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Today, July 30, officials with ARH announced that due to a steady increase in COVID-19 cases, and in an abundance of caution to prevent the continued spread of the virus and support the safest hospital environments for all patients, ARH staff will be limiting visitors, and the following revi…

The numbers of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have continued to spike in Perry County and throughout the entire Kentucky River District Health Department service area. Since last week, there have been several new confirmed and probable cases announced by the KRDHD.

A Perry County couple was sentenced last week in federal court in connection with charges that they forced minor children in their care to make and sell homemade items or be subjected to various punishments.


At the beginning of the year, the Allais construction project began with the demolition of the old Allais Shopping Center near the end of January. Since then, city workers have made progress on the site, and the project is now ready to enter into the second phase in August. Once completed, t…

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Like many facilities and organizations, the Kentucky River Regional Jail has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been implementing changes to ensure safety.

Although libraries were permitted to reopen on June 8, Perry County Public Library staff said they have chosen to remain closed to in-person traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will be operating drive-thru services during limited hours, until further notice. On July 15, the library ope…

According to officials with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 13, an altercation in Perry County last week resulted in one man’s death, and his brother being charged with murder.  


Last July, community members celebrated Hazard and Perry County's first North Fork Music Festival on Main Street in downtown Hazard. The event, sponsored by the City of Hazard and the Perry County Fiscal Court, drew hundreds of people from the town and surrounding counties, and featured a va…


Many inmates of the Kentucky River Regional Jail are currently receiving help from the Recovery Cells, which were implemented last fall, said KRRJ officials. KRRJ Administrator Lonnie Brewer said that, last fall, the jail piloted an outreach with Primary Care, and the partnership was made po…

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As numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state and area, officials from both local school systems, Hazard Independent School District and Perry County School District, have decided to delay the start date for students. Both school systems were previously scheduled to begin on Aug…


Over the weekend, on July 17, officials with the Black Gold Festival Committee confirmed that the plans for the 2020 Black Gold Festival have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced that several new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area last week and this week, bringing Perry County's total cases to nearly 150.

On July 21, a Perry County man was arrested for his alleged involvement in a shooting in the Slemp community.

Today, July 17, the Black Gold Festival Committee confirmed that the plans for the 2020 40th anniversary festival has been cancelled this year.

As the fall semester of college nears, the staff of Hazard Community and Technical College are preparing for the school's re-opening of in-person classes. According to officials with the school, many steps have been taken to ensure the safety of the students and staff.


Last week, community members were shocked by the unexpected passing of local community icon, Gregory “Greg” Wells, 59. This week, many friends of the family and local leaders expressed their condolences, and said Wells will be missed.

A man hospitalized after an assault in June has died, officials said this week, and the man charged with the assault is now facing a charge of murder.

After months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hillside Theater re-opened early this month on July 3. Now, after a slow return, officials with the business said they have decided to change the hours of operation.

Several local officials and individuals working to establish Pike County’s proposed ATV trail system appeared on July 7 before a state House Committee to voice support for a bill which would allow ATV operators limited access to designated areas of state and county roadways.


FRANKFORT, Ky. – People can make appointments for in-person unemployment insurance (UI) services that will be offered next week in Covington and Prestonsburg to assist Kentuckians while ensuring the safety of those needing assistance and limiting the spread of COVID-19. 


Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order mandating that all Kentuckians must wear facial coverings in certain public situations starting 5 p.m. July 10, following days of continuous COVID-19 case spikes throughout the state.

On Monday, June 6, all schools in the Perry County Schools District announced plans for the upcoming school year. As of presstime, Perry County Schools are scheduled to reopen on Aug. 6.


In February, Jesse Jackson of Avawam started his own business, Jesse Jackson's Top Tier Soap Company, with just $50, and said he is now moving thousands of bars of soap in just a few short months.


Documents unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in London detail an alleged cocaine conspiracy that has resulted in charges against three Perry County men who are accused of trafficking in pounds of the drug over the course of several years.

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, Hazard and Perry County residents did not allow that to prevent them from celebrating Independence Day. On Saturday, July 4, community members celebrated  in Hazard with a day full of festivities while practicing social distancing and other safety g…

For a little over a year, construction has been ongoing at the Appalachian Arts Alliance's ArtStation. While the project is not yet complete, officials with the organization said they are happy with the progress made, and they are looking forward to the events and classes that will be held i…

On Saturday, July 4, a “bring one, take one” table was set up at the Read Spotted Newt, promoting reading in the area and providing community members with an opportunity to freely exchange books with others.


Since 1999, the Christmas for Charity organization has helped support several non-profit organizations in Perry County through their annual Christmas For Charity Gala, donating more than $750,000 to non-profit organizations over the past 20 years.

Last week, SYKES representatives delivered hundreds of donated books to each Free Little Library location in Perry County. The donated books, said SYKES officials, were obtained through an employee book drive.


Last week, a local man wrecked his motorcycle and crashed into the windows of the Hazard Fire Department.

Officials with the City of Hazard said that although the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, Hazard will still be holding Independence Day festivities on July 4.


After nearly a month of being reopened following the COVID-19 related closure, representatives from a local gym, East Kentucky Fitness, said business has been doing well and is slowly building back up.

Over the weekend, according to officials with the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard, a fatal shooting and arson occurred in the Big Willard community of Perry County, and the investigation is still ongoing.


For the past 20 years, the Challenger Learning Center STEAM programs have been the highlight for many young people in the community during the summer. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive change in the regular routine of the facility, officials with the Challenger Learning Cen…

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