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Union vote: No deal, but no strike

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PAINTSVILLE — Union workers at Highlands Regional Medical Center “overwhelmingly” rejected the latest contract offer offered by management, but put off a decision on calling for a strike.Service Employees International Union 1199 director Joyce Gibson said the decision not to call a strike at this time was made to keep the two sides talking, in an effort to avoid a work stoppage she said neither side wants.“We’re playing the good faith card,” Gibson said.The union did not release the vote tally, saying doing so would be against established procedure.


Kentucky Business One Stop portal receives praise and award

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal, the Commonwealth’s online, unified point of entry for business owners and their delegates, received the 2014 Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations Award at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit. The Award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated special, coordinated efforts on technological projects, data sharing, and other governing initiatives.

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We start counting down the days to summer vacation in January, sometimes before. My husband is the ring-leader. He tantalizes us with the number for months. (Finally, I found a free app for my phone that counts it down for me.)We count down to all kinds of things: Christmas, birthdays, etc. There’s one in particular that has been on my mind: The Feast of Trumpets.

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Hospital, union still at odds as deadline passes

PAINTSVILLE — As of press time Thursday, it remained uncertain whether 207 employees of Highlands Regional Medical Center would soon be leaving their jobs for the picket line.No agreement on a new contract was reached during last-minute negotiations between the hospital and Service Employees International Union 1199. Union employees were presented the hospital’s final offer on Thursday and were asked to vote on whether to accept the hospital’s final offer. If they...

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Man arrested after police encounter gunfire

PRINTER — Police responding to a domestic violence call Sunday found themselves greeted by gunfire.Kentucky State Police troopers were sent to a residence along Route 2030 Sunday night in order to question Ashley R. Lykens, 39, of Printer, about a domestic violence complaint. When they arrived, however, they were told by his family that Lykens had left the residence in his vehicle and drove further up into the hollow.During their subsequent search for him, police f...

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Meeting to discuss challenges of small hospitals

PRESTONSBURG — State Auditor Adam Edelen is planning a series of public hearings across the state — including one in Prestonsburg next week — to talk about the fiscal health of rural hospitals.The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities.The Prestonsburg hearin...

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Longtime educator remembered for leadership, caring

MARTIN — When Carol Stumbo passed away on Tuesday, Floyd County lost one of its most revered educators.Stumbo’s career includes years teaching at Wheelwright High School and Alice Lloyd College, serving with the Floyd County Board of Education, and acting as President for the Floyd County chapter of the Kentucky Education Association.Stumbo’s top priority was always the student, according to Delores Woody, who taught with Stumbo at Wheelwright....

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Deputies seize marijuana field

BUFFALO — Officers with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department have confiscated 59 marijuana plants that were being cultivated in a hidden field near Cow Creek on Wednesday.Deputy Landon Hall says the investigation began from an anonymous tip the sheriff’s department received. He and Chief Greg Clark discovered the field were directed to was tucked away a rural neighborhood, not visible from the nearby roadway.“I had to do a little digging,” ...

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Extreme nutrition

To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it’s something else entirely.In sports jargon, someone who “bonks” suffers severe fatigue after running out of their stored energy. People who experience the condition, also known as “hitting the wall,” describe it as having “your legs turned to cement.” Some folks hallucinate too.The body stores energy ...

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The war on women

It has long been suspected that the Supreme Court hates women, although it took the court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case to fully reveal its blatant misogyny.The court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act forbids the administration from forcing Hobby Lobby — an arts-and-crafts chain owned by evangelical Christians — to cover contraceptives that its owners object to on religious grounds (specifically, four drugs that it believes act as abortifaci...

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World Footbrake Challenge VIII being held at Bristol Dragway

BRISTOL, Tenn. - One of the country’s largest footbrake races descends on Bristol Dragway this weekend as BTE World Footbrake Challenge VIII rolls into Thunder Valley. The best footbrake racers in the country are set to slug it out for some big checks at the July 10-13 bracket races.In footbrake competition, drivers are not allowed to use electronic equipment in their pursuit of a perfect start off the tree. Friday, Saturday and Sunday winners receive a hefty $10,000 prize an...

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Look forward, not backward, federal official urges leaders of Appalachian economic effort

PINEVILLE – Those who would reshape the economy of Appalachian Kentucky shouldn’t be held back by the past, a key federal official told leaders of the effort this week.“Don’t be afraid to reinvent the identity of this region,” Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, told the executive committee and working-group chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative in their meeting Monday at Pine Mountain State Resort ...

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Dupree on Bronko Nagurski Watch List

LEXINGTON - For the second time this week, University of Kentucky senior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree has found himself on a national watch list which names college football’s defensive player of the year as the Football Writers Association of America and Charlotte Touchdown Club named Dupree to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Thursday.Dupree, who on Monday was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, is one of 81 defensive players...

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‘The Brain from Planet Arous’

An evil brain from outer space (like there’s any other kind) takes over the body of a scientist and plans to conquer the world in this effective chiller that demands a remake.The film opens with two dedicated scientists, Steve March and his aide, Murphy, getting all excited about radioactivity at a nearby site called Mysterious Mountain. The spot is only 30 miles away but boasts a record 120 degree temperature. They are all set to go when Steve’s girlfriend, Sally, offe...

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Rental Central

A slow week for new releases was supplemented by some obscure flicks and a vintage television series that were all worth seeking out.

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UPike welcomes Chinese delegation from Beijing University of Agriculture

PIKEVILLE – Developing students into global citizens is among the benefits of a new partnership between the University of Pikeville and Beijing University of Agriculture (BUA) in Beijing, China. The universities have agreed to exchange students and faculty and cooperate on academic programs together.Last summer BUA sent seven students to the University of Pikeville for a summer camp while five UPike students, along with Stephen Budney, Ph.D., professor of history, traveled to...

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Prestonsburg Healthcare stakeholders, along with family and friends, honored certified nursing assistant Venita Powers with a surprise party in celebration of 35 years of service.Venita Powers and her husband, David.

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Make tummy time fun for infants

LEXINGTON — Many parents and parents-to-be are aware of the “back to sleep” recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which advises that infants sleep on their backs. Making sure your baby sleeps on his or her back significantly reduces the chance of sudden infant death (SIDS). However, when infants are awake and being watched, they should spend time on their bellies, starting from the first few days of life.

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