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KSP to pilot ‘The Angel Initiative’

PIKEVILLE – It’s not about getting soft on crime. It’s about getting smart about dealing with the substance abuse problems facing southern and eastern Kentucky. That message, from Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders, was stressed several times during a forum in Pikeville March 9 to discuss implementation of a pilot program – The Angel Initiative – designed to help those in...

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Scholarship deadline extended

LONDON – Operation UNITE has extended the deadline for seniors to apply for “I Am UNITE” scholarships to Friday, April 8. “The initial deadline was March 31, but with the number of school closings due to weather and sickness we wanted to make sure students had an opportunity to submit an application,” explained Debbie L. Trusty, UNITE’s Education and Treatment Director. Application...

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Support UNITE on #GivingTuesday

Operation UNITE is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations across Kentucky participating in the third annual Kentucky Gives online fundraising event on Tuesday, December 1. UNITE’s focus for this year’s Kentucky Gives event is to raise funds for youth prevention and education initiatives – specifically Camp UNITE, school anti-drug UNITE Clubs, and the “On The Move!” mobile education...

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Regional coalition roundtables held

A total of 162 people attended six regional roundtables for representatives of UNITE Community Coalitions during October 2015. The roundtables were conducted in London, Somerset, Beattyville, Grayson, Prestonsburg and Hazard. To view photos from the roundtables click on name of the city. The roundtables were designed to let coalitions – many of which have new officers and members –...

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Personal stories of ‘hope in action’

WILLIAMSBURG – Throughout the week, participants in the 9th annual Camp UNITE engaged in fun activities designed to develop leadership and communication skills, promote teamwork and problem solving, instill confidence and trust, and let youth know they do not have to face difficult situations on their own. The underlying theme to camp – there is “Hope In Action” by remaining free from...

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Shoot Hoops camps start June 8

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will begin June 8 and continue through June 18. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, hosted by Operation UNITE, at the following dates and locations: • Monday, June 8, at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville. • Tuesday, June 9, at...

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24 students receive scholarships

LONDON – Twenty-four high school seniors were presented “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $36,000 for being champions for anti-drug efforts during a dinner celebration held Tuesday, May 5, at the London Community Center. Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joined Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers in recognizing the youth....

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‘Celebration’ event set for May 5

America’s drug czar will help Operation UNITE recognize and “Celebrate Successes in Prevention and Education” throughout southern and eastern Kentucky at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 5. Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will join Kentucky’s Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the...

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2015 SHND camps announced

Five free regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps conducted by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard will be offered by Operation UNITE this summer. All school-age youth are invited to participate in any of the camps, to be held at the following dates and locations: • Monday, June 8, at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville. • Tuesday, June 9, at Prestonsburg...

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Nancy Hale named President/CEO

LONDON – Nancy Hale, a long-time educator and current Co-Program Director of the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation UNITE effective Monday, February 9. Hale succeeds Dan Smoot, who has been tapped to lead a new drug prevention/education initiative for Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). “I am humbled...

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