April 26 Edition on News Stands Wednesday!

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Congressional Art Competition Deadline May 5

High school students in Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District can participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition by submitting artwork to Congressman Hal Rogers’ offices in Somerset, Hazard or Prestonsburg by Friday, May 5. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year and the winning artist will receive two free airline tickets to Washington, D.C. for an annual awards ceremony with winning artists from other congressional districts across the country. The winning artist may also be eligible for a college scholarship. For more information, contact Danielle Smoot in Congressman Rogers’ Somerset district office at 606-679-8346 or danielle.smoot@mail.house.gov.


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4-H Talk Meet


Alissa Sebastian, Clay County Extension Office 4-H Youth Development Agent

Red Bird Christian School hosted a 4-H Talk Meet & Demonstration Contest this spring. Students from Manchester Elementary, Oneida Baptist and Oneida Elementary also participated in this event. This contest is a great way to help prepare youth for their future by gaining self-confidence skills through 4-H public speaking. Clay County participants who received Grand Champion will advance on to the Area Communications Day in Laurel County in May. All blue ribbon winners, got their name in a drawing for $50. Conner Napier was the lucky winner! Congratulations, Conner!


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Clay Workers Top the 5000 Mark

Clay County’s work force grew by 324 people from 5,309 to 5,635 from 2015 till 2016. Unemployment grew from 510 to 542 giving the county an unemployment rate of 9.6% up one-tenth of one percent according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, The number of employed workers in the county topped the 5000 mark at 5093, compared to 4,880 in 2015.


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“Stay in Clay” awarded Brushy Fork Grant

The Center for Rural Development and the Brushy Fork Institute recently announced the recipients for the 2017 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E-Grants including Clay County’s “Stay in Clay” which received $5,000 to produce, stage, and perform an outdoor historical drama to be used as a tool for connecting arts and heritage tourism efforts with Trail Town marketing initiatives.


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Hacker Inducted in Phi Kappa Phi

Caitlin Hacker of Manchester, Kentucky, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hacker is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. Hacker is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.


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Win, place, show you care by donating blood

For many springtime in Kentucky means Keeneland, Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Kentucky Blood Center is celebrating the season with a special Win, Place and Show You Care T-shirt for blood donors. Area donors are invited to give so others may live at the upcoming Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) blood drive at Memorial Hospital on Friday May 5 from 9 AM till 1 PM on the KBC Bloodmobile.


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