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09/19/2014
Appalachian Air ready for takeoff: First flight to Nashville set for Oct. 27

PIKEVILLE — Appalachian Air is set to take flight in late October. The official announcement of air service for eastern Kentucky was made public during the Southeast Kentucky Chamber’s Membership Luncheon held in the East Kentucky Exposition Center’s ballroom on Sept. 18. “We more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Free Smiles in Jenkins: Local organization teams up with SmileFaith to offer free dental clinic

JENKINS — A nonprofit organization in Jenkins is teaming up with a Florida dental services group to provide free dental care to people in Jenkins and surrounding areas. God’s Love from a Diaper Bag, founded in 2001 by Bessie and Lester McPeek in Jenkins, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Workshops offered for small businesses

PIKEVILLE —  Businesses in eastern Kentucky are taking to social media to reach new customers. The Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville is partnering with the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business to provide a series of social media workshops for small business more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Conference on domestic violence, elder abuse set

PRESTONSBURG — The Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment has partnered with AppalRed to educate the public about elder abuse and domestic violence. Registration is currently underway for the conference, set for Oct. 3 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Did you wash your hands?

By PATRECE BEVERLY Pike County Health Department “Did you wash your hands?” I bet you’ve heard that one before. Why is everyone so hung up on hand washing? Since we are entering flu season, and Kentucky has already been invaded more on this story...  

09/19/2014
‘Love and peanut butter’: Floyd couple celebrates 73 years together

PRESTONSBURG — After more than seven decades together, a Floyd County couple is still deeply in love. Prestonsburg residents James Edward “Jimmie” Goble, 95, and Marie Goble, 94, are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary this week. They were married Sept. 19, 1941, in more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Mountain Heritage Festival set

WHITESBURG —The annual Mountain Heritage Festival will be held in Letcher County next week. The festival, which began in 1983, will be held Sept. 22-27 in downtown Whitesburg. There will be all types of events during the festival this year, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Last weekend for feud plays

PIKEVILLE — This weekend marks the last opportunity that local residents have to watch a play based on the Hatfield & McCoy live on stage in eastern Kentucky. Jenny Wiley Theatre, located on Second St. in Pikeville, is hosting the final performances of the more on this story...  

09/19/2014
King Coal underway

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo County residents celebrating the 42nd Annual King Coal Festival Sept. 18-20. The Action in Mingo (AIM) group has hosted the festival in downtown Williamson since 1972. Events on Sept. 20 include live entertainment, homemade apple butter, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
PHS marched through the 1930s

Editor’s note: Pikeville Independent School will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the third in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which was written by Ann more on this story...  

09/12/2014
PARTNERING FOR A PURPOSE: Paint Pikeville Pink to help cancer patients

PIKEVILLE — Pike County’s most colorful race is returning for the fourth year, and Pikeville is tickled pink. The fourth annual Paint Pikeville Pink 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 20. Registration will be held from 7 a. m. to 8:45 a. m. and the race begins at more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Emergency management acquires drone: ‘Sky Observation System’ has a range of one mile

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Government and the office of Emergency Management has acquired a new tool for emergency situations, search and rescue, hazardous materials incidents, damage assessment and other crisis scenarios. The DSLR Phantom 2 Pro Remote Controlled Quad Copter Sky Observation System, a type more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Preparedness Month being recognized

FRANKFORT — In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “Be Aware — Be Prepared — Have a Plan. ”   A disaster can more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Cornerstone offers financial guidance in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Cornerstone Investment Group has been providing personal, business and multi-generational financial planning services in Pikeville for five years. Lead Financial Advisor Ronnie Spence opened the business in 2009 with the goal of offering a local, independently-owned alternative to large, traditional more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Mann Toyota helps TJLF

PRESTONSBURG — A local business is helping nonprofit organization assist families facing medical crisis. Mann Toyota, located at 1811 U. S. Highway 23 North in Prestonsburg, recently donated $4,540 to the Jordan Light Foundation. To raise the funds, the car dealership donated a portion more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Pike schools offer weight loss challenge: Sponsors sought for $18,500 in prizes

PIKEVILLE — With the staggering rise of obesity among children, as well as adults, Pike County Schools has issued a challenge that includes monetary awards for the highest percentage of weight loss.  “We cannot change genetics but we can change some risk factors for debilitating diseases more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Progress continues on Pikeville Commons

PIKEVILLE — Progress continues on eastern Kentucky’s newest shopping center. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reports that, despite wet weather, the Pikeville Commons shopping center is nearing completion. “Things are moving along quite well,” he said. “We’re extremely delighted. We’re talking to them more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Battle of Middle Creek, festival set

PRESTONSBURG — The cannons will fire and the music will flow through the hills of eastern Kentucky this weekend. The public is invited to attend the Battle of Middle Creek and the Highland Folk Festival at the Middlecreek National Battlefield on Sept. 12-14. more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Letcher artist to be featured

LEXINGTON — Letcher County artist Jeff Chapman-Crane will exhibit his artwork this month in Lexington. Jeff Chapman-Crane, a native of Tennessee, moved to Letcher County in 1982. Challenged and inspired by his high school art teacher, Crane’s artwork focuses on the culture more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Feud play a success in Pike County

McCARR — The Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council reports that the second season of “Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys” was a huge success this summer. The season ended Labor Day weekend at the recently renovated Hatfield/McCoy Park Outdoor Theatre in McCarr. more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Registration for Relay for Life fundraiser

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09/05/2014
Floyd Rescue Squad dedicates new facility

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Rescue Squad welcomed the public to its new facility, the Alexander, Goble, Willis Rescue Training Center, during a dedication and memorial unveiling on Aug. 30. The event, honoring charter members of the all-volunteer squad and business and individuals that made construction more on this story...  

09/05/2014
UPIKE to host White Coat ceremony

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine will formally welcome members of the Class of 2018 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p. m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.     White coat ceremonies are rites more on this story...  

09/05/2014
She wants to be a police officer

Meet Amanda, a 16-year-old who needs a forever family. This sweet young lady has a wonderful sense of humor and sweet smile. She wants to become a police officer when she grows up. She enjoys going to the movies, more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Public invited to ‘Tuesday Night Track’

PIKEVILLE — The Big Sandy Road Runners Club is connecting the local running community. The group, open to any person of any age, began meeting weekly in July and became an official member of the Road Runners Club of America last month. They more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Battle of Middlecreek reenactment set

PRESTONSBURG — The Friends of Middle Creek invite the public to the annual Battle of Middle Creek reenactment this month. The event will be held in conjunction with Prestonsburg’s Highland Folk Festival on Sept. 12-14 on the ground of the Middle Creek National Battlefield, more on this story...  

09/05/2014
JWT to host ATV elk tour

PRESTONSBURG — September marks a special time of the year for the eastern Kentucky elk touring season, and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is kicking it off with some special events this month. For the first time, the park, located in Prestonsburg, is offering more on this story...  

08/29/2014
GTL plant planned in Pike County: KEDFA approves $18 million in tax incentives

LOUISVILLE — Pike County is diversifying its energy portfolio. Local and state leaders joined members of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Aug. 28 to announce a proposed clean natural gas project. The announcement followed a meeting of the Kentucky Economic more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Southeast Kentucky Chamber promotes ‘One Future’: Pikeville Medical Center honored

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky (SEKY) Chamber hosted its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The event, presented by Pikeville Medical Center, focused on recognizing the contributions of several local individuals and businesses as well creating a brighter more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Flash flood damages homes, businesses

PRESTONSBURG — Rain pounded the region on Aug. 22, causing flash floods that damaged and devastated homes, businesses and roads in several areas throughout the region. Floyd County Rescue Squad Captain Tim Cooley reported that four inches of rain fell in approximately 49 minutes in parts more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Martin turns creativity into company

WHITESBURG — Letcher County native Crystal Martin is building her business, one basket at a time. The 36-year-old opened the Heritage Basket Company on Jan. 1 while living in Mt. Vernon. She returned to her family home place in Whitesburg — bringing her business with her more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Meet Vanessa

This 14-year-old has experienced much in her short life. She describes herself as a nice person who will stick up for people and does not like to see others mistreated or singled out. Vanessa likes to dress up and try different more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Festivals, concerts, plays set for Labor Day weekend

There is no shortage of activities local residents can enjoy this Labor Day weekend. Three local festivals are underway and the weekend will bring dozens of musicians, actors, and actresses to local stages. The local list of activities includes: more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Hatfield-McCoy cemetery marker to be unveiled

PHELPS — The Kentucky Historical Society will unveil a new historical marker for a Pike County cemetery that’s related to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud this week. Kentucky Historical Society officials will join officials from the Pike County Tourism, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to unveil the historical marker more on this story...  

08/29/2014
BSCTC launches training program

PRESTONSBURG —  Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions office kicked off “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” training on Tuesday, August 19, for workforce, non-profit and civic leaders across eastern Kentucky on its Mayo campus. The program, facilitated by Bob more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Shepherd exhibit open in P’burg

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host “The Art of Shannon Shepherd” exhibit in its art gallery through October 5. Shepherd, who resides in Floyd County, has a keen eye for eastern Kentucky culture. His exhibit includes a collage of life in more on this story...  

08/22/2014
MISSION TRIP: Changing hearts through health care

PIKEVILLE — With servant hearts, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine students embarked on a weeklong mission trip using their gifts to volunteer in the community of Batey Nueve, Dominican Republic. The mission team of more than 56 volunteers included 37 KYCOM more on this story...  

08/22/2014
DO Colston honored to volunteer

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was written and submitted by John Colston, DO. ) Some are called to medicine, some are called mission work, and a select few are called to medical missions. I was recently privileged enough to work with 39 first more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Pikeville begins twinning process with Ireland city

DUNDALK, IRELAND — Alltech, a global animal nutrition company, announced plans to invest millions and build business in Pikeville in May. This month, the city of Pikeville is beginning the process of “twinning” with native homeplace of the company’s founder. Pikeville City Manager more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Floyd launches ‘Digital Conversion’ program: Thousands of students to receive new computers

MARTIN — The Floyd County School District celebrated the launch of its new Digital Conversion program at an Aug. 12 press conference at May Valley Elementary School. “We’re very excited about today,” Floyd County Board of Education Chairman Jeff Stumbo said. “We want to thank the more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Pike schools offer ‘Helpline’

PIKEVILLE — Students, parents and community members can now anonymously report unsafe school situations to the Pike County Schools “Safe School Helpline. ” By calling 800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423), ext. 359, anyone can report bullying, violence, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, thoughts of suicide or any unsafe school condition, said Valerie more on this story...  

08/22/2014
This adorable girl wants to be a veterinarian

Delicia, 14, is a beautiful work in progress. Her smile is infectious and she seems shy when you first meet her. She lists gospel, hip-hop and rock as her favorite music. She describes herself as part “girlie more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Schedule of Events

Saturday, Aug. 23 •7 p. m. : Hatfield McCoy Beauty Pageant at University of Pikeville Booth Auditorium. 606-437-6891 or 606-639-9414 Friday, Aug. 29 •6 p. m. to 11 p. m. : Carnival open • 8 p. m. : Meet the BBQ contestants, live more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Labor Day 2014: Music, arts on stage

Local residents have plenty of choices when looking to be entertained during Labor Day weekend. Local theaters are opening their doors to a variety of plays and musicians will perform on several stages. Here’s what to expect during Labor Day weekend. Sundy Best more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Raging Rapid to host art festival

ELKHORN CITY — Raging Rapid Art Gallery, located at 155 W. Russell St. in Elkhorn City, will host its inaugural Tattoo Art Festival during Labor Day weekend. The festival will take place Aug. 30, featuring events that are open to the public in the art gallery more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Rodeo returns to Isom Days

ISOM — Labor Day weekend will mark the 25th anniversary for Isom Days. The 25th Annual Isom Days Festival will be held Aug. 25-31 in downtown Isom, located approximately 10 miles north of Whitesburg. The festival features a carnival, musical entertainment, food and more on this story...  

08/22/2014
‘What Wright Hall Means to Pike County Girls’ (By the Girls Themselves)

Editor’s note: Pikeville Independent School will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the second in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Breaks hosts Tri-state Gospel Sing

BREAKS, Va. — The 64th annual Tri-State Gospel Sing will be held  at Breaks Interstate Park from Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 at the amphitheater. The Jackson Family, Ronnie Spriggs, Salvation Rain, Tammy Jones Robinette, Steppin’ Out on Faith, Gospel Grass Trio, The Parsons, Keen more on this story...  

08/22/2014
ALS Ride for a Cure this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Local residents are invited to raise awareness and funds to fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig ’s Disease) this weekend. The Third Annual ALS Ride for a Cure will begin with registration at noon at the Pikeville Harley Davidson. During registration, participants more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Dr. Mettu receives specialized training: Honored for work

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville native Dr. Pradeep Mettu, son of local physicians Dr. RV Mettu and Dr. Jyothi Mettu, recently received several achievements in his medical training. Dr. Pradeep Mettu completed his residency training in ophthalmology — a branch of medicine specializing in the anatomy, function more on this story...  

  

09/19/2014
Big Sandy residents to raise funds for diabetes research

PRESTONSBURG — More than 500 walkers from local corporations, families, schools and other organizations are expected to participate in the Third Annual Big Sandy South Walk to Cure Diabetes this month. The event, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be held Sept. 27 more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Paint Pikeville Pink event this weekend

PIKEVILLE — The fourth annual Paint Pikeville Pink 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 20 in Pikeville. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the race, which raises funds for Blessed Beyond Measure, a Pikeville-based nonprofit organization that helps underinsured and noninsured cancer more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Free economic development workshop set for Jenny Wiley

PRESTONSBURG — The Kentucky Association for Economic Development invites the public to a free workshop that explores how economic development can impact communities. The workshop, sponsored by AEP Kentucky Power, will be held from 9:30 a. m. to 11:30 a. m. on Oct. 2 at Jenny more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Blessed Beyond Measure opens in new location: Since 2012, nonprofit has helped hundreds of cancer patients

PIKEVILLE — A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients opened a new location in Pikeville this week. Blessed Beyond Measure, incorporated by Pike County resident Debbie Freeman in 2012, is opening this month at 110 Roberts Circle, located near the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer more on this story...  

09/19/2014
UPIKE gets grant funding

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville was recently awarded a $2. 2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant by the U. S. Department of Education to create a center for success. UPIKE President James Hurley said the grant would be used to create a center more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Donations sought for Coats for Kids

PIKEVILLE — A local nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping children in need seeks donations for its annual coat drive. Coats for Kids of Pikeville, initiated a donation drive this week to raise $10,000 — money that will purchase coats for children in need in Pike more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Chicago on stage in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Fans are expected to come in droves to watch the multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning band Chicago perform at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville next week. Tickets are $37 for the concert, which will be held at 8 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Event to honor military

PAINTSVILLE — Big Sandy Community & Technical College is hosting an event this month to honor all members of the military community. The college’s Mayo campus will host “Community Cares: Honoring Our Military” from 1 p. m. to 4 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. The more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Elk tours begin

PRESTONSBURG — This weekend marks the official opening of the elk tour season in eastern Kentucky. Two local state parks are offering elk tours from Sept. 20 through March 2015. Prestonsburg’s Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers elk tours for $30 more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Eastern Kentucky walk to raise awareness

PIKEVILLE — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will raise awareness of blood cancers during the Eastern Kentucky Light the Night Walk.   The event will be held on Thursday, September 18 in the Pikeville City Park beginning at 5pm. According to the Light the Night website, “The more on this story...  

09/12/2014
State smoking ban expanded: All state properties, to be tobacco free, effective Nov. 20

FRANKFORT — In a Sept. 4 press conference, Gov. Steve Beshear outlined significant changes the state plans to take to decrease the number of residents who use tobacco. Noting that Kentucky continually ranks as the worst state in terms of smoking and cancer deaths, Gov. Beshear more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Gov. Beshear encourages public to get flu shot

FRANKFORT — As flu season approaches, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear encourage others to protect themselves by getting flu vaccines. They received their influenza vaccinations last week from the Frankfort First Onsite Clinic staff. “Jane and I know the best way to more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Letcher County attorney Banks honored

FRANKFORT — Letcher County Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II earned a state honor last week. Attorney General Jack Conway announced the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Commonwealth’s and County Attorney Awards as part of the Kentucky Prosecutors Conference at the Lexington Convention Center.   more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Sound House expands ‘Lesson Room’ classes

PIKEVILLE — Pike County’s premier musical instrument company is expanding its educational outreach. Sound House Music, owned by Dwain Stevens, recently welcomed Anna Meyer as its new Lessons Coordinator. Sound House Music, a 5,800-square foot facility located at 4163 North Mayo Trail in more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Hindman Settlement School featured

BEREA — The Hindman Settlement School is featured on the cover of the Summer 2014 edition of the Appalachian Heritage magazine. Founded in 1973, the magazine has been published since 1985 by Berea College. It offers contemporary writing and visual art from Appalachian authors and artists. more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Austin needs his forever home

Austin is excited about the possibility of being adopted. He longs to be part of a forever family that will love and support him. However, Austin says finding a family is his primary goal. He enjoys being more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Officials seek federal help for recent area flooding

FRANKFORT — After a back-to-back wallop of severe thunderstorms in eastern Kentucky last month, Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the damages are severe enough to warrant investigation by federal agencies to determine possible assistance to homeowners and businesses. Beginning Aug. 18, torrential rains resulted in flash more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Of Soldiers and Salt

By FLOYD DAVIS Friends of Middle Creek PRESTONSBURG — It was a gray, wet day when Humphrey Marshall turned his back on Prestonsburg and retreated up the Left Fork of Middle Creek toward Virginia.   He left both the Big Sandy River more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Mountain Heritage baby pageant set: Festival set for Sept. 22-27 in Whitesburg

WHITESBURG — Letcher County residents are gearing up for the annual Mountain Heritage Festival. The event, which began in 1983, honors the county’s Appalachian culture through various contests and activities. It will be held Sept. 22-27 in downtown Whitesburg. Local more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Women’s conference set

PIKEVILLE — Bridge of Hope Christian Ministries invites women of all ages to learn about “Pursuing God’s Heart” this month. The church, located at 166 Lick Branch Ln. on Caney Hwy. in Pikeville, will host the 2014 Shelby Valley Women’s Conference under that theme more on this story...  

09/11/2014
ASPCA to help feral cat colony

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking funds for its first-ever Trap-Neuter-Release Program. Over the next few months, the nonprofit organization will be working to trap up to 25 feral cats that have been living in a Pike County more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Expo is ‘Appalachian Proud’: Savor offers Kentucky-made products

PIKEVILLE — SMG managed East Kentucky Expo Center’s Food and Beverage Department is now among the elite to serve Kentucky Proud and Appalachia Proud products. Select coffee, beef, vegetables, beer and bourbons are among the items patrons can expect to sample when visiting the East more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Rogers appoints new field reps

SOMERSET — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced the appointment of several new field representatives. “With 30 counties spanning some 200 miles, the Fifth Congressional District will certainly benefit from a full staff of three Field Representatives in southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Rogers. more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Ralph Stanley to perform: Autographed guitar to be given away

PRESTONSBURG — Local residents have just one more day to get tickets to watch a legendary bluegrass music master perform on stage. Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley and his band the Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at the Mountain Arts Center at 7 p. m. on Saturday, more on this story...  

09/05/2014
Local residents to walk 100 miles in ‘Healthy Feud’

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Local organizations that are concerned with helping people stay fit are challenging community members to “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days. ” The second “Hatfield & McCoy: A Healthy Feud” begins Sept. 8 and continues through Dec. 19. The program, more on this story...  

09/05/2014
More than a dozen local walks, races set

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — There are dozens of races and walks occurring throughout the region this fall and this winter. Local residents are encouraged to participate in one or some of  all of these events: •Every Tuesday; 7 p. m. : The newly-formed Big more on this story...  

09/05/2014
‘Darkness to Light’ training set for Pikeville: Free workshop focuses on child abuse prevention

PIKEVILLE — A local organization dedicated to helping child victims of sexual abuse wants to give the public the tools they need to prevent such crimes. Judi’s Place for Children, a child advocacy center that provides immediate and long-term assistance to sexual abuse victims and their more on this story...  

08/29/2014
EAST MEETS WEST: UPIKE, WKU collaborate on health programs

PIKEVILLE — The distance between Pikeville and Bowling Green will soon be just a mouse click away. The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) and Western Kentucky University (WKU) announced a partnership that will offer three health-related master’s degree programs to UPIKE students as well as provide WKU more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Patton Leadership Institute formed

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking its Leadership Southeast Kentucky program to the next level. The leadership program began as Leadership Pike County in 2003 with the goal of building a stronger community by offering leadership development skills to community members. more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Floyd Rescue Squad to dedicate building

PRESTONSBURG — The dream of having a bigger, more convenient facility is now a reality for the Floyd County Rescue Squad, and officials there want the public to help them celebrate. Construction began on the 14,588-square-foot Alexander, Goble, Willis Rescue Training Center following a more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Carrying on a family tradition: Hereford opens Borders of Prestonsburg

PRESTONSBURG — Opening a new business is a dream come true for Floyd County resident Thomas Hereford IV. Hereford, a volunteer firefighter and co-captain of the Floyd County Rescue Squad, opened Borders of Prestonsburg in the Richmond Plaza this month. Carrying a full more on this story...  

08/29/2014
‘Ride for Baby Clay’ this weekend: Local residents host fundraisers for Pike County baby with cancer

PIKEVILLE — Local communities are rallying behind the family of a baby that was recently diagnosed with cancer. Clay Allen, the one-year-old son of Cody and Trista Allen of Belcher, was diagnosed with fourth-stage neuroblastoma on July 11. “It is something more on this story...  

08/29/2014
IPRA-sanctioned rodeo set for Expo Center

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center will host a rodeo show this year. The Hedrick Rodeo Company will host a rodeo sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and presented by the El Hasa Shriners on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Hedrick more on this story...  

08/29/2014
Be safe on the water this Labor Day weekend

FRANKFORT — The Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the boating season. Boaters, kayakers and canoeists will swarm waters all over Kentucky during the holiday weekend, squeezing the last bit of fun out of what many consider the last weekend of summer. more on this story...  

08/29/2014
New play opens at ACT

ELKHORN CITY — The Artists Collaborative Theatre is celebrating its 12th year of production and seventh season of performances in its black-box theatre in Elkhorn City. On Sept. 4, ACT will open performances of “Smoke on the Mountain,” a comedy about a 1938 gospel more on this story...  

08/29/2014
East Kentucky Marathon, Coal Dust Run set

PRESTONSBURG — The East Kentucky Racers invites the public to participate in the Eastern Kentucky Marathon next weekend. Registration begins at 8 a. m. on Sept. 6 at Archer Clinic in Prestonsburg—which serves as both the start and the finish of the race. more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Becoming ‘Work Ready’: Floyd County group seeks work readiness designation

PRESTONSBURG — A year-long effort to bring “Work Ready” certification to Floyd County is paying off. Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Floyd County is among several Kentucky counties making progress in the effort to become a “Work Ready” community. On Aug. 14, Gov. more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Alltech seeks applications for several openings

DUBOYNE, IRELAND — Alltech, the international company that recently announced the development of several businesses in Pikeville, is seeking applicants for several positions. From Aug. 15 – Sept. 30, Alltech will accept applications for the third annual Alltech Career Development Program, which is open more on this story...  

08/22/2014
WYMT launches second channel

HAZARD —  WYMT is proud to announce the launch of eastern Kentucky’s newest local television channel. WYMT. 2 is now home to THIS TV’s award winning films, box office hits and retro television series, as well as local programming. For more on this story...  

08/22/2014
PHS chefs compete at state fair

FRANKFORT — The Pikeville High School Jr. Chef Cooking Team is among a handful of schools competing at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament this month. Team members Katie Adkins, Cailee Marcum, Emma Looney, Colby Belcher and Ja’Mesa Honaker, coached more on this story...  

08/22/2014
PCYLC members chosen to lead student senate

PIKEVILLE — Three members of the Pike County Youth Leadership Council were elected to serve on the first Appalachian Renaissance Initiative Student Senate. PCYLC President Dalton Hatfield, a senior at Belfry, Taryn Syck, a junior at Pike Central and Alannah Little, a junior at Pikeville more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Hatfield McCoy Festival set

PIKEVILLE — For the second year, Pike County will welcome visitors during Labor Day weekend for the Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival. The festival kicks off with a carnival at 6 p. m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with numerous events. more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Bourbon, BBQ & Beer Bash set: Winner could earn $1,000

PIKEVILLE — In its second year, the Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival will feature the first “Bourbon, BBQ and Beer Bash. ” Sponsored by the Pikeville Main Street Program, the event will feature the first ever “It All Started with a Pig” BBQ contest. more on this story...  

08/22/2014
THE ROBOTS ARE COMING: Mann Toyota offers entertainment Labor Day weekend

PRESTONSBURG — A local car dealership is bringing bring the bling to Prestonsburg. Mann Toyota, located at 1811 U. S. Highway 23 North, is bringing “King Robota” to its business on Aug. 29-30. Dubbed “the future of technology entertainment,” King Robota offers multi-million more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Hatfield-McCoy Geotrail begins Labor Day

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — History buffs, adventure seekers and people who are curious about the Hatfield & McCoy Feud may retrace the footsteps of the feuding mountain families during Labor Day weekend. The Third Annual Hatfield & McCoy GeoTrail Mega Event geocaching event will be held on more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Feud descendant to speak at Heritage Days

PIKEVILLE — A descendant of Perry Cline, who played an important role during the Hatfield and McCoy Feud, will offer a presentation during the Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival. Jacob Perry “Pete” Cline III, the great grandson of Perry Cline, will talk to more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Local college students undergo summer training

PIKEVILLE – Seven college students spent their summer working at Highway District 12 as part of their KYTC scholarship rewards: two engineering technology students and five who are pursing civil engineering degrees. Ethan Erwin and Michael Paul Brown, both engineering tech students at Big more on this story...  

08/22/2014
BSCTC offers bi-term schedule

PRESTONSBURG– Big Sandy Community and Technical College offers hundreds of classes online and in-person through its bi-term schedule.   The accelerated classes begin on October 20 and qualify for financial aid. “So many students simply run out of time trying to get into classes more on this story...  

08/22/2014
Goal set for Eastern Kentucky Alzheimer’s Walk

PIKEVILLE – The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association set a goal of raising $16,000 at the Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Oct. 11 at Pikeville City Park. “Funds raised for the walk will provide support services for more on this story...  

08/15/2014
Drive sober or get pulled over

WHITESBURG — On Friday, August 8, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joined forces with the Kentucky Office of Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg for a media briefing encouraging drivers to stay sober behind the wheel. More than 40 people were more on this story...  

 





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