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McTeacher’s Night raises more than $1,000

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HAZARD—Teachers and students from one Perry County grade school came out to McDonald’s on Combs Road Monday night in support of a little girl fighting for her life against leukemia.“We usually do a McTeacher’s Night every fall,” McDonald’s co-owner Diana Patula said, explaining that a McTeacher’s Night is a night when school teachers work in a McDonald’s and a portion of the proceeds go toward the school. “This year we decided to reach out to East Perry [Elementary School] because they have been so behind supporting Isabella.”


AG announces training on domestic, sex assault crimes

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy announced on Monday the start of a week-long conference being held to train police and prosecutors on the current trends and issues involving crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault. The conference continues through Oct. 17 at the Department of Criminal Justice Training Louisville field office, located on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus.

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Zombies invade Hazard

Fans of the AMC show “The Walking Dead” were invited to a zombie watch party hosted over the weekend at the Hazard Community and Technical College by the Student Government Association (SGA) to celebrate the start of the show’s newest season.Attendees were asked to dress up as their favorite characters from the show or as a zombie.One of the show’s main characters, Carl, wrestles with a zombie during the party on Sunday.

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‘Master Class’ on hiring Ky. performing artists to be held

FRANKFORT— Presenters of the performing arts have the opportunity to work one-on-one with some of Kentucky’s top performing artists through a unique event created by the Kentucky Arts Council and offered free to groups and organizations that work, or want to start working, with Kentucky’s performing artists.“Master Class: A Learning Lab on Presenting Kentucky Performers” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at The Grand Theatre in Frankfort. The...

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Perry County Central honors AP scholars

The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program® provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while they are still in high school. By doing so, students can earn college credit, advanced placement or both with successful performances on the AP Exams. Only about 22% of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award. Research consistently s...

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Grand jury hands down 22 indictments

HAZARD — One person charged with sexual abuse topped the list of indictments the Perry County grand jury returned in September.Steven M. Jude, 31, of Hazard, was indicted on three counts of first degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. The indictment alleges that in Jan. 2013, May 2013, and May 2014 Jude had inappropriate sexual contact with three separate girls under the age of 12. A $75,000 bond with home incarceration was set in the case.

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HCTC hires Jennifer Lutes as math faculty

Jennifer Lutes of Beattyville is a new math instructor at Hazard Community and Technical College with an attitude of service instilled in her. “I want to be the best teacher and advisor that I can be. I plan on learning as much as possible each semester to become better at both teaching and advising. I want my students to know that they can come to me for help or just to talk if they need to.”

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HCTC announces surgical tech conference schedule

Anyone interested in a career in the Surgical Technology field at Hazard Community and Technical College is invited to attend a pre-admission conference. A pre-admission conference is an informal group conference for the purpose of providing information. April 1, 2015, is the date for students to complete all admission requirements. The Surgical Technology Program has scheduled 2014-2015 pre-admission conferences on the following dates:

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Books and more

On October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus first landed on what would be called the New World, and later the Americas. His discoveries changed the way that people thought about their world. As we remember this groundbreaking event in human history, visit the Perry County Public Library where you can set sail for new worlds, embark on adventures upon the high seas, and blaze new trails into the unknown all through the pages of a good book! Not sure where to voyage next? Ask our staff for reco...

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HCTC success story: Patricia Seeba

Patricia Seeba finished the ninth grade, got married, had two children, and made money by detailing cars, baking cakes, making jelly. After a bad marriage, she had to depend upon federal assistance for housing and food. She looks forward to her future without needing help and that’s all possible because she is enrolled at Hazard Community and Technical College in the Cosmetology Program. At age 52, she looks forward to the day she can start styling hair and maybe one day own her own bus...

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Promise zone officials talk STEM with Challenger Center

Sandi Curd, Program Coordinator of the Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone, visited the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky on Friday, October 3rd to learn about the Challenger Center’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programming and to discuss ways that the Challenger Center can help promote STEM education and careers throughout the Promise Zone (Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley counties) in Southeastern Kentucky.

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Promoting breast cancer risk factor awareness

Breast cancer remains a prevalent problem in our society today. It will occur more than 250,000 times again this year and 40,000 lives will be lost because of this disease. Our primary defense remains simple, go on the offense to find breast cancer at its earliest stages. This is a very effective strategy: cure rates are 100% for the earliest stages. 95% or better of these cures are done without chemotherapy.The catch is that early detection will only succeed with scre...

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A life of service

LOTTS CREEK — On Nov. 1, a few days prior to one of the most important elections in recent memory, the county will pause to celebrate the life and achievements of WWII veteran and former Perry County district judge Calvin Manis.Manis, who served a total of 38 years as county attorney, circuit judge, and district judge, will be recognized for the sacrifices he made for his country in the U.S. Navy.A bridge on Highway 476, near Darfork, will be named in his honor....

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McConnell makes another campaign stop in Hazard

HAZARD — Only weeks remain before the winner is decided in Kentucky’s most competitive Senate race in decades.Making yet another campaign stop in the East Kentucky coalfields on Oct. 7, Senator Mitch McConnell addressed a crowd at the Hazard ARH Medical Mall.The event, which was organized by the Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce, functioned as a platform to address community affairs. Executive director Betsy Clemons said Senator McConnell, whom she labe...

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Hazard educators attend innovation summit

HAZARD — The innovation team from Hazard, including Vivian Carter, who is the innovations coordinator for the Hazard Independent School System, recently returned from the 2014 School Improvement Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah.The summit, which is designed to rekindle passion for education, attracted educators from all over the world. According to its website, the event featured various keynote speeches, covering topics like leadership, equity, Common Core implement...

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Ace Clinique staff members indicted

HAZARD—Multiple federal indictments including a long list of illegal drug distribution related charges were returned Thursday in relation to a case involving local physician James “Ace” Chaney and the Ace Clinique of Medicine.Investigations into the Clinique began in September 2013, when troopers with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized multiple pieces of evidence from the property on Roy Campbell Drive,...

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Hazard man charged with abusing newborn baby

HAZARD — A 21-year-old man was arrested on Sept. 23 after police say he physically abused his one-month-old baby.Authorities charged Henry Clemons, of the Wabaco community of Hazard, with three counts of first degree criminal abuse.Investigators learned the alleged abuse occurred on or before Aug. 26 at Clemons’s home on Bartlett Street.According to an arrest affidavit obtained last Wednesday, Clemons called 911 to respond to the one-month-old, who...

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Farm to School hosts field days for Perry students

ROWDY—Third graders from the Perry County School System went down on the farm last week for the Community Farm Alliance and Farm to School initiative’s Farm to School Field Days. Students were brought to Holliday Farms in Perry County to learn about where their food really comes from and what it means to have food that is locally grown.Karyn Knecht, Farm to School coordinator for the Perry County schools, said though this was the first year the field days had been held,...

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