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TECO Energy sells coal arm for $170M

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HAZARD — Perry County Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of TECO Coal, will have a new owner by year’s end according to a press release from TECO Energy on Monday.According to the release, TECO Energy Inc. will finalize the sale of its subsidiary, TECO Coal, to Cambrian Coal Corporation, a member of the Booth Energy Group, by the end of the year — a sale that will bring the company $170 million and will take it out of the coal business.

 

PMC says Ebola rumor a hoax

PIKEVILLE — A false Facebook post has the administration of one Eastern Kentucky hospital scrambling to reassure the public that there are no cases of Ebola in the area.The post claims that a patient is being treated for the Ebola virus at Pikeville Medical Center. When clicked, the post leads viewers to a page informing them that it was a gag. The problem for hospital officials, however, is that many people see the headline and a picture of the hospital, but never click on i...

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Wesley set to tip

ALLEN - Fresh off a national runner-up finish in the NACA Division 4 National Tournament, the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball program is set to tip off the 2014-1 season on Thursday. Wesley Christian is set to play its toughest schedule to date. Games with national powers Huntington Prep, Gonzaga (DC), Oak Hill Academy (Red) and RYD Prep (featuring University of Kentucky recruit Skal Labissiere), Mt. Zion Prep, Southwest Christian (Ark.) and a host of others will provide a challenging...

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Paul weighs future as GOP poised for gains

Kentucky’s junior senator is not on the ballot this year and has a pivotal decision about his own political future looming on the horizon, but that does not prevent him from having an opinion about how this fall’s races will go.Sen. Rand Paul has been on a whirlwind tour around the country of late, most notably in 2016 bellwethers Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as attending numerous events across Kentucky, as he mulls whether to seek re-election or instead run for pres...

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Trick-or-treat latest issue to divide county

PRESTONSBURG — A debate over what night tots trick-or-treat is beginning to show more twists and turns than a pack of Twizzlers.Despite a vote by the Floyd County Fiscal Court on Friday, the judge-executive’s office said Tuesday that the date set for trick-or-treat throughout the county will remain Friday, Oct. 31.The original declaration from Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall established the festivities for Friday, Halloween night. District 4 M...

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Spotted bass back in schools this fall

This is the third installment of a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival” profiling the productive fishing on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and streams in fall.FRANKFORT – They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.In 1956, the Kentucky legislature designated this species the “Kentucky bass” and made them the official state fi...

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A legislative perspective

While Kentucky has long played a major role in agriculture, it’s no understatement to say much of this takes place outside of the mountains. Some of our counties generate about $100,000 in farming sales, a tiny fraction compared with the $100 million some counties west of us see each year.That’s starting to change, however, as more families and businesses look locally for their food, something our own community has taken the lead on. With that in mind, I want to praise ...

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Bobcats upend Magoffin

SALYERSVILLE - Betsy Layne prevented host Magoffin County from remaining in the win column, defeating the homestanding Hornets 52-36 in a non-district football game on Friday night.The Bobcats, who returned to the win column after a district loss to Shelby Valley one week earlier, improved to 5-3 with the win.Following the loss, Magoffin County fell to 5-3.Betsy Layne, under the direction of veteran head coach Jon Parsons, amassed 542 yards of total offense. T...

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Lady Blackcats finish runner-up in district

PAINTSVILLE - The Prestonsburg Lady Blackcats finished runner-up in the 2014 57th District Girls’ Soccer Tournament. Johnson Central, playing as the host school after the tournament was moved from StoneCrest, doubled up the Lady Blackcats 6-3 to win the district championship.The win allowed 15th Region frontrunner Johnson Central to improve to 17-1-1.Following the loss, Prestonsburg fell to 11-7-3.Molly Davis led Johnson Central with three goals and one ...

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Festival to showcase culture of India

PRESTONSBURG — Local residents can sample the culture of India next month, when the Eastern Kentucky Indian community is brings “The Festival of India” to the Mountain Arts Center.The festival, which is one of the biggest festival in India, is a celebration of good over evil. It coincides with the end of harvest season and is celebrated on the new moon between October and November.This year’s celebration takes place on Nov. 1. The program will sta...

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KHSAA, Special Olympics announce new partnership

LEXINGTON - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics Kentucky announced a new partnership in a press conference at the KHSAA headquarters on Monday, unveiling plans to develop unified sports opportunities in Kentucky for intellectually disabled student-athletes.For the last four years, the KHSAA has conducted adapted track and field events at its state meet for physically disabled student-athletes. The new venture with Special Olympics Kentucky will allow ...

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Orange & Black Classic: UPIKE qualifies eighth, falls in first round

DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Pikeville men’s bowling team battled into the championship bracket of the Orange & Black Classic by capturing the eighth and final seed where it lost to top-seeded Lindenwood (Mo.) on Sunday.Lindenwood, which went on to win the team title, beat the Bears 3-0, tallying winning scores of 224-188, 212-195 and 222-168. UPIKE made it into bracket play by finishing with 8,821 total pins in qualifying, grabbing eighth place by edging Morehead State i...

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Health issues highlight contrast between Senate candidates

The U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has seen the candidates focus on several key issues, including the coal industry, the minimum wage and health care.The health-care issue has been almost unique among Senate races in that Kentucky is generally seen as a success story for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In August, Gov. Steve Beshear said 521,000 of Kentucky’s 4.3 million citizens had signed up for h...

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Highlands stays alert with emergency drill

PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) knows that an emergency could happen at any time. That’s why Highlands recently participated in an emergency drill going through complete steps as if an actual emergency had taken place. The exercise was organized and executed by the local healthcare preparedness coalition (HPC), led by Sharon Fields, RN, the Region 10 Healthcare Planning Coordinator.

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BSCTC hosts 2 Smart 4 Drugs academic meet

PIKEVILLE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held the 2 Smart 4 Drugs academic meet on its Pikeville campus on Saturday, October 11.The event was sponsored by the BSCTC Academic Team, UNITE Pike, Community Trust Bank, Rep. Leslie Combs, City of Pikeville, Karen Kelly, Pikeville City Commissioner Barry Chaney, Tom Wright and UMG. More than 200 students from nine schools participated in the event.Pikeville finished first in the overall varsity meet, ...

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Students find learning at ‘The Holler’

PIKEVILLE — What happens when you take a free online delivery system and create coursework designed for a specific culture and region? What if you apply that philosophy using technology to change education and access to learning in Central Appalachia? And just to make it feel like home, why not call it the “Holler.”Designed as a social learning network for students in Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia, founder and creator Bruce Parsons said the Holler provid...

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UPike vs. WKU IN 2014 Donor Registry Challenge

PIKEVILLE — On Nov. 10, 2014, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team has been invited to Western Kentucky to play the Hilltoppers at WKU, but the competition won’t end on the basketball court.WKU has challenged UPike to see who can register the most students on the organ donor registry. The Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) has agreed to support the challenge, providing registry forms and information about organ donation. KODA will tally donors on ...

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Lawson takes advantage of every opportunity at work, in classroom

PIKEVILLE – Justin Lawson, in his words, started the game with no cards.He grew up in a broken and unstable home. The uncertainties of life led him to a safe haven – the home of his grandparents – and he persevered, graduating from Betsy Layne High School in 2006 as a recipient of the Governor’s Scholars and the Commonwealth Scholars.Lawson wasn’t sure he was a fit for college. “I had the scholarships, but I didn’t feel like I wa...

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