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TECO Energy sells coal arm for $170M

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HAZARD — Perry County Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of TECO Coal, will have a new owner by year’s end according to a press release from TECO Energy on Monday.According to the release, TECO Energy Inc. will finalize the sale of its subsidiary, TECO Coal, to Cambrian Coal Corporation, a member of the Booth Energy Group, by the end of the year — a sale that will bring the company $170 million and will take it out of the coal business.


Health issues highlight contrast between Senate candidates

The U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has seen the candidates focus on several key issues, including the coal industry, the minimum wage and health care.The health-care issue has been almost unique among Senate races in that Kentucky is generally seen as a success story for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In August, Gov. Steve Beshear said 521,000 of Kentucky’s 4.3 million citizens had signed up for h...

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Highlands stays alert with emergency drill

PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) knows that an emergency could happen at any time. That’s why Highlands recently participated in an emergency drill going through complete steps as if an actual emergency had taken place. The exercise was organized and executed by the local healthcare preparedness coalition (HPC), led by Sharon Fields, RN, the Region 10 Healthcare Planning Coordinator.

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BSCTC hosts 2 Smart 4 Drugs academic meet

PIKEVILLE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held the 2 Smart 4 Drugs academic meet on its Pikeville campus on Saturday, October 11.The event was sponsored by the BSCTC Academic Team, UNITE Pike, Community Trust Bank, Rep. Leslie Combs, City of Pikeville, Karen Kelly, Pikeville City Commissioner Barry Chaney, Tom Wright and UMG. More than 200 students from nine schools participated in the event.Pikeville finished first in the overall varsity meet, ...

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Students find learning at ‘The Holler’

PIKEVILLE — What happens when you take a free online delivery system and create coursework designed for a specific culture and region? What if you apply that philosophy using technology to change education and access to learning in Central Appalachia? And just to make it feel like home, why not call it the “Holler.”Designed as a social learning network for students in Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia, founder and creator Bruce Parsons said the Holler provid...

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UPike vs. WKU IN 2014 Donor Registry Challenge

PIKEVILLE — On Nov. 10, 2014, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team has been invited to Western Kentucky to play the Hilltoppers at WKU, but the competition won’t end on the basketball court.WKU has challenged UPike to see who can register the most students on the organ donor registry. The Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) has agreed to support the challenge, providing registry forms and information about organ donation. KODA will tally donors on ...

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Lawson takes advantage of every opportunity at work, in classroom

PIKEVILLE – Justin Lawson, in his words, started the game with no cards.He grew up in a broken and unstable home. The uncertainties of life led him to a safe haven – the home of his grandparents – and he persevered, graduating from Betsy Layne High School in 2006 as a recipient of the Governor’s Scholars and the Commonwealth Scholars.Lawson wasn’t sure he was a fit for college. “I had the scholarships, but I didn’t feel like I wa...

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UPIKE’s Annual Basketball Blast-Off set for Wednesday

PIKEVILLE – The annual Basketball Blast-Off hosted by the University of Pikeville is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the UPIKE Gym.It’s the first chance for the UPIKE community to come out and see the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as performances from cheer, dance and the pep band.The event, emceed by UPIKE Vice President for Enrollment Management Gary Justice, will also feature giveaways including t-shirts, sunglasses and ti...

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Bears suffer shutout loss to No. 6 Lindsey Wilson

COLUMBIA – Leading the game in shots 41-1, sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson overwhelmed the University of Pikeville women’s soccer team for a 10-0 shutout win on Sunday evening at Walter S. Reuling Stadium.Eleanor Hollingsworth tallied UPIKE’s lone shot, which was on goal and saved by Blue Raider starting goalkeeper Johanna Henriksson. Megan Rausch took over for Henriksson in the second half, logging just under 21 minutes in goal.It was a busy night for UPIK...

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Pikeville falls to Bethel

MCKENZIE, Tenn. – There were lots of storylines to the University of Pikeville football team’s 28-14 loss at Bethel on Saturday, but in the end it comes down to missed opportunities as UPIKE threw an interception, had to punt five times and turned the ball over three times on downs after a hot start.In the beginning, it felt like offense would be all there was to talk about.There were three touchdowns scored in the first four minutes, starting with Bethel mar...

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MSC Volleyball: Pikeville shuts out Georgetown

GEORGETOWN – Haley Esquivel had a solid night with eight kills, a block and an assist, but it wasn’t enough to get the University of Pikeville past No. 17 Georgetown, falling to the Tigers 3-0 on Friday.Esquivel was backed up by Sydney Hall with six kills and Cassidy Tackett with five, but Georgetown had too much firepower, tallying set wins of 25-17, 25-5 and 25-22.It was a back-and-forth affair in the first set before Georgetown took control late in the fra...

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Grimes speaks at Combs Dinner

PRESTONSBURG — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes made a campaign stop at the Bert T. Combs Memorial banquet, held Friday at May Lodge, in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.An energetic crowd greeted Grimes, who was the keynote speaker of the engagement. Grimes is campaigning against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who has represented Kentucky in the U.S Senate since 1984.

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A large crowd was on hand unday for an open house at Royalton Cyclery.Royalton Cyclery owner Don Fields assists a customer with adjustments to her bike.In addition to offering bicycle rentals, sales and service, Royalton Cyclery also sports a coffee and snack shop.Those attending the open house were encouraged to take a ride on the trail, either by bringing their own bikes or by borrowing one from the shop.Cyclists experiencing mechanical problems i...

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Food and farming economy needs entrepreneurship, too

Kentucky has a fascinating heritage when it comes to public unity. Everyone knows the Commonwealth was home to both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Today, different debates occupy the minds of average Kentuckians, such as UK vs. Louisville, wet vs. dry counties and urban triangle vs. rural heartland.Ask folks what’s needed to grow our economy, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Some say we need to bring industry into this state and grow our industrial base. Other...

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For the Record

MARRIAGE LICENSESMandy Danielle Collins Justice, 37, of Raccoon, to Keith Leck Coleman, 52, of Raccoon.Chanel Ray Music, 27, of Prestonsburg, to Jesse Bryan Allen, 29, of Prestonsburg.Amye Renee Howard, 26, of Prestonsburg, to Joseph Michael Casebolt IV, 29, of Prestonsburg.Deborah Wallen, 51, of Mousie, to Joey Patrick, 50, of Banner.Ouida Coburn, 62, of Garrett, to Kenneth Ray Stumbo, 63, of Pres...

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Kentucky Arts Council seeks Governor’s Awards nominations

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations until Nov. 1, 2014, for the 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.The Governor’s Awards are the Commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The nomination process is coordinated by the arts council.

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New shop catering to Dawkins enthusiasts

ROYALTON — A new Magoffin County business is being seen as both a predicted benefit of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail and a welcome sign of new growth in a community long in decline.Royalton Cyclery, a sideline business of Prestonsburg’s Pro-Fitness MultiSports, held an open house Sunday to introduce itself to both the local and the cycling communities.The shop offers bicycle rentals and sales, and features a coffee and snack shop, to serve those using the trail...

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New interpretive, trailhead signs unveiled at Breaks Park

Ten new interpretive and trailhead signs were unveiled in a ceremony at Breaks Park last Saturday.The signs, made possible through a $10,000 grant provided by the Radcliffe Foundation, focus on the general, geological, and cultural history of the park. The narratives on those signs, which were written by author and geologist Tony Scales, offer in-depth information as well as visual references.Seven signs with historical information will be placed at overlook areas and th...

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