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Hazard Spotlight: Sandr...

Who are you, and what roles to you fill in your community? My name is Sandra Olinger, I’m the Family resource and Youth Services Director for Hazard Independent Schools. The goal of the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers is to meet the needs of all children and their...
Hazard Spotlight: Sarah Chandler

Hazard Spotlight: Sarah...

Who are you, and what roles do you fill in your community? My name is Sarah Jane Chandler and I am the Event and Fundraising Coordinator for Hope House in Hazard, Ky. I’m mostly just a church member, a wife, and mom, though! What do you most appreciate about your community? There...
Hazard Spotlight: Ben Fugate

Hazard Spotlight: Ben F...

Who are you, and what roles to you fill in your community? I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have four amazing kiddos. I have the privilege of serving as Lead Pastor of Journey Christian Church and President of Hope House (Homeless Shelter).   What do you most...
Hazard Spotlight: Max Mitchell

Hazard Spotlight: Max M...

1)Who are you, and what roles do you fill in your community? I’m a grandson, son, husband and father to a family that still calls Hazard home. I’m a Hazard native that has grown up here and after completing my education chose to return in the spring of 2004. My most important role is...
Hazard Spotlight: Betsy Clemons

Hazard Spotlight: Betsy...

Continuing with our Hazard Community Spotlight Series, today we’re featuring the insights of Betsy Clemons, Executive Director of Hazard Perry County Chamber of Commerce. Learn about why she loves her community.          Who are you, and what roles do you fill...
Hazard Spotlight: Jennifer Weeber

Hazard Spotlight: Jenni...

Last week, we started our Hazard Community Spotlight Series by introducing you to Morgan Kirk. Today, learn about Jennifer Weeber’s vision for Hazard, who she admires and what she’s got cooking at the Perry County Farmers Market.  Who are you, and what roles do you fill in...
Hazard, Kentucky Spotlight: Morgan Kirk

Hazard, Kentucky Spotli...

  We’re starting our Community Spotlight Series in Hazard, Ky., and this week, we’re hearing from Morgan Kirk, a Community Advocate for WellCare Health Plans. Morgan shares her hopes and dreams for Hazard, and tells us a bit about how she’s advocating for her...

Transition in Action, C...

There is so much happening right now in eastern Kentucky to help usher in the new economy. Every community has at least one story about at least one person who is moving and shaking and collaborating to make their place stronger for the future ahead. We’ve been trying to feature...
Transition In Action, Broadband: Jared Arnett

Transition In Action, B...

Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? My name is Jared Arnett and I am the Executive Director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR) and co-founder of Mountain Music Exchange, LLC in Pikeville, KY. How are you involved in broadband expansion in the region? At...
Regina Becknell, Broadband Transition in Action

Regina Becknell, Broadb...

1) Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I’m Regina Becknell, Project Specialist at MACED. 2) How are you involved in broadband expansion in the region? I am located in Paintsville, Johnson Co. We have been lucky to have Foothills Communications come to the region...
Keith Gabbard, Broadband Transition in Action

Keith Gabbard, Broadban...

To find a nationally acclaimed model of rural broadband implementation, you don’t have to look much further than Jackson County, Kentucky. There, People’s Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) has earned recognition from the industry and the White House for its gigabit fiber network that...
Transition in Action, Broadband: Mimi Pickering

Transition in Action, B...

Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I am Mimi Pickering and I am a documentary filmmaker and director of Appalshop’s Community Media Initiative. For a number of years I have been collaborating with staff at WMMT, Appalshop’s radio station, to produce Making...

Watch: Bridging the Dig...

This month, we’re exploring why broadband is so important to rural communities. No one quite answers that question like Dr. Roberto Gallardo, an extension professor who specializes in Tech Outreach with Mississippi State Extension and who has visited the eastern Kentucky region several...

The next big wave of bl...

It’s not likely that most people would put the words “coding” and “blue collar” in the same sentence, but that misperception could change in the not-too-distant future. Clive Thompson, an opinion writer for Wired, has some thoughts: What if the next big...