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City commission votes to raise property taxes

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HAZARD—For what many officials said may be the first time ever, the Hazard City Commission voted to raise property taxes in the city limits during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.City Manager Grady Varney addressed the commissioners, of whom only Ricky Steele and Jimmy Lindon were in attendance, about what would be the first reading of the new property tax rate ordinance for the 2014-15 fiscal year.Grady said the current property tax rate is at around 29 cents per every $100 assessed property evaluation in the city. The new rate would increase that by two cents, to around 31 cents per $100.City attorney Paul Collins spoke to the commissioners about the seemingly unprecedented raise in taxes.


County pensions may cause liabilities

HAZARD—Small and local government entities in the Commonwealth might be in for a rude awakening in 2015 when the federal government’s new accounting standard forces new pension liabilities to be reported by the state as well as those entities—including those in Perry County.The Government Accounting Standard Board (GASB) recently implemented a new government pension reporting standard, which will require local and state government entities with pension plans to st...

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‘Warrior’ mentality under fire

Photos of officers bearing assault rifles and wearing head-to-toe battle armor this week in Ferguson, Mo., are raising questions over the blurred lines between police and soldiers.Many look like they were snapped in an Afghanistan war zone, with local police in camouflage and combat helmets as they respond to unrest over the death of an unarmed black teen at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.One picture features law enforcers staging behind a mine-resistant vehic...

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City issues boil water advisory

HAZARD — A boil water advisory was issued today for the Fourseam community of Perry County.Those living in the Fourseam community from Watts Lane up should be sure to boil any water they will be using for cooking or drinking, according to an advisory issued on Thursday, August 21, by the City of Hazard.According to the advisory, the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Division of Water, determined that the potential exists...

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Lawyer shaves head to support friend

HAZARD —One Hazard attorney created quite a “buzz” last week after he did his part to help out a local police officer who is fighting for his life.Sam Collins, Jr., a lawyer for the law office of Deborah Lewis in Hazard, shaved his head at the intermission of a fashion show last Thursday. Collins wanted to help support his friend, Lt. Paul Campbell, who is battling stage four colon cancer.“When I found out (about his diagnosis), I called him and a...

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Food City kicks off 2014-15 School Bucks program

ABINGDON, Va. – As students across the tri-state area of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee head back to school, Food City is gearing up for the kick-off of their 2014-2015 School Bucks Program.“We’re committed to giving back to the communities we operate in and we take the education of our youth very seriously,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Our Food City School Bucks Program is an easy, cost effective way for a...

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Boil water advisory lifted

HAZARD — The City of Hazard lifted a boil water advisory issued on Thursday, August 15, for the communities of Krypton and Campbell Creek Mountain.The Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Division of Water, has determined through analyses of water samples taken on the Hazard Water System that the water is safe for human consumption as of Wednesday, August 20.The condition that prompted the boil water advisory has been resolved. Therefore...

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Foundation begins Run for the Hills campaign

HAZARD — The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky held a “Dine to Donate” Run for the Hills kickoff celebration at Applebee’s on Friday. The event served as the beginning of a three-month, donation-matching campaign to raise money for 17 local non-profit groups.Robin Gabbard, the Foundation’s associate executive director, said the event, which is in its fourth year, drew a crowd of hundreds. The event originally included 13 non-profits in Perry County, ...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,Certain things can only happen in certain places. For example, this could only happen in Hazard, Ky.Stephen W. Mullins is the true measure of a man. Thirty-four years ago, at the age of 18, he started working in the coal industry. He has moved up over the years, through hard work and dedication, to become one of the most trusted men in the industry.Stephen W. Mullins is a focused family man. A man who has been married for over 30 years and raised a...

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High schools offer dual-credit classes

HAZARD—Juniors and seniors in the Perry County School System now have the opportunity to shave off at least a year of college credits before they have even donned their caps and gowns.“Beginning this year, juniors and seniors at both of our schools will be able to receive up to 12 college hours through UPike,” Superintendent Jonathan Jett said.The dual credit program, implemented this year at both Perry Central and Buckhorn high schools, allows students...

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Home Lumber Co. celebrates 100 years

HAZARD — The Home Lumber Company of Hazard celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. Members of the Morton family, who own the company, and a large crowd of community leaders, employees, friends, and faithful customers gathered in the lumberyard for a free and open-to-the-public barbecue.Janet Cornett, a local artist from Maces Creek, painted a mural on the wall of one of the buildings, recording the history of the Home Lumber Company from its beginnings as a sawmill to the...

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Fashion show raises money for local officer

HAZARD — A fashion show fundraiser, held at The Forum at the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard, generated $1,900, all of which will be donated in aid of Hazard Police Department Lt. Paul Campbell.The Herald reported earlier this year that 31-year-old Campbell was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Since that time, the community has devised many ways to raise funds to support him. This latest effort, organized by Tammy Asher and Jackie Asher, of Studio A Photography, b...

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Court hears ongoing family feud case

Editor’s Note: In the original published version of this story, published online on August 19 and in print on August 20, the article read that an argument erupted in Perry County Fiscal Court rather than Perry County Circuit Court.HAZARD—Argument erupted in Perry County Circuit Court last week when a case centered around an ongoing family feud was heard.Attorney David Johnson entered his client into a not guilty plea and made several motions Thursday...

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Hamilton to be recognized at EIEA Awards Luncheon

Twelve entrepreneurs in Southern and Eastern Kentucky will share their business success stories as finalists in the 2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program at a regional awards recognition luncheon on Monday, Sept. 8, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.The EIEA program recognizes and promotes entrepreneurs in the region who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship by creating and managing a successful business enterprise.The luncheon is sch...

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Cancer conference is Sept. 12 at King’s Daughters

ASHLAND– The 2014 Regional Cancer Conference, sponsored by King’s Daughters Medical Center, brings local and national speakers to Ashland, presenting on the latest topics in the care and treatment of patients with cancer.The all-day professional conference begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Health Education Center on King’s Daughters main campus, 2201 Lexington Ave., Ashland.Registration is $20 and i...

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Flash flooding hits hard in county

HAZARD — Flash flooding hit hard in areas of Perry County Monday morning. Torrential downpours caused high waters to threaten homes in hollows and along creek banks. There were reports of damages to some homes in the locations of the flooding, and after the waters receded, large amounts of mud and debris were left behind.

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Perry 4-H wins big at state fair

Youth on the Perry County 4-H Avian teams have been meeting throughout the entire summer months working on judging chickens, grading eggs and the quick recall in poultry science. It paid off big time this week at the State 4-H Competition held annually at the KENTUCKY STATE FAIR!The team members compete in two divisions depending upon their age: juniors are 9 -13 and seniors are 14-19. Each youth scores an individual score and a composite team score. State team members are determin...

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It’s official—UK football season is here

Finally, after Cal’s Cats’ Big Blue Bahamas tour stole the thunder away from Stoops’ troops and UK football for the last week and a half, we can get down to some serious UK and SEC football talk.

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