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UNITE Clubs of the Year

Nine anti-drug school UNITE Clubs have been selected as UNITE Clubs of the Year for their exceptional programs during the 2011-12 school year. UNITE Club of the Year winners are: Region 1 – Mt. Vernon Elementary (Rockcastle County), Rockcastle County Middle, Rockcastle County High. Region 2 – Hayes-Lewis Elementary (Leslie County), tie: Pineville Middle (Bell County) and Whitesburg Middle...

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Yates new Treatment Director

LONDON – Operation UNITE is pleased to announce that Rockcastle County resident Amy Yates has been named its new Treatment Director. “Amy brings a strong background to the UNITE team,” said Karen Kelly, director of UNITE. “Her skills, enthusiasm and deeply-felt concern to help others made her a perfect candidate for this very demanding position.” Yates will oversee UNITE’s four-person...

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KEMI officer joins UNITE Board

LONDON – Mary C. Colvin, chief operating officer for Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), is the newest member of Operation UNITE’s Board of Directors. Colvin’s appointment to the board began in December. Her tenure will expire in 2015. “Mary Colvin will be a great addition to our UNITE Board,” said Lonnie Anderson, board chair. “Her employer, KEMI, provides workers’...

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ChalleNGe Academy seeks participants

HARLAN (12-20-12) – If you are looking for a life-changing experience outside of a traditional education setting, the National Guard’s Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy (ACA) might be a good option. The ACA program is offered free for youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who may be working to overcome problems in their lives. In addition to providing an education alternative, the course is...

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Vicini receives national MLB award

NEW YORK, NY – Tom Vicini, a long-time Harlan County Little League coach and coalition coordinator for Operation UNITE, was honored by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and Major League Baseball Charities with their third annual Commissioner’s Play Healthy Award. The award was presented by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher C.J. Wilson during The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s annual gala...

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Food drive feeds 41,255 people

Southern and Eastern Kentucky residents opened their hearts to help make the recent Thanksgiving holiday a bit brighter for many struggling families. More than 10.3 tons of food was collected in food drives conducted by UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members and student members of school UNITE Clubs as part of the annual “Make A Difference Day.” “This is the highest total in our food...

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Training for disasters

Tornados, floods … and now earthquakes. Disasters can strike Kentucky communities at any time, and it is important to have trained individuals in place to facilitate rescue and recovery efforts With this in mind, each of Operation UNITE’s 44 Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members will receive disaster response certification training classes over the next few months. The first training on...

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Botts named Deputy of the Year

FRENCHBURG — James Botts, a long-time member of Operation UNITE’s Drug Task Force, was named Deputy of the Year by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association earlier this fall. Botts, who works through the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, was honored for his humanitarian efforts following the devastating March 2 tornado outbreak. “This young man stands out as a man who went above and beyond...

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$100,000 donated for treatment

HAZARD – Residents of four Kentucky River-area counties will continue to receive help obtaining substance abuse treatment because of the concern of a local corporation. Kentucky River Properties, LLC, was recognized for their philanthropic gift to the UNITE Foundation during the recent Bluegrass Forum on Substance Abuse held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Company officials presented its...

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Bi-partisan support pledged in drug fight

PRESTONSBURG – State leaders joined Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers in pledging strong, bi-partisan support of efforts to curb prescription drug abuse during a forum held Monday night at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. More than 400 people attended the Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse, held at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Conference Center, to learn about current anti-drug efforts and what...

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