A Morgan Sorghum Success!

The last weekend of September marked the 42nd annual Morgan County Sorghum Festival, complete with the Sorghum Bowl football game, the crowning of the Sorghum Queen and over 100 arts and crafts displays in downtown West Liberty.  Many said they though this year’s might have been the biggest Sorghum Festival ever.  But just a few […]

Benefits Fair – Help in Hard Times

Eastern Kentucky, like much of central Appalachia, has been hard hit by lay offs in the coal industry in recent months.  Since the first of 2012, hundreds have lost their jobs.  But in the midst of such uncertain and trying times, our communities have also been pulling together to support each other. That was clear […]

Mining Communities in Times of Change

In the 1960s Anthropologist Helen Lewis established one of the first Appalachian Studies programs in the country, at what was then Clinch Valley College in Wise County, Virginia.  Here Helen joins one of her former undergraduate students, lawyer and community leader Frank Kilgore of St. Paul, Virginia, at the site of the new Dominion energy […]

A Safe Haven for Injured Birds of Prey

Letcher County is now home to the only raptor rehabilitation center in southeastern Kentucky.  The new facility opened last month at the Letcher County Extension Office, and will serve as a home for injured and recovering birds of prey rescued throughout the region.  At the ribbon cutting ceremony in early March, Letcher countians got to […]