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A decade ago, when Gov. Paul Patton was president of Pikeville College, he instituted a scholarship for students from Eastern Kentucky called the Pikeville Promise. For students who were eligible to receive the maximum Pell, CAP, and KTG, who file the FAFSA each year, and who complete a mini…

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As we close the books on yet another year in Floyd County, we take the time to reflect in the stories that most impacted us and the people who made those stories possible.

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In January’s General Assembly, legislators will face numerous issues. They will debate and cast votes on numerous measures that will have a great deal of impact on our daily lives.

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On Wednesday, life in our community and across the world will be a little bit different. Everything tends to slow down. Stores and businesses, which pride themselves on being open constantly, will close their doors for 24 hours.

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With the swearing in of Andy Beshear as the 63rd governor of Kentucky, it is time to set aside our differences and look for a way forward that benefits all Kentuckians — to, very simply, let the healing begin.

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Private citizens know that, more often than not, a decision to not act responsibly with finances carries with it a series of swift and often harsh repercussions.

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It’s not surprising that most of us had never heard of the election contest possibility in the state of Kentucky. History books are the only witness to the last time it was used, when William Goebel was placed in office via the process in 1899. In other words, no one who witnessed that incid…

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With the exception of the race for Kentucky governor, about which questions have been raised by the race’s apparent loser — incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin — there is no question that the other races on Tuesday’s general election ballot were decided Tuesday.

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A message of prioritizing public education, affordable healthcare and government transparency was heard loud and clear this week at the ballot box. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Kentuckians headed to the polls to partake in one of our nation’s longest-standing traditions: the democratic process.

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I recently returned home to Kentucky to visit my family and heard a sobering comment. A local funeral director, in casual conversation, stated that for the first time it seemed that young people in rural Kentucky are being buried more often than the elderly. 

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The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November general election passed on Monday, meaning that each voter who will cast ballots in that election are now registered and will have the opportunity to let their voices be heard in Kentucky.

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In last month’s column about Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system, I noted that the release of test scores and school accountability data does not represent the end of our collective work to ensure all children are learning at high levels. Instead, the release of accountability data i…

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Gov. Matt Bevin has been no stranger to our area in recent weeks, and, with him, has come the announcement of several high-profile projects and a lot of money coming back to the area.

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Infrastructure, tourism and jobs were the theme for last week’s SOAR summit. 

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On the surface, Floyd County is looking better from a job creation and economic standpoint. Like the rest of Eastern Kentucky, they have taken a hit, but they are making good decisions for the most part. 

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Members of the Kentucky Public Service Commission staff filed its recommendations in the rate increase request that Southern Water filed earlier this year, and, buried in the data and information is a whopping $639,956 in expenses that Southern Water should not have charged ratepayers last year.

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Eastern Kentucky received good news from the governor’s office recently. In the wake of the recent shootings, we all could use a little good news. 

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