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Family Dollar employee faces theft charges

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HAZARD — Officials with the Hazard Police Department (HPD) rushed to the scene of a robbery Friday morning only to find that no such crime had actually occurred.Officer James East said an emergency call was received at 7:39 a.m. from an employee at Family Dollar, a store in the Hazard Village Shopping Center.The employee, Eric R. Pennington, 27, of Hyden, told police he had been robbed as he was taking a deposit to the bank. Pennington further reported that he had been hit over the head by a man wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans. The assailant then grabbed the bag of money and ran away, Pennington said.

 

Fifty years of ugliness

I was too young to vote in 1964 and I would not have voted for Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) then, anyway. I was a young Democrat then. But it is worth noting the fifty-year milestone of one of the lowest moments in American history: President Johnson’s “Daisy” ad.

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McConnell opposed coal plant while judge-exec.

LOUISVILLE—The incumbent to the U.S. Senate seat for the Commonwealth in this year’s general election may have taken issue with the construction of a coal processing plant while he was seated as Jefferson County Judge-Executive—well before his pro-coal stance had become such a concrete part of his political career.The Courier-Journal reported in July 1984 that Louisiana Dock, a subsidiary of American Commercial Lines, and Convenient Energy were in the pla...

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HCTC receives $10 mil for tech training

Training for a new career in a high-demand information technology field like mobile app development or medical billing may get faster and easier thanks to a new federal grant announced today.The U.S. Department of Labor awarded six Kentucky community colleges $10 million to support job-driven training programs. Hazard Community and Technical College received $5.5 million to lead a consortium of six schools focused on training in the information technology industry.Severa...

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Lawsuit filed against Fiscal Court

HAZARD — It’s a lawsuit that will halt the resurfacing of county roadways for the foreseeable future.Perry County resident Scott Alexander, who is the democratic nominee for Perry County Judge-Executive, and Sheriff Les Burgett have filed a petition appealing the July decision of the Department of Local Government (DLG) to approve the financing of a county road project.The lawsuit, which was filed in Perry County Circuit Court last Tuesday, seeks to stop curr...

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Correction

In last week’s edition of the Herald, in a story titled “Grand jury returns nearly 3 dozen indictments,” published in print on Sept. 24, and online on Sept. 23, an error was printed regarding 21-year-old Kelsey Jones. In the story, Jones was listed as having been indicted with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was actually indicted on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.The ...

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Family Dollar employee faces theft charges

HAZARD — Officials with the Hazard Police Department (HPD) rushed to the scene of a robbery Friday morning only to find that no such crime had actually occurred.Officer James East said an emergency call was received at 7:39 a.m. from an employee at Family Dollar, a store in the Hazard Village Shopping Center.The employee, Eric R. Pennington, 27, of Hyden, told police he had been robbed as he was taking a deposit to the bank. Pennington further reported that he had ...

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Scam targets local small businesses

HAZARD—Roberta Epperson has been in business for years. Being a local small business owner with her husband, she said she has an enormous amount of responsibilities.“We work very hard, my husband and I work very hard. Six days (a week) most of the time, seven if we have to, and I’m working all the time,” Epperson, who is a co-owner of the Amish Deli in Hazard, said.This heavy workload is what Epperson said may have attributed to her lapse in judgm...

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Federal grand jury indicts truck company owners

LONDON—Three former truck company operators from Perry County are facing federal indictments this week after having allegedly planed to defraud and extort customers at a number of trucking companies they owned or operated.Elliot C. Campbell, Melinda J. Campbell, and Bryan Napier were all indicted on Wednesday in federal court on one count each of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion, according to documents from the U.S. District Cour...

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Police arrest man after two-county chase

HAPPY – One Perry County man is behind bars after leading police on a two-county pursuit last week through Perry and Knott counties, stemming from what Kentucky State Police (KSP) called a “suspicious vehicle complaint.”Larry W. Ratliff, 60, of Vicco, who was driving a 1990 Ford F-250 truck, was pulled over by KSP Trooper Jerry Bailey in the Happy community of Perry County on Friday, Sept. 19,after a call came in that he may be driving a vehicle suspected in a rec...

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Grand jury returns nearly 3 dozen indictments

Editor’s Note: In last week’s edition of the Herald, the original version of this story, published in print on Sept. 24, and online on Sept. 23, contained an error regarding 21-year-old Kelsey Jones. In the story, Jones was listed as having been indicted with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was actually indicted on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The Herald apologizes for any inconvenience or ...

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Letter to the Editor

On Friday, Sept. 12, all Perry County students were bused to centrally-located East Perry Elementary for an “academic rally.” Parents were notified by email that students would be arriving home late because they failed to return to school in time to meet the daily bus schedule, in at least one school. It is interesting that no parents or anyone other than school personnel were allowed to be present, enforced by law enforcement closing the East Perry entrance for the duration of th...

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HCTC teams up to recruit for ‘Project Graduate’ college fair

Hazard Community and Technical College is teaming up with Kentucky public colleges and universities to offer a statewide, virtual college fair for former students and other adults who are close to completing their college degrees.The Project Graduate online college fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The fair will connect prospective students to college advisors who can answer questions via text and video chat, and help get the adults on a path to finish their ...

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Letcher sex, drug offender accepts plea deal

Whitesburg – A plea agreement has been accepted by two Letcher County residents charged in a felony sex and drug offense case from 2013. On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Lester A. Brown and Tonya Faye Combs agreed with an offer from the Letcher County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, for which both will serve prison time.

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Local health officials warn of new threats for flu season

HAZARD — While Kentucky has joined the growing list of states with confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, health officials say the sickness is not yet a problem in Perry County.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified Enterovirus D68 as the mysterious, cold-like illness known to produce a severe respiratory infection in those it infects.Rudrani Ghosh, regional epidemiologist for the Kentucky River District Health Department, said, to date, s...

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Officials to remove illegal ad signs in right of way

JACKSON– The placement of advertising signs on Kentucky state highway right of way is against the law. These signs interfere with maintenance operations and can pose safety hazards for motorists. Despite this legal prohibition, an increasing number of improperly placed signs are being noticed, especially since this is a local election year.

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Chavies holds family reading night

Chavies Elementary is increasing parent engagement by hosting a Family Reading Night once a month throughout the school year.AmeriCorps VISTA, Alesha Staley, Reading Recovery Coach, Heather Burgett, and Save The Children Literacy Program’s Joanne Johnson, Christy Neace, and Patsy Hamblin are working together to provide the students and their families with an evening filled with learning while having fun at the same time.Every Family Reading Night has a theme and a ...

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State’s unemployment rate drops to 7.1 percent in Aug.

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.The preliminary August 2014 jobless rate was 1.3 percentage points below the 8.4 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2013.The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate slipped ...

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