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Candlelight vigil held before upcoming HRMC contract talks

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PRESTONSBURG — Highlands Regional Medical Center union workers and supporters turned out en masse Tuesday evening for a candlelight prayer vigil organized to demonstrate solidarity as final negotiations with hospital administrators approach.The demonstration by Service Employees International Union District 1199 was meant not only to show unity before upcoming contract talks, but also to pray for a solution that would avoid a strike.“I’m here hoping for a resolution,” said Prestonsburg city councilman Les Stapleton. “This situation affects not only the people working at the hospital, but the people who come to the hospital for treatment.”

 

Allen Central football schedule finalized

EASTERN - The Allen Central football program has finalized and released its schedule for the 2014 season. Allen Central will open the upcoming campaign with back-to-back home games. In all, Allen Central will host six home contests.The Rebels will entertain East Ridge in a season-opener on Aug. 22. Allen Central has additional home games scheduled versus Jenkins, Pineville, Phelps, Pikeville and Knott County Central.The Rebels have away games scheduled versus Magoffin Co...

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Hunt responds to Collins’ withdrawal

I want to commend Joey Collins for the extraordinary character that he possesses, as shown by his willingness to put the county’s welfare above any partisan politics, as that is a rare trait among politicians today.Again, let me say to the people of Floyd County that I am humbled to be your Democratic nominee, and that I appreciate the confidence that you have shown in me. Public service is what I am about and who I am, and I pledge, once elected, that I will treat all of the...

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Kinzer competes in two Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series races

ALLEN - Brandon Kinzer and his No. 18 raceteam rolled into picturesque Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, Va.) and 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) Monday and Tuesday (July 21 and July 22) for the first two Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series events in the 2014 season. Kinzer fared well but encountered in the Southern Nationals Series races. The veteran dirt Late Model driver faced adversity in each feature event.

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UPIKE men’s soccer program releases schedule

PIKEVILLE – First-year University of Pikeville men’s soccer coach Adam Johnson released his team’s 2014 schedule on Wednesday. The Bears are set to open up the season on Aug. 23 at Berea, while the home opener is on Sept. 4 against Salem International (W. Va.) at the Bob Amos Soccer Complex.UPIKE will play 18 regular-season games, including seven at home. Details about the Mid-South Conference Championship have not been announced, but will take place in early Nove...

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UK Alumni Game tickets to go on sale Monday

LEXINGTON - Tickets for the 2014 UK Men’s Basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held August 24 at 6 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m.. For the first time in three years, a team of UK pros will face a team of non-UK pros.All seats are reserved and priced at $101 (premium lower level), $31 (lower level), and $16 for premium upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at...

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O’Quinn to guide East Ridge football team

LICK CREEK - Kenneth O’Quinn has been named the new head coach of the East Ridge High School football program. O’Quinn is a former assistant coach on the East Ridge and Elkhorn City coaching staffs. He replaces Brad Allen at the helm of the program. Allen spent six seasons as the head coach of the Warriors.After stepping out of district competition, East Ridge compiled a 6-4 record in 2013. The Warriors will join Class 2A, District 8 in 2015. The realigned Class 2A, Dis...

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Becker tabbed Director of Volleyball Operations

MOREHEAD - Daniel Becker, who served as Morehead State’s graduate assistant for athletic video operations the past two years and produced more than 100 live events for the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network, has been named the school’s director of volleyball operations.“I really enjoyed my position as video coordinator, but I’m excited about this new role because of the respect I have for our volleyball student-athletes and coaches,” Becker said. &...

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Community center meeting generates ideas, nothing concrete

PRESTONSBURG — Community members gathered at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg to join an ongoing discussion about the placement, capabilities, and funding of a planned Prestonsburg community center.Mayor Jerry Fannin led the talks, opening the floor to recommendations for features that citizens hope to see included in the center. One popular idea was swimming pools, particularly smaller therapeutic pools that would be more affordable to install and maintain....

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A new look, thanks to you

The Floyd County Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Floyd County Times is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website....

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Ready to Work, Work and Learn offer financial assistance to college students

PRESTONSBURG – Outside of financial aid and scholarships, prospective students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) have a variety of services available to help make the dream of a college education a reality.One of those programs is Ready to Work, a partnership between BSCTC and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). They assist low-income parents who qualify for the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) with a variety of services, inclu...

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Financial services information

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) offers a variety of programs to assist students with the cost of pursuing a college education.Here’s a breakdown of each program:Financial aidStudents are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as early in January as possible to increase their chances of receiving the maximum amount of fu...

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Sheriff’s race ends, as Collins bows out

More than three months before the November election, the race for Floyd County sheriff is already over.John Hunt is the presumed sheriff-elect, after his only remaining opposition — Republican Joey Collins — announced his departure from the race on Tuesday.In a letter to The Floyd County Times, which appears in today’s paper on page A4, Collins said he entered the race for sheriff at a time when he was not comfortable with any of the other candidates. H...

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Sheriff’s department catches Tennessee fugitive

AUXIER — In a sense, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office went fishing this week and ended up landing a whopper.The department began working with the Hancock County, Tenn., sheriff’s department on Monday, after that office turned up information that a fugitive wanted there might be in Floyd County.Jerry Wayne Anderson II, 25, of Sneedville, Tenn., was wanted for allegedly embezzling $75,000 from a farm and home supply company in Sneedville. He was believed...

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CDC director makes house call to Eastern Kentucky

SOMERSET — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced a first-ever SOAR Health Impact Series featuring Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with four events in Eastern Kentucky. Dr. Frieden and his team from the CDC will be on hand to discuss the high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the region.

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Highlands, union reach last-minute deal

PAINTSVILLE — Weeks of reportedly tense negotiations have come to an end and the possibility of a strike has been allayed, now that Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 have agreed to a new three-year contract.

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Langley drummer second fastest in the world

NASHVILLE — One of Floyd County’s own has won the title of runner-up at the World’s Fastest Drummer competition held at the National Association of Music Merchants 2014 show last week in Nashville.Braxton Burke, a native of Langley, took home second place in the 2014 “fastest hands” finals by recording 1,003 beats in 60 seconds, as measured by the sanctioning body’s “drumometer” device. His run in the preliminary round was a blisterin...

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Daniel named dean of institutional effectiveness and research

PRESTONSBURG – Dr. Chris Daniel has been named dean of institutional effectiveness and research at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).Dr. Daniel, 51, of River, has worked at BSCTC since 1995. A former instructor of surveying and mapping, Dr. Daniel served as associate dean of professional development and service learning from 2006-2012 and associate dean of learning support services since 2012.“I’m excited about moving into institutional ...

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