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Zoso (great horned owl) Zoso (great horned owl)

The Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center (FBAMC) is once again helping the youth of Lawrence County hosting a nature show at Louisa City Park called 'Raptors in the Park' on Thursday June 22, 2017. 

Liberty Nature Center with PATRIOT the Bald EagleLiberty Nature Center with PATRIOT the Bald EagleThe Summer Feeding program in Louisa provides meals to kids under age 17 at no-cost. It is a federal program that is run through the Ky Dept of Education. FBAMC received a grant last year from Walmart Foundation, via Catholic Charities, and part of that grant went to pay for this group to come support the Lawrence Co. Library Summer Reading Program.

In 2016 about 150 people showed up for the program. This year they decided to expand the program to the campground at the Yatesville State Park, as well as locations in Blaine and Fallsburg. Thursday's event drew over 300 people.

The Liberty Nature Center of Somerset, Ky, an animal rehab center, brings out their Raptors to educate the children. The program allows kids in Red tailed HawkRed tailed Hawkmiddle and high school to work with injured birds.

Lawrence Countian Cathi Kise Wells, who is on the Board of Directors has been involved with the group for almost 18 years. She said, " My kids were part of the program when they were in middle and high school. My role is basically that I run the program for FBAMC. I hope that the kids who are "food insecure" are able to benefit... the kids who maybe don't get good nutritious food during the summer when school is out but the program is for ALL kids regardless of income. I hope that it brings awareness to the adults in our community that we do have hungry kids out there."

A Big Shout out to the speakers today. Thank you Whitnie Wolsey, Mason Morgan, Dylan Norton, James Ashley, Winter Stanton and Colleen Moureax. Patriot (bald eagle), Scout and Rue (redtail hawks), Zoso (great horned owl) and Dave and Grindle (screech owls) were the stars of the show.


Lazer photos by Gina Woods

$1.7 million in improvements at Lodge

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – (June 21, 2017)- State and local officials today held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open.

A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center.

“We are grateful that no one was hurt and the park was able to remain open over the last year,” Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said. “The renovated lodge is impressive and should attract even more visitors to the park.”

The repairs cost about $1.7 million. The renovations include a new lounge, new furniture, wall covering, flooring, windows and kitchen equipment. Redesign work improved views from the lodge of Dewey Lake. Most of the work is completed.

Parkinson, Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland and along with local officials took part in a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening. Guests were able to tour and see the improvements.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is located on 1,100-acre Dewey Lake. The park has a lodge and conference center as well as fishing, boating, marina, swimming, elk viewing tours and other recreational opportunities. The conference center is open and available for rental. The park also has cottages, a campground and dining.

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Local favorite Thoze Guyz set to open

Prestonsburg, Ky. – The legendary band Exile, who has stretched across different genres and music platforms for over 50 years, will be hitting the stage in the Willard & Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) on Friday, July 7. This will mark their return to the MAC for the first time since 2010. 

Originally from Richmond, Ky., “The Exiles,” as they were at the time, formed in the early 1960’s and made their name playing throughout central and eastern Kentucky. They made many appearances at the on campus auditorium and student center at Prestonsburg Community College, now known as Big Sandy Community & Technical College. In 1978, they released “Kiss You All Over.” It quickly became No. #1 on many pop/rock charts and eventually sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Exile went on to have numerous chart topping hits on the country side, including “Woke Up in Love,” “Hang on to Your Heart,” and “Super Love.” 

MAC Executive Director Clayton Case remarks on the history of Exile. 

“To have a band with the caliber and pedigree of Exile coming back for one of our summer headlining shows, it really means a lot to us,” he said. “They have such a history and connection to this area and the people in eastern Kentucky. It will be a great night!”

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The opening act for the night will be the Pike County group, Thoze Guyz. The band consists of Jeff Branham, Mark Stephens, Cody Branham, Dustin Hoover, and Jeremy Barrett. They are known for classic rock and popular music from many genres. 

Exile with Thoze Guyz will be Friday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased by visiting or calling 1-888-MAC-ARTS.