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PMC to have seat on Board

PIKEVILLE – Emphasizing the importance of having the medical community’s input on efforts to stop substance abuse, Operation UNITE and Pikeville Medical Center have teamed up to provide a seat on the anti-drug organization’s Board of Directors. This partnership, and appointment of Cheryl Hickman, hospital vice president-assistant to President/CEO Walter E. May, was announced by Fifth...

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‘Hope Wall,’ education classroom unveiled

MANCHESTER (August 16, 2013) – A sign along the Hal Rogers Parkway at Manchester welcomes visitors to “The City of Hope.” On Friday, 10 years after the launch of Operation UNITE, elected officials and community volunteers gathered to celebrate two new reasons for Hope in the fight against drugs: a wall celebrating those who have overcome addiction and a state-of-the-art mobile education...

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Ceremony to unveil mobile classroom, ‘Hope Wall’

A mobile drug education classroom and a recovery “Hope Wall” will be unveiled by Operation UNITE during a ceremony to be held Friday, August 16, in Manchester. Helping to announce the major education and treatment initiatives will be U.S. Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Michael T. Benson, Kentucky...

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UNITE funded for 44 AmeriCorps members

FRANKFORT – Operation UNITE’s AmeriCorps program is one of 12 programs across Kentucky to receive grant funding, Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, announced this week. “With this grant, the UNITE Service Corps will continue to provide 44 full-time AmeriCorps members to schools in southern and eastern Kentucky for the upcoming term,” stated...

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Rogers: ‘Be A Hero’

WILLIAMSBURG, KY — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers encouraged students to “Be a Hero” during the closing ceremonies of the 7th Annual Camp UNITE on Friday, July 26, 2013 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands. Rogers was introduced by Rockcastle County High School graduate Hannah Eaton who has testified before Congress and spoken to national leaders about...

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Indiana city to model Camp UNITE

WILLIAMSBURG, KY – Three officials from a southwestern Indiana community are participating on staff this week at Operation UNITE’s Camp UNITE to get a feel for how things operate – just in time for their inaugural camp program in Evansville next week. From left, Kyle Phernetton, director of public relations at the Vanderburgh County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office; Detective Brock...

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Service Corps touching young lives

PRESTONSBURG – “You give hope. You touch lives. And, you do that every year.” That was the sentiment of long-time educator John Hale, principal at Somerset Christian School and chairman of the Rockcastle County UNITE Coalition, who praised the efforts and achievements of UNITE’s Service Corps during a year-end celebration held May 23 at the Mountain Arts Center in...

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Babies ‘collateral damage’ of drug abuse

LONDON – Every hour a baby is born dependent on drugs in the United States. Because that figure is based upon 2009 data – the latest available – officials believe the problem is actually much worse today. Caring for these infants and addressing ways to help mothers was the focus of a roundtable discussion held last week at the London Community Center. More than 60 people – including...

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Smith sisters receive UNITE scholarship

PHELPS – Phelps High School seniors Audrea and Andrea Smith were recognized Thursday, May 16, as recipients of an “I Am UNITE” scholarship. This is the first year for the scholarships, valued at $1,500 each. The Smiths were presented the scholarships by Ashley Shepherd, UNITE coalition coordinator. A total of 19 “I Am UNITE” scholarships were given this year by the UNITE Foundation,...

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6 free regional basketball camps offered

Six free regional 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 the Shoot Hoops Not Drugs programs at the following dates and locations: • Monday, June 3 – Carter County, East Carter Middle School, 1 Spirit Lane, Grayson • Tuesday, June 4 – Elliott...

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