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Complaint: Gas, coal companies ruined health, home

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PRESTONSBURG — A Turkey Creek woman claims in a lawsuit that she lost her health and her home, due to negligence by a gas utility and a coal company last spring.Reba Slone, through her attorney, Hindman lawyer Timothy C. Bates, filed suit April 10 in Floyd Circuit Court against EQT Production Company and North Star Mining, seeking compensation for past, present and future health problems, as well as for the loss of her home. She is also seeking punitive damages against the companies, for their alleged “reckless disregard and gross negligence.”

 

Bacon is not a vegetable

As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.Consider this collision I had the other day with a devout vegangelical. While at a potluck among an omnivorous group that included a woman who raises and slaughters chickens and turkeys for meat, I tried to politely excuse myself for not partaking ...

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Fiscal court to hold no regular meetings before election

By the time the May election rolls around, the Floyd County Fiscal Court will not have held a regular meeting for three months.In March, the court met in special meeting one day before its regular meeting date. This month, the court’s regular meeting date falls on Good Friday, so the court will meet in special session April 24, instead.

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Jones attends 53rd Sweet 16

PRESTONSBURG - In March, Floyd County resident Perry Jones attended his 53rd Boys’ Sweet 16 State Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Riverview Health Carter Center Nursing Home Chaplain Phillip Ramey accompanied resident Perry Jones on the trip. Here is Ramey’s account of the trip:

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Prestonsburg HealthCare Center hosts golf scramble

PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg HealthCare Center hosted its 2nd Annual Golf Scramble at the Paul Hunt Thompson Golf Course in Allen. The scramble was held for the resident Christmas fund. Facility Chaplain Jamie Slone said that this year’s scramble was very successful due in part to the sponsors that helped support the nursing home as well as the teams that played.The winning team was the foursome of Ryan Martin, Marty Gibson, Mickey McKinney and Will Boyd.The second-...

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Brantley coming back to Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags

HAGER HILL - Lizard Lick Towing’s Bobby Brantley got a taste of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags last year and he’s coming back for seconds. Brantley will appear two days at the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, May 2-3 at Combs Airport. Brantley is excited to have the opportunity to make another appearance at the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, a highly-popular drag racing event under the direction of Kent Rose.

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Strong majorities favor school exericise, nutrition standards

LOUISVILLE — Poll data released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, reveal the overwhelming majority of Kentucky adults favor tobacco-free school campuses, new USDA school nutrition standards, and more physical activity for students during the school day. Support for these children’s health issues was strong among Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

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Highlands holds fifth annual Jigsaw 5K

PAINTSVILLE — The Highlands Foundation kicked off Autism Awareness Month by hosting the fifth annual Autism Jigsaw 5K on Saturday, April 12, beginning at the Highlands Medical Office Building in Paintsville. Approximately 175 people registered for the event. Between registrations and donations, the race yielded almost $17,000 in funds for the Highlands Center for Autism.The event began with a Kids’ Fun Run for children ages 10 and under. For the second year in a row, fi...

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Appalachian Wireless becomes title sponsor for Arm Drop Drags

IVEL - Appalachian Wireless has signed on to become title sponsor of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags. The spring race for the Appalachian Wireless Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags is set for May 2-3 at Combs Airport, a made-for-speed venue located between Prestonsburg and Paintsville.“We are extremely happy to have Appalachian Wireless as the title sponsor for the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags,” Race Coordinator Kent Rose said. “During the upcoming spring race, we’ll be hon...

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PHS to conduct youth flag football league

PRESTONSBURG - Youth flag football is returning to Floyd County this spring. Prestonsburg High School head coach John DeRossett has announced plans for a spring youth flag football league to be held in May.“In the next few days we will be sending out information about our Spring k-4 flag league,” DeRossett said. “The league will be free and all players will receive a jersey, a football and instruction from our players. This is a good way to get our players involve...

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Beshear announces Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday a vital resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Eastern Kentucky.The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is establishing a Kentucky Innovation Network office in Pikeville. The office, on the University of Pikeville campus, will provide much-needed assistance to startup companies in the Appalachian region.Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes and Acting Business Development Commissi...

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General Assembly’s 2014 session ends

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session ended Tuesday, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and measures that will impact people throughout the state.Since the session’s start in early January, lawmakers have approved measures to allow medical use of cannabis oil, create an adult abuse registry, prevent children from buying electronic cigarettes, establish a two-year plan for road and bri...

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Rebels battle back, edge Prestonsburg

DRIFT - An eight-run deficit didn’t deter the Allen Central Rebels on Wednesday night. Visiting Prestonsburg led 8-0 through four innings but couldn’t upend host Allen Central. The determined Rebels plated 13 runs in their final two at-bats to edge Prestonsburg 10-9 in a 58th District baseball game at Drift Park.Allen Central notched its second straight win. With the win, Allen Central improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the 58th District.Prestonsburg dropped...

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Bobcats jump on June Buchanan early, win in five innings

ALLEN - Betsy Layne returned to the win column earlier in the week, defeating June Buchanan 15-5 in five innings on Monday.The Bobcats, under the guidance of coach Bryan Dixon, notched their fourth win in five games. Betsy Layne returned to the win column after falling to longtime rival Paintsville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic.With the win, Betsy Layne improved to 7-6.The Crusaders suffered their third straight loss.Following the l...

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KHSAA Board of Control approves alignment draft for 2015-18

LEXINGTON - During its meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Board of Control approved a draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons, which was configured after member schools were given the opportunity to declare their desire to “play up” in classification. The draft alignment will be presented to the membership and feedback will be sought through a survey, which will then be presented to the Board of Control during its next schedul...

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Women’s Bowling: No. 8 UPike tops No. 9 UMES

RENO, Nev. – The University of Pikeville women’s bowling team hoped to be seeded higher than eighth at the 2014 xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, but at the end of day one it didn’t matter as the Bears beat defending national champion Maryland Eastern Shore and top-seeded Wichita State (Kan.) on Wednesday at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.Pikeville is one of four teams left in the bracket without a loss and faces Grand View (Iowa) in the third round ...

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KHSAA Board of Control adds field hockey for 2014-15

LEXINGTON - During Tuesday’s meeting at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Office, the Board of Control approved a motion to add field hockey as a team sport beginning with the 2014-15 season and approved a draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons to be distributed to the membership for feedback. The addition of field hockey as a female-only team sport, brings the Association’s total number of sports offered to 13 beginning in the fall of 2014, wi...

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Softball: Bears drop two to Georgetown

PIKEVILLE – A four-game Mid-South Conference winning streak came to an end on Saturday as the University of Pikeville softball team lost to Georgetown (Ky.) 11-2 in six innings and 3-1 at Paul Butcher Field.The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning and five more in the sixth to end game one early before overcoming a 1-0 deficit in the seventh inning of game two with a three-run home run from pinch hitter Kelsey Krueger.

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