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02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/26/2015
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 schools: District 56: Letcher County Central, June Buchanan High, Knott County Central, Cordia High, Jenkins Ind. Final Standings 1. Letcher County Central 2. June Buchanan High 3. Knott Central 4. Cordia High 5. Jenkins Ind. Categories Math 1. Noah Blair, Letcher 2. Hunter Hylton, June Buchanan 3. Emily Newsome, Knott 4. Adam Hotelling, Knott 5. Tranis Adams, Knott Social Studies 1. Cameron Wright, Letcher Central 2. Trey Moore, June Buchanan 3. Colton Jacobs, June Buchanan 4. Connor Jacobs, June Buchanan 4. Steven Carter, Cordia Science 1. Cameron Wright, Letcher 2. Emily Newsom, Knott 3. Keisten Collins, Letcher 4. Dalton McCowen, more on this story...  

02/26/2015
THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local middle school regional results

Middle 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. REGIONAL RESULTS Region 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 Final Standings: 1. Johnson County Middle 2. Allen Central Middle 3. James D. Adams Middle 4. South Floyd Middle 5. Paintsville High 6. Betsy Layne Elementary 7. Martin County Middle 8. Allen Elementary 9. John M. Stumbo Elementary 9: Wesley Christian Categories Math 1. Gary Austin Cantrell, Johnson County 2. Brendan Plank, Johnson County 3. Kaylie Edwards, South Floyd 4. more on this story...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/18/2015
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...  

02/18/2015
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...  

02/18/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
Appal-TREE project to help develop local, healthy foods

WHITESBURG — A new project searches for ways to increase access to healthy foods in eastern Kentucky and looks to communities to find these solutions. Appalachians Together Restoring the Eating Environment (Appal-TREE), based in Whitesburg, is a collaborative project between the Community Farm Alliance and the University of Kentucky. It is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Other partners include Grow Appalachia, the Cowan Community Center and the Mountain Garden Initiative. “This project is unique in that the community got to determine the pathway and the goal of the more on this story...  

02/06/2015
Patton College of Education named

The University of Pikeville announced its newest college – the Patton College of Education – named for Kentucky’s 59th governor Paul E. Patton. “Governor Patton has done more than anyone to promote education in the commonwealth,” said UPIKE President Dr. James Hurley. “He was known nationally as the ‘higher education governor’ and his 40-plus years of service to the University of Pikeville is an illustration of his passion for education. It was an honor to name our fifth college the Patton College of Education. ” As governor, Patton proposed and championed the successful passage more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Punxsutawney Phil ready to offer up weather prediction

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — Believe it or not, there is actually a club that honors the life and times of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who dares to show (or not to show) his shadow to predict upcoming weather on Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil is expected to leave his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at 7:25 a. m. on Feb. 2.   The folklore surrounding the holiday suggests that if he sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter weather is expected, and if there is no shadow, warmer weather is just more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Kellogg’s of Pike County joins state board to improve local workforce

KIMPER — A representative from Kellogg’s plant of Kimper in Pike County will be among 14 members of the newly-formed Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education’s board of directors. Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement on Jan. 14, explaining that the organization, a partnership of manufacturers that are cooperating to provide more technically-skilled workers needed in advanced manufacturing, is expanding statewide. The program, known also as KY FAME, offers apprentice-style education and training. Participants attend classes two days a week at a community college and work 24 hours per week at more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Pikeville to execute ‘Sister City’ with Ireland town

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is taking the next step to “twin” itself with a small municipal district in Ireland. During a Jan. 26 meeting, the city commission approved to permit City Manager Donovan Blackburn and a small delegation to travel to Dundalk, Ireland to sign and execute a Sisters City agreement with the community, located in Louth County, approximately one hour from the bustling town of Dublin. It will be Blackburn’s second trip to Dundalk, the hometown of Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons. He traveled there last August to more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Seeking ‘Superheroes’: Registration underway for Judi’s Place race

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids is taking registrations for its Run with Courage 5K, which will be held April 11 in downtown Pikeville. In its eighth year, the race helps Judi’s Place to continue to provide services for children who have been sexually abused and their non-offending family members. The nonprofit agency works year-round to provide services that promote safety, justice, hope and healing for children with concerns of abuse.   Participants may choose to sign up for the 5K Run or the 1 Mile walk course. They are encouraged more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Appalshop releases new documentary

WHITESBURG — Appalshop’s latest documentary is available for rental online. The film, “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot,” is available for rental at http://seedandspark. com and it is also available for purchase online through the Appalshop General Store. Created by Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering, the documentary explores the life and legacy of Braden, who was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a community in Louisville in 1954. Honored by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Braden was awarded the first Roger more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Pikeville highlighted in magazine

Appalachian Magazine, a publication dedicated to highlighting the history of the people, culture and events in Appalachia, recently dubbed Pikeville as “Appalachia’s Model City. ” The article, published online this month by the magazine, depicts Pike County’s star city as “a thriving and progressive community. ” The article also commends Pikeville city leaders for working to market the community as a center for business, finance and education. “With all the bad news which seems to plague the mountains of Appalachia, Pikeville offers both hope to the communities around more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Instruments sought for Appalachian Symphony

ELKHORN CITY — A local program geared to raise the next generation of Appalachian musicians is growing in Elkhorn City. Coordinated by Artists Collaborative Theatre volunteer Allen Gibson, the Appalachian Symphony welcomes musicians of all ages and skills levels to weekly instructional sessions at the theatre in Elkhorn City. Volunteers match Appalachian musicians with students of all ages as a way to teach and preserve traditional mountain music. Organizers are currently seeking donations of musical instruments that will be used by students in the class. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, dulcimers, more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Ready, set, fundraise! Letcher County kicks off Relay for Life season

WHITESBURG — Local residents are invited to kick-off one of the region’s largest fundraising drives next week. Letcher County Relay for Life will host its annual kickoff party from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which is celebrating 30 years of Relay for Life fundraising across the country. “It’s been 30 years of Relay and we want to invite all current, former and any new teams and individuals more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Floyd County Chamber discusses hunger issue in eastern Kentucky

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Jan. 13 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The topic for this luncheon was “Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. ” Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, described hunger as a growing epidemic in eastern Kentucky. She added that 318,000 central and eastern Kentuckians are at high risk of hunger. Guinn highlighted facts from the Hunger in America 2014 study that described the choices and challenges people face when struggling with hunger. Guinn more on this story...  

01/23/2015
‘Socks for Tots’ wanted

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School student Brianna Blackburn was very young when her parents J. R. Blackburn and Shirley Blackburn began “Coats for Kids,” a nonprofit program that provides coats for children in need. So when it came time for her to pick a special project in her Future Business Leaders of America program, she knew it would be a community service venture. Blackburn, 17, teamed with PHS FBLA members Olivia Layne and Kaitlyn Coleman to host the first-ever “Socks for Tots” donation drive. Through Jan. 26, the club more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Ky. Power offers workshops in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive team is offering workshops to teach people about cash incentives that are available for energy saving projects. Workshops have already been held in Hazard, Paintsville and Ashland. Free workshops will also be held from 10 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. and 2 p. m. to 4 p. m. on Jan. 28 at the Pikeville Public Library on College St. in Pikeville. Refreshments will be available. For details, visit the link online at http://kentuckypower. com. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Parks serve buffalo, wild game this weekendParks serve buffalo, wild game this weekend

JWSRP to host buffalo night PRESTONSBURG — Jenny Wiley State Resort Park invites the public to enjoy its annual buffalo night, featuring several dishes made out of buffalo and other country favorites on its buffet line. The meal will be served from noon to 8 p. m. and feature presentations by Jeff Hatmaker at 6 p. m. and cowboy singer Rob McNurlin at 7 p. m. Elk tours are also available at the park through Feb. 28. For details, call 606-889-1790. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Casting Crowns to play at Expo

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced recently that it will host the Casting Crowns in concert this spring. An Evening with Casting Crowns will be held at the Expo on April 9. The concert comes as part of a tour to promote the band’s newest album, “Thrive,” which was released last February. Lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall has been a youth pastor for almost 22 years was inspired to develop the album during a trip in which he saw trees growing along a river in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Library seeks pictures, info: Memorabilia from Mine Wars sought

MATEWAN — The Matewan Public Library, located at 97 First Ave. in Matewan, West Virginia, seeks items related to the Mine Wars for an upcoming documentary. The library is working with a small production company in Boston, Massachusetts, called Film Posse to find photographs, newspaper clippings and information about the Mine Wars in Matewan. The film crew has already traveled to the region and interviewed several people across the U. S. , including University of Massachusetts professor Jim Green, author of an upcoming book about coal mining in West Virginia, Northern Illinois more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Friends of Middle Creek host ceremony

By Floyd Davis Friends of Middle Creek PRESTONSBURG — The Friends of Middle Creek commemorated the 153 anniversary of the Battle of Middle Creek on Jan. 10. Joined by The Breckenridge Greys, Commander Michael Warrix set out early from the site of the Garfield house.   “Chimneys sighed at the bitter cold,” the commander wrote, “even they were reluctant to release more than puffs of white as they horded their heat within them. ” Marching up Route 114 toward the Battlefield and the Commemoration Ceremony, The Greys and more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Pike library hosts King exhibit

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Public Library invites the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King. The library will open an exhibit dedicated to the life of the Civil Rights leader in the third-floor rotunda area of its new location at 126 Lee Ave. Packed with information and photos on 20 poster panels offered by the Kentucky Historical Society, the exhibit offers information about King and his life from 1955, when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Penalty begins for those without health insurance coverage

WASHINGTON, D. C. — This is the first year taxpayers are required to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they have health insurance, as stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. The federal health care law requires people who don’t have insurance to pay a fine of $95 per adult or one percent of the household income, whichever is greater. The fine increases in 2015 to $325 per adult or two percent of household income, whichever is greater. In 2016, the fine will increase to $695 per adult or 2. 5 percent of income, whichever is more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Progress continues at Marion Branch, distillery

PIKEVILLE — Progress continues on projects that will bring a global business into Pike County. The Pikeville City Commission recently finalized negotiations to purchase property on which a bridge will be constructed to ease the traffic flow into the Pikeville Industrial Park at Marion Branch. Commissioners passed a motion to spend $800,000 to purchase the property — the final piece of property needed for the $8 million bridge project.   Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reported this week that geotechnical work is underway in the area and the first phase of more on this story...  

01/16/2015
JWT opens new season with ‘Pinkalicious’ in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theater recently announced several new plays that will take the stage this winter in Pikeville. The line-up includes shows that are appropriate for audiences of all ages. Pinkalicious the Musical Pinkalicious the Musical opened on Thursday, Jan. 15, and continues on stage through Feb. 7. The play, rated G, teaches kids about the importance of moderation and the power of self-control. It follows Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents, and develops a condition more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Mingo hotel highlighted by travel magazine

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Appalachian Magazine travel bloggers are publicizing their experience at a Mingo County hotel. The magazine encourages readers to “Sleep where JFK slept” at the Mountaineer Hotel. The hotel, located at 31 East Second Ave. in Williamson, was built in 1925 with nearly $500,000 that was raised by the Williamson Chamber of Commerce and local residents. The five-story historic hotel is one of the tallest commercial buildings in downtown Williamson. Originally, it was built to house business men traveling into Williamson for the coal and railroad industries. more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Family Adventure Quest underway

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Park system kicked off its 10th Family Adventure Quest program this month. Registration is $15 per group of two to six people. These Family Adventure Quest teams receive a booklet detailing their 2015 quests, a hat and a Kentucky State Park kite they will use on a challenge. The challenges will take participants to various parks and historic sites. To complete the quests, teams will use a digital camera and/or Internet research. For the first time, participants may choose that park-specific quests be more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Rogers sworn in for 18th term

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (Ky-05) took the oath of office last week for his 18th term in Congress. He represent the Fifth Congressional District, serving several counties in eastern Kentucky. Rogers pledge to continue to work to improve the economy, create jobs, promote tourism and improve education in eastern Kentucky. He also promised to “rein in overreaching federal agencies” like the Environmental Protection Agency. “Great things are on the horizon for southern and eastern Kentuckians, and I am more confident than ever before in more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Beshear: ‘Kentucky back with a vengeance’: Speech urges collaboration to maintain momentum on economy, workforce

FRANKFORT — Declaring that “our vision is working,” Gov. Steve Beshear used his eighth State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 7  to urge legislators to remain focused on the long-term strategies and collaborative relationship that have lifted Kentucky out of the economic doldrums. Describing record-setting improvements in key economic measures like unemployment rates, new businesses, capital investment and exports, as well as trend-setting reform in education and health care, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky had regained the national leadership position it had held centuries ago. “We can hold our heads high once again,” more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Congressman Rogers praises funding bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) praised members of the U. S. Congress for passing the consolidated federal funding bill last month, which funds most government agencies through Sept. 30. President Obama signed the Omnibus bill into law on December 16. Rogers, who serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the bill includes funding for programs that are important to eastern Kentucky communities.   “For example, the legislation provides specific economic development assistance for coal mining communities, funds much-needed rural housing loans and supports a number more on this story...  

  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/27/2015
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...  

02/26/2015
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 Louisville. 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 Final Standings 1. Estill 2. June Buchanan 3. Letcher Central 4. Hazard 5. Jackson County 6. Jackson Independent 7. Owsley County 8. Lee County 9. Breathitt County 9. Powell County 11. Perry County 11. Buckhorn 12. Cordia 13. Wolfe County Categories Math 1. Hunter Hylton, June Buchanan 2. more on this story...  

02/26/2015
THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local middle school district results

Middle school students completed district and regional competitions at the end of January. Here are the results from local schools in district and regional competitions: DISTRICT RESULTS District 85: Allen Central, James D. Adams, Wesley Christian, Allen Elementary Final Standings 1. Allen Central 2. James D. Adams 3. Wesley Christian 4. Allen Elementary Categories Math 1. Kade Scott, Allen Central 2. Adam Hutchinson, Allen Central 3. Jacob Morris, Allen Central 4. Haley Holbrook, James D. Adams 5. Matthew Tackett, Wesley Christian Social Studies 1. Preston Crase, Allen Central 2. Matthew Tackett, Wesley Christian 3. Caleb Johnson, Allen Elementary 4. Edward Smith, James D. Adams Middle 5. Brenton Jarrell, Wesley Christian Science 1. Caleb Johnson, Allen Elementary 2. Adams Hutchinson, Allen Central 3. Andrew Burchett, James D. Adams Middle 4. Hannah Jarrell, Wesley Christian 5. Alexis Miller, Allen Elementary Language Arts 1. Preston Crase, Allen Central 2. Natalie Lester, Allen Central 3. Meredith Wells, Wesley Christian 4. Lottie more on this story...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/19/2015
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...  

02/18/2015
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...  

02/18/2015
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...  

02/18/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
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...  

02/06/2015
Extension office offers ‘High Tunnel’ webinars

PIKEVILLE — A new webinar series offered by the Center for Crop Diversification and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will teach people about using high tunnels for gardening. The series of six webinars begins Feb. 17 and ends March 24. Each webinar lasts approximately one hour and available for viewing at the Pike County Cooperative Extension Office or via home computers. Attendees may ask questions after the presentation. Participation is free. Local residents who would like to attend the webinar should contact Suzanne Stumbo at the Pike County more on this story...  

02/06/2015
Fleming Neon native travels world with Navy

PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS — A Fleming Neon native is traveling the world with the Navy. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Allison Lee (Jones) Levy, who graduated from Fleming Neon High School in 1987, is stationed in Port Louis, Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. She has been in the Navy for 21 years and is currently assisting in Exercise Cutlass Express as a Hospital Corpsman to help East African and Indian Ocean nations counter sea-based illicit activity. Exercise Cutlass Express 2015, sponsored by U. S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Local representatives speak at legislative forum

PRESTONSBURG — The need for eastern Kentucky cities and counties to unite for the betterment of the region was a recurring theme during the Regional Legislative Town Hall Forum. The event, held Jan. 27 at Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus, was organized by Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Letcher County Chamber of Commerce and the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, commended the effort. “I commend the chambers for leading the way in, rather than talking about working more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Floyd business seeks artisans: Friday Night Market to be held next week

PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County business is giving local artisans a chance to display and sell their wares. Stephanie Marsh, owner of All Good Things, invites artisans to participate in the Third Annual Friday Night Market. She will extend the store hours from 5 p. m. to 9 p. m. on Friday, Feb. 6, and invite the public to meet local and regional artisans, who will sell their artwork, jewelry and crafts in her store. “It’s a fun evening,” she said. “We do this to celebrate the store’s birthday. These artisans are so talented and more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Program offers job training for seniors

HAZARD — A local agency is working to help low-income senior citizens make money while they learn job skills. The U. S. Department of Labor funds the Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program, providing grants to state agencies and 15 national nonprofit organizations. Locally, the program is overseen by the Kentucky River Area Development District, and it serves senior citizens in Floyd, Pike, Letcher, Perry, Knott, Leslie and Breathitt counties. Participants must be at least 55 years old, unemployed and have a family income of no more more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Pike County native honored in Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON — A Pike County poet was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame this week. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning named Pike County poet Effie Waller Smith as one of six inductees in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame during a Jan. 28 ceremony in Lexington. Other inductees included Guy davenport of Fayette County, Elizabeth Hardwich of Fayette County, Jim Wayne Miller of Warren County, Hunter S. Thompson of Jefferson County and Henry County resident Wendell Berry, the organization’s first living Hall of Fame inductee. more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Promise Zone program successful

WHITESBURG — Sandi Curd, coordinator of the Promise Zone initiative, was the guest speaker at the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce meeting on Jan. 26. Curd, working through the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, was hired to manage the implementation of the Promise Zone strategic plan and serve as a liaison between the Promise Zone communities and the corporation. Last January, President Barack Obama selected Bell, Harlan, Letcher Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley County in eastern Kentucky as one of five Promise Zones in America — making these communities more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Local artists offer scholarships

HINDMAN — A group of local artists are working together to grow eastern Kentucky’s next generation of artists. Shawn Owens of Knott County and Lacy Hale of Letcher County are working together with several other artists to launch Eastern Kentucky for Arts Education. The group is currently seeking nonprofit status through the Internal Revenue Service in hopes of raising funds to provide scholarships to high school students who want to become artists in Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry, Floyd and Harlan counties. Owens, a local hotel owner, serves as more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Building stronger kids: Pikeville YMCA program to expand to more schools

PIKEVILLE — For the past eight weeks, the Pikeville Area Family YMCA has been building stronger students at Johns Creek Elementary School in Pike County. Nearly 50 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at the school are enrolled in the Rotary Youth Fitness Challenge. “I’ve seen lots of changes in these kids since we started this program,” Pikeville Area Family YMCA Fitness Director Jim Hatfield said. “When we first started, they were pretty laid back. They didn’t want to do that much, but we made leaders out of them. Most of them more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Local entrepreneurs entice buyers with book, jewelry: ‘Lula & Lily’ party set Jan. 31 for Pike

PIKEVILLE — Two Floyd County entrepreneurs are combining their love for children’s stories and jewelry to grow a new business. Sisters-in-law Missy Carter and Lisa Carter recently published “Lula & Lily Sprinklz and Twinklz Birthday Adventure,” a book about two twins and their adventures. In the book,  illustrated by Jon Vorholt and Eric Kittleberger of Ohio, the two twins celebrate a birthday at Princess Penelope Charming’s magical castle and receive bracelets. Patrons who purchase the book receive a sterling silver charm bracelet and each book that will be released in the future will offer additional charms more on this story...  

01/23/2015
LIVING THE DREAM: Mingo resident earns state honor for civic awareness, public service

CHARLESTON, W. Va.   — Chattaroy resident Jada Hunter retired more than a year ago, but you wouldn’t know it. She served more than four decades as an educator and school administrator, but the thousands of students she’s mentored along the way are only part of her legacy. Currently, she serves as president of Action in Mingo, which organizes the annual King Coal Festival and the Great White Way in Williamson. She is president of the Huntington chapter of The Links, Inc. , a national service organization that helps raise the cultural status of African American more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Estep earns Heisman award

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School senior Cody Estep was recently chosen among 1,020 state finalists as the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner. One senior male and one senior female from each state is selected as a state winner. Clara Johnson of Greenville was the other state winner.   Estep was selected based on his outstanding academic and athletic achievements and leadership within his community. For 20 years, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has recognized the achievements of exceptionally well-rounded students. Like the collegiate Heisman Memorial more on this story...  

01/23/2015
APCC seeks ‘Banquet for Life’ sponsors

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center will celebrate eight years of changing lives with its second Banquet for Life, set to begin at 6 p. m. on Feb. 5 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. APCC Executive Director Kay Hammond said, “I am so thankful for the many people that have enthusiastically shared the vision of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center of giving hope to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies and making a difference in the lives of unborn babies. ” APCC, a nonprofit organization in Pikeville that helps families facing unplanned pregnancies, hosts the more on this story...  

01/23/2015
H.O.M.E.S. expands web services: Applications for volunteers, assistance online

WHITESBURG — A Letcher County assistance organization started the New Year with a new face, online. H. O. M. E. S. Inc. , (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service) a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing through new construction, renovation and rental opportunities, recently updated its website to allow volunteers and donors to sign up online and give potential clients easy access to application forms and information. “We’re trying to be a little more social media and website friendly to people,” H. O. M. E. S. Program Manager and Housing Specialist Rachel Chambers said. “It seems like more more on this story...  

01/23/2015
SOAR summit registration underway

PIKEVILLE – After an ambitious first year of mobilizing support and cataloguing visions for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, Governor Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and SOAR executive director Jared Arnett announced the second annual SOAR Summit will accelerate work to implement strategies for growth in eastern Kentucky communities. Everyone with an interest in the region’s long-term development is invited to attend the Summit, titled “Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development. ” The Summit will be held at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville on Feb. 16.   Online registration is available more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Floyd, Letcher, Pike highlighted in magazine

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet highlighted several local communities for their efforts to improve and protect their natural resources. The cabinet’s latest issue of “Land Air & Water” highlights Elkhorn City, Jenkins, Wayland, Hazard and Paintsville in an article about communities that use grant funding to enhance greenspaces. The article highlighted the accomplishments of a project called “Increasing Rural Community Wealth and Environmental Health in Southwest Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky Coal Counties. ” It was a partnership between the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Virginia Department of Forestry, more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Bringing eastern KY to the forefront: Pike County featured on travel guide cover

PIKEVILLE — It’s taken years, but eastern Kentucky is finally front and center. A photograph taken in Pike County is featured as the cover photograph of the 2015 Official Visitor’s Guide of Kentucky. It’s the first time that eastern Kentucky has been featured on the nationally-distributed guide, published by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.   “This region is the jewel of Kentucky,” Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett said. The travel guide is a free publication distributed to all Kentucky welcome centers on interstate more on this story...  

01/16/2015
P’burg native gets leading role in film: Holbrook plays alongside Elizabeth Banks in “Little Accidents”

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to see an eastern Kentucky native take his first starring role on the big screen next month. Prestonsburg native Boyd Holbrook, 33, has a leading role in the movie, “Little Accidents,” which will be released, today, Jan. 16, on demand and in theaters across the country. The movie is also planned to be released at the Riverfill Theatre in Pikeville on Feb. 6. Holbrook, who played Kevin Costner’s son in the History Channel series “Hatfield & McCoys” and held other roles in the films like more on this story...  

01/16/2015
New zip line to open at Bob Amos Park in April

PIKEVILLE — Construction is underway on the new zip line canopy tour, which is expected to open in April at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville. The project will bring eight cable zip lines, platforms and a swinging bridge to Bob Amos. The Pikeville City Commission inked a contract with Zip Line Pro owners Robert and Joanna Nickell in April 2014 to construct, maintain and manage a zip line canopy tour at Bob Amos. City Manager Donovan Blackburn reported that the couple experienced several situations that required them to be more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Local groups receive grants

Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Rep. Greg Stumbo announced that $32 million recovered in settlements with two pharmaceutical companies will be used to expand substance abuse treatment. A portion of the funding will be used to purchase heroin overdose reversal kits, called Naloxone Rescue Kits, for Kentucky hospitals that have the highest rates of heroin overdose deaths. Naloxone immediately reverses the effects of heroin overdose. These kits will be given to overdose patients free of charge when they leave more on this story...  

01/16/2015
She loves to read

Elizabeth  is a dynamic young lady who loves to read and enjoys going to Starbucks. She would love to have a family that has two parents. Lizzie would prefer to be the only child in the home so she can have all the attention and love she deserves. If there are other children in the home Lizzie would prefer they were her age or older. Lizzie loves animals and would love to be able to have animals in her forever home. She enjoys living more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Spotlight on Success: Online gaming brought him to National

A cross-country friendship that developed during online video gaming that led nursing student Charlie Meuth to the Pikeville Campus. He was living in San Antonio, Texas when his video gaming friend, Cory Hamilton, offered him a place to live while he earned his degree in the Pikeville Campus nursing program. “I’ve always wanted to do something medical, and I got tired of doing construction and physical labor. So, I finally said ‘Alright, I’m ready,” said Meuth. Although there were a number of nursing programs in the area, Meuth chose more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Local musician honored in Rolling Stone: Stamper releases first album at age 84

The Rolling Stone Magazine recently posted an album review about an elderly Knott County native who recently released his first album. The magazine dubbed 84-year-old Charlie Stamper, brother of influential bluegrass fiddler and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Art Stamper, now deceased, as a pioneer in Bluegrass music. At age 84, Stamper released his debut album, “Glory to the Meeting House,” through June Appal Records at Appalshop in Whitesburg in December. J. D. Wilkes of the Southern-gothic punk band the Legendary Shack Shakers, co-produced the album. He told Rolling Stone that more on this story...  

01/16/2015
McConnell takes oath of office

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was officially sworn in last week as the Majority Leader for the 114th Congress. He is only the second senator from Kentucky to lead the U. S. Senate. Sen. Alben Barkley led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949. McConnell welcomed members of the Senate stating in a speech after the ceremony. “We recognize the enormity of the task before us,” he said. “We know a lot of hard work awaits. We know many important opportunities await too. ” more on this story...  

01/16/2015
The 1970s bring accreditation to PHS

Editor’s Note: Pikeville Independent Schools will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the seventh in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article, focused on the school in the 1970s, is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which was written by Ann Epperson Carty and Randy Roberts. On Dec. 1, 1970, Pikeville City Schools got an early Christmas present, and the sign in front of Wright Hall proudly announced “Pikeville Secondary and Elementary Schools Accredited by Southern Association. ” more on this story...  

01/16/2015
You can get Waze in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Waze (http://waze. com), the real-time, “crowd-sourced” navigation app powered by the world’s largest communities of drivers, have entered into a partnership through the new Waze Connected Citizens program, a GPS-based geographical navigation application program for smartphones with GPS. It provides turn-by-turn information and user-submitted travel times and route details, downloading location-dependent information over a mobile telephone network. The mission of Waze Connected Citizens is to help cities, citizens and “Wazers,” as drivers using the app are known, collaborate to improve their community and answer more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Kentucky general assembly 2014: Hundreds of bills filed during opening days

The first session of the 2015 General Assembly ended on Jan. 9 with more than 250 legislative bills filed in the Kentucky House and Senate. The top leaders in the House and the Senate remained the same with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg. In the Senate, Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville earned the Minority Floor Leader title. Rep. Leslie Combs of Pikeville was reappointed as chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. “I am truly honored to have another opportunity more on this story...  

 






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