Monday December 2, 2013

Kentucky State Police say no foul play is suspected in a southern Kentucky animal shelter fire that killed multiple animals. A fire engulfed the Knox-Whitley County Animal Shelter late Friday night, causing the building's roof to cave in and forcing firefighters to end their rescue effort. The shelter is in the town of Woodbine, which is just south of Corbin. 29 of the shelter's 37 cats were killed in the fire, because they were housed in the middle of the shelter, which firefighters could not reach. A cause is not known. Kentucky State Police arson investigators are assisting in the search.
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Job creation, entrepreneurship, tourism, lifelong learning, and leadership development will be among the topics discussed at the “S.O.A.R.: Shaping Our Appalachian Region” summit next month. Governor Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have released the daylong conference agenda. Already, more than 1,100 people have registered to attend the summit, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
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Help Kentucky State Police cram a cruiser with nonperishable foods for needy families this holiday season. Food collected will be donated to the Letcher County Food Pantry. Items can also be taken to Post 13 in Hazard until Dec. 13. the agency collected more than 100,000 pounds of food during the 2012 campaign. Last year, 2,265 pounds of food items were collected by Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg. In 2011, troopers took 660 pounds of food to the food pantry.
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The start of December means plenty of Christmas activities are starting up across the region. One of those is the production of 'A Christmas Carol' taking place at the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City. It is opening weekend for the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens...performed entirely by local talent. Cast members say this production is the perfect way for folks to get into the true Christmas spirit. The show runs through December 22nd Thursday  Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
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Pine Mountain Settlement School is now taking orders for the 2014 Pine Mountain Grow Appalachia Calendar. The calendars, which cost $15 plus shipping, benefit the Pine Mountain Grow Appalachia project. They feature regional planting dates, national holidays, and pictures of people and produce. To order or for more information, call (606) 558-3416