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AppalReD founder John Rosenberg joins Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board of directors

AppalReD founder John Rosenberg, a retired poverty law attorney and Holocaust survivor who has dedicated his career to serving Appalachian communities, is the newest member of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board of directors. Rosenberg, 89, of Prestonsburg, will serve a three-year, renewable term. He currently is a member of the Foundation’s Community Advisory Council, which serves as a community...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Eastern Kentucky’s Dewey Lake, a mountain reservoir with a mix of fish species

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Dewey Lake is a mountain reservoir located near Prestonsburg in Floyd County. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Dewey Lake is in eastern Kentucky’s Floyd County. The dam is about 4 miles northeast of Prestonsburg, off Ky. 3. Impounded from John’s Creek, a tributary to the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Kentucky offers in-person unemployment assistance in Covington, Prestonsburg beginning Monday

Individuals can make appointments for in-person unemployment insurance services that will be offered next week in Covington and Prestonsburg to assist Kentuckians while ensuring the safety of those needing assistance and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can schedule appointments for July 13 and July 14 in Covington during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Covington in-person event will...

Unveiling of hunters for 2020 Kentucky elk hunt to be announced virtually via live-stream on May 16

This season’s unveiling of hunters for the 2020 Kentucky elk hunt will be held at 1 p.m. (EDT) May 16 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Due to the novel coronavirus, the event will be held virtually without an audience. This decision was made by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as part of the Commonwealth’s...

Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

Prestonsburg man gets a visit from the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol, wins $5k a week for life

Ricky Williams of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, got a big surprise recently. Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol members Howie and Danielle traveled to Prestonsburg on Aug. 30, with a “Big Check” for the newest PCH winner. Williams, who will receive $5,000 a week for life, was surprised at home during PCH Pay Day and was a bit overwhelmed by the experience, as the video shows. “I didn’t...

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...