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Fiscal court votes to close road

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HAZARD — Approximately 30 people packed the courtroom of the Perry County Fiscal Court on Wednesday, July 23, for a special meeting concerning the temporary closure of Clear Fork Branch Road in Grapevine. Despite the concerns raised by many of those in attendance, the court voted 3-to-1 to close the road for an indefinite period of time.Pine Branch Mining, a local coal company, requested the road be closed so that it could safely expand operations. Officials for the coal company, who were present at the meeting, indicated that, without the court’s approval of the road closure, they would have to shut down operations in the Spencer Fork/Clear Fork area, which would result in the loss of at least 45 jobs.

 

Nursing program granted conditional approval status

HAZARD—The School of Nursing at the Hazard Community and Technical College’s Hazard campus has been given additional time to improve pass rates among its students so that it will not face more severe action from the Kentucky Board of Nursing.Paula Schenk, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing, told the Herald in May that a meeting of the education committee was planned to be held on May 15, to review information sent by HCTC about its pass rate....

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Local farm featured in Food Traveler magazine

ROWDY — Bon Appétit Appalachia, described by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as a culinary map-guide designed to increase tourism to Appalachia by showcasing its local food and agritourism offerings, was unveiled earlier this month as a free insert in the Summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler magazine.The guide features nearly 300 locations throughout the region, including 48 from Kentucky and highlights Appalachia’s most distinctive local food dest...

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Police arrest two for alleged burglary

HAZARD—Two people are in jail this week after allegedly burglarizing an unoccupied house in downtown Hazard on Friday.Major James East with the Hazard Police Department (HPD) said HPD received a call just before 1 p.m. on Friday, July 25, that two individuals were unlawfully entering a residence at 342 Carter Street.“Upon my arrival [at the residence], they ran off,” East explained.East said the two people, 19-year old Sarah Kratz and 26-year...

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Fiscal court approves transfer of graves, grant filing

HAZARD — Thirty to 35 graves in a section of an abandoned Perry County cemetery will be removed and relocated after the Perry County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to do so at its monthly meeting last week.Kenneth Hall, owner of Rest Haven Cemetery, presented the court with the resolution to move the graves, nearly all of which were unmarked and unidentified, from their current location just along Highway 15, approximately three miles north of Hazard across from Andy̵...

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Cordia High School receives sanctions from KHSAA

LEXINGTON - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Cordia High School following a nearly yearlong investigation for violations of KHSAA bylaws including Bylaw 1 (Responsibility of Eligibility), Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements), Bylaw 6 (Transfer Rule-Citizens of the U.S. or U.S. Territories), Bylaw 7 (Transfer Rule-Foreign Exchange Students), Bylaw 11 (Financial Aid), Bylaw 16 (Recruitment/Undue Influence), Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Season) and Bylaw 25 (Req...

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Man shoots trespasser in Slemp

SLEMP — The Perry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a shooting around 6 p.m. Monday in Slemp. Chief Deputy Tony Eversole said an individual shot a trespasser in Owens Branch, near Leatherwood.Deputy Bruce Fields was the first officer on the scene.“Upon contact, what we discovered was that a 22-year-old, Silas Darrell Hilton, had been shot with a 12-gauge shotgun,” said Eversole.The shooter was 20-year-old Logan Timothy ...

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Hazard-Perry 9/10 wins state crown

Last week, the Hazard-Perry 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars made the trip to Bowling Green to participate in the state tournament. When the red brick dust had cleared, the local all-stars had captured the state crown with a 9-7 win over Bowling Green East.Hazard-Perry got off to a less than stellar start as they gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning, putting them in a 6-0 hole. They would erase several of the runs in the second inning as they too got their bats warmed up....

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Hazard-Perry nabs junior league title

After losing their first game with Paintsville, Hazard-Perry was able to pull over an exciting win to force a third game for the title. This game would follow the same pattern as the second, and would go to the very last at bat to be decided.Hazard Perry took the early lead, scoring a single run in the first inning (1-0). The score would stand until the fourth inning when Paintsville tied the game.In the fifth inning Hazard-Perry got the better of a 2-1 exchange, giving ...

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Hazard-Perry stays alive with marathon run

Hazard-Perry advanced to the championship round, but would have to defeat Paintsville twice to capture the title. The first game would be a roller coaster ride that would end with an 11 inning marathon.Hazard-Perry would take the first lead (4-1) after an exchange in the third inning. Paintsville would then start working their way back, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings (4-3).Paintsville would get the upper hand in a 2-1 trade in the seventh inning (5-5)...

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Hazard-Perry eliminates Richmond

In their third game of the tournament, the Hazard-Perry junior league took on the team from Richmond. This time, the loser would go home, while the winning team would have to beat Paintsville twice for the title.Hazard-Perry went on top early, scoring a run in the first inning and two in the second, giving them the 3-0 lead. Richmond would pick up their first run in the fourth inning (3-1).Hazard-Perry would pick up three runs in the fifth inning (6-2), and an insurance ...

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Hazard-Perry falls 3-8 to Paintsville

The Hazard-Perry junior league took on Paintsville in round two to their tournament. This game would not go so well as Paintsville staged a late rally to take the 3-8 win.Hazard-Perry went up 2-1 in the first inning. Paintsville then took the lead with consecutive one-run frames in the third and fourth (2-3).Hazard-Perry would manufacture a run in the fifth inning to tie the game. Paintsville broke the game open in the seventh inning, putting to together a rally that wou...

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Hazard-Perry opens with win over Richmond

The Hazard-Perry junior league started their tournament with the home standing team, Richmond. They were able to get a complete game shutout from Ryan Couch, and move into the second round with the 4-0 win.Hazard Perry chipped away at the Richmond defense, picking up a single run in the third inning to get started. They then picked up a pair of runs in the fourth inning to take the 3-0 lead.Hazard-Perry closed out their offensive attack with a lone run in the fifth innin...

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Hazard-Perry 13/14 year old win state title

The Hazard-Perry 13/14 year old baseball team participated in the state junior league tournament this past week. The team played five games in the tournament, and came home with the title.Hazard-Perry opened round-robin play with the team from Richmond, and came away with the 4-0 victory. They then lost 3-8 to Paintsville, putting them in the loser’s bracket.Hazard-Perry went on a roll at that point, defeating Richmond again 7-3, and avenging the lost to Paintsvill...

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Jobless rates fall in 117 counties

HAZARD—New unemployment numbers for June have been released that show Perry County as one of the 117 counties in the state that has seen a drop in unemployment rates in the last year.According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Perry County’s unemployment rate for June 2014 sat at 10.9 percent, a steep decrease from 14 percent in June 2013.The state jobless rate was 7...

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Perry takes first step toward river trail designation

HAZARD—Officials in Perry County have been working for the last year to make Hazard and the surrounding area part of the Kentucky River Trail, and the first real step in that process started over the weekend.Taylor Sabo, a student at Berea College who works with the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good institute there, was one of a group of six from the institute that travelled to Perry County early Saturday morning to start mapping the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

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County young people attend SOAR group meeting

BUCKHORN —- Last week, more than a dozen young people convened at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park to discuss important topics related to the future of eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.The meeting was designed as a listening session of the Leadership Development and Youth Engagement working group, which is part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative.

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Hazard Herald is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.hazard-herald.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to st...

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