Saturday, May 1st is the last day for Kentucky families with children in grades kindergarten to 12 to apply for those students to repeat part or all of the last school year.The move to allow supplemental education comes from Senate Bill 128, which was signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear in late March.The goal of the legislation is to give Kentucky students a chance to hit the rewind button and catch up on all that they may have lost during the pandemic, including academics, social skills, and athletics for high schoolers.
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In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Kentucky Power officials will be distributing free trees Saturday, May 1 at 8 a.m. It is first-come, first-served until trees run out. Customers will not be able to reserve trees or place an order in advance.There will be four types of trees company workers will be hanging out: Wild Plum, Silky Dogwood, Grey Dogwood, and Washington Hawthorn. You can pick up the trees at Lowe’s in Hazard or at Kentucky Power in Pikeville.
West Virginia’s former first lady Gayle Manchin will serve as the co-chair of the nation’s Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) that includes Kentucky.The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Joe Biden’s nomination.The ARC is an economic development partnership involving the federal government and 13 states.
Governor Ralph Northam amended Executive Order Seventy-Two Thursday to reflect the CDC’s new guidance on mask use in outdoor settings.Updated CDC guidelines state that those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks outdoors when alone or in small gatherings. Guidelines still require people wear masks indoors and outdoors at large, crowded events such as concerts, sporting events and graduation ceremonies.
Pikeville Master Gardeners and members of Appalachian Roots Garden Club with the cooperation of the Pike County Extension Office are holding a Spring Plant Swap on Saturday, May 1 at the Pike County Extension Office parking lot (beside south end of the Pikeville Pond).The actual swap starts promptly at 10 a.m. and, according to organizers, is over in a matter of minutes.This year, Extension has strawberry plants, iris and daylilies to add to the swap, organizers said, but people are invited to bring any garden items they would want to trade.
Aviation students at EKU can now get flying experience without ever leaving the ground thanks to the university’s new 2D/virtual reality flight simulation lab.EKU is the only university with a flight school in the commonwealth and the lab will help them to continue to make a name in the aviation industry.With a recent grant from the government, they were able to purchase 24 of the simulators for their students and also to share with high schools and community colleges to inspire people to become pilots.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon visited Pike County April 22.The two were joined by 92nd Dist. state Rep. John Blanton and 31st Dist. state Sen. Phillip Wheeler on a tour of Riverplace, a men’s residential addiction treatment facility operated by Addiction Recovery Care at Millard.“It’s important that statewide elected officers get out and have great conversations with people,” Camron said. “It was important to us to come to Pike County just to see Riverplace.”
This spring, in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, several projects are underway in Morgan, Magoffin, and Wolfe counties for the Mountain Parkway Expansion project. The project manager says paving is underway on the new westbound lanes of the Mountain Parkway in Morgan County. Westbound traffic will begin using the new lanes this summer between exit 57 in Helechawa and Hager in Magoffin County.
Although he says an on-going investigation has not affected his decision, the Louisville police officer who fired at Breonna Taylor after being shot during the deadly raid on Taylor’s apartment is retiring.Police spokesperson Beth Ruoff tells news outlets that Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is planning to retire from the Louisville Metro Police Department on June 1.Mattingly was shot in the leg during the March 13, 2020, raid. Taylor’s boyfriend fired at him after believing an intruder was breaking into the apartment
With more than 17-thousand schools evaluated, U.S. News & World Report ranked many Eastern Kentucky schools in the top 50 public high schools in Kentucky in the 2021 Best High School rankings.Pikeville High School was ranked 12th and has a 99% graduation rate and Harlan County High School was ranked 19th with a 100% graduation rate.Two schools from Pulaski County were in the top 30. Southwestern High School was 24th with a 98% graduation rate and Pulaski County High School was ranked 29th with a 97% graduation rate.