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Beshear awards four grants of $2.3 million to improve infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky counties

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2,356,381 in grant funding for four infrastructure projects that will improve utility services in Eastern Kentucky communities. The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG). Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Regional Development Agency Assistance Program (RDAAP), are Floyd County, Harlan County, Johnson...

More than 1/3 of Kentucky students in violation of required hepatitis A shots; immunizations fall short

More than a third of students in Kentucky schools are in violation of the year-old state law requiring them to be vaccinated for the liver disease hepatitis A, according to the annual report by the state Department for Public Health on student immunizations. “While hepatitis A rates were the lowest of all required vaccines, they reflect a broader trend: Kentucky students still aren’t getting...

Getting recruited by Coach K was just start of story for David Couch, who focused on Internet for schools

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward   Johnson County’s Paintsville has an amazing athletic tradition with the likes of major lead baseball player Johnny LeMaster, UK basketball player John Pelphrey, and UK football greats Joey Couch and Kash Daniels. It is also home of country-western music star Chris Stapleton with Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle just down the road from Butcher Hollow. There’s...

Methamphetamine, long-prevalent in Western Ky., moves east as Johnson County reports upsurge

While most of Kentucky’s focus has been on finding ways to combat the state’s heroin and prescription drug epidemic, another drug that had captured headlines just a few years ago is on the rise — methamphetamine. Meth use has long been most prevalent in Western Kentucky but is moving east. Methamphetamine image from Drug Enforcement Administration “We’re completely eat up with...

HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute celebrates grand opening in Paintsville

Eastern Kentucky workforce development representatives, elected officials, and business leaders gathered Tuesday for the grand opening of the HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville. The new 40,000-square-foot workforce training facility will offer 16-week training programs aimed at building a skilled workforce to attract advanced manufacturing to the Commonwealth and...