Big Sandy | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Chapter: Big Sandy

If you want to find new ways to strengthen the economy, hold elected officials accountable, and be a part of a great community of folks, then we invite you to join the Big Sandy Chapter of KFTC. The Big Sandy chapter includes Floyd, Pike, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin counties.

Our members have a vision for the Big Sandy area where the economy, democracy, people and land are healthy. To bring about this vision, we organize an annual day of workshops around sustainable agriculture, forestry, efficiency and renewable energy solutions called Growing Appalachia and offer mini-workshops throughout the year. We are also involved in protecting our land and water resources by raising awareness about water quality in Eastern Kentucky. We also work to educate the community on issues of economic justice and voter empowerment.

We hope you will join us at our next chapter meeting and share some of your ideas on how we can work together to bring about our vision of a healthier Kentucky!

Recent Activities

Yesterday at the Capitol: lobby trainings and the State of the Commonwealth

Yesterday, about 20 folks from LaGrange to Hazard came to a lobby training sponsored by KFTC at the Capitol, then headed out to kick off another year of lobbying, or as Erika Skaggs from our Central Kentucky chapter put it, "one of the things that KFTC members do best."

Members were able to catch legislators in the halls coming back out of session for some lobbying, rounding up cosponsors for our bills in support of voting rights, clean energy, and tax reform. Then, after some pizza fortification, a crew of East Kentucky members stayed for the State of the Commonwealth Address.

Protections for Wilson Creek residents argued

The question of whether Laurel Mountain Resources should be allowed to mine on Wilson Creek in Floyd County without restrictions to protect the community was argued Friday before a three-judge pane

Update on Wilson Creek and a request for help

SRStillSmall Bev May and KY author Silas House at
the Lands Unsuitable for Mining hearing for
Wilson Creek

Five years ago this month my neighbors on Wilson Creek and I learned that a coal company was planning to start mountaintop removal strip mining on both sides of Wilson Creek. On top of this, the coal company planned to haul the coal out the curvy one-lane road on Wilson Creek, which would have been dangerous for the people on Wilson Creek, the coal truck drivers and the school bus that travels the road every day.

We knew that would mean years of blasting damaging our homes, dust and mud covering our roads and yards, and even worse flooding. We truly believe this would have meant the end of our community.

Floyd County Hosts Mushroom Workshop


Chapter Feature:

Growing Appalachia

Growing Appalachia
Growing Appalachia is a day of workshops about small-scale farming, energy efficiency, and renewables. We hope to provide promising, sustainable ideas people can use to save/earn money or even start a small business! This conference open to anyone looking to broaden their skills. Learn more about the 2015 conference here.

Regular Meetings:

Prestonsburg Office
152 North Lake Drive
United States
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Monthly chapter meeting

Join us on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. for the Big Sandy chapter meeting.

Chapter meetings are a great time to plan local work, discuss local and state-wide work, meet new people, and much more. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend! Hope to see you there!

Chapter Organizer:

Jacob Mack-Boll
152 North Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653