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Hospital, union continue negotiations ahead of deadline

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PAINTSVILLE — Highlands Regional Medical Center and Service Employees International Union 1199 are continuing to hold last-minute negotiations in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract for 207 hospital employees.The two sides have been negotiating for the past month and are in the second and final day of talks this week. If no agreement is reached before the end of the day, the union could issue a 10-day strike notice.Wednesday afteroon, SEIU director Joyce Gibson said the hospital’s latest offer closed some distance between the two sides, but they remained far apart on the subject of health insurance for employee spouses.


Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon.With prices rising so fast, there’s never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative sources of energy. The longer we’re dependent on oil, the longer we’re at the mercy of foreign political turmoil.One of the most promising alternative energy sources i...

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Suit filed over flea market gassing

PRESTONSBURG — A Martin man who was hospitalized for four days after work crews vented a gas line near the camper where he was sleeping has filed a lawsuit against the gas company and a construction company contracted to perform the work.Frank Slone is suing EQT Production Company and Millstone Construction Company, claiming that he suffered permanent injuries, pain and suffering as a result of the Oct. 2 incident. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

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Pikeville meeting to focus on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation

PIKEVILLE – A two-day training and educational outreach conference focused on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation is planned Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville, the third entry in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series. “Capitalizing on Culture” is presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Community Trust Bancorp Inc.

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Maheu elected Big Sandy student government president

PRESTONSBURG – Taking the plunge and returning to college after 36 years took courage.But Zane Maheu quickly realized attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) was the perfect match.Now, Maheu, 56, hopes to build on his experiences as the president of the college’s Student Government Association (SGA).“I’m just excited about what the future holds,” said Maheu, a native of Massachusetts. “Our school has so m...

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Shepherd feels right at home at BSCTC

PRESTONSBURG – Who says you can’t go home again?For Ken Shepherd, who works in the maintenance and operations department at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), there’s no place like home.Shepherd spent 37 years doing factory work in New Jersey. When he retired, he packed his bags and returned home to his roots in the small Floyd County community of Martin.“I worked all those years because I wanted to provide for my family...

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Teleworks USA launches new online work-from-home training course on customer service

Teleworks USA has launched the latest in an exclusive series of free online training courses available to current and prospective work-from-home employees through its website, teleworksusa.com.The free, one-hour course helps job seekers who want to work from home office develop the effective customer service skills required in telework jobs for a wide range of national and global employers. These employers regularly hire for frontline customer service, sales, and information techno...

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High-speed broadband: The public-private debate

FRANKFORT — Kentucky is one of 31 states with no barriers to the creation of municipally-run or nonprofit broadband networks. Bardstown, Murray and Frankfort are among communities in the state that have some form of publicly owned Internet service. But others face big hurdles.Christopher Mitchell directs the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He said consumer choice is at the heart of community broadband networks.̶...

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