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Two-car accident on Route 321 under investigation

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PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 321 and Bays Branch Road that happened Friday morning.The two drivers involved, both female, were transported immediately to nearby Highlands Regional Medical Center. Whether they sustained any injuries is not known at this time. Neither vehicle was carrying any additional passengers.The accident involved a Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Lacrosse, and resulted in damage to several nearby road signs.How the accident occurred is still under investigation, according to Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Landon Hall. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to have been factors in the incident.


Juvenile justice bill heading to governor’s desk

FRANKFORT — The General Assembly passed a measure Monday that would update the state’s juvenile justice system.Senate Bill 200, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, is the result of work by the bi-partisan Unified Juvenile Code Task Force. It would increase and strengthen evidence-based early intervention programs and services provided to offenders of certain non-violent crimes, such as truancy. It would also increase educat...

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You pay taxes – Why doesn’t General Electric?

You pay your fair share of taxes. Small businesses do too. It’s the price we pay to educate our kids, protect our communities and have some security in retirement. Why shouldn’t some of America’s largest corporations pay their fair share too?Corporations are making record profits. But 111 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero federal income taxes in one or more of the past five years, according to a recent report by Citizens for Tax Justice. What’s wors...

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A legislative perspective

Early this week, lawmakers in Frankfort wrapped up the 2014 General Assembly, accomplishing some long-debated legislative matters and finalizing Kentucky’s priorities over the next two years.While it is too soon as of this writing to say what new legislation passed, the biggest task we had was finalizing the state’s highway plan, both the two years that will be funded and what we call the four “out” years that establish our long-term priorities.

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Big Sandy announces Ed2Go schedule

PRESTONSBURG – Below are workforce classes we offer through our ed2go program. These classes are offered monthly and last for six weeks. Students have access to instructors 24/7 and a score of 75 percent must be achieved to pass each course. For more information, visit http://www.ed2go.com/bsctc.PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 12 FOR THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a Photoshop Elements 12 for the Digital Photographer class thr...

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Young entrepreneurs blazing a path in East Ky.

A pair of announcements this week highlights the entrepreneurial talent in the eastern half of Kentucky.In Clark County, Martin County native Briand Endicott announced a new effort to promote his planned distillery. Endicott will appeal to the 3.5 million households of Fox 29’s The Crowd Funder Show. The show, broadcast to viewers in New York and Canada, will air sometime this summer and is positioned to help small businesses raise funds.Consider Endicott’s p...

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Michigan meth suspect caught in Pike

PIKEVILLE — A man arrested in Pikeville last week is accused of manufactuing methamphetamine as part of a drug conspiracy in Detroit.Noel Davis, 58, of Pikeville, was arrested Friday on four federal charges, including conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute meth, maintaining a residence for the purpose of manufacturing meth, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking....

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Floyd County Animal Shelter now home to art wall

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County Animal Shelter is Prestonsburg’s latest art gallery, now that shelter manager Shauna Brown has decorated the walls with animal-themed art.The idea was to give the community a central place to celebrate their love for animals, according to Brown.The turnout has exceeded expectations, she said. Rather than having a dedicated art wall, the donations of animal lovers of all ages—and the students at Allen Central Middle SchoolR...

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Speaker to discuss recovery at May CADA meeting

PRESTONSBURG — May’s meeting of Communities Against Drug Addiction will feature a very special guest speaker.Vanessa Keeton, a graduate of Karen’s Place Women’s Recovery Center, will speak about her trials and triumphs in overcoming addiction. Keeton now serves on the executive staff for Addiction Recovery Care, which operates several recovery centers in the area.The May meeting will be held at the Prestonsburg First Presbyterian Church on Route 3...

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AARP Tax Aide program ends busiest year yet

PRESTONSBURG — Tuesday marked the income tax deadline, and with it, the last day of work for volunteers with AARP’s Tax Aide program.The Tax Aide program provides free tax preparation services for anyone needing it, although there is a particular emphasis on helping elderly and low-income taxpayers. Volunteers Bertha Daniels, Anita Snyder and Charlotte Goble enjoyed a luncheon with friends, colleagues and clients Tuesday, as they readied for the end of the busiest tax s...

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Self-defense claimed in Bypro shooting

PRESTONSBURG — New details about last week’s fatal shooting in Bypro came to light at Tyler Shehan’s preliminary hearing in Floyd County District Court on Tuesday.Shehan, 23, is charged with murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after police say he shot Rodney Mullins, 43, five times. The hearing to determine probable cause in the case brought attention for the first time to the case for Shehan’s defense.

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Kentucky retail food prices get slight bump in first quarter of 2014

The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation in March 2014, indicates that average retail food prices in supermarkets across the state are holding fairly steady with just slight increases reported in the first quarter of the year. According to the survey findings, the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $120.69. These results were $0.61, or 0.5 percent, higher than the same list of items reported in the fourth quarter of 2013, the previous record...

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UPike students receive awards at Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville students and faculty recently attended the 21st annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

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Third-annual Appalachian Days set for April 22, 23

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Regional Office of Cultural Diversity will hold the third-annual Appalachian Days on the Prestonsburg campus on Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23.The event will feature nationally-renowned salt maker Jim Bordwine, tours of the May House and a Civil War encampment.Bordwine, who hails from Saltville, Va., travels the region participating in reenactments.“Salt has a unique and st...

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Gallery features Big Sandy students’ artwork

PRESTONSBURG – The Art Gallery at Big Sandy Community and Technical College will feature an exhibit of drawings and paintings from students through Friday, May 9.Tim Smith, associate professor of art at BSCTC, said the exhibit features work from his Art 110 (Drawing) and Art 220 (Painting) classes.“This is a tribute to our students and their hard work and dedication throughout the semester,” said Smith. “This exhibit will cover a broad range of ar...

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Nothwehr, Bears come up short at Cumberland

LEBANON, Tenn. – Powered by Zach Nothwehr going 3-for-4 at the plate, the University of Pikeville baseball team led Cumberland (Tenn.) 2-1 in the seventh inning, but errors and some key hits allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead late and hold on for a 5-2 win on Friday.UPIKE dropped to an even 21-21 overall with a 6-12 mark in Mid-South Conference play.With the win, Cumberland jumped up to 27-16 and 10-8 in league play.Nothwehr used his three hits to tal...

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Goforth a refreshing step back in time

PAINTSVILLE – Jared Goforth is a lot of things, but he’s most proud of being a refreshing step back in time.Goforth, 20, of Inez, is studying to be an electrician and will graduate in May with an Associate of Applied Science degree in General Occupational Technical Studies. He will also earn 11 credentials, including diplomas in Motor Controls Electrician, Industrial Electrician and Construction Electrician, and certificates in Electrical Construction, Electrical Traine...

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UPIKE finishes fourth at NDA National Championships

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In its first trip to the National Dance Association (NDA) National Championships, the University of Pikeville finished fourth in the NAIA Small-Team Performance Finals on Friday.The Bears were one of six teams to qualify for the finals and tallied a score of 8.442 to finish fourth in the nation. Ottawa (Kan.) took the crown with 8.792 points, while Davenport (Mich.) was second at 8.734 and William Penn (Iowa) took third with 8.520 points.UPIKE...

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