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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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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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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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Service Corps: Giving kids hope

PAINTSVILLE – Operation UNITE’s Service Corps initiative sets an example of success that should be replicated across America, according to the head of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “We need to share this as a model to other rural counties across the country,” said Wendy Spencer, executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based organization that directs the AmeriCorps...

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Pill Dragon destroys 1 millionth pill

BOONEVILLE – “Today in Owsley County you are going to make history,” U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers told nearly 100 people gathered at the Owsley County Senior Citizens Center Monday afternoon. “You are going to burn (Operation) UNITE’s one millionth pill.” Rogers was referring to UNITE’s “Pill Dragon,” a mobile incinerator made possible through a collaboration with...

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Policy forum on substance abuse

PRESTONSBURG (10-15-12) – A bi-partisan panel of state and federal policy makers will discuss current initiatives to make a positive impact on curbing the drug abuse epidemic at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Monday, October 29. A limited number of seats are still available for the Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse, presented by the Operation UNITE Foundation and the Recovery Kentucky...

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Dragon to hit 1M pill milestone

BOONEVILLE – Operation UNITE’s Pill Dragon is poised to destroy its 1 millionth pill during an appearance in Owsley County on Monday, October 15. Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, along with members of the Kentucky Army National Guard command staff, will be on hand to commemorate the occasion during a “Clean Your Medicine Cabinet Out Day” program beginning at 1 p.m. at...

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‘Best practices’ PDMP report lauded

WASHINGTON, DC (9-20-12) – Coordinating best practices of our nation’s prescription drug monitoring programs will enhance opportunities to save lives and curb abuse and addiction, according to the director of a successful anti-drug organization in Kentucky. “Too often we think of substance abuse from an impersonal perspective when, in reality, we should be focusing on the individuals and...

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