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Voard approves new high school design

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MARTIN — Floyd County Board of Education members voted Thursday in a specially-called meeting at May Valley Elementary to approve the preliminary schematic design of the county’s upcoming new high school.


City grants land for low-income apartments

PRESTONSBURG — A new low-income apartment complex could be coming to town soon, after the city council voted Monday night to deed a 2.6-acre tract of land in the Stonecrest Industrial Park to Mountain Comprehensive Care on a provisional basis.Mountain Comp is planning to build a 24-unit complex at the site, with all but five of the units reserved for special needs residents. All of the units would be reserved for low-income residents.While the apartments would be o...

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Council asks KLC to resolve attorney dispute

PRESTONSBURG — A dispute over the mayor’s nomination for the city attorney’s position was raised again, during a city council meeting Monday night.Following a discussion about councilman Les Stapleton’s proposal for a “comeback bucks” program, which would rebate purchases made at participating businesses with vouchers that could be redeemed at the same businesses, city attorney Jim Webb was given a copy of the proposal in order to review its lega...

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Crews began working this week to improve accessibility to sidewalks along North and South Lake Drive. The work is being performed to bring the city’s sidewalks closer into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Churches host substance abuse awareness event

AUXIER — For the second year, two area churches worked together to get out the message that there is help for drug addiction, during a substance abuse awareness event Saturday night.Those who gathered in the Auxier Park heard personal stories and messages about how drug addiction can be overcome, interspersed with gospel music performances. Those who attended were also treated to free dinner consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and a drink.The event was the re...

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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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AOKY provides career, technical education wIth employment in mind

PRESTONSBURG – The harsh reality of a layoff oftentimes leads workers to seek retraining for a new career.At Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY) program provides a comprehensive fast-track for students to retrain, retool and go to work.The program, a partnership between BSCTC, Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, provides technical training and basic educat...

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Buser re-elected to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

CHICAGO – Boyd R. Buser, D.O., of Pikeville, was re-elected to the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) and osteopathic medical students. He is AOA board certified in osteopathic manipulative medicine and family medicine.“As the dean of an osteopathic medical school, I have the unique privilege of watching students realiz...

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Mayor, Chamber of Commerce welcome new business

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County Chamber of Commerce members and several figures of the community stopped by Castle’s Roofing and Siding on Monday for an official grand opening celebration, including the ceremonial ribbon cutting.Business owner Frank Castle took the oversized scissors and snipped the ribbon, welcoming this new store on South Lake Drive to his other location in Paintsville.Frank’s daughter Laura Castle says the store sells all manner of roofi...

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School staff train to help diabetic students

PRESTONSBURG — Medical professionals and school staff came together on Friday morning as delegated staff training sessions for diabetes treatment took place at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Prestonsburg student center.New laws in Kentucky allow designated school staff, not just school nurses, who have taken this training to administer insulin injections and other medications to students in need. Friday’s session saw guidance counselors, secretari...

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Elliott named dean of academic affairs

PRESTONSBURG – Myra T. Elliott has been named dean of academic affairs at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).Elliott, of Prestonsburg, started as a nursing instructor in 1991. She has held positions as biological science division chair, coordinator of the associate degree nursing and pathways nursing program and associate dean of allied health.In her new position, Elliott will oversee associate deans of academic programs and learning support services...

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Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers will perform at Breaks Park, Aug. 15

Award winning musician Larry Sparks and his Lonesome Rambler Band are set to perform at Breaks Interstate Park on Friday, August 15 at 7:30 pm. The show will be held at the park amphitheater. Sparks is among the most widely known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today.“As part of the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, the Breaks is making a concerted effort to showcase our rich musical heritage. The Larry Sparks concert will represent the capstone...

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UK initiates statewide dialogue to address childhood obesity, academic achievement

LEXINGTON – Today’s public schools serve and educate students amidst competing demands of accountability, innovation, and fiscal constraints. Kentucky’s schools face an additional and significant challenge: The Commonwealth has the eighth highest rate of childhood obesity in the country, and more than one-third of Kentucky children are overweight or obese.A growing body of evidence links childhood health status — specifically nutrition and physical activity ...

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Little Sandy Singers perform ‘An Evening of Disney Magic’

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) Fine Arts department held its Little Sandy Singers Children’s Music and Drama camp this month on its Prestonsburg campus. The camp concluded with a performance of An Evening of Disney Magic on Thursday, July 24, in the Gearheart Auditorium.Laura Ford Hall, associate professor of communications, served as the camp instructor. For more information on BSCTC’s Fine Arts Department, contact Clayto...

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3 shot, 1 fatally, at motorcycle club

STONE — One man is dead, another is in jail, and two more were sent to the hospital, following a shooting a motorcycle club meeting Sunday in Pike County.Kentucky State Police were called out to a report of shooting at the club. Upon arriving at the scene, they found 29-year-old Bradley Coleman dead and two others injured from gunshot wounds. The two wounded individuals were taken to a medical facility for treatment.

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Cordia High School receives sanctions from KHSAA

LEXINGTON - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Cordia High School following a nearly yearlong investigation for violations of KHSAA bylaws including Bylaw 1 (Responsibility of Eligibility), Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements), Bylaw 6 (Transfer Rule-Citizens of the U.S. or U.S. Territories), Bylaw 7 (Transfer Rule-Foreign Exchange Students), Bylaw 11 (Financial Aid), Bylaw 16 (Recruitment/Undue Influence), Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Season) and Bylaw 25 (Req...

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Eastern Kentucky Soccer Conference to host annual Soccer-Rama

PRESTONSBURG - The Eastern Kentucky Soccer Conference will hold its annual Soccer-Rama on Saturday, Aug. 2.All sessions in the preseason high school soccer event will be 20 minutes in length.Each team is required to have three game balls for each session.Each team will have two ball runners for each session.The event will count as one scrimmage per the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).The boys’ schedule for the East...

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Our Yesterdays

20 years ago(July 27 and July 29, 1994)Timothy R. Prater, 32, of Middle Creek, died at about 5:20 p.m., Monday, when the mine car he was riding collided with another car at Pontiki Coal Corporation No. 1-A mine at Lovely.With less than a week to go, no one has filed with the county court clerk’s office for three seats on Floyd County’s school board, which will be on t...

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