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09/26/2014
National organization helps students

PIKEVILLE — A national organization is working behind the scenes to ensure that local children have what they need to succeed. Since 1999, Children Inc. has provided more than $11. 6 million in financial assistance to students in schools in Pike, Floyd, Letcher and other eastern more on this story...  

09/26/2014
UPIKE Celebrates

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville celebrated its founding and looked to the future during Opening Convocation on Sept. 16. The day marked the 125th anniversary of the first day of classes at the Pikeville Collegiate Institute on Sept. 16, 1889. Former more on this story...  

09/26/2014
CTB gains national status for fundraising efforts

PIKEVILLE —  Kendall Anderson, with the American Cancer Society, said Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. , is one of only two Kentucky companies to reach the Relay for Life’s National Corporate Team Partnership level. “Community Trust Bank (CTB)  was the top fundraising team in Pike County this past more on this story...  

09/26/2014
PES starts gardening project

PIKEVILLE — The last few weeks have been busy for Pikeville Elementary’s  “Plant it for the Planet Project” as students work to get their fall and winter vegetables planted and growing before the cold weather starts. Cathy Rehmeyer, a parent volunteer, UPIKE professor and author more on this story...  

09/26/2014
SOAR receives grant funding: $750,000 to cover start-up expenses for 4 years

SLADE – The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative got a $750,000 grant to cover start-up expenses over the next four years, thanks to the Appalachian Regional Commission. The funds will ensure that SOAR will have the budget to support staffing over the next more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Pike teacher earns national honor: Former Letcher couple also honored

WASHINGTON, D. C. — A Pike County teacher and a family with Letcher County ties received national honors this month for their willingness to help children who deserve a loving home. Pike County Central High School teacher Angela Lockhart and Whitesburg residents Reagan and Jonathan Berry received more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Entrepreneur SMARTS to be held in Letcher County

WHITESBURG — Letcher County officials say entrepreneurial thinking and small business investment are at an all-time high in the region. Getting residents the resources they need to make sound business decisions has never been more important in East Kentucky. That’s one of several more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Whitewater season opens next week: Events feature state’s first 100-mile race

ELKHORN CITY — Extreme athletes from all over the world will flock to Elkhorn City next month. The community’s whitewater season is open. Every October, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers releases water from the Flanagan Reservoir in Haysi, Virginia, increasing water levels more on this story...  

09/26/2014
National organization helps students

PIKEVILLE — A national organization is working behind the scenes to ensure that local children have what they need to succeed. Since 1999, Children Inc. has provided more than $11. 6 million in financial assistance to students in schools in Pike, Floyd, Letcher and other eastern more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Free animal clinic, health fair slated

MARTIN — The Varia Family Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are hosting the first “Health Fair for People and their Pets” this month. The Varia Free Animal Care Day: Eastern Kentucky’s First Health Fair for People and their Pets, will be held more on this story...  

09/26/2014
‘Totally 80s Glow Run’ set for Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Main Street Program is ending its Main Street Live! season with a bang. The Pikeville Main Street Program is hosting its ‘Totally 80s Glow Run’ 5K race next week. The event, a fundraiser for the Main Street Live! more on this story...  

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...  

  

09/26/2014
FUNDING SECURED FOR COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY: USDA announces $40M loan to UPIKE

PIKEVILLE — The continued growth of the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) took a major step forward with the announcement that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has secured a $40 million community facilities loan to construct the new Kentucky College of Optometry. “Comprehensive investments in more on this story...  

09/26/2014
UPIKE launches fundraising campaign

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville President James L. Hurley announced the launch of a $75 million comprehensive capital campaign, “Advance UPIKE: Investing, Growing, Leading. ” The launch of the campaign was strategically aligned with the university’s 125th celebration on Sept. 16, as more than more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Absentee voting now underway

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced that eligible voters may request mail-in absentee ballots for the General Election, which will be held Nov. 4. Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax or more on this story...  

09/26/2014
SOAR report released

SLADE – Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative presented their top findings at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.   Despite the different working group topics, several common themes emerged among the recommendations: the need for cross-agency collaboration, especially in economic more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Breaks Park plans Nature Weekend; elk tours

BREAKS, Va. — Breaks Park will host its third annual Nature Weekend Sept. 26-28. “The rich natural resources of this area are the reason the Breaks was protected in the first place, and our staff is excited to have the opportunity to showcase and interpret these more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Beshear seeks disaster declaration for eastern Kentucky

FRANKFORT – Governor Steve Beshear asked President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance to eastern Kentucky communities recovering from recent flooding. Strong storms from Aug. 19-23 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which washed out roads and more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Walks set for diabetes, babies in Floyd, Pike

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have two options to walk to promote healthy living at events in Floyd and Pike counties this weekend. The Big Sandy South Walk to Cure Diabetes, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the annual Central Appalachia March for Babies, more on this story...  

09/26/2014
‘Smoke on the Mountain’ on stage: New play starts soon

ELKHORN CITY — This weekend marks the last opportunity that local residents have to enjoy “Smoke on the Mountain” on stage. The Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City will perform the play through Sept. 28. Taking place during a Saturday night gospel sing more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Kiwanis Fall Festival next week

PIKEVILLE — The Kiwanis Club of Pikeville invites the public to its annual fall festival next week. The annual event is the club’s biggest fundraiser, providing at least $10,000 annually — funds the club uses to help local children in need. more on this story...  

09/26/2014
Evangelist, author to speak at revival

PIKEVILLE — A local evangelist and author invites the public to learn about how God has intervened in his life during a revival next week in Pikeville. Dr. Bill Combs, author of the book “The Miracle Man,” will be the guest speaker at a revival on more on this story...  

09/26/2014
MAC offers two concerts this weekend

PRESTONSBURG — The Mountain Arts Center is opening its doors for two special concerts this weekend. The MAC is hosting its Fall Gospel Concert, featuring The Isaacs and Salvation Rain at 6:50 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. On Sunday, Sept. 28, the 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...  

 






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