the new Gifford Road interchange, both lanes of parkway traffic will shift to what will become the westbound lanes more on this story...  

 





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