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Candlelight vigil held before upcoming HRMC contract talks

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PRESTONSBURG — Highlands Regional Medical Center union workers and supporters turned out en masse Tuesday evening for a candlelight prayer vigil organized to demonstrate solidarity as final negotiations with hospital administrators approach.The demonstration by Service Employees International Union District 1199 was meant not only to show unity before upcoming contract talks, but also to pray for a solution that would avoid a strike.“I’m here hoping for a resolution,” said Prestonsburg city councilman Les Stapleton. “This situation affects not only the people working at the hospital, but the people who come to the hospital for treatment.”


Community center meeting generates ideas, nothing concrete

PRESTONSBURG — Community members gathered at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg to join an ongoing discussion about the placement, capabilities, and funding of a planned Prestonsburg community center.Mayor Jerry Fannin led the talks, opening the floor to recommendations for features that citizens hope to see included in the center. One popular idea was swimming pools, particularly smaller therapeutic pools that would be more affordable to install and maintain....

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A new look, thanks to you

The Floyd County Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Floyd County Times is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website....

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Ready to Work, Work and Learn offer financial assistance to college students

PRESTONSBURG – Outside of financial aid and scholarships, prospective students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) have a variety of services available to help make the dream of a college education a reality.One of those programs is Ready to Work, a partnership between BSCTC and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). They assist low-income parents who qualify for the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) with a variety of services, inclu...

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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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Sheriff’s race ends, as Collins bows out

More than three months before the November election, the race for Floyd County sheriff is already over.John Hunt is the presumed sheriff-elect, after his only remaining opposition — Republican Joey Collins — announced his departure from the race on Tuesday.In a letter to The Floyd County Times, which appears in today’s paper on page A4, Collins said he entered the race for sheriff at a time when he was not comfortable with any of the other candidates. H...

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Sheriff’s department catches Tennessee fugitive

AUXIER — In a sense, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office went fishing this week and ended up landing a whopper.The department began working with the Hancock County, Tenn., sheriff’s department on Monday, after that office turned up information that a fugitive wanted there might be in Floyd County.Jerry Wayne Anderson II, 25, of Sneedville, Tenn., was wanted for allegedly embezzling $75,000 from a farm and home supply company in Sneedville. He was believed...

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CDC director makes house call to Eastern Kentucky

SOMERSET — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced a first-ever SOAR Health Impact Series featuring Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with four events in Eastern Kentucky. Dr. Frieden and his team from the CDC will be on hand to discuss the high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the region.

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Highlands, union reach last-minute deal

PAINTSVILLE — Weeks of reportedly tense negotiations have come to an end and the possibility of a strike has been allayed, now that Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 have agreed to a new three-year contract.

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Langley drummer second fastest in the world

NASHVILLE — One of Floyd County’s own has won the title of runner-up at the World’s Fastest Drummer competition held at the National Association of Music Merchants 2014 show last week in Nashville.Braxton Burke, a native of Langley, took home second place in the 2014 “fastest hands” finals by recording 1,003 beats in 60 seconds, as measured by the sanctioning body’s “drumometer” device. His run in the preliminary round was a blisterin...

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Daniel named dean of institutional effectiveness and research

PRESTONSBURG – Dr. Chris Daniel has been named dean of institutional effectiveness and research at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).Dr. Daniel, 51, of River, has worked at BSCTC since 1995. A former instructor of surveying and mapping, Dr. Daniel served as associate dean of professional development and service learning from 2006-2012 and associate dean of learning support services since 2012.“I’m excited about moving into institutional ...

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Dr. Peter Kummant joins Saint Joseph Martin Hospital

MARTIN – Peter Kummant, M.D., has joined the Martin Clinic at 12579 Main Street in Martin. The clinic is a service of Saint Joseph Martin Hospital, which is a part of KentuckyOne Health.The Ohio native received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned his M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphi...

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Dr. Eileen Kummant joins Saint Joseph Martin Hospital

MARTIN – Eileen Kummant, M.D., has joined the Seton Family Health Center at 11087 Main Street in Martin. The clinic is a department of Saint Joseph Martin, which is part of KentuckyOne Health.The family practice physician earned her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed her M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She did her internship as a family practitioner at the McKeesport Hospital Family Practic...

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To change Appalachia’s health, change the culture, starting with youth, SOAR working group hears

The relatively poor health of Appalachian Kentucky is one of the major obstacles to its development, and changing that requires changing the culture, starting with youth.So said several people Wednesday night in Hazard, at a “listening session” of the Health Working Group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, an effort to improve the region’s economy and quality of life.“We have to change the children’s mindset first,” said...

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Group starts ‘listening sessions’ to get ideas for tourism related to arts and heritage in Appalachian Kentucky

The largest working group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative has begun a series of “listening sessions” to get ideas about developing tourism opportunities from Appalachian Kentucky’s arts and heritage.“Our charge tonight is to pick your brains on what are some big opportunities,” Phil Osborne, chair of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Working Group, said at its first meeting, Tuesday at Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center. “How do ...

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UK’s CAER part of Kentucky’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot system

LEXINGTON –The Commonwealth’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot unit at an operating power plant will soon be located at Kentucky Utilities Company’s E.W. Brown Generating Station, near Harrodsburg.The announcement was made during a news conference and ribbon cutting on the grounds of the facility this morning with Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, LG&E and KU Energy Chairman, CEO and President Victor Staffie...

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Memo to the New York Times

On June 26, 2014 the New York Times published yet another story about poverty in eastern Kentucky, the place we proudly call home. The story’s headline screamed “What’s the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?” The opening paragraphs set the article’s tone:“There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities wer...

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MSU baseball program adds left-handed pitcher, infielder

MOREHEAD – Aaron Leasher, a left-handed pitcher, and Braxton Morris, an infielder, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Morehead State baseball program. Both will be incoming freshmen for the 2015 season.“We are excited about adding these two young men to our program,” Head Coach Mike McGuire said. “Both are good students and quality additions to our incoming recruiting class.”

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