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After the recommended closure of restaurants and bars in Kentucky, many people expressed concern for the locally owned restaurants in Perry County. To help show support and continued patronage to these businesses, city officials announced the implementation of “Take Out BINGO,” which will he…

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On Saturday, March 21, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) confirmed there has been a patient tested at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center who has officially been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, marking the first patient in the 13-hospital ARH…

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center reports that the U.S. Small Business Administration has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $1.7 million through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act for healthcare centers…

Last week, the federal government deemed farming an essential industry that must continue throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Many community leaders said that this week, National Ag Week, is a great time for the community to hear about all the actions farmers do to provide food a…

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The Challenger Learning Center of Eastern Kentucky holds multiple programs and camps throughout the year. Through these programs, many local children are given the opportunity to learn more about the sciences and space. For some, like 18 year old Jody Caudill, the center has inspired them to…

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Located in the ARH Outpatient Medical Mall on Black Gold Boulevard, the ARH Cardiac Rehab Clinic shares space with a number of other outpatient clinics and healthcare services, and provides community members battling with cardiac issues with an opportunity to receive the help they need to ge…

This month, the Perry County Conservation District and Hazard National Guard Armory have been working together to collect old tires in an effort to further clean up the county.

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On March 12, the Perry County Central High School Commodore Players held the opening night performance of their annual spring production. The show was supposed to also be held Friday through Sunday. However, due to school closures, the performances were cancelled.

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With rising numbers of confirmed coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the state, local and state leaders have taken many steps of precaution in an attempt to prevent further spread of the virus, including holding meetings to update the public and closing down many businesses and offices.

On March 12, a carseat check up event was held at the Cardinal Chevrolet in Hazard to provide education on how to properly install a child’s carseat or booster seat. Representatives from the Hazard Police Department, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Prestonsburg Police a…

Earlier this month, on March 5, a retirement celebration was held for Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Dr. Jay Box, who will be retiring from the KCTCS on June 30. During the celebration, Box and his wife Gayle announced a new award for KCTCS faculty and a scholarshi…

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, local government offices have made the decision to close their offices to public foot traffic. Services will be limited, but still available.

Members of the Hazard-Perry County Tourism board are currently working on creating a memorial monument for miners who have passed away in, or later due to, mining accidents in Perry County.

On Thursday, March 5, community members gathered at the Hazard Community and Technical College to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Jay Box, Kentucky Community and Technical College System president and a former president of HCTC, and his wife Gayle. During the reception, music was provided by…

Formal sentencing for a Perry County man found guilty of murder was held in Perry Circuit Court March 5. James Ronnie McIntosh, of Busy, was sentenced to 20 years for the 2019 murder of Danny Ray Mullins.

On March 3, community members and local leaders gathered at the Black Gold Plaza for the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for Gordmans. Before the store was opened, store representatives presented a donation to a local school.

On March 4, the Housing Development Alliance held a home dedication and open house to celebrate the completion of the Spencers’ house on Sixteenmile Creek Road, Dice. The home was built by local volunteers and through the generous support of donors and supporters during the HDA’s Community H…

On Tuesday, March 3, actress Jennifer Garner came to Perry County and visited the Tiny Tots Learning Spot. Marla Kestner, business manager for the Tiny Tots Learning Spot, said that Garner was there as a VIP visitor for the Save the Children organization, which schedules visits for different…

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A strategic partnership between the Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance and One East Kentucky is bringing a new economic development director to the community. On March 2, Zach Lawrence began his new role as director in Perry County.

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On Saturday, Feb. 29, Hazard’s third annual “A Night to Shine” was held at the First Federal Center of the Hazard Community and Technical College. The event, hosted by Journey Christian Church and sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, provided a prom night experience for individuals with di…

On Friday, Feb. 28, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Hazard Pavilion to celebrate the improvements made to the facility.

With tax season among us, community leaders and local businesses hope to highlight how free IRS and Kentucky-sponsored tax preparation services can empower taxpayers to save during tax time. On Feb. 28, Mayor Donald “Happy” Mobellini, Perry County Judge Executive Scott Alexander and other co…

Last month, participants of the Hope Building program completed construction of the program’s first house. The house, located in the Emmalena community of Knott County, is the product of several months of hard work and patient learning, as six trainees leading lives in recovery were trained …

For 10 years, Hazard Police Department Chief Minor Allen said, he has been wanting to create a memorial for officers who have paid the supreme sacrifice in Perry County. This year, that dream has become a reality, and the department has already begun necessary steps to ensure the project is …

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On Saturday, Feb. 22, the friends and family of Edd and Shelby Williams gathered to celebrate the couple’s 60th marriage anniversary. During the anniversary party, the pair renewed their vows. To make the day even more special, the vow renewal was performed by their son, a local pastor.

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On Monday, Feb. 24, Gov. Andy Beshear visited Hazard City Hall to present more than $4 million in grants to improve Eastern Kentucky communities by updating infrastructure and creating 200 jobs. The grants were awarded in collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG).

On Feb. 21, representatives from Kentucky Power awarded a $62,500 AEP Foundation grant to the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky in Hazard to support STEM Career Exploration programs.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare honored employees from across its Kentucky and West Virginia system who have been named their respective hospital’s 2019 Annual ARH CARES Award Winners recently in Lexington.

Several local legislators, including Sen. Phillip Wheeler, R-Pikeville, Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg and Rep. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, co-sponsored a bill this month to bring off-road vehicles under the state’s vehicle registration system.

On Tuesday, a Perry County man appeared in court for arraignment relating to felony charges of rape, sodomy and kidnapping linked to crimes allegedly committed last week. 

Recently, the Housing Development Alliance received substantial funding from the HOME Program and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund that will allow them to serve 50 families this year. HDA officials said they are going to use these funds to help with an even larger long-term goal the organiz…

On Friday, Feb. 14, city and county officials gathered along with community members to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mother Goose Inn and Gift Shop owned by Sherry Spradlin. Many of the original features that were part of the Mother Goose House’s history were preserved in the…

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Officials with the Spirit of Blue Foundation have announced the program’s first verified save of a law enforcement officer with equipment granted through its safety grant program occurred in Perry County.

On Friday, Feb. 14, the Appalachian Arts Alliance held “Love in the Mountains,” a Valentine’s Day dinner and jazz show for community members to celebrate their loved ones. During the evening, a gourmet dinner was prepared and served by local people, and music was presented by Kiana and the S…

On Feb. 13, during the Hazard Independent School district’s monthly Board of Education meeting, a presentation was given updating the board and meeting attendees of the progress made with Gear Up  SOAR. 

This summer, Perry County families with school-aged children and/or children ready to begin school will have access to another resource that will help better prepare students for a school setting. Officials with the Perry County School District have announced that during the summer, Rosie th…

As many pharmacies across the state are forced to close down, one local pharmacist has been following updates and working closely with dealings in legislative sessions, trying to vocalize support for legislature that would benefit community pharmacies such as his. 

Hazard gained another new restaurant Feb. 6, when Prime 606 opened in the Hazard Country Club. 

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Last week, many areas of Perry County experienced flooding and mudslides resulting in multiple roads being closed down. City and county officials worked on clean up for days following the incidents. 

Since Aug. 2019, several Goody’s locations in Eastern Kentucky have begun to convert to Gordmans stores. Next month, 25 Kentucky Gordmans locations, including the one in Hazard, will have their grand opening ceremonies. 

On Feb. 4, the Hazard High School Entrepreneur Team competed in the KVEC/Morehead Entrepreneur Challenge, “Building Entrepreneurial Capacity for the Future,” held on the Morehead University Campus, winning first place for the second year in a row. The team’s business, Bulldog Metal Refinery …

In June 2019, the Perry County Fiscal Court and the City of Hazard both adopted a smoke-free policy for the county and city. The Kentucky River District Health Department, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, approached the fiscal court and the city council to discuss the bene…

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