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HCTC awarded $1.4 million for Upward Bound program; Knott students to benefit

Students at Buckhorn and Cordia high schools will continue to benefit from the Upward Bound Math and Science Program, thanks to a five-year U.S. Department of Education $1,436,355 grant awarded to Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) to prepare first generation and/or low-income students to enroll in college. Upward Bound has seen 98 percent of its students go to college […]

One last look at fall

Clocks have been turned back and trees are bare, but only a few days ago we had stunning fall color, like this scene from Carr Creek Lake. (Photo by Salina Thomas Gibson)

Work begins on Burgey’s Creek Road

Confusion about the closure of Hwy. 1410 (Burgey’s Creek Road) had residents upset early this week, but it appears the situation is not as inconvenient as first thought. Cheyne Miller of Ky. Transportation District 12 told the Times on Monday that the road will not be closed 24 hours a day, as had been stated initially. Miller said that beginning […]

More assistance available to Knott flood victims

The Knott County Long Term Disaster Recovery Group continues to strengthen its existence to help the community and individuals recover from the devastation of the July flood. During the November 3 meeting, organizations and committees gave reports of how their groups are helping the people impacted by the flood. President Glenda Shrum reported on the executive board meeting. They unanimously […]

Fires rage throughout the county

A number of separate fires have wreaked havoc in Knott County this week. Division of Forestry and Ball Creek and Jones Fork volunteer fire departments have been battling a large forest fire around the Consol mines in Soft Shell. The flames got particularly close to the home of Clarence Stamper on Stamper Branch on Tuesday evening. Firemen used rakes and […]

School board hears updates on flood repairs, football field

The Knott County school board meeting was held at Jones Fork Elementary this month. Various people were recognized, received awards, or plaques. Trace Creek Construction gave an update on the progress of the schools that were flooded. Two guests had concerns with the football field and track upgrade. Knott County educational technology leaders were honored at the October 11 meeting […]

Lady Patriots are District Champs!

The Knott County Central Lady Patriot volleyball team swept through District play to win the championship, as they didn’t lose a set while defeating June Buchanan and then Letcher Central in the finals. It was a dominating performance by Coach Beth Justice’s Lady Patriots. Faith Pollard was chosen as the District tournament MVP. Knott County turned back June Buchanan 25-14, […]

Long Term Disaster Recovery Group committees give progress reports

The Knott County Long Term Disaster Recovery Group is working through its committees to determine the needs of children, adults, and families to get back to a normal lifestyle and help facilitate to make that happen. Vice-Chair Jamie Hughes said, “The Student and Child Needs Committee is making sure we are taking care of our children. Spending 15 minutes at […]


A local photographer and author reminds us to look past the flood’s lingering destruction and see the beauty still around us — even after floods and tragedies, God still provides peace. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer […]

Knott resident’s idea led to planned memorial

Very often in life, great ideas come from behind the scenes, and the people responsible are never given credit. This week, Hindman Mayor Tracy Neice said he wants to make sure this doesn’t happen with a project now under development. “I believe some people mistakenly thought the concept of a flood memorial was my idea, and I wanted everyone to […]

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