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

PIKEVILLE — Pike County will soon be home to a new $10 million bourbon distillery. Alltech President and Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons told a gathering of state, county and civic leaders that Dueling Barrels, named in honor of the area’s history, will open its doors in more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — State and local officials marked a milestone on Oct. 9 with a ceremony that commemorated the beginning of a project that will help residents and businesses in Pike County. U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers joined Pikeville city leaders in a ceremony to mark the more on this story...  

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

A movement working to make Williamson, W. Va. a healthier place to live was highlighted on a news story on PBS on Oct. 10. The public news channel’s reporter Hari Sreenivasan interviewed Williamson residents who are playing key roles in improving the region’s health through more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Scott honored

PIKEVILLE — While visiting several locations in Pike County on Oct. 9, U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers honored Pikeville High School teacher Kelly Scott. Rogers, accompanied by PRIDE President/CEO Tammie Wilson, presented Scott with the PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment) Volunteer of the Month more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers lauded the work of the UNITE Pike Coalition and announced a new program geared to keep children away from illegal drug use. “I want to thank you coalition members for the work that you do, the compassion more on this story...  

10/17/2014
UPIKE to expand

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville President Dr. James L. Hurley and U. S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced the creation of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Education Center at UPIKE. “The University of Pikeville is aggressively pursuing opportunities to create new programs of study,” said Hurley. “The Telecommunications more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Red, White & Blue underway

MARTIN — The annual Red, White & Blue Days Festival began Wednesday and continues this weekend in downtown Martin. The festival, which honors military members and veterans, features art and craft vendors, food vendors, a carnival by Derby City Amusements, live entertainment beginning more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Groundbreaking set for Marion Branch project

PIKEVILLE — Local residents are invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Pikeville’s next big project. A groundbreaking will be held at 4 p. m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at Pikeville’s industrial park at Marion Branch, a 380-acre reclaimed strip mine site that the city more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Miss Kentucky tours Pike County

PIKEVILLE — Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter visited several schools in Pike County this month. Carpenter, who made it in the top 12 last month in the Miss America pageant, started her Miss Kentucky reign by visiting students at Mullins Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary, Pikeville Elementary, Millard more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals invites the public to a “Zombie Apocalypse” this month. The fundraiser features a zombie-themed 5K race and “Zombie Tag” on Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration will begin on the Main Street Plaza more on this story...  

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

FRANKFORT – The Shaping Our Appalachian Region executive board announced this week the hiring of Jared Arnett of Harold as the regional initiative’s founding executive director. Arnett, the President/CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, has been involved with the SOAR initiative since its start more on this story...  

10/10/2014
SBA loans available to flood victims

The U. S. Small Business Administration announced that certain private non-profit organizations that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held this weekend in the Pikeville City Park. Registration begins at 9 a. m. and the ceremony starts at 9:45 a. m. Organizers hope to raise at least $16,000 at the event, which more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County School District improved across the board in the third annual Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system, according to reports issued by the Kentucky Department of Education last week. Pike County School District Superintendent David Lester gathered administrators and more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Letcher district ranking rises 53 points

WHITESBURG — Letcher County School District officials are celebrating an increase in scores in the state’s Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system. The district’s overall accountability performance score increased from 60. 5 in 2013 to 69. 1, and the district’s ranking climbed a whopping 53 more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Chess tourney is nationally rated

PIKEVILLE — For the first time, eastern Kentucky residents can participate in a local chess tournament that’s rated nationally by the U. S. Chess Federation. The East Kentucky Chess Club is hosting the tournament on Oct. 11 at Page 3 Game Zone, located at 547 N. Mayo more on this story...  

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

MOREHEAD — Pikeville native Austin Casebolt was crowned as Homecoming King 2014 at Morehead State University on Oct. 4. The announcement came during the halftime ceremony at the MSU game against Campbell University. Casebolt, son of Pikeville Medical Center Public Relations Specialist Carol more on this story...  

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

PRESTONSBURG — The Jenny Wiley Festival is underway this weekend in downtown Prestonsburg. The festival began Wednesday, Oct. 8, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 11, featuring live entertainment, a carnival, arts and craft booths, food vendors and numerous activities. The more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — From “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to “Appalatin” music in the mountains, University of Pikeville students and faculty will highlight “Humanities on the Hill” on Friday, Oct. 10. Art, communication, English, film and media arts, music, religion and Spanish will each be featured more on this story...  

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

MARTIN — The city of Martin is celebrating veterans during its annual Red, White & Blue Days Festival. The festival begins Wednesday, Oct. 15, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 18, in downtown Martin in Floyd County. It features art and craft more on this story...  

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

LOUISVILLE — Two local leaders were among 11 people honored at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. Kentucky House Speaker Gregory D. “Greg” Stumbo of Prestonsburg and Pike County Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman received awards at the event. more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — Local people who are interested in helping people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are invited to participate in the annual Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Pikeville this month. Organizers hope to raise at least $16,000 at the event, which will be held Oct. more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Dawkins Line to expand

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear announced the awarding of a contract for construction of the next phase of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail in Eastern Kentucky – soon to be the longest trail of its kind in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  awarded more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Energetic teen seeks her new family

Brianna is ready to give her heart to a new family. If you have the ability to go with the flow, then you should inquire about Brianna. She is a girl who will keep you hopping! Brianna is seeking love and more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Ribbon cutting set for Tech Medical

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to a ribbon cutting at Pike County’s newest technology business. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:30 p. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Tech Medical Center, located at 95 Weddington Br. Rd. more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Jenny Wiley Festival begins next week

PRESTONSBURG — Thousands of people will pay homage to eastern Kentucky’s heritage during the annual Jenny Wiley Festival. The festival begins Wednesday, Oct. 8, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 11, in downtown Prestonsburg. Coordinators have planned numerous events and activities, more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Gilbert area gearing up for Trailfest

GILBERT, W. Va. — Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country will flock to Gilbert, W. Va. this month for the 2014 Hatfield-McCoy National Trailfest. Known as one of the premier UTV, ATV and dirtbike riding events in the country, Trailfest features all sorts of entertainment every day more on this story...  

09/26/2014
National organization helps students

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

09/26/2014
UPIKE Celebrates

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

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

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

09/26/2014
PES starts gardening project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09/26/2014
National organization helps students

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

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

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

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

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

09/19/2014
Appalachian Air ready for takeoff: First flight to Nashville set for Oct. 27

PIKEVILLE — Appalachian Air is set to take flight in late October. The official announcement of air service for eastern Kentucky was made public during the Southeast Kentucky Chamber’s Membership Luncheon held in the East Kentucky Exposition Center’s ballroom on Sept. 18. “We more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Free Smiles in Jenkins: Local organization teams up with SmileFaith to offer free dental clinic

JENKINS — A nonprofit organization in Jenkins is teaming up with a Florida dental services group to provide free dental care to people in Jenkins and surrounding areas. God’s Love from a Diaper Bag, founded in 2001 by Bessie and Lester McPeek in Jenkins, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Workshops offered for small businesses

PIKEVILLE —  Businesses in eastern Kentucky are taking to social media to reach new customers. The Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville is partnering with the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business to provide a series of social media workshops for small business more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Conference on domestic violence, elder abuse set

PRESTONSBURG — The Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment has partnered with AppalRed to educate the public about elder abuse and domestic violence. Registration is currently underway for the conference, set for Oct. 3 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Did you wash your hands?

By PATRECE BEVERLY Pike County Health Department “Did you wash your hands?” I bet you’ve heard that one before. Why is everyone so hung up on hand washing? Since we are entering flu season, and Kentucky has already been invaded more on this story...  

09/19/2014
‘Love and peanut butter’: Floyd couple celebrates 73 years together

PRESTONSBURG — After more than seven decades together, a Floyd County couple is still deeply in love. Prestonsburg residents James Edward “Jimmie” Goble, 95, and Marie Goble, 94, are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary this week. They were married Sept. 19, 1941, in more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Mountain Heritage Festival set

WHITESBURG —The annual Mountain Heritage Festival will be held in Letcher County next week. The festival, which began in 1983, will be held Sept. 22-27 in downtown Whitesburg. There will be all types of events during the festival this year, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Last weekend for feud plays

PIKEVILLE — This weekend marks the last opportunity that local residents have to watch a play based on the Hatfield & McCoy live on stage in eastern Kentucky. Jenny Wiley Theatre, located on Second St. in Pikeville, is hosting the final performances of the more on this story...  

09/19/2014
King Coal underway

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo County residents celebrating the 42nd Annual King Coal Festival Sept. 18-20. The Action in Mingo (AIM) group has hosted the festival in downtown Williamson since 1972. Events on Sept. 20 include live entertainment, homemade apple butter, more on this story...  

09/19/2014
PHS marched through the 1930s

Editor’s note: Pikeville Independent School will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the third in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which was written by Ann more on this story...  

09/12/2014
PARTNERING FOR A PURPOSE: Paint Pikeville Pink to help cancer patients

PIKEVILLE — Pike County’s most colorful race is returning for the fourth year, and Pikeville is tickled pink. The fourth annual Paint Pikeville Pink 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 20. Registration will be held from 7 a. m. to 8:45 a. m. and the race begins at more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Emergency management acquires drone: ‘Sky Observation System’ has a range of one mile

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Government and the office of Emergency Management has acquired a new tool for emergency situations, search and rescue, hazardous materials incidents, damage assessment and other crisis scenarios. The DSLR Phantom 2 Pro Remote Controlled Quad Copter Sky Observation System, a type more on this story...  

  

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

PIKEVILLE — After four years of planning and two years of construction, the Pike County Public Library District opened its new library this week. Located on Thompson Rd. near Burger King and Tractor Supply in Pikeville, the state-of-the-art $10 million facility offers all the amenities more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — A Richmond native whose amazing weight loss story has been featured on national television is traveling to Pikeville to encourage others who are ready to lose weight. Neil Burns was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the “Dr. Oz Show” after he lost more on this story...  

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

The Alzheimer’s Association is helping several workshops to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, resulting in the loss of memory, thinking and language skills and behavioral changes. The association’s Greater Kentucky-Southern Indiana Chapter will more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers honored outgoing UNITE Pike Chairman Bob Finch during an Oct. 9 visit to the region. Rogers presented Bob Finch, who has chaired UNITE Pike for eight years, with the “Difference Maker Award,” an honor he bestows on residents in more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Hope Wall on display

PIKEVILLE — The Hope Wall is now on display in Pike County. Established last year by Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education), the Hope Wall features the names of people who have been in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction for at least 18 more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville officials joined business leaders and area residents to celebrate the opening of the first store in the Pikeville Commons retail development this week. Hobby Lobby opened for business on Oct. 9 and leaders there joined city officials and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — WestCare Kentucky is expanding services to offer substance abuse treatment services to children, teenagers and young adults. WestCare Senior Vice President Jeffrey Caudill announced that the organization received a $600,982 grant through the Kentucky Kids Recovery Grant Program to expand outpatient substance more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — Tickets are still available for a rodeo that will take place at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville this month. The Hedrick Rodeo Company will host a rodeo sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and presented by the El Hasa Shriners on more on this story...  

10/17/2014
Jenny Wiley Park ranger honored

PRESTONSBURG — A  local park ranger earned a state honor last week. James Burke, a Kentucky State Park ranger who is stationed in eastern Kentucky, received the Governor’s Ambassador Award for Courage during an Oct. 8 ceremony in Frankfort. Burke was nominated for more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — For the first time, eastern Kentucky residents can purchase airline tickets and fly commercially in and out of Pikeville. Appalachian Air, a charter flight operated by Public Charters of Pennsylvania and Corporate Flight Management of Tennessee, started selling tickets online on Oct. 6. The more on this story...  

10/10/2014
McConnell, Grimes to debate

Kentucky Educational Television will broadcast a debate next week between the most hotly contested race in Kentucky. KET will broadcast a debate between Republican U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is seeking the U. S. Senate seat in the more on this story...  

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

There’s something divine happening in eastern Kentucky and Coverall territory owners Ernie and Yvonne Gullett are a part of it. Since 2006, the Gulletts have serviced businesses spanning 15 counties along the eastern corner of Kentucky and are having their best year to date. The more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Pikeville schools ranked among the best

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Independent School District once again scored among the highest in the state in the third annual Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system, according to reports issued by the Kentucky Department of Education last week. The district raised its overall more on this story...  

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

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County School District ranks among the top schools in the state in the annual Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system, according to reports issued by the Kentucky Department of Education last week. Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday joined Sen. more on this story...  

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

JENKINS — Results from the state’s Unbridled Learning Assessments and Accountability testing system tells a story about the Jenkins Independent School District, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Superintendent Fredrick Bowling said the scores mark the beginning of new chapter in the school’s more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The Broken Trail Horse Club invites the public to its fall trail ride. The trail ride, set to be held Oct. 17-19 at the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport, provides funds the club uses to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need. more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Appalachian Heritage Festival this weekend

BREAKS, Va. — Breaks Interstate Park will host the fourth annual Appalachian Heritage Festival on Oct. 11-12, showcasing regional crafters, musicians, and time-honored Appalachian traditions. “Our region has a very rich heritage, and this festival is an opportunity to put the spotlight on that,” said Superintendent Austin more on this story...  

10/10/2014
Last Muscle on Main this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky residents who have not yet attended a Muscle on Main event in Pikeville have only one opportunity left this season to do so. The final 2014 Muscle on Main event will be held Oct. 10-11. “We welcome more on this story...  

10/10/2014
TJLF hosts annual charity dinner

PAINTSVILLE — Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Jordan Light Foundation Charity Dinner, which will begin at 6 p. m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Christian foundation, which works to help more on this story...  

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

PRESTONSBURG — More than 500 people worked to “turn type one into type none” during the Big Sandy Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sept. 27. The event, held at Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus, raised more than $22,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research more on this story...  

10/03/2014
Congressman Rogers to visit

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers will visit eastern Kentucky next week. Rogers is expected to speak at the UNITE Pike Coalition meeting at 12:30 p. m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at First Baptist Church in Pikeville. The coalition, geared to stop drug more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The Fourth Annual Paint Pikeville Pink was a whopping success in Pike County on Sept. 20. The event raised more money this year than it collectively raised in its first three years. Since 2011, Paint Pikeville Pink has raised more than more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The Weber Art Gallery at the University of Pikeville is currently featuring “The Myrtle Creek Paintings,” works by Steve Ward. “These paintings are about the desires involved in the tales of secret contracts made in plausibly denied military bases, almond eyes of deep telepathic more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — Local waterways will open up to anglers for the first-ever “Feud on the Forks” competition this month. The kayak and canoe river bass tournament will be hosted by the city of Pikeville on the Levisa Fork River and the Russell Fork River. Registration is more on this story...  

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

PRESTONSBURG — The eastern Kentucky Indian community is excited to announce “Diwali: Festival of Lights” in Prestonsburg this winter. Tickets are currently on sale for the event, which will be held Nov. 1 at the Mountain Arts Center. The Diwali Festival is one more on this story...  

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

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville took another step to improve the quality of life for people in the region this week. City officials held a ribbon cutting for the new Pikeville Dog Park, located across from the Pikeville Area Family YMCA at Bob Amos Park, more on this story...  

10/03/2014
ACT extends ‘Smoke on the Mountain’: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ begins next week

ELKHORN CITY — The Artists Collaborative Theatre has made changes to its season of shows. The theatre announced last week that the comedy “Smoke on the Mountain” has been so popular, its viewings will be extended through Sunday, Oct. 5. The change more on this story...  

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

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

09/26/2014
UPIKE launches fundraising campaign

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

09/26/2014
Absentee voting now underway

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

09/26/2014
SOAR report released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09/26/2014
Kiwanis Fall Festival next week

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

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

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

09/26/2014
MAC offers two concerts this weekend

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

09/19/2014
Big Sandy residents to raise funds for diabetes research

PRESTONSBURG — More than 500 walkers from local corporations, families, schools and other organizations are expected to participate in the Third Annual Big Sandy South Walk to Cure Diabetes this month. The event, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be held Sept. 27 more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Paint Pikeville Pink event this weekend

PIKEVILLE — The fourth annual Paint Pikeville Pink 5K Run/Walk will be held Sept. 20 in Pikeville. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the race, which raises funds for Blessed Beyond Measure, a Pikeville-based nonprofit organization that helps underinsured and noninsured cancer more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Free economic development workshop set for Jenny Wiley

PRESTONSBURG — The Kentucky Association for Economic Development invites the public to a free workshop that explores how economic development can impact communities. The workshop, sponsored by AEP Kentucky Power, will be held from 9:30 a. m. to 11:30 a. m. on Oct. 2 at Jenny more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Blessed Beyond Measure opens in new location: Since 2012, nonprofit has helped hundreds of cancer patients

PIKEVILLE — A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients opened a new location in Pikeville this week. Blessed Beyond Measure, incorporated by Pike County resident Debbie Freeman in 2012, is opening this month at 110 Roberts Circle, located near the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer more on this story...  

09/19/2014
UPIKE gets grant funding

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville was recently awarded a $2. 2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant by the U. S. Department of Education to create a center for success. UPIKE President James Hurley said the grant would be used to create a center more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Donations sought for Coats for Kids

PIKEVILLE — A local nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping children in need seeks donations for its annual coat drive. Coats for Kids of Pikeville, initiated a donation drive this week to raise $10,000 — money that will purchase coats for children in need in Pike more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Chicago on stage in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Fans are expected to come in droves to watch the multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning band Chicago perform at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville next week. Tickets are $37 for the concert, which will be held at 8 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Event to honor military

PAINTSVILLE — Big Sandy Community & Technical College is hosting an event this month to honor all members of the military community. The college’s Mayo campus will host “Community Cares: Honoring Our Military” from 1 p. m. to 4 p. m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. The more on this story...  

09/19/2014
Elk tours begin

PRESTONSBURG — This weekend marks the official opening of the elk tour season in eastern Kentucky. Two local state parks are offering elk tours from Sept. 20 through March 2015. Prestonsburg’s Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers elk tours for $30 more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Eastern Kentucky walk to raise awareness

PIKEVILLE — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will raise awareness of blood cancers during the Eastern Kentucky Light the Night Walk.   The event will be held on Thursday, September 18 in the Pikeville City Park beginning at 5pm. According to the Light the Night website, “The more on this story...  

09/12/2014
State smoking ban expanded: All state properties, to be tobacco free, effective Nov. 20

FRANKFORT — In a Sept. 4 press conference, Gov. Steve Beshear outlined significant changes the state plans to take to decrease the number of residents who use tobacco. Noting that Kentucky continually ranks as the worst state in terms of smoking and cancer deaths, Gov. Beshear more on this story...  

09/12/2014
Gov. Beshear encourages public to get flu shot

FRANKFORT — As flu season approaches, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear encourage others to protect themselves by getting flu vaccines. They received their influenza vaccinations last week from the Frankfort First Onsite Clinic staff. “Jane and I know the best way to more on this story...  

 






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