April Proclaimed ‘Child Abuse Prevention Month’
PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge-Executive William M. Deskins recently signed a proclamation naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pike County. The Annual Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff will be held on April 1 at noon in the Pikeville City Park with refreshments to follow at the Garfield House. According to the Pike County Division of Protection and Permanency, which coordinates the state’s child welfare and violence prevention efforts and is organizing the April 1 kickoff, there were 202 substantiated cases of child abuse and/or neglect in Pike County between July 2013 more on this story...
dressbarn opens at Pikeville Commons
PIKEVILLE — Just in time for spring, dressbarn announces the grand opening of its newest location in Pikeville. The new retail store opened recently in Pikeville Commons, bringing new spring styles, exclusive designer collaborations and smart style solutions to shoppers. dressbarn’s “expert associates” also offer personalized wardrobe advice to customers. “We are thrilled to be part of the Pikeville business community, and play an important role in the lives of the women who live here,” said Annette Stacy, dressbarn District Leader. “We want to be the go-to more on this story...
She found her words in Floyd County
Leatha Kendrick has written poetry her entire life, but claims she “came to writing late. ” The Illinois native actually grew up in Franklin, Kentucky, but it wasn’t until she was married and living in Floyd County in 1986 that she started writing seriously. “Folded into the heart of my husband, Will’s, extended family there in his native place, I was still always ‘not from there,’ still an outsider,” Kendrick explained on her website. “But Appalachia was the place that finally made me a writer. ” She started writing seriously at more on this story...
She’s an advocate for people with special needs
Carolyn Ford has devoted decades of her life to help people with special needs. Her effort began nearly 48 years ago when her son William Winston (Winn) Ford III was born with autism. Ford, 78, still cares for him at their home in Lancer. When Winn was born in 1967, little was known about the disorder in Kentucky and no local doctors had dealt with cases of autism. She traveled with him to Lexington, where doctors told her to “put him in an institution because he couldn’t live more on this story...
Louisa student moves ahead
An eastern Kentucky teenager moved ahead in a national competition that could land her a career as a country music singer. Louisa resident Kelsie May, the 16-year-old daughter of Roy and Elva May, qualified to compete in the NBC talent show “The Voice” on March 2 after wowing judges in a blind audition. Country music star Blake Shelton was the first of three judges who turned their chairs with the hopes of recruiting May for their team after hearing her perform “You’re Looking at Country” by Loretta Lynn. more on this story...
Who was Betsy Layne? Lexington woman on mission to uncover Floyd County’s past
JUSTELL — People who travel from Floyd County and other northern areas of eastern Kentucky to Pike County must drive through Betsy Layne, a small unincorporated town located just off U. S. 23 near Harold. For those who think the town’s name sounds a little feminine — well, that’s because it is. Betsy Layne, founded in 1875, is actually named after a lady who lived near the town’s current location. She died the year the town was founded. Her name was Elizabeth “Betsy” Johns Layne, the daughter of Nancy more on this story...
Wesley Christian student wins Big Sandy Idol
PRESTONSBURG – When Maranda Finney heard her name announced as the winner of the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition, it took a second to sink in. Finney, 16, a junior at Wesley Christian School, flawlessly performed “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera in front of a sold-out crowd at the Mountain Arts Center. The competition, presented by Gearheart Communications and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, is open to students in high schools throughout eastern Kentucky. “So many great performers took the stage and nailed it,” said Finney, who also takes three classes more on this story...
This volunteer has the heart of a true servant
She’s 89 years old, but Pikeville resident Jeanette Elder doesn’t let age slow her down. After graduating in 1960 from Pikeville College (University of Pikeville), Elder earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, where she met her husband, Ed, the former owner of an insurance company and an avid photographer. They married the day after they graduated. In interviews with the Medical Leader, she said, “I’ve never been one to just sit around. I need to get out and help people. It’s just a part of me, I guess. ” more on this story...
Want to learn more about Alzheimers?
PIKEVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association announced last week that it will host a free workshop for local residents who are interested in learning more about the disease and related illnesses. Alzheimer’s Association officials will host “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease” from 1:30 p. m. to 3:30 p. m. on Friday, March 27, at the Pike County Library, located at 125 Lee Ave. in Pikeville. This workshop was scheduled to be held earlier this month, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The family-centered program teaches participants about detecting Alzheimer’s more on this story...
Sport Boat and RV Show this weekend at Expo
PIKEVILLE — The Sixth Annual Eastern Kentucky Sport Boat & RV Show, begins today, March 20, and ends Sunday, March 22. The show will feature the latest boating, fishing, hunting, camping or RV products from 4 p. m. to 9 p. m. on March 20, from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. on March 21 and from 1 p. m. to 5 p. m. on March 22 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Admission is $5 per adult and children age 12 and younger will be admitted free. Free fishing is also available more on this story...
‘Tater Salad’ to perform
PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced this week that comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will perform on stage on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p. m. White earned three Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. “We are so honored to have a veteran funnyman visit the East Kentucky Expo Center,” says Expo General Manager Cindy Collins, “His wit and southern storytelling more on this story...
Allen VFD chief dies in line of duty
ALLEN — The Allen Volunteer Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own this week. The Kentucky Fire Commission reported on March 10 that Allen Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy Ray Jarvis died from a heart attack that he suffered on March 4 while responding to a call. Allen VFD Firefighter/EMT Charles Blackman reported that Jarvis was driving to respond to a structure fire on March 4 when he was overcome with severe chest pains and shortness of breath. His son, who is more on this story...
Local students to compete at state this weekend
LOUISVILLE — Students from throughout eastern Kentucky are traveling to Louisville this weekend to compete in the state’s premier academic event. The Governor’s Cup State Finals will be open to qualifying middle and high school students at the Galt House in Louisville on March 14-16. The annual competition begins at the district level, where students compete against other students from schools in their district. Winners in the district competition move on to regional competition, and students who achieve the highest scores are selected to compete at state. The competition is more on this story...
Hatfield-McCoy exhibit open in Williamson
WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Local residents have the opportunity to view an exhibit dedicated to the history of the region’s most prominent feud. The West Virginia Humanities Council debuted its exhibit, “The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud,” in Morgantown, West Virginia in January. The exhibit is currently on display at the Williamson Public Library, where it is expected to remain through March 18. Officials there hosted a reception for the exhibit on March 12. The council created the traveling exhibit in collaboration with graphic design students at more on this story...
New documentary set for Floyd bus disaster
PRESTONSBURG — Local residents will have the opportunity to learn new details about a tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and a bus driver in 1958 in Floyd County. Director Michael Crisp released his film, “The Very Worst Thing,” about the 1958 Floyd County school bus disaster in 2010. The film, produced by Remix Films, featured interviews with people who were personally affected by the tragedy, including a survivor who was on the bus at the time it plunged into a rain-swollen Big Sandy River, friends and more on this story...
This Floyd County native stole the stage: Bette Henritze, a Betsy Layne native, actress
Floyd County native Bette Henritze traveled the globe to pursue her acting career, and she found success on Broadway, on television shows and in the movies. She is still credited with great works today. She was born on May 23, 1924, in Betsy Layne, the daughter of William Price Henritze and Ada Howell Henritze. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the HB Studio in New York City, she made her debut on Broadway in 1948, more on this story...
Pike officials recognize ‘everyday heroes’
PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins signed a proclamation declaring March American Red Cross Month in Pike County. The recognition comes to honor the organization for the work it offers to benefit those in need. The month of March has been recognized nationally as Red Cross Month for over 70 years. The focus of this year’s theme is to recognize “everyday” heroes. “Everyday heroes help those in need in Pike County,” said Joanna King, Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter. “They are our volunteers, our blood more on this story...
Pikeville officials travel to Ireland next week
PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is taking its next step to “twin” itself with a small municipal district in Ireland. On March 12-19, Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn and a small delegation will travel to Dundalk, Ireland, the hometown of Alltech founded Dr. Pearse Lyons. This will be the second time Blackburn travels to Ireland on behalf of the city of Pikeville. He visited Dundalk last year to present a letter of intent from the city to begin the twinning process, or “Sister City Partnership,” with Dundalk and meet officials more on this story...
Pancake breakfast to raise funds for student
PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to help a young Pike County student improve his walking ability. Bobbi Jo Childers of Virgie is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser for her son, 11-year-old Brayden Wright, from 7 a. m. to 9 a. m. on March 7 at Wendy’s, located near Little Caesar’s in Pikeville. Patrons will pay $5 for pancakes, sausage and a drink at the event, which will also feature an appearance by the Easter bunny. Brayden was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy when he was nine months more on this story...
FRANKFORT FOCUS: Legislative Perspectives on the Kentucky General Assembly
While each legislative session is different, many of the bills the General Assembly considers every year tend to be grouped in just a handful of categories: education, health, public protection, economic development and streamlining government services. All of them came into play last week as the House worked through the remainder of our high-profile bills and many others that are also now ready for the Senate’s consideration. One of the most far-reaching to pass would go a long way in reducing the significant long-term liability facing the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS). As more on this story...
SOAR meeting rescheduled for Expo in May
PIKEVILLE — The 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit has been rescheduled for May 11 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Registration will begin at 8 a. m. , and the program will run from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. The original summit, planned for Feb. 16, was canceled due to a snowstorm that blanketed much of Kentucky with up to a foot of snow. Nearly 1,000 people preregistered for the SOAR Summit, titled “Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development,” and those registrations will be honored for the more on this story...
Paintsville native serves aboard USS George H.W. Bush
By HEIDI McCORMICK Mass Communications Specialist Navy Office of Community Outreach NORFOLK, Va. — A 2011 Lawrence County High School graduate and Paintsville native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush. Airman Amber Harbin is an air traffic controlman aboard the Norfolk-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today. Named in honor of former President George H. W. Bush, the carrier is longer than three football fields, at nearly 1,100 more on this story...
Her passion for education continues: Katherine Petit, founder of Hindman Settlement School; Pine Mountain Settlement School
When Lexington native Katherine Rhoda Petit (1868 to 1936) volunteered to work with May Stone of Louisville at summer tent camps held in Knott County and Perry County, she saw a “great need” to improve living conditions, education and health of eastern Kentucky residents. She dedicated the rest of her life to that cause. By 1902, the pair had raised enough funds to establish the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s Settlement School in Hindman. It was renamed as the Hindman Settlement School in 1915. In 1913, Petit worked with a New more on this story...
She built a brighter future in eastern Kentucky
Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, a native of Massachusetts, wrote for newspapers and periodicals in her early career and became the publisher of “The Cambridge Press,” the first American publication with an all-female staff. When she came to eastern Kentucky in 1916, she saw the need for a “regional uplift” and decided that education would improve the future for Appalachian residents. She moved to Caney Creek in 1917 at the behest of a local resident, who offered her land to build what is now Alice Lloyd College. She started teaching in her own more on this story...
From digging coal to potatoes: Coal miner tries his hand at farming
By ANGELA HATTON MULLINS Breaking Beans contributor Shane Lucas has found what he loves to do. Now, he hopes to make a living at it. When he was laid off from the coal mines after 17 years and had to take a lower-paying highway construction job, he turned to farming his 29-acre piece of land to supplement his income. Lucas, 40, of Cowan in Letcher County, was recently called back to work at a Harlan County coal mine. While he’s glad for the opportunity to work there, he more on this story...
Don’t forget to ‘spring forward’ this weekend
Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a. m. on Sunday, March 8. Local residents should “Spring Forward” by setting their clocks ahead one hour. more on this story...
Brandy has a wonderful sense of humor!
Meet Brandy! She is a vibrant and beautiful young lady who has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to laugh. She enjoys going to the movies, shopping for shoes such as Jordans, playing video games and going bowling. She loves dogs especially Shih Tzus and would love to have one of her own in her forever family. Brandy also likes spending time with her friends and journaling. She enjoys outdoor activities like softball and volleyball. more on this story...
Local students are state-bound: Governor’s Cup competitions continue next month
Students from schools across eastern Kentucky have excelled at district and regional competition for the Governor’s Cup, the state’s premiere academic event. Elementary schools will complete district competitions this week and expect to compete on the regional level in March. Middle school and high school students have already completed district and regional competitions and winning students and teams are preparing to compete at the state level on March 14-16 at the Galt House in Louisville. Middle School Competitions In district competitions, first place more on this story...
PHS honored in the 1980s
When the Class of 1980 began its senior year, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Browns were in Frankfort, and Mayor William C. Hambley was still working to complete the Cut-Through. That year, Tracy Hunt, a very talented and unusual young man with high honors in math, science and band became one of only two Kentucky representatives in McDonald’s All American High School Band. Two graduating seniors from the girls’ basketball team, Teresa Ray, Pikeville’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and Marsha Charles, received full college scholarships. more on this story...
York House preservation group plans to meet
PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Main Street Program is bringing together local community members to preserve the historic York House in downtown Pikeville. Main Street Director Minta Chaney recently launched an online fundraising campaign at http://fundly. com to fund the renovation of the York House. Officials hope to raise at least $100,000 for the project. She is coordinating a meeting to be held at 5:30 p. m. on March 3 at the Pikeville City Hall to help coordinate efforts in the project. Anyone interested in assisting with the project is encouraged to attend. more on this story...
Circus arrives in Pikeville next month
PIKEVILLE — Because of “tremendous public response,” Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey” has added another performance date to its “Built to Amaze” event, set to be held next month in Pikeville. The circus added a performance at 10:30 a. m. on March 13, bringing the total number of performances in Pikeville to six. Tickets are available for performances at 7 p. m. on March 12, 10:30 a. m. on March 13, 7 p. m. on March 13, 1 p. m. and 5 p. m. on March 13 and 2 p. m. on March 15. Visitors more on this story...
Young boy would like to live in the country
This smiling young man is Anthony. He is an energetic youth who enjoys the outdoors and living in the country. Anthony has many hobbies including listening to country music, playing video games, cooking and collecting baseball cards. Anthony is artistic and likes to be creative. He loves animals and takes pride in caring for his pets. His favorite food is pizza and he enjoys learning to cook new foods. He does not mind helping around the house with chores. more on this story...
THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local high school Regional results
Eastern Kentucky High Schools completed in
Governor’s Cup regional competitions on Valentine’s Day. The winners will go on
to compete at the state Governor’s Cup on March 14-16 at the Galt House in
Here are the results from local schools:
Region 14: Letcher Central, Estill
County, June Buchanan, Hazard High, Jackson County, Jackson Independent, Owsley
County, Lee County, Breathitt County, Powell County, Perry County, Buckhorn,
Knott County, Cordia, Wolfe County
2. June Buchanan
3. Letcher Central
5. Jackson County
6. Jackson Independent
7. Owsley County
8. Lee County
9. Breathitt County
9. Powell County
11. Perry County
13. Wolfe County
1. Hunter Hylton, June Buchanan
2. more on this story...
THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local middle school district results
school students completed district and regional competitions at the end of
are the results from local schools in district and regional competitions:
85: Allen Central, James D. Adams, Wesley Christian, Allen Elementary
James D. Adams
Scott, Allen Central
Adam Hutchinson, Allen Central
Morris, Allen Central
Haley Holbrook, James D. Adams
Matthew Tackett, Wesley Christian
Preston Crase, Allen Central
Matthew Tackett, Wesley Christian
Caleb Johnson, Allen Elementary
Edward Smith, James D. Adams Middle
Brenton Jarrell, Wesley Christian
Caleb Johnson, Allen Elementary
Adams Hutchinson, Allen Central
Andrew Burchett, James D. Adams Middle
Hannah Jarrell, Wesley Christian
Alexis Miller, Allen Elementary
Preston Crase, Allen Central
Natalie Lester, Allen Central
Meredith Wells, Wesley Christian
Lottie more on this story...
Region pounded by snow
PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia were pounded by snow this week, with 10 to 18 inches falling in the region, leaving many roads impassable. Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency because of the massive winter storm. The order allowed the activation of the National Guard to help with relief efforts, gave state officials the right to close some roads to protect the public and provided funding for the cleanup. Calling it the worst storm in recent memory, Beshear encouraged people to stay off the roads unless it was absolutely more on this story...
Helping Brayden walk again
VIRGIE — Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers had no clue what cerebral palsy was 11 years ago. Now, the disorder encompasses nearly every aspect of her life. Her 11-year-old son Brayden Riley Wright was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy when he was nine months old. This disorder, which effects movement, muscle tone and posture, is caused by a problem that happens to a child’s brain, usually before birth. Childers noticed Brayden wasn’t talking, walking, sitting up or rolling over like other babies his age, so she more on this story...
Frigid temperatures increase risk for carbon monoxide poisoning: Improper Use of Generators, Heating or Cooking Devices Can be Source of Exposure
FRANKFORT – During extreme weather conditions and below freezing temperatures, the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases. Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices. “Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious risk during extremely cold temperatures,” said Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) commissioner. “Kentuckians should take steps to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide. The use of gasoline-powered stoves or charcoal grills as indoor sources of heat can have fatal results. ” Items more on this story...
GIZMOS AND GADGETS: Helping homemakers understand technology
PRESTONSBURG – Theresa Scott works as a family consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Her job is to serve consumers – of all ages – throughout Floyd County. Scott, who works closely with the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, learned that many members were struggling with the evolution of technology and the role it plays in their lives. “None of us were born to know this,” Scott said, smiling, as her and members of the KEHA participated in a Gizmos and Gadgets class on January 30 offered more on this story...
Giving women ‘Energy to Succeed’: Women’s Business Symposium to be held in P’burg next week
PRESTONSBURG — The 16th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium will help give women “Energy to Succeed. ” The day-long conference, presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center, will be held Feb. 24 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center in Prestonsburg. Holland Bailey Spade, the chief of staff and legislative liaison for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, will share her presentation, “Setting Healthy Goals,” at the conference. Motivational speaker Polly Pitchford, author of “Cookin’ Healthy with One Foot out the more on this story...
Locals graduate from Roads Scholar, Road Master programs
PIKEVILLE — Jeff Anderson, Jeffrey Scott Fyffe, Chris Smith and Brandon Tolliver recently graduated from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s prestigious Roads Scholar and Road Masters programs. Smith is the Superintendent I at Knott County Maintenance. He has 14 years on the job with Highway District 12. Tolliver is the Superintendent I at Letcher County Maintenance. He has 13 years on the job at D-12. Smith and Tolliver completed both the Roads Scholar and the Road Masters programs. Anderson is a Highway Equipment Operator IV at Allen Maintenance more on this story...
GARDEN RAISES MAN
By ANGELA HATTON MULLINS Breaking Beans contributor COWAN — Don Maggard raises a garden. Lately, though, he realized his garden has raised him up too. Maggard, 63, worked underground in the coal mines for 37 years. After a lifetime of hard work, his back finally gave out and he had surgery five years ago. He hasn’t been able to work in mining ever since, so he felt he had no choice but to apply for disability benefits. He was essentially forced more on this story...
Siblings who are waiting for adoption
Meet Demonte and Dejuan — siblings who are waiting for adoption. They would be a wonderful addition to a family who is ready for action, laughter and the pride with claiming these brothers as their own. Demonte (with the ball cap) is the oldest. He is an awesome football player with the ambition and determination to become a college player. He enjoys athletic training. His best subject in school is math. He is learning how to juggle the demands of being a student and an athlete. more on this story...
Resolution becomes reality for community gardens
Editor’s note: Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell the story of how local food and farming in eastern Kentucky can contribute to a bright future in the mountains. For more on the project and the Alliance, visit http://cfaky. org. By KARYN KNECHT Breaking Beans contributor HAZARD — For two women in Hazard, Kentucky, creating community gardens started as a New Year’s resolution. Jenny Williams, an English professor, was hosting a New Year’s party when she voiced her desire more on this story...
Prestonsburg High, Pikeville Junior High return home national champions
ORLANDO, Fla. — Prestonsburg High School and Pikeville Junior High achieved the highest honor awarded to any cheerleading squad this past weekend. Both area schools captured national championships and a white jacket during the 2015 Universal Cheerleaders Association competition held at the Walt Disney World Resort. More than 12,000 cheerleaders from across the nation came to compete in a number of divisions. The Lady Blackcats took top honors in the large game day division while the Lady Panthers captured the small junior high category. “I’m so thrilled more on this story...
2015 Kentucky General Assembly: Bill to boost minimum wage passes House
More than 100 bills were filed in the House and Senate during the first week of February, as legislators returned to Frankfort to complete the final days of the 2015 General Assembly. To date, nearly 500 bills have been filed by legislators. House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg is pleased about the movement of at least one of those bills, HB 2, a bill he filed in an attempt to raise the minimum wage to $10. 10 per hour by 2017. It passed the House on Jan. 10 with a vote more on this story...
Artists, craftsmen sought for new arts group
MATEWAN, W. Va. — Residents of a small southern West Virginia community are starting a new arts group. Mingo County art teacher Ellen Hatfield and artist Vera Kay Hankins are spearheading an effort to start a new arts and crafts group in Matewan. They invite all local artists and craftsmen to participate in the group at a meeting from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Feb. 17 at the Matewan Depot Replica Museum and Welcome Center. “We welcome any and all artists and craftsmen,” said Hatfield, who owns the Depot with more on this story...
Martin to receive $14.9 mil for redevelopment
MARTIN — In its 17th year, the Martin Redevelopment Project will progress in 2015, thanks to funding allotted on Feb. 3 by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers reported that the Corps allotted $14. 9 million in federal funding for the project. The funding is part of $330 million in the Corps’ flood risk management budget, as outlined in its “Work Plan” for 2015. The Corps’ Work Plan allots $18. 7 million for “non-structural relocations of public facilities and infrastructure in Martin, McDowell and Cumberland. ” Rogers’ office reports that the more on this story...
Pikeville, Prestonsburg residents seeking state office
FRANKFORT — The statewide office filing deadline for candidates ended on Jan. 29, and the list includes candidates from both sides of the aisle. It even includes two eastern Kentucky residents who are seeking a state seat. Pikeville resident Will T. Scott resigned as a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice to become a gubernatorial candidate. He is running with Rodney Coffey in that race. Scott was elected in 2004 to represent the 7th Supreme Court Justice — serving 22 eastern Kentucky counties. He served as deputy chief justice of the Supreme more on this story...
St. Vincent Mission to expand in Floyd: Groundbreaking to be held next month: Quinn takes new role at St. Vincent Mission
DAVID — A local charitable organization is expanding its footprint in Floyd County. Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the William and Helen Diehl Family Foundation, St. Vincent Mission in David is embarking on a construction project that will make it easier for volunteers to come to the region to help families in need. The public is invited to help St. Vincent Mission celebrate the expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p. m. on March 5 in David. Bro. Michael Lonsway, a founding member of St. Vincent Mission, Floyd County Judge-Executive more on this story...
Floyd sheriff uses social media
PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department now has more than 3,800 followers on Facebook. They are, in fact, unique followers because the department is one of only a handful of eastern Kentucky law enforcement offices that use social media in daily operations. Sheriff John Hunt opened the page shortly after he took office last fall. Since then, he has routinely updated the public about scams, arrests, tax collection services and weather issues on Facebook. Hunt, who used a Facebook page to promote his candidacy for Sheriff, also more on this story...
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Christ Central student qualifies to compete nationally…again
LOUISVILLE — For the sixth year, an eastern Kentucky student has taken the crown at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee. The event, hosted by the Ford Motor Company, was held March 21 in Louisville. The 13-year-old Christ Central School student Paul Keaton won the competition for his second consecutive year by correctly spelling “insentient,” a word that means “lacking perception, consciousness or animation. ” He earned the trophy after 191 words were correctly spelled by contenders from schools throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana at the spelling bee. He more on this story...
Hatfield-McCoy Feud gets New York debut
PIKEVILLE — The Hatfields and McCoys arrived in New York’s Times Square this week. Pike County Tourism Convention and Visitor’s Bureau secured an advertisement spot on the famous New York strip, which will be visible to millions of people visiting the street and or viewing the sign during ABC’s Good Morning America broadcast. The advertisement, which prominently features Pikeville/Pike County’s Hatfield & McCoy Historic Tour, was on rotation from March 21-26. As a part of this marketing package, Hatfield & McCoy Historic Tour advertising will also be on display in more on this story...
She works tirelessly to help people in need
Jean Rosenberg is a determined, widely-respected community advocate who has worked tirelessly to change not only eastern Kentucky, but also the circumstances that surround the lives of people all over the country. Born in Philadelphia in 1943, she started working as a research analyst for the U. S. Department of Justice’s newly-formed Civil Rights Division in 1965. In that role, she dedicated countless hours to researching information, compiling data and performing other tasks that helped attorneys in the Civil Right Division stand up in court against segregation, police brutality, discrimination and other matters that more on this story...
Soldier honored nearly 115 years after death
By CHRIS COLEMAN Pike County Heritage Commission PHELPS — A soldier in Col. John Dils, Jr’s, 39th Kentucky, was honored this week in Pike County with the placement of an official U. S. government headstone. Hiram Mahlon Daugherty was born July 17, 1833, in Symthe County, Virginia, the son of Hiram Daugherty and Kezziah Whitehead. He married Mary Coleman on August 24, 1854, in Pike County. They had seven children: Daniel, Henry, Hiram III, Stella, Curtis, Lincoln, Francis M. , and Dennis. He died on Nov. 27, 1900. Daugherty, a Union more on this story...
Local events raise funds, awareness for cerebral palsy
PIKEVILLE — Two local events will raise awareness about cerebral palsy and funds for organizations working to assist people who have it. In Pike County, Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers is hosting her second Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/5K on March 21 at Bob Amos Park. Registration begins at 7 a. m. Childers started the event last year in honor of her 11-year-old son, Brayden Riley Wright, who has cerebral palsy. Last year, she raised $3,500 for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where her son is treated. Saturday’s event will feature prizes for more on this story...
March is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge-Executive William Deskins signed a proclamation recognizing March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month on March 19. The proclamation came with support of the Pike County Advocacy and Support Program and The Healing Program, a Mountain Comprehensive Care Center service that offers support and services to victims of sexual and domestic violence. Kentucky has higher rates of sexual violence, with 47. 7 percent of women and 19. 6 percent of men in the state experiencing sexual violence. According to the proclamation, more than 3,000 calls were made to more on this story...
She’s an eastern Kentucky advocate
Pikeville resident Leslie Combs dedicated her life to public service. She started her first term as state representative in 2007 and currently represents residents of Letcher County and residents in part of Pike County in the Kentucky General Assembly. She serves on numerous committees, including those that consider measures concerning the state’s appropriations and revenue, transportation, economic development and tourism, education, energy and government. She also represents Kentucky on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees. In 2009, she was one of the experts appointed by the governor more on this story...
She volunteers to help children and families
Floyd County residents Sam and Tina Hughes will tell you that losing a child — their only child — has been one of the most challenging journeys of their lives. What they won’t tell you is that the death of their seven-year-old son, Jordan, has left them with nothing to pour their love into. It’s because of that love that Tina Hughes is honored during Women’s History Month as a local woman who has made a difference. Hughes, a physical therapist, and her husband, a business owner, prayed for years more on this story...
SOAR funding bill advances: Several bills in Beshear’s hands
The 2015 General Assembly is winding down and a bill that would provide funding to Shaping Our Appalachian Region is in the hands of the governor. Voting 99-0 on March 11, the Senate gave final passage to SB 168 to create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund. The House passed the bill with a vote of 36-0 on Feb. 25. Working through Shaping Our Appalachian Region, the fund would utilize the Department of Local Government to provide funds for economic development in eastern Kentucky. Funds would be available more on this story...
Growing Appalachia conference set
PRESTONSBURG — Local nonprofit organizations invite the public to learn more about developing sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency during the 5th Annual Growing Appalachia conference this weekend. The day-long conference will offer information about healthier living and self-sufficiency. Workshops will have three tracks: •Production: Geared toward home production methods •Entrepreneur: Geared toward community-scale businesses •Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Geared toward energy “Growing Appalachia is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in getting more out of their garden and also more on this story...
Music at the MAC
PRESTONSBURG — People who love music will flock to the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg this weekend. The MAC is hosting concerts on Friday and Saturday. Official there will kick off the MAC’s monthly Front Porch Pickin’ series at 7 p. m. on Friday, March 20. Musicians are invited to play in an open concert on stage and audience members get free admission. On Saturday, March 21, MAC officials will welcome Nathan Stanley, the grandson of Dr. Ralph Stanley, in concert. Both the elder and more on this story...
Chamber to help local businesses recover
PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce pledged to help its members and their businesses to recover from flooding that impacted eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia this month. “The most recent round of severe weather and flooding has impacted communities across eastern Kentucky. In some places, the flooding has caused unprecedented damage to homes and businesses,” Jacob Colley, president/CEO of the Chamber said in a press release. “Many of our members and their businesses have experienced extreme and devastating losses. Our Chamber stands committed to doing everything possible to assist our members in helping more on this story...
Elementary schools shine at Governor’s Cup
Local elementary school students fared well in
recent district and regional Governor’s Cup competitions.
The Governor’s Cup is the state’s premiere academic
event, featuring competitions that send winning middle school and high school
students to the state competition.
Elementary school winners, however, only compete at
the district and regional levels.
District competitions were completed at the end of
February for elementary schools. Regional competitions will continue through
Here are results from district competitions at local
Elementary School District Results
126 (Betsy Layne,
Duff, Stumbo, McDowell, Osborne elementary schools)
1. Duff Elementary
2. John M. Stumbo
3. McDowell Elementary
4. W. D. Osborne Elementary
5. Betsy Layne Elementary
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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/ 5K Run to be held next week
PIKEVILLE — Last year, Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers hosted the first-ever Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk in honor of her son Brayden Riley Wright. She wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, the disorder he was born with. “I started this walk because we have kids in this community who have cerebral palsy and I want to take a stand for them,” she said. Last year, the walk raised $3,500 for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where Brayden is treated for cerebral palsy. Money raised at this more on this story...
She helped Elvis find his sway: Martha Carson, Letcher County native who inspired Elvis Presley
Fleming Neon residents should be honored to call Martha Carson one of their own. When the southern gospel musician died at the age of 83 on Dec. 16, 2004, her life had been so significant that her obituary printed in at least two newspapers in London, England. England’s Independent newspaper printed her obituary, stating that her “dynamic performance style was an important influence upon singers such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Ray and Barbara Mandrell. ” “Her performances electrified audiences,” the obituary read. Carson was born as Irene Amburgey in more on this story...
Elkhorn City native sets the stage to change lives: Stephanie Richards, Pike County Fine Arts director
Elkhorn City resident Stephanie Richards is passionate about providing an artistic outlet to youth and adults in eastern Kentucky — and it shows. Her passion for theater and the arts has helped create a place where people of all ages can come to enjoy and learn about performing — and that place is continually growing and expanding. After graduating from Elkhorn City High School, Richards attended the University of Kentucky, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Theater. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Roosevelt University more on this story...
RAIN, SNOW WREAK HAVOC: Flooding reported throughout eastern Ky., southern W.Va.
PIKEVILLE — Mother Nature could not resist bringing yet another weather emergency to eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia this week. Communities throughout the region were pounded by 10 to 18 inches of snow two weeks ago, leaving some roads impassable for days. This week, that melting snow combined with additional snow, sleet and rain caused major flooding throughout the region. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on March 5, the second declaration he’s made in less than two months. “Two significant more on this story...
Eastern Ky. teenager on ‘The Voice’
LOUISA — An eastern Kentucky teenager made her mark on a national stage this week. Kelsie May, 16, of Louisa, was selected to move ahead in The Voice, an NBC reality show in which musicians pledge to coach vocalists from around the country to help them grow their skills and become nationally-known. May was one of five vocalists selected by country music singer Blake Shelton during the blind vote episode in the eighth season of The Voice on March 2. She sang Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Looking at Country,” and Shelton more on this story...
WorkFest volunteers to repair 19 homes in 21 days
HAGER HILL — The Christian Appalachian Project welcomed the first of hundreds of volunteers who will help families in Appalachian during the annual WorkFest program. Through WorkFest, volunteers from around the country travel to Appalachian communities to repair and refurbish homes in need of repairs. More than 400 college students will devote their spring breaks to these projects. They will work alongside Christian Appalachian Project leaders and the organization’s long-term volunteers. Christian Appalachian Project WorkFest volunteers will help 19 families repair their homes in 21 days. more on this story...
Pike museum set to open in April
PIKEVILLE — Significant progress is being made in the development of a new museum in Pike County. With a new planning committee and a recently-hired director, the Pikeville-Pike County Museum is expected to be open in time to welcome visitors during the annual Hillbilly Days Festival in April. Formerly known as the Big Sandy Heritage Museum, this new facility will be located in former courtrooms and offices located on the fourth floor of the county’s former Hall of Justice (the same building as the Pike County Detention Center. ) Director more on this story...
Promoting a smoke-free Pike County: Air quality survey of Pike businesses released
PIKEVILLE — If the Environmental Protection Agency used the same standards it uses to regulate the quality of indoor air as it uses to regulate the quality of outdoor air, some Pike County businesses would fall far below the mark. That information was released this week in a study that measured the quality of indoor air inside 15 Pike County businesses. The study on local businesses Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy Air Quality Coordinator Amanda Bucher presented findings from the study, which was conducted last more on this story...
Women who Made a Difference
To celebrate March as Women’s History Month in 2014, the Medical Leader highlighted several current and former eastern Kentucky residents who did things that changed or influenced eastern Kentucky. Stayed tuned to the Medical Leader each week in March to learn about other women who have changed, and continue to change, eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. These influential women were honored in this series in 2014: •Jenny Wiley, pioneer •Effie Waller Smith, poet •Billie Jean Osborne,Mountain more on this story...
She learned music in the mountains: Crystal Gayle, Johnson County native who became a country music icon
Many country music enthusiasts know who Crystal Gayle is, but few may realize that she was actually born as Brenda Gail Webb, a younger sister of Johnson County’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn. Gayle is best known for capturing a style of country music that crossed over into the pop music genre during the 1970s and 1980s. She signed her first recording contract when she was still in school. Her debut single, “I’ve Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes,” was actually written by her sister. It reached the Top more on this story...
House approves public-private partnerships
Rep. Leslie Combs’ goal of making it easier for the state to partner with private businesses to accomplish a public goal cleared a major hurdle on Feb. 26 after the Kentucky House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 84-13. “House Bill 443 would bring Kentucky in line with more than 30 states across the country that have seen the benefit of this approach,” said Rep. Combs, a Pikeville legislator who chairs the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. “In an era of declining budgets, we need to look for innovative ways to accomplish the more on this story...
Registration underway for pottery class at Arts House in Pikeville
PIKEVILLE — Have you ever wanted to learn to create pottery? The Mud House Pottery at the Arts House in Pikeville is answering that call with introduction and advanced classes in pottery. The six-week classes are open at 6:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. on Tuesdays and open studio hours are on Thursday nights, or as desired by each class. The second class, hosted by pottery expert Ryan H. Coppage, begins March 17. Coppage, a former Hartford resident who joined the University of Pikeville as a chemistry more on this story...
Patton Leadership Institute visits Frankfort
FRANKFORT — On February 12, the Patton Leadership Institute (PLI) held its latest session in Kentucky’s state capital to discuss public policy and state government. The PLI class gained a better understanding of how state government operates and heard from policy experts on legislation that could have significant impact on the business community. The class started the day with a visit to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Frankfort with a greeting by Kentucky Chamber staff and President/CEO, Dave Adkisson. Betsy Dexter, Manager of Education & more on this story...
Locals invited to help uncover Biblical treasures: Israeli archaeologist to visit Pikeville in spring
PIKEVILLE — Members of several eastern Kentucky churches experienced a group tour of Israel last year. They spent 12 days in Israel and three days in Jordan, exploring areas of the Middle East that are depicted in the Bible. As part of that trip, they participated in an archaeological dig in Jerusalem, sifting through soil that was removed from the site of the legendary Temple Mount. This year, they join their tour leader, University of Pikeville Alumni Association President Tommy Chamberlin, in raising funds so that archaeological digs may continue. more on this story...
Two new stores open at Pikeville Commons: Ulta now open; Petco hosts ‘soft opening’ March 2
PIKEVILLE — One nationally-known store opened recently at Pikeville Commons, and another is planning a grand opening weekend next weekend. Ulta, a national cosmetics and beauty business, held its “soft opening” on Feb. 13 and its grand opening on Feb. 20. Inclement weather prevented the business from hosting a ribbon cutting, but the weather did not deter patrons, who have visited in droves to purchase cosmetics and other merchandise at the store. Ulta is open at Pikeville Commons from 10 a. m. to 9 p. m. , Monday through Saturday and Sunday from more on this story...
Legislators work to move east Kentucky forward
FRANKFORT — Despite severe winter weather that prompted closures of the House and Senate in the General Assembly this month, legislators managed to work their way through a mound of legislative matters. One of the most prominent measures that moved in the legislative process was SB 168, a bill filed by Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II of Pikeville, which calls for 100 percent of coal severance revenue to be returned to coal-producing counties and set up as a funding mechanism to finance projects of the Support One Appalachian Region (SOAR). more on this story...
Wanted: Zip line employees
PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is seeking a full time manager and seasonal general laborer for the zip line that will open later this year at Bob Amos Park. The project will bring eight cable zip lines, platforms and a swinging bridge to Bob Amos. The longest zipline will be about 1,000 feet, or the length of two football fields, and the other ziplines will vary in length. Construction began in January and the tour is expected to be open in April. The tour more on this story...
Improper use of generators, heaters can be dangerous
FRANKFORT —The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) urges residents who lose power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris. Together, the snow and extreme cold may lead to power outages as limbs or trees fall onto electric lines. The PSC reminds Kentucky residents to stay away from all downed lines. Downed lines should be reported to the local utility company. If the lines are sparking, on fire or otherwise creating an emergency, call 911. Customers who lose power should follow proper safety precautions if they use more on this story...
JWT seeks actors, actresses for upcoming plays
PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theatre is seeking actors and actresses for several upcoming plays. The theatre issued a casting call last week for performers who will accept roles in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Shrek—the Musical” and “Little Shop of Horrors. ” These plays will be performed at JWT from April 17 through August. 8. Both professional and pre-professional performers are sought for roles in these plays. People interested in participating should join the JWT casting call from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. on Feb. 28 more on this story...
THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local high school district results
Eastern Kentucky High School
completed district tournaments on Jan. 24. Here are the results from local
District 56: Letcher County Central,
June Buchanan High, Knott County Central, Cordia High, Jenkins Ind.
1. Letcher County Central
2. June Buchanan High
3. Knott Central
4. Cordia High
5. Jenkins Ind.
1. Noah Blair, Letcher
2. Hunter Hylton, June Buchanan
3. Emily Newsome, Knott
4. Adam Hotelling, Knott
5. Tranis Adams, Knott
1. Cameron Wright, Letcher Central
2. Trey Moore, June Buchanan
3. Colton Jacobs, June Buchanan
4. Connor Jacobs, June Buchanan
4. Steven Carter, Cordia
1. Cameron Wright, Letcher
2. Emily Newsom, Knott
3. Keisten Collins, Letcher
4. Dalton McCowen, more on this story...
THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local middle school regional results
schools across the eastern Kentucky underwent regional competitions on Jan. 27
and Jan. 31. The winners will compete at the state governor’s Cup at the Galt
House in Louisville on March 14-16.
22: Allen Central, Allen Elementary, Betsy Layne, James D. Adams, John M.
Stumbo, Johnson County Middle, Martin County Middle, Paintsville High, South
Floyd Middle, The Piarist School, Wesley Christian
Allen Central Middle
James D. Adams Middle
South Floyd Middle
Betsy Layne Elementary
Martin County Middle
John M. Stumbo Elementary
1. Gary Austin Cantrell, Johnson County
2. Brendan Plank, Johnson County
3. Kaylie Edwards, South Floyd
4. more on this story...
Appalachian Air offers special rates for SEC games
PIKEVILLE — Getting to the South Eastern Conference (SEC) Men’s Basketball Tournament is easier than ever before with Appalachian Air’s daily roundtrip service between Pikeville and Nashville. And now, it’s more affordable, too. Public Charters and Appalachian Air announced on Feb. 16 that they will offer special pricing for roundtrip flights from Pikeville to Nashville during the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The roundtrip fare between March 10 and March16 has been reduced to $248. 04, a savings of more than $150. To take advantage more on this story...
Registration underway for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/5K - Proceeds benefit Brayden’s hospital
Last year, Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers hosted the first-ever Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk in honor of her son Brayden Riley Wright. She wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, the disorder he was born with. “A lot of people around here, they don’t even know what cerebral palsy is,” she said. “They don’t understand what these kids have to go through, even if they have a mild form of cerebral palsy like Brayden does. I started this walk because we have kids in this community who have cerebral palsy and I want more on this story...
Local church opens homeless shelter: Donations needed for Floyd shelter
PRESTONSBURG — St. James Episcopal Church, located near the campus of Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Prestonsburg, recently opened a homeless shelter. The church has offered its Fishes and Loaves Community Food Pantry and Thrift Store through donations provided by various community partners. It also provides meals to people in need in its soup kitchen from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. every Tuesday. Youth Reverend and Deacon Ron Rohr reports the church opened the homeless shelter approximately three months ago after a woman who slept in her car more on this story...
Job Corps hosts leadership event
PRESTONSBURG — The Leadership Floyd County Academy class met recently at Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center for its third professional development session. This session focused on team-building and the use of social media for networking. Job Corps Finance & Administration Director Paula Davis welcomed the group and provided class members an overview of the services offered at Job Corps. She explained how community members can help spread the word about the programs offered at the center. The group also heard from other department managers who elaborated more on this story...
Carl D. Perkins Job Corps ranks fourth nationally, first in Kentucky
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Thomas Rainey, director of the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center, walked away with a stack of awards recognizing the center’s performance in 2014 during the Horizons Youth Services annual awards banquet. The banquet was the culmination of a three-day HYS Leadership Meeting held Jan. 20-22 at Camp Horizons, Harrisonburg, Va. On Dec. 31, the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center became the fourth-ranked center in the HYS system in term of its Outcome Measure System rankings. It was also named the top-ranked Job Corps Center in Kentucky. The more on this story...
Hale named UNITE President/CEO; Smoot to lead AHIDTA
LONDON — Nancy Hale, a long-time educator and current Co-Program Director of the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative, will became President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation UNITE effective Feb. 9. She succeeds Dan Smoot, who has been tapped to lead a new drug prevention/education initiative for Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). “I am humbled and appreciative of the Board’s decision and their faith in my abilities to lead Operation UNITE,” Hale said. “It has been an honor to be part of the UNITE team – both as a volunteer and more on this story...
Thousands of local residents enrolled in Medicaid
The expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program under the federal health reform law marks the biggest change in Kentucky health care since Medicare began in the mid 1960s. Almost 400,000 people joined the program, raising its rolls to more than one-fourth the state’s population. As part of the $141,000 study of the first year of the Medicaid expansion, a company called Deloitte Consulting created a “Medicaid Dashboard. ” This new program gives detailed information about newly-eligible Medicaid enrollees in every county, information about payments to health care providers in each county and information more on this story...
Wildlife Division planning for 2015-16 hunt
FRANKFORT — The Wildlife Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is well into its planning for the 2015-16 hunting seasons, and one word keeps coming up in the discussions: Opportunity. The focus is not limited to one species, but plans pertaining to deer, elk and small game stand out. Here’s a look at some of what’s in store for 2015. DEER At its December meeting, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommended several proposals for legislative approval that would expand or more on this story...
Railroad hosts ‘Road Tour’ next week
HARLAN — The R. J. Corman Railroad company is encouraging coal miners who have been laid off to participate in its upcoming road tour.
The company and Hiring Our Miners Everyday have teamed up to host the event at 10 a. m. on Feb. 24 at the Knott County Sportsplex and 10 a. m. on Feb. 25 at the Harlan Center, located at 201 South Main Street in Harlan.
These informational sessions will educate the public about trainings that RJ Corman offers for various positions. Training wages of $10 per hour will be offered more on this story...
Giving students the ‘Athletic Edge’: Wrightway to open sports complex in Pike
VIRGIE — A local business is spreading its wings to give youth throughout the region an “athletic edge. ” Wrightway Land, owned by brothers Shannon and Kendall Wright of Pike County, is renovating the former Virgie Athletic Center into a state-of-the-art sports complex called the Athletic Edge. The facility is expected to open next month, offering a place for children and adults to play and practice basketball, baseball, softball, golf and exercise on various types of equipment. The gymnasium — featuring two full-sized basketball courts — is already completed and more on this story...
Fundraiser launched to save York House
PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney launched an online fundraising campaign last week to save the historic York House in downtown Pikeville. Chaney is seeking to raise $100,000 for preservation of the York House at http://fundly. com. The city of Pikeville spent $150,000 last year to purchase the home, which was built in the 1800s by Union Leader Col. John Dils Jr. , the commander of the 39th Kentucky Mountain Infantry during the Civil War. Col. Dils gave the property to his daughter, Augusta Dils York, wife of James York, more on this story...
Banquet for Life a success: Event raises $30K for APCC
PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center’s Banquet for Life was a success on Feb. 5, raising nearly $30,000 for the nonprofit organization. Officials report that 528 people attended the event, geared to raise funds so APCC can continue providing services to mothers and fathers who are dealing with unplanned pregnancies. APCC Executive Director Kay Hammond thanked a long list of people and organizations that sponsored and/or assisted with the event, as well as numerous volunteers who help APCC carry out its mission every day. Nearly 70 volunteers took part in the banquet. more on this story...
Colley takes leadership role at Southeast Chamber
PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce announced last Friday that Jacob S. Colley was selected as the its new President/CEO. His appointment came with approval from the Chamber’s Board of Directors during a Jan. 27 meeting. “After an extensive search and interview process, our search committee and Board of Directors are pleased with the decision to name Mr. Colley the next President/CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber,” Chair of the Search Committee Brad Hall said. “Jacob is very talented and we look forward to all that he, the staff, and more on this story...
Cause for Paws 5K/10K set
WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — The Tug Valley Road Runners Club invites the public to participate it its “Paws for Cause” race this month. A fundraiser for Save our Strays, a nonprofit Mingo County animal rescue group, the race is open to people of all ages. It will begin at 1 p. m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Williamson Field House. Walk-in registration is available at the Coal House and the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition office in downtown Williamson. Competitors may also sign up via message on the Tug Valley Road Runners Club’s more on this story...
Floyd school to be named ‘Floyd Central’
PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Board of Education recently approved the name of its new high school, which will consolidate Allen Central and South Floyd high schools. During a Jan. 26 meeting, board members agreed to call the school, which will be built on Rt. 680 near McDowell, Floyd County Central. Several students are currently working to develop the school colors and mascot. The school district approved the construction of the new school in its 2011 facilities plan, which called for a new high school to accommodate 750 students from South more on this story...
Recovery group opens in Pike
PIKEVILLE — A new support group offering help to people with problems of addiction. Pike County resident Tim Cantrell is facilitating SMART Recovery meetings in Pike County. The SMART Recovery Self-Management for Addiction Recovery is geared to teach participants tools for addiction recovery based on a “4-Point Program. ” The meetings are open to people who are battling all sorts of addictive behaviors, including drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction and problem addiction to other substances and activities. more on this story...