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School financials are once again ‘open’ to the public

From the Publisher Jay Nolan

From the Publisher
Jay Nolan

Nothing is any more important to our state than safeguarding and educating our children. Kentucky will spend more than three billion taxpayer dollars this year on K-12 education.  That’s a lot of money. 

Because they control so much money, especially in Eastern Kentucky, schools are also huge sources of power. They control access to success; educationally, economically, and socially for many folks in small communities like ours. 

Here in Knox County, our… Continue reading

Unlikely preacher coming to Swan Pond

Roger Alford

Roger Alford

A raging grass fire was threatening a farmer’s home and all his barns, and it was clear that the big city firefighters with all their fancy equipment were losing the battle to bring it under control.

They needed help fast. Problem was the only backup was a ragtag bunch of volunteer firefighters from a nearby community. Their dilapidated old Army surplus fire truck had rusting fenders, faded paint and a leaking water tank.

A lot of people had… Continue reading

Things ain’t like they used to be

Kristy Dean Cole  Confession of a Baking Queen

Kristy Dean Cole
Confession of a Baking Queen

The older you get, the more things just ain’t like they used to be! I always heard that, but it usually came from people at least a couple decades older than me. It didn’t bother me at the time, partly because things they were quarreling over were things I felt were improvements. For example, indoor plumbing, the amount of television channels, and phones. There are few homemakers anymore, most women have taken… Continue reading

National Guard holds Family Day celebration

Photo by Tasha Stewart. Community and military program representatives attended the event to share information about services available to the families.

Photo by Tasha Stewart.
Community and military program representatives attended the event to share information about
services available to the families.

A rainy day could not stop military families from celebrating the HHC 1-149th National Guard Family Day. This annual event allows military families from Knox and surrounding counties to gather in the community for a day of fun activities.

After a last minute location change due to the weather, hundreds of people packed the National Guard Armory this past… Continue reading

Pedersen Awarded Leadership Tri-County Scholarship

Photo submitted. Kristen Pedersen receives the Denise Wainscott Leadership Tri-County Scholarship from KCEOC’s Brendia Moses.

Photo submitted.
Kristen Pedersen receives the Denise Wainscott Leadership Tri-County Scholarship from KCEOC’s Brendia Moses.

The Mission of Leadership Tri-County is the identification and development of leadership resources in the area to create a better and more unified Southeastern Kentucky through trust, respect, commitment and service. After reviewing all the applicants for the Denise Wainscott Leadership Tri-County Scholarship, Brendia Moses was proud to present this award to Kristen Pedersen, daughter of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Anne Pedersen of Barbourville,… Continue reading

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