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Center trumpets success during anniversary

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PRESTONSBURG — During a national celebration of the Job Corps Program’s 50th anniversary, the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center is pointing to some of its own successes in recent years.During a Community Relations Council meeting Tuesday, Perkins Center Director Thomas Rainey outlined many of those triumphs, which included going from one of the program’s lowest-ranked centers in 2008, to becoming one of the program’s best centers now.Rainey noted that in March 2008, the Perkins Center was ranked 104th out of 125 centers nationwide. By June of this year, however, the center now ranks eighth. In fact, Rainey noted, the Perkins Center has been among the nation’s top 10 job corps centers in 17 of the past 18 months.


CADA has busy summer, big plans for fall

PRESTONSBURG — Communities Against Drug Addiction (CADA) met at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting in Prestonsburg on Tuesday to discuss events, upcoming and past, in their work to combat narcotics in our region.So far in 2014, CADA has joined with Operation UNITE in support of several “Shoot Hoops, Not Drugs” programs that reached a total of nearly 1,000 kids for drug-free fun at schools in Laurel, Perry, Johnson, Boyd, and Harlan counties. They have direc...

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Hamilton to be recognized at EIEA Awards Luncheon

Twelve entrepreneurs in Southern and Eastern Kentucky will share their business success stories as finalists in the 2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program at a regional awards recognition luncheon on Monday, Sept. 8, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.The EIEA program recognizes and promotes entrepreneurs in the region who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship by creating and managing a successful business enterprise.The luncheon is sch...

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Big things grow in small beds

PRESTONSBURG — Carl Wilson sees the future of gardening on an old concrete pad where a garage used to be.Last year, the Prestonsburg resident raised a garden along the side of his house, plus a separate 10-foot by 10-foot section in the back — about 600 square feet total. This year, he began employing “urban gardening” techniques to confine his garden to two 6-foot by 18-foot raised beds, or less than half the area of last year.The result? This ye...

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Cancer conference is Sept. 12 at King’s Daughters

ASHLAND– The 2014 Regional Cancer Conference, sponsored by King’s Daughters Medical Center, brings local and national speakers to Ashland, presenting on the latest topics in the care and treatment of patients with cancer.The all-day professional conference begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Health Education Center on King’s Daughters main campus, 2201 Lexington Ave., Ashland.Registration is $20 and i...

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Towles named UK starting quarterback

LEXINGTON - On Monday morning, University of Kentucky second-year head coach Mark Stoops announced on his Twitter account that sophomore Patrick Towles had won the starting quarterback over freshmen Drew Barker and Reese Phillips, and junior Maxwell Smith.“Patrick’s done a very good job,” Stoops said. “I have a lot of confidence in Patrick. He’s worked extremely hard. I said it before that I was proud of his work ethic.”A 6-foot-5, 23-...

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PJ McIntee joins MSU baseball coaching staff

MOREHEAD – PJ McIntee, who helped guide Southeastern (Iowa) Community College to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in 2014, has joined the Morehead State University baseball staff as the volunteer assistant.A Randolph, Minn., native, McIntee helped SCC lead the nation in hits in 2014 and rank second nationally in doubles. The program won a school-record 45 games and finished fifth in the nation.“I’m very excited to add PJ to ...

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Nursing home takes senior citizen on her first swim

PIKEVILLE — One thing we lose as we age is the enjoyment of the simple things life has to offer. We become so focused on the hustle and bustle that we fail to stop and enjoy the small things that make our life worth living. At Signature Healthcare of Pikeville, we are making the little things a priority, even if it is as simple as taking a quick dip in a pool.

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Colonel Fan Day set for Saturday

RICHMOND - The Eastern Kentucky Athletic Department will host Colonel Fan Day Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium.The event is free and open to kids aged eighth-grade and under. Colonel Fan Day will feature free clinics from the football, volleyball, soccer, cross and country and cheerleading teams.Registration for the event begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the clinics at 6 p.m. Colonel Fan Day concludes with autograph sessions from the teams at 6:45 p.m. The infla...

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No appetite for fixing school lunch

You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after I published a book on U.S. food policy. It seemed like such a perfect solution: Fix school lunch and you improve the diets of millions of kids instantly. You also...

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Rebels claim Red Flight championship

EASTERN - Allen Central claimed the Red Flight championship of its annual preseason tournament. The Rebels defeated East Ridge and Perry County Central to earn 107 points. Phelps beat Sheldon Clark but fell to East Ridge in the preseason high school volleyball tournament. Perry County defeated Sheldon Clark in another match during the event.

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P’burg nets Blue Flight win

EASTERN - In Allen Central’s annual preseason high school volleyball event, much-improved Prestonsburg claimed the Blue Flight win with victories over Lawrence County and Paintsville and achieving a 10 point margin of victory over Johnson Central. In other Blue Flight matches, Belfry defeated Paintsville, Johnson Central beat Lawrence County and the Golden Eagles topped Belfry.Points for the day were as follows: Prestonsburg, 77; Johnson Central, 67; Belfry, 9; Paintsville, 2...

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UK men’s basketball team’s conference schedule released

LEXINGTON – The Southeastern Conference announced its 18-game men’s basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season Friday evening.All 18 of Kentucky’s conference games will appear on national television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, CBS or SEC Network). Television information and start times for the remainder of the non-conference schedule will be released at a later date.UK’s conference schedule opens at home in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena where UK is...

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Students can take advantage of bi-term classes, receive financial aid

PRESTONSBURG – If you got a late start and couldn’t enroll for the fall semester, you don’t have to wait until January.Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) offers hundreds of classes online and in-person through its bi-term schedule.The accelerated classes begin on October 20 and qualify for financial aid.“So many students simply run out of time trying to get into classes for the fall semester,” said Jimmy Wright, dea...

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Exchange Director Carrie Banahan says getting people health insurance is highlight of her career

This is the first in a series, Women Leading Kentucky Health, of stories about four high-ranking female state officials who have guided the state’s embrace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.Energy exudes from Carrie Banahan when she talks about her work with others to bring affordable health care to more than half a million Kentuckians.“I worked all my life to see this happen, that we can provide affordable health insurance to people,...

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends waterfowl seasons for 2014-15

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission today proposed waterfowl seasons for 2014-15. New recommendations included a four-day increase of teal-only hunting during the September wood duck and teal season.The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission must place waterfowl seasons within the framework mandated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because all migratory game birds are under federal control.The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boa...

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Perfect weather conditions portend a great dove season.

FRANKFORT – The diminishing daylight hours, foggy mornings and slightly different angle of the daytime sun informs hunters the best time of year is upon us.Dove season opens on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 1 statewide. This season, hunters have an additional 20 days to pursue doves, with most of those days scheduled for the last two segments of the season. The opening segment of dove season closes Oct. 26. Dove season opens again Nov. 27 and closes Dec. 7. The third segment opens D...

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UPIKE men’s soccer team picked to finish eighth in MSC

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville men’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth according to a preseason poll of the Mid-South Conference coaches, league officials announced on Friday.UPIKE, which will be led by first-year head coach Adam Johnson, finished 5-11-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the MSC last season. The wins on the road against St. Catharine and Georgetown were the first conference wins in program history.Johnson will have plenty to replace, howeve...

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