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Governor announces 12 communities selected for more than $692,000 to improve recreational trails

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his selection of 12 projects totaling $692,058 to receive funding from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), all of which will upgrade parks and recreational spaces across Kentucky. Communities selected for funding are Carroll County, Franklin County, Garrard County, Harlan County, Hart County, Henderson County, Martin County, Perry County, Shelby County, Madisonville,...

EKU regional campuses offering free Wi-Fi to community students in Corbin and Manchester

In partnership with area high schools in Corbin and Manchester, the locations of its regional campuses, Eastern Kentucky University is offering free, outdoor guest Wi-Fi and indoor, desktop internet to students who can’t otherwise access broadband internet. “COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Keeping the internet accessible and reliable is more important...

Recent $1 million grant to further Baptist Health’s efforts to curb substance, opioid abuse in Kentucky

A $1 million grant to combat opioid and substance abuse in two Southcentral Kentucky counties will support Baptist Health’s latest effort to expand and deepen its behavioral health services across the state and Southern Indiana. Baptist Health Corbin secured the grant to serve 1,000 families a year for the next three years in its home county of Whitley and neighboring Knox County. The grant, which...

Research project in nutrition allows UK student to make impact on Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student is contributing to research that could lead to healthier habits and lower negative health outcomes in her native Eastern Kentucky. “I have always wanted to give back to Eastern Kentucky,” said Lucinda Smith, a senior human nutrition major from Corbin. “When I learned through one...

Kentucky sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried in Corbin today; flags at half-staff

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Kentucky sailor who was killed in action during World War II, but whose remains were only recently identified. Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely, 25, of Corbin, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was...

Remains of another Kentucky sailor, Ulis Steely, identified; killed in attack on Pearl Harbor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The remains of another Kentucky sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, have been identified after many years of being listed as unknown.

 According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely, 25, of Corbin, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl...

Churchill, Keenland form ‘historic partnership’ to build two new racing facilities in Corbin, Oak Grove

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and Keeneland Association, Inc. (“Keeneland”) announced today an historic partnership to propose the construction of two new state-of-the-art racing facilities. One will be in southeastern Kentucky in Corbin (Knox County), and the second will be in southwestern Kentucky in Oak Grove (Christian County). The proposed facilities will feature...

Rural Blog: Corbin revitalized its struggling Main Street with local food and local businesses

A town of 7,300 in southeastern Kentucky has revitalized its downtown through a local food renaissance. Corbin’s main street, once filled with vacant buildings and few businesses, is now thriving, adding 20 new businesses since 2012 while reducing a 40 percent vacancy rate to nearly zero, writes Patty Cantrell, of the Missouri-based consulting firm Regional Food Solutions, for Good Food On Every...

23 Blast proves that real life stranger, scarier than fiction, but is also more inspirational

Mark Hapka, left, stars as a blind high school football center in the movie with Alexa Vega as his childhood friend. (Photo from 23 Blast/Facebook)   Late October is the season for scary movies and stories of terrible fright, but in the mid-‘90s it wasn’t a movie that terrified Travis Freeman of Corbin. It was the fact that at 12 he’d gone blind overnight. Freeman’s story is told in the...

23 Blast proves that real life stranger, scarier than fiction, but is also more inspirational

Mark Hapka, left, stars as a blind high school football center in the movie with Alexa Vega as his childhood friend. (Photo from 23 Blast/Facebook)   Late October is the season for scary movies and stories of terrible fright, but in the mid-‘90s it wasn’t a movie that terrified Travis Freeman of Corbin. It was the fact that at 12 he’d gone blind overnight. Freeman’s story is told in the...