Coal severance development fund explored

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — One idea that stood out at the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) summit — using coal severance tax funds to create a long-term development fund for the region — seemed to created quite a stir on Monday. The idea has been...
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SOAR summit kicks off in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — As organizers kicked off a mountain summit here to discuss ways to diversify the eastern Kentucky economy, the dominant sentiment seemed to be a mixture of skepticism and hope. More than 1,500 braved wet roads and fog to get to...
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Whitlatch taking over as KDMC’s new CEO

ASHLAND, Ky. — The new president and chief executive officer of King’s Daughters Health System is an Ashland native, a Boyd County High School graduate and long-time hospital employee. Kristie Whitlatch, previously the company’s vice president...
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Jackson retires as CEO at King’s Daughters

ASHLAND, Ky. — King’s Daughters Medical Center President and CEO Fred Jackson announced his retirement this morning, effective immediately. Jackson will be replaced by Kristie Whitlatch, who has been at the medical center for 25 years and...
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Paducah nuclear plant may get second act

The U.S. Department of Energy has identified a new future use for its shut-down Paducah nuclear fuel plant, choosing a proposal to employ laser technology to extract uranium from vast enrichment waste stockpiled there. The announcement raised...
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Plans for coke plant advancing

Permitting, designs under way ASHLAND, Ky. — SunCoke Energy officials shed new light this week on the company’s proposal to build a new coke plant in South Shore. SunCoke Energy Haverhill General Manager John Essman told approximately 55 members...
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Dick’s opens on Melody Mountain

ASHLAND, Ky. — Dick’s Sporting Goods is open for business on Melody Mountain. The latest store on River Hill Drive has 50,000 square feet and is having a grand opening weekend. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for next month for the...
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