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Matt Seel, left, from Winchester, Dean of the Mission Camp Pastor of the Winchester Trinity United Methodist Church,  supervised the weeding, mulching, painting and other community service projects senior high campers have been doing this week.
Gray Sterns, right, from Somerset, said he wished he could live at Aldersgate. He loves the fact that it is hidden away from it all. Photo by Lisa Bicknell

Aldersgate campers serve community

Aldersgate senior high campers from all around the area spent much of last week doing community service projects in Estill County. The group spent a day at the nursing home, a day at the food bank in Ravenna, and a day at the Ravenna Veteran’s Memorial park doing landscape work.  Campers planned to clean out […]

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Ravenna artist Wayne Payne has been working for months now on a mural honoring prisoners of war and the missing in action.  As this mural nears completion, Payne is already thinking about what he will paint on the other side of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building.  Photo by Lisa Bicknell

Mural in Ravenna is painter’s way of honoring veterans

By LISA BICKNELL CV&T News Editor Wayne Payne said he doesn’t really want to think about how much time he’s spent painting the mural on the wall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Main Street in Ravenna. But it’s his way of honoring the veterans, he says, and he’s determined to complete the […]

School News

Students honored in GED ceremony

By LISA BICKNELL CV&T News Editor On Friday night, four of eight students who recently earned a Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) participated in a graduation ceremony at West Irvine Intermediate. Director of Adult Education Mary Skipper said, “We are so proud of you.” Skipper said she always asks students what they are going to do […]

Superintendent promises to work hard for Estill schools

By LISA BICKNELL CV&T News Editor Jeffrey Saylor, from Bell County, ceremonially signed a contract to become the next superintendent of the Estill County School District during Thursday night’s school board meeting. Saylor said he is very excited about coming to Estill County, although he admitted it is “a little hard to pick up roots” […]


Fire safety grant

By Becky Crawford, Estill County Health Department Our community is part of an exciting fire safety program through the Injury Free Kids Coalition.  Only five communities in the country were chosen to be part of this program, and Estill County is the only rural area of those five! The Estill County Fire Department and the […]

Government gets in its own way, and my hometown suffers as a result

by H.B. Elkins, Columnist  Beattyville, my hometown, was rocked a few weeks ago by the news that Lee Adjustment Center would be closing at the end of June. The private prison, owned by Corrections Corporation of America, is one of the largest private employers in the area. After CCA lost a contract renewal bid to […]


Sue Watson Case, 73 Sue Watson Case, 73, of Elm Street in Ravenna died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Compassionate Care Center following a battle with cancer. She was born October 24, 1941 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Olga Watson and Ovalene Stamper Pendergest. She was a former nurse’s […]