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Union College brings Appalachia Service Project to local community

Photo by Andy Powell Pictured from left to right are Union College President Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D.; junior James Becknell; (second row) senior Joey Davenport; sophomore Courtney Jackson; Jodi Carroll, Director of the Common Partners and College Service Project initiatives; sophomore Brianna Taylor; (back row): Abraham McIntyre of Appalachia Service Project; and Margie White of Appalachia Service Project.

Photo by Andy Powell
Pictured from left to right are Union College President Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D.; junior James Becknell; (second row) senior Joey Davenport; sophomore Courtney Jackson; Jodi Carroll, Director of the Common Partners and College Service Project initiatives; sophomore Brianna Taylor; (back row): Abraham McIntyre of Appalachia Service Project; and Margie White of Appalachia Service Project.

By Andy Powell

For the Mountain Advocate

Union College has established a campus chapter of the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) that will lend student hands to help families of the local community.

The project, entitled College Service Project, is the culmination of a partnership between the ASP of Johnson City, Tenn., and Union College. The endeavor, which was formally announced during an event on Jan. 21, will lend year round assistance to local families in need of home repairs.

“I am extremely proud of the partnerships we’ve built with our students, our community and our region,” said Union President Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D. Hawkins sits on the board of the ASP and helped to foster this initiative. “Today, we celebrate another partnership, one that began 40 years ago, here on this campus, with a two week long outreach program to make people’s homes safe, warm and dry.”

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Scalf couple arrested for trafficking

Johnny Mills

Johnny Mills

Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills

By Bobbie Poynter

Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received an anonymous tip Saturday that drug activity was taking place at a residence on Hubbard Branch Road in Scalf.

After arriving on the scene and locating the owner, Troopers located 456 pain pills, 149 suboxone strips, syringes, a large amount of cash and a loaded handgun.

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Promise Zone marks one-year anniversary More than $109 million in funding announced

 Special to the Mountain Advocate

In its first year, Kentucky’s Promise Zone has hired a coordinator, created a strategic plan, established six working committees and conducted meetings in each of the eight Southeastern Kentucky counties in the zone.

In addition, programs in Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley – which comprise the federal Promise Zone — have attracted more than $109 million in funding. Investments already are being made in areas such as education; medical facilities; college and career readiness; online information technology degree and certificate programs; workforce training; health and anti-drug initiatives; and housing and energy-efficiency projects.

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Knox fugitive found in trailer park

   

Julia Kirkland

Julia Kirkland

Christopher Bruner

Christopher Bruner

        

Staff Report

Knox County deputies Claude Hudson and Keith Liford received information Tuesday that there were two fugitives living in the Poindexter Trailer Park in Barbourville. One of the fugitives was supposed to be wanted out of Florida and the other from Kentucky. The deputies located Christopher Bruner, 27, of Barbourville, who was wanted on a Kentucky Parole Violation warrant. The other male was from Florida; however, no record of any arrest warrants could be verified by the deputies from that state or any other.

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Alcohol in Barbourville? The petition is out.

It’s been three years since a petition was circulated to allow alcohol sales in Barbourville.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, a petition began circulating around Barbourville saying

“We the undersigned registered voters hereby petition for election on the following question: ‘Are you in favor of the sale of Alcoholic Beverages in Barbourville?’ KRS 242.020

The petitions can be found in local businesses throughout Barbourville.

Those signing the petition are not necessarily asking for alcohol sales in Barbourville, only that an election to that effect be held.

See the complete story in Thursday’s edition of the Mountain Advocate.

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