Jeff Noble, Times-Voice en It's Replacement Time for Eastern Kentucky Bridge <p>It&#39;s old, charming and blue and has spanned the North Fork of the Kentucky River for generations, providing the only transportation link for residents of Quicksand, and for those who work there.&nbsp;But the state Transportation Cabinet says it&#39;s time for a new, wider and stronger bridge to replace the current one-lane span, and they want public input next Tuesday night on what to do next. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:25:54 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 16725 at Grant Money Used to Clean Illegal Breathitt Dumps <p><strong>Thanks to some grant money</strong> from Frankfort, seven illegal dumps in Breathitt County will be cleaned up. That&#39;s because almost $2.1 million were released by the state Monday to the county&#39;s Solid Waste organization, as well as 28 other counties in Kentucky. Breathitt&#39;s total from the Kentucky Pride Fund comes to $33,916.80. The seven dumps in Breathitt County are part of 171 illegal dumps statewide that will be affected. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:19:59 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 16428 at Six Counties Undergo Post-Election Audit <p>Breathitt County will be one of six counties in Kentucky that will undergo a post-election audit, to see if anything illegal or irregular occurred during the Nov. 8 general election. That came about on Tuesday afternoon when Breathitt, along with Casey, Daviess, Garrard, Livingston and Todd counties, were picked at random during a drawing by state Attorney General Jack Conway in Frankfort. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:36:24 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 16357 at Counterfeit Money in Eastern Kentucky <p>Some fake bucks are being found in Jackson lately, and it has nothing to do with deer season.&nbsp; These kind of bucks have to do with counterfeit money being passed out lately, in the form of $20, $50 and $100 bills. The Jackson Police Department wants you to beware of it - and should you see one, or be on the receiving end of one, by all means give them a call at 606-666-2424. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:37:15 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 15931 at Breathitt Volunteer Fire Dept. Sees Dream Come True <p>The new home of the Rousseau Volunteer Fire Department stands high off Route 30, with its bright red metal exterior shining proudly over the peaceful countryside. And inside that building last Tuesday, the RVFD held a meeting in its new headquarters. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:26:10 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 15928 at College Prep Grants Bring Students to Berea <p>Both the Jackson Independent Schools and the Breathitt County Schools will be getting grant money through two separate partnership programs sponsored by Berea College.&nbsp;The two schools are among 19 districts in Eastern, Southeastern and Central Kentucky who will be getting the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR UP) grants from the U. S. Department of Education, totaling almost $10.7 million each year for the next seven years. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:36:09 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 15088 at Lexington Students Learn Importance of Wood <p>The weather was not the best to be outdoors last Thursday, but to the students who came to the University of Kentucky Wood Utilization Center in Quicksand for their annual &ldquo;Win With Wood&rdquo; day, none of that mattered at all. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:20:54 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 14603 at Student Photos Capture Life in East Kentucky <p>For four days last week, the pictures taken by photojournalism students in Breathitt County told a thousand stories.&nbsp;They told stories of everyday life and enduring love. Stories of strength, stress and strife, and other faces of the human condition. And behind their digital camera lenses, the students came away with a genuine appreciation of the subjects they pictured. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:10:10 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 14542 at Part Horror, Part Fantasy, All A Good Read for Breathitt Native <p>Much like her first novel, The Veil, Selina Fugate&#39;s life has been a roller coaster since she recently began touring across the region to promote the book.&nbsp; She says it&#39;s been interesting and fun to visit bookstores filled with her fans who enjoy The Veil&#39;s combination of part horror and part fantasy. The book, aimed at young adults and ages 12 and up, has also placed high in honor by this year&#39;s Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort &ndash; being chosen as one of about 150 books that were selected for this year&#39;s bookfest in Frankfort, coming up in November. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:23:48 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 14137 at Part Horror, Part Fantasy, All A Good Read for Breathitt Native State Education Commissioner Makes Visit <p><a href="">The students at Jackson City School</a> didn&#39;t get to have the day off last Wednesday, but it was a &ldquo;Holliday&rdquo; of sorts, as the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education stopped by the school for a visit that afternoon. Commissioner Terry Holliday came from Frankfort and spent about an hour and 45 minutes at the school, doing a lot of classroom observations and meeting with some of the students and staff.</p><p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:55:15 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 13684 at State Education Commissioner Makes Visit World War II Vet 'Did His Duty,' Lives his Life <p>In his book from a few years back, Tom Brokaw of NBC News called the men and women who fought for America during World War II &ldquo;The Greatest Generation.&rdquo;&nbsp;Brokaw wrote, &ldquo;They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled...They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world...(They) immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted...(And) they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest.&rdquo; Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:05:18 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 12514 at Jackson's "Steel Magnolia" Passes On <p>Jeanne Dzierzek, the publisher-emeritus of The (Jackson-Breathitt) County Times-Voice since 2009, who worked with this paper&#39;s predecessor &ndash; The Jackson Times - for over 34 years as advertising director, editor and publisher - and together with Louise Hatmaker and Wanda Armstrong were known as the &ldquo;Last of the Steel Magnolias&rdquo; of the Times, died Monday morning after a long illness. She was 85. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:47:16 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 12360 at Eastern Kentucky's 9-11 Memories <p>It was a sunny and warm morning in Jackson on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.&nbsp;On the day the world stopped turning, Paula Miller was at work in her office. Her husband Mike was on a business trip in Somerset. And their son Michael was doing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.&nbsp;&ldquo;I was at the insurance agency, and I had the TV on, listening to the sound as I went over some paperwork,&rdquo; Miller recalled on Tuesday. &ldquo;As I was working, I heard the news come on that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. That got my attention pretty quick.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:26:06 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 12051 at Nothing Sweeter than "Honey Festival" <p>Throughout its 34-year history, the weather during the Breathitt County Honey Festival has either been very hot, or rainy and cool. Last weekend&#39;s edition proved to be a stinging scorcher, with heat index temperatures over 100 degrees and plenty of sweaty faces.&nbsp;Despite the heat and humidity, the crowds came downtown. They saw old friends, listened to music, and visited the booths to eat and to buy. For many of them, it made for a fine, festive Labor Day weekend once again. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:13:08 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 11908 at Memorial for Victims of Mt. Carmel Shooting <p><a href="">Almost a year ago, the sounds of gunfire and terror rang </a>out from a part of the Mount Carmel community. Last Friday evening, the sounds heard were that of remembrance, uplifting words and songs. And hope. Some 40 persons came to the McConnell Auditorium on the campus of Mount Carmel High School for a memorial service, called &ldquo;Light of Hope.&rdquo; The service honored the memory of the five persons who died in a shooting spree in a trailer park on Route 541, just a half-mile away from the school. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:43:47 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 11601 at Scary Tales of Breathitt County <p>Jerry &ldquo;Bucky&rdquo; Deaton always liked a good ghost story. They sent shivers up his spine. And they brought back moments in time when life was entirely different than what it is now.&nbsp;Deaton also knows that Breathitt County, along with Eastern Kentucky and entire Appalachian region of America, is a hotbed of ghost stories. Most of all, his biggest fans were the youngest of ages. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:07:48 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 11247 at Scary Tales of Breathitt County Mental Health Group Nationally Recognized <p>Because they developed and implemented innovative practices in both process improvement and management, Kentucky River Community Care recently picked up a pair of national awards.&nbsp;The Jackson-based private, non-profit Community Mental Health Center was the only organization from Kentucky to win the awards, and one of five groups who took the six national honors. They were recognized as leaders in the field of behavioral healthcare, and presented with the second annual &ldquo;iAward&rdquo;. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:17:49 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 11243 at Popular Breathitt Band Reunites <p>On a Saturday night in September 1978, a group of musicians climbed atop a flatbed truck and performed in front of an overflow crowd in downtown Jackson. The guys were all students at Breathitt County High School, close friends with each other, and &ndash; in step with the musical tastes at the time &ndash; were big fans of the rock group &ldquo;KISS.&rdquo; Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:34:15 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 10361 at Popular Breathitt Band Reunites Top Bluegrass Group Booked for Jackson <p>For one spring night next year, the world of Bluegrass music will fix their focus on Jackson and Breathitt County, when the renowned six-piece band The Grascals will grace the Douthitt Park stage for a concert on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:00:05 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 8461 at Bringing Breathitt County to Frankfort <p>With a little less than a month to go, organizers of &ldquo;Breathitt County Day&rdquo; in Frankfort are making final preparations to make this year&#39;s event &ndash; the seventh annual one &ndash; to exceed last year&#39;s record turnout. They hope to tie into this November&#39;s elections for state offices, by inviting Democratic and Republican candidates for governor to the festivities, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, starting at 10 a.m. at VFW Post # 4075, located at the corner of East Second Street and Capital Avenue in Frankfort, just five blocks away from the Kentucky State Capitol. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:42:48 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 8460 at 'Survivor' Contestant Advises KY Youth <p><a href=" ">During his time as a contestant on the popular TV reality show &ldquo;Survivor,&rdquo; </a>Rodger Bingham proved to the world that a country boy can survive. Being raised on a farm in Grant County, the native Kentuckian credits his love of the outdoors, along with skills at hunting and fishing, plus good common sense as the reasons he held out so well in the Australian Outback during the CBS-TV show&#39;s second season 10 years ago. Bingham cited making good choices in why he lasted that long, and that was his message to a group of about 15 youngsters and adults during a visit at Kentucky River Community Care&#39;s Sewell Center in Jackson Thursday. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:40:12 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 7913 at Disasters Declared in Six East Kentucky Counties <p><a href="">Breathitt County Judge Executive Harvey </a>Jason Richardson declared a state of emergency in Breathitt County due to Monday&#39;s heavy rains and flash flooding, and has made the county&#39;s Emergency Management office available to help assist those who have suffered damage. Richardson said after an emergency meeting of the Breathitt County Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning that some 3,000 persons in the county were affected by flood damage to bridges and culverts, breaks and slips on county roads, downed trees and flooded roads. He also has written to Gov. Steve Beshear, asking for state assistance to help repair the damages. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:54:15 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 7076 at Recycling Funded in Breathitt, Wolfe <p>Thanks to a grant from the state&#39;s Kentucky Pride Fund, both the Breathitt County and Wolfe County Fiscal Courts will share in nearly $143,000 to expand recycling, reduce the amount of solid waste going into their landfills and maintain environmental management programs in the two counties. The recycling grant going toward Breathitt and Wolfe counties was among 73 grants statewide &ndash; 59 recycling grants and 14 household hazardous waste grants &ndash; which totaled over $3.5 million. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:17:38 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 6531 at Jackson Program Equips Youth for Better Life <p>For a few weeks, the fingers of Chris Spicer and many of who work with YouthBuild of Jackson were crossed for good luck. The organization had applied for a federal grant through the U. S. Department of Labor which would continue to fund them for three years. However the odds were stacked against them, as they were one of approximately 880 applicants nationwide. But the good luck wishes and federal funding did come true for YouthBuild last Friday, when they were told they would receive the $700,000 grant for the first two years, then a &ldquo;follow up&rdquo; grant for the third year. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:10:39 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 6390 at New Exhibit at Kentucky Music Hall of Fame <p>It will be a double dose of Breathitt County native Chad Warrix Saturday night at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, which is located near Mount Vernon off I-75 in Rockcastle County. One of the founding members of the duo &ldquo;Halfway to Hazard&rdquo; will not only be on hand for the unveiling of the new exhibit bearing his name at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. - Warrix will also be at the museum&#39;s site to meet with his fans from 5:30 &ndash; 6:30 p.m. Then he&#39;ll join the country group &ldquo;Lonestar&rdquo; to perform during the &ldquo;Concerts 4 A Cause&rdquo; event, which begins at Renfro Valley at 7 p.m. Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:03:22 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 5882 at Buckhorn Lake Judged Storm Ready <p>Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park became only the fourth park in the Kentucky State Resort Park system to be a StormReady supporter. In addition to the state designation, the park and resort at Buckhorn Lake is only the fourth state park in the entire United States to get that designation by the National Weather Service. Officials of Buckhorn Lake, the Kentucky Department of Parks and the National Weather Service Office in Jackson were on hand at the park&#39;s Conference Center on Friday to make the presentation and present the plaque. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:00:31 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 5777 at Small Town Eatery Trains On-The-Job <p>It was six o&#39;clock. Like the rest of the staff of Bee Happy&#39;s, Tim Slone was waiting for folks to mosey into their new downtown Jackson restaurant on Main Street, to get a taste of their food, as well as to partake in the eatery&#39;s grand opening last Friday evening. It didn&#39;t take long for customers to pour in a few minutes later, and the sounds of servers talking to them about their orders mingled with occasional outbursts of laughter as well as the cries of &ldquo;What would you like this evening?&rdquo; and, &ldquo;Can I get you a refill?&rdquo; Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:40:38 +0000 Jeff Noble, Times-Voice 5775 at