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Center trumpets success during anniversary

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PRESTONSBURG — During a national celebration of the Job Corps Program’s 50th anniversary, the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center is pointing to some of its own successes in recent years.During a Community Relations Council meeting Tuesday, Perkins Center Director Thomas Rainey outlined many of those triumphs, which included going from one of the program’s lowest-ranked centers in 2008, to becoming one of the program’s best centers now.Rainey noted that in March 2008, the Perkins Center was ranked 104th out of 125 centers nationwide. By June of this year, however, the center now ranks eighth. In fact, Rainey noted, the Perkins Center has been among the nation’s top 10 job corps centers in 17 of the past 18 months.

 

Inmates indicted for murder

PIKEVILLE — Two inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy have been indicted on federal murder charges, following the death of another inmate in December.Denardo Sequan Hopkins and Eric Williams were each indicted Aug. 7 on charges of first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and traffic in contraband articles, following a Dec. 2 attack attack on Gregory Kittle.The indictment alleges Hopkins and Williams “aided and abetted by one another, did with malice a...

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Murder supect charged in Floyd

PRESTONSBURG — One of the two people charged with murder, following the discovery of three bodies in a burned Martin County home, now faces additional charges in Floyd County.Following her arrest Tuesday on murder and robbery charges, Amanda K. Bowen, 26, of Inez, was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for medical clearance. While at the hospital, however, her behavior clued the staff there that something else was going on.“While at the hospital, a nu...

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Car show to benefit animals in need

PRESTONSBURG — The Dumas Rescue Car, Truck, and Bike Show is coming back for another year.The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 24 at Archer Park. There is a $15 entry fee for participants in the show, but general admission for car lovers is free.As in years past, the car show will include plenty of food, music, prizes and fun. Most importantly, every penny of the proceeds will go directly to helping rescued animals.Sheena Wright with Dum...

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Fitzpatrick says officials waging ‘class warfare’

PRESTONSBURG — A discussion on the maintenance of the Middle Creek Battlefield offered more heat than light, during last Friday’s meeting of the Floyd County Fiscal Court.Frank Fitzpatrick, who sits on the battlefield’s governing board and whose family donated the land for it, addressed the court for what he said was a “matter of personal and community concern.” Fitzpatrick noted that the battlefield is often in “deplorable condition,” and ...

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The callow president

“Stop just hatin’ all the time.” If you haven’t been following the news, you might not know whether this bon mot was uttered by a character on the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” or by the president of the United States.Of course, it was the leader of the free world at a recent Kansas City, Missouri, rally, imploring congressional Republicans to start cooperating with him. The line struck a characteristically — and tellingly — j...

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Deal with ISIS now, or die by it later

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conceived by Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, gained strength and experience fighting in the Syrian civil war, a conflict President Obama avoided by dubbing possible in...

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Solar power gets hot, hot, hot

With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn’t beating oil wells into solar panels, retiring nuclear reactors, or embracing wind and geothermal power. Instead, these guys are trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy altern...

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PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg girls’ soccer team won its season-opener earlier in the week, toppling visiting Hazard 8-0 on Tuesday.Prestonsburg took control early in the contest and never faltered. The Lady Blackcats limited Hazard throughout the season-opener.Prestonsburg featured five different scorers in the non-district contest. Senior Katie Porter paced Prestonsburg with a game-high four goals. Junior Jackie Kidd, sophomores Carly Burchett and McKenzie Litt...

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BETSY LAYNE - The Betsy Layne volleyball team won its season-opener earlier in the week, defeating visiting Shelby Valley 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20) at the Dome on Monday.Junior LaKeisha led Betsy Layne with 10 kills. Kassidy Harmon and Hannah Manns followed, finishing with eight kills apiece for the Ladycats in the victory. Aiding the Betsy Layne attack, Megan Frazier contributed five kills.The productive Crum was active throughout the match as she also delivered ...

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.Barrett, from Millis, Massachusetts, was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos - who had been the dominant cars of the night - on Lap 139. The 19-year-old hel...

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Six Wildcat greats headed into UK Athletics Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON - Six University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September. The 2014 class includes former UK student-athletes Keith Bogans (men’s basketball), Pat Etcheberry (track and field athlete/coach, also strength and conditioning coach), Marty Moore (football), Passion Richardson (track and field athlete/coach), Terry Shumpert (baseball) and Sarah Witten (women’s tennis). The class will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame Weeke...

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Highlands continues to offer advanced sports medicine services to student athletes

PRESTONSBURG — Dr. Robert Royalty, orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon, will offer sports medicine evaluation and treatment with the Highlands Black & Blue Clinic — convenient healthcare for student athletes, with no appointment necessary. On Saturdays, student athletes can simply stop by the Wellness Center on the fifth floor of the Highlands Medical Office Building in Prestonsburg from 8 to 11 a.m. for a free evaluation. Dr. Royalty’s staff will also work to make an app...

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MSU Dance Team auditions set for Aug. 27

MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University Dance Team will hold open auditions for the 2014-15 squad on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in room 211 of the Wellness and Recreation Center.The squad is a competition dance team and attends Universal Dance Association College Nationals in January of each year. The team also performs at all home football, men’s basketball and select other home events. They travel to Nashville, Tenn., each year to perform at the Ohio Valley Conference...

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Floyd jobless numbers inch upward

FRANKFORT — Floyd County’s unemployment rate ticked slightly upward in July, mirroring for the most part the rest of the region.The jobless rate in July was 10.9 percent, compared to 10.5 percent the month before. Despite the increase, the unemployment figure was still well below the 12.2 percent rate from July 2013.Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July, down one full point from a year ago.As has been the case in recent months, J...

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High school sports participation increases for 25th consecutive year

The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 25th consecutive year in 2013-14 with a record total of almost 7.8 million, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, sports participation for the 2013-14 school year reached an all-time high of 7,795,6...

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UPike among ‘fastest-growing’ in the nation

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville has been named one of the “fastest-growing colleges” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.The Chronicle’s “Almanac of Higher Education 2014,” which publishes data and trends in higher education, ranked UPike 20th nationally among private baccalaureate institutions from 2002-2012.During that time, UPike experienced a 69.2 percent increase in enrollment, going from 1,201 to 2,032 students. Last fal...

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Blackcats drop home game to Hazard

PRESTONSBURG - In boys’ soccer, Prestonsburg dropped its season-opener to Hazard on Tuesday. Visiting Hazard managed to double up the Blackcats, winning 4-2.Justin Combs led Hazard with two goals.Prestonsburg faced plenty of resistance against an experienced Hazard boys’ soccer team. Defensively for Hazard, goalkeeper Shane Williams held Prestonsburg to a pair of goals.Dean Andler and Zach Skaggs each had one goal for the Blackcats.Aidin...

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