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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers limiting work to in-state response to Easter storms

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In a phone meeting with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors about the Easter storms that ravaged the South, it was determined that in the midst of COVID-19, all states would handle their own needs to limit travel for teams. Kentucky Baptist DR Director Coy Webb said chainsaw and roof tarping teams met needs from severe storms on Easter in the following counties:...

Beshear tours flooded areas in Southeastern Kentucky, provides briefing on response efforts

Gov. Andy Beshear and local leaders provided an update on the emergency management and relief response to flooding events in Southeastern Kentucky during a Thursday briefing at the London Joint Readiness Center. Joined by Senate President Robert Stivers, of Manchester; Senator Johnny Ray Turner, of Prestonsburg; Rep. Adam Bowling, of Middlesboro; Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of...

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...

New Hunting Access areas open in six Eastern Ky. counties — more than 35,000 acres — this fall

Working with private landowners is one way the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources expands public hunting opportunities across the state. Recently, the department reached Hunting Access Area agreements with RH Group and Elk Horn Coal Company, opening more than 35,000 acres in Floyd, Magoffin, Pike, McCreary, Letcher and Knott counties for public hunting this fall. “We are excited to...

Whitesburg primary care physician Dr. Van Breeding named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

Whitesburg primary care physician Van S. Breeding has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for his leadership in fighting the substance use crisis in Letcher, Harlan, Perry, Owsley and Bell counties. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change. Dr. Van Breeding was named Healthy...

Gov. Bevin receives notification of Federal assistance for Eastern KY counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin today received notification that President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for certain Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of the severe flooding event from Feb. 9 through Feb. 14. Gov. Bevin “We are grateful for this official declaration by the President, which will allow Eastern Kentucky counties to access federal assistance to repair local...