Johnson County Schools Superintendent Thom Cochran released a statement April 2 announcing the district will follow Gov. Andy Beshear’s order, and extend the closure of face-to-face instruction through May 1. According to the statement, Johnson County Schools will be having NTI Days Monday t…

All Kentucky public school districts have been recommended to stay closed until May 1, following recommendations by Gov. Andy Beshear in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court issued new amendments on April that strengthen the social-distancing order that has been in place in courts statewide since March 16. The order restricts dockets, jury trials and jury service during the pandemic.

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of t…

Community Action Kentucky is extending its enrollment period for the crisis component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced in a statement March 27 that it is temporarily reducing staffing levels through staff furloughs in a number of departments across its 13-hospital healthcare system in Eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia to focus on essential services an…

State and local health officials are urging Kentuckians not to travel outside the state in order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) organization has launched a website at, https://www.thereisafuture.org/covid19, to disseminate information regarding the COVID-19 virus in the local area, but also to provide resources for those living in the area as the response to the virus goes forward.

The Appalachian Center for the Arts announced that it will broadcast, or live-stream, a performance of its recent children’s show this Thursday for everyone staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kentucky Department of Education notified all Kentucky public school superintendents March 24 that K-PREP testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been canceled.

While all local schools are closed to the public, local churches and non-profit organizations are continuing to provide food to school children to help them receive the meals they need.

The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) organization has launched a website at, https://www.thereisafuture.org/covid19, to disseminate information regarding the COVID-19 virus in the local area, but also to provide resources for those living in the area as the response to the virus goes forward.

As formally announced today by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) has now confirmed there has been a patient tested at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center who has officially been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from ARH.

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Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie and City of Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon streamed live on Facebook Wednesday, March 18 from the WSIP-FM studio in Paintsville to give the public an update on the many changes that have been made in the community in response to the COVID-19 p…

In a teleconference call on Friday, March 20, with Kentucky’s public school superintendents, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools continue their suspension of in-person classes through April 17 to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communit…

If you’ve lost your job due to ongoing issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic, the state — and the Kentucky Career Center JobSight network of career centers throughout Eastern Kentucky — are working to ensure your claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will be quickly processed a…

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will remain operational in spite of having to close their offices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). Their staff will be able to assist those in need of services, but will do so remotely.

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