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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Perry County man who pleaded guilty to a 2013 triple murder on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College.

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A Perry County man is facing a murder charge after another man was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

On March 1, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced the sentencing of a former caregiver on abuse charges of a vulnerable Kentuckian at a Hazard mental and physical disability facility in 2016.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday that the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program will receive a $1.75 million grant to retrain former coal miners for different jobs.

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Last week, substantial amounts of rainfall impacted communities all across the region and has continued to cause problems into this week. 

Since July 2018, a local man has been extending efforts to clean up Perry County. He recently announced his concern for the community’s cleanliness and enforcement of codes to keep areas clean. 

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Three shelters in Kentucky, including the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Perry County, have been selected to receive funding as part of the Kentucky Humane Society’s Love 120 project. 

During the Jan. 17 Hazard Independent Board of Education meeting, board members discussed various possibilities on how to best utilize two large donations given to the Hazard Independent Schools District by the Brashear family. 

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On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Hazard Middle School students showed their love of the community by giving back for an important cause, donating more than 100 items to the ARH Cancer Center. 

During the Jan. 23 fiscal court meeting, Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle gave updates on the recent changes in the financial status of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department. 

The Hazard City Commission took the first steps recently toward the city allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays within the city limits.

The Prestonsburg Police Department arrested a Floyd County resident last week following an alleged high speed chase through three counties which ended in Perry County.

Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Blair has announced that his office applied for and was awarded a grant for $25,000 from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office to start the “Rocket Docket Program” in Perry County.

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As problems with drug abuse continue across the state, one local group decided to provide a small bit of hope to the community this past week, while also preparing people on how to combat the drug epidemic. 

During the Jan. 8 fiscal court meeting, newly-elected Sheriff Joe Engle spoke out about hardships the Perry County Sheriff’s Department will face in the upcoming year, blaming the previous administration of former sheriff Les Burgett, as the cause of the problems. According to Engle, Burgett…

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On Jan. 11, Galen College of Nursing celebrated the program’s second commencement of graduating students from the Hazard campus. The ceremony, held at the Hal Rogers Center (the Forum), honored 13 graduates and the people who helped them along the way. 

During the Jan. 8 fiscal court meeting, newly-elected Sheriff Joe Engle spoke to the court about the annual budget and salary amounts for the Perry County Sheriff’’s Department, revealing hardships the department will face in the upcoming months. 

Last week, a Hazard man facing federal charges connected to two separate bank robberies committed in May and June of last year was indicted. 


West Perry Elementary’s school community recently took on a project to help Kentucky State Police bring a bit of joy to children going through traumatic situations.

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On Dec. 21, the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) and Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KCAL) announced that two Hazard Health and Rehabilitation Center staff members were recently honored at the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities’ Quality Awards Banquet a…

Kentucky State Police officers are investigating the death of a Knott County woman, who officers said was found unresponsive in a field.

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Team members from Sykes Enterprises recently distributed warm clothing items and blankets to the homeless population throughout the community. 

A Perry County man was recently indicted on two charges related to wanton endangerment and persistent felony offenses that were allegedly committed in October.

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The City of Hazard’s December commission meeting served as the start of the term for three new commissioners. 

As the county faces quickly growing numbers of confirmed hepatitis A cases, the Kentucky River District Health Department is actively working on intervention strategies to combat the spread of the disease. 

With holiday activities and shopping in full swing, there are growing opportunities for an increase in criminal activities related to theft, kidnapping and fraud, among other crimes. In an effort to combat this, officials with the Kentucky State Police Post 13 are encouraging people to be aw…

A Perry County woman was recently indicted on 594 felony charges related to forgery and identity theft that were allegedly committed in January of last year.

This month there is no shortage of holiday themed events coming up. Yesterday, Dec. 5, Hazard’s annual “Christmas in a Small Town” returned and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will feature returning favorites and some new additions this year. City and county officials encou…

On Nov. 21, Kentucky River District Health Department released a statement to community members informing them that a staff member at the Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant located on East Main Street, Hazard, tested positive for hepatitis A.

A Perry County woman was recently indicted on five charges related to her alleged possession of methamphetamine and attempt to bring the drug into the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

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Many community members ended Thanksgiving week with a weekend of deals during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. 

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A Leslie County teenager was killed Monday when, according to Kentucky State Police, the vehicle she was driving collided with a commercial vehicle on Ky. 15 near Hazard.

A Perry County grand jury recently indicted three people on charges linked to an alleged July incident during which an inmate was assaulted at the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

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The November 2018 election left one question unanswered when an equal number of voters chose to support and oppose the sale of alcoholic beverages by the glass at Buckhorn Lodge State Park and Resort. 

Hazard and Perry County held several events in honor of Veterans Day, and one of these was a Thanksgiving-style feast offered to veterans on Nov 11, at the Hazard VFW post.  

On Nov. 2,  the Housing Development Alliance celebrated the completion of its Community House Raising project with an open house for the community to attend and see their work. 


A state agency has demanded a candidate for Perry County judge-executive remove from social media an image purporting to be an official state document because the document has been altered.

The finding that the document had been altered also resulted in the removal from the online edition of the Hazard Herald of an advertisement by the same candidate.

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