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Perry conservation named top district in east

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HAZARD—Over the last year, the Perry County Soil and Conservation District has worked diligently to improve the environmental conditions of Perry County, and now that hard work had paid off. The district was named the top conservation district in Eastern Kentucky this year for the first time in the district’s history.District Chairman Bobby Brown said he was extremely proud and honored for receiving the award and for all of the work his district has put in in the last year that made it the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts’ “Outstanding Conservation District” in the region.

 

Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Hazard Herald is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.hazard-herald.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to st...

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Unlikely friendship lands deal on national television

VIPER —- A national television network crew will soon be making its way to a hollow in Viper, but not for the reasons most might expect. No, this story won’t be the usual fare that seems to interest the world beyond the mountains — coal, drugs, abject poverty. No, the interest this time is more of the … well, furry kind.The crew will be filming for a show that, according to its website, offers a fun-filled look at the stunning bonds animals form with other s...

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Ky. licenses may cause issues unless changed

HAZARD —- According to a report in The Courier Journal, people with driver’s licenses from Kentucky may have to show a passport or some other form of federal identification by 2016 to comply with a law tightening security across the state.Most states, in fact, have complied with the new federal regulations, but Kentucky, along with nine other states, has yet to do so. Unless Kentucky fully complies with the changes required under the REAL ID Act, Kentucky resid...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,There has been so much talk lately about what will save Hazard and Appalachia. It needs new leadership, better schools, more businesses, better infrastructure, more jobs, more industry, etc. The list is endless. Unfortunately, one of the things that is most often said in these conversations is something along the lines of, “I have watched this area decline for years, I hope and pray it gets better, but if it doesn’t I will have to leave to make a better life...

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Letter to the Editor

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Perry County area announcements

Art Adventure CampAppalachian Artisan Center is having “Art Adventure Camp for Kids,” ages 6-12. Kids will be learning painting, basket weaving, woodworking, and more! Camp starts July 14-18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the KSoC. The deadline to register in June 30. For more information contact the Appalachian Artisan Center at 606-785-9855.P. W. Hall Reunion

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Third Clarion employee indicted in illegal drug distribution case

HAZARD—A third Perry County man has been federally indicted in an ongoing investigation into illegal distribution of controlled substances from their offices.According to documents from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, Benny Ray Bailey, Jr., former Kentucky State Representative candidate for District 84, was indicted on June 5, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and unlawfully dispense schedule II controlled substances, one count of conspiracy to di...

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The struggle is here, not on Mars

For the last week and a half, news from Southeastern Kentucky has spread like wildfire, it seems, across the nation. No, it hasn’t been about the work being done on the SOAR initiative to help improve the region, nor has it been about the promise zone grants that are being applied for and received almost daily in each county in the region. It’s been a little other-worldly, actually.During a National Resources and Environment Committee meeting on Thursday, July 3, State ...

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An entrepreneurial eco-system is emerging in East Kentucky

In May 2004, I left the full-time practice of law and began working for the Kentucky Innovation Network and Morehead State University in what seemed to be an obscure form of economic development. It was so obscure (and seemingly irrelevant) that its chief label was a French word: entrepreneurship. Hard to say, harder to spell — and French to boot! (This latter was no small albatross in an era when even French fries were coming under fire. You know Americans are angry when they start att...

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Hazard Middle principal accepts new position

HAZARD—The Hazard Middle School is on the hunt for some new leadership after Principal Vivian Carter resigned in order to take another position.Carter, who served as principal for the last six years, said she is now the innovations coordinator for the Hazard Independent School System. The job is part of a groundbreaking venture on the part of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Appalachian Renaissance Initiative.“This is an opportunity for her ...

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Two indicted on meth making charges

HAZARD—Two Perry County men were indicted this month on charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine after a meth lab was found at their residence earlier this year.Joseph Newton, 30, and 31-year-old Billie Womack were arrested by Perry County Sheriff’s Deputies in May after deputies responded to their residence on a tip that a fugitive was hiding there.The Herald reported that upon arrival at the residence, deputies were permitted to search the ...

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Grand jury indicts few in Perry County

HAZARD—The grand jury in Perry County returned less than a dozen indictments for the second month in a row.Bobby Turner, 31 of Combs, was indicted this month on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500. Turner is alleged to have stolen a 2077 Yamaha bike in February of this year. Bail was set at $20,000 cash in the case.Also indicted this month was 35-year-old Kenny Cole, of Hazard. Cole was indicted on one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influe...

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Letter to the Editor

To whom it may concern,I am a proud native southerner who was raised in a working class household in rural east Tennessee. Over the years, I have continually been amazed and embarrassed by the statements and actions of politicians from the South, and your Senator Brandon Smith is continuing that trend.It is stunning, to the point of being beyond understanding, how Sen. Smith could make such an outright wrong assertion that “we all know” that the Earth and Mar...

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HCTC to pilot digital textbook, tablet initiative

HAZARD—Though Southeastern Kentucky may have never been considered a front runner in the technology arena, one local community college is preparing to make tech waves in the coming year.Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) has partnered with the Appalachian regional Commission (ARC) and the XanEdu Corporation to start an innitiative at the college which would provide electronic textbook software and 100 tablets to a select few classes as part of a pilot program as a ...

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Fire guts house in Glomawr; no injuries reported

HAZARD — An early morning fire on Wednesday of last week destroyed a home in Glomawr.The Hazard Fire Department received a call at 8:47 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, that the residence at 647 Raccoon Creek Road was on fire, Fire Chief Sam Stacy said.“When the guys got there, the structure was totally involved. The fire was already through the roof into the second floor,” Stacy explained.Stacy said no one was injured in the fire as no one was home...

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Collision leaves one Knott County man dead

CODY – A two vehicle collision on Highway 15 in Knott County last week has left one man dead.The Kentucky State Police Post 13 is currently investigating the collision that occurred at the intersection of Highway 160, at approximately 2:44 p.m., Friday, July 11, in the Cody community of Knott County.

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Former miners find work through lineman program

HAZARD — As more and more coal mines cease operations in the region, struggling Eastern Kentucky families are left scrambling for answers. Job opportunities for out-of-work miners are seemingly few and far between, but Hazard Community and Technical College’s Lineman Training Program has offered hope for a better life.Funded by the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (HOME) program through the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), the lineman training course ...

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