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New hunting access areas open for public use; Eastern Kentucky properties add 56,000 acres

Hunters now have an additional 56,000 acres open for public hunting under new hunting access area agreements in Eastern Kentucky. The new areas include locations in Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, McCreary, Perry and Pike counties. New hunting access areas (HAA) consist of land previously not open to the public and additions to existing access areas. New areas and changes to existing ones...

County Health Rankings show largest shifts in middle rankings; familiar names at top, bottom

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The latest County Health Rankings report for Kentucky shows little change in the top and bottom quarters of the standings, with most of the bigger shifts among counties in the middle. The rankings measure health outcomes, gauged by life expectancy and measures of quality of life; and health factors, such as access to physicians and areas to exercise, tobacco...

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:...

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...

Public forums on deadly chronic wasting disease scheduled in Perry, Grant and Franklin counties

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has finalized details for three additional public forums about an increasingly widespread and fatal brain disease that infects members of the deer family. “Chronic wasting disease has not been detected in Kentucky but it’s on our doorstep,” said Chris Garland, acting Wildlife Division director for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We’re hosting...

Grimes fulfills promise of polling places at Kentucky’s four state veterans centers

Honoring the service of Kentucky’s heroes and accomplishing one of her major goals as Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth’s four state veterans centers will now serve as polling places in future elections. “We owe it all to Kentucky’s 304,000 military veterans for their service and sacrifice...

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...