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Harlan Co. communities of Cumberland, Benham, Lynch certified together as 13th Kentucky Trail Town

The three communities of Cumberland, Benham and Lynch in Harlan County have been certified together as the state’s 13th Trail Town that will help promote adventure tourism opportunities in the area, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart announced. “We’re excited about adding these three eastern Kentucky communities to our Trail Towns,” Stewart said. “The trails, parks and rich...

Hundreds of boxes of records, now digitized, tell story of ‘model’ Eastern Ky. coal camp

Records from Benham Coal Company, one of several Appalachian collections to be digitized by UK Special Collections Research Center, are now available on the digital library ExploreUK. This geologic map of Kentucky, by Kentucky Geological Survey, shows geological features of Kentucky’s unique regions. The carboniferous areas, in gray, are the coalfields of Western and Eastern Kentucky. Click for...

Eastern Kentucky ‘Promise Zone’ designation aimed at accelerating progress in region

An eight-county region of Eastern Kentucky will be among the areas named as “Promise Zones” by the White House, state officials announced. The designation means the federal government will partner with these zones to accelerate public-private partnerships, promote job creation and education opportunities, and improve access to federal grant programs.   “As we know, there is no single solution...

Everyday Heroes: Mountain Santa known
for ‘outrageous acts of kindness’ around town

This story is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2013 book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #3.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Mike Howard remembers with dismay the negative reputation he carried while growing up as one of 11 kids in an Eastern Kentucky town.   “Guess I was the black sheep of the family,” Mike said and then recalled a particularly harrowing experience....