A decade ago, when Gov. Paul Patton was president of Pikeville College, he instituted a scholarship for students from Eastern Kentucky called the Pikeville Promise. For students who were eligible to receive the maximum Pell, CAP, and KTG, who file the FAFSA each year, and who complete a mini…
It’s easy to see the problems with ambulance service response times in Floyd County and Eastern Kentucky.
Last month, a grisly, horrific discovery was made — 21 horses that were grazing on a strip mine in Floyd County were shot and killed. Some of the horses were pregnant. All were undeserving of this treatment, of this kind of cruelty.
There’s little doubt that this year’s elections, particularly the general election, in which voters will choose who will be president for the next four years, will be busy, pervasive and likely heated.
As we close the books on yet another year in Floyd County, we take the time to reflect in the stories that most impacted us and the people who made those stories possible.
In January’s General Assembly, legislators will face numerous issues. They will debate and cast votes on numerous measures that will have a great deal of impact on our daily lives.
On Wednesday, life in our community and across the world will be a little bit different. Everything tends to slow down. Stores and businesses, which pride themselves on being open constantly, will close their doors for 24 hours.
With the swearing in of Andy Beshear as the 63rd governor of Kentucky, it is time to set aside our differences and look for a way forward that benefits all Kentuckians — to, very simply, let the healing begin.
It’s not surprising that most of us had never heard of the election contest possibility in the state of Kentucky. History books are the only witness to the last time it was used, when William Goebel was placed in office via the process in 1899. In other words, no one who witnessed that incid…
With the exception of the race for Kentucky governor, about which questions have been raised by the race’s apparent loser — incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin — there is no question that the other races on Tuesday’s general election ballot were decided Tuesday.
A message of prioritizing public education, affordable healthcare and government transparency was heard loud and clear this week at the ballot box. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Kentuckians headed to the polls to partake in one of our nation’s longest-standing traditions: the democratic process.
I recently returned home to Kentucky to visit my family and heard a sobering comment. A local funeral director, in casual conversation, stated that for the first time it seemed that young people in rural Kentucky are being buried more often than the elderly.
After serving Floyd County for decades, we’re sure that County Clerk Chris Waugh has a pretty good guesstimate about the number of voters we can expect at the polls on Tuesday.
Floyd County is facing some unique financial circumstances this year, and because of that, our local government leaders should take extra steps to ensure all funds are appropriately spent.
This is a busy time of year for Floyd County residents, with school in session and sports in full swing, not to mention a slew of activities and events planned at schools, fire departments and in other areas throughout the county.
No one in this area needs to be convinced of the importance of coal mining to not just this county, but to the entire region. For generations, it drove everything here. Every single business and industry in the region was subjected to the industry’s ups and downs, as every business was eithe…
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November general election passed on Monday, meaning that each voter who will cast ballots in that election are now registered and will have the opportunity to let their voices be heard in Kentucky.
To borrow a phrase used recently by Floyd County Schools Superintendent Danny Adkins, the state assessment scores have been the “end-all, be-all” in this county for years.
In last month’s column about Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system, I noted that the release of test scores and school accountability data does not represent the end of our collective work to ensure all children are learning at high levels. Instead, the release of accountability data i…
Gov. Matt Bevin has been no stranger to our area in recent weeks, and, with him, has come the announcement of several high-profile projects and a lot of money coming back to the area.
On the surface, Floyd County is looking better from a job creation and economic standpoint. Like the rest of Eastern Kentucky, they have taken a hit, but they are making good decisions for the most part.
Members of the Kentucky Public Service Commission staff filed its recommendations in the rate increase request that Southern Water filed earlier this year, and, buried in the data and information is a whopping $639,956 in expenses that Southern Water should not have charged ratepayers last year.