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Exhibit celebrates life, death

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PRESTONSBURG — The Kentucky Art Tribe’s most recent reception at the Mountain Arts Center last Thursday was for Bello Morte, a show which meditates on death and change.“’Bello Morte’ means a beautiful death,” KAT director and exhibition curator Donna Williams says. “I wanted to do a creative and beautiful interpretation of something that usually scares people and makes them uncomfortable.”While the theme may be seasonally appropriate, with Halloween around the corner and autumn itself representing the death of seasons, Williams says the show also provides an outlet for local artists who regularly embrace the weird and the strange to express themselves.

 

Woman pleads guilty to courtroom intoxication

PRESTONSBURG — A Knott County woman who went to court Oct. 16 found herself being booked for one more court date and some jail time to boot, after being arrested for public intoxication in the courtroom.According to a citation, Kathleen Hall, 40, was in the circuit court for the morning docket, when bailiffs noticed that she was apparently intoxicated, after she passed out in the courtroom.Upon questioning, Hall told bailiffs that she had taken the prescription pai...

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34th wedding anniversary

My beloved and I are getting ready to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. I am amazed and have been thinking about it every day. Thirty-four years! Holy Smokes!When I think back to Belfry High School, I can’t believe we are already here: in our 50s, kids grown. I never dreamed we’d be this old!He gave me his class ring one Monday morning in April of 1979. I was sitting on the stage in the lunchroom. (I can still remember his long hair and lamb chop sidebu...

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Kinzers receive October’s Holiday Yard of the Month

PRESTONSBURG — As autumn approaches, the Prestonsburg Woman’s Club and the City of Prestonsburg have begun presenting their Holiday Yard of the Month award, bestowing the honors for October upon Lucy and Willard Kinzer of 227 North Arnold Avenue.This month, the Kinzers’ picturesque property features a touch of fall and Halloween, with ghosts, skulls, and spiders welcoming guests at the front gate. The yard’s centerpiece fountain is now ringed in harvest seas...

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Blackcats undefeated

PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg 5th-6th football team concluded the 2014 season undefeated. Prestonsburg, which captured a Floyd County Conference championship, compiled a 12-0 overall record in the 2014 campaign.In addition to winning a conference championship, Prestonsburg won in the Hazard Bowl and captured the Jenny Wiley Bowl championship.Results from the 2014 season were Prestonsburg 42, Flat Gap 6; Prestonsburg 30, Martin County 8; Prestonsburg 22, W.R. Castle 0; ...

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Former officers allege firings were improper

PRESTONSBURG — Three former Prestonsburg Police officers have filed suit against the city of Prestonsburg and Mayor Jerry Fannin, claiming they were dismissed from their jobs improperly.Former officers Steve Little, Chad Penix and Brian Walker filed the lawsuit against the city and mayor on Friday. In their complaint, the former officers allege that each was terminated from his position “via letter or by a secretary informing him that he was relieved of his duties.̶...

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Charges allege assault, imprisonment, forcible sodomy

PRESTONSBURG — A Middle Creek man faces numerous felony charges, after being accused of assaulting, sodomizing and holding captive a woman earlier this month.Christopher Hayden, 25, of Prestonsburg, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening, following an incident alleged to have taken place Oct. 7.

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KSP makes DUI arrest outside drug dealer’s house

GARRETT — Kentucky State Police arrested a Martin man Oct. 2, after they say he pulled up to a drug dealer’s house while they were already there for a “knock-and-talk” investigation of the premises.Trooper Roberts with the KSP arrested Roger Whitaker, 40, after he pulled up to a house on Magnolia Street, in Garrett, they were investigating for drug activity. Roberts says that Whitaker’s passenger in the vehicle immediately began to hide things when the...

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Cliffside man accused of rape

PRESTONSBURG — A Cliffside Apartments resident faces up to 20 years in prison, after being accused of rape by a neighbor.Prestonsburg Police were called to the apartment complex Sunday night, after receiving the complaint.At the scene, both the alleged victim and the accused, 22-year-old David L. Patrick, told Officer Adam Dixon that Patrick had stopped by the woman’s apartment to drop off an air pump. Before he left, Patrick asked the woman for a hug, to whi...

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Texas couple arrested for assortment of drugs

MARTIN — A Texas couple is behind bars after police uncovered several types of drugs and a loaded handgun in their car after a traffic stop on Route 80 near Martin last Friday.Trooper Marsillett with the Kentucky State Police says he observed a Ford Focus weaving in the road and changing lanes without signaling. After stopping the vehicle, the odor of marijuana led him to investigate further.When questioning the driver, Jerry W. Rhodes, 43, of McKinney, Texas, Mars...

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Kasem’s nightmare a lesson for millions

The tragic legal battle between legendary radio host Casey Kasem’s family members over his end-of-life care before he died in June is a teachable moment for millions of Americans. It illustrates the challenges and importance of end-of-life planning. It also demonstrates the urgency to reform the system so millions of baby boomers and their aging parents do not experience a similar nightmare.Kasem suffered unnecessarily even though he represented the 26 percent of Americans wh...

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Paying for cheap chocolate

One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they’d just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours.We’d run out of candy when a stream of teens showed up at our underwhelmingly spooky doorstep, shaking badly decorated pillow cases and looking disappointed.Recycling the kids’ Halloween booty worked in that pinch. But candy consu...

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Football Friday Night

PRESTONSBURG - All four Floyd County high school football teams are due back in action on Friday night. Following a week off, reigning Class 2A, District 8 champion Prestonsburg will venture to Leslie County for a key district matchup. In other games involving Floyd County prep football teams, Allen Central will host Pikeville, Betsy Layne will entertain Shelby Valley and South Floyd will take to the road for an away game versus Phelps.More on each high school football game follows...

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Mother charged with DUI, having child walk beside car

HAROLD — A Harold woman is facing charges in Floyd County for wanton endangerment after police found her 9-year-old child walking alongside a car they say she was driving under the influence.Kentucky State Police Trooper Coleman says he was flagged down by a witness who told him he had noticed a female driving her car with her child walking beside it on Route 979.Coleman found and stopped the vehicle, and when he began to question the driver, 28-year-old Anglela M....

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Hunt announces changes to sheriff’s office

McDOWELL — Less than a month into his term of office, Sheriff John P. Hunt is making some changes in an effort to offer greater convenience to the public.On Friday, the sheriff’s McDowell satellite office will reopen. The office will be open the same hours as the Prestonsburg office — from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. The office will also have a deputy on site to perform vehicle inspections on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m....

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Halloween Test and Tune event set for Saturday

HAGER HILL - The Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags will host a Halloween test and tune session at Combs Airport on Saturday.Longtime drag racer and drag racing enthusiast Amanda May will make her return to an Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags/Prestonsburg Motorsports-sanctioned event during the upcoming weekend.Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags Event Coordinator Kent Rose welcomed May, who will be driving her car, Casper, during the Ha...

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Job corps students get heated lesson

PRESTONSBURG — Students at the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center last week learned a valuable lesson that went up in smoke.On Thursday, Oct. 16, C.J. Childers, with Pike County Emergency Management, visited the center and brought his agency’s million-dollar mobile fire trailer. The trailer allows groups of eight people to witness simulations of grease, oven and trash can fires in the kitchen, while learning what to do in the event of each.In the bedroom, stude...

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Allen Central blanks Prestonsburg

HI HAT - Allen Central rolled in its first postseason match, toppling Prestonsburg 3-0 (25-8, 25-21, 25-14) in the 58th District Volleyball Tournament at Raider Arena on Tuesday night.The Lady Rebels defeated Prestonsburg for the fourth time this season. Allen Central swept a two-game 58th District/Floyd County Conference series from Prestonsburg and also beat the Lady Blackcats in the 15th Region All “A” Classic.With the win, two-time defending 58th District...

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