Mountain Kentucky http://weku.fm en Effort to SOAR Comes From AmeriCorps VISTA Workers http://weku.fm/post/effort-soar-comes-americorps-vista-workers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;million dollars of AmeriCorps support is coming to Kentucky to support the Shaping Our Appalachian Region,&nbsp;or SOAR,&nbsp;project.&nbsp; Federal funds will support 52 VISTA workers for a year.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:50:36 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62087 at http://weku.fm Effort to SOAR Comes From AmeriCorps VISTA Workers Historic River Walk in Southeast Kentucky to Benefit From Federal Grant http://weku.fm/post/historic-river-walk-southeast-kentucky-benefit-federal-grant <p></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:05:09 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61570 at http://weku.fm Historic River Walk in Southeast Kentucky to Benefit From Federal Grant EKU and UK Interns to SOAR this Summer http://weku.fm/post/eku-and-uk-interns-soar-summer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues are participating in an internship program as part of the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:17:49 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59826 at http://weku.fm EKU and UK Interns to SOAR this Summer Huckabee Comes to Martin County http://weku.fm/post/huckabee-comes-martin-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told a Martin County audience this afternoon the nation has made progress in the “War on Poverty”. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, he says, the breakdown of the traditional family is causing much of the financial hardship in the U-S today.&nbsp; He says 2012 statistics showed 29 percent of white children, 52 percent of Hispanic children, and 72 percent of African American children were living in one parent households..</span></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:13:40 +0000 Dan Conti Kentucky Public Radio 58766 at http://weku.fm Huckabee Comes to Martin County Pine Mountain Fires Don't Reach Park Lodging http://weku.fm/post/pine-mountain-fires-dont-reach-park-lodging <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Three separate weekend fires on land at Pine Mountain State Park caused damage to timber, but not to resort lodging facilities.&nbsp; A lodge and cottages are located on the Bell County property.&nbsp; State Parks Department Spokesman Gil Lawson says the fires are not expected to impact the spring schedule.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:52:55 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 56965 at http://weku.fm Pine Mountain Fires Don't Reach Park Lodging "I Love Mountains Day" Brings Hundreds to State Capitol http://weku.fm/post/i-love-mountains-day-brings-hundreds-state-capitol <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A slice of Appalachian Kentucky life once again descended on the State Capitol for the annual “I Love Mountains Day." &nbsp;The rally at the mid-point of the General Assembly traditionally attracts a large group from eastern Kentucky. &nbsp;That proved to be true again on Wednesday.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 55556 at http://weku.fm "I Love Mountains Day" Brings Hundreds to State Capitol Kentucky Included in New Federal Poverty Program http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-included-new-federal-poverty-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Kentucky is now part of a new federal program designed to improve the economics of impoverished communities.&nbsp; The Commonwealth joins West Virginia, Tennessee, and Louisiana as the newest partners in the U-S Department of Agriculture’s Strike-Force Initiative.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:32:45 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 54479 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Included in New Federal Poverty Program East Ky Judge Exec Pleads Case for Unemployed Miners http://weku.fm/post/east-ky-judge-exec-pleads-case-unemployed-miners <p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 150%;">Pike County's judge-executive is calling on Kentucky elected officials to extend federal unemployment benefits to help out-of-work miners. Wayne Rutherford wrote a letter this week to Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Rep. Hal Rogers. Rutherford said he finds it "unconscionable and heartless" that lawmakers would decline to extend unemployment benefits.</span></strong></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:36:29 +0000 Associated Press 53821 at http://weku.fm East Ky Judge Exec Pleads Case for Unemployed Miners More Tornado Repair Arraignments Scheduled Today http://weku.fm/post/more-tornado-repair-arraignments-scheduled-today <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 150%;">Magoffin County construction firm owners accused in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with the judge-executive of Morgan County are scheduled to be arraigned today in federal court. The Independent reports the indictment accuses Morgan Judge-Executive Tim Conley of steering contracts worth $1.1 million to a company owned by Kenneth and Ruth Gambill in exchange for "gifts, payments and other things of value."</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:21:14 +0000 Associated Press 53755 at http://weku.fm More Tornado Repair Arraignments Scheduled Today Coal Candles to Help Unemployed Miners http://weku.fm/post/coal-candles-help-unemployed-miners <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 150%;">A group in Harlan is selling coal-theme candles to help unemployed miners in eastern Kentucky pay their bills. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a group called Harlan 20/20 is managing the project. Rie Whitfield and Kathy Bianchi say they wanted to come up with a way to help the thousands of coal miners who have been laid off due to a slump in the coal industry.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:09:34 +0000 Associated Press 53119 at http://weku.fm Coal Candles to Help Unemployed Miners Investigating New Road Salt in Southeast Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/investigating-new-road-salt-southeast-kentucky <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Road crews in southeastern Kentucky could have a new weapon in their snow and ice fighting arsenal this winter.&nbsp; State transportation officials met with workers recently to outline this year’s snow removal strategy.&nbsp; Les Dixon, from the Manchester district office, says a new salt product called ‘clear lane’ is being considered.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:53:25 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 51524 at http://weku.fm Investigating New Road Salt in Southeast Kentucky Making Appalachian Arts a Bigger Economic Player http://weku.fm/post/making-appalachian-arts-bigger-economic-player <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Using the arts to further local economies in eastern Kentucky is the focus of a Somerset conference this week.&nbsp; The Citizens’ Institute on rural Design meeting brings together local leaders, non-profits, community organizations, and citizens.&nbsp; Jack Herlihy studies economic development in Appalachia.&nbsp; He says many &nbsp;eastern Kentuckians take their talents to other communities, such as musicians heading to Tennessee.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:42:11 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 51508 at http://weku.fm Making Appalachian Arts a Bigger Economic Player Citizen Appalachian Summit Planned in December http://weku.fm/post/citizen-appalachian-summit-planned-december <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of </span>Kentuckian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are expected to gather in early December to plan a strategy that will help&nbsp;Appalachian counties move forward.&nbsp; Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Congressman Hal Rogers and many other local and state officials made the announcement this morning in Hazard.&nbsp; The December ninth summit is called ‘Shaping Our Appalachian Region.’&nbsp; Kentucky House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> believes the event can help generate an agenda.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:43:43 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 51503 at http://weku.fm Citizen Appalachian Summit Planned in December Resurrecting The American Chestnut http://weku.fm/post/resurrecting-american-chestnut <p>Reclaiming an old mine site in eastern Kentucky offers new hope for re-establishing American chestnut trees in the Commonwealth.&nbsp; The chestnut, which was a major food source for mountain residents and wildlife, was virtually wiped out by a blight in the early 19 hundreds.&nbsp; Some 14-thousand hardwood seedlings were planted on 16 acres last March in Lawrence County.&nbsp; Kentucky Forest Management Chief Pam Snyder says the project served a dual purpose.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:09:31 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 51119 at http://weku.fm Resurrecting The American Chestnut New Mobile Surveillance in Harlan http://weku.fm/post/new-mobile-surveillance-harlan <p>Officers with the Harlan City Police Department have a new accessory for their uniforms &mdash; a mobile video camera. WYMT-TV reports the device is worn near the center of an officer&#39;s chest and records audio and video for his or her entire shift. The information is downloaded to a computer at the end of the shift. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:33:08 +0000 Associated Press 51055 at http://weku.fm New Mobile Surveillance in Harlan Fatality Free Year In America's Coal Mines Possible http://weku.fm/post/fatality-free-year-americas-coal-mines-possible <p>It’s never happened, but a leading official in the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration believes a fatality-free year in coal mining is achievable.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:38:08 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 49015 at http://weku.fm Fatality Free Year In America's Coal Mines Possible Heroin Abuse Increasingly Popular In Mountain Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/heroin-abuse-increasingly-popular-mountain-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heroin abuse, according to an eastern Kentucky prosecutor, is growing more evident in Appalachia.&nbsp; Given the Commonwealth’s crackdown on prescription drug abuse, more users are turning to illegal narcotics like heroin.&nbsp; Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner is seeing it in Floyd County.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:30:14 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 49014 at http://weku.fm Heroin Abuse Increasingly Popular In Mountain Kentucky Stephen Colbert's 'Best Segment Ever' Will Make You Feel So Many Things http://weku.fm/post/stephen-colberts-best-segment-ever-will-make-you-feel-so-many-things <p><span style="background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">It's being called "</span><a href="http://dangerousminds.net/comments/is_this_the_single_best_segment_of_the_colbert_report_ever_it_very_well_mig" sl-processed="1" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: inherit; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(226, 90, 72);" target="_blank">perhaps the single best segment</a><span style="background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">" to ever air on&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: inherit; box-sizing: border-box;">The Colbert Report</em><span style="background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">. And with good reason, because it probably is.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">In the latest installment of "</span><a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/video/tags/People%20Who%20Are%20Destroying%20America" sl-processed="1" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: inherit; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(226, 90, 72);" target="_blank">People Who Are Destroying America</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">," Stephen Colbert introduced his audience to Johnny Cummings, the openly gay mayor (and part-time hairdresser) of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicco,_Kentucky" sl-processed="1" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: inherit; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(226, 90, 72);" target="_blank">Vicco, Kentucky</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">Both Cummings and </span>Vicco<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;"> were in the news earlier this year after passing a city-wide ordinance&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lex18.com/news/vicco-kentucky-approves-lgbt-fairness-law" sl-processed="1" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: inherit; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(226, 90, 72);" target="_blank">banning discrimination against LGBT residents</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">, becoming the smallest city in America to do so.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.6;">&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/stephen-colberts-best-segment-ever-will-make-you-fee-1150255944?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&amp;utm_source=gawker_facebook&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" target="_blank">&nbsp;Read more...</a></span></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:02:33 +0000 Neetzan Zimmerman & Gawker 48802 at http://weku.fm Stephen Colbert's 'Best Segment Ever' Will Make You Feel So Many Things Creepy Crawlies Return To Natural Bridge State Park http://weku.fm/post/creepy-crawlies-return-natural-bridge-state-park <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">An eastern Kentucky state park will provide another opportunity this year for people to get a look into the world of caterpillars. Natural Bridge State Resort Park has set aside Aug. 23-24 for guided caterpillar walks and butterfly expeditions, both of which proved especially popular last year for children with a fascination for creepy crawlies.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:10:11 +0000 Associated Press 48273 at http://weku.fm Creepy Crawlies Return To Natural Bridge State Park Coal Miner Killed In Harlan County Accident http://weku.fm/post/coal-miner-killed-harlan-county-accident <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">Kentucky officials say a coal miner has been killed and two more injured in an underground mine. The miners were working with a mining machine and became trapped when a wall apparently collapsed. The collapse killed 56-year-old Lenny D. Gilliam of Appalachia, Va.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:56:45 +0000 Associated Press 48271 at http://weku.fm Coal Miner Killed In Harlan County Accident Deputy Jailers Accused In Beating Death Of Inmate http://weku.fm/post/deputy-jailers-accused-beating-death-inmate <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">Two eastern Kentucky deputy jailers have been charged in the death of an inmate last month. Kentucky State Police say indictments were returned Tuesday in Perry County charging 36-year-old Damon Hickman of Hazard and 57-year-old William C. Howell of Estill in Floyd County with one count of first-degree manslaughter.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:51:18 +0000 Associated Press 48269 at http://weku.fm Murder-Suicide Leaves Four Dead In Southeast Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/murder-suicide-leaves-four-dead-southeast-kentucky <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">Authorities in eastern Kentucky have found four bodies in two homes along the Kentucky-Virginia border. The Letcher County coroner says 58-year-old Timothy Shelby used a Glock pistol to kill 35-year-old Jennifer Walters, 25-year-old Joshua Wyatt and 31-year-old Amy Ratliff before turning the gun on himself.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:07:45 +0000 Associated Press 48048 at http://weku.fm Two Injured In Police Helicopter Crash http://weku.fm/post/two-injured-police-helicopter-crash <p style="line-height: 150%; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial Black&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color:#333333">Kentucky State Police say a helicopter conducting an ongoing investigation crashed this morning in eastern Kentucky. Trooper Shaun Little says the pilot and a trooper were airlifted for their injuries from the Evanston community in Breathitt County.&nbsp; Media reports say the crash involved a Drug Enforcement Agency helicopter working with a marijuana suppression team.&nbsp; Little declined to release the names of the crash victims.&nbsp; The accident remains under investigation.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:04:00 +0000 Associated Press 47842 at http://weku.fm Two Injured In Police Helicopter Crash Prisoners Refuse Meals At Federal Prison in Ashland http://weku.fm/post/prisoners-refuse-meals-federal-prison-ashland <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Inmates at a federal prison in northeastern Kentucky have refused two meals but officials say they aren't sure why. The inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution-Ashland in Summit turned away lunch and evening meals on Wednesday. The warden's executive assistant, David Brewer, told The Ashland Independent newspaper&nbsp;the prison is operating on a status just below lockdown, with inmates confined to their cells at all times other than for meals.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:05:50 +0000 Associated Press 47365 at http://weku.fm Prisoners Refuse Meals At Federal Prison in Ashland US 25 Safety Fixes Discussed In Corbin, But Funding Elusive http://weku.fm/post/us-25-safety-fixes-discussed-corbin-funding-elusive <p>Proposed improvements for US Highway 25 between London and Corbin are up for public review tonight.&nbsp; The State Transportation Cabinet meeting comes after two years of study and citizen comment.&nbsp;&nbsp; Transportation Cabinet spokesman Jonathon Dobson says deadly accidents are common on the nine-mile stretch of roadway.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 47267 at http://weku.fm US 25 Safety Fixes Discussed In Corbin, But Funding Elusive Instead of an Iron Horse, Converted Trail Serves Four-Legged Variety http://weku.fm/post/instead-iron-horse-converted-trail-serves-four-legged-variety <p>Another 18 miles of eastern Kentucky natural scenery is now open to horseback riders, cyclists, and hikers.&nbsp; The Dawkins Rail Trail runs through Johnson and Magoffin counties.&nbsp; Kentucky Tourism Spokesman Gil Lawson says the path was originally used by railroads.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:47:59 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 46189 at http://weku.fm Harlan Officials Mostly Mum on Judge-Executive's Arrest http://weku.fm/post/harlan-officials-mostly-mum-judge-executives-arrest <p>The arrest of Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop by Sheriff Marvin Lipfird on Tuesday has created a wave of publicity and stirred discussion on social media. However, not much has been said by other Harlan County officials on the matter. Previous reports state Lipfird arrested Grieshop in his office Tuesday afternoon. Lipfird said Grieshop would not come out of his office.<a href="http://www.harlandaily.com/view/full_story/22807868/article-Grieshop-silent-on-charges?" target="_blank"> Read more...</a></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:08:46 +0000 Joe Asher & Harlan Daily Enterprise 45406 at http://weku.fm Harlan Officials Mostly Mum on Judge-Executive's Arrest Clay County Crew Killed in Helicopter Crash http://weku.fm/post/clay-county-crew-killed-helicopter-crash <p style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 20px; max-width: 620px !important;">Three men died Thursday night in Manchester when a medical helicopter crashed, Missouri-based Air Evac Lifestream officials said Friday. The accident occurred around 11:16 p.m. Thursday while the helicopter was on its final approach to its Manchester base. "We are devastated at this loss," Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Seth Myers said in a news release. "These were members of our family. Our focus at this time is on providing support for the family and friends of these crew members." The crew members included pilot Eddie Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones, the release said. <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/07/2669300/3-medical-helicopter-crew-members.html" target="_blank">Read more...</a></p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:43:47 +0000 Valarie Honeycutt Spears & Lexington Herald Leader 45402 at http://weku.fm Clay County Crew Killed in Helicopter Crash Seven coal mines open, creates over 250 jobs http://weku.fm/post/seven-coal-mines-open-creates-over-250-jobs <p><a href="http://news-expressky.com/news/article_e4cf0c58-be76-11e2-885d-001a4bcf887a.html?_dc=421173638664.186">“Good news” for the Eastern Kentucky </a>coal industry was announced Wednesday, with officials saying several new mines are opening in Pike County, bringing more than 250 jobs.&nbsp;According to a statement from the Pike County Judge Executives Wayne T. Rutherford’s office, High Ridge Mining, a Kentucky corporation owned by Bill Smith, of Raccoon, announced the opening of seven deep mines in Pike County.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:23:40 +0000 Elizabeth Thompson & Appalachian News-Express 44380 at http://weku.fm Seven coal mines open, creates over 250 jobs Mountain Parkway lanes closed for summer repairs http://weku.fm/post/mountain-parkway-lanes-closed-summer-repairs <p>Traffic is moving a bit slower on the Mountain Parkway and likely will for the remainder of the summer. One lane in each direction will be kept open during the construction of a bridge, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways announced the closures will keep traffic slowed around the 10- and 11-mile markers on the Parkway. <a href="http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun/news/ws-parkway-lanes-closed-for-summer-project-in-clark-county-20130515,0,1110744.story" target="_blank">Read more...</a></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:26:02 +0000 Casey Castle & The Winchester Sun 44316 at http://weku.fm