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

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

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

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

05/22/2015
Keaton to compete at Scripps

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

05/22/2015
Main Street Live is back!

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

05/22/2015
Locals honor Civil War soldier

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

05/22/2015
BSCTC hosts graduation ceremonies

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

05/22/2015
Memorial ride, services set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05/08/2015
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

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

05/08/2015
Newsboys to perform in Pikeville

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

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

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

05/08/2015
Apple Blossom Festival to begin

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

05/08/2015
Genealogy workshop to be held

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

05/01/2015
New business planned for Marion Branch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04/24/2015
EKLF conference underway

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

04/24/2015
Pikeville enters into a new century

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

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

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

04/24/2015
Bypass project underway

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

04/24/2015
Appalachian Street Rods formed

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

04/15/2015
UPIKE to study industrial hemp

PIKEVILLE — Freedom Seed and Feed, LLC partnered with the University of Pikeville to develop a research institute designed to facilitate the development of this new industry within the coalfield region of Eastern Kentucky. Paul E. Patton, chancellor and interim president of the University of Pikeville, shared his enthusiasm for the project during a press conference last week. “Being the leading university of Central Appalachia, we are the perfect anchor institution for this type of initiative,” said Patton. “The institute’s focus on student-based research is an essential ingredient to enriching more on this story...  

04/15/2015
Fiscal Court honors Shrine Club A-team

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins recognized the officers of the Pike County Shrine Club A-Team at a recent Fiscal Court meeting The officers —  President Bud Kendrick, Vice-President Arlon Rowe,  Secretary Daryl Blackburn, Treasurer Jamie Bickford, and Dispatch Chester Adkins each received a Certificate of Appreciation and were honored for their dedication, outstanding service and contribution to the community. The Pike County A-Team provides transportation for children in need of treatment and their families to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington and Cincinnati at no charge. The A-Team provided more on this story...  

04/10/2015
May, Hatcher appointed to Airport Board

PIKEVILLE — There are new faces on the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board. Pike County Judge-Executive William M. Deskins and the city of Pikeville recently appointed Pikeville Medical Center President/CEO Walter E. May and former Pike County Road Commissioner Frank Hatcher as new members of the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board. “Considering Walter May’s record of success in business, I felt that he would be the perfect person to represent the county on the airport board,” said Judge Deskins. “Frank Hatcher has been associated with the airport from the outset. With his expertise more on this story...  

04/10/2015
UPIKE president steps down; Patton serves as interim

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley resigned from his position on April 2 due to personal reasons. UPIKE officials appointed former college president and current chancellor Paul Patton, the former governor of Kentucky, to serve as interim president. The university’s board of trustees will initiate a national search for a new president and will keep the UPIKE community updated and involved. EKB TV reported that Hurley sent an email to UPIKE students, stating, “There comes a time in every leader’s journey that he must prioritize what matters more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Jamey Johnson to perform

PIKEVILLE — There is still time for local residents to get tickets to see country music star Jamey Johnson perform during Hillbilly Days in April. Johnson has earned 11 Grammy Award nominations. The singer and songwriter, dubbed “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” by the Washington Post, is one of only a few musicians to earn two Song of the Year Awards from the CMA (Country Music Association) and the ACM (Academy of Country Music) for his songs “Give it Away” and “In Color. ” Tickets, which range in price from more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Screening set for bus disaster documentary

PRESTONSBURG — Local residents 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 recently released “A Life of Its Own,” a sequel to another documentary, “The Very Worst Thing,” that shares the story of the 1958 Floyd County school bus disaster. The new documentary will premiere during an acoustic concert, “An Evening with Michael Crisp,” at 7 p. m. on April 10 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center. The approximate more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Mingo to host event for autism this weekend

WILLIAMSON — Local residents are invited to help raise awareness about autism, a developmental disorder that affects one out of every 68 American children, at an event in Mingo County this weekend. The Mingo County Autism Association is teaming up with the Tug Valley Road Runner’s Club to host the Run for Autism 5K on Saturday, April 11, at the Williamson Field House. Registration is available through April 10 at the Family Pharmacy in South Williamson and the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition. On race day, registration will be $25 and available from 8:30 more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Beshear declares emergency in Kentucky

FRANKFORT – In response to heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective April 3 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.   “We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the threat of thunderstorms and further flooding has not cleared Kentucky yet,” said Gov. Beshear.   “By declaring a state of emergency for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, such as National Guard more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Emergency grants available to local counties

FRANKFORT – The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced that up to $560,000 is available in emergency grants to help 28 flood-damaged counties clean up solid waste generated by recent floodwaters caused by last month’s winter storm. The total grant amount to be awarded will not be available until all applications are received.   The counties eligible to apply for the emergency dump grant include:  Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Grant, Greenup, Hancock, Hart, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owen, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Rowan, Trigg, and Woodford.   Application packages more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Chrestman speaks to Rotary

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Interim President/CEO Dr. Charles V. Chrestman was a guest speaker at the Pikeville Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, March 18, at The Landmark restaurant. “It’s always an honor to share the wonderful things going on at Big Sandy Community and Technical College,” said Dr. Chrestman. “This is an exciting time to be in higher education in eastern Kentucky. ” Dr. Chrestman told those in attendance that he had a connection to Pikeville before he accepted the interim presidency at BSCTC.   He worked closely with Joann Anderson, the more on this story...  

04/03/2015
EKB-TV launches evening news

PIKEVILLE — The region’s most experienced broadcasting company is stretching its legs. East Kentucky Broadcasting — the region’s oldest broadcasting company — launched EKB-TV last year. Programming included WDHR’s popular “Day Break” morning show, as well as music videos, brief news broadcasts, sports and weather broadcasts and classic movies and shows. This week, EKB-TV aired the inaugural, live broadcast of EKB-TV Evening News. “It’s the region’s first and only locally-owned, locally-produced news broadcast,” said Walter E. May, chairman of the EKB Board of Directors and president/CEO of Pikeville Medical more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Grant to help local communities

LEXINGTON – Governor Steve Beshear joined federal and state officials in Lexington on March 27 to announce the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. The new program will award up to $38 million in grants to coal communities to support economic and workforce development. The POWER initiative is designed to effectively utilize a range of federal economic and workforce development resources to assist communities negatively impacted by the downturn of coal and energy production. “It is no secret that our Kentucky coal communities have been struggling due more on this story...  

04/03/2015
CEDAR Coal Fair in Pikeville next week

PIKEVILLE — Hundreds of eastern Kentucky students will travel to Pikeville next week to display their work at the 22nd Annual CEDAR Coal Fair. Students in elementary, middle and high schools from Floyd County, Johnson County, Paintsville Independent, Knott County, Letcher County, Pike County and Pikeville Independent participate in the event, hosted by the nonprofit organization Coal Education Development and Resource (CEDAR). Students are invited to enter coal projects in seven categories, including math, English/literature, art, music, technology, multi-media and social studies. These projects are judged on more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Pageant registration underway

PIKEVILLE — The Mid-Eastern Pageant System is currently taking registrations for the upcoming Hillbilly Days Pageant. The event will be held April 11 at Shelby Valley High School in Pike County. Elsie Burke and Hannah Sparks, who have coordinated the Mid-Eastern Pageant System since the 1980s, encourage all youth to participate in the Hillbilly Days Pageant. They are currently working with two local colleges to secure scholarship for the pageant winners. The Hillbilly Days Pageant is open to children between the ages of birth and 18 years old. Contestants will more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Registration underway at local schools

Local schools are welcoming a new class of students with registration for pre-school, kindergarten and Head Start programs continuing throughout eastern Kentucky. Here’s what happening in local school districts: Floyd County School District All Floyd County Schools will offer kindergarten registration from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. on April 6-7 at respective elementary schools. The Floyd County School District will host transition meetings for early childhood students who are entering kindergarten. All parents and guardians of four-year-olds who will be five years old more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Arm drop ‘Test & Tune’ drag races this weekend

HAGERHILL — Racing enthusiasts from throughout the region are expected to pour into the Paintsville-Prestonsburg Combs Field Airport on April 4 for the season’s first drag race. Gates open at 9 a. m. and racing will last from 11 a. m. until dark on Saturday, April 4, at the airport during the 2015 Armdrop Drags Test & Tune event. It’s one of several races that will be held at Combs Airport this year. Admission is $5 for spectators and free for children age 12 and under. Competitors may race all day for more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Local races, walks raise awareness about autism

Local residents have several opportunities to support children with autism this month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that autism affects one out of every 68 American children. The lifelong developmental disorder affects a person’s brain development, social interactions and ability to communicate. Local events geared to raise awareness about autism include: Mingo County In Williamson, the Mingo County Autism Association is teaming up with the Tug Valley Road Runner’s Club to host the Run for Autism 5K on April 11 at more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Locals invited to join three-day race

BREAKS, Va. — Organizers are sticking to the motto, “It ain’t supposed to be easy” for the 2015 Breakdown Adventure Race, which will be held April 11-12 at Breaks Interstate Park Participants, working solo or with a team, may chose a 30-hour or 15-hour option for the race. Competitors will climb and descend steep mountains and traverse rugged, remote terrain at the Breaks Interstate Park and the Jefferson National Forest Region. The race will be divided into “legs” of mountain biking, trekking and paddling. Teams should prepare to more on this story...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/20/2015
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...  

03/20/2015
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...  

  

05/22/2015
Rosenberg earns national honor

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

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

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

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

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

05/22/2015
Golf tourneys raise funds for education

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

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

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

05/22/2015
Students graduate from Job Corps

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

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

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

05/15/2015
Floyd Chamber honors individuals, businesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05/08/2015
Appalachian Roots to host gala

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

05/08/2015
Muscle on Main starts

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

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

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

05/01/2015
BSCTC hires new president

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

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

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

05/01/2015
Ground broken at StoneCrest

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

04/24/2015
White Lightning Zipline now open

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

04/24/2015
Autism walk this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

04/24/2015
Biblical archaeologist to visit

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

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

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

04/15/2015
2015 CEDAR Coal Fair held in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Students from Floyd, Pike, Johnson and surrounding counties entered more than 400 projects in the annual regional CEDAR Coal Fair. The coal fair is one of many programs that CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource) hosts annually to raise awareness about the coal industry. Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade participate, using coal-themed projects to detail things they researched or learned in science, math, English, art, music, technology or social studies. Overall, 63 students earned prizes in each category and nine students were selected as grade-level more on this story...  

04/15/2015
Tristan looking for a great family

Tristan is a talker. He will talk about anything and everything. He loves sports and enjoys ‘pick up games’ of football, basketball, volleyball, and others but he doesn’t want to join an organized sports team. According to him, it is just “too much pressure” to play competitively, and he just wants to play sports for fun and enjoy the games with his friends and family. He is capable of doing very well academically, with a positive and supportive family to encourage him. He more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Gearing up for Hillbilly Days

PIKEVILLE — More than 150,000 people are expected to pour into Pikeville next week for a 39-year-old tradition. Hillbilly Days will be held April 16-18 in downtown Pikeville, featuring more than 250 vendors, carnival rides, live music on four stages, a craft bazaar, a kid-friendly “Family Fun Zone,”  a cornhole tournament, a scavenger hunt, a fireworks show and numerous other activities and events. “It takes many months to coordinate over 250 vendors. We want to insure that everything runs smoothly. The efforts of the office staff definitely work hard to make this festival more on this story...  

04/10/2015
White Lightning zip line opens next week: Grand opening special available for ‘Zip, Paddle & Saddle’

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s newest tourism attraction will launch on Thursday, April 16, the opening day of the annual Hillbilly Days Festival, and city officials are offering special discounts throughout the month. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reports that the White Lightening Zip Line will open, as planned at Bob Amos Park next Thursday, and the city will provide discounted rates for zip line visitors who book “Zip, Paddle & Saddle” tours online at http://visitpikeville. com. The Zip, Paddle & Saddle tour, featuring a two-hour zipline tour, a two-hour river tour and a two-hour horse more on this story...  

04/10/2015
SOAR board celebrates achievements: 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit

MOREHEAD – In its first meeting of 2015, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Executive Committee celebrated several recent announcements and partnerships for the SOAR initiative, including a state funding mechanism for the organization, corporate partnerships and new jobs in the region. Governor Steve Beshear ceremonially signed Senate Bill 168 to kick off the meeting, establishing the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund as a source for SOAR to receive future appropriations from the Kentucky General Assembly. The measure allows money from the fund to be used in support of job creation and retention, entrepreneurship, tourism, broadband deployment, more on this story...  

04/10/2015
‘Run with Courage’ this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids will hosts its Run with Courage 5K from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m. on April 11 in downtown Pikeville. Participants may choose to sign up for the 5K Run or the 1 Mile walk course. They are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero for the costume contest. A kids’ “fun run” will be held immediately after the race. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in three age groups and to the youngest/oldest male/female 5K finisher and the more on this story...  

04/10/2015
‘Whitesburg Bike Nite’ begins this weekend

WHITESBURG — Letcher County will rev it up in Whitesburg this weekend. Whitesburg Bike Nite 2015 begins this weekend and will continue to be held from 5 p. m. to 10 p. m. on the second Saturday of each month. Registration will begin at noon on April 11 at the First Baptist Church on Madison Ave. , where a Blessing of the Bikes ceremony will be held. Participants will enjoy a ride prior to Whitesburg Bike Nite events. Whitesburg Bike Nite offers several activities for children and families of all more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Tomblin declares emergency in Mingo

CHARLESTON, W. Va. —  On April 7,  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne counties following severe flooding, rockslides and mudslides caused by heavy rains and storms over the weekend.  “Immediately following the weekend’s heavy rainstorms, I deployed state resources to affected communities to assist local first responders in assessing damages and monitoring local conditions,” Tomblin said. “I’m grateful for the continued efforts from local volunteer organizations and first responders to ensure the safety of all West Virginians affected by the weekend’s storms. ” more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Betz honored

William T. Betz, D. O. , MBA, FACOPP dist. , was named board president of the American Osteopathic Foundation. He is the senior associate dean for osteopathic medical education and chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having served on the AOF Board of Directors since 2010, Betz became president on Jan. 1, and will serve through the end of the year.   During his one-year tenure, Betz aims to rally the osteopathic family to improve public health. more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Seed swap big success in Pike County

PIKEVILLE — In its third year, the Appalachian Seed Swap was a whopping success last weekend, attracting droves of gardeners to Pike County Central High School. Geared to preserve Appalachia’s agricultural heritage, the event encourages local farmers and gardeners to buy, trade and sell heirloom seeds that have survived in their families for generations. More than 300 people attended the seed swap, hosted by Neil Hunt of the Opossum Fork Farms, Cathy Rehmeyer, PhD, of Four Petal Farm and Mother of a Hubbard of Pikeville, the Pike County Cooperative Extension Office and Joyce more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Broadcasting through the decades: History of East Kentucky Broadcasting

Seven local businessmen — Jack Hatcher, O. T. Hinton, Mitchell Preston, Alvis Pat Keene, Dr. O. W. Thompson Sr. , Clyde Childers and Edward Venters — filed articles of incorporation to launch a new radio station in Pikeville, WPKE-AM, on Dec. 23, 1948.   That station, WPKE-AM, began broadcasting the following year 1949. In the 1950s, Hatcher bought out other stockholders and became the sole owner of the station. Chairman of the Board Walter E. May was 16-years-old at the time, working as a rock-and-roll disc jockey at the station. When Hatcher died in 1960, his more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Please meet Zura!

Zura recently celebrated her 14th birthday. She has fair complexion, brown eyes and sandy blonde hair. When Zura smiles, her face lights up! She likes to color, swim and listen to music. She loves to feed and take care of animals. She also enjoys reading about animals. The library is an exciting trip for her because of all the animal books available. She likes interactive reading programs on the computer. Zura is a very active and nurturing young lady who loves attention. more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Locals recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

PIKEVILLE — Dozens of local officials and concerned residents gathered in the Pikeville City Park on April 1 to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pike County Family Judge Larry Thompson reported that 31 deaths are caused by child abuse in Kentucky annually, and another 30 to 60 “near-fatalities” are also caused by abuse. Judge-Executive Bill Deskins and Deputy Judge-Executive Brian Morris honored social workers from the Department of Protection and Permanency who help children who have been abused. Deskins reported that there were 202 substantiated cases of child abuse more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Event features tours of mobile canning unit

PIKEVILLE — In its third year, the Appalachian Seed Swap has outgrown itself. The event is being moved from the extension office in Pikeville to a larger facility at Pike Central High School this year. “I am amazed with the growth of the seed swap,” organizer Neil Hunt said, “and I believe the sky is the limit. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the seed swap, which will be held from 9 a. m. to noon on Saturday, April 4, at the school. Hunt, who works in more on this story...  

04/03/2015
White Lightning Zip Line tour opens this month in Pikeville: Online registration begins next week for zip line; ‘Zip, Paddle & Saddle’ tour

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s newest tourist attraction is expected to open this month. The city’s new White Lightening Zip Line Canopy Tour is expected to be open to the public by April 15. The two-hour tour will take patrons through eight zip lines at Bob Amos, and, at $42. 50 per adult, it will be the lowest-price zip line tour of the same size in the state. The city is adding this new tourist attraction to other types of adventures offered in Pikeville to offer all-day adventure packages to visitors. more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Seeking ‘Superheroes’: Registration underway for Judi’s Place race

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids is taking registrations for its upcoming 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 to more on this story...  

04/03/2015
‘Amazing Race’ this month in Whitesburg

WHITESBURG — The Letcher County Relay for Life’s Cancer Crusaders team invites the public to attend “The Amazing Race” fundraiser this month. The event will begin at 9 a. m. on April 18 at Riverside Park in Whitesburg. Participants must pre-register by April 11. Competitors will race in teams of two throughout the city. Each team will decipher clues and perform activities during several challenges. Registration is $50. For details, call Melissa Parks at 606-634-1262 or email her at melissauemcintosh@hotmail. com. more on this story...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/27/2015
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...  

03/20/2015
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...  

03/20/2015
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...  

03/20/2015
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...  

 






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