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TECO Energy sells coal arm for $170M

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HAZARD — Perry County Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of TECO Coal, will have a new owner by year’s end according to a press release from TECO Energy on Monday.According to the release, TECO Energy Inc. will finalize the sale of its subsidiary, TECO Coal, to Cambrian Coal Corporation, a member of the Booth Energy Group, by the end of the year — a sale that will bring the company $170 million and will take it out of the coal business.


Grimes speaks at Combs Dinner

PRESTONSBURG — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes made a campaign stop at the Bert T. Combs Memorial banquet, held Friday at May Lodge, in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.An energetic crowd greeted Grimes, who was the keynote speaker of the engagement. Grimes is campaigning against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who has represented Kentucky in the U.S Senate since 1984.

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A large crowd was on hand unday for an open house at Royalton Cyclery.Royalton Cyclery owner Don Fields assists a customer with adjustments to her bike.In addition to offering bicycle rentals, sales and service, Royalton Cyclery also sports a coffee and snack shop.Those attending the open house were encouraged to take a ride on the trail, either by bringing their own bikes or by borrowing one from the shop.Cyclists experiencing mechanical problems i...

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Food and farming economy needs entrepreneurship, too

Kentucky has a fascinating heritage when it comes to public unity. Everyone knows the Commonwealth was home to both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Today, different debates occupy the minds of average Kentuckians, such as UK vs. Louisville, wet vs. dry counties and urban triangle vs. rural heartland.Ask folks what’s needed to grow our economy, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Some say we need to bring industry into this state and grow our industrial base. Other...

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For the Record

MARRIAGE LICENSESMandy Danielle Collins Justice, 37, of Raccoon, to Keith Leck Coleman, 52, of Raccoon.Chanel Ray Music, 27, of Prestonsburg, to Jesse Bryan Allen, 29, of Prestonsburg.Amye Renee Howard, 26, of Prestonsburg, to Joseph Michael Casebolt IV, 29, of Prestonsburg.Deborah Wallen, 51, of Mousie, to Joey Patrick, 50, of Banner.Ouida Coburn, 62, of Garrett, to Kenneth Ray Stumbo, 63, of Pres...

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Kentucky Arts Council seeks Governor’s Awards nominations

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations until Nov. 1, 2014, for the 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.The Governor’s Awards are the Commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The nomination process is coordinated by the arts council.

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New shop catering to Dawkins enthusiasts

ROYALTON — A new Magoffin County business is being seen as both a predicted benefit of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail and a welcome sign of new growth in a community long in decline.Royalton Cyclery, a sideline business of Prestonsburg’s Pro-Fitness MultiSports, held an open house Sunday to introduce itself to both the local and the cycling communities.The shop offers bicycle rentals and sales, and features a coffee and snack shop, to serve those using the trail...

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New interpretive, trailhead signs unveiled at Breaks Park

Ten new interpretive and trailhead signs were unveiled in a ceremony at Breaks Park last Saturday.The signs, made possible through a $10,000 grant provided by the Radcliffe Foundation, focus on the general, geological, and cultural history of the park. The narratives on those signs, which were written by author and geologist Tony Scales, offer in-depth information as well as visual references.Seven signs with historical information will be placed at overlook areas and th...

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Fright stars invade the Black Lagoon

BALTIMORE — The Ninth Annual Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention was held at the Hunt Valley Wyndham, hosting the biggest turnout yet for the event.Film fans from all over the Tri-State region journeyed to the affair to meet film stars, enjoy live entertainment, and shop for collectibles. This year also marked the third in which “Movies From the Black Lagoon” hosted a panel, and it was an exciting one.

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Road gets a rollout

SALYERSVILLE — House Speaker Greg Stumbo spoke of watching a dream become reality, during a groundbreaking event Thursday for the start of a project to complete a four-lane corridor across the entire state.

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Fundraiser to benefit service dog group

PRESTONSBURG — The family of Ryan Setser, a local four-year-old with Down Syndrome, is continuing their fundraising quest to get their son paired with a highly trained service dog from an Ohio-based nonprofit.The event, sponsored by Angie G. Photography in Prestonsburg, will be pet photo shoots, with the proceeds going to Ryan’s cause. The mini-sessions will run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Session prices start at $25.

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Federal funds falling short for food banks

PRESTONSBURG — Numbers aggregated by the national non-profit Feeding America indicate that a shortfall of federal funds is making a tangible difference in food banks’ ability to get food onto the table for families in need.The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a needs-based funding program run through the USDA into state agencies, based on unemployment and other statistics. Although food banks receive a great deal of their food from contributions and purchase...

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Escaped inmate arrested

PRESTONSBURG — Jeremiah Vance, wanted after escaping the Floyd County Detention Center during a transfer into the custody of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 30, has been arrested in Pike County and now faces additional charges for the flight.Vance’s arrest warrant says that in the transfer, he kicked Deputy Harrison in the leg and ran, even after being ordered to stop. The alleged stunt means that the felony charges of first-degree escape and third-d...

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Thieves take railroad tracks

SPEWING CAMP — Two men are facing felony charges, after police allege they used a stolen pickup truck to cut up and steal railroad tracks, then fled when police arrived at the scene.According to arrest warrants, Kentucky State Police received two reports in August of men cutting up and stealing railroad tracks at the mouth of Johnson Road. On the second occasion, Aug. 23, when Trooper Jon Hall arrived and found the men still at the scene, they ran away on foot when the office...

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Spotted bass back in schools this fall

This is the third installment of a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival” profiling the productive fishing on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and streams in fall.FRANKFORT – They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.In 1956, the Kentucky legislature designated this species the “Kentucky bass” and made them the official state fi...

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Ladycats fall to Paintsville, top Shelby Valley

BETSY LAYNE - The Betsy Layne Ladycats split a pair of 15th Region volleyball matches earlier in the week.On Monday, visiting Paintsville managed to edge the Ladycats 3-2, prevailing 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-9, 15-10).The Ladycats, however, returned to the win column on Tuesday, shutting out Shelby Valley 3-0. Betsy Layne beat Shelby Valley 25-19, 25-12, 25-18.With the win over Shelby Valley, Christina Crase-coached Betsy Layne improved to 18-13.Bets...

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Drugs found after man runs from traffic stop

LACKEY — A man who was pulled over for alleged traffic violations found himself in more hot water, after he allegedly tried to run away from police and drugs were allegedly later found in his car.Aaron Patton, 25, of Estill, was stopped Oct. 7 by an off-duty police officer at the Midee Mart, at Lackey. When the officer approached Patton and explained that he was a police officer, Patton allegedly tried to run away from the scene, but was stopped.

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An Oct. 15 story, “Hunger on the rise,” included incorrect numbers from a Feeding America study. God’s Pantry network of food banks distributed 1,907,899 meals in Pike County in fiscal year 2014. The Times regrets the error.

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