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McConnell, Rogers talk coal on bus tour

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TRAM — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has made coal a central issue in his re-election campaign, most recently with his Coal Country for Team Mitch bus tour this week.In their first Floyd County stop at Cheyenne Enterprises on Camp Branch in Tram, McConnell was joined by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who called McConnell the hardest-working man in Washington for the coal industry, and recording artist Jimmy Rose, who performed the song that brought him to such prominence, “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”

 

Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Ragedy Ann’s awarded for charming style

PRESTONSBURG — In the first accolade of its kind, the Prestonsburg Woman’s Club has given Ragedy Ann’s their new Business Beautification Award this week.“It really made my day,” store owner Suzy McCoy said of the recognition. “I’ve never received anything like this.”The store is mostly a consignment shop that also carries some new merchandise. “We take a lot of pride in our products,” McCoy says. “We steam...

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David School receives $175K grant

DAVID — A program to help students students learn by inches got boost of thousands, thanks to a private foundation grant announced this week.The David School was named the beneficiary of a $175,000 grant from The Bingham Trust to develop and implement the school’s “Inch by Inch Project.”The project aims to teach students through hands-on activities, by creating products designed by students that school officials ultimately hope to sell.

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Red, White and Blue Days is a festival celebrating our veterans, so it is only natural for a local vet to lead the parade as Grand Marshal.Breanna Danyelle Anderson was crowned Red, White and Blue Tiny Miss Photogenic winner. She is the 5-year-old daughter of Phillip and Danya Anderson of Melvin. She is a kindergarten student at May Valley Elementary.Allen Central Rebel football players were honored with their own float.Allen Central’s varsity cheerleade...

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Road still issue for court

PRESTONSBURG — For the second meeting in a row, the Floyd County Fiscal Court heard complaints on Friday from residents living on Ward Branch in Cow Creek about their road’s condition.Jeff Crum says that since his last appearance, when he first brought a petition before the court, no work has been done on the road. In that time, he says the road has torn apart his vehicle.County road supervisor Mike Jarrell told Crum, “It’s impossible to work on t...

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Prestonsburg woman publishes her first children’s book

PRESTONSBURG — Debbie Allen says that becoming a children’s book author has been a rewarding challenge as she signed copies of her debut paperback, “Snake Rattle and Roll,” at the Arnold Avenue Century 21 office on Friday.The book follows the adventures of Roxie, Brownie, and Sophie—three dogs who decide to have a bicycle race. As each one encounters some mechanical troubles, they each meet friendly snakes who give them a helping hand. In the end, they...

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The face of hunger may shock you

The number of people in America currently seeking help to feed themselves and their families is staggering. A new report released by Feeding America and God’s Pantry Food Bank, Hunger in America 2014, shows that every year, more than 46.5 million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, receive food assistance through the Feeding America network of food banks and the agencies they serve.In Central and Eastern Kentucky, more than 190,000 men, women and c...

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Paul weighs future as GOP poised for gains

Kentucky’s junior senator is not on the ballot this year and has a pivotal decision about his own political future looming on the horizon, but that does not prevent him from having an opinion about how this fall’s races will go.Sen. Rand Paul has been on a whirlwind tour around the country of late, most notably in 2016 bellwethers Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as attending numerous events across Kentucky, as he mulls whether to seek re-election or instead run for pres...

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Trick-or-treat latest issue to divide county

PRESTONSBURG — A debate over what night tots trick-or-treat is beginning to show more twists and turns than a pack of Twizzlers.Despite a vote by the Floyd County Fiscal Court on Friday, the judge-executive’s office said Tuesday that the date set for trick-or-treat throughout the county will remain Friday, Oct. 31.The original declaration from Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall established the festivities for Friday, Halloween night. District 4 M...

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Bobcats upend Magoffin

SALYERSVILLE - Betsy Layne prevented host Magoffin County from remaining in the win column, defeating the homestanding Hornets 52-36 in a non-district football game on Friday night.The Bobcats, who returned to the win column after a district loss to Shelby Valley one week earlier, improved to 5-3 with the win.Following the loss, Magoffin County fell to 5-3.Betsy Layne, under the direction of veteran head coach Jon Parsons, amassed 542 yards of total offense. T...

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PMC says Ebola rumor a hoax

PIKEVILLE — A false Facebook post has the administration of one Eastern Kentucky hospital scrambling to reassure the public that there are no cases of Ebola in the area.The post claims that a patient is being treated for the Ebola virus at Pikeville Medical Center. When clicked, the post leads viewers to a page informing them that it was a gag. The problem for hospital officials, however, is that many people see the headline and a picture of the hospital, but never click on i...

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Wesley set to tip

ALLEN - Fresh off a national runner-up finish in the NACA Division 4 National Tournament, the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball program is set to tip off the 2014-1 season on Thursday. Wesley Christian is set to play its toughest schedule to date. Games with national powers Huntington Prep, Gonzaga (DC), Oak Hill Academy (Red) and RYD Prep (featuring University of Kentucky recruit Skal Labissiere), Mt. Zion Prep, Southwest Christian (Ark.) and a host of others will provide a challenging...

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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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A legislative perspective

While Kentucky has long played a major role in agriculture, it’s no understatement to say much of this takes place outside of the mountains. Some of our counties generate about $100,000 in farming sales, a tiny fraction compared with the $100 million some counties west of us see each year.That’s starting to change, however, as more families and businesses look locally for their food, something our own community has taken the lead on. With that in mind, I want to praise ...

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Lady Blackcats finish runner-up in district

PAINTSVILLE - The Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats finished runner-up in the 2014 57th District Girls’ Soccer Tournament. Johnson Central, playing as the host school after the tournament was moved from StoneCrest, doubled up the Lady Blackcats 6-3 to win the district championship.The win allowed 15th Region frontrunner Johnson Central to improve to 17-1-1.Following the loss, Prestonsburg fell to 11-7-3.Molly Davis led Johnson Central with three goals and one ...

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Festival to showcase culture of India

PRESTONSBURG — Local residents can sample the culture of India next month, when the Eastern Kentucky Indian community is brings “The Festival of India” to the Mountain Arts Center.The festival, which is one of the biggest festival in India, is a celebration of good over evil. It coincides with the end of harvest season and is celebrated on the new moon between October and November.This year’s celebration takes place on Nov. 1. The program will sta...

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KHSAA, Special Olympics announce new partnership

LEXINGTON - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics Kentucky announced a new partnership in a press conference at the KHSAA headquarters on Monday, unveiling plans to develop unified sports opportunities in Kentucky for intellectually disabled student-athletes.For the last four years, the KHSAA has conducted adapted track and field events at its state meet for physically disabled student-athletes. The new venture with Special Olympics Kentucky will allow ...

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