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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...  

03/20/2015
This volunteer has the heart of a true servant

She’s 89 years old, but Pikeville resident Jeanette Elder doesn’t let age slow her down. After graduating in 1960 from Pikeville College (University of Pikeville), Elder earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, where she met her husband, Ed, the former owner of an insurance company and an avid photographer. They married the day after they graduated. In interviews with the Medical Leader, she said, “I’ve never been one to just sit around. I need to get out and help people. It’s just a part of me, I guess. ” more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Want to learn more about Alzheimers?

PIKEVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association announced last week that it will host a free workshop for local residents who are interested in learning more about the disease and related illnesses. Alzheimer’s Association officials will host “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease” from 1:30 p. m. to 3:30 p. m. on Friday, March 27, at the Pike County Library, located at 125 Lee Ave. in Pikeville. This workshop was scheduled to be held earlier this month, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The family-centered program teaches participants about detecting Alzheimer’s more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Sport Boat and RV Show this weekend at Expo

PIKEVILLE — The Sixth Annual Eastern Kentucky Sport Boat & RV Show, begins today, March 20, and ends Sunday, March 22. The show will feature the latest boating, fishing, hunting, camping or RV products from 4 p. m. to 9 p. m. on March 20, from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. on March 21 and from 1 p. m. to 5 p. m. on March 22 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Admission is $5 per adult and children age 12 and younger will be admitted free. Free fishing is also available more on this story...  

03/20/2015
‘Tater Salad’ to perform

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced this week that comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will perform on stage on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p. m. White earned three Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. “We are so honored to have a veteran funnyman visit the East Kentucky Expo Center,” says Expo General Manager Cindy Collins, “His wit and southern storytelling more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Allen VFD chief dies in line of duty

ALLEN — The Allen Volunteer Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own this week. The Kentucky Fire Commission reported on March 10 that Allen Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy Ray Jarvis died from a heart attack that he suffered on March 4 while responding to a call. Allen VFD Firefighter/EMT Charles Blackman reported that Jarvis was driving to respond to a structure fire on March 4 when he was overcome with severe chest pains and shortness of breath. His son, who is more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Local students to compete at state this weekend

LOUISVILLE — Students from throughout eastern Kentucky are traveling to Louisville this weekend to compete in the state’s premier academic event. The Governor’s Cup State Finals will be open to qualifying middle and high school students at the Galt House in Louisville on March 14-16. The annual competition begins at the district level, where students compete against other students from schools in their district. Winners in the district competition move on to regional competition, and students who achieve the highest scores are selected to compete at state. The competition is more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Hatfield-McCoy exhibit open in Williamson

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Local residents have the opportunity to view an exhibit dedicated to the history of the region’s most prominent feud. The West Virginia Humanities Council debuted its exhibit, “The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud,” in Morgantown, West Virginia in January. The exhibit is currently on display at the Williamson Public Library, where it is expected to remain through March 18. Officials there hosted a reception for the exhibit on March 12. The council created the traveling exhibit in collaboration with graphic design students at more on this story...  

03/13/2015
New documentary set for Floyd bus disaster

PRESTONSBURG — Local residents will have the opportunity to learn new details about a tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and a bus driver in 1958 in Floyd County. Director Michael Crisp released his film, “The Very Worst Thing,” about the 1958 Floyd County school bus disaster in 2010. The film, produced by Remix Films, featured interviews with people who were personally affected by the tragedy, including a survivor who was on the bus at the time it plunged into a rain-swollen Big Sandy River, friends and more on this story...  

03/13/2015
This Floyd County native stole the stage: Bette Henritze, a Betsy Layne native, actress

Floyd County native Bette Henritze traveled the globe to pursue her acting career, and she found success on Broadway, on television shows and in the movies. She is still credited with great works today. She was born on May 23, 1924, in Betsy Layne, the daughter of William Price Henritze and Ada Howell Henritze. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the HB Studio in New York City, she made her debut on Broadway in 1948, more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Pike officials recognize ‘everyday heroes’

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins signed a proclamation declaring March American Red Cross Month in Pike County. The recognition comes to honor the organization for the work it offers to benefit those in need. The month of March has been recognized nationally as Red Cross Month for over 70 years. The focus of this year’s theme is to recognize “everyday” heroes. “Everyday heroes help those in need in Pike County,” said Joanna King, Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter. “They are our volunteers, our blood more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Pikeville officials travel to Ireland next week

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is taking its next step to “twin” itself with a small municipal district in Ireland. On March 12-19, Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn and a small delegation will travel to Dundalk, Ireland, the hometown of Alltech founded Dr. Pearse Lyons. This will be the second time Blackburn travels to Ireland on behalf of the city of Pikeville. He visited Dundalk last year to present a letter of intent from the city to begin the twinning process, or “Sister City Partnership,” with Dundalk and meet officials more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Pancake breakfast to raise funds for student

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to help a young Pike County student improve his walking ability. Bobbi Jo Childers of Virgie is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser for her son, 11-year-old Brayden Wright, from 7 a. m. to 9 a. m. on March 7 at Wendy’s, located near Little Caesar’s in Pikeville. Patrons will pay $5 for pancakes, sausage and a drink at the event, which will also feature an appearance by the Easter bunny. Brayden was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy when he was nine months more on this story...  

03/06/2015
FRANKFORT FOCUS: Legislative Perspectives on the Kentucky General Assembly

While each legislative session is different, many of the bills the General Assembly considers every year tend to be grouped in just a handful of categories: education, health, public protection, economic development and streamlining government services. All of them came into play last week as the House worked through the remainder of our high-profile bills and many others that are also now ready for the Senate’s consideration. One of the most far-reaching to pass would go a long way in reducing the significant long-term liability facing the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS). As more on this story...  

03/06/2015
SOAR meeting rescheduled for Expo in May

PIKEVILLE — The 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit has been rescheduled for May 11 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Registration will begin at 8 a. m. , and the program will run from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. The original summit, planned for Feb.   16, was canceled due to a snowstorm that blanketed much of Kentucky with up to a foot of snow. Nearly 1,000 people preregistered for the SOAR Summit, titled “Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development,” and those registrations will be honored for the more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Paintsville native serves aboard USS George H.W. Bush

By HEIDI McCORMICK Mass Communications Specialist Navy Office of Community Outreach NORFOLK, Va. — A 2011 Lawrence County High School graduate and Paintsville native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush. Airman Amber Harbin is an air traffic controlman aboard the Norfolk-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only ten operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today. Named in honor of former President George H. W. Bush, the carrier is longer than three football fields, at nearly 1,100 more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Her passion for education continues: Katherine Petit, founder of Hindman Settlement School; Pine Mountain Settlement School

When Lexington native Katherine Rhoda Petit (1868 to 1936) volunteered to work with May Stone of Louisville at summer tent camps held in Knott County and Perry County, she saw a “great need” to improve living conditions, education and health of eastern Kentucky residents. She dedicated the rest of her life to that cause. By 1902, the pair had raised enough funds to establish the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s Settlement School in Hindman. It was renamed as the Hindman Settlement School in 1915. In 1913, Petit worked with a New more on this story...  

03/06/2015
She built a brighter future in eastern Kentucky

Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, a native of Massachusetts, wrote for newspapers and periodicals in her early career and became the publisher of “The Cambridge Press,” the first American publication with an all-female staff. When she came to eastern Kentucky in 1916, she saw the need for a “regional uplift” and decided that education would improve the future for Appalachian residents. She moved to Caney Creek in 1917 at the behest of a local resident, who offered her land to build what is now Alice Lloyd College. She started teaching in her own more on this story...  

03/06/2015
From digging coal to potatoes: Coal miner tries his hand at farming

By ANGELA HATTON MULLINS Breaking Beans contributor Shane Lucas has found what he loves to do. Now, he hopes to make a living at it. When he was laid off from the coal mines after 17 years and had to take a lower-paying highway construction job, he turned to farming his 29-acre piece of land to supplement his income. Lucas, 40, of Cowan in Letcher County, was recently called back to work at a Harlan County coal mine. While he’s glad for the opportunity to work there, he more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Don’t forget to ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a. m. on Sunday, March 8. Local residents should “Spring Forward” by setting their clocks ahead one hour. more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Brandy has a wonderful sense of humor!

Meet Brandy! She is a vibrant and beautiful young lady who has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to laugh. She enjoys going to the movies, shopping for shoes such as Jordans, playing video games and going bowling. She loves dogs especially Shih Tzus and would love to have one of her own in her forever family. Brandy also likes spending time with her friends and journaling. She enjoys outdoor activities like softball and volleyball. more on this story...  

  

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...  

03/20/2015
She’s an eastern Kentucky advocate

Pikeville resident Leslie Combs dedicated her life to public service. She started her first term as state representative in 2007 and currently represents residents of Letcher County and residents in part of Pike County in the Kentucky General Assembly. She serves on numerous committees, including those that consider measures concerning the state’s appropriations and revenue, transportation, economic development and tourism, education, energy and government. She also represents Kentucky on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees. In 2009, she was one of the experts appointed by the governor more on this story...  

03/20/2015
She volunteers to help children and families

Floyd County residents Sam and Tina Hughes will tell you that losing a child — their only child — has been one of the most challenging journeys of their lives. What they won’t tell you is that the death of their seven-year-old son, Jordan, has left them with nothing to pour their love into. It’s because of that love that Tina Hughes is honored during Women’s History Month as a local woman who has made a difference. Hughes, a physical therapist, and her husband, a business owner, prayed for years more on this story...  

03/20/2015
SOAR funding bill advances: Several bills in Beshear’s hands

The 2015 General Assembly is winding down and a bill that would provide funding to Shaping Our Appalachian Region is in the hands of the governor. Voting 99-0 on March 11, the Senate gave final passage to SB 168 to create the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund. The House passed the bill with a vote of 36-0 on Feb. 25. Working through Shaping Our Appalachian Region, the fund would utilize the Department of Local Government to provide funds for economic development in eastern Kentucky. Funds would be available more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Growing Appalachia conference set

PRESTONSBURG — Local nonprofit organizations invite the public to learn more about developing sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency during the 5th Annual Growing Appalachia conference this weekend. The day-long conference will offer information about healthier living and self-sufficiency. Workshops will have three tracks: •Production: Geared toward home production methods •Entrepreneur: Geared toward community-scale businesses •Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Geared toward energy “Growing Appalachia is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in getting more out of their garden and also more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Music at the MAC

PRESTONSBURG — People who love music will flock to the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg this weekend. The MAC is hosting concerts on Friday and Saturday. Official there will kick off the MAC’s monthly Front Porch Pickin’ series at 7 p. m. on Friday, March 20. Musicians are invited to play in an open concert on stage and audience members get free admission. On Saturday, March 21, MAC officials will welcome Nathan Stanley, the grandson of Dr. Ralph Stanley, in concert. Both the elder and more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Chamber to help local businesses recover

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce pledged to help its members and their businesses to recover from flooding that impacted eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia this month. “The most recent round of severe weather and flooding has impacted communities across eastern Kentucky. In some places, the flooding has caused unprecedented damage to homes and businesses,” Jacob Colley, president/CEO of the Chamber said in a press release. “Many of our members and their businesses have experienced extreme and devastating losses. Our Chamber stands committed to doing everything possible to assist our members in helping more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Elementary schools shine at Governor’s Cup

Local elementary school students fared well in recent district and regional Governor’s Cup competitions. The Governor’s Cup is the state’s premiere academic event, featuring competitions that send winning middle school and high school students to the state competition. Elementary school winners, however, only compete at the district and regional levels. District competitions were completed at the end of February for elementary schools. Regional competitions will continue through March 21. Here are results from district competitions at local schools. Elementary School District Results   District 126 (Betsy Layne, Duff, Stumbo, McDowell, Osborne elementary schools) Final Standings 1. Duff Elementary 2. John M. Stumbo 3. McDowell Elementary 4. W. D. Osborne Elementary 5. Betsy Layne Elementary Future Problem Solving 1. Duff 2. McDowell 3. Osborne Quick more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/ 5K Run to be held next week

PIKEVILLE — Last year, Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers hosted the first-ever Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk in honor of her son Brayden Riley Wright. She wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, the disorder he was born with. “I started this walk because we have kids in this community who have cerebral palsy and I want to take a stand for them,” she said. Last year, the walk raised $3,500 for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where Brayden is treated for cerebral palsy. Money raised at this more on this story...  

03/13/2015
She helped Elvis find his sway: Martha Carson, Letcher County native who inspired Elvis Presley

Fleming Neon residents should be honored to call Martha Carson one of their own. When the southern gospel musician died at the age of 83 on Dec. 16, 2004, her life had been so significant that her obituary printed in at least two newspapers in London, England. England’s Independent newspaper printed her obituary, stating that her “dynamic performance style was an important influence upon singers such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Ray and Barbara Mandrell. ” “Her performances electrified audiences,” the obituary read. Carson was born as Irene Amburgey in more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Elkhorn City native sets the stage to change lives: Stephanie Richards, Pike County Fine Arts director

Elkhorn City resident Stephanie Richards is passionate about providing an artistic outlet to youth and adults in eastern Kentucky — and it shows. Her passion for theater and the arts has helped create a place where people of all ages can come to enjoy and learn about performing — and that place is continually growing and expanding. After graduating from Elkhorn City High School, Richards attended the University of Kentucky, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Theater. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Roosevelt University more on this story...  

03/06/2015
RAIN, SNOW WREAK HAVOC: Flooding reported throughout eastern Ky., southern W.Va.

PIKEVILLE — Mother Nature could not resist bringing yet another weather emergency to eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia this week. Communities throughout the region were pounded by 10 to 18 inches of snow two weeks ago, leaving some roads impassable for days. This week, that melting snow combined with additional snow, sleet and rain caused major flooding throughout the region. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on March 5, the second declaration he’s made in less than two months. “Two significant more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Eastern Ky. teenager on ‘The Voice’

LOUISA — An eastern Kentucky teenager made her mark on a national stage this week. Kelsie May, 16, of Louisa, was selected to move ahead in The Voice, an NBC reality show in which musicians pledge to coach vocalists from around the country to help them grow their skills and become nationally-known. May was one of five vocalists selected by country music singer Blake Shelton during the blind vote episode in the eighth season of The Voice on March 2. She sang Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Looking at Country,” and Shelton more on this story...  

03/06/2015
WorkFest volunteers to repair 19 homes in 21 days

HAGER HILL — The Christian Appalachian Project welcomed the first of hundreds of volunteers who will help families in Appalachian during the annual WorkFest program. Through WorkFest, volunteers from around the country travel to Appalachian communities to repair and refurbish homes in need of repairs. More than 400 college students will devote their spring breaks to these projects. They will work alongside Christian Appalachian Project leaders and the organization’s long-term volunteers. Christian Appalachian Project WorkFest volunteers will help 19 families repair their homes in 21 days. more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Pike museum set to open in April

PIKEVILLE — Significant progress is being made in the development of a new museum in Pike County. With a new planning committee and a recently-hired director, the Pikeville-Pike County Museum is expected to be open in time to welcome visitors during the annual Hillbilly Days Festival in April. Formerly known as the Big Sandy Heritage Museum, this new facility will be located in former courtrooms and offices located on the fourth floor of the county’s former Hall of Justice (the same building as the Pike County Detention Center. ) Director more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Promoting a smoke-free Pike County: Air quality survey of Pike businesses released

PIKEVILLE — If the Environmental Protection Agency used the same standards it uses to regulate the quality of indoor air as it uses to regulate the quality of outdoor air, some Pike County businesses would fall far below the mark. That information was released this week in a study that measured the quality of indoor air inside 15 Pike County businesses. The study on local businesses Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy Air Quality Coordinator Amanda Bucher presented findings from the study, which was conducted last more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Women who Made a Difference

To celebrate March as Women’s History Month in 2014, the Medical Leader highlighted several current and former eastern Kentucky residents who did things that changed or influenced eastern Kentucky. Stayed tuned to the Medical Leader each week in March to learn about other women who have changed, and continue to change, eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. These influential women were honored in this series in 2014: •Jenny Wiley, pioneer •Effie Waller Smith, poet •Billie Jean Osborne,Mountain more on this story...  

03/06/2015
She learned music in the mountains: Crystal Gayle, Johnson County native who became a country music icon

Many country music enthusiasts know who Crystal Gayle is, but few may realize that she was actually born as Brenda Gail Webb, a younger sister of Johnson County’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn. Gayle is best known for capturing a style of country music that crossed over into the pop music genre during the 1970s and 1980s. She signed her first recording contract when she was still in school. Her debut single, “I’ve Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes,” was actually written by her sister. It reached the Top more on this story...  

03/06/2015
House approves public-private partnerships

Rep. Leslie Combs’ goal of making it easier for the state to partner with private businesses to accomplish a public goal cleared a major hurdle on Feb. 26 after the Kentucky House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 84-13. “House Bill 443 would bring Kentucky in line with more than 30 states across the country that have seen the benefit of this approach,” said Rep. Combs, a Pikeville legislator who chairs the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.   “In an era of declining budgets, we need to look for innovative ways to accomplish the more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Registration underway for pottery class at Arts House in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Have you ever wanted to learn to create pottery? The Mud House Pottery at the Arts House in Pikeville is answering that call with introduction and advanced classes in pottery. The six-week classes are open at 6:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. on Tuesdays and open studio hours are on Thursday nights, or as desired by each class. The second class, hosted by pottery expert Ryan H. Coppage, begins March 17. Coppage, a former Hartford resident who joined the University of Pikeville as a chemistry more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Patton Leadership Institute visits Frankfort

FRANKFORT — On February 12, the Patton Leadership Institute (PLI) held its latest session in Kentucky’s state capital to discuss public policy and state government. The PLI class gained a better understanding of how state government operates and heard from policy experts on legislation that could have significant impact on the business community.   The class started the day with a visit to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Frankfort with a greeting by Kentucky Chamber staff and President/CEO, Dave Adkisson. Betsy Dexter, Manager of Education & more on this story...  

02/27/2015
Locals invited to help uncover Biblical treasures: Israeli archaeologist to visit Pikeville in spring

PIKEVILLE — Members of several eastern Kentucky churches experienced a group tour of Israel last year. They spent 12 days in Israel and three days in Jordan, exploring areas of the Middle East that are depicted in the Bible. As part of that trip, they participated in an archaeological dig in Jerusalem, sifting through soil that was removed from the site of the legendary Temple Mount. This year, they join their tour leader, University of Pikeville Alumni Association President Tommy Chamberlin, in raising funds so that archaeological digs may continue. more on this story...  

 






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