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01/30/2015
Local representatives speak at legislative forum

PRESTONSBURG — The need for eastern Kentucky cities and counties to unite for the betterment of the region was a recurring theme during the Regional Legislative Town Hall Forum. The event, held Jan. 27 at Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus, was organized by Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Letcher County Chamber of Commerce and the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, commended the effort. “I commend the chambers for leading the way in, rather than talking about working more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Floyd business seeks artisans: Friday Night Market to be held next week

PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County business is giving local artisans a chance to display and sell their wares. Stephanie Marsh, owner of All Good Things, invites artisans to participate in the Third Annual Friday Night Market. She will extend the store hours from 5 p. m. to 9 p. m. on Friday, Feb. 6, and invite the public to meet local and regional artisans, who will sell their artwork, jewelry and crafts in her store. “It’s a fun evening,” she said. “We do this to celebrate the store’s birthday. These artisans are so talented and more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Program offers job training for seniors

HAZARD — A local agency is working to help low-income senior citizens make money while they learn job skills. The U. S. Department of Labor funds the Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program, providing grants to state agencies and 15 national nonprofit organizations. Locally, the program is overseen by the Kentucky River Area Development District, and it serves senior citizens in Floyd, Pike, Letcher, Perry, Knott, Leslie and Breathitt counties. Participants must be at least 55 years old, unemployed and have a family income of no more more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Pike County native honored in Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON — A Pike County poet was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame this week. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning named Pike County poet Effie Waller Smith as one of six inductees in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame during a Jan. 28 ceremony in Lexington. Other inductees included Guy davenport of Fayette County, Elizabeth Hardwich of Fayette County, Jim Wayne Miller of Warren County, Hunter S. Thompson of Jefferson County and Henry County resident Wendell Berry, the organization’s first living Hall of Fame inductee. more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Promise Zone program successful

WHITESBURG — Sandi Curd, coordinator of the Promise Zone initiative, was the guest speaker at the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce meeting on Jan. 26. Curd, working through the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, was hired to manage the implementation of the Promise Zone strategic plan and serve as a liaison between the Promise Zone communities and the corporation. Last January, President Barack Obama selected Bell, Harlan, Letcher Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley County in eastern Kentucky as one of five Promise Zones in America — making these communities more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Local artists offer scholarships

HINDMAN — A group of local artists are working together to grow eastern Kentucky’s next generation of artists. Shawn Owens of Knott County and Lacy Hale of Letcher County are working together with several other artists to launch Eastern Kentucky for Arts Education. The group is currently seeking nonprofit status through the Internal Revenue Service in hopes of raising funds to provide scholarships to high school students who want to become artists in Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry, Floyd and Harlan counties. Owens, a local hotel owner, serves as more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Building stronger kids: Pikeville YMCA program to expand to more schools

PIKEVILLE — For the past eight weeks, the Pikeville Area Family YMCA has been building stronger students at Johns Creek Elementary School in Pike County. Nearly 50 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at the school are enrolled in the Rotary Youth Fitness Challenge. “I’ve seen lots of changes in these kids since we started this program,” Pikeville Area Family YMCA Fitness Director Jim Hatfield said. “When we first started, they were pretty laid back. They didn’t want to do that much, but we made leaders out of them. Most of them more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Local entrepreneurs entice buyers with book, jewelry: ‘Lula & Lily’ party set Jan. 31 for Pike

PIKEVILLE — Two Floyd County entrepreneurs are combining their love for children’s stories and jewelry to grow a new business. Sisters-in-law Missy Carter and Lisa Carter recently published “Lula & Lily Sprinklz and Twinklz Birthday Adventure,” a book about two twins and their adventures. In the book,  illustrated by Jon Vorholt and Eric Kittleberger of Ohio, the two twins celebrate a birthday at Princess Penelope Charming’s magical castle and receive bracelets. Patrons who purchase the book receive a sterling silver charm bracelet and each book that will be released in the future will offer additional charms more on this story...  

01/23/2015
LIVING THE DREAM: Mingo resident earns state honor for civic awareness, public service

CHARLESTON, W. Va.   — Chattaroy resident Jada Hunter retired more than a year ago, but you wouldn’t know it. She served more than four decades as an educator and school administrator, but the thousands of students she’s mentored along the way are only part of her legacy. Currently, she serves as president of Action in Mingo, which organizes the annual King Coal Festival and the Great White Way in Williamson. She is president of the Huntington chapter of The Links, Inc. , a national service organization that helps raise the cultural status of African American more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Estep earns Heisman award

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School senior Cody Estep was recently chosen among 1,020 state finalists as the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner. One senior male and one senior female from each state is selected as a state winner. Clara Johnson of Greenville was the other state winner.   Estep was selected based on his outstanding academic and athletic achievements and leadership within his community. For 20 years, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has recognized the achievements of exceptionally well-rounded students. Like the collegiate Heisman Memorial more on this story...  

01/23/2015
APCC seeks ‘Banquet for Life’ sponsors

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center will celebrate eight years of changing lives with its second Banquet for Life, set to begin at 6 p. m. on Feb. 5 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. APCC Executive Director Kay Hammond said, “I am so thankful for the many people that have enthusiastically shared the vision of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center of giving hope to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies and making a difference in the lives of unborn babies. ” APCC, a nonprofit organization in Pikeville that helps families facing unplanned pregnancies, hosts the more on this story...  

01/23/2015
H.O.M.E.S. expands web services: Applications for volunteers, assistance online

WHITESBURG — A Letcher County assistance organization started the New Year with a new face, online. H. O. M. E. S. Inc. , (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service) a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing through new construction, renovation and rental opportunities, recently updated its website to allow volunteers and donors to sign up online and give potential clients easy access to application forms and information. “We’re trying to be a little more social media and website friendly to people,” H. O. M. E. S. Program Manager and Housing Specialist Rachel Chambers said. “It seems like more more on this story...  

01/23/2015
SOAR summit registration underway

PIKEVILLE – After an ambitious first year of mobilizing support and cataloguing visions for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, Governor Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and SOAR executive director Jared Arnett announced the second annual SOAR Summit will accelerate work to implement strategies for growth in eastern Kentucky communities. Everyone with an interest in the region’s long-term development is invited to attend the Summit, titled “Creating Our Future: Regional Strategies for Growth and Development. ” The Summit will be held at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville on Feb. 16.   Online registration is available more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Floyd, Letcher, Pike highlighted in magazine

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet highlighted several local communities for their efforts to improve and protect their natural resources. The cabinet’s latest issue of “Land Air & Water” highlights Elkhorn City, Jenkins, Wayland, Hazard and Paintsville in an article about communities that use grant funding to enhance greenspaces. The article highlighted the accomplishments of a project called “Increasing Rural Community Wealth and Environmental Health in Southwest Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky Coal Counties. ” It was a partnership between the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Virginia Department of Forestry, more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Bringing eastern KY to the forefront: Pike County featured on travel guide cover

PIKEVILLE — It’s taken years, but eastern Kentucky is finally front and center. A photograph taken in Pike County is featured as the cover photograph of the 2015 Official Visitor’s Guide of Kentucky. It’s the first time that eastern Kentucky has been featured on the nationally-distributed guide, published by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.   “This region is the jewel of Kentucky,” Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett said. The travel guide is a free publication distributed to all Kentucky welcome centers on interstate more on this story...  

01/16/2015
P’burg native gets leading role in film: Holbrook plays alongside Elizabeth Banks in “Little Accidents”

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to see an eastern Kentucky native take his first starring role on the big screen next month. Prestonsburg native Boyd Holbrook, 33, has a leading role in the movie, “Little Accidents,” which will be released, today, Jan. 16, on demand and in theaters across the country. The movie is also planned to be released at the Riverfill Theatre in Pikeville on Feb. 6. Holbrook, who played Kevin Costner’s son in the History Channel series “Hatfield & McCoys” and held other roles in the films like more on this story...  

01/16/2015
New zip line to open at Bob Amos Park in April

PIKEVILLE — Construction is underway on the new zip line canopy tour, which is expected to open in April at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville. The project will bring eight cable zip lines, platforms and a swinging bridge to Bob Amos. The Pikeville City Commission inked a contract with Zip Line Pro owners Robert and Joanna Nickell in April 2014 to construct, maintain and manage a zip line canopy tour at Bob Amos. City Manager Donovan Blackburn reported that the couple experienced several situations that required them to be more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Local groups receive grants

Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Rep. Greg Stumbo announced that $32 million recovered in settlements with two pharmaceutical companies will be used to expand substance abuse treatment. A portion of the funding will be used to purchase heroin overdose reversal kits, called Naloxone Rescue Kits, for Kentucky hospitals that have the highest rates of heroin overdose deaths. Naloxone immediately reverses the effects of heroin overdose. These kits will be given to overdose patients free of charge when they leave more on this story...  

01/16/2015
She loves to read

Elizabeth  is a dynamic young lady who loves to read and enjoys going to Starbucks. She would love to have a family that has two parents. Lizzie would prefer to be the only child in the home so she can have all the attention and love she deserves. If there are other children in the home Lizzie would prefer they were her age or older. Lizzie loves animals and would love to be able to have animals in her forever home. She enjoys living more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Spotlight on Success: Online gaming brought him to National

A cross-country friendship that developed during online video gaming that led nursing student Charlie Meuth to the Pikeville Campus. He was living in San Antonio, Texas when his video gaming friend, Cory Hamilton, offered him a place to live while he earned his degree in the Pikeville Campus nursing program. “I’ve always wanted to do something medical, and I got tired of doing construction and physical labor. So, I finally said ‘Alright, I’m ready,” said Meuth. Although there were a number of nursing programs in the area, Meuth chose more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Local musician honored in Rolling Stone: Stamper releases first album at age 84

The Rolling Stone Magazine recently posted an album review about an elderly Knott County native who recently released his first album. The magazine dubbed 84-year-old Charlie Stamper, brother of influential bluegrass fiddler and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Art Stamper, now deceased, as a pioneer in Bluegrass music. At age 84, Stamper released his debut album, “Glory to the Meeting House,” through June Appal Records at Appalshop in Whitesburg in December. J. D. Wilkes of the Southern-gothic punk band the Legendary Shack Shakers, co-produced the album. He told Rolling Stone that more on this story...  

01/16/2015
McConnell takes oath of office

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was officially sworn in last week as the Majority Leader for the 114th Congress. He is only the second senator from Kentucky to lead the U. S. Senate. Sen. Alben Barkley led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949. McConnell welcomed members of the Senate stating in a speech after the ceremony. “We recognize the enormity of the task before us,” he said. “We know a lot of hard work awaits. We know many important opportunities await too. ” more on this story...  

01/16/2015
The 1970s bring accreditation to PHS

Editor’s Note: Pikeville Independent Schools will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the seventh in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article, focused on the school in the 1970s, is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which was written by Ann Epperson Carty and Randy Roberts. On Dec. 1, 1970, Pikeville City Schools got an early Christmas present, and the sign in front of Wright Hall proudly announced “Pikeville Secondary and Elementary Schools Accredited by Southern Association. ” more on this story...  

01/16/2015
You can get Waze in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Waze (http://waze. com), the real-time, “crowd-sourced” navigation app powered by the world’s largest communities of drivers, have entered into a partnership through the new Waze Connected Citizens program, a GPS-based geographical navigation application program for smartphones with GPS. It provides turn-by-turn information and user-submitted travel times and route details, downloading location-dependent information over a mobile telephone network. The mission of Waze Connected Citizens is to help cities, citizens and “Wazers,” as drivers using the app are known, collaborate to improve their community and answer more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Kentucky general assembly 2014: Hundreds of bills filed during opening days

The first session of the 2015 General Assembly ended on Jan. 9 with more than 250 legislative bills filed in the Kentucky House and Senate. The top leaders in the House and the Senate remained the same with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg. In the Senate, Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville earned the Minority Floor Leader title. Rep. Leslie Combs of Pikeville was reappointed as chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. “I am truly honored to have another opportunity more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Laytent Energy offers solar power installations

PIKEVILLE – The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Laytent Energy as a new member. The company, headquartered in Pikeville, provides turn-key solar power installations for homes, businesses and other facilities. Owners Andrea Robinette and Brendon Coughtry have a passion for the local community and a commitment to the environment. “We want to create something we are proud of. We want to create something we can leave behind for future generations to follow and something to help families combat the rising costs of energy,” Robinette said. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Floyd Chamber welcomes PennStuart as new member

PRESTONBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the PennStuart firm as a new member. The origin of the firm dates back to the 1890s. Today, the PennStuart services include legal services for the energy, oil, gas and mining industries, products liability claims, professional liability claims, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights claims, business and corporate matters, civil litigation, environmental matters, ERISA, estate and trust administration, FELA, health care, insurance, labor and employment, real estate, tax, timber, wills and estate planning, workers’ compensation and occupational disease. The PennStuart firm has grown into a more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Flu still widespread

Kentucky Department for Public Health Deputy Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh, M. D. offered an update on the state’s flu season via a teleconference call with reporters on Jan. 8. Dr. Humbaugh reported that Jan. 5-9 marked the fifth consecutive week of widespread flu activity in the state. “We cannot predict how long we will continue to see widespread flu activity here in Kentucky,” he said. The flu season generally runs from October to May. Kentucky reported its first influenza case in early October and started reporting widespread flu more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Local option sales tax tops legislative agenda

FRANKFORT – Legislators returned to Frankfort this week for the opening days of the 2015 General Assembly. The House and the Senate convened at noon on Jan. 6. The first four days of the session, Jan. 6-Jan. 9, focused on organization matters, like electing legislative leaders and organizing committees, as well as the introduction and consideration of legislation. On Monday, Gov. Steve Beshear set a special election for March 3 in other areas of the state to fill a seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Fundraiser set for veteran’s park

PIKEVILLE — Local residents can honor their loved ones and help fund the construction of the Pikeville City Veterans Park. Local veterans are currently taking orders for honorary bricks that will be placed at the veterans park, which is under construction near the newly-built Pikeville Fire Department Station #3 on Hambley Blvd. Pikeville officials have been working with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3769 since August 2013 to plan construction of the park, which will honor veterans who were killed in action and flags from every military branch and for Prisoners of more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Air service, economic development top news

The year 2014 marked a season of openings in eastern Kentucky, with several projects coming to fruition and opening to the public. That’s why the top three community news stories printed in the Medical Leader this year highlight the region’s growth. No. 1: Appalachian Air launched After nearly four years of planning, eastern Kentucky finally has its own commercial air service, thanks to the collaboration of the city of Pikeville, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport Board. Appalachian Air, operated by more on this story...  

01/02/2015
He’s a cutie!

Markus describes himself as happy, fun loving, adventurous, creative and determined. He has an excellent imagination and loves making things, drawing and writing stories. Markus enjoys riding his bike, playing football, basketball, watching movies and playing video games. He also loves animals, especially dogs and horses. Markus would love a family that has a mom and dad or just a mom and loves to go places and experience new things together. He describes his ideal family as fun, caring more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Circus set for Expo Center

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey will bring its “Built to Amaze” circus to the Expo Center this year. The show will feature “astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the globe. ” Tickets go on sale on Jan. 26 for the event, which will be held March 12-15 at the Expo Center. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit http://ringling. com for detail more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Memorial dedicated for fallen firefighters

PIKEVILLE — Pike County officials joined community members and representatives of fire departments from throughout the county to dedicate the Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Dec. 18. “This commemoration and celebration of the sacrifice and service of those people who lost their lives fighting fire in our county is a long-overdue expression of gratitude that we should have done years ago,” Pike County Deputy-Judge Executive Jim Pruitt said. The memorial, located near the Roy Conway Fallen Peace Officers Memorial on the first floor of the courthouse, honors the lives of seven firefighters who more on this story...  

12/24/2014
BLHS wins ‘Celebrate My Drive’ contest: School earns $25,000 grant to promote driving safety

BETSY LAYNE — A Floyd County High School is among 100 American schools that collectively earned more than $3. 25 million in grants to promote teen driver safety. Betsy Layne High School was among 3,200 high schools that competed in the Celebrate My Drive contest, hosted by State Farm, and it earned a $25,000 grant to raise awareness and promote teen driver safety. It’s the second time BLHS received the grant. Principal Cassandra Akers reported that the school received notification about the contest last year. She logged onto the national website more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Officials warn flu is widespread in Kentucky

Battling the flu The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals 6 months of age and older. People who are especially encouraged to receive the flu vaccine, because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences, include: • Children ages 6 months to 19 years; • Pregnant women; • People 50 years old or older; • People of any age with chronic health problems; • People more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Floyd students visit BSCTC for career day

Students from the Renaissance Learning Center in Floyd County recently visited the Hager Hill campus of Big Sandy Community & Technical College. The career day was sponsored by the college’s Workforce Solutions program and included demonstrations from the Kentucky Coal Academy and HVAC program.   The students also received leadership training from Bob Gound; a presentation from Brenda Cockerman from the Johnson County Extension Office; and a presentation on healthcare careers by Melissa Perry from the South East Area Health Education Center and BSCTC faculty member Teddie Ratliff. “It’s always an exciting more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Construction contract awarded in Mountain Parkway project

SALYERSVILLE – Citizens received a virtual tour last week of nearly 21 miles of the Mountain Parkway that will be widened and improved during the next several years to provide better access and safety along this vital thoroughfare through eastern Kentucky. More than 100 eastern Kentucky residents attended a meeting on Dec. 9 at Salyersville Grade School, where engineers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its consultants answered questions and provided detailed information about one of Kentucky’s largest roadway-improvement projects in recent years. The meeting provided a progress report on work to expand more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Dr. Varia, family foundation donate $100K to BSCTC: Appalachian Wireless offers $50K for Pikeville campus project

PRESTONSBURG – Dr. Chandra Varia and the Varia Family Foundation, Inc. presented Big Sandy Community & Technical College with a $100,000 gift for its BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness project.   The announcement was made during a joint meeting of the college’s board of directors and the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc. board of directors on Dec. 16. Dr. Varia, a local physician and member of the Floyd County Board of Education, said the gift represents an investment in the future of education in the region. “We more on this story...  

12/24/2014
WestCare hosts ‘Homecoming Christmas’

PIKEVILLE — The WestCare Emergency Homeless Shelter and Community Involvement Center hosted its second “Homecoming Christmas” on Dec. 19. The Christmas party featured a visit from Santa, dinner and gifts for more than 50 children — current and former homeless shelter residents and their families. “It’s the best thing in the world to see these kids excited about getting presents,” said Anna Coleman, program coordinator at WestCare. “This is my Christmas. My mom always told me that it’s better to give than to receive. I never knew what that felt like before more on this story...  

12/24/2014
APCC plans second Banquet for Life

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center will celebrate eight years of changing lives with its second Banquet for Life this winter. The event will begin at 6 p. m. on Feb. 5, 2015, at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center and is expected to be bigger than last year’s event, which attracted more than 500 attendees. APCC Executive Director Kay Hammond said, “I am so thankful for the many people that have enthusiastically shared the vision of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center of giving hope to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies and making a difference more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Thankful to help others:

PIKEVILLE — Thankful Hearts Food Pantry has been helping people in need for more than two decades. Pike County resident Lonard Epling opened the nonprofit agency in 1991 in the basement of the Watson Department Store in downtown Pikeville. He later moved the pantry to a local church building and, in 1999, moved it to its current location on Adams Road near Christ Central School. When Epling died in 2000, his daughter Trissia Scott decided to continue the mission. Thousands of people get assistance from the pantry every year. more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Feud descendants help homeless

PIKEVILLE – Descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy feud, the Pike County Tourism Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and local restaurants have come together to support and raise awareness of the growing needs of our local homeless shelter. Members of the Hatfield and McCoy families have organized a challenge for three of Pikeville’s local restaurants, the Hilton Garden Inn Restaurant, Mona’s Creative Catering and another restaurant, which will be announced at a later date. Each restaurant will donate their unsold food each day to the WestCare Emergency Shelter in Pikeville. After 30 days, more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Preserving history: UPIKE offers historic archives

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville offers a special collection of historical archives about the university and the central Appalachian region to the public. Access to these archives is free and much of it may be viewed online through digital libraries. With nearly 1,800 books, many written by local authors, the Frank M. Allara Library Special Collections focuses on Appalachian history and culture and includes photos, manuscripts, newspapers and ephemera. Popular items include cemetery inventories for Kentucky and West Virginia, Pike County’s Main Street Oral History Collection, genealogical surname files more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Hospice urges families not to postpone care

PIKEVILLE — Many people wish to put off decisions about health issues until after the holidays, but what if facing them head on could actually improve quality of life so that the holiday season can be enjoyed more fully? That’s the message Hospice of the Bluegrass in Pikeville is sending out to the community this month. For local residents who have a loved one who is seriously ill, hospice care can bring comfort and peace so that the family can have more quality time together. Hospice more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Santa Letters

Mullins School First Grade Teacher: Mrs. Upchurch Dear Santa, My name is Christyn, and I am 6 years old. I live in the great city of Pikeville. That is in the state of Kentucky, but I’ll bet you already knew that! This year I have been very nice. Some things I would like for Christmas this year are books, American Girl Clothes, and a toy sewing machine. Merry Christmas and Warmest Wishes, Christyn Nolene Hall                         more on this story...  

12/19/2014
PHS slides into the sixties

Editor’s note: Pikeville Independent School will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the sixth in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article, focused on the school in the 1960s, is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which was written by Ann Epperson Carty and Randy Roberts. PHS slides into the sixties The fall of 1960 began with the resignation of two head coaches, John Bill Trivette and Charles Deaton. Eugene Davis assumed the position of football coach and Ernest “Dickie” Prater, more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Local law enforcement host Christmas events for kids

PIKEVILLE — Local law enforcement officials kicked off annual events this weekend to help local children in need. The G. W. Young Lodge #29 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Pike County hosted its annual Cops and Kids Christmas event at the Pikeville Walmart on Dec. 7, providing $50 shopping sprees to approximately 200 children. Similar events will be held throughout the month. This weekend, the Kentucky State Police Professional Association Chapter 9 in Pikeville and police and fire department officials in Prestonsburg will host their Shop with a Trooper more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Webb honored for ‘outstanding leadership’

FRANKFORT — At its meeting in Frankfort on Dec. 3, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the annual Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb. Cindy Heine, retired associate executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, also earned the honor. Since 2004, the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award has been conferred on an individual or groups in Kentucky for outstanding leadership, commitment and service in promoting equity and opportunity to learn at high levels for all Kentucky students. In a letter nominating Dr. Webb more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Goody’s helps Coats for Kids

PIKEVILLE — Goody’s of Pikeville is partnering with a nonprofit organization to keep children warm this winter. The store recently donated $1,021. 70 to the Coats for Kids Foundation, a Pikeville-based nonprofit organization that provides thousands of winter coats to children in need every year. The donation came as Goody’s parent company, Stage Stores, hosted Community Counts: 30 Days of Giving. Nationally, the company raised more than $1. 4 million at 700 locations for various community service organizations. For more information about the store, call 606-432-4141 or visit its location at 4095 more on this story...  

  

01/30/2015
Punxsutawney Phil ready to offer up weather prediction

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. — Believe it or not, there is actually a club that honors the life and times of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who dares to show (or not to show) his shadow to predict upcoming weather on Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil is expected to leave his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at 7:25 a. m. on Feb. 2.   The folklore surrounding the holiday suggests that if he sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter weather is expected, and if there is no shadow, warmer weather is just more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Kellogg’s of Pike County joins state board to improve local workforce

KIMPER — A representative from Kellogg’s plant of Kimper in Pike County will be among 14 members of the newly-formed Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education’s board of directors. Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement on Jan. 14, explaining that the organization, a partnership of manufacturers that are cooperating to provide more technically-skilled workers needed in advanced manufacturing, is expanding statewide. The program, known also as KY FAME, offers apprentice-style education and training. Participants attend classes two days a week at a community college and work 24 hours per week at more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Pikeville to execute ‘Sister City’ with Ireland town

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is taking the next step to “twin” itself with a small municipal district in Ireland. During a Jan. 26 meeting, the city commission approved to permit City Manager Donovan Blackburn and a small delegation to travel to Dundalk, Ireland to sign and execute a Sisters City agreement with the community, located in Louth County, approximately one hour from the bustling town of Dublin. It will be Blackburn’s second trip to Dundalk, the hometown of Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons. He traveled there last August to more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Seeking ‘Superheroes’: Registration underway for Judi’s Place race

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids is taking registrations for its Run with Courage 5K, which will be held April 11 in downtown Pikeville. In its eighth year, the race helps Judi’s Place to continue to provide services for children who have been sexually abused and their non-offending family members. The nonprofit agency works year-round to provide services that promote safety, justice, hope and healing for children with concerns of abuse.   Participants may choose to sign up for the 5K Run or the 1 Mile walk course. They are encouraged more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Appalshop releases new documentary

WHITESBURG — Appalshop’s latest documentary is available for rental online. The film, “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot,” is available for rental at http://seedandspark. com and it is also available for purchase online through the Appalshop General Store. Created by Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering, the documentary explores the life and legacy of Braden, who was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a community in Louisville in 1954. Honored by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Braden was awarded the first Roger more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Pikeville highlighted in magazine

Appalachian Magazine, a publication dedicated to highlighting the history of the people, culture and events in Appalachia, recently dubbed Pikeville as “Appalachia’s Model City. ” The article, published online this month by the magazine, depicts Pike County’s star city as “a thriving and progressive community. ” The article also commends Pikeville city leaders for working to market the community as a center for business, finance and education. “With all the bad news which seems to plague the mountains of Appalachia, Pikeville offers both hope to the communities around more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Instruments sought for Appalachian Symphony

ELKHORN CITY — A local program geared to raise the next generation of Appalachian musicians is growing in Elkhorn City. Coordinated by Artists Collaborative Theatre volunteer Allen Gibson, the Appalachian Symphony welcomes musicians of all ages and skills levels to weekly instructional sessions at the theatre in Elkhorn City. Volunteers match Appalachian musicians with students of all ages as a way to teach and preserve traditional mountain music. Organizers are currently seeking donations of musical instruments that will be used by students in the class. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, dulcimers, more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Ready, set, fundraise! Letcher County kicks off Relay for Life season

WHITESBURG — Local residents are invited to kick-off one of the region’s largest fundraising drives next week. Letcher County Relay for Life will host its annual kickoff party from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which is celebrating 30 years of Relay for Life fundraising across the country. “It’s been 30 years of Relay and we want to invite all current, former and any new teams and individuals more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Floyd County Chamber discusses hunger issue in eastern Kentucky

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Jan. 13 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The topic for this luncheon was “Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. ” Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, described hunger as a growing epidemic in eastern Kentucky. She added that 318,000 central and eastern Kentuckians are at high risk of hunger. Guinn highlighted facts from the Hunger in America 2014 study that described the choices and challenges people face when struggling with hunger. Guinn more on this story...  

01/23/2015
‘Socks for Tots’ wanted

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School student Brianna Blackburn was very young when her parents J. R. Blackburn and Shirley Blackburn began “Coats for Kids,” a nonprofit program that provides coats for children in need. So when it came time for her to pick a special project in her Future Business Leaders of America program, she knew it would be a community service venture. Blackburn, 17, teamed with PHS FBLA members Olivia Layne and Kaitlyn Coleman to host the first-ever “Socks for Tots” donation drive. Through Jan. 26, the club more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Ky. Power offers workshops in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive team is offering workshops to teach people about cash incentives that are available for energy saving projects. Workshops have already been held in Hazard, Paintsville and Ashland. Free workshops will also be held from 10 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. and 2 p. m. to 4 p. m. on Jan. 28 at the Pikeville Public Library on College St. in Pikeville. Refreshments will be available. For details, visit the link online at http://kentuckypower. com. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Parks serve buffalo, wild game this weekendParks serve buffalo, wild game this weekend

JWSRP to host buffalo night PRESTONSBURG — Jenny Wiley State Resort Park invites the public to enjoy its annual buffalo night, featuring several dishes made out of buffalo and other country favorites on its buffet line. The meal will be served from noon to 8 p. m. and feature presentations by Jeff Hatmaker at 6 p. m. and cowboy singer Rob McNurlin at 7 p. m. Elk tours are also available at the park through Feb. 28. For details, call 606-889-1790. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Casting Crowns to play at Expo

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced recently that it will host the Casting Crowns in concert this spring. An Evening with Casting Crowns will be held at the Expo on April 9. The concert comes as part of a tour to promote the band’s newest album, “Thrive,” which was released last February. Lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall has been a youth pastor for almost 22 years was inspired to develop the album during a trip in which he saw trees growing along a river in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Library seeks pictures, info: Memorabilia from Mine Wars sought

MATEWAN — The Matewan Public Library, located at 97 First Ave. in Matewan, West Virginia, seeks items related to the Mine Wars for an upcoming documentary. The library is working with a small production company in Boston, Massachusetts, called Film Posse to find photographs, newspaper clippings and information about the Mine Wars in Matewan. The film crew has already traveled to the region and interviewed several people across the U. S. , including University of Massachusetts professor Jim Green, author of an upcoming book about coal mining in West Virginia, Northern Illinois more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Friends of Middle Creek host ceremony

By Floyd Davis Friends of Middle Creek PRESTONSBURG — The Friends of Middle Creek commemorated the 153 anniversary of the Battle of Middle Creek on Jan. 10. Joined by The Breckenridge Greys, Commander Michael Warrix set out early from the site of the Garfield house.   “Chimneys sighed at the bitter cold,” the commander wrote, “even they were reluctant to release more than puffs of white as they horded their heat within them. ” Marching up Route 114 toward the Battlefield and the Commemoration Ceremony, The Greys and more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Pike library hosts King exhibit

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Public Library invites the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King. The library will open an exhibit dedicated to the life of the Civil Rights leader in the third-floor rotunda area of its new location at 126 Lee Ave. Packed with information and photos on 20 poster panels offered by the Kentucky Historical Society, the exhibit offers information about King and his life from 1955, when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Penalty begins for those without health insurance coverage

WASHINGTON, D. C. — This is the first year taxpayers are required to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they have health insurance, as stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. The federal health care law requires people who don’t have insurance to pay a fine of $95 per adult or one percent of the household income, whichever is greater. The fine increases in 2015 to $325 per adult or two percent of household income, whichever is greater. In 2016, the fine will increase to $695 per adult or 2. 5 percent of income, whichever is more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Progress continues at Marion Branch, distillery

PIKEVILLE — Progress continues on projects that will bring a global business into Pike County. The Pikeville City Commission recently finalized negotiations to purchase property on which a bridge will be constructed to ease the traffic flow into the Pikeville Industrial Park at Marion Branch. Commissioners passed a motion to spend $800,000 to purchase the property — the final piece of property needed for the $8 million bridge project.   Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reported this week that geotechnical work is underway in the area and the first phase of more on this story...  

01/16/2015
JWT opens new season with ‘Pinkalicious’ in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theater recently announced several new plays that will take the stage this winter in Pikeville. The line-up includes shows that are appropriate for audiences of all ages. Pinkalicious the Musical Pinkalicious the Musical opened on Thursday, Jan. 15, and continues on stage through Feb. 7. The play, rated G, teaches kids about the importance of moderation and the power of self-control. It follows Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents, and develops a condition more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Mingo hotel highlighted by travel magazine

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Appalachian Magazine travel bloggers are publicizing their experience at a Mingo County hotel. The magazine encourages readers to “Sleep where JFK slept” at the Mountaineer Hotel. The hotel, located at 31 East Second Ave. in Williamson, was built in 1925 with nearly $500,000 that was raised by the Williamson Chamber of Commerce and local residents. The five-story historic hotel is one of the tallest commercial buildings in downtown Williamson. Originally, it was built to house business men traveling into Williamson for the coal and railroad industries. more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Family Adventure Quest underway

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Park system kicked off its 10th Family Adventure Quest program this month. Registration is $15 per group of two to six people. These Family Adventure Quest teams receive a booklet detailing their 2015 quests, a hat and a Kentucky State Park kite they will use on a challenge. The challenges will take participants to various parks and historic sites. To complete the quests, teams will use a digital camera and/or Internet research. For the first time, participants may choose that park-specific quests be more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Rogers sworn in for 18th term

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (Ky-05) took the oath of office last week for his 18th term in Congress. He represent the Fifth Congressional District, serving several counties in eastern Kentucky. Rogers pledge to continue to work to improve the economy, create jobs, promote tourism and improve education in eastern Kentucky. He also promised to “rein in overreaching federal agencies” like the Environmental Protection Agency. “Great things are on the horizon for southern and eastern Kentuckians, and I am more confident than ever before in more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Beshear: ‘Kentucky back with a vengeance’: Speech urges collaboration to maintain momentum on economy, workforce

FRANKFORT — Declaring that “our vision is working,” Gov. Steve Beshear used his eighth State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 7  to urge legislators to remain focused on the long-term strategies and collaborative relationship that have lifted Kentucky out of the economic doldrums. Describing record-setting improvements in key economic measures like unemployment rates, new businesses, capital investment and exports, as well as trend-setting reform in education and health care, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky had regained the national leadership position it had held centuries ago. “We can hold our heads high once again,” more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Congressman Rogers praises funding bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) praised members of the U. S. Congress for passing the consolidated federal funding bill last month, which funds most government agencies through Sept. 30. President Obama signed the Omnibus bill into law on December 16. Rogers, who serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the bill includes funding for programs that are important to eastern Kentucky communities.   “For example, the legislation provides specific economic development assistance for coal mining communities, funds much-needed rural housing loans and supports a number more on this story...  

01/09/2015
RUNNING IN THE NEW YEAR: Resolution Run a success

PIKEVILLE — Cold weather did not keep nearly 200 people from marking their New Year’s resolution with the soles of their shoes on Jan. 1. Bartley Medical Weight Loss of Pikeville welcomed 170 runners and walkers for its second-ever Resolution Run 5K race/walk at Bob Amos Park on New Year’s Day. It was Pikeville’s first 5K race for 2015. Organizer Shelebra Bartley, owner of Bartley Medical Weight Loss and physician assistant at Pikeville Medical Center, challenged attendees to complete a 10K, half marathon and marathon before the end of the year. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Money Matters: Eight tips for a successful fundraiser

Fundraising is an essential element of keeping charities and other nonprofit organizations afloat. Understanding how fundraising works can help those looking to raise money develop successful strategies for instituting fundraising endeavors. Here are some pointers: •Start preparing early. The more time devoted to planning and advertising the event, the greater the chance for widespread participation from donors. •Choose the right fundraising company. There are many companies that specialize in fundraising events and will welcome the opportunity to help you raise funds for your organization. •Avoid fundraising fatigue. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Welch enjoys owning her own business in P’burg

PRESTONSBURG — Kathy Welch says she has been ‘living a dream” for the past four years as the owner of Genesis Billing in Prestonsburg. She always wanted to own and operate her own business, doing something she loves. With more than 20 years of experience in the billing industry, Welch opened Genesis Billing in 2010 with the assistance of Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center. She started with only two employees and now handles medical billing for nine physicians and collections for five medical professionals. Genesis Billing more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Scott steps down

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott of Pikeville resigned from his seat this month. Scott, 67, has served on the court for a decade. He was first elected in 2004 to represent the 7th Supreme Court District, which serves 22 counties in eastern Kentucky. He served as deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court from 2006 to 2010 and has worked in other judicial roles since the 1970s. The U. S. Army veteran finished his tour of duty in 1969 in Vietnam as a more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Gospel group Witness to perform

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – The Office of Cultural Diversity at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host a special concert featuring the men’s gospel group Witness at 12:25 p. m. , Thursday, January 15, in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus. The event is part of activities planned by the Office of Cultural Diversity to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. day. Witness, based out of Kingsport, Tenn. , features five members: Rev. William Hampton, Minister Gordon Williams, Deacon George Smith and Steven Williams. Tina Terry, director of Cultural Diversity, said the concert is a time “to celebrate the life and legacy more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Kentucky College of Optometry announces executive council

Andrew Buzzelli, O. D. , M. S. , vice president for optometric education and founding dean, appointed the executive council as the founding members of the new administration for the Kentucky College of Optometry. Donald Egan, O. D. , was chosen as the associate dean of academic affairs. He comes to the college as a full professor with additional teaching responsibilities, to include contact lenses and primary care optometry. Egan received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He became a faculty member at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science after completing more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Beshear, Rogers launch broadband initiative

FRANKFORT — A new public-private partnership will develop a robust, reliable, fiber “backbone” infrastructure to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to every corner of the Commonwealth – with the critical first components scheduled to be operational in less than two years.    Governor Steve Beshear and U. S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced the partnership with Macquarie Capital on Dec. 23. “We are on an aggressive timeline and believe that the Macquarie team’s technical capabilities and history of innovative solutions are the best fit for this important project,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky’s Internet speed and more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Pike County sheriff honored for service

PIKEVILLE — Pike County officials hosted a ceremony to honor outgoing sheriff Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee on Dec. 29. The event was co-sponsored by the Pike County Democratic Women’s Club. Keesee, who started serving as sheriff in 1962, is the state’s longest-serving sheriff. He will be replaced by former jailer Rodney Scott, who won the November election. In 2012, Keesee was honored by the Kentucky General Assembly, which named the corridor of U. S. 119 from Pike County to the intersection of KY 199 at Huddy near the more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Legislative session begins next week

FRANKFORT — The 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 6 and will last 30 legislative days. As usual during an odd-numbered year, in which sessions are half as long as in even-numbered years, the session will have two parts. The first four days of the session – Jan. 6 to Jan. 9 – will focus on organizational work, such as electing legislative leaders, adopting rules of procedure and organizing committees. The introduction and consideration of legislation can also begin during this time. The second part more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Gov. Beshear ceremonially signs House Bill 2: Bill gives coal county students financial boost

HONORED: University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley presents a UPIKE Presidential Medal to Gov. Steve Beshear. PIKEVILLE — Two-and-a-half years after creating a pilot scholarship program to help college students in eastern Kentucky complete their bachelor’s degree close to home, Gov. Steve Beshear ceremonially signed House Bill 2, legislation that permanently extends the scholarship program to all coal counties, on Dec. 18. “Giving college students the tools they need to complete their degree has been a top priority of my administration,” Gov. Beshear said during the event at the University of Pikeville. “House more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Floyd students compete in regional showcase

HAZARD — Students from several schools in eastern Kentucky, including one from Floyd County, competed for cash prizes and business experience at a regional showcase for entrepreneurs held recently at Kentucky Valley Educational Center in Hazard. Nine students from Adams Middle School were recently involved in an Entrepreneur Showcase at the Kentucky Valley Education Center as part of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) S. T. A. R. S. program. Students from several systems were on hand for the event, which was a collaborative effort of ARI, KVEC and Morehead State University’s Business Department. The AMS more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Winners named in Jenny Wiley tourney

The Floyd County School District recently announced the high school division winners of the Jenny Wiley Academic Conference. “The board team and I congratulate Allen Central High School Academic Team for placing first overall in our Jenny Wiley Academic Conference,” Floyd County School District Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb said. “We also congratulate Betsy Layne High for placing first in Quick Recall and want to recognize our KIDS who have excelled in our league this year. Please join us in wishing our kids the best of luck in the upcoming district Governor’s Cup competitions more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Students honored in academic tourney

The Kentucky Association for Academic Competition recently released results of the annual Kentucky Colonels Sixth Grade Showcase, held across the state in various district competitions. Locally, Floyd and Pike county students competed in composition, math, language arts, science, social studies and other categories. Allen Central Middle School was the overall winner in the Kentucky Colonels Sixth Grade Showcase, an academic team competition between Adams Middle, Allen Central Middle, June Buchanan, Martin County Middle, Stumbo Elementary and South Floyd. The winners include: more on this story...  

12/24/2014
PCRTA helps others in need

PIKEVILLE — Members of the Pike County Retired Teachers Association are working together to fight hunger in the county. It’s part of a state-wide initiative from numerous retired teacher organizations that are teaming up to help people who are struggling, put food on the table. The Pike County group launched its fourth year of local efforts supporting the Kentucky Retired Teachers and AARP’s efforts to alleviate hunger locally. PCRTA members randomly selected a school to provide donations to. They donated 84 food items to Pikeville Elementary School’s Family Resource and more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Income tax credits available to students

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, though, discuss the situation with your parents. Depending on how much they contributed to your upkeep during the year, they may be able to claim you as a dependent, which could save them thousands of more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Jastin is a delight to talk to!

Say hello to Jastin. This handsome young man has a lot going for him, but he needs the one thing most important to any child – a permanent loving family. Jastin enjoys reading and math. He is good at playing sports and the University of Kentucky is his favorite team. Jastin is very interested in animals. He even talks about becoming a veterinarian or an engineer when he grows up. Jastin is an intelligent child who excels in school. He plans on building the more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Floyd congregation seeks donations for shoe drive

DANA — Dawson Layne was in the third grade when he came home asking his parents to help another little boy in his class. His desire to help a fellow student came full circle to bless nearly 500 students in Floyd County last year. “He came home and he was so burdened, because this little boy’s shoes flopped — that’s how he said it,” his mother Christene Layne said. “He wanted us to buy this little boy a pair of shoes. So, we went and we bought shoes for this little boy more on this story...  

12/19/2014
U.S. 460 now open in Pike County

SHELBIANA — Local, state and federal officials celebrated a milestone on the U. S. 460 construction project this week. They hosted a ceremony and cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the first half of the new U. S. 460 corridor in Pike County. The Dec. 18 ceremony began at Shelby Valley High School and ended at U. S. 460, with the first official motorcade tour of the new highway. The first eight-mile section includes four 12-foot lanes with two 12-foot shoulders and nine bridges that cost nearly $283 million. It’s part of a 16. 7-mile more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Health department partners with Harvard for new programs

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Health Department is taking a new program on the road to curb the prevalence of diabetes in this region. Teaming up with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University, the health department is implementing “On the Road,” a program through which trained diabetes educators provide training to residents at various locations in the county. The health department is also developing another new Harvard-based program, “Planet Health,” for local middle school students and offering counseling sessions for families and individuals with diabetes. “We’re trying to more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Donations sought for ‘Facebook Angels’

PRESTONSBURG — A local organization is seeking donations for its annual Christmas gift drive for local nursing homes and a crisis center. Facebook Angels, created six years ago by Prestonsburg businessman Brent Graden, seeks donations for its Christmas giveaway. The group donates gifts to residents of the Prestonsburg Health Care Center and Riverview Health Care Center nursing homes and to clients at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center’s Adult Crisis and Kids Crisis centers. Graden reported this week that the names of 30 “angels” still need to be “adopted” in the program. more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Tessa needs a good home

She is so good at ‘hamming’ for the camera that it was hard to pick just one picture of her.  Her favorite food is soft tacos and cookie dough ice cream. Tessa loves to do nails and ‘girlie stuff’, her favorite color is blue, she likes rock and rap music, and she describes herself as pretty. Tessa has had some varied experiences in her life, not many have been positive. Given the world of disappointment she has endured, she needs a family who will keep her safe, guide more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Local school selected for national register: Nomination highlights education in Elkhorn City, 1938-1965

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved two historic buildings in Pike County to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places this month. The Elkhorn City Elementary School and Elkhorn City High School were among six buildings selected for the national designation. The National Register of Historic Places will render a decision about the inclusion of Elkhorn City Elementary and high schools within 90 days. The schools, located at 551 Russell St. in Elkhorn City, was nominated by historic preservation consultant Eric Whisman. Whisman more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Ceremony to mark U.S. 460 opening

SHELBIANA — Federal, state and local leaders will mark a milestone is a decades-old road project next week. A ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first half of the new US 460 will be held at 1 p. m. on Dec. 18 at Shelby Valley High School. It will feature a living history event to highlight the project and the region. U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers is expected to attend. Gov. Steve Beshear and representatives from the Federal Highway Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission have also been invited to the event. more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Expo Center offers Members Club

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center is offering a new program to help patrons get priority seating, discounts, free ticket upgrades and other amenities. The center is opening a Members Club, in which members can purchase tickets for concerts and events early, get priority seating, have an “exclusive bar,” a 15 percent discount on concession items and discounted room rentals. “We created the Member’s Club so our local patrons can get the same great seats as an artist’s fan club members,” Expo Center Marketing and Sales Manager Kevin more on this story...  

12/12/2014
UPS Store supports organ donation; seeks ‘Toys of Joy’

PIKEVILLE — The UPS store is teaming up with the University of Pikeville Basketball Coach Kelly Wells to promote organ donation this month. UPS Store Owner Joe Clevinger created a “Wells Tough” t-shirt and is donating proceeds to Donate Life, an organization dedicated to organ donation. The t-shirt are available in sizes up to 2XL and cost $15 at the store and at all UPIKE games beginning on Dec. 18. All proceeds benefit Donate Life in honor of Wells. Clevinger started the donation drive because Wells, who is an more on this story...  

12/12/2014
HLT Check Exchange hosts ‘Share the Warmth’ drive

Several HLT Check Exchange locations are seeking donations of new and slightly used coats, scarfs, gloves or toboggans for its annual Share the Warmth drive. The clothing is donated to children in need. For details, call the Pikeville branch at 606-432-1514, the Paintsville branch at 606-789-2274 or the Whitesburg branch at 606-633-3143. more on this story...  

 






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