Hazard gets ARC grant
By Sam Neace
Staff Writer

The Kentucky Dept. for Local Government (DLG) announced last week that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has approved $480,000 to be used by the City of Hazard for the replacement of sewage collector lines and improvements to two lift stations in the sewer system.
“I am pleased the ARC approved funding to upgrade the City of Hazard’s sewage system and further increase infrastructure development in the community,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “This project will help reduce operating costs, increase overall capacity and ensure that Hazard is poised for further growth in the future.”

U.S. EPA chief announces end to Clean Power Plan during Hazard Visit

By TJ Caudill
Staff Writer

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt chose Eastern Kentucky as the site of an announcement Monday that the Trump administration would be beginning the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan.
Pruitt, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other local elected officials, visited Whayne Supply in Hazard to announce the withdrawal, while also offering hope to the future of coal mines and businesses that depend on coal.
“Here is the President Trump’s message: The war on coal is over,” Pruitt said.

Walking for the ‘UP’side
The face of Team Carley smiles as the crowd marches forward during Saturday’s Down Syndrome Awareness walk in Perry County.

By Buddy Forbes
Appalachian Newspapers

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month; a month dedicated to educating the public, while celebrating the different people who live their days with a little something extra — chromosome 21, to be exact. In Perry County, advocates for Down syndrome awareness kicked off the month by “Stepping UP for Downs.”
The “Stepping UP for Downs” walk was held at the Perry County Park on Saturday, organized by Tracie Howard. Howard is the mother of 2-year-old Carly, who happens to have Down syndrome. She said the event was a way to bring the community together and spread the message of inclusion, while educating anyone who may not fully comprehend all that a Down syndrome diagnosis has to offer.

Perry, Hazard test scores show positives
By Sam Neace
Staff Writer

K-PREP test results for last year have been released. Hazard Independent Schools and Perry County Schools scored higher than the state average in numerous categories.
For the Hazard Independent School District, the percentage of elementary school students scoring proficient or distinguished exceeded the state average by more than five percentage points in reading, mathematics and language mechanics, with the district’s average in reading and language mechanics exceeding the state’s average by more than 15 percentage points, according to data released by the Kentucky Department of Education. Social studies and writing were the only two categories in which Hazard Independent Schools elementary students produced a lower percentage of proficient and distinguished tests than the state average, according to the numbers released by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Shelter declares emergency on cats

Officials say many felines have less than 28 days to be adopted

By Sam Neace
Staff Writer

More than 150 cats are currently housed in the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter, according to officials with the shelter. Due to limited space and staff, shelter officials said, as many as 70 cats could be euthanized soon unless they are adopted.
Cats have 28 days from the day they are accepted at the shelter before they are euthanized. Earlier this week, officials with the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter announced an emergency adoption campaign.