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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.”

 

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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Dr. Peter Kummant joins Saint Joseph Martin Hospital

MARTIN – Peter Kummant, M.D., has joined the Martin Clinic at 12579 Main Street in Martin. The clinic is a service of Saint Joseph Martin Hospital, which is a part of KentuckyOne Health.The Ohio native received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned his M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphi...

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Dr. Eileen Kummant joins Saint Joseph Martin Hospital

MARTIN – Eileen Kummant, M.D., has joined the Seton Family Health Center at 11087 Main Street in Martin. The clinic is a department of Saint Joseph Martin, which is part of KentuckyOne Health.The family practice physician earned her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed her M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She did her internship as a family practitioner at the McKeesport Hospital Family Practic...

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To change Appalachia’s health, change the culture, starting with youth, SOAR working group hears

The relatively poor health of Appalachian Kentucky is one of the major obstacles to its development, and changing that requires changing the culture, starting with youth.So said several people Wednesday night in Hazard, at a “listening session” of the Health Working Group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, an effort to improve the region’s economy and quality of life.“We have to change the children’s mindset first,” said...

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Group starts ‘listening sessions’ to get ideas for tourism related to arts and heritage in Appalachian Kentucky

The largest working group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative has begun a series of “listening sessions” to get ideas about developing tourism opportunities from Appalachian Kentucky’s arts and heritage.“Our charge tonight is to pick your brains on what are some big opportunities,” Phil Osborne, chair of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Working Group, said at its first meeting, Tuesday at Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center. “How do ...

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UK’s CAER part of Kentucky’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot system

LEXINGTON –The Commonwealth’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot unit at an operating power plant will soon be located at Kentucky Utilities Company’s E.W. Brown Generating Station, near Harrodsburg.The announcement was made during a news conference and ribbon cutting on the grounds of the facility this morning with Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, LG&E and KU Energy Chairman, CEO and President Victor Staffie...

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Memo to the New York Times

On June 26, 2014 the New York Times published yet another story about poverty in eastern Kentucky, the place we proudly call home. The story’s headline screamed “What’s the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?” The opening paragraphs set the article’s tone:“There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities wer...

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MSU baseball program adds left-handed pitcher, infielder

MOREHEAD – Aaron Leasher, a left-handed pitcher, and Braxton Morris, an infielder, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Morehead State baseball program. Both will be incoming freshmen for the 2015 season.“We are excited about adding these two young men to our program,” Head Coach Mike McGuire said. “Both are good students and quality additions to our incoming recruiting class.”

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Colonels picked fourth in Preseason OVC Poll

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team was picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this fall in a preseason poll conducted by the OVC coaches and sports information directors. The announcement was made Monday at the OVC football media day event.The Colonels, who have won a record 21 OVC titles, tallied 82 points in the poll. Since Dean Hood took over as EKU’s head coach in 2008, the Colonels have won two OVC championships (2008, 2...

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Bobcats win MSU 7-on-7 tournament

MOREHEAD - The Betsy Layne Bobcats continued to thrive in the preseason over the weekend, capturing the Morehead State University-hosted 7-on-7 tournament title on Sunday.Betsy Layne, under the direction of head coach Jonathan Parsons, won a passing tournament title at Kentucky Christian University earlier in the month. The Bobcats also finished runner-up in a University of Pikeville-hosted passing tournament.Top returnees for the Betsy Layne football team include versat...

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BBB Tips: Purchasing PGA tickets

As the PGA Championship approaches, many consumers will be starting to look for last minute tickets. BBB warns consumers of scammers taking advantage of anyone looking for a great last minute deal.Events like the PGA Championship sell out quickly, and fans could be tempted to buy from the secondary market, where tickets always pop up. Currently, there are several listings for tickets on Craigslist. BBB warns fans to be careful when buying tickets from individuals online or from unf...

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Free colon cancer screening thru Floyd County Health Dept.

Colon cancer screening saves lives. Yet despite the preventable nature of this disease, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in Kentucky. Over 2,600 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in Kentucky each year, with more than half of those cases diagnosed at a late stage.Tragic, because when detected early, the five-year survival rate for colon cancer is more than 90 percent, and at least 60 percent of colon cancer deaths could be prevented altogether with re...

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