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Community Trust Bancorp recognized by ‘2020 Women on Boards’ advocacy campaign

Jean R. Hale, Chairman, the president, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., has announced that Community Trust has been recognized by the organization “2020 Women on Boards” as a Winning “W” company for 2019, for having “at least 20 percent women on your board of directors.” Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. has the following women on its Boards of Directors: • Jean R. Hale – Chairman,...

Lexington Christian knocks off Pikeville, 35-13, in dream matchup of top-ranked football teams

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The nightmarish pandemic caused a dream matchup on the football field Friday night as the top-ranked team in Class 2A (Lexington Christian) squared off against the state’s No. 1 squad in Class 1A (Pikeville). When it ended, Lexington Christian owned a 35-13 win over visiting Pikeville in a game that would have never been scheduled without the unprecedented...

North Laurel dedicates game to fallen teammate, posts 47-14 win over crosstown rival South Laurel

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Less than a week after a tragic accident took the life of a teammate and sidelined another, North Laurel easily defeated crosstown rival South Laurel, 47-14, in the First Priority Bowl game in London. North Laurel fell behind South Laurel early as the Cardinals scored three minutes into the game. But it was all Jaguars from there as North Laurel (2-1) scored...

Wayne County star rushing into school history this season, making case for Mr. Football honors

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The virus-altered 2020 high school football season is one that some will gladly forget, but there is a running back from Wayne County who is doing his part to etch his name among the elite in Kentucky. Braedon Sloan, who has already verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky University, is rewriting the record books for a Cardinals football program that is now...

Prep football notebook: Lexington Christian stuns LexCath in thriller; Pikeville wins showdown with Belfry

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The 2020 version of the gridiron Holy War in Lexington was a hard-fought battle between two outstanding programs and was decided by a last-second field goal Friday night. Lexington Christian kicker Andrew Dobbs drilled a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 23-20 win at Lexington Catholic. The Eagles (2-0) rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the...

Lexington Catholic squares off against Lexington Christian on Friday night for city bragging rights

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter High school football in Kentucky began last week with a bevy of great games. Week 2 is also loaded with numerous marquee matchups on Friday, including the “Holy War” at 7:30 p.m., when Lexington Catholic plays host to Lexington Christian at Joseph K. Ford Stadium. Lexington Christian (1-0) is coming off an impressive 24-20 win on the road at Louisville...

Sabrina Lequire joins Community Trust and Investment Company in Pikeville as Wealth Advisor

Sabrina Lequire has joined Community Trust and Investment Company as a Wealth Advisor for Private Wealth Services. Andy D. Waters, President and CEO of Community Trust and Investment Company, made the announcement on Tuesday. Sabrina Lequire As a key member of Private Wealth Services, Lequire’s responsibilities include overseeing client relationships, administering trusts and assisting with legacy...

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...