Jobless rates fall in Perry, 108 other counties

HAZARD—County jobless rates for the month of July are out, showing that rates in 108 out of the 120 counties in the Commonwealth have dropped since last year.According to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, between July 2013 and July 2014, unemployment rates fell in 108 counties, rose in 10 counties, and showed no change in two counties.For July 2014, Perry County’s jobless rate was recorded at 11.2 percent, an increase from the 10.2 per...

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Center for rural health joins UCM

The University Center of the Mountains (UCM) is pleased to welcome a new partner, the University of Kentucky’s Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH). The addition of this new partner brings two new bachelor’s degrees, a new master’s degree and a new doctorate degree to the list of programs offered through the UCM partnership. Medical Laboratory Sciences and Social Work bachelor’s degrees are available in addition to the Master of Social Work and Doctor of Phys...

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Brian W. Stewart retires from HCTC

Brian Stewart is retiring as Instructional Specialist with the Math & Sciences Division at Hazard Community and Technical College, effective Aug. 31.Stewart arrived in Hazard from Canada in August 1997 with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Anna. Sharon began teaching Math, Anna entered her Junior year at Hazard High School and Brian took on various roles including adjunct Biology teacher and Academic Resource Center tutor. His current position began in August 1999 with the tit...

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Roy G. Elem. launches new childhood ed. program

HAZARD – Roy G. Eversole Elementary School in Hazard is one of 14 statewide launching new early childhood learning programs this fall with funding from Toyota manufacturing operations in Kentucky. Called United Way Born Learning® Academies, driven by Toyota, the program takes aim at the fact that half of Kentucky’s children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to research by the Kentucky Board of Education.Along with the 14 new schools, Toyota will continue...

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Courts reverse ruling in Napier assault case

HAZARD—A Perry County man who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for felony assault after allegedly shooting another man has had his case overturned due to issues with evidence from the Commonwealth’s Attorney in the case.Tracy Napier, 39, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in September 2010 after he allegedly shot Carl Holbrook several times during a confrontation near Napier’s home in Bonnyman.The case went before a jury in 2011, but was de...

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Police search for Knott Co. Subway robber

MALLIE – The robbery of a Knott County business late Sunday evening has officers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 searching for an armed suspect.KSP Post 13 in Hazard received a call at approximately 9:30 p.m., from Hometown Subway, located in the Holly Hills Shopping Center in Mallie, advising that the store had been robbed by a subject armed with a gun.

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Domestic dispute results in shots fired

MAYKING – An argument between family members at a residence on Cram Creek, in the Mayking community of Letcher County, resulted in one man being hospitalized for treatment of gunshot wounds over the weekend.

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