Earlier this month, on Feb. 1, during a special called meeting of the Hazard City Commissioners, commissioners held the first readings for ordinances to increase the rates of water, sewage and gas. Motions were made and approved for all three first readings and all rate changes were effectiv…

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This week, several community members and organizations expressed mourning for the loss of Dr. James Marvin Jolly Sr., a former president of Hazard Community and Technical College.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has allocated $40,817,799 to Kentucky for emergency assistance to non-public schools in the state. All non-public schools may apply to the state for reimbursement of COVID-19 related costs, or to provide COVID-19 related services, through the recently …

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced an executive order during his Feb. 23 media briefing that recommends all public school districts offer or expand in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel receive their second COVID-19 vaccination.

Gov. Andy Beshear along with the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) and the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (KDBHDID) announced Feb. 22 that a total of $4,645,070 has been awarded to 12 nonprofit organizations throughout the commonweal…

Recently, a Hazard woman was indicted for several charges, including third-degree assault, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a legend drug, menacing and first-degree disorderly conduct.

Feb. 22, 2021 was recently declared national Supermarket Employee Day. FMI — The Food Industry Association proclaimed the day to recognize employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly a year ago, our …

Last week, the Hazard Rotary Club made a donation in the amount of $100 to the Housing Development Alliance. The donation, said Hazard Rotary Club President James Caudill, was in memory of Lonnie Miller, the late father of HDA’s Director of Development and Communications, Mindy Miller. Mille…

Perry Central returned to the win column over the weekend, defeating visiting Knox Central 71-59 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Max Johnson scored 25 points to lead Hazard over visiting Belfry 79-68 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Early this year, plans to open a Hot Rod’s location in Hazard were announced. This month, management of the company said they hope to open by next week if possible.

This month, an inmate of the Kentucky River Regional Jail received an award for completing one year in the jail’s recovery cells, or We Are Recovery (WAR) outreach program. The award, said KRRJ, is named after the late Dexter Howard, KRRJ’s former jailer who passed away last year.

Vaccination phases are being continually carried out throughout Perry County, said local healthcare officials. Although the ice storms have caused delays and some temporary closures of medical facilities this week, many have continued to operate on delays or by rescheduling appointments as needed.

Kentucky Power reported that the snow and ice which fell in the overnight hours of Feb. 17 and early morning hours of Feb. 18 caused no further significant problems as the company attempts to restore power to thousands currently in the dark due to back-to-back winter storms.

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Following the U.S. National Weather Service of Jackson’s announcement of an anticipated significant ice storm for most of Eastern Kentucky last week, several communities in Hazard and Perry County have continued to see weather-related issues surrounding ice and snow storms that continued to …

Aggressive steps continue to be taken to battle COVID-19 and provide access to quality, affordable health coverage to the uninsured, which is why the President reopened the federal health care marketplaces from Feb. 15 to May 15.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Hazard Mayor Donald “Happy” Mobelini presented an award to a local woman on her 101st birthday. Donia Christion, of Liberty Street, celebrated her 101st birthday this week. To honor her, Mobelini and the City of Hazard named Christion a Duchess of Hazard. Christion, said …

Recently, members of the Hazard Police Department welcomed their newest team member — Officer Zeke, a two-year old male German Shephard. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, HPD held a training exercise at the Forum to demonstrate what Officer Zeke is capable of doing.

Last week, an arrest was made in connection to an attempted murder in Perry County. This week, the defendant appeared in Perry County District Court for an arraignment hearing.

A framed poem by the late country music star Col. Hugh X. Lewis now hangs at Hazard Community and Technical College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM). Lewis presented the framed print of a poem he wrote, entitled “Bluegrass Roots,” during the 20th annual Osborne Br…

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, along with its engineering consultant, H.A. Spalding Engineers, is seeking public input concerning a proposed project to improve sidewalks along a one-mile stretch of KY 476 (North Main Street) in the Walkertown and Wabaco sections of Hazard.

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On Monday, Feb. 8, several local and state leaders gathered to celebrate at a groundbreaking ceremony that was held for the Ky. 80/Ky. 476 interconnect waterline that will be placed on Ky. 80. The interconnect will be located on the Knott County/Perry County line behind the Marathon Station …

This week, the U.S. National Weather Service in Jackson announced that a significant ice storm is anticipated for most of Eastern Kentucky from Wednesday morning, Feb. 10 into Friday morning, Feb. 12. A light freezing rain began early today with some light daytime icing. The heavier and more…

Healthcare officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department said they are continuing to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, along with other local healthcare providers. As more information is gathered about the vaccines and the virus, officials said, it is vital for people to continue…

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Last week, on Thursday, Jan. 28, a backpack giveaway was held at the picnic shelter on Main Street in downtown Hazard to provide warm items to the homeless population. The event was held through a partnership between The Way, the Rebound Center and Feed the Streets.

On Jan. 29, the Perry County Central High School Commodore Players held their third virtual theater production, the romantic comedy "Power Line: the Story of Me, Mario and Your Mom." This new one act comedy, by High School Playwright, Don Zolidis, tells the story of the beginning romance of …

Following the recent order issued by the Kentucky Supreme Court suspending all in-person grand jury meetings, the Perry County Grand Jury held their first virtual meeting via Zoom on Jan. 29. According to local officials, the grand jury meeting was successful overall, and will help in the future.

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This Saturday, Jan. 30, a local business, the Read Spotted Newt, will be celebrating the establishment’s first year of business. The business, which has experienced several ups and downs throughout its first year, has continued to operate despite the challenges faced, said owner, Mandi Fugat…

Last week, the Perry County Board of Education held its monthly meeting and discussed several updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, on Jan. 23, the district kicked off its Saturday School program — one of those updates discussed — in an effort to help students improve t…

Officials with both Hazard and Perry County have been continuing to work on resolving the ongoing water issued being experienced throughout the county. Many projects, they said, are underway, and results can be expected in the future. During the Jan. 26 Chamber of Commerce meeting, Hazard Ma…

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This week,  staff members of the Perry County and Hazard Independent School district have been receiving COVID-19 vaccinations through a partnership between the local school districts, the Kentucky River District Health Department and the Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky.

This week, during the Jan. 19 meetings of the Perry County Fiscal Court and the Hazard City Commission, officials discussed several ongoing projects as well as the ongoing water issues being experienced throughout the county.