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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last two years, you most likely have been exposed in some way to COVID. With yet another variant, the flu and the common cold in full swing, we are all likely to get sick in some way.

Christmas is a really good time to bury a story. With everyone more worried about gathering with their families, getting their shopping lists completed and rushing to and from church and social gatherings, while also adding pandemic concerns this year, it’s a good time watch a news piece wit…

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This week, our world will slow down just a little bit, businesses and government offices will close and people will be given an opportunity to spend time with their families and stop for just a minute and reflect on life and what’s really important.

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A new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been identified that leaves many people wondering if their vaccinations will continue to provide protection. While there is still much unknown about the omicron variant, initial anecdotal reports bear some promising news.

We all screw up occasionally and when we do, we should recognize the mistake and address the issue accordingly. I’m not immune to screwing up. I try not to screw up, but when I do, I do it right.  

The Democratic Party has long painted itself as the one of the two parties which operates on compassion — focused on the needs of the less fortunate, ensuring that programs such as Social Security, SNAP and other assistance efforts retain funding and reach.

By the time you read this, your Thanksgiving festivities should be over and you should be on to important stuff like shopping and football.

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When Daniel Boone and early pioneers blazed a trail into the Kentucky wilderness via the Cumberland Gap, they quickly realized both the immense challenges and opportunities that lay before them on the new frontier. Two and a half centuries later, the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Plateau…

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This Nov. 15-19, Partners for Education at Berea College joins the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognizing the first statewide Kentucky Family Engagement in Education Week — a time dedicated to building awareness and support for effective family and school partnerships in Kentucky schools.

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Oct. 24 is designated as World Polio Day. Polio is a potentially lethal, highly contagious disease that causes paralysis.  This disease predominately affects young children. Humanity has endured this disease for more than 3 millennia. This deadly disease has robbed hundreds of thousands of y…

In a world full of ways to earn a living, it takes a pretty unique soul to be willing to  choose one of the very few out there where you walk out the door each day knowing you may never make it back home.

During the early days of the 2021 legislative session, the Kentucky House Democratic Women’s Caucus sponsored the Kentucky Maternal and Infant Health project, a slate of over 20 bills and resolutions designed to raise awareness about Kentucky’s maternal health crisis, and to improve health o…

Alpha, Delta and Lambda. When I was in college those Greek letters meant that on Thursday you had to put on your drinking shoes because it was going to be a rough weekend at the frat house. They have a whole other meaning in today’s world.

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Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is on the rise in Kentucky. For most people, including children, RSV will cause a common cold-like illness and will recover in a week or two. But a small percentage of infants and younger children may become more ill and need more care. RSV can lead to mu…

As a journalist covering a number of government agencies over the years, I’ve had an opportunity to investigate and ponder a number of alleged conflicts of interest on the part of public officials.

We, like probably nearly everyone else, were looking forward to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year representing a return to normal after the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years were so heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

History is history and we can’t change that. What we can change is including the painful facts of history so that history doesn’t repeat itself. But in today’s polarized political climate, even the teaching of history is divisive.

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As the clock ticked through midnight on Jan. 1, marking the change between 2020 and 2021, for a lot of us, there was a great deal of anxiety mixed with optimism about what the coming year would bring.

With the alleged pending sale of the Hilton to UPike, there are many moving parts that have not been settled. I won’t weigh in at this time, but I suspect it will not be a comfortable situation unless major negotiations and communication are able to happen.

Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to help protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.

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The federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP) was created to help businesses stay open and pay their employees during the COVID- 19 pandemic. When it started in April 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) was inundated with requests for funds. This caused the first round of requests a…

One thing about being an editor of five newspapers is that I’m never at a loss for press releases in my email box — or, as in my case, the six email addresses I maintain.

On Friday, June 11, we finally heard the news we’ve been waiting on for some time. Gov. Andy Beshear, in what was to be his last regular update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 virus, announced that nearly every mandate and rule related to the conduct of the citizens of the commonweal…

It’s somehow fitting that one of the last hurrahs for live music in Eastern Kentucky, pre-COVID-19 was a massive three-show run by native son Tyler Childers at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.

We've all been in a place where we needed a little extra help at some point in time. Throughout the past year, more and more people experienced this during the COVID-19 pandemic whether it was from a loss of employment, housing issues, child care, or another problem arising from a lack or de…

One important lesson which has been learned over the past months when it comes to education, is that without high-speed broadband, many children in rural America have once again been left behind. Imagine for a moment, that because of COVID-19, your child lives in rural America, in a communit…

Back in 1999, when I first started reporting in my hometown of Pikeville, the courts and police were just beginning to see the impacts of the growing opioid epidemic.

It would appear as though we are really moving beyond COVID-19 at this point. While time will tell if we’re really moving beyond the virus that has impacted our lives in so many negative ways, life is returning to a semblance of normalcy.

Recently, Perry County has continued to not only grow, but thrive, during the pandemic. Just in the last few days, three businesses have opened bringing more opportunities and potential to the area. These new businesses, combined with last week's announcement about $2 million in grants for a…

Last week, The Rising Center and Care Cottage held “Take Back the Night” at the Perry County Park. The event, which was one of the many things planned to promote awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), was intended to show available resources for survivors of sex…

When it comes to Appalachian coal, it might be appropriate to borrow from that often-misquoted phrase from Mark Twain, “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Today the world scrambles for supplies of rare earth elements, elements which are critical in the components of high techn…

Recently, officials with the City of Prestonsburg and Floyd County Fiscal Court announced that they are jointly seeking to acquire the property that houses the former Thunder Ridge raceway.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Infant Development Station, also known as the Baby Pantry, has continued to serve families in the community. This continued service, said pantry representatives, was hard on the facility, and at times, left them uncertain on how they would be ab…