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Pew Trusts: Former Kentucky mining towns embrace change, turn to tourism in wake of coal’s decline

By April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts The same Main Street winds through the old mountain mining towns of Cumberland, Benham and Lynch, crosses a river and runs alongside a creek. The early 20th-century coal mining boom drew people to this remote corner of southeast Kentucky until coal’s dizzying decline sent them away. Today, Main Street hints at a roaring past and the potential for change. Poor...

“Appalachian Mining Town” video game designed by EKU students a finalist in national competition

“Appalachian Mining Town” might center around an abandoned mining town in eastern Kentucky, but the video game recently developed by a team of Eastern Kentucky University students wasn’t forgotten by the E3 College Competition, which selected the product as one of five finalists for the national event. “This is an amazing honor,” said Dr. George Landon, EKU Gaming Institute director. Landon...