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Nomination meeting for 7th Wildlife District representative set for June 25 in Prestonsburg

A meeting to nominate candidates for the 7th Wildlife District representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 at the Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, in Prestonsburg. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to have a voice on their representative on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission is a nine-member board, comprised...

Daily Yonder: Eula Hall’s Mudd Creek Clinic: 40 years of helping the people of Floyd Co. with quality care

At 91, Eula Hall still goes to the Mud Creek Clinic, now the Eula Hall Health Center, each day to help care for patients in her rural Kentucky community. (Photo by Taylor Sisk/100 Days in Appalachia) By Taylor Sisk Special to KyForward Six of Eula Hall’s 10 full siblings lived into adulthood. Her family was among the more fortunate. Growing up in rural Appalachian Kentucky, Eula has witnessed poverty;...

Ivanka Trump ‘inspired’ by her tour in eastern Kentucky, visiting Morehead’s aerospace program

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today MOREHEAD, Ky. (KT) – Ivanka Trump came away “illuminated’’ with what’s happening in eastern Kentucky after a Friday tour of workforce development programs. She called it an “inspiring,’’ giving plenty of credit to Gov. Matt Bevin, who she said was a “champion of workforce development.” Bevin escorted Trump and her team to three different sites beginning...

Ivanka Trump to join Gov. Bevin in tour of Kentucky’s mountain region Friday, to explore workforce issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Ivanka Trump is scheduled to tour Kentucky’s mountain region on Friday, visiting three bright spots in a region that long has been caught in the grip of economic woe.

 Gov. Matt Bevin will accompany the president’s daughter for stops in Paintsville, Prestonsburg, and Morehead.

 They will also participate in a roundtable discussion with state and local officials,...

Prestonberg’s Rachel Messer, a member of Kentucky Opry, described as ‘authentic country’ on The Voice

By Mary Meadows Floyd County Chronicle Times PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (KT) – A member of the Kentucky Opry, based at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, is now singing on a national stage.

 Rachel Messer sang “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” complete with yodels, during the blind auditions of The Voice on NBC on Monday. 

Judges Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson picked Messer for...

KY PSC decision reduces total burden on Kentucky Power Co. residential ratepayers through 2018

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has trimmed by about four-fifths of a base rate increase sought by Kentucky Power Co., and has substantially scaled back the company’s demand-side management (DSM) programs and the customer surcharges that pay for those programs. The net effect of the two orders issued Thursday will be that residential customers using the same amount of electricity will...

State Public Service Commission approves sale of Floyd County water system to Prestonsburg

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the city of Prestonsburg’s purchase of the sewer operations of Southern Water and Sewer District, as well as some of the district’s water operations. Prestonsburg’s utility commission is paying $2.14 million for the operations, a figure that includes assuming responsibility for about $1.19 million in outstanding debt owed by Southern Water...

Jenny Wiley Theatre expansion into Pikeville proof of life for once abandoned downtown

Artist’s Rendering of the new 220-seat expansion of the Jenny Wiley Theatre into Pikeville (Rendering from The Kentucky Project)   By Tara E. Leisure Special to KyForward   Walking through downtown Pikeville five years ago would have been a bleak, dusty experience. The landscape was littered with crumbling brick and worn-down storefronts, a cocoon-like time capsule of small town America....

Ky.’s own Sundy Best hits it big, staying true
to themselves, their music, their home state

Kris Bentley, left, and Nick Jamerson of Sundy Best performed at Memorial Hall on UK’s campus recently. (Photo by Erin Grigson)   By Erin Grigson KyForward intern   The group Sundy Best got its start in Prestonsburg in Eastern Kentucky, but their music has taken them farther than they ever dreamed.   Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley grew up together in the Floyd County community...

Everyday Heroes: John Rosenberg helped balance scales of justice in Eastern Kentucky

John Rosenberg (Photo provided)   John Rosenberg has been in the middle of significant historical times since he was born to Jewish parents into the political turmoil of 1931 Germany.   Many years later, in another part of the world, America, he helped make history. He participated, as a lawyer, in the great civil rights battles of the 1960s in the Deep South. In the last three decades...