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Rescue Squad moves into new headquarters

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PRESTONSBURG — Though their grand opening is still a month away, the new facility for the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad is up and running.Construction began roughly a year ago, and has seen an outpouring of support from numerous organizations whose work has culminated in a sprawling complex including garages, bathrooms with showers, a museum area, a full service kitchen, common areas, office space, and an emergency operations center where rescue efforts can be coordinated.

 

Diversity is good for business, the economy

When thinking of immigration reform, we must ask ourselves what we want for the country. From a business perspective, important goals to aim for are innovation and entrepreneurship. And although there’s no simple recipe for achieving them, one key ingredient is diversity.

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Man charged with escaping home incarceration

TEABERRY — Authorities say a Floyd County man was not trying to get home when he allegedly escaped last week. Rather, he was trying to get away from it.Randall Akers was under home incarceration at his home on Old House Hollow, when he allegedly cut and removed his monitoring device and left, shortly after midnight, last Wednesday.Akers was arrested a short time later. He now stands accused of second-degree escape, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and th...

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Rotary moves to new rescue squad building

PRESTONSBURG—The Floyd County chapter of Rotary International has found a new home: The new headquarters of the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad.In their first meeting at the new location on Thursday, Squad Captain Tim Cooley gave the club members a tour of the new $1.2 million facility, before the FCERS crew served lunch.Club members said they appreciated Reno’s Roadhouse for serving as their host in the past, and hope to form a strong relationship wi...

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Grand jury indicts 10

PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County grand jury returned indictments against 10 people this week.Those indicted include:• Billy Gene Hunt, 35, two counts of theft by unlawful taking.• Angela K. Osborne, 40, promoting contraband.• Bradley Newsome, 30, theft by unlawful taking (auto), theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), attempted theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), first-degree wanton endangerment.• Randall Ak...

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‘Grabbers’

A small fishing community off the Irish coast is the scene for an alien invasion of giant, bloodsucking space squids in this throwback to those creature features of the 1950s.This flick announces its intentions with authority via the opening. A fishing boat spots a meteor falling to earth. They are almost immediately set upon by an off-screen beast that appears to have many tentacles. The boat, suffice to say, doesn’t make it back home.

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Preschool Easter lessons

There are so many things I can’t tell my preschoolers at church.We have had lots of tears lately when I’ve mentioned “blood.” (We just finished Moses and the plagues.) I wasn’t being gory, but they were scared at the very word!We are preparing for lessons about Jesus’ death and resurrection. They will learn it all when they are older, but for now, there are things I can’t tell them.My “littles” know that Je...

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Bacon is not a vegetable

As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.Consider this collision I had the other day with a devout vegangelical. While at a potluck among an omnivorous group that included a woman who raises and slaughters chickens and turkeys for meat, I tried to politely excuse myself for not partaking ...

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Fiscal court to hold no regular meetings before election

By the time the May election rolls around, the Floyd County Fiscal Court will not have held a regular meeting for three months.In March, the court met in special meeting one day before its regular meeting date. This month, the court’s regular meeting date falls on Good Friday, so the court will meet in special session April 24, instead.

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Jones attends 53rd Sweet 16

PRESTONSBURG - In March, Floyd County resident Perry Jones attended his 53rd Boys’ Sweet 16 State Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Riverview Health Carter Center Nursing Home Chaplain Phillip Ramey accompanied resident Perry Jones on the trip. Here is Ramey’s account of the trip:

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Complaint: Gas, coal companies ruined health, home

PRESTONSBURG — A Turkey Creek woman claims in a lawsuit that she lost her health and her home, due to negligence by a gas utility and a coal company last spring.Reba Slone, through her attorney, Hindman lawyer Timothy C. Bates, filed suit April 10 in Floyd Circuit Court against EQT Production Company and North Star Mining, seeking compensation for past, present and future health problems, as well as for the loss of her home. She is also seeking punitive damages against the co...

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Prestonsburg HealthCare Center hosts golf scramble

PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg HealthCare Center hosted its 2nd Annual Golf Scramble at the Paul Hunt Thompson Golf Course in Allen. The scramble was held for the resident Christmas fund. Facility Chaplain Jamie Slone said that this year’s scramble was very successful due in part to the sponsors that helped support the nursing home as well as the teams that played.The winning team was the foursome of Ryan Martin, Marty Gibson, Mickey McKinney and Will Boyd.The second-...

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Brantley coming back to Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags

HAGER HILL - Lizard Lick Towing’s Bobby Brantley got a taste of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags last year and he’s coming back for seconds. Brantley will appear two days at the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, May 2-3 at Combs Airport. Brantley is excited to have the opportunity to make another appearance at the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, a highly-popular drag racing event under the direction of Kent Rose.

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Strong majorities favor school exericise, nutrition standards

LOUISVILLE — Poll data released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, reveal the overwhelming majority of Kentucky adults favor tobacco-free school campuses, new USDA school nutrition standards, and more physical activity for students during the school day. Support for these children’s health issues was strong among Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

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Highlands holds fifth annual Jigsaw 5K

PAINTSVILLE — The Highlands Foundation kicked off Autism Awareness Month by hosting the fifth annual Autism Jigsaw 5K on Saturday, April 12, beginning at the Highlands Medical Office Building in Paintsville. Approximately 175 people registered for the event. Between registrations and donations, the race yielded almost $17,000 in funds for the Highlands Center for Autism.The event began with a Kids’ Fun Run for children ages 10 and under. For the second year in a row, fi...

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Appalachian Wireless becomes title sponsor for Arm Drop Drags

IVEL - Appalachian Wireless has signed on to become title sponsor of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags. The spring race for the Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags is set for May 2-3 at Combs Airport, a made-for-speed venue located between Prestonsburg and Paintsville.“We are extremely happy to have Appalachian Wireless as the title sponsor for the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags,” Race Coordinator Kent Rose said. “During the upcoming spring race, we’ll be hon...

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PHS to conduct youth flag football league

PRESTONSBURG - Youth flag football is returning to Floyd County this spring. Prestonsburg High School head coach John DeRossett has announced plans for a spring youth flag football league to be held in May.“In the next few days we will be sending out information about our Spring k-4 flag league,” DeRossett said. “The league will be free and all players will receive a jersey, a football and instruction from our players. This is a good way to get our players involve...

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Beshear announces Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday a vital resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Eastern Kentucky.The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is establishing a Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville. The office, on the University of Pikeville campus, will provide much-needed assistance to startup companies in the Appalachian region.Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes and Acting Business Development Commissi...

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