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Cow Creek hollow subject to dispute at fiscal court

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PRESTONSBURG — Friday’s regular meeting of the Floyd County Fiscal Court saw a heated exchange between the court and a resident of Cow Creek.Jeff Crum says that his problem is confined to Ward Branch. He says the hillside under his son’s trailer continues to slide off into the roadway, blocking the road, while other parts of the hollow are so muddy and rutted that even four-wheel-drive vehicles bottom out trying to pass through. He says that with his son’s medical history, it is a life-or-death necessity that paramedics be able to reach him.

 

City borrows money to pay for flood repairs

PRESTONSBURG — The city council voted Monday night to open a line of credit in order to pay for flood recovery projects, while waiting for state and federal reimbursements.Upon the recommendation of city treasurer Yvette Latta, the council voted to obtain a $500,000 line of credit, which Latta said would allow the city to pay contractors for work performed, then receive reimbursements to pay for additional work.

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United Way questions city spending

PRESTONSBURG — Citing concerns with how the money is being spent, the United Way of Eastern Kentucky has frozen its donation this year to Prestonsburg Senior Citizens and has no plans to consider future donations until its concerns are addressed, the Prestonsburg City Council was told Monday night.United Way board president Phillip Elliott addressed the council during its regular meeting. In the past, Elliott explained that the United Way has made contributions to Prestonsbur...

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Recovery Celebration a big success

PRESTONSBURG — Representatives from local and state government, schools, churches, and addiction recovery centers gathered at Archer Park on Saturday for the Floyd County Recovery Celebration.The event featured candid, often emotional speeches and musical performances that highlighted our area’s struggle with addiction and the hope that recovery is not only possible, but happening every day.

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Rotary District Governor visits local clubs

PRESTONSBURG — The Prestonsburg Rotary Club and the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad hosted a joint gathering with Paintsville’s Rotary Club to welcome visiting District 6740 Governor John Salyers and his wife Connie.Salyers is a Vietnam veteran and former Lieutenant with the Erlanger Police Department. His main topic of discussion: Rotary International’s final push to eradicate polio worldwide.When the efforts began in 1988, Salyers says, there ...

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Prestonsburg Healthcare hosts semi-annual city breakfast

PRESTONSBURG — The staff of Prestonsburg Healthcare hosted their semi-annual breakfast for firefighters, police officers, and other city employees to say thanks for the work they do.Quality of Life Director Cindy Porter says it is their pleasure to give something back to the people who do so much for the city, and for Prestonsburg Healthcare.“We’re blessed to live in a small town like this, Porter says. “If we ever need something, they’re al...

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Accepting the climate scare a recipe for failure

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is making a serious strategic mistake in their efforts to block the Obama administration’s proposed regulations on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. The points the UMWA bring up—the massive costs and job losses, etc.—are valid to be sure. But they are not enough.The union seems to think that they can win the “war on coal” while accepting the main driver for the EPA’s rules, the ...

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General Aviation is a key tool for small businesses and the economy

When I formed my company, Mainstream Commercial Divers Inc., over 25 years ago, we learned quickly that having our own airplane was integral to our success. Whether it was quickly getting to locations to perform emergency repairs, or delivering specialized equipment, our aircraft has helped us to quickly and effectively serve the many important infrastructure projects we are working on. Just last November, an American Electric Power (AEP) hydroelectric dam in Virginia encountered an outage wh...

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Blackcats visit Riverview Health Care Center for tailgate party

PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg High School football team and PHS cheerleaders visited Riverview Health Care Center for a tailgate party on Thursday.“We had a great evening at Riverview visiting with residents and staff,” Prestonsburg Coach John DeRossett commented. “I’m proud of all who participated. The food and hospitality was deeply appreciated by our football team and staff.”Prestonsburg defeated Pike County Central for its fourth strai...

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Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public’s hands forever.

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Prestonsburg Tourism captures first place in Chamber golf scramblePRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf scramble, Sept. 18, at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg.More than 20 teams registered to participate in this year’s golf outing. The foursome of Danny Hamilton, Ryan Martin, Sen. Johnny Ray Turner and Kevin Auton, representing the Prestonsburg Tourism Commission, captured first place with a score of 51.Pla...

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UPIKE men’s bowling team places fifth in UNOH Racer Classic

LIMA, Ohio - In the first event of the 2014-15 season, the University of Pikeville men’s bowling team took fifth place at the Northwestern Ohio Racer Classic on Sunday at Westgate Lanes.The format of the two-day event consisted of six team games played on Saturday, followed by 16 Baker games on Sunday. The Bears tallied 9,040 total points with Wright State finishing just ahead in fourth with a score of 9,049.A TV show was taped for the top three teams, which includ...

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Johnson public defender snared in drug indictment

PAINTSVILLE — A longtime Johnson County public defender and her son were arrested last week, charged with a variety of drug offenses.Mary Lou Chandler, 63, of Paintsville, was arrested Sept. 18 and charged with first-degree drug trafficking (less than 10 dosage units) and two counts of complicity to first-degree trafficking (less than 10 dosage units). Her son, Matthew Chandler, 34, also of Paintsville, was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking (10 or more dosag...

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LOUISVILLE - Allen Central fell to eventual champion St. Henry in the All “A” State Tournament on Saturday.In the first match of the day, Allen Central defeated Raceland 2–0 (25-15, 25-14), playing what would be possibly its best match of the day.Junior Katie Kendrick pounded in 15 kills on .577 hitting, while fellow Junior Hayley Pinson slapped in six and sophomore Kelsie Jackson added four.Junior Jannah Halbert dished up 21 dingers. Freshma...

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Ed2Go announces schedule of classes

PRESTONSBURG – Below are classes offered through our ed2go program. These classes are offered monthly and last for six weeks. Students have access to instructors 24/7 and a score of 75 percent must be achieved to pass each course. For more information, visit http://www.ed2go.com/bsctc.PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 12 FOR THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a Photoshop Elements 12 for the Digital Photographer class through its Ed...

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Davis, Campbell win Prestonsburg Big Sandy Idol competition

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol competition at Prestonsburg High on Friday, September 12. Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.Six students participated for coveted spots for the annual Big Sandy Idol regional competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Ally Davis was crowned the winner, and Alex Campbell finished as runner-up. Both will advance to the regional competition an...

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Blackcats handle Hawks on Senior Night

PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg posted its fourth straight win on senior night, defeating visiting Pike County Central 31-22 on Friday night.With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 4-1.As a result of the loss, Pike County Central slipped to 3-2.Prestonsburg scored first and never trailed. Pike County Central, however, made the game interesting late, scoring 22 points after intermission.

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New campaign will share more details about Mountain Parkway Expansion

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched an online and social media campaign dedicated to sharing the latest information about the Mountain Parkway Expansion with citizens of the Commonwealth.The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a safer and wider transportation corridor to better connect Eastern Kentucky with the rest of the state. Completion of this major highway transportation project was identif...

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