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04/23/2014
BSCTC hosts Easter Egg Hunt

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. - Big Sandy Community and Technical College held an Easter Egg Hunt on its Prestonsburg campus on Friday, April 18.   The event was sponsored by various student clubs and organizations at the college. Anisa Hurt, 6, of Morehead, colors prior to more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Citizens encouraged to attend SOAR conference

SOMERSET — As the work of the “Shaping Our Appalachian Region”, or SOAR, initiative moves forward, citizens are invited to attend next week’s annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Somerset to take part in one of ten SOAR working groups.   This conference will mark the more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Johns Creek Robotics Team to compete at state

JOHNS CREEK — “Robotics teaches students to work together to solve problems,” said Johns Creek eighth grader Autumn Thacker. “This program should be in every school. ” Autumn is a member of a Robo Challenge Extreme Robotics Team that will be going on to state competition after more on this story...  

04/23/2014
New museum with new name, new board

New By-laws, county-city partnership, new location PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Pikeville Mayor Frank Justice recently signed documents to rename and move the new Pikeville/Pike County Museum. The museum will be moving into the vacant fourth more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Johns Creek student serves in Frankfort

FRANKFORT — Johns Creek eighth grader Sarah Lawson doesn’t see a future in politics because, “I don’t think I could sit there for five hours,” but serving as a legislative page for a day was, “really cool,” and “a fun time. ” Sarah, 14, was selected to more on this story...  

04/23/2014
SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS: Pikeville VFW Post 3769 members recognized

PIKEVILLE — The initiatives of Pikeville VFW Post 3769  gained national attention. VFW National Commander-in-Chief Bill Thien, along with Kentucky State Commander Joe Schnitterbaum, were on hand April 15 to present the local organization with the Commander-in-Chief’s medallion for its community service in aiding veterans. more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Event slated to honor late Martin Council member

MARTIN — Officials, friends and family will gather April 25, at 11:30 a. m. , for the naming of the future Martin city entity location after the late Dr. Mahendra Varia, who was a council member from 1998 until his death in February this year. Varia worked with more on this story...  

04/23/2014
UPIKE presents ‘mockumentary’

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville students and faculty presented a documentary at the Appalachian Studies Conference at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. UPIKE students Brian Dunn, of Vicco, and Jacob Stratton, of Stanville, joined John Howie, Ph. D. , associate professor of psychology, and Darrell Riffe, adjunct instructor more on this story...  

04/23/2014
UPIKE president, PCYLC honored

SOMERSET — University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley and the Pike County Youth Leadership Council earned Forward in the Fifth’s 2014 Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Awards for their efforts to advance education. Hurley was nominated in the Higher Education category and Pike County Youth more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbilly Days: PMC offers first aid

PIKEVILLE —  Pikev­ille Medical Center (PMC) is sponsoring the of­ficial First Aid Sta­tion at the 38th annual Hillbilly Days Festi­val. PMC’s booth, lo­cated on Main Street in front of the Pikev­ille United Methodist Church, will be open Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25, from more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Bring out your rat rods! Hillbilly Car Show includes Hillbilly jalopies this year!

Hundreds of Shriners from all over the country wheel their colorful jalopies to Pike County every April for Hillbilly Days. Now, they can win prizes for it. The Hillbilly Days Car Show will begin at 1 p. m. on Friday, April 25, at more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Need a ride?

The Hillbilly Days Festival attracts more than 100,000 people each year. The city’s parking garage fills up quickly, and, as the crowd grows, the need to park farther away from the hub-bub of the city becomes increasingly necessary. Thank goodness for the kindness more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Meet the Grand Marshals

PIKEVILLE — The Hillbilly Days Festival will feature two very special grand marshals this year. Jaycee Anderson, a nine-year-old Paintsville Elementary student who was born with an under-developed right leg, and Jacob Tyler May, a 15-year-old Belfry High School student who was born with a club more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbillies to be honored

Hillbilly Days Festival goers who want to learn more about the history of the festival and understand more about what it’s all about should attend the annual Welcoming Ceremony, which will be held from 5 p. m. to 6 p. m. on Thursday, April 24, in the Pikeville City Park. more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbilly Days - On Stage: Coaltown Dixie

Coaltown Dixie, a bluegrass band made up of Kristen Preston on the mandolin and dobro, Melanie Turner on the banjo and guitar, Stephanie Rose on Bass and Kalyn Bradford on the guitar and mandolin, is bringing in new talent for Hillbilly Days. This year, the band will play alongside more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Old Crow Medicine Show returning to Hillbilly Days

PIKEVILLE — Old Crow Medicine Show has survived in country music the past 15 years by keeping it simple. According to fiddler and lead vocalist Ketch Secor, the group has crafted American roots music while pushing themselves in new directions. “My love for more on this story...  

04/18/2014
Air Force vet to lead College of Optometry

PIKEVILLE — On behalf of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees, President James Hurley announced the appointment of Andrew Buzzelli O. D. , M. S. , as the founding dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry. Buzzelli, who currently serves as dean and professor of the Rosenberg School of more on this story...  

04/18/2014
There’s much to gain with whole grain

By KELLY SCOTT PHS Jr. Chef Cooking Team This month’s healthy eating tip and recipe focuses on eating whole grains. Eating at least the recommended amount of whole grains may help lower your risk for health conditions such as cancer, more on this story...  

04/18/2014
‘Wrestling for Casey’ benefit set this weekend

SOUTH WILLIAMSON — The Tri-State Wrestling Alliance will host a “Wrestling for Casey” fundraiser on April 19 at 7:30 p. m. at the Williamson Field House in Williamson, W. Va. Ringside advanced ticket holders will enjoy a meet-and-greet from 6 p. m. to 7 p. m. The event will more on this story...  

04/18/2014
Local group helps students with prom attire

PIKEVILLE — In its fourth year, the Donate a Dream project is well underway, with volunteers working to make prom a special event for all local students. The organization was founded in 2011 by Garnet “Suzie” Johnson, who wanted to give underprivileged students the same opportunity more on this story...  

04/18/2014
Legislative session ends this week

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session ended this evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and measures that will impact people throughout the state. Since the session’s start in early January, lawmakers have approved measures to more on this story...  

04/11/2014
Appalachian Air to launch soon

PIKEVILLE — Officials who are working to secure commercial air service in Pikeville are hopeful that it will take off soon. Appalachian Air was scheduled to launch on April 14 at the Pike-ville-Pike County Airport, but “regulatory red tape” has caused a “temporary” delay, officials said.   more on this story...  

04/11/2014
Forbes honors Community Trust: Bank among ‘50 Most Trustworthy’

Jean R. Hale, Chairman, President, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. , announced that Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies. ”  Community Trust was ranked first in the “Small Cap” category ($250 million to more on this story...  

04/11/2014
‘Superheroes’ wanted this weekend: Annual run/walk raises funds for Judi’s Place

PIKEVILLE — Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the 7th Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk for Kids, which will be held in Pikeville this weekend. All proceeds will benefit Judi’s Place for Kids, a nonprofit child advocacy agency that helps children who have more on this story...  

04/11/2014
KYCOM Cares: A call to service

PIKEVILLE. – On a mission to open their hearts and help, More than 125 medical students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) hosted a citywide community service day volunteering at 10 locations throughout Pikeville. Student and faculty volunteers from clubs in KYCOM’s more on this story...  

04/11/2014
Dr. Herman honored: BSCTC professor to retire in May

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community & Technical College officials recently recognized a professor for his dedication to his profession. Dr. Doug Herman, professor of history at BSCTC, was recognized March 26, for his dedication to the college’s Read Across America program. “He more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Heart transplant needed: Upcoming fundraisers planned for former Pikeville firefighter

PIKEVILLE — He spent decades helping others in need, now a former firefighter is seeking help from the community. Friends and family members of Tracy Daniels, a former Pikeville firefighter and martial arts instructor, are using the Internet to raise $50,000 to provide him a more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Why should you donate your organs?

By HANNAH LUCAS Organ Donor Advocate When you renew your driver’s license or become a new driver, most people get asked a simple question, “Would you like to become an organ donor?”  This is a simple question at the surface.   more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Congressman Hal Rogers honored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers received the Spirit of Enterprise Award from U. S. Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress. “Our small businesses keep 55 percent of the nation employed, ensuring thousands more on this story...  

04/04/2014
This teenager loves to sing, dance

Dawn, 13, is a member of the Boys & Girls Club and participates in the dance team. She is well known, enjoys attending school and community functions. She gets along well with others. Dawn attends church regularly more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Run, walk for autism set for this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have two opportunities to support children with autism and their families in Pike and Mingo counties this weekend. Autism, a lifelong developmental disorder that affects a person’s brain development, social interactions and communication ability, affects children and adults throughout the world, and more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Country star Billy Currington to perform at EKEC

PIKEVILLE — Country music singer Billy Currington will perform in Pikeville next week. Currington is bringing his “We Are Tonight” tour to the Expo Center on Thursday, April 10. Special guests Brett Eldridge and Chase Rice will also perform during the concert. The more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Her smile lights up the room

Meet Zura, a nurturing and caring 13-year-old whose face lights up the room when she smiles. She likes to color, swim, listen to music. She loves animals and feeding and caring for them. She likes reading about animals too. The library is an more on this story...  

03/28/2014
PHS advances to state for 27th time

More than 30 students and staff from Pikeville Independent participated, coached, scored, proctored and cheered at the 28th Annual Governor’s Cup Academic Competition held in Louisville on March 15-17.   This year marks the 28th year that Pikeville Junior/High School has been represented at the tournament.   more on this story...  

03/28/2014
First woman in Congress

The first woman ever elected to serve in the U. S. Congress came straight out of Pikeville. Katherine Grudger Langley, who lived from 1888 to 1948, was born in North Carolina, but moved to Pikeville in 1905. Her husband, “Pork Barrel John” Langley, more on this story...  

03/28/2014
She was a civic leader

Her mark remains long after she is gone. Pike County resident Velma J. Childers was known for her enthusiasm and her tireless efforts to forward the Republican party. She was born on Jan. 24, 1930 at Millard in Pike County, one of more on this story...  

03/28/2014
She leads from behind the scenes

One eastern Kentucky resident who has been involved in nearly every major economic development, tourism and regional growth project that eastern Kentucky has experienced for more than two decades happily works behind the scenes to get things done. Pike County resident Sandy Runyon, the director of more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Deadline nears for health insurance enrollment

FRANKFORT –Gov. Steve Beshear reported on March 21 that more than 321,000 Kentucky residents are enrolled in the new healthcare coverage through kynect, and that number is expected to grow before the open enrollment deadline ends on March 31. A preliminary analysis has found that more on this story...  

03/28/2014
What is Cerebral Palsy

The Mayo Clinic provides the following information about cerebral palsy. •It is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth. •Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Auditions set for Hatfield & McCoy feud play

McCARR — Local residents have the opportunity to bring history alive on stage. The Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council, founded last year to promote the history of the Hatfield & McCoy Feud in Pike County, is hosting auditions this weekend for “Blood Songs: The Story of more on this story...  

03/28/2014
KSP raffles truck for Trooper Island

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Police Trooper Island raffle features a vehicle ready for work or play this year. Newly re-designed and re-engineered for 2014, the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE pickup includes an Iridium Metallic exterior and Jet Black interior; a four-door, air conditioned crew more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Big Sandy Heritage Museum finds new home

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford, Pike County Tourism, the University of Pikeville and the city of Pikeville have been working to save the Big Sandy Heritage Museum. After a few setbacks, including the illness of Curator Everett Johnson and Pikeville voting to more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Big Sandy SAR honored, expands: Members sought for Three Rivers SAR in Whitesburg

LOUISVILLE — The Big Sandy Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently earned special recognition from the Kentucky Society SAR Chapter, headquartered in Louisville. The Big Sandy SAR received the state society’s Grady R. Rountree Award for having the most new members in 2013. more on this story...  

03/28/2014
SEKY Chamber hosts management seminar

PIKEVILLE – Do you have what it takes to be the best manager in your workplace?  As a manager, can you energize your employees?  Leaders across the region are invited to attend Glenn Shepard’s annual seminar “Be the Manager Other Managers Envy and Bosses Can’t more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Hall proves it’s never too late to learn

PRESTONSBURG – Diana Hall never thought she would become a statistic of the bad economy. She spent nearly three decades at a local manufacturer, working her way up from a file clerk to human resources manager. Then the rug was pulled out from under her more on this story...  

03/21/2014
‘Run Hog Wild’

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to run for a good cause at the first ever Run “Run Hog Wild” fundraising 10K trail run, which will be held in Pikeville in May. Hosted by Hillbilly Christmas in July, all proceeds from this race will be more on this story...  

03/21/2014
'Soldier in the War on Poverty'

Few people don’t know Eula Hall, the founder of the Eula Hall Health Center, formerly known as the Mud Creek Clinic. The 86-year-old was featured on a CBS News broadcast this year as a “Solider in the War on Poverty” when the news agency highlighted more on this story...  

03/21/2014
Activist, educator made ripples in east Ky.

A community activist who loved to teach reading education, Audrey Davis Barkman was a woman ahead of her time. Barkman taught at the collegiate level at Pikeville College and Alabama State University and elementary level at Brushy Elementary and Payson Elementary in Arizona. more on this story...  

03/21/2014
An advocate for women, children

Judi Conway Patton, the former First Lady of Kentucky and wife to former Gov. Paul E. Patton, continues to leave her mark in eastern Kentucky and throughout the state. Born in 1940, Patton grew up in Pike County, the daughter of former Pike County Sheriff more on this story...  

03/21/2014
Ready, set, seeds! Appalachian Seed Swap planned for April

PIKEVILLE — When a couple of gardening enthusiasts teamed up with the Pike County Extension Office to host the first-ever Appalachian Seed Swap in April 2013, they had no idea how popular it would be. More than 120 people signed in and many others stopped by more on this story...  

  

04/23/2014
Sexton accepted into Mayo Clinic Residency Program

PIKEVILLE — Matt Sexton, 26 years old, of Pikeville, was recently accepted into Mayo Clinic’s Anesthesiology Residency Program.   Sexton is a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky’s School of Medicine and will begin residency in Rochester, Minn. on July 1. Mayo Clinic’s Anesthesiology Residency more on this story...  

04/23/2014
ON A MISSION: Youth Fest volunteers repair homes in eastern KY

TEABERRY — The weather may be seasonably comfortable today, but it was far from that on April 15, when cold temperatures turned rain into sleet, and sleet turned into snow that covered spring blossoms on hillsides throughout eastern Kentucky. But none of that mattered to the more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Ride for former firefighter set for May 3

PIKEVILLE — Local residents are hosting a motorcycle “Cruise for a Cause” on May 3 for former Pikeville firefighter Tracy Daniels, who needs a heart transplant. Participants are to meet at Giovanni’s Pizza in downtown Pikeville for a blood drive from 8 a. m. to 1 p. m. more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Hamilton wins essay contest

PIKEVILLE— Millard Elementary Fifth Grader Harley Hamilton is this year’s county district winner of the Retired Teachers’ Association “AARP Grandparent of the Year” essay contest. She will now go on to state competition with her essay praising her grandfather Joe Coleman.  Harley received a more on this story...  

04/23/2014
National Day of Prayer May 1: Residents asked to unite for nation

PIKEVILLE — Hundreds of local residents will gather in public places on Thursday, May 1, as “One Voice United in Prayer. ” It’s part of the National Day of Prayer, which was established by Congress in 1952 and is confirmed via proclamations issued by the President and more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Classes offer information about Alzheimer’s disease

PIKEVILLE — Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.   It is a progressive brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. The public is invited to attend classes in Pikeville and Paintsville this month for the loved ones and caregivers more on this story...  

04/23/2014
Black one of many shows coming to MAC this summer

PRESTONSBURG — One of the most famous American singer/songwriters, Clint Black, will take the stage at the Mountain Arts Center this weekend. Tickets are available for the April 25 performance, featuring special guest Mallary Hope. A prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long more on this story...  

04/23/2014
PIS releases child find notice

The Pikeville Independent Schools has an ongoing child find system designed to locate, identify and evaluate any child residing in the school district ages 3 through 21 who may have a disability and be in need of special education or 504 services. Children more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbilly Days: Festival is, first and foremost, a fundraiser

Hillbilly Days, a fun-filled, three-day festival that brings more than 100,000 people to Pikeville, may look colorful and a bit crazy, but it is not just pokin’ fun at the “hillbilly” stereotype. Dubbed the second largest festival in Kentucky, Hillbilly Days is, first and more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Arts, crafts and vittles

Thousands of people will purchase one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items and food during Hillbilly Days. More than 240 vendors will be located throughout Pikeville from 8 a. m. to 11 p. m. on Thursday through Friday and from 8 a. m. to 8 p. m. on Saturday. Visitors can more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Run for the Children during festival

Hillbilly Days visitors can run for a good cause. The Tug Valley Road Runners Club is hosting its 10th annual 10K Run/2 Mile Walk for the Children during Hillbilly Days. Registration begins at 6:30 a. m. on Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot more on this story...  

04/21/2014
The Hillbilly Days carnival

Open in the Riverfill: •Wednesday, April 23: 6 p. m. to 11 p. m. •Thursday, April 24: 10 a. m. to 11:30 p. m. •Friday, April 25: 10 a. m. to 11:30 p. m. •Saturday, April 26: 10 a. m. to midnight more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbilly Days Quilt Show

The Pike County Extension Homemakers and the Pike County Quilt Guild will once again host the annual Hillbilly Days Quilt & Needlework Show. The show will be open to the public from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. on Friday, April 25 and from 10 a. m. to more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbilly Days is packed with four stages

The Bowles Pavilion The Bowles Pavilion in the Pikeville City Park is home to many Old Time Mountain musicians during Hillbilly Days. Hundreds of local, regional and national musicians have performed on this stage, the city park gazebo, over the years. more on this story...  

04/21/2014
Hillbilly Days: Juggling comedian featured

Hillbilly Days will feature several appearances from Ohio-based juggler Matt Jergens, who draws audiences in by mixing comedy with juggling. The international gold medalist juggler has performed more than 300 shows at events throughout the nation. He has been making audiences laugh for more than 18 more on this story...  

04/18/2014
Innovation office comes to Pike

PIKEVILLE – Gov. Steve Beshear announced a vital resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses in eastern Kentucky. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is establishing a Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville. The office, on the University of Pikeville campus, will provide much-needed assistance to startup more on this story...  

04/18/2014
East Kentucky Racers formed: New group hosts races for new animal shelter

PRESTONSBURG — A new racing group recently formed in Floyd County and is planning three races for its 2014 season. Prestonsburg athlete and businessman Brent Graden teamed up with other local businesses to promote the East Kentucky Racers, an organization geared to build momentum with racing more on this story...  

04/18/2014
Bright-eyed young boy seeking a loving home

Cole is a bright-eyed 10-year-old boy looking for his forever home. He is a very sweet child who has gone through more than most children his age. He loves being outside and “getting dirty. ” He really enjoys more on this story...  

04/18/2014
Feeding the Flock: Pike author publishes devotional

PIKEVILLE — A Pike County woman poured her love for God onto paper and is sharing it for everyone to read. Cheryl Lynn Betz of Chloe Ridge in Pikeville, a former public school teacher, recently released “Lord, It’s time for Just You and Me: Book more on this story...  

04/18/2014
TNA wrestling comes to Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Tickets go on sale today, Friday, April 18, for an upcoming show with TNA Impact Wrestling at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. TNA Impact Wrestling’s 2014 World Tour, which will be held at 7:30 p. m. on May 30 at the more on this story...  

04/11/2014
WDHR earns national honor

LAS VEGAS — A Pike County radio station earned a national honor this week. WDHR-FM, an affiliate of East Kentucky Broadcasting in Pikeville, earned the National Association of Broadcasters’ Crystal Radio Award. It was among 50 stations in America that were nominated for more on this story...  

04/11/2014
Pikeville gets 'Roasted': Gourmet coffee shop to open on Hambley Blvd.

PIKEVILLE — James and Michelle Sword are Pikeville’s chief coffee connoisseurs. They’ll proudly hang that title when they open their Roasted Coffee and Café shop on Hambley Blvd. in Pikeville next month. “We want to bring big-town coffee into small-town Pikeville,” James more on this story...  

04/11/2014
Pike student earns Eagle Scout

PIKEVILLE — A Pikeville High School student recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Kyle Martin, the 16-year-old son of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) family practice physician Dr. David Martin and PMC Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Physical Therapist/Therapy Supervisor Sabrina Martin, earned the rank on Jan. 14 more on this story...  

04/11/2014
A place for hope, healing

Judi’s Place is a nonprofit child advocacy agency that helps children who have been sexually abused in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin and Martin counties. Judi’s Place, named after former First Lady Judi Patton, provides support and services to these children and their non-offending family members, more on this story...  

04/11/2014
BSCTC invites public to talent show

PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host its seventh-annual Big Sandy Stars Talent Showcase at 7 p. m. on Friday, April 11, in Gearheart Auditorium on its Prestonsburg campus.   The talent show will feature BSCTC faculty, staff and students. Seventeen more on this story...  

04/11/2014
Smith, McClure are ‘Master Teachers’

PRESTONSBURG – Two Big Sandy Community and Technical College faculty members were selected to the Master Teacher Seminar program. Mathematics Professor Dwight P. Smith and Jimmy McClure, assistant professor of electronics technology, attended an intensive three-day seminar on March 26-28. The Master more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Elkhorn City to host vigil for one of its own

ELKHORN CITY — An Elkhorn City council member died this week. Jackie Lee Turner, 45, died on April 1. “He will be greatly missed, I can tell you that right now,” Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor said. “Our town had a great loss, more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Numerous bills head to the governor

On March 31, the General Assembly entered the “veto recess,” to give Gov. Steve Beshear 10 days to consider legislation that has passed both houses. Legislators will return to the Capitol on April 14-15 for the final two days of the session. more on this story...  

04/04/2014
GIDDY-UP! Dreamz Stables begins rides this weekend

PIKEVILLE — For the first time in generations, horse-drawn carriages will be moving through the streets of Pikeville this weekend. Dreamz Stables will officially open at Bob Amos Park on Friday, April 4, and begin hosting leisure and historic horse-drawn carriage rides in Pikeville on more on this story...  

04/04/2014
‘50 Years in the Mountains’: CAP helps eastern KY families

HAGER HILL — The Christian Appalachian Project is celebrating 50 years of helping people in need. A Kentucky-based, interdenominational, nonprofit Christian organization, CAP provides physical, spiritual and emotional support to people in need through numerous programs and services. It was officially formed in more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Appalachian Seed Swap this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Dozens of gardening enthusiasts have carefully packed up their cherished family-preserved heirloom seeds to bring them to the second Appalachian Seed Swap, which will be held in Pikeville this weekend. Seed swap participants will buy, sell and trade heirloom bean, tomato, pepper more on this story...  

04/04/2014
Pike pets to be featured on national TV: AFV to highlight ‘Cat Dog Popcorn Trick’

PIKEVILLE — Two Pike County pets will make their first-ever national television debut this weekend. A cat named Waylon and a dog named Merle, owned by Pikeville resident Kristen Preston of the band Coal Town Dixie, will be featured on America’s Funniest Videos on ABC at more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Veterans sought for ‘Honor Flight’

LEXINGTON —  Eastern Kentucky veterans who were unable to take advantage of Honor Flight Bluegrass’ trips out of the Louisville airport because of distance now have the chance to join the flights out of Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. Honor Flight Bluegrass is seeking veterans for more on this story...  

03/28/2014
WWII vet still serves

World War II veteran Mildred Ann “Nancy” Hannah Forsyth brought her experiences with her when she moved to eastern Kentucky, and through her knowledge and community service, she helps move mountains. Forsyth, a Louisville native who grew up in Shelbyville, graduated from the University of Kentucky more on this story...  

03/28/2014
The education advocate

From the traditional classroom to her Sunday school class, Katheryn “Kaye” Roberts Baird embodies the spirit of teacher and servant leader.  A native of Prestonsburg, Baird received bachelor’s degrees from Pikeville College and Union College. Her family has always been involved more on this story...  

03/28/2014
A leader with a servant’s heart

Kay Hammond has worked tirelessly to help women in need and she enthusiastically shares her zest for God and life with everyone she comes in contact with. She is the director of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center in Pikeville, where she helps young women who face more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Legislative session nears end: Numerous bills pass House, Senate

FRANKFORT — Legislators are finalizing their work this session in Frankfort. The veto recess, the period of time that lawmakers return to their home districts to await possible gubernatorial vetoes of legislation, will last from April 1-11. They will return to the Capitol on April more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Run, walk for cerebral palsy this weekend

PIKEVILLE — A mother’s mission to raise awareness about her son’s medical problems will bring droves of people to Bob Amos Park in Pikeville this weekend. Local residents can help raise awareness for cerebral palsy during the first-ever Cerebral Palsy Awareness 5K Run/Walk, coordinated by Virgie more on this story...  

03/28/2014
‘Young Country Tour’ comes to Delbarton

DELBARTON, W. Va. — Two of country music’s brightest young stars are touring together for the first time and bringing their Young Country Tour to Delbarton, W. Va. , on March 28 at the Delbarton Opry House. American Idol semi-finalist Chase Likens and Grand Ole Opry performer Kayla Slone more on this story...  

03/28/2014
How well do you know the Hatfield & McCoys?

FEUDING FAMILIES: The Hatfield & McCoy Feud, headed by patriarchs Devil Anse Hatfield and Randolph McCoy, is the country’s most famous feud. The decades-long battle between the families caused turmoil in Pike County, Ky. and Mingo County, Ky. Test your historical knowledge by answering these more on this story...  

03/28/2014
‘Once on This Island’ on stage

PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theatre’s Footlights Theatre is hosting performances of a new play in Pike-ville. The children’s theatre troop is showing “Once on This Island,” an adaptation of the fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” that tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant more on this story...  

03/28/2014
BSCTC blood donor saved 100 lives

PRESTONSBURG – More than a decade ago, Judith Valade was a new employee at Big Sandy Community & Technical College.   As a way to immerse herself into campus life, she responded to an advertisement to give blood. It has been a gift that has saved more on this story...  

03/28/2014
EKSC hosts Nano Days

PRESTONSBURG – The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium, located on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community & Technical College, will kick off its Nano Days program at 1 p. m. on March 29. The festival will continue at 2:45 p. m. daily on April more on this story...  

03/28/2014
Book release party set

PIKEVILLE — A Pike County author invites the public to help him celebrate the release of his new book this weekend. Author Shane Mullins will host a book release party for his first book, a horror entitled “God of the Undead: Origins,” at 8 p. m. on more on this story...  

03/21/2014
Pike woman seeks kidney donor: Bentley needs donor with type 0 blood

FORDS BRANCH — A local church is working to help a Pike County woman find a new kidney. Members of the Fords Branch Church of Christ have become “Teresa’s Kidney Champions” in an effort to help 48-year-old Virgie resident Teresa Bentley find a living kidney donor. more on this story...  

03/21/2014
Lawmakers working to pass several new bills

FRANKFORT — With more than half of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly already passed, local legislators have been working to get numerous bills passed. Several new bills were filed this month. The legislative session ends next month. Recently-filed bills and actions on more on this story...  

03/21/2014
The pioneer nurse

Mary Carson Breckinridge, a nurse-midwife who lived from 1881 to 1965, founded Frontier Nursing Service, headquartered in Hyden, to provide care for mothers and infants in eastern Kentucky. Born to a wealthy family in Tennessee, she traveled the globe throughout her life. Widowed at a more on this story...  

03/21/2014
‘Granny Moses of the Mountains’

Eastern Kentucky author Verna May Slone, dubbed “Grandma Moses of the Mountains,” shared the virtues and values of Appalachia from her home in Pippa Passes to areas throughout the country and around the world. Her mother died when she was only six weeks old and more on this story...  

03/21/2014
She’s among the nation’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Banking’

Pike County native Jean R. Hale continues to leave her mark on women in business. Her community service efforts are also leaving a mark in communities throughout the state. She has worked at Community Trust Bancorp for more than 45 years and more on this story...  

03/21/2014
Gardening classes, seed give-away set

PRESTONSBURG and MYRA — The Appalachian Seed Swap that will be held April 5 isn’t the only local event geared to help people who want to raise a garden this year. Two local organizations are hosting events this spring to provide information and garden seeds to more on this story...  

 




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