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As digital conversion looms, preparations made for safety, security

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PRESTONSBURG — Students entering Floyd County’s fifth and ninth grades in this first year of the digital conversion project will be receiving new laptop computers, aimed at bringing them a world of educational possibilities—along with a world of responsibility.

 

Man barricades self, 2 children in home

WAYLAND — A Paintsville man is facing a laundry list of criminal charges, following a bizarre incident at his mother’s home.The incident is alleged to have taken place July 21. On that date, Kentucky State Police troopers Matt Martin and John Walls were dispatched to the Shop Branch home of Mae Stumbo, where her son, 32-year-old Steven E. Dalton, was reported to be barricaded inside.

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Ear bitten off in inmate scuffle

PRESTONSBURG — A fight between two inmates at the Floyd County Detention Center last week resulted in one having to have a portion of his ear reattached, while the other now faces a new felony charge.The incident happened July 22. According to an arrest warrant, Brian Caudill, 46, of Harrodsburg, was allegedly involved in an altercation with another inmate, Jason Boyd, when he allegedly bit off part of Boyd’s ear.Assistant County Attorney Tyler Green said the...

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Shirley Thomas earns July Yard of the Month honors

PRESTONSBURG — Shirley Thomas, of Westminster Avenue, is the recipient of the Prestonsburg Women’s Club’s Yard of the Month award for July.Thomas says she was “delighted and humbled” when she returned home to find that she had been awarded the recognition. She says she’s lived in the home over 20 years.Around her walkways you can find several varieties of ornamental grasses, ferns, hostas, Kentucky and southern magnolias, and aucuba pl...

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One injured in S. Lake Drive collision

PRESTONSBURG — One young man is going to the hospital after apparently rear-ending an elderly couple on South Lake Drive in Prestonsburg on Thursday.The accident took place in front of Cooley Medical early Thursday afternoon. Details about the accident are scarce, but one witness says that, as she was turning left, a silver Toyota Camry came to a stop behind her. She then recalls hearing a crash.The man and woman in the Camry were not seriously injured by the wreck...

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Making the world safe for trust fund babies

Real wages have stagnated for decades. Homeownership rates are down. College debt is weighing down young people entering the workforce. Millions of low-wage workers eke by on a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.As the American Dream slips away for millions of people in this country, one faction of Congress is doing its best to aid a select group of folks that least needs a helping hand: trust fund babies.More than 222 House members — nearly all of them Republicans R...

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Circuit judge candidate campaign fundraising

The following is a detailed list of fundraising and spending by candidates for circuit judge, during the May primary campaign.DAVID BARBERRaised: $53,600.84Spent: $53,600.84Candidate contributions: $53,600.84Donor contributions: NonePAC contributions: None...

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Lawmakers to Consider, Is Death Penalty Worth Keeping?

PADUCAH - An in-depth examination of the death penalty by state House and Senate Judiciary Committee members schedulef for Friday will mark a shift in the debate, according to Kentucky’s public advocate.Public defender Ed Monahan said the discussion by lawmakers is moving from “Should we fix the death penalty?” to “Should we get rid of it?” Monahan said he wants Kentucky to make life without parole the maximum sentence.“Law has to be b...

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Child health and education improve in Kentucky, but poverty prevails

JEFFERSONTOWN - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow.The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, were released Tuesday. Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, says a bright spot is over the last two decades the number of children without health insurance has been cut...

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Movies from the Black Lagoon: ‘VHS’

A gang of foul mouth thugs break into a house to steal a videotape but find that they have entered a nightmare (captured on the titular format) in this hodgepodge horror that enlists 6 directors to tell a slew of scary stories.The film opens with our group watching their latest exploits on videotape. Turns out these ‘goons for hire’ enjoy taping their crimes and watching the footage later. They also abuse the format in other ways by trying to catch young ladies in compr...

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Rental Central

One new release had a hard time holding a candle to the classic releases in a slow week for the video market.“Noah” — Director Darren Aranofsky (“The Wrestler”) tackles the story of Noah (played by rugged Russell Crowe) and the great flood, but falls short in the story department. The special effects are pretty amazing, though, as a CGI-flood threatens life on Earth. Noah listens to the Lord and builds his Ark, but mus...

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Betsy Layne to hold Blue-White Game on Aug. 8.

BETSY LAYNE - The Betsy Layne football program will host its annual Blue-White Game on Aug. 8. The preseason scrimmage is set to start at 6 p.m.Betsy Layne lost quarterback Dylan Hamilton (2,852 yards, 34 touchdowns), top rusher Houston Hall (622 yards, nine touchdowns) and linebacker Blake Spencer as 10 seniors moved on via graduation.After leading Betsy Layne in receiving, senior Peyton Case (1,012 yards, 13 touchdowns receiving) is poised to take on an even bigger rol...

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KCU’s 2014 football schedule released

GRAYSON - Kentucky Christian University will play in four different states during the 2014 football season. The KCU Knights will kick off the 2014 season with an out-of-state trip to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech on Aug. 28 in a Thursday night game. It is the only non-conference game of the season for KCU. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 5-7 season, including a loss to NCAA Division I Wisconsin, and feature preseason all-Americans and OVC all-conference players on defense in Tra’...

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Seth and the problem with the plane

I almost always carry paper and pen with me just in case something exciting happens. This is from a few weeks ago when we were on vacation.The pilot just announced we are flying at 35,000 feet. I wish he wouldn’t do that. I always look out the window to see how far down that is. Pretty far. But the clouds look like whipped cream.Flying isn’t my favorite. Whenever we are ready to take off, I always think about dying-for some reason. Then I remember that in the...

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Food poisoning: Your guide to prevention

PIKEVILLE - Every year millions of people experience symptoms related to food poisoning. Typically, symptoms are mild; however, in some instances they can escalate and lead to complications such as paralysis, kidney failure and even death. With symptoms ranging from mild to severe, often it is difficult to recognize the signs. So, how can you know for sure if your illness is just a minor digestive issue or a case of food poisoning? William T. Betz, D.O., MBA, FACOFP, dist., chair, department ...

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Allen settling in as P’burg volleyball coach

PRESTONSBURG - Former University of Pikeville standout Kristal Allen is the new head coach of the Prestonsburg High School volleyball team. Allen, who has been serving as an assistant coach on the Betsy Layne High School girls’ basketball staff, inherits a Prestonsburg volleyball team that compiled a 4-17 overall record in 2013. She replaces Jonni Raines as the head coach of the Prestonsburg volleyball squad.Prior to playing at the University of Pikeville, Allen excelled in b...

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Kentucky laws may become models for other states

The Council of State Governments will consider adopting 12 bills from Kentucky as model legislation at its August annual meeting.The bills, all of which became law, range from the well-publicized Juvenile Justice Reform Act to a lesser-known bill that provided civil liability protections to engineers and architects who volunteer their services after a natural disaster or emergency.The council annually publishes suggested legislation about topics of current importance to ...

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Students need better counseling to contribute more to the region, working group thinks

MOREHEAD – A group studying how education can lift the economy of Appalachian Kentucky has several ideas, including a “counseling for careers” approach that would begin for students no later than middle school and continue through high school.The program would be modeled after the Kentucky College Coach program that places mentors in high schools for individual support and college coaching, according to discussions in the Education and Retraining Working Group of ...

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