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ELKHORN CITY —Elkhorn City’s economic development took a giant step forward this week with the announcement of funding for a new $3. 375 million wastewater treatment plant project. Mayor Mike Taylor said the city hopes to have the facility, which will be located on the existing plant site near the mouth of John Moore Branch, up and operating within the next year. “This will give us the opportunity to bring in new businesses to the industrial site,” Taylor said during a ground breaking ceremony held at the community center on April 27. “With the more on this story...  

Former POW Lynch coming to Pike County

PIKEVILLE — Former Private First Class and former Prisoner of War (POW) Jessica Lynch will be making to visits to Pike County on May 7-8. Lynch will be speaking at 7 p. m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Booth Auditorium on the University of Pikeville campus. She will then speak at 11 a. m. on Sunday, May 8, at Faith Baptist Church of Myra. Lynch, who was injured and captured by Iraqi forces in 2003, was rescued nine days later by U. S. Special Operation Forces. She was the more on this story...  

UPIKE hosts weekend of discovery with biblical archaeologist

PIKEVILLE — Join the University of Pikeville Alumni Association on April 29-30, at 7 p. m. to hear renowned biblical archaeologist Bryant Wood, Ph. D. , discuss archaeological mysteries from the Old Testament. Wood is known for his reevaluation of the excavation of Jericho and his work at Khirbet el-Maqatir, a site north of Jerusalem. His visit is part of a series of events leading to a temporary museum exhibit of “biblical proportions” when “Khirbet el-Maqatir: A Journey through Biblical History” is hosted in Pikeville, Ky. , for six months beginning in January 2017. Wood more on this story...  

Teachers awarded vision grants

PIKEVILLE — Teachers in six eastern Kentucky schools are the recipients of a 2016 Teacher Vision Grant from Kentucky Power. The program rewards teachers with mini-grants up to $500 to incorporate original and innovative programs and lessons into their classrooms. “These grants are designed to reward the talents and creativity of preschool through 12th grade educators devoted to challenging and motivating our young people,” Kentucky Power President and COO Greg Pauley said Thursday. “We recognize that teachers and education are key to the success of eastern Kentucky. That’s why we’re happy that we can support teachers more on this story...  

Students visit UPIKE art studios

PIKEVILLE — Students from Pikeville Independent Schools recently visited the University of Pikeville’s art department and participated in workshops. Elementary students worked with fingerprint prints, mono prints, fruit and vegetable prints and made marbled paper. Junior high and high school students carved a relief print and produced an edition of three to five prints. The students are participants of Pikeville Independent’s Gifted and Talented Program. UPIKE art faculty Petra Carroll, MFA, associate professor of art; Patricia Kowalok, MFA, professor of art; and Paula Smith, adjunct faculty in more on this story...  

National Day of Prayer set for May 5; event set for Pike City Park

PIKEVILLE — The 65th annual National Day of Prayer will be on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The theme is “Wake Up, America” and the key verse is from Isa. 58:1: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.   Raise your voice like a trumpet. . . ” The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s more on this story...  

KYTC urges drivers to be ‘work zone alert’: Work Zone Awareness Week observed

FRANKFORT — Many Kentucky drivers will encounter at least one work zone during their daily travels and a split second of driver inattention can turn a highway work zone into a death zone. In an effort to educate Kentuckians on the importance of following work zone safety and traffic laws, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has launched Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15, held in conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week. “Titus Morris and Chris Adams are two names that may not be widely known,” said Governor Matt Bevin. “Titus more on this story...  

UPIKE business professor recognized

PIKEVILLE — David Snow, D. M, was presented with the Showcase Award during the Small Business Institute (SBI) annual conference. Snow is the director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville office and the director of the SBI program, director of business competitions and associate professor of business at the University of Pikeville. Snow earned the award for his SBI program work and the accomplishments of the Kentucky Innovation Network’s Pikeville office. Both programs strive to serve local entrepreneurs and small business owners.   “The Small Business Institute is a fantastic organization which strives to more on this story...  

Asimellis joins UPIKE faculty

PIKEVILLE — George Asimellis, Ph. D. , joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry as an assistant professor and will oversee the development and coordination of the geometric optics and vision science courses and development of the laser surgical procedures course. He joins the college from LaserVision Clinical and Research Eye Institute in Athens, Greece, where he was the research director. Asimellis received his doctoral degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. , and completed a fellowship at Wellman Labs of Photomedicine at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. more on this story...  

Laserock show to debut at EKSC

PRESTONSBURG — Laserock will make its Kentucky debut at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) on Saturday, April 16. Steve Russo, director of the EKSC, said the show, featuring songs by Ozzy Osborne, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Yes, Motorhead, Rush, Genesis and Emerson Lake and Palmer, will debut at a 7 p. m. showing on Saturday, April 16. “We are excited that we are the first planetarium in Kentucky to have this show,” said Russo. “This is a great show that will entertain the more on this story...  


Collaborative practice enriches health care curriculum

PIKEVILLE– More than 250 students and 33 facilitators from health care fields came together on the University of Pikeville campus with a common goal: to increase communication among health care professionals. The inter-professional education (IPE) event was designed for students, educators and professionals to work together to provide quality care. Participation in inter-professional education events is incorporated in the curriculum of students who are completing coursework and will soon be entering health care fields. Students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and UPIKE’s RN-BSN and associate degree more on this story...  

Super Heroes

There is currently a comic-book craze emphasizing fictitious super heroes battling the forces of evil with their own respective ‘super powers. ’  It seems as though there is a thirst for good conquering evil in the perilous times in which we live.   These are nice fantasies, but what about true heroes who actually fought the genuine forces of evil?    My father, Marvin Thacker, is among the last surviving soldiers of World War II.   He enlisted in the autumn of 1942 at the age of 17 and fought in battles such as Normandy, the Battle of the more on this story...  

Pikeville Food City now offering GoCart shopping service

PIKEVILLE — Food City on Cassady Blvd. is going above and beyond to help ease the burden of grocery shopping. Store Manager Tim Collins  announced GoCart shopping service for shoppers at the Pikeville store location. “Time is everything,” Collins said. “This is a big advantage for many folks who visit the store. He said the new service is a great convenience for customers who are limited to the amount of time they want and can shop. FoodCity. com will offer all the brands and items available in the more on this story...  

Twin Branch ribbon cutting set for Saturday

WILLIAMSON —Members of the public will get a long-awaited sneak peek at the Twin Branch Motorsports Complex drag strip this Saturday, April 23, at the facility. The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the dragstrip at 1 p. m. The ceremony will be hosted by the Mingo County Commission and the Logan County Commission and will feature a “cruise in” event featuring the cars of local drag racing enthusiasts. The facility is still under construction; however, interest in the progress of the project has led local leaders more on this story...  

BSCTC, SOAR present at AACC conference

CHICAGO, Ill. — Representatives from Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) gave a presentation entitled “There’s a Future in Fiber: Building a network of human capital and collaboration to transform Eastern Kentucky” at the 96th Annual American Association of Community Colleges convention in Chicago, Ill. on Monday, April 11. Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC; Kelli Hall, interim dean of career education and workforce development; and Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR laid out the collaborative vision of the college, SOAR and other stakeholders to build a workforce more on this story...  

Noah’s Bill becomes state law

PIKEVILLE — Noah Greenhill’s battle with Eosinophilic Disease gained the nine-year-old boy statewide attention. The legislation known as Noah’s Bill was signed into law Tuesday by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, helping ease the financial burden for Greenhill’s family as well as others across the state who suffer from the rare disease. Noah, who was at Bevin’s side during the bill signing, battles a condition that has left him severely allergic to most food. “This has been a great journey for us as a family,” said Stephanie Greenhill, Noah’s mother. “We more on this story...  

BSCTC to host job fair in P’burg on April 20: Kelly services, representing Toyota, will be in attendance

PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), the Kentucky Coal Academy, the East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program and Kentucky Career Center will hold a Job Fair from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. , Wednesday, April 20, on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC. “We are very proud to work with EKCEP, Big Sandy Community Action Program and the Kentucky Career Center to bring this job fair to the people of our region,” said Kelli Hall, interim dean of career education and workforce development at BSCTC. more on this story...  

Gray, Porter join Community Trust

LEXINGTON — Andy D. Waters, President and CEO of Community Trust and Investment Company, is pleased to announce that Ryan M. Gray has rejoined his team as Vice President, Business Development / Investment Sales Officer with CTIC’s Wealth and Trust Management (WTM) division. As a key member of the business development team, Mr. Gray’s responsibilities include initiating new relationships with high net worth individuals and institutions for actively managed fee-based business.   He will work with prospects and new clients of Community Trust’s Wealth and Trust Management (WTM) team and effectively communicate the more on this story...  

KYCOM ranks among top schools

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) has earned high marks in rural medicine ranking 11th among all medical schools in the nation, both D. O. and M. D. , in the U. S. News & World Report’s rankings of best medical schools for 2017. KYCOM was the highest ranked D. O. medical school in rural medicine. KYCOM also ranked 15th in family medicine and fourth in the percentage of graduates who enter primary care residencies. Several osteopathic medical schools were among the top-ranked medical schools in more on this story...  

Officials bring awareness to child abuse

PIKEVILLE — When children are nurtured, they can grow up to be happy and healthy adults. But when they lack an attachment to a caring adult, receive inconsistent nurturing, or experience harsh discipline, the consequences can affect their lifelong health, well-being, and relationships with others. Pike County held the 2016 Child Abuse Awareness Prevention and Proclamation kickoff event in Pikeville City Park on April 6.   Those in attendance participated in the program to help recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. “I am so thankful to work with such an amazing team more on this story...  


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