Floyd County Times- RSS Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/ http://floydcountytimes.com/ Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:05:38 EST 1800 Hospital, union continue negotiations ahead of deadline http://floydcountytimes.com/news/breaking_news-home_top-news/3884800/Hospital-union-continue-negotiations-ahead-of-deadline PAINTSVILLE — Highlands Regional Medical Center and Service Employees International Union 1199 are continuing to hold last-minute negotiations in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract for 207 hospital employees. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3876687/Renewables-can-put-the-brakes-on-high-gas-prices As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Suit filed over flea market gassing http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3876320/Suit-filed-over-flea-market-gassing PRESTONSBURG — A Martin man who was hospitalized for four days after work crews vented a gas line near the camper where he was sleeping has filed a lawsuit against the gas company and a construction company contracted to perform the... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Pikeville meeting to focus on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3875443/Pikeville-meeting-to-focus-on-heritage-tourism-place-making-and-economic-development-through-historic-preservation PIKEVILLE – A two-day training and educational outreach conference focused on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation is planned Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville, the third entry in the 2014 Kentucky... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Maheu elected Big Sandy student government president http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news_education/3875240/Maheu-elected-Big-Sandy-student-government-president PRESTONSBURG – Taking the plunge and returning to college after 36 years took courage.But Zane Maheu quickly realized attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) was the perfect match. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Shepherd feels right at home at BSCTC http://floydcountytimes.com/news/business/3875220/Shepherd-feels-right-at-home-at-BSCTC PRESTONSBURG – Who says you can't go home again?For Ken Shepherd, who works in the maintenance and operations department at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), there's no place like home. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Teleworks USA launches new online work-from-home training course on customer service http://floydcountytimes.com/news/business/3875204/Teleworks-USA-launches-new-online-work-from-home-training-course-on-customer-service Teleworks USA has launched the latest in an exclusive series of free online training courses available to current and prospective work-from-home employees through its website, teleworksusa.com. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST High-speed broadband: The public-private debate http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3874649/High-speed-broadband:-The-public-private-debate FRANKFORT — Kentucky is one of 31 states with no barriers to the creation of municipally-run or nonprofit broadband networks. Bardstown, Murray and Frankfort are among communities in the state that have some form of publicly owned Internet... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Nearly 12 million kids visit the ER each year for injuries http://floydcountytimes.com/news/health/3874512/Nearly-12-million-kids-visit-the-ER-each-year-for-injuries WASHINGTON — Fun outdoors this summer can turn downright dangerous and result in a trip to the emergency department for kids and parents who are not careful. Each year, nearly 12 million children and adolescents under 18 years old visit the ER... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3874461/A-legislative-perspective A common misconception about the legislative process is that all state laws take effect right after the governor signs them. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://floydcountytimes.com/news/photo_gallery/3874264/ Seven Eastern Kentucky University aviation graduates received their 1,250-hour professional flight certificates in a campus ceremony this spring. The awards concluded the program's College to Careers event for EKU aviation seniors and Somerset... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST After climb, gas prices inch downward http://floydcountytimes.com/news/business/3874052/After-climb-gas-prices-inch-downward Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.70/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,623 gas outlets in Kentucky. This compares with the national average that has... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Proposed federal greenhouse gas rules aired before state lawmakers http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3873743/Proposed-federal-greenhouse-gas-rules-aired-before-state-lawmakers FRANKFORT—A Kentucky energy official said two proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to limit new and existing fossil fuel electric power generation are expected to be finalized by June 2015. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Leveraging East Kentucky’s heritage to support economic development http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3872895/Leveraging-East-Kentuckys-heritage-to-support-economic-development Last week, I wrote about the large number of areas in East and Northeast Kentucky that possess military heritage. The list included homes of military heroes and a smaller but still significant number of battlefields. This week, I traveled to one of... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST KSP hikes Grand Canyon to raise funds for Trooper Memorial http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3873680/KSP-hikes-Grand-Canyon-to-raise-funds-for-Trooper-Memorial FRANKFORT – On a week dedicated to commemorating the independence and freedom of America, the Kentucky State Police is launching a fundraising effort to build a memorial that will honor all KSP troopers who currently serve and those who gave the... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Study shows if you make whole grains available, kids will eat them http://floydcountytimes.com/news/health/3873615/Study-shows-if-you-make-whole-grains-available-kids-will-eat-them Parents who think their children won't eat or like whole-grain products need to put that notion aside and start putting them on the table, new research suggests. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Appalachia ripe for liver-damaging hepatitis C virus http://floydcountytimes.com/news/health/3873585/Appalachia-ripe-for-liver-damaging-hepatitis-C-virus The hepatitis C virus is a growing problem in Appalachia because of “high rates of injection use, little access to intervention services and tight-knit social circles,” according to research conducted by the University of Kentucky since... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST SOAR Agriculture, food and natural resources group gathers ideas for region’s economy http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3872926/SOAR-Agriculture-food-and-natural-resources-group-gathers-ideas-for-regions-economy About 20 people interested in farms and food gathered in Mount Sterling on June 24 for one of the “listening sessions” of the Agriculture, Community & Regional Foods and Natural Resources working group of Shaping Our Appalachian Region... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Idea of expanding broadband raises questions for carriers and customers http://floydcountytimes.com/news/news/3872909/Idea-of-expanding-broadband-raises-questions-for-carriers-and-customers The goal to provide optic fiber broadband and internet services to every Appalachian Kentucky community was the overarching theme last month in Somerset at one of the “listening sessions” being held by Shaping Our Appalachian Region... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Blue Water Trails - Green River above the Lake http://floydcountytimes.com/news/sports/3877741/Kentucky-Afield-Outdoors:-Blue-Water-Trails---Green-River-above-the-Lake (This article is the twenty-seventh in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky's streams and rivers). Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST