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BSCTC remembers 9/11

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PRESTONSBURG — Thursday marked the 13th year since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College remembered the day with a somber memorial service.Originally scheduled to be held around the flag on campus, inclement weather moved the proceedings indoors, to the Gearheart Auditorium. Director of college relations Joshua Ball welcomed the assembled crowd, and took a moment to recognize the military veterans and the first responders who were in attendance, including members of the Prestonsburg police, fire department, paramedics, Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad, and others.


Black lung returns to 1969 levels

Gains made in the fight against black lung disease since 1969 have been all but erased, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.The findings, to be published in the “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,” show that the rate of black lung has returned to levels not seen since the passage of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.In ...

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Market ranks first in state, fourth in U.S.

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County is making a splash on the state and national levels, after its farmers market posted some lofty numbers in “I Love My Farmers Market” promotion staged by American Farmland Trust.As it did in 2013, the Floyd County Farmers Market took the top spot among Kentucky markets as the “most celebrated” farmers market in the state, although by a much wider margin. While the market took the top spot in Kentucky in 2013 with 185 votes, ...

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Case leads Bobcats over Allen Central

BETSY LAYNE - Betsy Layne senior quarterback Peyton Case had a hand in on six touchdowns as the host Bobcats beat Floyd County rival Allen Central 49-14on Friday night.Case completed 21 of 33 passes for 346 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.The first-year starting signal-caller also led his team in rushing. Case rushed 13 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats.Dustin Rogers and Lako Daniels accounted for Betsy Layne’s receiving t...

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Rebels capture eighth 15th Region All ‘A’ Classic title

HI HAT - Allen Central is set to compete in another All “A” Classic statewide volleyball tournament. Three-time defending 15th Region champion Allen Central captured its eighth 15th Region All “A” Classic late last week, defeating Pikeville 3-1 at South Floyd High School’s Raider Arena on Thursday night.Pulling out the hard-fought win, Allen Central topped Pikeville 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22.The 2014 All “A” Classic statewide vo...

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A problem far worse than radioactive waste

Imagine walking into a business, whether to work or simply to shop, and seeing a patron of the store walking around with radioactive waste, seemingly oblivious to exposing himself and everyone else to its dangers. Quite naturally, you would be concerned, about the safety of yourself and everyone around you.

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No injuries in Monday crash

PRESTONSBURG — Three vehicles were damaged after a minor accident at Calhoun’s Garage Monday morning.Prestonsburg Police Officer George Tussey says a Honda Civic stopped in the northbound lane on South Lake Drive to pull into the garage parking lot and turn around. He says that, as the situation was described to him, the driver of a silver Toyota Corolla coming up behind was unable to stop in time.Instead of rear-ending the car ahead, the driver of the Coroll...

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Schools, Chamber talk wi-fi

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on September 9, 2014 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The topic for this luncheon was education in Floyd County and the digital conversion implementation taking place within the school system. During the luncheon, two speakers from the Board of Education discussed the Floyd County School District. Dr. Henry Webb, Superintendent, reviewed information and data on the progress the county school system h...

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UK men’s basketball exhibition schedule set

LEXINGTON – The Kentucky-Georgetown College men’s basketball exhibition game, initially slated for Nov. 7, will now be played Sunday, Nov. 9 in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the SEC Network.In addition to the new date for the UK-Georgetown contest, Kentucky’s Nov. 2 exhibition opener against the University of Pikeville has been scheduled for 7 p.m. That contest will also air on the SEC Network.

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Garrett Johnson named SEC Freshman of the Week

LEXINGTON - After setting a University of Kentucky freshman record with 154 receiving yards on Saturday at Florida, wide receiver Garrett Johnson has been tabbed the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, it was announced on Monday night during SEC Now on the SEC Network.A native of Winter Garden, Fla., Johnson set a new UK freshman record with his 154 yard receiving game at Florida on Saturday. Johnson finished with six catches, with his 60-yard TD strike and his 33-yard TD...

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Blackcats blank Powell County, 40-0

PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg rolled in its latest regular-season matchup, defeating visiting Powell County 40-0 in a non-district high school football game at Blackcat Stadium/Josh Francis Field on Friday night.Host Prestonsburg notched its third straight win. The Blackcats improved to 3-1 after claiming the victory.Powell County suffered its second straight loss. The Pirates slipped to 1-2 as a result of the setback.

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Out of touch

The multimillionaire, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, is drowning in his own self-importance. The senator thinks more of himself than of our own families.The amount of time the senator has spent glorifying himself leaves no time for him to introduce any type of legislation that would have improved the economic well-being of our struggling men, women and children.Instead, the senator has spent his time raising millions of dollars from the big corporations, the billionaires and...

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Too busy for meetings

Mitch McConnell has been too busy to attend meetings of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the last four-plus years — too busy kowtowing to his rich cronies like the Koch brothers and other Washington-area power brokers.Mitch doesn’t seem to recognize that agriculture is one of Kentucky’s signature industries and that the state is still working to recover from the loss of what was once its major crop, tobacco.He needs to visit Kentucky now and then fo...

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Eastern Kentucky energy and heritage-entrepreneurship can move Kentucky to #1

In August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced a dramatic climb in Kentucky’s entrepreneurial climate. The Commonwealth advanced 45 places — from 49th in the nation to fourth — in the annual State Entrepreneurship Index.The index is based on the following four factors:1. Growth in the raw number of employer establishments. (i.e. businesses other than sole proprietorships)2. Growth in the number of establishments per capita3. Business form...

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Big first half sends EKU past MSU, 55-13

RICHMOND – Eastern Kentucky scored on the first play from scrimmage and never looked back in defeating the Morehead State football team, 55-13, Saturday night at Roy Kidd Stadium.Eastern Kentucky, ranked 25th in this week’s Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll, improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1992. Morehead State fell to 1-2.The Eagles outscored EKU 13-9 in the final half, but the hosts did their damage in the first stanza when all six touc...

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Pikeville drops MSC match to Cumberlands

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville volleyball team lost a Mid-South Conference matchup with Cumberlands 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, dropping sets by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 at UPIKE Gym.Cumberlands (10-4, 2-1 MSC) outhit the Bears (7-5, 0-3 MSC) .293 to .160, including a match-high .391 hitting mark in the third set. UPIKE managed to hit its best at .189 in the second set when it nearly stole a set from the Patriots.Sydney Hall paced UPIKE with nine kills...

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Edward Waters stuns Pikeville with last-second touchdown

PIKEVILLE – Edward Waters (Fla.) College outscored the University of Pikeville football team 35-7 in the fourth quarter to complete an improbable comeback with a last-second heave into the end zone on Saturday at the Hambley Athletic Complex.Trailing 48-42 with 35 seconds left, the Tigers (1-2) recovered an onside kick at their own 45 yard line with no timeouts. From there, Tyler Mahla completed a nine-yard pass on second down, then spiked the ball at the UPIKE 46 to bring up...

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: New teal-only season gives waterfowlers additional opportunities

FRANKFORT – Kentucky waterfowl hunters now have additional days in September to pursue teal.A teal-only season that is new for 2014 runs from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25. A combined wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 17 and closes Sept. 21.Hunters may harvest up to six teal a day during the experimental teal-only season.

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