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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…

On Jan. 28, demolition of the former Allais shopping center began. Demolition is still ongoing this week. Once completed, the project will result in 15 new homes for community members.

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For months, Big Daddy’s BBQ has been setting up at different locations in Perry County to see if there was a desire for barbecue and Cajun style cooking. After a large show of support, Victor Gainer, the owner of Big Daddy’s BBQ, said it is now time to open a fixed location. This month, Gain…

On Monday, local officials and community members gathered in front of the Perry County Courthouse to film the city’s submission to HGTV’s “Hometown Takeover.” City officials said they are submitting the video to HGTV in hopes of getting the show hosts, Ben and Erin Napier, to come makeover d…

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A Perry County man was recently found guilty of murder by a jury in Knott County after an October mistrial caused his case to be moved there.

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching and representatives of the Kentucky State Police said they hope people will consider buying a Trooper Teddy Bear for their loved ones.

Four coal mines in Pike County and Perry County, all owned by American Resources Corporation, have been ordered to close after the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety removed the company’s mining permits, citing permit violations.

Commissioners for the City of Hazard held their first meeting of the year on Jan. 21, 2020, during which the commission held the first reading of an ordinance setting the water rates at the Consumer Index Price rate. Commissioners also held the first reading of sewer rates based on the Consu…

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On Jan. 28, members of the Perry County Fiscal Court held their monthly meeting to discuss multiple agenda items, including a resolution to declare Perry County a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

A new program is being implemented in three Perry County schools to promote social and emotional learning through recess play. In partnership with a $20,000 United Healthcare grant, Playworks, a national non-profit organization, is in the process of offering Playworks Recess Implementation t…

Twice a year, students from across the region are invited to apply for the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) Scholars program. The ARH Scholars are awarded a $5,000 academic scholarship to pursue a degree in healthcare. Their stories are unique, but a common thread unites every winner: a…

During the first Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce meeting of the year, city and county officials informed community members about how they had worked together last year, and listedsome of their biggest accomplishments of 2019 as well as goals for 2020.

This week, social justice organization Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) launched a media campaign across Central and Eastern Kentucky calling on members of Congress to stand up for coal miners and communities by passing a package of “Just Transition” bills in 2020. The campaign’s mess…

City officials said that cleanup is expected to begin at the former Grand Hotel building, which has remained in ruins since a fire in 2015. It is unknown what the finished product will look like but cleanup efforts are expected to begin by the beginning of February.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 21, University of Kentucky officials provided updates on the recently launched Kentucky Viral Hepatitis Treatment Project (KeY Treat), a three-year, $15 million study co-funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with the ultima…

Last week, on Jan. 15 and 16, environmental health, infection prevention, laboratory and epidemiological staff from health departments all over Kentucky participated in onsite Legionella education and prevention training at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. The training, led…

Students at Hazard Community and Technical College will see enhanced benefits through new Student Success Centers, thanks to $300,000 that was awarded by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Hazard Community and Technical College held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, with a room full of faculty, guests and speakers. HCTC’s President, Dr.Jennifer Lindon said that the breakfast is a long-standing tradition at HCTC.

On Friday, Jan. 10, students and staff of Galen College of Nursing celebrated the school’s sixth graduation commencement since its opening in March 2017. During the commencement, 31 graduates walked the stage and received their nursing degrees. Graduates included: Katlyn Anderson; Lisa Ander…

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Last Thursday, Jan. 9, the students and staff at Buckhorn School celebrated the grand opening of the Mountain Heritage Recording Studio, which will provide students with an opportunity to participate in dual credit music classes. The program, school officials said, was created in partnership…

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Mandi Fugate Sheffel said that she often found herself leaving Eastern Kentucky to shop for books and that led her and her husband wanting to open a local store. Sheffel has been at work for some time preparing the Read Spotted Newt for opening day.

Officials with the Kentucky CancerLink recently announced that the organization has received funding from the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program (KCCSP) at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to help address the problem of colon cancer in the Commonwealth. With this funding…

This month, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery which occurred at the Dollar General store located on Trus Joist Lane in Chavies. A white male entered the store Sunday night, informed an employee he had a gun, and demanded money. He was last seen running towards Trus Joist Lane.…

From left, Rep. Lynn Bechler, R-Marion; Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence; Rep. Bart Rowland, R-Tompkinsville; and Rep. Chris Fugate, R-Chavies, converse on the first day of session in the House Jan. 7. The 2020 General Assembly, a session in which legislators will set the state’s spending plan f…

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A deputy at the Kentucky River Regional Jail was arrested during a Jan. 1 traffic stop and charged with allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail, and according to jail officials, the deputy had been under investigation for weeks.

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During the winter months, proper pet care is a topic discussed by many people. At the forefront of these discussions are dogs, cats, horses and other outside animals. However, one local man wants to remind people that there are certain inside pets that require special attention as well — reptiles.

On Jan. 2, a local business, the Rx Discount Pharmacy, celebrated the organization’s 25 year anniversary of being in their location on Morton Boulevard. In June, the company will celebrate 28 years of being in Hazard. Representatives from the business said they hope to have some types of giv…

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has made it easier for Kentuckians to earn a General Education Diploma (GED).

According to county officials, large plans for multiple water projects are underway in Perry County. Three of the projects, officials said, are expected to be completed within the next year, and will greatly impact the residents of the county.

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2019 has been a busy a momentous year for Hazard and Perry County. The past year was full of memorable events that can be looked back on and remembered as the community moves into the new decade:

The City of Hazard now offers online bill paying through their website. Officials say that all you need to do to pay your City of Hazard utilities online is to go to the City of Hazard’s website, hazardky.gov, and click on the online bill pay tab at the top of the page. Customers will need t…

The Perry County Conservation District is asking residents to remember the environment as the holiday season and the year come to a close. The district is looking for things that likely aren’t going to put to use in the new year, live Christmas trees and old electronics and appliances.

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A new business, Airport Gardens Gun and Pawn, has opened in Perry County, next door to Airport Gardens Quick Cash. Johnathan Rice is an owner of both the new pawn shop and Quick Cash. The Airport Gardens Gun and Pawn is also co-owned by Chuck Cottengame.

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