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Four county fair boards awarded $300,000; grants for new construction projects at fairgrounds

Four Kentucky county fairs boards were awarded $300,000 from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) for new construction projects, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “These grants will enable four deserving local fair boards to provide their citizens with a more enjoyable fair experience,” Quarles said. “Fairgrounds are important to rural Kentucky because they serve as...

Ron Daley: Day in Lawrence County Elementary classroom observing high-performing teachers

Our K-12 students are learning more and their teachers are better prepared utilizing greater innovative learning practices in the classrooms than when we adults were in school. Since I have been on loan to the KY Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) from Hazard Community and Technical College the last four years, I have observed the amazing results of teaching and learning in eastern Kentucky school...

Tony Pence: Don Rigsby’s ‘high lonesome sound’ makes this music man worth a listen

Don Rigsby (Photos provided)   This is the first in an occasional series about the musical heritage of the Appalachian foothills and the impact the region’s songwriters, pickers and singers have on music today.   It’s about a 30-minute drive from Morehead to Sandy Hook winding along the narrow, curvy and tenacious road that is Kentucky Route 32 – a familiar stretch of highway...