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Crockettsville breaks $1 million raised

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BOONEVILLE—The seventh annual Crockettsville Charity Concert and Trail Ride was held over the weekend on the Abner Farm in Breathitt County, drawing in thousands of people.Janet Smith, chairman of the charity event’s board, said though the final dollar amount for this year’s event hasn’t been calculated, over $1 million has been raised since the first event in 2007.Smith added that it’s estimated that over 11,000 people attended the three-day event this year, which included a concert, motocross event, and 42-mile trail ride, and around $140,000 was raised over the weekend for the Buckhorn Children’s Foundation.


KYTC awards contracts for nine highway projects

JACKSON — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded contracts totaling nearly $5 million for nine transportation projects within the Department of Highways District 10.

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Krypton native records debut country album

CHAVIES — Timothy Baker, a young musician from Krypton, has just recorded his debut country music album in Nashville.The album, titled “Let Me Drive,” is due to be released in early October. Baker, only 18, says he wrote all eight songs on the record - the lyrics and the music.“I chose not to do a self-titled album for the first one, just because the song (“Let Me Drive”) had a good feel, and I think it kind of made sense,” Baker...

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Students celebrate start of new semester

HAZARD — The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, located on Morton Boulevard, held a welcome back celebration for students and faculty of its academic programs last Thursday. Event organizers anticipated the attendance of hundreds of students and more than 50 faculty members.“This was an opportunity for us to welcome everybody back and let them meet each other,” said Beth Bowling, Project Manager for the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health.Part...

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Woman charged in injury collision

HAZARD — Police say a woman was driving on a suspended license when she ran a red light and her Jeep slammed into another vehicle, sending that driver to the hospital.The accident occurred on Highway 15 near Hazard Community College (HCC). A witness on the scene said the injured victim is a student at HCC.Officer James East with the Hazard Police Department (HPD) said based on statements received from both drivers, the Jeep ran the red light as it was coming into H...

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For Kentucky, entrepreneurial economy requires a new way of thinking

If you take a poll of the average person on the street and ask them, “What is it Kentucky should be most focused on?” the answer would overwhelmingly be “JOBS!” Nothing is more important to our state than promoting, creating and saving good jobs.

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Holding big banks accountable

As your Attorney General, I am committed to fighting for Kentucky families and keeping the big banks honest. That’s why I was proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice last month in announcing a nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America – a settlement that’s returning $23 million to our state pension system.

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Housing alliance celebrates 20 years, 200 houses

HAZARD—One local nonprofit is preparing to celebrate a feat that has helped provide literally hundreds of Southeastern Kentuckians with a warm and safe place to live. The Housing Development Alliance (HDA) will be celebrating its 20th birthday next week by starting its 200th house built since the organization’s inception in 1993.HDA Executive Director Scott McReynolds, who has been with the non-profit for 19 years, said a lot has changed with the way the organization ha...

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Time to be ambitious, concrete about new E. Ky. economy

A year ago, Governor Beshear and Congressman Rogers announced the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) process as a way to involve eastern Kentuckians in planning a new economic future given the decline in coal and the region’s other longstanding economic challenges. In the next couple of weeks, the SOAR leadership team will meet to review the economic development ideas gathered over the last six months from a series of public listening sessions.The next stage of this proces...

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Perry taken to the limit by Jenkins

The Perry County Central Lady Commodores hosted the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers early last week in high school volleyball action. The entire contest was tight, with the Lady Commodores coming away with the 3-2 win.The first game was extremely tight throughout, with Jenkins closing it out with the 24-26 win. Perry Central found their groove in the second contest, and outpaced the Lady Cavaliers 25-15 in the only wide open game of the match.Perry Central started slow in game th...

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Commodores finish week 0-3

The Perry County Central soccer team played a trio of games this week, all of them on the road. The Commodores did not fair very well on the road, dropping all three matches.The first game was a very exciting 0-1 loss to Bryan Station. Perry Central had several good looks at the goal during the contest, but failed to capitalize.In their second game, the Commodores traveled to Corbin. Perry Central was in the game through halftime (1-2), but found some difficulties late i...

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Hazard shines in JV tourney

Over the weekend, the Hazard Lady Bulldog volleyball varsity team took a break, while the Freshman and JV squads hit the floor in a tournament.The Freshman squad was able to finish the event undefeated, giving them first place. Letcher Central was second, Sheldon Clark third and Breathitt County fourth.The Lady Bulldog JV squad finished high in the tournament as well, earning second place. Letcher Central was first, Sheldon Clark third and Breathitt County fourth....

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Lady Bulldogs fall to Lady Cougars

Last week, the Hazard Lady Bulldog volleyball team hit the floor but once. The Lady Bulldogs hosted the Letcher Central Lady Cougars.In the first game, the Lady Bulldogs struggled to get out of the gates, and eventually fell by the final count of 13-25. In game two, however, Hazard made a strong run, and held the lead late in the game. But, in the end, it would be Letcher Central nabbing the 24-26 win.Hazard came out strong in game three, putting Letcher Central on their...

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Lady Bulldogs split soccer week

The Hazard Lady Bulldog soccer team played a pair of games this week. The Lady Bulldogs hosted Model, and traveled to Belfry over the weekend.In their first game, the Hazard took on Richmond Model. Things did not go well for the Lady Bulldogs as they fell behind early, and went into the break trailing 0-6. They would eventually fall 0-8.Over the weekend, Hazard traveled to Belfry to take on the Lady Pirates. The Lady Bulldogs were able to overpower the Lady Pirates, gain...

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Perry overtaken at Tates Creek

The Perry County Central Commodores (0-2) traveled to Lexington on Friday to take on Tates Creek. The Commodores led most of the game, but with time running out in the contest, gave up the “W”.Perry Central got on the board early in the game, and then tacked on another touchdown to end the first period with the 12-0 lead. Tates Creek was able to match the two touchdowns in the second period, but could not account for Perry Central’s third score, sending the Commod...

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Bulldogs tame Cougars

On Friday, the Hazard Bulldogs traveled to Letcher Central to take on the Cougars. The Bulldogs entered the game with a 0-1 record, while the Cougars were riding a 2-0 record, having shutout their opponents in both games.Letcher Central opened the game with a long sustained drive, going up 7-0. The Bulldogs quickly answered with a long drive of their own, finishing with a short run by Brandon Jones (6-7).Hazard soon turned the tables on Letcher Central, and went up 14-7,...

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Alleged bank robber indicted

HAZARD — Floyd Fletcher, the man accused of robbing a bank inside of the Hazard Wal-Mart Supercenter located just off Highway 80, was formally indicted last week.Fletcher, 39, who is a native of Martin County, was arrested on July 18, after he allegedly ordered three employees of the bank to “give him all the money.” It is also alleged that Fletcher threatened to use force or other “bad” action while being armed with a knife in the course of stealing o...

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UK 2-0, headed to ‘Swamp’ for season opener

Kentucky football, led by the ever increasingly popular Mark Stoops, hit the ground running Aug. 30, against UTM—blitzing them 59–14—and continued on this past weekend with a strong defensive showing against Ohio University with a 20–3 win. This makes the gridiron Cats 2–0 to begin a season for the first time since, well, several years, more than I care to research.

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