As of July 19 the Perry County Park has been offering a new service to the locals in the form of kayaks and canoes. Park-goers can rent either a single-person kayak or a canoe for a group for only five dollars per vessel. Life jackets, paddles and transportation to the launch of site are included in the rental. Participants will be taken and given assistance to the launch site located at the basketball courts and park next to City Hall where they will travel the 4.5 miles of the newly-named Northfork Trail. Floating the trail will take approximately two to three hours and ends back at the boat ramp in the Perry County Public Park. Kayak rentals are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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When walking into the HoriZen office it can be easy to forget that it’s a branch of Kentucky River Community Care or that you’re still in Hazard, when the first thing you see is a giant mounted dragon head.

The unique design doesn’t end at the door, as the office sections are all designed and crafted by the staff who work in them each day. Some of these designs are a Star Wars themed editing booth and a comic book inspired office filled with various characters from pop culture.

Paintsville’s American Metal Works among success stories

Some of the region’s most successful small business owners learned about successfully subcontracting with the federal government at Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corp’s most recent Supplier Education & Economic Development training held in Hazard on July 10.

Representatives from the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center partnered with SKED for the event. They gave an in-depth presentation on the bidding and proposal preparation process at the half-day event held at the Hazard Community and Technical College campus.

Recently, EQT Corporation entered into an agreement to sell 2.5 million non-core, net acres in Southern Appalachia, including Kentucky, but company officials said as part of the sale, local employees will be transferred to the new buyers, Diversified Gas and Oil PLC.

A press release from the company said the areas, located in Southern Appalachia, will be sold to Diversified Gas and Oil PLC, for $575 million cash. The transaction relieves EQT of approximately $200 million of plugging and other liabilities associated with the assets, the release said. 

Company cites poor economic conditions in statement released Monday

Ammar’s, Inc., the parent company of Magic Mart, announced recently that, after 97 years of operation, it would be closing all of its Magic Mart stores, including the store located in Hazard.

Magic Mart, which has stores located in southern West Virginia, southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, said, in a statement Monday, that they are ceasing operations and will begin the process of liquidation.

As the United Methodist Mountain Mission celebrates its 75th anniversary, it’s also celebrating a successful relocation of its Hazard Opportunity Store. Customers lined up at the door of the store’s new location in Hazard Village Shopping Center on June 28, waiting on the doors of the opportunity center to open. The store will have a customer appreciation day, in which all eight Opportunity Store locations will have special sales. At the Hazard location on October 9, there will be drawings for gift cards and items will be discounted. The Opportunity Store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

After 35 years of practicing dentistry and running a business together, Dr. James M. Jolly Jr. and his wife Judy Jolly are retiring. The couple opened the dentistry office, located on North Main Street, in July of 1983 and have worked there ever since. 

“When we first opened up, it was just the two of us,” Judy said. 

However, in their time there, they have made many friends who have become like family to them.

Hazard residents can now get their antiques and their cakes in one stop. Two new businesses opened their doors in Hazard on Thursday, April 19. Rudy’s Bakery and Jac-Lin’s Uncommon goods held twin ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 413 Main Street, (the old Rolane’s building in Walkertown) to celebrate their grand openings. Jac-lin’s Uncommon Goods has a variety of antiques, clothing, jewelry and locally-crafted merchandise available. Rudy’s Bakery offers a large selection of desserts and baked goods.

The City of Hazard welcomed a new business, The White Daisy Boutique recently. Inside the store, customers can find leggings, dresses, shirts, jewelry and other products ranging in sizes from small to 3XL. For additional info call, (606) 551-2000, or call owner Amanda Griffie at (606) 335-1436. You can also visit their website at, whitedaisyboutique.net

On Tuesday, April 10, Appalachian Regional Healthcare held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new clinic at the previous location of Ace Clinique of Medicine, which was previously shut down because of legal problems.

The ARH clinic has been officially open for about three weeks, but the company wanted to do something to celebrate with the community and make them aware of the new location. To commemorate the opening of the new clinic, ARH set up a table of food and refreshments for guests to enjoy and then came together to cut a ribbon in honor of the new clinic.

Officials with Wildcat Wearhouse in Pikeville report that, as of this week, they have raised $37,523 to contribute to the Brynlee Elizabeth Hamilton Scholarship Fund, the infant daughter of fallen Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton. 

The store has raised the funds by selling memorial shirts, with 100 percent of the profit being contributed towards the scholarship fund.

The Rising Center hosted an open house to raise awareness about sexual assault. Locals were able to meet staff, learn more about services, and and learn more about events that The Rising Center has planned for April. During the  open house that kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month, victims had a chance to share their stories and why they need the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program. Green Dot is a nationally-recognized bystander intervention program that focuses on building the skills needed for individuals to take action when they see instances of power-based personal violence. The Rising Center is filled with resources and information available for any individual who is suffering from sexual assault and violence. For more information you can contact their office at, (606) 435-0849 or KRCC at, (606) 436-5761, call their crisis hotline, 1(800) 375-7273. The Rising Center is located at 637 Morton Blvd., Hazard.

A new business up and running in Hazard offers permanent cosmetic services at Dr. Daniel Mongiardo’s office.

Cody Slone now offers Permanent Cosmetic services out of the office of Dr. Mongiardo. She said Mongiardo paid for her to receive the necessary education and sent her to bring this service back to Southeastern Kentucky. Slone received training for PCS at The Facial Surgery Center of Charleston, South Carolina, under Dr. Marcelo Hochman.

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while non-farm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

Fazoii’s held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their grand opening of a new location in Hazard Monday. The restaurant is owned by Eastern Kentucky couple Brian and Cynthia Couch. Members of Perry County Fiscal Court, the Hazard/Perry Chamber of Commerce and other city/county officials attended the ceremony. The restaurant will be open Sunday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant will be open rom 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. “As a native of Kentucky, building a Fazoli’s in Hazard is like coming home for me. We believe Hazard will embrace Fazoli’s and will make it one of the most successful Fazoli’s in the country,” Brian said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Feb. 9 for the new WellCare office in the Hazard Shopping Center. WellCare State President Bill Jones said the new office will help improve the health and well-being of WellCare’s Medicaid and Medicare members. “We care about our members,” Jones said. While the office will primary help WellCare’s members in Perry County, the office will also help members in the surrounding counties as well, Jones said. Jones said he is “amazed” at how “beautiful” the office space was. About 30 local employees work at the office. Jones said it is important to WellCare that the company has a local presence in the community. 

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research recently received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct an innovative engineering study in Hazard to conclude whether it’s viable to heat and power the area with waste from coal fines and sawdust. If the project shows positive results, officials said, it could reshape how Eastern Kentucky communities generate heat and power. 

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers and Gov. Matt Bevin joined local and state officials Dec. 15 to announce that EnerBlü, a high-power energy storage solution company, will be calling the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park its new home. 

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