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Local woman recognizes anniversary of project which was born in tragedy

This year, Ginger Carroll will recognize an anniversary, one that began in tragedy, but has become one of giving and servitude. 

Ginger’s son, Bryan Dean Carroll, graduated from Buckhorn High School in 1998, but died in a car crash just seven months after his graduation.

His mother, Ginger Carroll, wanted to do something that would honor his memory, so she decided to give away Bibles as part of a project she calls “Tomorrow’s Hope.” Ginger said Bryan kept four Bibles in his room at all times and she wanted to make sure any student who wanted a Bible had access to one.

The Perry County Fair started June 14 at the Perry County Park and ran through Saturday 16, bringing a number of free events to entertain the whole family. 

This year’s fair featured returning favorites such as musical groups Halfway to Hazard and Midlife Crisis, a petting zoo, pig races and the Cruize-In. 

Attendees were also able to enjoy Battle of Leatherwood Skirmishes, craft booths and Antique Alley, food vendors and the Farmer’s Market. 

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced this week that 40 new jobs will be coming to Hazard.

WellCare of Kentucky Inc., a managed care provider for Medicaid recipients, will establish a 40-job outbound call facility called a Care Center in Hazard to help members navigate upcoming changes under Kentucky HEALTH, Bevin’s office announced in the statement.

“The announcement of WellCare’s new Care Center in Hazard is exciting news for the commonwealth on multiple fronts,” Bevin said in the statement. “The company’s economic investment in Southeast Kentucky will create 40 excellent jobs for the region, and will provide direct support for our innovative new Kentucky HEALTH waiver. WellCare specialists will be on the front lines of connecting Medicaid recipients to community engagement opportunities and improved health outcomes.” 

Staff and volunteers of the Battle of Leatherwood Reenactment Corporation are excited about the addition of historic cabins to Cornettsville. On May 18, the Knott County fiscal court voted to sign a memorandum of understanding to donate five buildings from the old Pioneer Village in Knott County to the Battle of Leatherwood reenactment site in Perry County.

The buildings used to be located close to Carr Creek Lake and were part of the Pioneer Village, a site for artisans and crafters to sell their work to the public. 

The Perry County Fair starts tonight, June 14, at the Perry County Park and will run through Saturday, bringing a number of free events to entertain the whole family. 

According to Wanda Brown, secretary of the Perry County Fair Board of Directors, in addition to returning and favorite attractions, there are many new additions to this year’s fair, including the Torres Family Circus and the NASCAR Experience, just to name a few. 

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LEXINGTON — The challenge doesn’t get any bigger than what Hazard faced Friday evening in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament semifinals.

St. Xavier came into the game ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 8 nationally.

Hazard fought hard, but fell to the Tigers 3-0.

St. X went on to win the state championship with a 10-6 win over Highlands in the title game.

Hazard is ready.

Yes, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, St. X, awaits Friday in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament, but the Bulldogs are ready.

“Our guys are excited about the challenge ahead  of Friday,” Hazard coach John Meehan said. “St. X is the No. 1 ranked team in the state. We got to watch them twice last weekend and have scouted them, but I’m sure they scouted us too. We are excited to play and confident.”

Hazard continued to impress in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball Tournament quarterfinals Saturday against Greenup County. 

Hazard was able to blow the game open in the top of the fifth inning scoring five runs, giving the Bulldogs the edge they needed to pull out to a 7-5 win.

It didn’t take long for Hazard to show its hand. Kyle Johnson scored off a fly ball by Bailey Blair to go up 1-0 in the top of the first. 

The Hazard Bulldogs picked up an 11-6 win against Letcher Central Monday in the opening round of the 14th Region Tournament.

Perry Central picked up a 17-0 win over Jackson City in five innings in the opening round of the 14th Region Tournament.

Hazard followed that with a 10-0 win over Powell County in the region semifinals and Perry Central knocked off Knott Central 2-0 in the other region semifinals game. 

IRVINE — Perry Central is one step away from the state tournament.

The Lady Commodores picked up a 7-6 win over Powell County in the opening round of the 14th Region Tournament Monday and knocked off Jackson City 9-4 in the region semifinals Tuesday.

The Lady Commodores were scheduled to take on Estill County in the championship game last night. The game ended too late to be included in this edition of the Hazard Herald. For full game coverage, see next week’s Hazard Herald.

Perry Central was able to pick up a big 10-1 win over Hazard last week to pick up the 54th District championship.

Perry Central took the lead in the first, managing to score twice to go up early, 2-0.

The Hazard Bulldogs tried to even up the score, but to no success, as the pitching by Perry Central’s Braxton Cottongame was too much for the Bulldogs.

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