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The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department announced 28 new cases of COVID-19 in its Monday release, which includes cases from Saturday through Monday.

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ASHLAND Mike Harmon, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, spoke to the Ashland Rotary Monday about the latest audits his office has completed, particularly the findings concerning the office of unemployment.

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Carter County Schools postponed the start of school to Aug. 16 due to COVID cases rising in the county, particularly in school-age children. The school district was set to begin instruction Thursday.

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Jail bookings over the weekend saw multiple listings with charges on drugs, assault, failure to appear or parole violations, and assault. Big Sandy Regional and Rowan County Detention Centers saw the largest number of bookings among local jails this weekend.

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Guidance on COVID policies is being released for schools as they begin in-person instruction again this fall. Masking is mostly a recommendation, but not a requirement. However, school leaders know that can change at any time.

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ASHLAND It is the established intent of the Justice System to uphold the laws of the country, and thereby ensure the safety of society.

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Izzy is The Daily Independent’s Pet of the Week. The 1-year-old tabby mix. According to owner Larae Stewart, Izzy is feisty, independent and a princess. “She enjoys chewing on everything, napping and playing,” Stewart said on the newspaper’s Facebook page.

Local retired historian and genealogist Teresa Martin Klaiber has released her latest publication on Amazon titled “Catherine Heart and Soul: A True Appalachian Pioneer Woman.”

Dear Readers: According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 million Americans have the disease. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer secretes insulin, so the patient must take insulin shots. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas secretes insulin, but not enough to keep blood sug…

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ASHLAND Last weekend, Ashland Mayor Matthew B. Perkins titillated folks around the area when he released a concept drawing of the convention center slated for downtown.

LOUISVILLE U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign committee has been fined $21,000 by the Federal Election Commission for improperly handling contributions, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.

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The Ashland Kiwanis Club welcomed members of the non-profit organization White Gravel Mines on Wednesday. White Gravel Mines is a venue located in Minford, Ohio, and hosts events including 5K runs and guided tours through what was once known as the Warren Mines in Minford.

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GRAYSON Three men, dressed in suits, took turns sitting in front of the Carter County Board of Education Wednesday during a special meeting to name an interim superintendent.

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TOKYO Before American gymnast Jade Carey took the floor for her unexpected performance in the women’s Olympic all-around final on Thursday, she talked to her teammate, Simone Biles, whose exit from the competition meant Carey got the chance to fill her spot.

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CANNONSBURG The interior of the old Elder Beerman smells musty, like the old, abandoned house teenagers break inside to smoke cigarettes and drink whiskey away from the watchful eye of mom and dad.

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CATLETTSBURG While the biggest news coming out of the Boyd County grand jury was declining to issue charges in connection with the Juneteenth Blazer's shooting, plenty of other people saw their charges stick.

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CATLETTSBURG The suspect in a July 12 chase that ended after he struck a tree and went halfway over a hill has waived having a grand jury look at his case, according to court records.

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A Huntington woman driving a stolen truck with around 2 pounds of weed and a pilfered gun was taken into custody following a high speed pursuit outside of Ashland, according to court records.

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Cases of COVID-19 infections are steadily on the rise, and most of the country is still below the (estimated) 70% threshold needed to begin any sort of herd immunity.

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ASHLAND A bomb threat called into the Delta-Marriott Hotel Tuesday afternoon shut down 15th Street between Greenup and Winchester Avenues for nearly two hours.

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Boyd County High School has added the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program to its offerings for students.

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ASHLAND COVID-19’s toll on area students has inspired a community activist and a long-serving establishment to team up to provide another way to mold young minds.

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ASHLAND Starting Monday, The Neighborhood will see a transition in directorship that is expected to last around a month.

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The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reported 26 new COVID-19 cases on its latest release, which included cases from Saturday through Monday.

FRANKFORT Kentucky stands to eventually reap more than $460 million to combat its opioid-addiction woes as its share from a possible $26 billion settlement with several pharmaceutical companies, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday.

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ASHLAND The Paramount Arts Center’s Festival of Trees and Trains is looking for a conductor for its train section.

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