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Controversial MAC billboard coming down

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PRESTONSBURG — The Mountain Arts Center board met at a specially-called meeting on Tuesday to discuss their plans for handling the unexpected controversy that arose from their U.S. 23 billboard sponsored by Mann Toyota.MAC Executive Director Keith Caudill cited research and Gallup polls that have continually ranked Eastern Kentucky at the bottom of health and well-being indices as his inspiration for the billboard’s conception. His goal was to counter the national perception of the region as gloomy and depressed with an message that would generate smiles and laughter.

 

Two charged after allegedly recycling others’ belongings

PRESTONSBURG — During spring cleanup month in April, no one could be blamed for recycling — unless, of course, the items being recycled were stolen.That allegation is being made against two men in Floyd District Court.Bryan E. Lafferty, 37, of Dwale, faces charges receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender, following a complaint filed April 16. According to his arrest warrant, Jarvey Lafferty accuses Bryan Lafferty of stealing copper fro...

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Heaven in a bread shop

Do you ever think about what heaven will be like?Two words: Panera Bread.Have you ever been? It is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for bread lovers! When we go through the door, I hear angel music in my head. Sunlight glows brightly around all of the counters and cases.

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‘Odd Thomas’

Dean Koontz’s popular novels about a young man with supernatural abilities get a worthy film adaptation in this fast-paced flick from the director of “Deep Rising.”

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Rental Central

A slow week for new releases was reinvigorated with a quartet of older flicks, with most sporting deluxe extras.“Doctor Who: The Web of Fear” — This classic Who adventure, featuring second doctor, Patrick Troughton, was saved when an intern in Australia found the reels in a pile marked for refuse. The adventure finds the second incarnation of the character having his first interaction with U.N.I.T. , a group that was more involved in the plot line...

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Grimes, McConnell spar over jobs comment

The same day U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said a Lee County newspaper took his comments about job creation out of context, the Democratic front-runner for his seat criticized the senior senator for his remarks and said job creation would be her “number-one priority.”In an interview with Edmund Shelby in the Beattyville Enterprise, McConnell appeared to deflect a question about creating jobs, saying that was a state responsibility.“Economic development is a...

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Martin seniors fighting eviction

MARTIN — An attorney for Martin Area Senior Citizens says the group has no plans to comply with an eviction notice delivered by the Housing Authority of Martin, calling the attempted eviction “unconscionably cruel.”Ned Pillersdorf, who is representing the senior citizens, said the group recently received a letter evicting the group from its current headquarters, for paying its $1-a-year lease six weeks late. Pillersdorf said the payment was due Feb. 1 and was paid...

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Sex offender charged with violating registration

PRESTONSBURG — A Pike County sex offender was arrested last week, after failing to update the state Sex Offender Registry with his current address in Floyd County.Barry Robinson, 48, had allegedly been living in Floyd County, even though his address with the registry was still listed as Pikeville. He was charged with a felony count of failure to comply with sex offender registration.Robinson is under a lifetime commitment to maintain his registration, after being c...

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The Floyd County Democratic Woman’s Club hosted the finalists for the club’s $1,000 scholarship contest, during the group’s monthly meeting Monday night at Prestonsburg City Hall. Finalists included Joslyn Isaac, of South Floyd High School, daughter of Denise & Johnny Isaac, of Hi Hat, with mentor Melissa Perry; Cathryn Calhoun, of the Piarist School, daughter of Mike and Judi Calhoun, of Prestonsburg, with mentor Bridgett Clay; Maggie Ann Wilkes, of Wesley Christian School,...

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Waiter, am i subsidizing your pay?

Late April doesn’t just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It’s when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association — a.k.a. the “other NRA” — swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying.With a $65 million budget and over 52,000 members, the other NRA ranks among the nation’s most powerful corporate lobbies. In 2014, its top priorities include fighting pro-worker measures like paid sick days and new health care re...

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The grand opening for the Hi Hat Village Post Office was held Tuesday, to celebrate the new partnership between the U.S. Postal Service, Price Rite Market and the owner Karen Hall. In attendance, from left to right, were Nick C. Walker-VPO Coordinator, Delmar Paige, Karen Hall-Owner, Brittany Yates-Employee, Buddy the Dog, Sarah Hall-Retired Hi Hat Postmaster, and Nada Collins HCR Carrier. The Hi Hat Village Post Office will offer 1st Class stamps, Priority Mail Express Flat rate mailing serv...

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Smaller lakes hold big largemouth bass

FRANKFORT – Dale Wilson cast a black spinner bait embellished with a split-tail pork eel trailer into Wood Creek Lake and started working it back to the boat with lifts and drops.Lurking in about 5 feet of water near the base of a boulder, a largemouth bass found the lure and presentation irresistible. It struck. Wilson set the hook.The 13-pound, 10.4-ounce lunker pulled from the Laurel County lake that April morning became the new Kentucky state record. Its status...

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Morehead State concludes spring practice

MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University football team closed out spring practice with an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium. More than 1,500 fans turned out for the contest, which showcased approximately 70 student-athletes.The day began at 2 p.m. with tailgating. The activities inside the stadium began at 4 with an alumni game. The current players and coaches then hit the field at 5:15. The festivities took place under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 7...

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Willis named Union College football coach

BARBOURVILLE - Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced the hiring of Zak Willis as Union College’s new head football coach on Thursday, April 18. Willis is the 11th person to hold the position of head coach in the history of the Union College football program.“I’m very grateful and humble to be here,” said Willis. “After going through 20 years of college football, coaching at the small college level on up to the SEC and Big Ten, I think...

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Students get living history lesson at Appalachian Days

PRESTONSBURG — Hundreds of fourth- and fifth-grade students from Betsy Layne Elementary and Allen Elementary were treated to the sights, sounds and even tastes of 19th century living at the third annual Appalachian Days at Big Sandy Community and Technical College on Wednesday.Lisa Stumbo, director of ECHO (Embracing Cultural Heritage Opportunities) and Tina Terry with the BSCTC regional office of cultural diversity put together the event with the Friends of Middle Creek. The...

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Allen Central notches district win over Betsy Layne

DRIFT - Host Allen Central scored in five of its six plate appearances and took advantage of eight Betsy Layne errors to beat the visiting 58th District foe 10-4 at Drift Park on Tuesday.Allen Central scored 10 runs on only six its. The Rebels edged Betsy Layne 6-5 in the hits column.Allen Central pitcher Junior Handshoe earned the win. Handshoe worked four innings, registering seven strikeouts in the winning performance.Tanner Hamilton delivered five strikeou...

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Advance Auto Parts signs on as Arm Drop Drags Main Event sponsor

PRESTONSBURG - Advance Auto Parts is onboard in an even bigger role with the Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags. Late last week it was announced that Advance Auto Parts would be a Main Event sponsor for the Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, a highly popular event set for next week.

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Commercial Trucking Career Fair Set for May 16 in Hazard

Eastern Kentucky residents looking for work in the commercial trucking industry will have the chance to apply and be interviewed for jobs at an upcoming career fair in Hazard.Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E) will host the event on May 6 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, 412 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard.Representatives from several employers will be on hand, including Averitt, JB Hunt, Schneider, and Summit Trucking.Most jobs do not ...

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