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MACED storytelling campaign reveals positive community work in Eastern Kentucky

In the first six months of a new storytelling campaign called Appalachia’s New Day, more than 45 stories have been shared about positive community work happening in Eastern Kentucky. The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) launched the campaign in June 2019. MACED is working collaboratively with community members to identify stories about businesses, programs and initiatives...

EKU to host ‘Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy’ panel on Nov. 14 in Crabbe Library

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries will join the Department of Communications to host the panel “Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy,” on Nov. 14 in the Crabbe Library. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion to follow at 6 p.m. J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” has been surrounded by controversy since its 2016 release. “Appalachian Reckoning:...

Tiny town’s vote for fairness ordinance shouldn’t be so surprising, native writes

By Ivy Brashear Special to KyForward   The city council of Vicco, Ky., passed a fairness ordinance earlier this month with little local fanfare. There were no protests, no letters to the editor in the local newspaper, The Hazard Herald, no Westboro Baptist Church members holding offensive signs on Vicco’s one street corner.   The council passed this law the same way it approves the city...

Tiny town's vote for fairness ordinance shouldn't be so surprising, native writes

By Ivy Brashear Special to KyForward   The city council of Vicco, Ky., passed a fairness ordinance earlier this month with little local fanfare. There were no protests, no letters to the editor in the local newspaper, The Hazard Herald, no Westboro Baptist Church members holding offensive signs on Vicco’s one street corner.   The council passed this law the same way it approves the city...