Mountain Talk – School Consolidation in the County

Letcher County parents, students and officials joined host Sylvia Ryerson and engineer Brett Ratliff in an hour-long discussion of a proposal to consolidate the county’s elementary school system into three middle schools. In this program we hear from concerned citizens about what small schools mean for their children and their community’s survival. [wpdm_file id=38]  

“Citizens Against Consolidation” Organize to Keep Community Schools Open

On Monday, November 7, over one hundred people gathered at the Letcher County courthouse to protest a possible redistricting plan that would close two Letcher County elementary schools and consolidate the entire system into three middle schools.  Calling themselves “Citizens Against Consolidation,”  the group marched from the Courthouse to City Hall, and then back to the […]

“Ninety-Nine and Half Won’t Do” Broadband for All

On October 12 people gathered at the Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky to talk about the importance of broadband Internet access in our rural communities. With it, we can connect to anyone in the world, send and receive information, take classes, start businesses, compete with the world. Without it, we are condemned to fall further and further behind. This […]

Mountain Talk – The Rural Broadband Hearing

On October 12 a group gathered at Appalshop to talk about the importance of accessible, affordable high-speed Internet in Appalachian communities. Residents from across the region came to share their concerns and ideas with special guests Jonathan Adelstein, administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the US Dept. of Agriculture, and Mark DeFalco from the Appalachian Regional […]