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On May 26, representatives of the Pathfinders of Perry County announced that they received a $25,000 grant from the Perry County Community Foundation. Benjamin Braman, of the Pathfinders of Perry County, said that Hazard Rental Pro Owner Doug Jones and Randy Coots, with Derby State Rentals, …

On May 25, the residents and staff of the Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center celebrated Memorial Day while also adhering to social distancing guidelines previously set forth. EKVC staff said the center kept many of their policies and traditions for the day similar to previous ye…

On May 15, officials with the Hazard Community and Technical College announced the recipient of the 2020  President’s Award. HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon honored the recipient, Darryl Parker, during a Facebook Live video to practice social distancing. The award, HCTC officials said, is…

Alexandra Miller, of Hazard, was recently honored by Hazard Community and Technical College with the KCTCS All-Academic Team award. HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon presented the award to Miller because of her high academic standing, community service and leadership. Miller graduated this …

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many businesses are scheduled to reopen during the “Healthy at Work” movement and have been taking steps in preparation of welcoming customers back to in-person services. As expected, said city and county officials, some businesses will not be opening back…

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On May 18, a Hazard man was arrested on felony charges of arson and attempted murder related to a structure fire over the weekend on Russell Street in the Combs community of Perry County.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, city and county officials have continued to work together, and said they feel that this partnership has aided in the low numbers of confirmed cases in the area.

On Monday, May 18, officials with Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky announced that some changes were made to the facility's drive-through clinics, in the form of exam rooms being added to two of the three drive-through lanes. This addition, said PCCEK officials, will allow the organiz…

As many places are reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local schools and organizations are continuing to work and provide for the children of the area.  “At a time when almost everything is uncertain and inconsistent, there are people working behind the scenes for others. People that have …

Officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department said that even though the facility continues to see a low number of COVID-19 cases in their seven-county service area, they still encourage people to practice social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and wear masks. KRDHD also…

Recently, students and faculty of Hazard Community and Technical College's welding program were able to display work at both Hazard Fire Department stations in the form of new emblems. HFD Chief Les Smith said that, in June 2019, representatives of the HFD spoke to HCTC about constructing th…

This week, many local high school seniors celebrated their graduation week. Although things were different than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials from both districts said they wanted to provide the best graduation experience possible under the circumstances.

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As this week started the reopening of area businesses and organizations, officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department are encouraging the “Healthy at Work” phased approach to reopen Kentucky’s economy. Effective Monday, May 11, it has been recommended that peole wear masks wh…

Last week, on May 7, ARH Chief Medical Officer Maria Braman discussed the phases of re-opening within ARH facilities during a community update. Some of the phases, she said, have already begun, but others will be taking place this month. Many of the changes being seen, and that will take pla…

With many businesses being scheduled to reopen during the “Healthy at Work” movement, several locally owned businesses have been taking steps in preparation of welcoming customers back to in-person services.

To help ease the impact of COVID-19, Hazard Community and Technical College is now offering assistance from the CARES ACT- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support student success during this challenging time.

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Last week, from April 27-May 1, students from Perry County Central High School, along with other schools across the state, virtually participated in Theater Week. The event, according to PCCHS drama teacher Phil Neace, was intended to allow theater students from all over remain connected and…

On April 30, Kentucky State Budget Director John T. Hicks reported that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a general fund shortfall of between $318.7 million and $495.7 million and a road fund shortfall of between $116 million to $195 million.

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Officials at the Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky announced that the organization has extended the organization’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing event at the Hazard location until further notice.

As of presstime May 6, officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department have reported 29 positive COVID-19 cases in the counties they serve. Of those cases, said KRDHD representatives, one was probable, and 21 of the 29 have already recovered from the novel coronavirus.

On April 29, officials with Hazard High School announced that the school submitted a plan for holding an in-person graduation ceremony for the class of 2020, and healthcare officials have approved the plan.

Local restaurant Big Blue Smokehouse has recently expanded their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing food for the community, the establishment now offers a Pop-up Marketplace as well. Through this new service, customers may purchase fresh produce, meat, dairy, pan…

Each year, the Hazard Rotary Club awards local students with scholarships to attend college. The 2020 Hazard Rotary Club scholarship winners include Katherine Epperson (Hazard High School), Charles Jaron Moore (Perry County Central High School), Jacob Blank (Buckhorn High School) and Caleb B…

On April 29, Kentucky River District Health Department officials confirmed seven new positive cases of COVID-19, which was added to three additional positive cases of COVID-19 announced in Perry County on April 24.

Last week, the Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky announced that this week the center would be holding a two-day COVID-19 drive-thru testing event at the Hazard location only. On Monday, representatives from PCCEK said they have extended the event for the rest of the week.

Following the destructive windstorm that recently ripped through Eastern Kentucky leaving damaged homes throughout the area, the Housing Development Alliance has been faced with a number of community members that are finding it difficult to remain “healthy at home” due to their houses needin…

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Today, April 28, officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 announced that KY 267 (Rowdy-Low Gap Road) in Perry County is closed indefinitely at mile marker 12 due to a break in pavement that has worsened significantly over the past week. This locat…

This past weekend, a local couple continued with their plans to get married, however, instead of holding the traditional wedding, the couple got married online in order to adhere to social distancing recommendations.

Last week, April 13-17, was Week of the Young Child, and many local organizations partnered together to hold a variety of activities for community children. All of the events were held virtually, so participants were still practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to social distancing recommendations being in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, many community members have been staying healthy at home. During this time, local officials have been encouraging people to take the time to complete the 2020 census.

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After nearly a month of having to close or limit services, many locally owned small businesses are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many of the businesses have been heavily impacted, the owners said they are grateful for the support shown by the community and by other small …

Like many businesses and organizations, the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter has had to change their ways of conducting services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With those changes, representatives from the shelter said they fear an increase in unwanted animal population numbers in the co…

Former local cheerleaders Alyssa Daniels, Chloe East, Mishaela Feltner and Brittany Gilliam helped the University of the Cumberlands cheerleading squad capture a title and qualify for Nationals recently.

This month, the Kentucky River Regional Jail has been implementing changes to do their part during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the ways the jail has been helping is through the making and donation of face masks. Last week, on April 9, the jail donated their first batch of masks to the Perr…

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When the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) began spreading in the state, local government offices had to close to public foot traffic. Many of the offices are still offering limited services, however they have been affected by the pandemic.

On April 9, Hazard Community and Technical College went ahead with the school's annual Poetry Slam and Art Show. This year, however, the event was different than previous years, because it was held virtually via a Zoom meeting, in order to comply with social distancing recommendations.

On April 8, the University Center of the Mountains (UCM) held the organization's mock interviews student experience to a phone conference format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.