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Mother seeks to raise awareness

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A grieving mother is at the center of a national controversy after her 19-month-old daughter died after swallowing magnets from a desk toy.Amber Chaffin says her daughter, Annaka Belle, was a ray of light in the life of anyone who met her.“She could tell when someone was sad,” Chaffin says. “And I would hear her blowing them kisses.”Annaka Belle was born in Floyd County, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, and the family lived in West Van Lear before moving to Columbus.

 

KYCOM holds ‘White Coat of Compassion’ ceremony

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its newest class of medical students, during a traditional “White Coat” ceremony on Sept. 6.

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Meade, Hall win Betsy Layne Big Sandy Idol competition

BETSY LAYNE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol competition at Betsy Layne High School on Friday, September 5. Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.Eleven students participated for coveted spots in the annual Big Sandy Idol regional competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Alex Meade was crowned the winner, and Roger Hall finished as runner-up. Both will advance to the regional competition...

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BSCTC to host annual Alumni Homecoming Sept. 19

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will hold its annual Alumni Homecoming at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 on its Prestonsburg campus.The free event will include a reception and entertainment from the Big Sandy Singers and Band. Organized by the BSCTC Alumni Association, the event aims to reconnect students, faculty and staff of the former Prestonsburg Community College, the former Mayo Technical College and BSCTC.

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Coping with suicide loss: You’re not alone

LEXINGTON — If you’re grieving after a loved one died by suicide or attempted suicide, you don’t have to suffer alone.Many of us personally know someone who has died by or attempted suicide, but we don’t really talk about it — suicide is scary, confusing, and stigmatized. The recent death of Robin Williams is a tragic reminder that mental illness and suicide don’t discriminate, and that the grief associated with suicide loss is both sadly common ...

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Beshear bans use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes on or near state buildings and property

Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order Sept, 4 that soon ban all tobacco products and e-cigarettes from more than 26.4 million square feet of executive branch buildings and grounds on Nov. 20.All executive-branch buildings are smoke-free inside, but the new ban extends to the use of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes in state-owned or -leased buildings, in state-owned vehicles and on state property.

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School food fundraisers must meet new federal nutrition guidelines

Fundraising with foods that don’t meet schools’ new federal nutrition guidelines will not be allowed during the school day in Kentucky, Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader.One of the most popular fundraisers for schools is the sale of candy, which formerly could be sold after lunch. Those days are over in Kentucky; the state has not requested an exemption to hold such fundraisers.Fundraisers using foods like cookie dough and froze...

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1 in 7 Kentuckians over 44 say they have worsening confusion or memory loss

Worsening memory loss reported by Kentuckians in a survey could be indicative of a future Alzheimer’s or dementia public health crisis, according to a press release from the Alzheimer’s Association.A first-time survey about memory loss shows that 14.1 percent of Kentuckians aged 45 and older report that they have confusion or memory loss that has become more frequent or gotten worse over the last 12 months. In the 21 states that participated in the study, the average wa...

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Kentucky works to trim childhood obesity

LEXINGTON — There is both good news and bad when the topic is obesity among Kentucky’s children.While childhood obesity rates have leveled off and even dropped slightly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they continue to remain among the highest in the country in Kentucky.“When statistics indicate that one in three children born now will develop diabetes in their lifetimes, that - from so many perspectives - is really al...

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Grand opening Saturday for new Dollar General

EASTERN – Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at Route 680 at Eastern this Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 a.m., with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will offer Eastern residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essential at low prices.Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

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Hemp field toured by state legislative agriculture committee

LEXINGTON — A morning stroll through Kentucky’s first legal industrial hemp crop in almost 80 years led to discussion about the plant’s Kentucky future at a state legislative meeting Friday.

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Family Life: Jonah and the jail

We were studying Jonah in our Bible study group at the jail and were reviewing what we knew so far. Jonah was a preacher, a prophet — for the love! And he made a huge mistake (trying to run from God). I told the girls that church people, myself included, make mistakes all of the time and sometimes church people don’t act like Jesus. All of our Fitzpatrick girls agreed.

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Build it and bikes will come

Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the phrase “If you build it, they will come” — which it immortalized.Well, how about “If you don’t build it, they won’t come”?When it comes to bicycles, cars, and public transportation, both sayings are true (even though one is decidedly catchier than the other).I recently moved back to Madison, Wisconsin after spendin...

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‘Blood Lake’

Killer eels rampage towards Lake Michigan in this nature-runs-amok flick that managed to sneak onto “Animal Planet” before hitting the bargain section of your video retailer.It all starts with a county maintenance worker checking out a pipeline. Turns out, it was gummed up by lampreys (you might remember them as the freeloaders who attach themselves to sharks). Here, they are aggressive and very hungry bloodsuckers who are more than willing to leap out of their watery h...

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Rental Central

A good week for renters saw two well-made action flicks sharing space with some lesser genre efforts.

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Yard of the Month announced for September

PRESTONSBURG — The Prestonsburg Women’s Club has awarded James and Phyllis Waddles with the September Yard of the Month award.The Waddles’ yard features an assortment of ornamental flowers, grasses, and trees, including hydrangeas, liriope, black-eyed susans, datura, poppies, and irises.The side yard is home to a free-standing archway, where one can find a cozy swinging bench, picnic table, and outdoor dining area all surrounding a lush pond, home to wa...

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Dates set for PHS majorette reunion

PRESTONSBURG — The Prestonsburg Majorette Alumni has set the date for their fourth annual reunion: October 10-11.As in years past, the reunion will correspond with the Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival. Friday, the group will meet at the First Presbyterian Church for food, fun, and their first practices. Saturday will feature a breakfast, a final practice, and the big parade, followed by dinner at the May Lodge.Their 2013 reunion featured a “Decades Medley,”...

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