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Daily Yonder: Project aims to make Paducah, other Mississippi Delta region cities into rural tech hubs

By Bryce Oates Special to KyForward A tech project that has helped train young people and created jobs in southeast Missouri has received funding from a competitive federal grant program to expand its work into the Mississippi Delta. “Being selected is just validation that our vision to help improve our region and all the hard work of our partners and staff is moving our region in the right direction,”...

Daily Yonder: Donors erase $10 million in medical debt for residents of Central Appalachia

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward More than 10,000 residents of primarily rural counties in Central Appalachia will receive letters in the next month telling them they no longer owe a combined $10 million in medical debt. The debt forgiveness means the individuals will receive no more bills, dunning letters, or telephone calls seeking payment for the medical services they received months or years...

Daily Yonder: House Democrats question halt to study of strip-mining impact on Appalachian health

By Heather Chapman Special to KyForward When a federal study on the public-health impacts of large-scale surface mining in Central Appalachia was cancelled in August, the Interior Department said it wasn’t because of the subject matter. All projects costing more than $100,000 were being reviewed because of budget cuts Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement said...

Rural Blog: Kentucky historian laments the passing of country stores as large chains expand

The Rural Blog started reporting the impact of chain dollar stores on small, rural stores more than a year ago, and the trend seems to have accelerated, with reports recently from New England and Virginia, which noted that Dollar General Corp. has almost as many locations as McDonald’s. The closing of a small store in his neighborhood prompted David Cross, a lawyer and historian in Albany, Ky.,...

Commentary: Government does not create private sector jobs; direct rural jobs ire elsewhere

Lexus Plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, USAMonday October 5, 2015Photo by Joseph Rey Au By Timothy Collins The Daily Yonder From its earliest beginnings, the United States has been a divided nation, often struggling to balance its differing ideals in changing times. Centralized and decentralized government; rural and urban; agrarian and industrial; and liberal and conservative are all part of our tangled...

The Daily Yonder: Time has little meaning when working in the darkness of a coal mine

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward “Time goes by pretty fast when all you’re concerned about is how much blood has soaked through your work pants into your knee pads or how bad it hurts with every shovel of mud, coal, and rock you throw back onto the belt.” Gary Bentley returns with the second installment of articles about life as an underground coal miner. I was watching sweat beads roll down...

Weekend Read: Study shows link between broadband access and population growth

Counties with lower levels of broadband access (plotted on the horizontal axis) tend to have lower or negative population growth (vertical axis), according to a study by Broadband Communities. Each dot represents one of the nation’s 3,144 counties. The blue line shows the general trend that is revealed by regression analysis: more broadband population correlates with higher population growth. (Click...

Daily Yonder: Move along, America …
nothing to see here, thanks to shutdown

The views are still there in America’s national parks, but visitors may not be able to get to them because of the government shut-down. The budget impasse also means no USDA payments and skeleton crews for public lands. Lost in the noise is the expiration of the farm bill, with no renewal in sight.   By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   Congress can’t seem to do much, but it did...

Daily Yonder: Market will one day solve broadband issues, but intervention needed

Mary Quick, a coordinator in the Computer Commuter mobile lab, teaches online skills to a participant in Boyd, Minn. Programs like these can help rural areas gain the benefits that come with broadband. (Photo from The Daily Yonder/Tom Cherveny/Forum News Service)   This story exploring the relationship between broadband and the rural economy is the final installment in a series written by three...

Daily Yonder: Hatfield-McCoy ‘reality’ White Lightning just another insulting stereotype

The cast of the TV show ‘Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning.’ The show scripts a new reason for the mountain families to interact. (Photo from The Daily Yonder/the History Channel)   By Janney Lockman Special to KyForward   Different regions of the country seem to take turns getting picked on by pop culture. New Jersey had its moment, and between Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty,...

Daily Yonder: Hatfield-McCoy 'reality' White Lightning just another insulting stereotype

The cast of the TV show ‘Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning.’ The show scripts a new reason for the mountain families to interact. (Photo from The Daily Yonder/the History Channel)   By Janney Lockman Special to KyForward   Different regions of the country seem to take turns getting picked on by pop culture. New Jersey had its moment, and between Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty,...