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Rural-health lobby asks McConnell to make critical-access status easier for nine Kentucky hospitals

Rural hospitals will be on the mind of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he works on the next coronavirus relief bill, he said this week. McConnell didn’t commit to supporting a specific proposal of the National Rural Health Association, making it easier for struggling rural hospitals to qualify as critical-access hospitals, a designation that gets them extra reimbursements from Medicare...

Beshear furthers commitment to supporting innovators, small businesses across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has taken another step in growing Kentucky’s startup ecosystem, announcing KY Innovation – the commonwealth’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – and authorized an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state. Known as the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) program,...

Mid-South Conference revises football schedules for 2020; Georgetown (Ky.) to play Pikeville twice

Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward has announced that the league will revise its football schedule for the upcoming season, following return to play guidelines established by the NAIA. NAIA President Jim Carr’s announcement on June 4 regarding return to play guidelines for all fall sports has necessitated a schedule adjustment for all Mid-South Conference football teams. As recommended...

Daily Yonder: Small cities and towns across the country join in national police violence protests

By Jan Pytalski and Tim Marema Special to KyForward As America enters its second week of protests over the murder of George Floyd and police brutality, the demonstrations have spread to all 50 states, according to CNN. While the bulk of footage from the protests comes from major cities like Minneapolis, where Mr. Floyd was killed by a police officer, New York, or Washington, D.C., many rural parts...

Beshear awards nearly $3 million in grants for improvement projects in Eastern Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear visited four Eastern Kentucky communities to present grants, support legislation to help miners and discuss key issues affecting Kentucky families including education and health care. In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG) and the Transportation Cabinet, Beshear announced nearly $3 million for community improvement projects in Morehead, Sandy Hook and Louisa....

As open enrollment period winds down, Kentucky assisters ready to help applicants navigate system

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Open enrollment for health coverage through healthcare.gov ends next week, and application assisters say they are still available to help residents figure out what plans are right for them. Georgia Funk is outreach and enrollment coordinator at Big Sandy Health Care in Pikeville. She says many eastern Kentucky residents are still not aware they can enroll. Across...

KentuckyWired data flowing in Ring 1A, Louisville-to-Lexington-to-Cincinnati segment of network

Data traffic began flowing through a major segment of KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s fiber optic cable network, on Oct. 23. Although cable construction of Ring 1A was complete in June, the flow of data could not begin until work was complete inside the main data base centers in Frankfort and Florence. Data traffic is now flowing between those data base centers in a two-week testing stage. Ring...

Public invited to give input on foster care system at regional forum this Thursday in Pikeville

The public is invited to a regional community forum this Thursday in Pikeville to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center at 126 Main Street. CFCRBs are hosting seven regional...

Eastern Ky. communities to host Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week

“Outlaws, Moonshine, and a Country Song: Embracing Your Cultural Heritage” will be the theme of the Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week (Sept. 10-12), which will showcase the Eastern Kentucky communities of Beattyville, Paintsville, Pikeville and Salyersville. Local board members and program directors from across the state will explore tourist destinations, shopping, arts and...

AARP awards $30,000 grant to City of Pikeville in effort to jumpstart arts district development

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The City of Pikeville has received a $30,000 grant from AARP to improve its plaza and outdoor arts venue. The funding will jump-start the first phase of a more than one million dollar downtown revitalization plan. Brad Slone is deputy manager of operations for the city. He says the plan, known as “Second Streetscape,” will ultimately boost economic...

Gov. Bevin says in speech in E. Ky. that he’ll return all coal severance dollars to coal counties

By Nichole Ziege Appalachian News Express PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost Pike County in the Kentucky Republican primary gubernatorial election in May, made a new campaign promise to the people of eastern Kentucky and coal-impacted counties recently. 
Bevin announced that he would give 100 percent of Kentucky’s coal severance dollars to coal counties in the 2020-2021 state...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

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...

Partnership between EKU aviation program, Blue Grass Airport expands with opening of new facility

A “mutually beneficial” partnership between Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program and Blue Grass Airport has taken another step forward. With the recent opening at the airport of a new facility for general (private) aviation aircraft owners, EKU students are enjoying yet another opportunity for valuable internships and part-time employment. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Alltech celebrates opening of Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery in Eastern Kentucky

Alltech and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery are celebrating the opening of its $15 million operation in Pikeville this week. The project included the construction of a nearly 30,000-square-foot facility and the purchase and installation of equipment, such as 19 fermenters and three copper pot stills. The 13 jobs created as part of the project include “storytellers” and managers overseeing...

Leadership Kentucky announces 2018 class; includes representatives from across the Commonwealth

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is proud to announce the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018. Leadership Kentucky, a non-profit educational organization, brings together a select group of people who possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities,...

Conn pleads guilty to new conspiracy charges before a federal court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An eastern Kentucky attorney, who was already facing 12 years in prison for defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $550 million, will likely get even more time behind bars. File photo Eric Conn, 58, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty on Monday before U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves at U. S. District Court in Lexington to conspiracy to defraud the United...

Kentucky lawmakers override governor’s vetoes as teachers watch from the gallery, protest outside

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly overrode three major vetoes from Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday when thousands of teachers again made their presence felt in the Capitol, showing up to call for more money for education and protesting changes to their pension plan. Lawmakers voted to override three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. (LRC photo) Lawmakers overturned vetoes...

Battery manufacturer EnerBlu to invest $412 million, create 1000 jobs at facilities in Lexington, Pikeville

EnerBlu Inc., a high-power energy-storage provider, has announced the company’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Kentucky. The company will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville, and an additional $40 million and 110 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington. “The...

Pikeville’s Paul Keaton going to National Spelling Bee competition for second time

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   “Foreordained.”   Incredibly, this was the word that earned Paul Keaton, an eighth grader from Christ Central School in Pikeville, his second consecutive University of Kentucky Spelling Bee win Saturday.   He will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., representing the UK Spelling Bee, sponsored by Kentucky Utilities,...