Building Business from the Ground Up

The Southeast Kentucky Development Corporation, better known as SKED, is offering entrepreneurial training courses throughout 2013 in Corbin, Prestonsburg, Somerset, Hindmen, Liberty and Pikeville. We spoke with Pat Bradley, the small business training specialist for the program, to hear more about what is offered through the course and how one can get involved. The entrepreneurial […]

Laid Off and Looking for Answers

Since January, thousands of coal miners have been laid off in Central Appalachia. We’€™ve heard a lot of opinions about the causes of this decline and what the future holds – from industry leaders, elected officials and even the presidential candidates. But what do those who mined the coal have to say? Letcher County underground […]

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 […]

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]