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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.

 

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program recently awarded 17 academic scholarships to students pursuing higher education in Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. Keeping with its mission to improve the lives of people throughout the region, BSACAP has awarded the annual scholarships for more than 20 years, helping hundreds of students continue their education. Present to receive their scholarships were, pictured, from left, front row, Olivia Adkins, April Sword, Miranda Davis, As...

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Citizens National, Peoples Security agree to merger

PAINTSVILLE – Citizens National Corporation (OTCQB: CZNL), the holding company for Citizens National Bank, Paintsville, and Peoples Security Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for The Peoples Security Bank of Louisa, Louisa, announced last week their agreement that Peoples Security be acquired by Citizens for approximately $663.15 per share in a merger involving Peoples Security and a Citizens subsidiary. The cash and note transaction is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval an...

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Scholarship students work at highway district

PIKEVILLE — Seven college students spent their summer working at Highway District 12 as part of their KYTC scholarship rewards: two engineering technology students and five who are pursing civil engineering degrees.Ethan Erwin and Michael Paul Brown, both engineering tech students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, worked with D-12’s surveying crew all summer. Erwin is a graduate of Lawrence County High School; he is the son of Keith and Sheila Erwin. A gradu...

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Food City kicks off 2014-15 School Bucks program

ABINGDON, Va. – As students across the tri-state area of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee head back to school, Food City is gearing up for the kick-off of their 2014-2015 School Bucks Program.“We’re committed to giving back to the communities we operate in and we take the education of our youth very seriously,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Our Food City School Bucks Program is an easy, cost effective way for a...

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Movies from the Black Lagoon: ‘Deadly Eyes’

A swarm of giant rats threatens Canada in this drive-in classic that delivers the low-budget horror goods with style and clever effects work.The film opens with college students hearing a lecture about vermin on a class trip. Most nature-run-amok flicks save this information for the halfway point, but this movie dives right in to the deep end. We learn that rats eat one-fifth of the world’s food supply, outnumber us 24-to-1, and cause millions of dollars in property damage ev...

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When my beloved and I fly, we are always in coach. The people in first class NEVER look up as we board the plane. They act busy or sip coffee and cola. They aren’t rude; we are just invisible as we pass by. We usually smile at them as we go through, trying not to hit them in the head with our heavy carry-ons.But…when travelling home from vacation this summer, our friends surprised us by upgrading our seats to FIRST CLASS! Holy smokes! What an awesome treat! I told one o...

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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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