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Rural Eastern Ky. high school vocational education programs training next generation of prison staff

By Anya Slepyan Special to KyForward There are three prisons within 35 miles of Jenkins Independent High School, in Letcher County. In a region where the decline of the coal industry has left jobs scarce, the archipelago of state and federal prisons scattered throughout the area have become significant employers. A few years ago, a student at Jenkins Independent came to guidance counselor Tammy Meade...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A scenic mountain reservoir, Carr Creek Lake is an overlooked walleye fishery

Editor’s note: This is the ninth article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. For more than twenty years it was known as Carr Fork Lake. In January 1997, Congress officially changed the name of the project to Carr Creek Lake, in honor of long hunter William Carr, who explored the area in the 1770’s, and the community’s legendary high school basketball team that won the state championship...

Kelly Stephens appointed clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky; UK grad succeeds Susan Stokley Clary

For the first time in 25 years, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has a new clerk. The Supreme Court justices appointed Stephens to the position permanently on April 21 after she was named interim clerk on Feb. 1. As Supreme Court clerk, Stephens oversees case filing and management for the commonwealth’s highest court. The Supreme Court clerk is responsible for the custody, control and storage of all...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Let’s go fishing which is best in Spring; we’re blessed with abundance of lakes and streams

We are blessed here in Kentucky with an abundance of streams and lakes, excellent fishing and no closed seasons. While the unofficial start to spring fishing begins with the new license year on March 1, we can fish year-round, weather permitting. Quality crappie is the name of the game at Taylorsville Lake, 3,050 acres in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties. (US Army Corps of Engineers photo) If...

Eastern Kentucky middle school students hope to start businesses, help build their communities

Students from seven Eastern Kentucky middle Schools participated in the 2019 Regional Entrepreneurial Competition held in Knott County last month (Pnoto provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky middle school students demonstrated their entrepreneurial and creative abilities during the 2019 Regional Entrepreneurial Competition held in Knott County last month showing their potential...

Ron Daley: J. D. Vance’s book ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ fosters negative stereotypes of Eastern Kentuckians

J. D. Vance’s 2016 book “Hillbilly Elegy” about his family’s life in Breathitt County does not reflect the people I have been neighbors with for the past 44 years. Even though this Yale Law graduate spent his life in Middletown, Ohio, with some visits to his family’s hometown in the mountains, Vance’s microscopic description of his dysfunctional family will continue to foster negative stereotypes...

Ron Daley: Reflecting on letter from Charles Manson, and his time in Ky., 50 years after gruesome murders

Charles Manson, with Eastern Kentucky roots, remains a pop culture icon phenomenon as we acknowledge the 50-year anniversary of the actress Sharon Tate and other murders on August 9, 1969. Manson’s bizarre sick life captured the mind of the nation during a tumultuous period in the United States. He was able to hang out with Dennis Wilson who was the Beach Boys’ drummer, have his song recorded by...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: With elk restoration in Kentucky completed, harvest management begins

This is the second article in an occasional series on elk in Kentucky. From 1997 through 2002, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife employees live-trapped 1,547 elk from wild herds in Kansas, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, and North Dakota, and transported them by truck to eight stocking sites in Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, Perry and Pike counties. With stocking completed, the harvest...

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...

Lotts Creek Community School receives computers, smart boards from tech managers association

The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) is filling a moving truck so that the Lotts Creek Community School, a hard-hit rural school district in Kentucky, will receive over $125,000 of equipment including 250 computers and several electronic “smart” whiteboards. IATAM has a long history of supporting communities around the world. The corporate social responsibility...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: The 2013-14 elk season opens with archery hunting for bulls

The 2013-2014 elk seasons open with bull elk archery this Saturday, Sept. 21. Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources believe a productive season awaits elk hunters this fall. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   Kentucky’s elk seasons open Sept. 21 with bull elk archery season. Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and...

‘Can-do’ attitude helps single mother of four further her education, land rewarding job

Janice Higgins-Hagans was widowed with four young children when she decided to further her education. (Photo from HCTC)   By Evelyn M. Wood Special to KyForward   In 2000, after the tragic death of her husband, Janice Hagans-Higgins found herself a single mother of four young children. To make ends meet, Janice and her children moved in with her parents and survived on the money she received...