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BSCTC remembers 9/11

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PRESTONSBURG — Thursday marked the 13th year since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College remembered the day with a somber memorial service.Originally scheduled to be held around the flag on campus, inclement weather moved the proceedings indoors, to the Gearheart Auditorium. Director of college relations Joshua Ball welcomed the assembled crowd, and took a moment to recognize the military veterans and the first responders who were in attendance, including members of the Prestonsburg police, fire department, paramedics, Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad, and others.


Local walkers to raise money for diabetes research

PRESTONSBURG – Over 500 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools, and other organizations are anticipated to come out to Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, on Saturday, September 27th in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Big Sandy South Walk to Cure Diabetes. This will be the Big Sandy area’s third walk event and is sponsored by the volunteers from the Big Sandy area and the Kentucky Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes R...

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‘Career Craze’ as Wesley

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and its Workforce Solutions team held a Career Craze camp on August 22-22 and 28-29 for seventh and eighth-grade students at Wesley Christian School.For more information on BSCTC’s Workforce Solutions, contact Kelli Hall at (606) 886-7382 or email kelli.hall@kctcs.edu.

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Chance encounter leads to rewarding career as respiratory therapist

PRESTONSBURG – Like many teenagers, Megan Wells struggled with the decision of what to do beyond high school. A chance encounter with a respiratory therapist while visiting her great-grandmother in hospital changed the course of her career.Megan Wells, 22, of Hyden, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy in May 2013 from Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). She currently works as a respiratory therapist at the Salyersville Nursing a...

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Nature weekend events

Friday, September 261 p.m. - Hike on lake & Cold Spring trail - Meet the interpretive guide at the Visitor Center for a short hike and learn about the various plants, trees and animals that are found here at the park. This hike is rated easy, with some up- and downhill terrain. Please wear appropriate closed-toe footwear. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. Free activity.

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Third annual Nature Weekend planned at Breaks Park, Sept 26-28

Breaks Park will pay tribute to nature with an entire weekend dedicated to programs focusing on such topics as ecology, geology, birding, wildlife, plants, elk, and much more with the third annual Nature Weekend.“The rich natural resources of this area are the reason the Breaks was protected in the first place, and our staff is excited to have the opportunity to showcase and interpret these features for our visitors,” said Park Superintendent Austin Bradley. Programs ar...

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Family Life: Three brides

A few weeks ago, my beloved was preaching about the Bride of Christ — the Church. He compared many points to a traditional American wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, he didn’t have very much personal experience to share. We eloped.When you are 18, it’s NOT the smartest thing in your family’s eyes to get married. But I could not be dissuaded. We would live on love — and nearly did if it hadn’t been for pot pies and tater tots!

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McConnell, Grimes both have shortcomings with voters in poll

Alison Lundergan Grimes is struggling to become familiar even to her fellow Democrats, but Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell may be losing touch with voters who have elected him to 30 years in the Senate, according to some Kentuckians who said they plan to vote in the Nov. 4 election.Those were two findings of students in an advanced journalism course at the University of Kentucky, who recently had telephone conversations with some of the voters who were polled and agreed to follow-u...

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Saint Joseph Martin to host Senior Health Festival

MARTIN — Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host a Senior Health Festival on Thursday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Graceway United Methodist Church (8410 Kentucky 80).The event will offer a number of free health screenings for older adults. Free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as free flu shots will be available to event attendees.“It’s important that individuals of all ages receive proper health care, ...

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Kentucky professor works to improve irrigation efficiency, soil health in high tunnels

Seasonal high tunnels have emerged in the past few years as an important tool for farmers wanting to extend their growing seasons. Right now, thanks to a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA, a University of Kentucky professor is studying them – and how they can be made more efficient.Krista Jacobsen, an assistant professor of horticulture, is studying the soil inside of high tunnels and the possibilities of catching rainwater to irrigate crops inside of them. High tunnels...

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Red River Gorge site of Living Archaeology Weekend

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage.The designation also recognizes the success of Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in ...

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Black lung returns to 1969 levels

Gains made in the fight against black lung disease since 1969 have been all but erased, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.The findings, to be published in the “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,” show that the rate of black lung has returned to levels not seen since the passage of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.In ...

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Market ranks first in state, fourth in U.S.

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County is making a splash on the state and national levels, after its farmers market posted some lofty numbers in “I Love My Farmers Market” promotion staged by American Farmland Trust.As it did in 2013, the Floyd County Farmers Market took the top spot among Kentucky markets as the “most celebrated” farmers market in the state, although by a much wider margin. While the market took the top spot in Kentucky in 2013 with 185 votes, ...

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Case leads Bobcats over Allen Central

BETSY LAYNE - Betsy Layne senior quarterback Peyton Case had a hand in on six touchdowns as the host Bobcats beat Floyd County rival Allen Central 49-14on Friday night.Case completed 21 of 33 passes for 346 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.The first-year starting signal-caller also led his team in rushing. Case rushed 13 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats.Dustin Rogers and Lako Daniels accounted for Betsy Layne’s receiving t...

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Rebels capture eighth 15th Region All ‘A’ Classic title

HI HAT - Allen Central is set to compete in another All “A” Classic statewide volleyball tournament. Three-time defending 15th Region champion Allen Central captured its eighth 15th Region All “A” Classic late last week, defeating Pikeville 3-1 at South Floyd High School’s Raider Arena on Thursday night.Pulling out the hard-fought win, Allen Central topped Pikeville 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22.The 2014 All “A” Classic statewide vo...

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A problem far worse than radioactive waste

Imagine walking into a business, whether to work or simply to shop, and seeing a patron of the store walking around with radioactive waste, seemingly oblivious to exposing himself and everyone else to its dangers. Quite naturally, you would be concerned, about the safety of yourself and everyone around you.

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No injuries in Monday crash

PRESTONSBURG — Three vehicles were damaged after a minor accident at Calhoun’s Garage Monday morning.Prestonsburg Police Officer George Tussey says a Honda Civic stopped in the northbound lane on South Lake Drive to pull into the garage parking lot and turn around. He says that, as the situation was described to him, the driver of a silver Toyota Corolla coming up behind was unable to stop in time.Instead of rear-ending the car ahead, the driver of the Coroll...

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Schools, Chamber talk wi-fi

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on September 9, 2014 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The topic for this luncheon was education in Floyd County and the digital conversion implementation taking place within the school system. During the luncheon, two speakers from the Board of Education discussed the Floyd County School District. Dr. Henry Webb, Superintendent, reviewed information and data on the progress the county school system h...

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