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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…

I’ve said for a long time that, if the Sierra Club and others had wanted to end the country’s reliance on coal much sooner, then their action should have started on the ground, establishing new opportunities for the men and women employed in the coal industry.

It’s a phrase I’ve heard nearly all my life and one I’ve said numerous times — “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.”

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With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available, we may finally be seeing some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. If we can vaccinate enough people quickly enough, life may begin to look a little closer to normal later this year. We’re excited to see children return to school, to…

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The first day of the 2021 Regular Session was dramatically different from previous years, with face masks, social distancing and the use of technology to allow some members to participate virtually from anywhere on the Capitol campus. However, when we held up our right hands and repeated the…

Though imperfect and flawed, our nation’s founding fathers had a shared vision of the creation of a state where rule of the people would take precedent over the rule of any single individual.

For quite some time, it has become customary in our newspaper to use the edition either right before or right after the New Year’s to take a look back at the ending year and recount some of the big stories that made headlines.

Once the dust has settled, and Kentucky returns to a post-COVID-19 world, it will be time to address “just compensation” for those who suffered as a result of the executive orders and administrative regulations imposed on Kentuckians, orders and regulations which oftentimes picked winners an…

As we end November with our bellies full from Thanksgiving weekend and our hearts full of love from being with family, whether it was in-person or virtual, everything we are thankful for is on our minds. Many of us sit and think, appreciating the people in our lives and all the things we hav…

The headline on Nov. 20 screamed from the pages of the Standard and Poor Global Market Intelligence website: “US coal jobs down 24 percent from the start of Trump administration to latest quarter.”

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As board chairman of the Kentucky Oil & Gas Association, an executive with Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation in Pikeville, and a life-long resident of the commonwealth, I witness the good our industry does for Kentucky every day.

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We are living in an unprecedented time and the COVID pandemic has been the most challenging and stressful experience in our lives, but together we can defeat this nasty virus and make our community stronger than ever.

The importance of investing in the youth of our area has been heavily pushed for the past few years, and with good reason. Inevitably, this claim has been used by politicians as a way to gain voters in previous election years, but for Hazard and Perry County, there are many teachers, politic…

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As October comes to an end, many people are preparing for the upcoming holiday season. Stores are already displaying Christmas decorations and sending out information about sales, and families throughout the community are beginning to Christmas shop or or are beginning to plan out gift ideas…

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