A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Will Eastern KY capture a share of the enormous wealth to be transferred in the next generation?

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky and the United States of America are in the midst of the greatest “transfer of wealth” (TOW) in the nation’s history. Research estimates that $72 trillion will transfer from one generation to another in the next decade, 2017 through 2026, representing a TOW opportunity of over $7.7 trillion. TOW is an estimate of American household wealth from...

Poll: 24 percent of adult Kentuckians know someone misusing prescription pain relievers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Whether it’s the misuse of prescription pain relievers, heroin or methamphetamine, the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll findings indicate that many Kentuckians have a drug problem. The poll, conducted Oct. 24 to Dec. 2, found that nearly one in four Kentucky adults, or 24 percent, said they knew someone who had experienced problems as a result of prescription...

Ron Daley: Eastern Kentucky is one of the best places to live and not the worst as suggested

There is much more to the quality of life in your community than the determinations by socio-economic data such as 24/7 Wall St and other news outlets use describing the worst places to live in America. Two of the counties I have lived in eastern Kentucky were among the top “Worst Counties to Live In” by Evan Comen from the 24/7 Wall St released on March 10 and published on MSN. Knott County, where...

Grimes Working with county judges to bring solar energy opportunities to Eastern Kentucky

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week announced a strategic partnership she has formed with three Eastern Kentucky county judge/executives to explore a solar energy investment in the region. Last year, Grimes began facilitating discussions between a leading solar energy developer and Judge/Executives Scotty Alexander of Perry County, Zach Weinberg of Knott County, and Dan Mosley of Harlan...

Jerry Rickett: Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone shows bright spots emerging in Eastern Ky. economy

There is no better Kentucky product than our people – hard-working, resilient problem-solvers. That’s why our people must be the solution to transforming Eastern Kentucky’s economy. And that’s why people are the foundation of the Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone, which is celebrating its fourth year in Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley counties. Despite a continuing...

University of Kentucky’s Career Training in Oncology Program preparing next generation of cancer fighters

By Allison Perry and Alicia Gregory Special to KyForward For Carrigan Wasilchenko – and so many others hailing from Eastern Kentucky – cancer is not just a public health issue. It’s also a problem that hits far too close to home. “I don’t think I know one person who doesn’t know someone who’s been affected by cancer in some way,” said Wasilchenko, whose mother...

Weather report: Rains will continue through Sunday, more flooding with river high of 59.4 ft by Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Earlier this month Eastern Kentucky suffered flooding due to heavy rain and now the central and western parts of the state are on the radar over the next week.   Joe Sullivan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Louisville, said much of the problem is not being able to dry out after the repeated bouts of rain. 
“Much of the Ohio River Valley has had over...

UK Center for Applied Energy research partners with Hazard in effort to improve rural power generation

By Dave Melanson Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has received a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop an innovative partnership in Hazard, Kentucky, that could serve as a model for future energy projects in rural Eastern Kentucky communities. DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) funded the project, which...

Retiring Court of Appeals judge Janet Stumbo honored by colleagues at retirement reception

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Janet L. Stumbo, who serves 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky, was honored by the chief justice, her fellow Court of Appeals judges, court system employees and others at a retirement reception Dec. 14 at the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort. “On behalf of the entire court system, what can I say except thank you for your years of service and the way you have cared...

Federal Reserve Bank publishes multimedia account of official visit to Eastern Kentucky in early 2017

Federal Reserve officials, including Fed Governor Lael Brainard, traveled more than 100 miles in two days during a tour of eastern Kentucky earlier this year, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has published a multimedia account of the places they visited, the people they met, and the lessons they gathered. Among those visited were a charitable foundation, homegrown entrepreneurs and artists,...

Rural Blog: McConnell reverses course, supports $1 billion plan to assist struggling coal regions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has signed on to legislation to free up $1 billion in reclamation projects in Eastern Kentucky and other struggling coal regions, a measure he was not willing to endorse last year. “U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, a Republican whose district includes the state’s eastern coalfield, introduced a similar proposal in February 2016 as a way of boosting areas...

Ron Daley: Eastern Kentucky must learn from past to prepare for future; admit failures, celebrate success

We need to understand the reasons why eastern Kentucky has not made the same level of progress as other Appalachian coal states before we can develop and implement strategies to grow a vibrant diversified economy. Additionally, we need to study the best practices in southern Ohio, West Virginia, southwest Virginia, and northeastern Tennessee for productive planning. And, we must not be fearful to...

EKU rallies past Idaho State in Cancun Challenge; Lady Colonels fall to Western Carolina

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team drained four 3-pointers in overtime to pull away for a thrilling, 91-82 win over Idaho State on Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.   Eastern (2-3) trailed Idaho State, 71-69, following a layup by Gene Luzcando with under a minute to play; however, sophomore forward Nick Mayo buried a jumper in the paint with...

Commerce Lexington group to take ‘Regional Tour’ to Eastern Kentucky to learn more about SOAR initiative

In 2009, Commerce Lexington Inc. revived a long-ago tradition of visiting other areas of Kentucky with the intention of listening and learning from the leaders in each of the cities and locations visited. This year’s Kentucky Regional Tour presented by East Kentucky Power Cooperative on October 24-25 will make a return to portions of Eastern Kentucky with an agenda and itinerary centered around...

Regional survival at stake as Central Appalachia leaders grapple with what comes after coal

Across Central Appalachia, especially Eastern Kentucky, “elected officials, business leaders, environmentalists and community advocates are looking beyond politics to wrestle with a question essential to the region’s survival: What comes after coal?” Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports for The New York Times. Lora Smith, who oversees grants in Central Appalachia for the Mary Reynolds Babcock...

Eastern Kentucky challenged with demographic issues in search for new jobs, study says

“Eastern Kentucky is shedding population through a combination of out-migration and deaths that are outpacing births, circumstances that have accelerated as the coal industry has declined,” says Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland policy analyst Matt Klesta. And those who are entering the region are often poorly educated, low-wage earners, and/or not in the labor force, according to Klesta’s analysis...

Rural Blog: Central Appalachian coal miners learning how to write computer code to cope with job loss

In Central Appalachia, where communities have been hit hard by the loss of coal jobs, the move to teach former coal miners computer coding could be the start of a trend that could help revitalize the region, Tim Loh reports for Bloomberg News. Rusty Justice, who co-founded a coding business in Pikeville, Ky., told Loh, “We’ve got a lot of high-skilled hillbillies here. We want to prove we can...

Jaw dropping gorgeous: John Snell’s Red River Gorge — his home away from home

Red River Gorge – My Second Home is the perfect way to reflect and appreciate one of Kentucky’s most wonderful treasures. In his second book on the Gorge, Lexington photographer John W. Snell, enables readers to experience one of the “most special places” in America. Some images are snapshots but most represent the author’s “attempt to present new and unique vignettes of...

EKU’s Murray named College Sports Madness’ OVC Player of the Week

Shameekia Murray Following a career-high 34-point performance in Eastern Kentucky’s 88-82 win over Saint Francis University, senior Shameekia Murray was named College Sports Madness’ Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness announced today. Murray connected on 13-of-19 (68 percent) from the floor and hit two critical free throws to extend the Colonels’ lead to three...

Keith Taylor: Stoops wants a ‘good, clean, hard-fought’ game against instate foe EKU

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad scores his first collegiate touchdown in the Wildcats’ 21-13 win over Missouri last week. The Wildcats host Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Tammie Brown)   Mark Stoops is focused on football and not what transpired off the field between members of his team and Eastern Kentucky University. The Kentucky coach wants no part of any confrontations...