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Opinions diverse on UPike issue

Local officials all agree on one thing: UPike joining the state university system is a sound idea. But when it comes to actualizing that idea, potentially using multi-county coal severance money to make it happen, opinions differ.

"The multi-county coal money is strictly for economic development," says Floyd County Judge Executive, R.D. "Doc" Marshall, who is for the move.

"What an opportunity this is and it only takes 9 to 11 million of that $20 million," adds Pike County Judge Executive, Wayne T. Rutherford.

Others are against the proposal, claiming coal severance money is vital for many of their county projects. But no matter the opinion, right now it is currently up to state legislators to decide UPike's fate. The general assembly will conclude on April 11 and so far the UPike bill has not been brought up for discussion.

Filed under: Pike Co. | Floyd Co. | Economy | Schools


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