Officials hope fiber will replace coal in eastern Kentucky

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press HAZARD, Ky. In the 1970s, as the oil crisis spurred an increase in mining, Victor Justice taught people in eastern Kentucky how to mine coal. Forty years later, his son is teaching them how to write code to build websites. As the coal industry disappears across Appalachia, politicians and entrepreneurs …

A Bike Tour of Eastern Kentucky‘s Back Roads

  Ale-8-One is a ginger-ale-like soda usually sold in glass bottles and popular in the hills of eastern Kentucky. During a bike trip through the region last month, for example, I washed down a burger with one on the back porch of a bed-and-breakfast owned by a man who once walked more than 3,000 miles …

What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky?

    There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities were left to struggle. But in its persistent poverty, Eastern Kentucky — land of storybook hills and drawls ­ — just might be …

‘Kentucky Cares’ campaign surpasses $400,000

'Kentucky Cares' campaign surpasses $400,000 Today's Kentucky Cares Telethon in partnership with the American Red Cross, WKYT, Clear Channel Radio, the Lexington-Herald Leader, and UK IMG Sports Marketing raised $404,682. Money raised as part of the Kentucky Cares campaign will support Red Cross relief efforts in Eastern Kentucky.  "Financial support is critical as we begin …