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Union vote: No deal, but no strike

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PAINTSVILLE — Union workers at Highlands Regional Medical Center “overwhelmingly” rejected the latest contract offer offered by management, but put off a decision on calling for a strike.Service Employees International Union 1199 director Joyce Gibson said the decision not to call a strike at this time was made to keep the two sides talking, in an effort to avoid a work stoppage she said neither side wants.“We’re playing the good faith card,” Gibson said.The union did not release the vote tally, saying doing so would be against established procedure.

 

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MARRIAGE LICENSESMichelle Marie Crider, 21, of Prestonsburg, to Matthew Paul McDonald, 20, of Prestonsburg.Tiffany Michelle Porter, 25, of Langley, to John Morgan Whitaker, 43, of Langley.Savannah Dawn Robinson, 28, of Garrett, to Terry Donovan Ramey, 34, of Garrett.Teresa Ann Amesse, 29, of Pikeville, to Daniel Price, 32, of Pikeville.Christie Ann Dye, 40, of McDowell, to Gregory Lee Akers, 46, o...

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Kentucky Business One Stop portal receives praise and award

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal, the Commonwealth’s online, unified point of entry for business owners and their delegates, received the 2014 Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations Award at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit. The Award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated special, coordinated efforts on technological projects, data sharing, and other governing initiatives.

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Countdown

We start counting down the days to summer vacation in January, sometimes before. My husband is the ring-leader. He tantalizes us with the number for months. (Finally, I found a free app for my phone that counts it down for me.)We count down to all kinds of things: Christmas, birthdays, etc. There’s one in particular that has been on my mind: The Feast of Trumpets.

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Hospital, union still at odds as deadline passes

PAINTSVILLE — As of press time Thursday, it remained uncertain whether 207 employees of Highlands Regional Medical Center would soon be leaving their jobs for the picket line.No agreement on a new contract was reached during last-minute negotiations between the hospital and Service Employees International Union 1199. Union employees were presented the hospital’s final offer on Thursday and were asked to vote on whether to accept the hospital’s final offer. If they...

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Man arrested after police encounter gunfire

PRINTER — Police responding to a domestic violence call Sunday found themselves greeted by gunfire.Kentucky State Police troopers were sent to a residence along Route 2030 Sunday night in order to question Ashley R. Lykens, 39, of Printer, about a domestic violence complaint. When they arrived, however, they were told by his family that Lykens had left the residence in his vehicle and drove further up into the hollow.During their subsequent search for him, police f...

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Meeting to discuss challenges of small hospitals

PRESTONSBURG — State Auditor Adam Edelen is planning a series of public hearings across the state — including one in Prestonsburg next week — to talk about the fiscal health of rural hospitals.The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities.The Prestonsburg hearin...

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Longtime educator remembered for leadership, caring

MARTIN — When Carol Stumbo passed away on Tuesday, Floyd County lost one of its most revered educators.Stumbo’s career includes years teaching at Wheelwright High School and Alice Lloyd College, serving with the Floyd County Board of Education, and acting as President for the Floyd County chapter of the Kentucky Education Association.Stumbo’s top priority was always the student, according to Delores Woody, who taught with Stumbo at Wheelwright....

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