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11/21/2014
Santa Train to provide thousands of free gifts during 72nd annual event

PIKEVILLE — Thousands of people will flock to various locations in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee this weekend to take part in an annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition. The 72nd Annual Santa Train will depart from the Shelby Yard in Pike County at approximately 6:30 a. m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, and travel 110 miles to Kingsport, Tennessee in time for an annual Christmas Parade. Sponsored by CSX, Food City, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Dignity UWear, the Santa Train makes 14 scheduled stops along the route. Locally, residents can participate at Shelby more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Wayne is a real-life survivor

Wayne needs a forever family. He is a survivor who is destined to succeed with the love, support, and help of a family. Wayne is a creature of habit who often has difficulty adjusting to change in his routine. He is very impulsive, but working on this. He enjoys having one-on-one attention and responds to positive attention from adult caregivers. This child is very artistic, imaginative and smart. He loves to read, work puzzles and more on this story...  

11/21/2014
‘White Christmas’ opens at Jenny Wiley Theatre

PIKEVILLE — A Christmas classic is on stage in Pikeville this month. Jenny Wiley Theatre, located on Second St. , opened performances of the Christmas classic “White Christmas” on Nov. 21. The play, rated PG, will remain open through Dec. 21. Directed by Brian Swasey, the play shares the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who iconic song-and-dance men, as they follow a sister act to Vermont only to discover that the nearly-bankrupt lodge they were to perform in is owned by their former general. more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Medical missionary to speak at Salem

PIKEVILLE — Salem United Methodist Church, located at 111 Taylor Hill Rd. in Pikeville, invites the public to learn about the joy of mission work through it’s “Missions Focus Month” presentation this weekend. Dr. Tina Slusher, an eastern Kentucky native who has participated in mission trips to Africa annually for the past 25 years, will be the featured speaker at the church’s Harvest Missions Celebration at 11 a. m. on Nov. 16. The event will feature special music from the church’s praise band as well. Salem and other local churches regularly more on this story...  

11/14/2014
JTS Ammo opens in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — A new ammo store recently opened in Pike County. JTS Ammo opened on Oct. 11 at 5157 North Mayo Trail, just off of U. S. 23 in Pikeville. The store offers high-quality ammunition for hunting and name brand ammunition like Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST, Winchester Ranger and Remington Golden Saber. It also carries illuminated deer rifle scopes and Barnette cross bow scopes. There are no limits on the amount of ammunition purchased at the store. To celebrate its opening, the store is hosting weekly more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Dr. Mettu donates photographs for homeless shelter: Canvas prints of international sites to be sold to help people in need

PIKEVILLE — A local physician is pouring her heart onto canvas so a nonprofit organization can continue to help people who are less fortunate. Dr. Jyothi Mettu, who has worked as a pediatrician and a pediatric sleep specialist in Pikeville for 32 years, is turning her passion for photography into a fundraiser for the WestCare Emergency Homeless Shelter, an organization she has supported for many years. Dr. Mettu autographed, canvassed and framed four photographs taken during her travels in Italy and Australia and donated them to Rick Branham, chairman of the WestCare more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Capito becomes first woman elected to U.S. senate in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia’s Democratic dynasty has come to an end. The Mountain State elected its first-ever female senator during the General Election as Republican Shelley Moore Capito defeated Democratic challenger Natalie Tennant by nearly a two-to-one margin. Capito polled 279,901 votes while Tennant garnered 155,396 votes. Capito also becomes the first Republican to hold a state senate seat since 1958. The biggest surprise of Tuesday’s election came when Republican challenger Evan Jenkins soundly  defeated long-time Democratic Congressman Nick “Joe Rahall, who has been in more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Pikeville inks new tourism venture with Breaks Park, Canoe Kentucky

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is collaborating with two local agencies to strengthen and diversify the community’s tourism opportunities. Breaks Park Superintendent Austin Bradley and Canoe Kentucky Owner Nathan Depenbrock joined members of the Pikeville City Commission in signing letters of intent to start new tourism projects during a special meeting on Oct. 30. City officials have worked with the Breaks Park Commission for several months to negotiate an agreement that will allow Breaks Park visitors to tour Pikeville attractions via a shuttle service operated by the city of Pikeville more on this story...  

11/07/2014
New judge, mayor elected in Pike

PIKEVILLE — Pike County has a new judge-executive and Pikeville has a new mayor following the General Election Tuesday. Former Judge-Executive Bill Deskins beat write-in candidate Carol Napier Tuesday. Deskins ousted current Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford during the Primary in May. Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor retained his seat, beating his closest opponent, former mayor Billy Powell, by 180 votes, but the face of the mayors in other Pike County cities will change following the election. In Pikeville, Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem James A. “Jimmy” Carter more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Several incumbents reelected in Letcher County

WHITESBURG — Letcher County voters supported incumbents, for the most part, during the General Election. Voters overwhelmingly supported their current judge-executive and sheriff, who recaptured their seats. Judge-Executive Jim Ward beat Hatler Dee Kiser in the race by more than 3,000 votes. Ward kept his seat by capturing 70. 73 percent of votes. Sheriff Danny R. Webb also easily beat his opponent Roland Craft by capturing nearly 76 percent of all votes. He led by 3,992 votes. Incumbent mayors James Wiley Craft in Whitesburg and more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Abramson picked for White House post

Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson will resign effective Nov. 13 to take a new position as Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House, and Governor Steve Beshear will appoint former state Auditor Crit Luallen as the state’s new second-in-command. Governor Steve Beshear said, “This is a bittersweet moment for me and for our administration. ” Abramson will be the nexus between the President’s domestic agenda and city, county, state and tribal governments.  He will help state and local governments manage policy issues and challenges, such as more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Thacker Memorial honors vets

Thacker Memorial of Pikeville has honored veterans on Veterans Day for more than two decades. The business’ Veterans Day Tribute will begin at 11 a. m. on Nov. 11 at the Annie E. Young Cemetery. Owner Larry Thacker will join Pastor Donnie Hall in welcoming attendees at 11 a. m. The Pike County Central High School Vocal Ensemble will sing and the Shelby Valley High School JROTC will present the colors and hand out flags to be placed on all veterans’ graves and crypts. more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Veterans Appreciation Luncheon set

Appalachian Hospice Care invites the public to a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon this month. The organization will host a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon for all veterans in the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties from 11 a. m. to 2 p. m. on Nov. 13 at the National Guard Armory in Prestonsburg. The meal is free for all veterans in those counties and one guest. The organization is also hosting the public showing of a documentary called “The Honor Flight” at 2 p. m. on Nov. 15 more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Christina has beauty and brains!

Christina is a beautiful girl who is “A-OK and on her way!” This girl has beauty and brains! She is friendly and gets along with almost everyone she meets. She likes little children and interacts well with them. The one thing Christina has her guard up about, understandably, is being adopted. It is a big commitment! She is working to sort out her past and issues that arise in her life. She is one of many teenagers waiting for more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Don’t miss the Carcassonne Square Dance! Kentucky’s longest-running square dance may soon end

CARCASSONNE — Kentucky’s longest continuously-running square dance may be hosting its last call this weekend. The Carcassonne Community Square Dance has been a monthly celebration of traditional mountain music and dance in Letcher County for nearly 50 years, but officials there say the tradition may be ending soon. Jon Henrickson, who runs the monthly event with his wife, reported this week that Saturday, Nov. 8, will likely be the final time local residents can enjoy the Carcassonne Square Dance. The 72-year-old reports that he and his wife can more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Appalachian Air off the ground: Daily flight offered from Pikeville to Nashville

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville officials and members of the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport Board and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce learned what perseverance is all about on Monday, Oct. 27. After years of working to obtain commercial air service in Pike County, they watched — and took part in — the first daily Appalachian Air flight from Hatcher Field. The BAE Jetstream 31 Turbocraft plane departed Pikeville at 6:30 a. m. , bound for the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee. Because of the time change, passengers landed shortly before 7 a. m. in Nashville. They departed more on this story...  

10/31/2014
District 12 announces half of US 460 to open

PIKEVILLE — Half of new US 460 will open to traffic in the late afternoon on Dec. 17, following a 1 p. m. ceremony at Shelby Valley High School and ribbon-cutting near the U. S. 23 interchange. Mary Westfall-Holbrook, Chief District Engineer, Highway District 12, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced that the ceremony to mark the highway opening will be a living history event that all the citizens of the region are invited to attend. “We are planning a huge celebration,” she said. “The reconstruction of US 460 is an infrastructure project that promises more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Business ‘Startup Challenge’ underway

PIKEVILLE – Do you have the next big idea for starting a business? Could your startup attract investors? Will you become the region’s newest thought leader and innovator? Entrepreneurs from across eastern Kentucky are invited to compete in the University of Pikeville-Coleman College of Business Startup Challenge. The Coleman College of Business is looking to inspire and reward innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit with its second Appalachian Business Plan Competition on Dec. 5. Awards total $5,000 with $2,500 going to the first place business plan, $1,500 to second place and $1,000 to third more on this story...  

10/31/2014
State offices on ballot for next Tuesday’s election

Candidates seeking state offices in Floyd, Pike and Letcher counties include:  U. S. Senator One state race has made national headlines and is on the forefront for many eastern Kentucky voters. U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes face each other in the U. S. Senate race. McConnell easily beat his Republican opponents in the Primary, capturing more than 213,000 — or 60. 18 percent — of the votes. Grimes won the Democratic Primary after capturing a whopping 76. 47 percent, more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Floyd County voters to choose several offices on Tuesday

Floyd County received a new county judge (Ben Hale) and sheriff (John Hunt) following the Primary Election in May. Hale, a former county judge, beat all opponents in the Primary by capturing 57. 92 percent of all votes. Former Kentucky State Police Trooper John Hunt of Prestonsburg beat all opponents, earning his right to face Republican candidate Joey Collins of Hueysville in the fall. Collins, however, withdrew from the race and Hunt was sworn in to finish the term of current Sheriff John K. Blackburn last more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Chrishan resilient in finding his forever family

Chrishan not only needs a family, he really wants one. In spite of a few hard knocks, he is on the road to a bright future. He is an intelligent young man, but has to work hard to catch up on some of the schooling he has missed due to twists and turns in his life. Chrishan is resilient, strong, and athletic. A stable and loving adoptive family would help him reach his potential and he could know this home would be his more on this story...  

10/24/2014
Colley accepts leadership role

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently appointed Vice President of Operations Jacob Colley to serve as interim president. The appointment came several days after current President/CEO Jared Arnett was named the first executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). Arnett will begin his new position on Nov. 3 and at that time, Colley will take on the role as Interim President/CEO until a new president is chosen. “I appreciate the confidence the board has placed in me during this pivotal time for more on this story...  

10/24/2014
Annual charity dinner a success

PAINTSVILLE — The fourth annual Charity Dinner was a huge success on Oct. 18, raising more than $25,000 for The Jordan Light Foundation (TJLF). Close to 300 corporate and community partners attended the event, held at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville, to “Ignite the Light” for TJLF. “This is our passion. We love what we do,” TJLF President Tina Hughes told the crowd. She and her husband Sam founded TJLF after the death of their seven-year-old son Jordan in 2010. The ceremony was bittersweet. The room more on this story...  

10/24/2014
Pike County earns NACo awards

PIKEVILLE — The National Association of Counties recently honored Pike County government with two National Achievement Awards. The county was recognized for the Pike County Fallen Peace Officer’s memorial, located on the grounds of the Pike County Courthouse, and the newly-renovated Hatfield-McCoy Park in McCarr. The awards marked the 30th and 31st time Pike County has been recognized by NACo with National Achievement honors. The Fallen Peace Officers Memorial and its accompanying Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Monument and the Sheriff Roy Conway Indoor Memorial was constructed through cooperation with more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Alltech’s ‘Dueling Barrels’ distillery to open in fall 2015

PIKEVILLE — Pike County will soon be home to a new $10 million bourbon distillery. Alltech President and Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons told a gathering of state, county and civic leaders that Dueling Barrels, named in honor of the area’s history, will open its doors in downtown Pikeville next fall. The announcement was made during a luncheon at Jenny Wiley Theatre (JWT) on Oct. 13. The distillery is part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, aimed at reviving eastern Kentucky’s economy. “We are delighted to be coming to more on this story...  

10/17/2014
BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE: Pikeville lift station to benefit homes, businesses

PIKEVILLE — State and local officials marked a milestone on Oct. 9 with a ceremony that commemorated the beginning of a project that will help residents and businesses in Pike County. U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers joined Pikeville city leaders in a ceremony to mark the construction of a new lift station that will serve more than 250 homes and more than 40 businesses at Pikeville Commons. The $400,000 project, located at the junction of Thompson’s Rd. and Justice Way in Pikeville Commons, will serve 200 homes and 38 businesses in the area. more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Williamson featured on PBS Newshour (Video)

A movement working to make Williamson, W. Va. a healthier place to live was highlighted on a news story on PBS on Oct. 10. The public news channel’s reporter Hari Sreenivasan interviewed Williamson residents who are playing key roles in improving the region’s health through various initiatives and the Sustainable Williamson movement for a report, “Giving Coal Country a Healthy Makeover. ” “Williamson W. Va. has been known for few things over the years, as a coal town, a mountain town, a feuding town made famous by the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, but Williamson, more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Scott honored

PIKEVILLE — While visiting several locations in Pike County on Oct. 9, U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers honored Pikeville High School teacher Kelly Scott. Rogers, accompanied by PRIDE President/CEO Tammie Wilson, presented Scott with the PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment) Volunteer of the Month award for November. He commended her for devoting time as a volunteer and sponsor of the school’s Panther PRIDE Club in cleanup projects and educational programs. He called her an “energetic advocate” for environmental education. PHS is one of only four more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Rogers thanks UNITE Pike; announces new program: Drug tests to be offered to parents

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers lauded the work of the UNITE Pike Coalition and announced a new program geared to keep children away from illegal drug use. “I want to thank you coalition members for the work that you do, the compassion that you bring to this task, the sleepless nights that many of you have to go through to make this work,” Rogers told coalition members during an Oct. 9 meeting. “I want to thank you for your dedication. ” Rogers founded Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Treatment Investigations Treatment more on this story...  

10/17/2014
UPIKE to expand

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville President Dr. James L. Hurley and U. S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced the creation of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Education Center at UPIKE. “The University of Pikeville is aggressively pursuing opportunities to create new programs of study,” said Hurley. “The Telecommunications and Information Technology Center demonstrates our commitment to meeting the needs of the region. We will also be looking to partner with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, in particular Big Sandy Community & Technical College and Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, to offer retraining. ” more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Red, White & Blue underway

MARTIN — The annual Red, White & Blue Days Festival began Wednesday and continues this weekend in downtown Martin. The festival, which honors military members and veterans, features art and craft vendors, food vendors, a carnival by Derby City Amusements, live entertainment beginning at 6 p. m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, train rides by the Oleika Temple Shriners and other activities. On Friday, the public is invited to attend the annual Disabled American Veterans flag raising ceremony at 5:30 p. m. on Varia Mountain near the Martin Fire Department. more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Groundbreaking set for Marion Branch project

PIKEVILLE — Local residents are invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Pikeville’s next big project. A groundbreaking will be held at 4 p. m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at Pikeville’s industrial park at Marion Branch, a 380-acre reclaimed strip mine site that the city started developing 10 years ago. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the $14 million project — the construction of a new bridge and road that will serve the industrial site. On July 21, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will provide more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Miss Kentucky tours Pike County

PIKEVILLE — Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter visited several schools in Pike County this month. Carpenter, who made it in the top 12 last month in the Miss America pageant, started her Miss Kentucky reign by visiting students at Mullins Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary, Pikeville Elementary, Millard Middle and Pikeville High School. She and Miss Kentucky 2012 Jessica Casebolt also visited local producers and customers of the Pike County Farmer’s Market last week. “It’s so exciting. These are actually the first schools that she’s been able to talk to as more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Registration underway for ‘Zombie Run’: Appalachian SPCA fundraiser includes ‘Zombie Tag’

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals invites the public to a “Zombie Apocalypse” this month. The fundraiser features a zombie-themed 5K race and “Zombie Tag” on Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration will begin on the Main Street Plaza at 4:30 p. m. and the run/walk will begin at 6 p. m. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Entertainment and concessions will be available prior to the race and contestants can also choose to participate in the “Zombie Tag” event. Those who do will receive a “health flag” at registration more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Arnett leaving Chamber, to head up SOAR

FRANKFORT – The Shaping Our Appalachian Region executive board announced this week the hiring of Jared Arnett of Harold as the regional initiative’s founding executive director. Arnett, the President/CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, has been involved with the SOAR initiative since its start last December and currently serves as the chair of the business incubation working group. He will begin the new position Nov. 1. SOAR co-chairs Gov. Steve Beshear and U. S. Rep. Hal Rogers cited Arnett’s passion for the future of eastern Kentucky, energy, vision more on this story...  

10/10/2014
SBA loans available to flood victims

The U. S. Small Business Administration announced that certain private non-profit organizations that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides on Aug. 18-23 in Floyd, Johnson, Knott and Pike counties. For more information, visit http://disasterloan. sba. gov or call 800-659-2955. more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s planned

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held this weekend in the Pikeville City Park. Registration begins at 9 a. m. and the ceremony starts at 9:45 a. m. Organizers hope to raise at least $16,000 at the event, which is coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Bank 253, located at 253 Second St. in Pikeville is donating 10 percent of all proceeds raised from 4 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Friday, Oct. 10, to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Pike County schools find ‘cause to celebrate’

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County School District improved across the board in the third annual Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system, according to reports issued by the Kentucky Department of Education last week. Pike County School District Superintendent David Lester gathered administrators and principals for a press conference to announce that improvements seen district-wide on the assessment were a cause for celebration. The district’s overall accountability performance score climbed more than 20 points, from the 53rd percentile in 2013 to the 77th percentile, allowing the district to achieve a “Proficient” more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Letcher district ranking rises 53 points

WHITESBURG — Letcher County School District officials are celebrating an increase in scores in the state’s Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system. The district’s overall accountability performance score increased from 60. 5 in 2013 to 69. 1, and the district’s ranking climbed a whopping 53 points from the 26th percentile in 2013 to the 79th percentile. The “High Progress District” is also classified as “Proficient” and “Progressing. ” In assessments, middle school students scored above state average in reading, math, science, writing and social studies. more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Chess tourney is nationally rated

PIKEVILLE — For the first time, eastern Kentucky residents can participate in a local chess tournament that’s rated nationally by the U. S. Chess Federation. The East Kentucky Chess Club is hosting the tournament on Oct. 11 at Page 3 Game Zone, located at 547 N. Mayo Trail in Pikeville. Registration begins at 11:30 a. m. and the game starts at noon. Players who are already members of the U. S. C. F. or who want to sign up with the federation may choose to be rated through the U. S. C. F. or play in a more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Pikeville native crowned king at MSU homecoming

MOREHEAD — Pikeville native Austin Casebolt was crowned as Homecoming King 2014 at Morehead State University on Oct. 4. The announcement came during the halftime ceremony at the MSU game against Campbell University. Casebolt, son of Pikeville Medical Center Public Relations Specialist Carol Casebolt and her husband Dean of Pikeville, will reign alongside the MSU Queen 2014 Reno “Rennie” Davis, the daughter of Tom and Hallie Davis of Lancaster. Casebolt is a junior art education major at MSU. Davis is a senior art education major. more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Jenny Wiley Festival underway in P’burg

PRESTONSBURG — The Jenny Wiley Festival is underway this weekend in downtown Prestonsburg. The festival began Wednesday, Oct. 8, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 11, featuring live entertainment, a carnival, arts and craft booths, food vendors and numerous activities. The Prestonsburg Rotary Club will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 a. m. to 10 a. m. on Friday at the Floyd County Rescue Squad’s new facility on Cliff Road. Other events Friday include the opening of the craft show at 10 a. m. , a martial arts demonstration at more on this story...  

10/10/2014
UPIKE hosts ‘Humanities on the Hill’ event

PIKEVILLE — From “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to “Appalatin” music in the mountains, University of Pikeville students and faculty will highlight “Humanities on the Hill” on Friday, Oct. 10. Art, communication, English, film and media arts, music, religion and Spanish will each be featured during a variety of events on campus. “This festival will afford both the campus and Pikeville communities the opportunity to experience the richly textured tapestry that are the humanities,” said Phillip T. Westgate, DMA, associate professor of music. “The Humanities on the Hill festival is about celebrating the more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Red, White & Blue festival begins next week

MARTIN — The city of Martin is celebrating veterans during its annual Red, White & Blue Days Festival. The festival begins Wednesday, Oct. 15, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 18, in downtown Martin in Floyd County. It features art and craft vendors, food vendors, a carnival by Derby City Amusements, live entertainment beginning at 6 p. m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, train rides by the Oleika Temple Shriners and other activities. On Wednesday, entertainment includes the Cow Creek Teen Choir, Anointed and Kentucky Mountain Trio. more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Stumbo, Coleman honored at awards luncheon

LOUISVILLE — Two local leaders were among 11 people honored at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. Kentucky House Speaker Gregory D. “Greg” Stumbo of Prestonsburg and Pike County Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman received awards at the event. Stumbo was given the Lawrence Grauman Award, the most prestigious honor given annually by the law school’s alumni council. It honors Stumbo for a “lifetime of leadership and service to the profession and community. ” He started his work in the more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Eastern Kentucky walk to end Alzheimer’s set

PIKEVILLE — Local people who are interested in helping people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are invited to participate in the annual Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Pikeville this month. Organizers hope to raise at least $16,000 at the event, which will be held Oct. 11 at Pikeville City Park. Registration begins at 9 a. m. and the ceremony will be held at 9:45 a. m. Teri Shirk, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana, reports that funds from the walk will help the association more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Dawkins Line to expand

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear announced the awarding of a contract for construction of the next phase of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail in Eastern Kentucky – soon to be the longest trail of its kind in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  awarded the contract to Mountain Enterprises Inc. on a low bid of $1. 47 million. The first section of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail, stretching 18 miles from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County, opened to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders in summer 2013. more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Energetic teen seeks her new family

Brianna is ready to give her heart to a new family. If you have the ability to go with the flow, then you should inquire about Brianna. She is a girl who will keep you hopping! Brianna is seeking love and attention. She is outgoing and fun. She needs the stability of a lasting home. She has had several foster care placements and always hoped that she would be adopted by someone along the way. She is ready to do her part to more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Ribbon cutting set for Tech Medical

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to a ribbon cutting at Pike County’s newest technology business. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:30 p. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Tech Medical Center, located at 95 Weddington Br. Rd. in Pikeville. Owner Justin Bevins opened the business in early September, offering numerous technology services. Tech Medical Center specializes in the repair of cracked screens, bad batteries and software or hardware issues in smartphones, tablets and computers. With six years more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Jenny Wiley Festival begins next week

PRESTONSBURG — Thousands of people will pay homage to eastern Kentucky’s heritage during the annual Jenny Wiley Festival. The festival begins Wednesday, Oct. 8, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 11, in downtown Prestonsburg. Coordinators have planned numerous events and activities, including concerts by Melvin Goins, the Moron Brothers and Black Powder Express during the “Blue Grass Extravaganza” on Friday and the well-known band Confederate Railroad, America’s Got Talent contestant Jimmy Rose and 2014 Country Music Highway Road to Fame winner Jason Goble on Saturday evening. Live music more on this story...  

  

11/21/2014
Fundraiser to help Pike family’s ‘Little Miracle’

LEXINGTON — The community is rallying behind a Pike County family that has faced some trying times in the last few weeks. The Eastern Kentucky Women’s Care Collective has started an online fundraiser to help one of the group’s co-founders, Cristin Stanley-Potter, and her family. On Nov. 7, Sexton-Potter, wife of Pikeville Firefighter Nick Potter, gave birth to her son, Cullen Grier, three months early and he is being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. Cullen’s twin sister Genna Camille Potter died before more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Donations sought for Christmas event

PIKEVILLE — Two local residents are gathering donations for an annual event that helps hundreds of local families and children at Christmas. Pikeville Medical Center Receptionist Suzie Scott and her husband, Pastor Jimmy Scott, are planning to host their “Christmas Party & Pictures with Santa” event at Pike County Central High School from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. It will mark the 12th time they have hosted the event with help of local community members and businesses and it’s the first time they’re hosting it for their new more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Diggers return to Pike County

PIKEVILLE — A national television station has been filming in areas of Pike County this month as the cast and crew of a popular television show dig up relics of the past. Over the past couple of weeks, the cast and crew of the National Geographic television show “Diggers” have been working with Dr. Kim McBride of the Kentucky Archeology Survey at the University of Kentucky and officials at the University of Pikeville to search for artifacts at properties in the region that are affiliated with the Hatfield and McCoy feud.   It’s more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Brookside Dental now open in P’burg: Grand opening special available

PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County dentist has expanded and improved its services. Brookside Dental Care, formerly known as Bryan Griffith, DMD in Prestonsburg, recently opened its new business at 306 Wright’s Lane in Prestonsburg. The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting for the new business at 1 p. m. on Nov. 20. The business will host its grand opening and open house event from 11 a. m. to 7 p. m. that day. Brookside Dental is offering a free gift to the first 50 people who come during the more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Operation Christmas Child next week

Local residents can be a part of a project that helps children around the globe. The Operation Christmas Child National Shoebox Collection Week will be observed Nov. 17-24. Hosted by Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. Participants fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene products and other items and Samaritan’s Purse sends them to children in more than 100 countries on six continents. Nationally, more than 500,000 volunteers participate in Operation Christmas Child. The program has provided more than 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Senator McConnell, Congressman Rogers re-elected

FRANKFORT — Kentucky voters favored giving U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers more time in Congress during the General Election. McConnell is now set to become the majority leader of a Republican Senate, having beat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by more than 222,000 votes. Their opponent, a Libertarian, captured only 3. 08 percent of votes. During his speech, McConnell said it was a “hard fought” race. He commended Grimes for facing him and said she earned his respect for doing so. Grimes more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Judi’s Place for Kids accredited for outstanding service

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids was awarded re-accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers  across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation, the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance, denotes “excellence in service provision. ” Accredited CACs must undergo a more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Hannah defeats Duty in commissioner’s race: Mingo County has new state senator following General Election

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. – Mingo County welcomes a new county commissioner in People’s Party candidate Diann Hannah. Hannah defeated independent William “Bill” Duty to fill the unexpired term of Democrat David Baisden, who was forced out of office following his plea deal with federal prosecutors. Hannah currently has 3,772 votes with 34 of 39 precincts reporting, while Duty has 1,823 votes. Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith has no opposition on the ballot. The Mingo County Board of Education race ended with former educator Robert “Hank” Starr the more on this story...  

11/07/2014
P’burg gets new mayor; Smith beats Laferty

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County voters brought in a new mayor in the city of Prestonsburg, and a circuit judge contender who came in second during the Primary Election won the General Election by a tight margin. Voters unseated long-time Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin. Prestonsburg Council Member Lloyd “Les” Stapleton beat him by carrying 841 of 1,418 votes cast in the election. Kimber McGuire of McGuire Insurance Agency in Prestonsburg won the open seat on the city council. Council members David A. Gearheart, B. D. Nunnery, Harry Adams, Freddie Goble, Don Willis, Roy more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Signature HealthCARE completes renovation

PIKEVILLE — Signature HealthCARE announced recent upgrades at its 106-bed facility in Pikeville. Officials say the $750,000 renovations are designed to create a more comfortable, homelike environment for its residents. The changes range from upgrades to resident rooms and nurses’ stations to new furniture and an expanded physical therapy gym. The dining room has undergone an overhaul, adding a fireplace, television and buffet that caters to the personal preferences of individual residents. Already, the facility is seeing a reversal in weight loss patterns – a more on this story...  

11/07/2014
How to honor service men and women

Men and women serving in the military make considerable sacrifices in defense of America. It’s important for all Americans to recognize the efforts of both active and veteran servicemen and women. Honoring active military members and veterans does not have to be an elaborate undertaking. Service members and their families often cherish even simple gestures. Some ways to show your appreciation include: •Help a neighbor who’s on active duty. Active duty service members can be away from their families for long periods of time, and their absence can make things difficult for more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Pike County to honor veterans

Pike County officials will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 10 at 1 p. m. on the second floor of the Pike County Courthouse. “We encourage each and every Pike County resident to attend this event in order to properly recognize and honor the thousands of men and women who are currently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces,” a press release from the Judge-Executive’s office said. For complete details, call 606-432-6247. more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Remember local service members who gave all

Honor the Fallen, a Military Times website, and Faces of the Fallen, a Washington Post website, reported last week that 6,836 service members have died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation New Dawn since 2003. Most of the deaths were of men and women between the ages of 20-24. There have been 52 deaths recorded in America in 2014, and one of them was the death of an eastern Kentucky resident. The number of causalities includes 113 Kentucky residents more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Cowan Community Theater to feature ‘story play’

COWAN — Letcher County residents have been meeting collectively since August to celebrate and share the community’s history for a community theater project. The program, funded by Berea College’s Brushy Fork Institute and the Appalachian Regional Commission, is bringing together community members and theater experts to share stories of Letcher County at the Cowan Creek Community Center. It will be the second play produced from stories provided by local residents at the center. Cowan Creek hosted its first community story-telling play in 2013, working with playwright Angie DeBoard more on this story...  

10/31/2014
The beauty of creation

Last weekend Jo and I decided we would take a trip, just driving and looking at God’s beautiful creation. The foliage was beautiful  through the hills of Kentucky and on in to Tennessee. Not being able to find a room in Tennessee due to the arts and crafts festival show and people doing just what we were doing, we then drove on to North Carolina.   The trees were breathtaking crossing the mountain from Gatlinburg to Cherokee. How can anyone can say there is no more on this story...  

10/31/2014
May offers legal, financial planning

PIKEVILLE — Who would look after your personal affairs and your health care if an illness or injury caused you to become disabled? Attorneys Pamela T. May and Phillip A. Robinette answered those and other questions in a presentation, “Legal and Financial Planning for Dementia,” at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office in Pike County on Oct. 27. The law firm and the Extension Office partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to host the workshop free to local residents. “These kinds of events are very important, especially having someone more on this story...  

10/31/2014
ACT performs children’s classic

ELKHORN CITY — Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City is opening a new play next week. The theatre is hosting performances of the children’s classic, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” from Nov. 6-16. The play, one of two plays ACT performs annually for children, is based on the classic written by C. S. Lewis. Set in the land of Narnia, it recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan the lion and the adventures of four children who wander into Narnia. ACT will also more on this story...  

10/31/2014
May featured at UPIKE business lecture series

PIKEVILLE – Pamela T. May was the featured speaker for the University of Pikeville’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series. May presented a workshop entitled “The Next Big Thing: Leaders are Needed” on Oct. 29 at the UPIKE Booth Auditorium. May established and operates Pam May Law Firm, P. S. C. , an office which specializes in litigation, defense work, corporate and business law, employment law, health care law and immigration law. Previously, she was a partner with Stratton, May and Hays and also served as assistant Pike County attorney. more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Several offices up for grabs in Pike County this year

Pike County will have a new sheriff, as Pike County Jailer Rodney Scott beat long-time incumbent Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee during the Primary. No Republicans sought the office. Other Pike County races have several candidates on the ballot. Judge-Executive Former Judge-Executive William “Bill” Deskins, who beat incumbent Wayne T. Rutherford in the Primary by 619 votes, faces write-in candidate Carol Napier next week. Napier, of Kimper, currently serves as Commissioner of Community Services.   County Clerk In more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Letcher voters to decide several offices this election

Several races were determined during the Primary Election in Letcher County, but many candidates still face opposition. Judge-Executive Letcher County Judge-Executive Jim Ward, the Democratic incumbent, faces Republican candidate Hatler Dee Kiser of Jenkins. Neither candidate was opposed in the Primary. Sheriff The sheriff’s race pits Roland Craft, who won the Republican Primary by 205 votes, against incumbent Danny R. Webb, who carried 72. 84 percent of votes in the Democratic Primary. Coroner Letcher County Coroner Marty A. more on this story...  

10/24/2014
City breaks ground at Marion Branch $13 million road, bridge projects to build business: $13 million road, bridge projects to build business

PIKEVILLE — Local and state officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Pikeville Industrial Park, located at Marion Branch, on Oct. 20. The event marked the beginning of a $5. 7 million road project and an $8 million bridge project at the 400-acre industrial site. Earlier this year, international animal nutrition company Alltech announced it would be the park’s first tenant, with plans to open a fish hatchery and an egg production facility there. Officials say the road and bridge construction, as well as other infrastructure projects underway there, will provide more jobs more on this story...  

10/24/2014
Charles needs a loving family

He enjoys gardening and is interested in horticulture. Like most boys his age, Charles also enjoys playing sports and watching television. He is also very intelligent and likes to read. He does great in school when he concentrates on his work and stays focused. Sometimes he gets distracted with everything going on around him. He is intuitive and has a great imagination! At times he can be impulsive and acts before he takes the time to think things through. more on this story...  

10/24/2014
Last weekend to see Alice in Wonderland

ELKHORN CITY — Oct. 26 marks the last performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City. Based on the classic children’s story by Lewis Carroll, the play follows Alice’s “mad romp” through Wonderland. A tumble down a white rabbit’s hole leads Alice to a curious playground filled with fantastic escapades and absurd characters—all entirely mad, of course! Pike County Extension Agent for Fine Arts Stephanie Richards serves as executive director for the play, which is sponsored by Raging Rapids Art Gallery in Elkhorn City. more on this story...  

10/24/2014
Ground broken for Letcher research facility

The surrounding hillsides ablaze with autumn colors, dreary skies and a chilling breeze beckoned late afternoon rain showers. But in a few short months, just on the other side of a long and desolate winter, the Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Station will spring back to life in a way that already has Eastern Kentucky University, scientific researchers throughout the nation and local officials abuzz with excitement. The EKU Board of Regents joined University and Letcher County officials on Monday, Oct. 20, at a groundbreaking ceremony for a research facility and adjacent bunkhouse more on this story...  

10/17/2014
New library now open: Facility combines old favorites with conveniences suited for digital patrons

PIKEVILLE — After four years of planning and two years of construction, the Pike County Public Library District opened its new library this week. Located on Thompson Rd. near Burger King and Tractor Supply in Pikeville, the state-of-the-art $10 million facility offers all the amenities Pike County Library patrons have come to expect at other district branches and a few additional features and services. “A lot of planning and a lot of soul searching went into this building,” said Oscar Blackburn, president of the library district board. Library more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Weight loss guru to visit Pikeville: Shake Senora brings Neil Burns to talk about losing 475 lbs.

PIKEVILLE — A Richmond native whose amazing weight loss story has been featured on national television is traveling to Pikeville to encourage others who are ready to lose weight. Neil Burns was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the “Dr. Oz Show” after he lost more than 475 pounds. His story has also been told on countless local television stations and in newspapers and magazines. He will teach a class on his unique workout style and give a motivational presentation at Shake Senora in Pikeville on Saturday, Oct. 25. The class will more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Alzheimer’s Association to host free workshops

The Alzheimer’s Association is helping several workshops to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, resulting in the loss of memory, thinking and language skills and behavioral changes. The association’s Greater Kentucky-Southern Indiana Chapter will host a workshop entitled “What’s your personal Risk for Alzheimer’s disease?” in Pikeville from 6:30 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Oct. 23 at the Pikeville Medical Center Medical Library. For more information, call Sarah Tarrant at 859-323-1331 or email sarah. tarrant@uky. edu. The association is also more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Finch is a ‘Difference Maker’

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers honored outgoing UNITE Pike Chairman Bob Finch during an Oct. 9 visit to the region. Rogers presented Bob Finch, who has chaired UNITE Pike for eight years, with the “Difference Maker Award,” an honor he bestows on residents in the Fifth Congressional District who “go above and beyond” the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of others. Finch, a native of New York, moved to eastern Kentucky in 2006, when he became the director of missions for the Pike Association of Southern more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Hope Wall on display

PIKEVILLE — The Hope Wall is now on display in Pike County. Established last year by Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education), the Hope Wall features the names of people who have been in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction for at least 18 months. It is geared to give hope to people who are struggling through a loved one’s substance abuse addiction. It demonstrates that addiction has no boundaries and that all walks of life are affected by the disease. It was unveiled during a special more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Hobby Lobby open at Pikeville Commons; Marshalls opening soon

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville officials joined business leaders and area residents to celebrate the opening of the first store in the Pikeville Commons retail development this week. Hobby Lobby opened for business on Oct. 9 and leaders there joined city officials and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 13. “I’m so pleased to welcome you to our beautiful new Hobby Lobby store,” Hobby Lobby Store Manager Tom Clawson told the crowd. “Thank you for joining us in celebration of our new store. ” Hobby Lobby more on this story...  

10/17/2014
WestCare to offer outpatient treatment to adolescents

PIKEVILLE — WestCare Kentucky is expanding services to offer substance abuse treatment services to children, teenagers and young adults. WestCare Senior Vice President Jeffrey Caudill announced that the organization received a $600,982 grant through the Kentucky Kids Recovery Grant Program to expand outpatient substance abuse treatment services to young people between the ages of 16 and 21. The funding came from a lawsuit settlement negotiated through Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway with two pharmaceutical companies. More than 50 young people will have access to “professional, confidential” outpatient more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Rodeo tickets remain on sale at Expo

PIKEVILLE — Tickets are still available for a rodeo that will take place at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville this month. 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 Rodeo Company owner Danny Hedrick said, “We will have contestants from all over the nation for this event. This is one of the last rodeos this year to earn points in the I. P. R. A. championship. ” Contestants will earn more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Jenny Wiley Park ranger honored

PRESTONSBURG — A  local park ranger earned a state honor last week. James Burke, a Kentucky State Park ranger who is stationed in eastern Kentucky, received the Governor’s Ambassador Award for Courage during an Oct. 8 ceremony in Frankfort. Burke was nominated for his role in reviving a guest who fell ill while visiting Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in July. Burke said he was at the park’s campground store when a man ran in to inform workers that a park guest was having a heart attack at the boat more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Appalachian Air sells first tickets: Tickets to be discounted initially

PIKEVILLE — For the first time, eastern Kentucky residents can purchase airline tickets and fly commercially in and out of Pikeville. Appalachian Air, a charter flight operated by Public Charters of Pennsylvania and Corporate Flight Management of Tennessee, started selling tickets online on Oct. 6. The first flight will leave Pikeville and arrive at the Nashville International Airport on Oct. 27. “This is a major milestone for this project,” said Luke B. Schmidt, President of Louisville-based L. B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC, the consulting firm that has served as the facilitator of this project more on this story...  

10/10/2014
McConnell, Grimes to debate

Kentucky Educational Television will broadcast a debate next week between the most hotly contested race in Kentucky. KET will broadcast a debate between Republican U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is seeking the U. S. Senate seat in the November election. KET host Bill Goodman will lead the debate with both candidates. It will be broadcast at 8 p. m. on Oct. 13; at midnight, 7 a. m. and 6 p. m. on Oct. 14; and at 2 a. m. and 5 a. m. on Oct. 15. more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Coverall owner credits God, prayers for overcoming cancer, success in business

There’s something divine happening in eastern Kentucky and Coverall territory owners Ernie and Yvonne Gullett are a part of it. Since 2006, the Gulletts have serviced businesses spanning 15 counties along the eastern corner of Kentucky and are having their best year to date. The Gullett team attributes this success to leadership from God and the dedication of their employees, who put customer happiness at the forefront of everything they do. Ernie firmly believes that hiring customer-centric employees ensures both high-quality service and happy customers. “We recently hired more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Pikeville schools ranked among the best

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Independent School District once again scored among the highest in the state in the third annual Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system, according to reports issued by the Kentucky Department of Education last week. The district raised its overall accountability performance score from 73. 1 last school year to 75. 6. Last year, the district ranked in the 94th percentile statewide. It climbed to the 98th percentile and achieved a “Distinguished” classification this year. In the assessments, the district scored above state averages for more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Floyd County is ‘District of Distinction’: District ranks 12th in state assessment

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County School District ranks among the top schools in the state in the annual Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system, according to reports issued by the Kentucky Department of Education last week. Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday joined Sen. Johnny Ray Turner and Rep. Greg Stumbo in a community celebration to announce the results for the district, which now ranks as 12th in the state overall and among the top 10 districts, statewide, in terms of scores. Thousands of students, parents, school officials and community members more on this story...  

10/10/2014
State assessment ‘starting point’ for Jenkins

JENKINS — Results from the state’s Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system tells a story about the Jenkins Independent School District, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Superintendent Fredrick Bowling said the scores mark the beginning of new chapter in the school’s academic future. He said the district’s rating on this assessment is a stepping stone toward what lies ahead. “At Jenkins, it’s more than just test scores,” he said. “We have people here who really care about the kids. We look at these test more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Broken Trail Horse Ride helps needy children

PIKEVILLE — The Broken Trail Horse Club invites the public to its fall trail ride. The trail ride, set to be held Oct. 17-19 at the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport, provides funds the club uses to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need. It features camping, trail riding, games for children, contests for adults, live entertainment and other activities. Club members will offer a deep-fried turkey and soup beans dinner for $8 and auction to raise funds on Saturday. Camping sites are primitive, more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Appalachian Heritage Festival this weekend

BREAKS, Va. — Breaks Interstate Park will host the fourth annual Appalachian Heritage Festival on Oct. 11-12, showcasing regional crafters, musicians, and time-honored Appalachian traditions. “Our region has a very rich heritage, and this festival is an opportunity to put the spotlight on that,” said Superintendent Austin Bradley. “Those who attend will have the opportunity to speak with the exhibitors, and see hands-on demonstrations, and in some cases even participate themselves,” he said. The Appalachian Heritage Festival will focus on traditional and cultural art forms, such as corn shuck dolls, oil painting, quilting, handmade more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Last Muscle on Main this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky residents who have not yet attended a Muscle on Main event in Pikeville have only one opportunity left this season to do so. The final 2014 Muscle on Main event will be held Oct. 10-11. “We welcome everyone to come down for this last Muscle on Main event,” Pikeville Executive Director of Tourism Larry McGaughy said. “We’re going to try to blow it up and make it a big one. ” McGaughy estimates that between 4,000 and 6,000 people travel to Pikeville to attend Muscle more on this story...  

10/10/2014
TJLF hosts annual charity dinner

PAINTSVILLE — Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Jordan Light Foundation Charity Dinner, which will begin at 6 p. m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Christian foundation, which works to help families facing medical crisis. Activities include dinner at the Ramada Inn, live entertainment, door prizes and an auction. Photographer John Michael will also offer 5X7 portraits for all ticket holders. Tickets to the charity dinner are $60 per person or $100 more on this story...  

10/03/2014
P’burg walk raises funds, awareness for JDRF

PRESTONSBURG — More than 500 people worked to “turn type one into type none” during the Big Sandy Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sept. 27. The event, held at Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus, raised more than $22,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization that helps children with diabetes and funds research geared to eradicate the disease. A large portion of the funds raised came from presenting sponsor Walters Toyota in Pikeville. Joyce Patton, the company’s Customer Resolution Manager, presented a check for $12,353. She said those funds more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Congressman Rogers to visit

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers will visit eastern Kentucky next week. Rogers is expected to speak at the UNITE Pike Coalition meeting at 12:30 p. m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at First Baptist Church in Pikeville. The coalition, geared to stop drug abuse in the region, changed its regular meeting time to accommodate Rogers. He will also participate in a groundbreaking ceremony that day for the new lift station that will be constructed on Thompson Road in Pikeville. The project will benefit the new Pikeville Commons development and more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Paint Pikeville Pink raises $63K

PIKEVILLE — The Fourth Annual Paint Pikeville Pink was a whopping success in Pike County on Sept. 20. The event raised more money this year than it collectively raised in its first three years. Since 2011, Paint Pikeville Pink has raised more than $47,000 for Blessed Beyond Measure, a Pikeville-based nonprofit organization that helps underinsured and noninsured cancer patients in eastern Kentucky, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a national organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer and helping patients who have it. On Sept. 20, the race raised $63,141 for more on this story...  

10/03/2014
‘Myrtle Creek Paintings’ on exhibit next week

PIKEVILLE — The Weber Art Gallery at the University of Pikeville is currently featuring “The Myrtle Creek Paintings,” works by Steve Ward. “These paintings are about the desires involved in the tales of secret contracts made in plausibly denied military bases, almond eyes of deep telepathic blackness and hypnotically triggered re-countings of time scattered abductions,” said Ward. “They make no claim as to the veracity or soundness of the claims they represent, but are insistent about the sincerity of those who make them. ” The art show will run through Oct 10. All paintings more on this story...  

10/03/2014
‘Feud on the Forks’ set for next week: City hosting first-ever event

PIKEVILLE — Local waterways will open up to anglers for the first-ever “Feud on the Forks” competition this month. The kayak and canoe river bass tournament will be hosted by the city of Pikeville on the Levisa Fork River and the Russell Fork River. Registration is at 5 a. m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Pikeville City Park, and competitors have until 4 p. m. to catch their fish. Pre-registration is also available online at http://cityofpikeville. com. It is a catch-photo-release tournament and competitors must take a picture of their prize more on this story...  

10/03/2014
‘Diwali: Festival of Lights’ set for Prestonsburg: Tickets on sale for Nov. 1 event

PRESTONSBURG — The eastern Kentucky Indian community is excited to announce “Diwali: Festival of Lights” in Prestonsburg this winter. Tickets are currently on sale for the event, which will be held Nov. 1 at the Mountain Arts Center. The Diwali Festival is one of India’s largest festivals. It celebrates the “victory of good over evil,” coincides with the end of harvesting season, which is observed on the New Moon that occurs annually between October and November. The program will begin with a traditional Indian prayer called a “Puja” at more on this story...  

10/03/2014
PAMPERING THE POOCHES: Pikeville Dog Park now open

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville took another step to improve the quality of life for people in the region this week. City officials held a ribbon cutting for the new Pikeville Dog Park, located across from the Pikeville Area Family YMCA at Bob Amos Park, on Sept. 29. The park officially opened to the public on Sept. 30. “This is another great addition that this commission is bringing to our great city,” said Sean Cochran, Pikeville City Operations Administrator. Commissioner Jerry Keith Coleman approached city more on this story...  

 






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