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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.”


A legislative perspective

Our country has achieved a tremendous amount over the last century, but to me, nothing means more than the gains we have made in the lives of our children.It is difficult to imagine just how far we have come, but statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are one place to start. In 1907, for example, about 1,400 children out of every 100,000 did not make it to their fifth birthday; today, that figure is less than 30. For those ages five to 14, those numbers ha...

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Toufic Saad, professor of mathematics, held an Anti-Bullying class on Friday, July 18, on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Saad, shown with 10-year-old Kaylee Jarrell, held the event in partnership with the college’s Speakers Bureau. Saad conducts presentations on Kids Against Bullying, Verbal Defense and Self-Defense for Women. For more information, contact Saad at (606) 889-4771 or email toufic.saad@kctcs.edu.

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District named tops in the area for second straight year

The Floyd County Conservation District was recently honored for its outstanding dedication and leadership by being named the top conservation district for the second straight year in Area 8.The District received the award at the Kentucky Association of Conservation District annual convention held in Louisville July 13-15. The District are divided into 9 areas throughout the state.

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For the Record

MARRIAGE LICENSESDebra J. Hampton, 46, of Virgie, to Gary Wayne Ray, 52, of Virgie.Samantha B. Goble, 28, of Banner, to Paul Aaron Burgess, 32, of Banner.Tiffany Lasha Amburget, 19, of Martin, to Hiram Benjamin Carroll, 22, of Martin.Arial Milynn Hopkins, 23, of Richmond, to Justin Lee Conn, 25, of Richmond.Erma Lee Maynard, 32, of Martin, to Stanley Conn, 46, of Martin....

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Practice safety at the shooting range

FRANKFORT – The cooler temperatures and lower humidity that spread across Kentucky this week made it feel more like early fall than the dog days of summer.Fall hunting season seems closer with a crispness in the air in mid-July. And in reality, it isn’t far off. Early fall squirrel season in Kentucky opens in less than a month.Spending time at the shooting range now not only is fun but it’s also a surefire way to ensure you’ll be ready when it cou...

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Stolen electricity sends ex-con back to prison

PIKEVILLE — A Floyd County man is headed back to prison, after admitting to a violation of his federal probation.On Wednesday, Manis Risner, 55, of Martin, stood before U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar, waiting to learn his fate after admitting he had stolen electricity by using jumper cables to connect his electric box to an electric line.Risner was one of five people indicted in September 2009 as part of a conspiracy to travel to Pennsylvania to illegitimately obt...

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Road to Fame finals set for Saturday

PRESTONSBURG — The final round of the 2014 Country Music Highway Road to Fame contest is set for 7:30 this Saturday night at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.Finalists emerging from June’s semifinal rounds include Corban Booher, Sam Fisher, Jason Goble, Ciara James, Wakita Young, Katelyn Fitch, Clarke Sexton, Gracie Thompson, the duo of Something Different (Cody Morgan and Savannah Taylor), and three-piece group Kindred Spirit (Rebecca Williamson, Ashley Butler,...

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