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Rescue squad building, monument dedicated

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PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad Captain Tim Cooley called Saturday’s dedication of the new Alexander-Goble-Willis Rescue Training Center, and the unveiling of the monument out front, one of the most important events in Floyd County’s history, and a big day for Kentucky as a whole.Cooley might be a little biased, but he has a good point. The FCERS was Kentucky’s first rescue squad, is consistently ranked as Kentucky’s best, and in 2007, was even deemed the third best in the nation.

 

Pets, owners to get free screenings

MARTIN — Whether they get around on two legs or four, all creatures great and small can get a picture of their health, during the area’s first pets and people health fair next month.The health fairs will be held Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the new Martin Fire Station Hill on Varia Mountain. Registartion will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both events are being held in honor of the late Dr. Mahendra Varia. An opening ceremony will be held at 9 a.m....

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Rescue squad dedication a day of fun, remembrance

The rescue squad’s massive main hall with filled to capacity with attendees before noon.Les Stapleton with the Prestonsburg Rotary helped serve ribs for the hungry visitors.Capt. Cooley poses for a picture with Arianna, the infant his squad helped deliver during the week’s floods.Seth was one of the many kids who enjoyed getting to explore real fire trucks.Prestonsburg Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter addresses the crowd.Charter mem...

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UPike, WKU partner on health programs

PIKEVILLE – A partnership between the University of Pikeville and Western Kentucky University will make three health-related master’s degree programs available to students in eastern Kentucky and provide access to WKU students in UPike’s College of Optometry.UPike President James L. Hurley and WKU President Gary A. Ransdell made the announcement today at the Pikeville campus.“Dr. Hurley and I began conversations a year ago about how WKU and UPIKE ...

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Civil War returns to Middle Creek Sept. 12

PRESTONSBURG — The cannons and rifles stand ready to be loaded, as Floyd County braces for gunfire to echo from the mountains once more.The annual re-enactment of the Battle of Middle Creek will take place beginning Friday, Sept. 12, and ending Sunday, Sept. 14, and the Middle Creek National Battlefield, near the junction of Routes 114 and 404. During the same timeframe, the Highlands Folk Festival will also be conducted at the battlefield.The themes of this year&#...

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Blackcats dominate Sheldon Clark, 50-6

PRESTONSBURG - It’s safe to say the Prestonsburg Blackcats weren’t dwelling on a stinging one-point loss to Pikeville from six days earlier. Prestonsburg went right back to work on Friday night, dominating visiting Sheldon Clark for a 50-6 win.Junior running back Dalton Frasure paced Prestonsburg on the ground as he rushed 10 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns.Frasure also hauled a touchdown catch in the win.Through the air, senior quarterbac...

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Food City pharmacy offers seasonal flu vaccine

ABINGDON, Va. – Company officials recently announced that Food City will once again be providing the flu vaccine this immunization season.“Food City’s immunizing pharmacists are certified to administer vaccinations in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Pharmacist Association and the Virginia and Tennessee Pharmacy Associations. Over the past eight years, Food City has offered the added convenience of a number of affordable preventative health ...

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KYCOM’s Class of 2018 to receive symbolic ‘white coat of compassion’

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine will formally welcome members of the Class of 2018 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.White coat ceremonies are rites of passage for beginning medical students. White represents purity, healing and the professional ideals of the medical profession that focus on compassionate caregiving. The long white coat is the ...

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Will Bowling: Farmer, entrepreneur

Will Bowling and his family are farmers and food entrepreneurs at Old Homeplace Farm in Clay County, Kentucky. Growing up in the winding “holler” of Twisting Sourwood, located on the Leslie and Clay County line, deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Will Bowling didn’t have a lot of entrepreneurial models to choose from. The most common professions were coal mining and teaching. About the only entrepreneurial choice you could have made in that time period and that part of easte...

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Rebels rout Jenkins, 40-14

EASTERN - Allen Central notched its first win in the 2014 football season in impressive fashion, defeating visiting Jenkins 40-14 on Friday night.The Rebels entered the win column six days after dropping their season-opener to East Ridge, a team from neighboring Pike County.Jenkins, a squad that battled Phelps to a 0-0 tie in Week 0, struggled to keep up with an offensive-heavy Allen Central attack.As a team, Allen Central rushed for 251 yards. The Rebels pick...

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A push for protecting wildlife from polluted water

LOUISVILLE — A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution.The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to reassess the dangers of its new regulations, claiming they violate the Endangered Species Act.“They want to compel the EPA to do an endangered species assessment ...

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Allen Central back on top in 15th Region

EASTERN - Three-time defending 15th Region champion Allen Central is ranked first in the latest Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association 15th Region Top 5 Poll, released on Friday.Allen Central carried a 6-1 overall record out of August. The Lady Rebels will visit Central Hardin for the highly-anticipated Queens of the Court volleyball tournament later in the week.Following Allen Central in the 15th Regin Top 5 Poll are Pikeville (2), Paintsville (3), Betsy Layne (4) and ...

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Concussion experts: Education key on sport of hard knocks

RICHMOND — As the fall sports season “kicks” into high gear, a new survey finds a growing number of young athletes will likely face an injury during the season. Research from Safe Kids Worldwide shows an alarming number of young people are injured as a result of aggressive play, hiding injuries to stay in the game, and parents who pressure coaches to keep them on the field. Kate Carr, Safe Kids’ president and CEO, says parents, coaches and players need to set some grou...

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Report: Kentucky bugged by climate change

FRANKFORT — Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience across the nation. Doug Inkley, senior scientist with NWF, emphasizes that hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watch for stinging and biting insects but he says the risks are multiplying as seasons arrive earlier and later.“I’m...

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Health-board smoking bans that Supreme Court struck down are still being obeyed

Three counties in Kentucky with unenforceable smoking bans continue to be smoke-free by the people’s choice.Clark, Madison and Woodford counties have smoking bans that can’t be enforced because they are regulations of county health boards, which the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in June do not have the power to ban smoking in public places. But officials in each county reported that most of the establishments in these counties continue to be smoke-free by choice.

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Appalachian Kentucky has much of what it needs to improve its poor health status, key federal officials agree

Appalachian Kentucky has the enthusiasm, creativity, people and facilities needed to greatly improve its dismal health status, two high-ranking federal officials said after looking at the problem on a recent tour.Dr. Thomas Frieden, Rep. Hal Rogers“I want to stir up our people to get involved in a grass-roots effort,” U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, R-Somerset, who hosted Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and P...

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Mental-health coverage now required, but access is limited

More people in Kentucky and the nation have access to mental-health care than ever, because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but that doesn’t mean the care is quick or abundant, especially for those on Medicaid, Abby Goodnough reports for The New York Times.In the latest of a series of stories Goodnough is doing about health reform from the Louisville area, she gives a new figure for the share of Medicaid patients in the rolls of the 521,000 newly insured Ke...

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Local talent shines at ‘Cornstock’

PRESTONSBURG — Local singers and musicians took the spotlight Saturday, during the first-ever Cornstock Music Festival, held during the Floyd County Farmers Market.The event, which showcased local talent alongside locally grown produce, filled the air of downtown Prestonsburg with music for over three hours Saturday morning and afternoon.Performers at the festival included 15 acts that competed in the Country Music Highway Road to Fame competition earlier this year...

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