Local News

Photo by Lisa Bicknell 
Father Al Fritsch, pictured here at his home in Ravenna, was recently  named to Ralph Nader’s list of “people who have made a difference.”     He also made Nader’s list of “Activist’s Awards” in 2014.

Local priest honored for ‘making a difference’

By LISA BICKNELL CV&T News Editor Perhaps many in Estill County have never heard of Father Al Fritsch, but Ralph Nader knows him, and he has named Fritsch to his list of “People Who Have Made a Difference.”  In 2014, he named Fritsch to his list of Activist’s Awards. On “The Nader Page,” Ralph Nader’s […]

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Local photographer retires at the top of her game

By LISA BICKNELL CV&T News Editor For decades, local award-winning photographer Linda Durham has been preserving special milestones for families and individuals living in Estill County and beyond. She has photographed some from the time they were newborns, to their senior year in high school, and in some cases, she has even captured their wedding […]

School News

ECHS JROTC rifle team places first and third

Last Thursday night the ECHS JROTC Rifle Team traveled to George Rogers Clark High School for a Rifle Competition. The competition included shooting in various positions including standing, kneeling, and prone. The students must master basic marksmanship skills in order to compete. Through the past few weeks their skills have improved, which has caused them […]

Estill students named to Bluegrass All-Regional Band

On Sunday, December 6th, over 300 high school students from the Southeastern region of Kentucky gathered at Corbin High School to audition for placement in the Bluegrass All-Regional Band.  Only the elite were awarded a place in this prestigious group, and these students represent the very best of high school music education in this part […]

Middle school reminds students of the importance of handwashing

Submitted by  Mike Flynn, Middle school family resource center The Estill County Middle School Youth Services Center recently sponsored a hand washing awareness poster contest.  To assist in educating the student body about the power of hand washing, students were reminded that the “power is in everyone’s hands to prevent the Flu! Imagine how great […]



Mary Ellen Crouch, 84 Mary Ellen Crouch, 84, of Stacy Lane in Irvine died Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born April 26, 1931 in Estill County, and was the daughter of the late George and Susie Neal Abney. She was a retired director […]

Community Calendar

Alcohol Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous has starting having two new meeting each week at noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. AA continues to meet six nights a week, Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m., at 167 Broadway in Irvine. Everyone welcome. There are no dues or fees to attend. For more information, call 723-6429. Al-Anon Meetings The […]

Church News

Pine Hill Baptist Church Pine Hill Baptist Church will be having a singing on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. Featured singers will be The Smith Sisters and The Johnny Lakes Singers. Everyone is welcome.