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Storm swamps city

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PRESTONSBURG — A severe thunderstorm carrying the intensity of a five-minute summer squall, but which hovered over the city of Prestonsburg for over an hour, turned hollows into rivers and streets into canals Friday night, leaving residents shouldering a burden in property damages.The storm, which dumped 4 inches of rain in an hour, overwhelmed drainage systems and left much of the city covered in water, mud and debris.In the aftermath, local residents affected by flooding have been cleaning up, while local officials work to provide at least temporary fixes to the most serious damage and tally damage estimates in hopes of state and federal assistance.


Car, coal truck involved in Rt. 80 accident

EASTERN — Traffic was reduced to two lanes and cleanup lasted into the evening after a collision between a sedan and a tractor-trailer, Friday, at the intersection of Routes 80 and 680.Officers with the Kentucky State Police division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement say the driver of the sedan, a Nissan Altima, told them she was not paying close attention when a Peterbilt coal truck pulled out onto Route 80. The car rear-ended the left side of the trailer.Police s...

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Farmer’s market hosting free concert Saturday

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Farmer’s Market is partnering with the Prestonsburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to put on what they call the city’s first “agri-tainment” event, the Cornstock Music Festival, August 30 at the downtown municipal parking lot.Saturday’s event will feature 20 singers and musicians, including 2014 Road to Fame winner Jason Goble and seven more of this year’s Road to Fame top 10 finalists. Braxton Burke, ...

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McConnell talks coal at Worldwide Equipment

PRESTONSBURG — U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell made the first of several stops through Floyd County on Friday at Worldwide Equipment in Prestonsburg, as his campaign to retain his seat enters its last three months.The race is among the most closely monitored in the country, as one of the most recognizable names in Congressional leadership faces a stiff challenge from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, while the overall balance of power in Congress is also up fo...

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Cats suffer shutout loss to PCC

HAZARD - The Prestonsburg boys’ soccer team suffered a shutout loss to host Perry County Central late last week. Homestanding Perry County Central blanked Prestonsburg 7-0 on Thursday.With the loss, Prestonsburg slipped to 0-2.Thanks to the win, Perry County Central opened the season 1-0.Josh Lewis and Chad Smith paced Perry County Central with two goals apiece.Zac Combs, Jacob Farris and John Watts scored one goal each for the Commodores....

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Eckstein tabbed new UK baseball assistant coach

LEXINGTON - Rick Eckstein, the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for five seasons and most recently the player information coach for the Los Angeles Angels, has been hired as the University of Kentucky’s new assistant coach, it was announced by UK head coach Gary Henderson on Monday.Eckstein joins the UK staff after serving as the player information coach for the Angels during the 2014 season. Eckstein previously spent 2009-13 as the hitting coach for the Washington ...

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Osborne Elementary demonstrates hard work for school board

BEVINSVILLE — Students and staff at Osborne Elementary were proud to host the Floyd County Board of Education for its regular August meeting on Monday.Heavy rains in the area conspired with drainage issues over the weekend, necessitating a cleanup effort before the school week began. Superintendent Henry Webb was quick to thank the school staff and district employees who came in on Sunday to make sure that Osborne Elementary would not have to miss a moment of instructional ti...

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Should state ban cell phones while driving?

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in effect in 12 states; two of them will become effective within the next year. Be aware that when you cross a state line, you could be committing a crime.

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MSU: Weekly football awarsd honor alumni standouts

MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University football program is continuing a tradition started in 2013 by naming its weekly awards after former Eagle greats. Six of the eight honors bear the name of MSU alums.“It is vital for us to acknowledge the contributions of our alumni,” Head Coach Rob Tenyer said. “Continuing this tradition and naming awards after our Eagle greats is just one small token of our appreciation for everything these men have done.”...

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Flash flooding left May’s Branch awash in mud.North Lake Drive in Prestonsburg bore a striking resemblance to its name, Friday night.Water rose to several feet deep in some homes.

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Wildcat turned entrepreneur says NYT getsMagoffin County wrong

Growing up in Magoffin County, Grayson Smith always knew he wanted to come home to the mountains he loved. “I didn’t buy into that whole ‘life-is-better-somewhere-else’ mindset,” he says. Not that he wouldn’t have opportunities to live elsewhere. In high school Grayson was a star football player, a running back and linebacker at Magoffin County High. When he graduated from high school, he headed to the Big Blue Nation. His high school play hadn’t land...

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A legislative perspective

Of all the issues the General Assembly considers, none is more important than keeping our people safe.It’s something other legislators and I think about every legislative session, and it was at the top of my agenda when I was Attorney General.The first step in tackling a problem is making sure you have the full picture. When it comes to crimes and arrests, few resources are more helpful than the data the Kentucky State Police has compiled every year since the 1980s...

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Bristol Motor Speedway announces new race date for Food City 500

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Fans of Bristol Motor Speedway have been heard.After considerable fan feedback, Bristol Motor Speedway announced Friday the 2015 Food City 500 weekend will move to April 17-19. Since 2005, the Food City 500 has been held in March.“This is a great day in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway thanks to our passionate fans,” said Jerry Caldwell, BMS general manager and executive vice president. “Bruton and Marcus Smith and NASCAR heard the...

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BSCTC Workforce Solutions kicks off ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ training

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) Workforce Solutions office kicked off the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training on Tuesday, August 19, for workforce, non-profit and civic leaders across eastern Kentucky on its Mayo campus.The program, facilitated by Bob Gound, SPHR, focused on a proven personal leadership system that is based on the timeless principles of effectiveness.“Leadership is the foundation of community ...

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Russell, Shepherd win Magoffin County Big Sandy Idol competition

SALYERSVILLE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol competition at Magoffin County High School on Friday, August 22. Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.Seven students participated for coveted spots for the annual Big Sandy Idol regional competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Lindsey Russell was crowned the winner, and Brooklyn Shepherd finished as runner-up. Each will advance to the regio...

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Rebels blank Prestonsburg

PRESTONSBURG - Three-time defending 15th Region champion Allen Central won its season-opener late last week, blanking host Prestonsburg 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-7) in a 58th District match at the Fieldhouse on Thursday night.Allen Central, under the guidance of veteran head coach Larry Maynard, moved to 1-0 and Prestonsburg to 2-1.After opening the season with back-to-back wins over Lawrence County and Magoffin County, Prestonsburg suffered its first loss. Prestonsburg is u...

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BSCTC art gallery presents exhibit by Shannon Shepherd

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will host “The Art of Shannon Shepherd” exhibit in its art gallery through October 5.Shepherd, who resides in Floyd County, has a keen eye for eastern Kentucky culture and his exhibit includes a collage of life in the hills, and the people who have endured and prospered.“I hope to represent and preserve the values, ideals and beliefs that have influenced my life and that have shaped ...

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BSCTC, BSCEF announce Betty Dorton Nursing Scholarship

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) President/CEO Dr. George D. Edwards finalized an agreement with the Delta Sigma Sorority for the Betty M. Dorton Nursing Scholarship on Wednesday, July 30.“Without the generosity of our donors, the dream of a college education would not be a reality for many of our students,” said Dr. Edwards. “Betty Dorton was a healthcare professional that put her patients first, and this scholarship will hel...

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