Appalachian News-Express

Pike Central: First win in four seasons

ROBINSON CREEK — After taking four seasons off from playing soccer, the Pike Central girls’ soccer team made a memorable return to competition by picking up a 5-4 win in overtime over Shelby Valley last Thursday in the season opener. The Lady Hawks were led by Trista Phillips’...
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Pike woman charged with stalking in Magoffin County

A Pike County woman was arrested on several charges, including second-degree stalking, after an incident Aug. 11 in Magoffiin County. According to an arrest citation written by Magoffin County Sheriff’s Deputy Donovan Watson, on Aug. 11, her responded to a call reporting an alleged violation of an EPO or DVO, as well as stalking, at Litteral Fork Road in Salyersville.

FEMA door-to-door inspection teams to provide home inspections

Special FEMA inspection teams will make door-to-door visits to homes where inspectors have attempted to contact survivors three or more times and had difficulty doing so, the agency said in a statement Aug. 17. These special FEMA inspection teams will be deployed, starting in Perry County, targeting areas with limited...

Pike Central’s bulldozer: Zack Brooks

The guys on the offensive line don’t always get the attention they deserve. But when an offensive line gets to block for a guy like Matt Anderson, they get to share in success, though. That’s exactly how Pike Central senior offensive lineman Zack Brooks feels. “It feels just...

PPD: Attempted traffic stop led to pursuit, drug charges

Pikeville Police said an attempted traffic stop led to a pursuit and the arrest of the driver on numerous charges. According to an arrest citation written by PPD Officer Zachary Bowens, at 2:32 a.m. on Aug. 11, while patrolling the Cedar Creek and Cedar Hills area, he observed a 2007 Toyota Corolla traveling at a high rate of speed on Cedar Hills Road. The vehicle, Bowens wrote, was traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, and crossed the center line.

Embankment repairs begin this week on Ky. 3419 at Blackberry

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a statement Aug. 17 that they are advising motorists of one-lane traffic with temporary delays beginning this week for multiple embankment repairs on Ky. 3419 in the Blackberry area. Work will start at mile point 11 and continue to point 9.4 (.85 miles South of Ky. 1056 and 4.5 miles Southwest of Ky. 632).

Flood-impacted districts in Eastern Kentucky focus on meeting needs of students, staff

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass and leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) held their second virtual meeting with superintendents on Aug. 11 to continue supporting the 18 school districts impacted by recent flooding. Superintendents on the call expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and provided updates...

I’m Lovins it: Just get to the ball

Caleb Lovins doesn’t have a secret philosophy to getting to the ball on defense. He just goes full speed every play and his eyes are always on the ball. “I just go out there and do it for Coach (Anthony) Hampton because he tells us to go out there and kill each other,” Lovins said. “I just look for tackles. I just go after the ball is really all it is.”

Russ Osborne: A leader on and off the field

Sometimes real life steps in and puts a perspective on things. Shelby Valley junior quarterback Russ Osborne and his teammates were preparing for the upcoming season when the flooding hit. The Wildcats dropped everything and rallied around each other. They helped their teammates who were affected and then they helped...

Recovery efforts led by victim of historic flash floods

Despite losing everything she had to the recent catastrophic flooding that ravaged Eastern Kentucky, Lois Tackett is leading the way in recovery and relief efforts. For 22 years, Tackett has been involved in community service. She owns and operates the Manna from Heaven outreach center at Myra, providing services not only to the citizens of Pike County, but to anyone in need whether they are from the region or out of state.

SBA opens two business recovery centers in Pike County

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that two Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) were set to open on Monday, Aug. 15 in Elkhorn City and Virgie. These BRCs are established to provide one-on-one assistance in submitting a disaster loan application for Kentucky businesses impacted by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on July 26.