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Secretary of State Michael Adams announced on Oct. 23 guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls. “Voting is your sacred right. Don’t let anyone take it away — know your rights,” Adams said.

A Perry County man accused of shooting two of his children last week, killing one, appeared in court for the first time this week for an arraignment hearing. During the hearing, his attorney waived the arraignment, which resulted in a not guilty plea being entered on his behalf..

Last week, on Oct. 14, community members celebrated the graduation of several individuals from the Perry County Recovery Court program. The ceremony was the first Perry County Recovery Court graduation of the year.

During the Oct. 20 Perry County School Board of Education meeting, board members discussed several items on the agenda. Among the announcements made, board members spoke about the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in the area and plans to help decrease the cases.


On Oct. 17, the 2020 East Kentucky Trump Caravan traveled through several cities in the area, including Hazard. The caravan began the trip leaving from Coal Run Village at approximately 10 a.m. then traveled through Prestonsburg, Paintsville, Salyersville, Campton, Jackson, Hazard, Isom, Whi…

Representatives of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard said they are pleased to announce the appointment of a new board member, Jaime Coffey, to the organization's Board of Directors.

Recently, Jennifer Hammond, the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Hazard, won a Ray Kroc Award, an accolade that recognizes the top performing McDonald’s restaurant managers globally.

During the Hazard City Commission meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, it was announced that an area in downtown Hazard is going to receive some beautification updates beginning next week.

Today, Oct. 19, healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced several new confirmed positive and probable cases of COVID-19 within the district. The KRDHD, said officials, has 57 confirmed positive cases and seven probable cases reported today. Of those, 2…

Today, Oct. 16, Perry County School District Superintendent Jonathan Jett announced an extension in the virtual learning dates due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

On Oct. 7, detectives with Kentucky State Police Post 13 and DESI/East served indictment warrants on two individuals in relation to their alleged involvement in a missing person case from 2018.


One of the proudest moments of many people's lives are when they graduate. For one Perry County family, that feeling of pride was doubled when a father and daughter graduated on the same day. On Saturday, Oct. 3, Clifford Taylor, 85, and his daughter, Lydia Morgan, 55, both graduated togethe…

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This month, the Battle of Leatherwood Reenactment Corp. announced their plans to return for the 18th annual reenactment at the original battlefield in Cornettsville. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some changes will be made to the event this year, said event organizers.

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, Kentucky State Police Post 13, the Perry County Coroner’s Office and the Perry County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting involving two juveniles on Montgomery Creek Road in Vicco.


On Oct. 1, family members of Matthew Asher, who passed away nearly two years ago at the age of 20, gathered in downtown Hazard to protest what they claim is a lack of investigation into the cause of Asher's death, as well as a potential cover up. The protest began in front of the Hazard Poli…

A Hazard man was arrested Oct. 2 after a Perry County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly witnessed him attempting to attack another man with an ax.


On Oct. 3, officials with Hazard Community and Technical College held a drive-thru graduation ceremony in the Hazard campus parking lot. The graduation, usually held in the spring, was originally postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but after months of waiting, HCTC officials deci…

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As Election Day nears, staff at the Perry County Clerk's Office have been preparing for the election and upcoming deadlines, and sending out voting information to the community.

On Oct. 2-3, a Fall Craft Fair and Vendors Expo was held at the Jakes Branch Bingo Hall. The event was a fundraiser benefiting the Jake's Branch Fire Department. Several vendors set up tables and sold a variety of handmade crafts and holiday themed items.

As Kentucky gears up for a historic voter turnout in the upcoming general election, Secretary of State Michael Adams shared updates Oct. 6 on how to vote, why he is encouraging early in-person voting and why the nation’s voting results will be delayed on Election Day.

Kentucky released its guidance regarding Halloween activities and is recommending people avoid high-risk activities and continue to follow recommendations such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Wesley Forrest Clay, 29, of Olathe, Kansas, was indicted on Thursday in the Eastern District of Kentucky, on federal charges of sending threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Robert M. …


On Thursday, Sept. 24, community members gathered at the Kentucky River Child Advocacy Center, or Care Cottage, to celebrate the dedication of a bench in memory of the facility's former pediatrician, Dr. Ronald Collier. Collier served at the Care Cottage from 2011-2017 and passed away in Jul…

On Sept. 23, a Hazard woman originally facing several charges related to the alleged abuse of her children pleaded guilty in Perry County Circuit Court to four counts of first-degree criminal abuse. Her boyfriend, who is also facing charges relating to the alleged abuse of the children, was …

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After the Wednesday, Sept. 23 announcement that a grand jury had not indicted any of the Louisville police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, several communities organized protests to show support for her family. On Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, a candlelight vigil was held in downtown Hazard…

From Sept. 21-Sept. 25, National GEAR UP Week was celebrated at Hazard Middle School and Hazard High School. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a discretionary federal grant program designed to increase the number of students, who are prepared to en…

On Friday, Sept. 18, Perry Distributors celebrated the 11th annual Global Beer Responsible Day. During the event, visitors were given the opportunity to sign a pledge to drink safely. Additionally, staff members of Perry Distributors were set up outside offering samples of Budweiser Zero, fr…

Recently, the suspect in a July murder was indicted in Perry County, and was scheduled to appear in court this week.

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This week, the old Fugate's Water Park was destroyed in a fire after several smaller fires days and hours prior. According to local firefighters, arson is suspected.

On Sept. 19, the fifth annual Perry County Wigs for Kids Car and Show and Silent Auction was held at the parking lot of Big Lots in the Village Lane Shopping Center. All proceeds from the event will be given to Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization that helps children with cancer and alop…

Although the Black Gold Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two local businesses did not let that stop Perry County residents from having the opportunity to enjoy Black Gold-themed foods. On Sept. 18, Shenanigans, located on Main Street, offered taco salad, chicken on a stick…

Two people were recently indicted for charges relating to an assault and robbery that were allegedly committed earlier this month.

During the Sept. 15 Kentucky River District Health Department Board of Health meeting, several healthcare officials discussed the updates recently made within their departments and the impacts of their services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


On Sept. 10, Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander signed in a new jailer for the Kentucky River Regional Jail following the passing of former jailer, Dexter Howard. “We're all still saddened by the loss of Dexter who was more than a jailer, he was a personal friend, a husband, a fath…

Recently, the Perry County School District's Board of Education voted to keep tax rates the same rate as previous years. Tax reports were generated on Aug. 6, and the BOE had to set a rate within 45 days of Aug. 6.

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On Sept. 11, members of the Vicco-Sassafrass Volunteer Fire Department participated in a stair challenge as a tribute in memory of the 9/11 victims.