White and Associates handed down the audit for the Bell County Board of Education over the past recent months. The audit has been addressed in two separate board meetings. According to the audit report, the financial statements present fairly the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, each major
A man who allegedly walked away from a Fayette County correctional facility was captured in Middlesboro on Tuesday. Michael J. Fleet, 26, of Middlesboro, was charged with second-degree escape, first-degree robbery and was served two bench warrants. According to the arrest citation, Fleet walked away from the Blackburn Correctional Complex on Nov.
It has been approximately one year since Bell and other surrounding counties received the Promise Zone designation from President Barack Obama. The initiative was started to help improve the economy for counties in southeastern Kentucky. Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said so far the designation has been what they expected to be. “
A Middlesboro man accused of possessing over $3,000 in stolen jewelry was recently indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury. Donald Ray Foister, 41, was indicted for receiving stolen property over $500. According to the indictment, Foister committed the offense by “receiving, retaining, or disposing” of a zip lock type bag that containe
First Christian Church held their first caregiver meeting on Thursday. The meeting welcomed caregiver consultant Edward Harper from Blount Memorial Hospital, who spoke on several topics throughout the course of the event. “Everybody in here represents a handful of other people that can't get here,” said Harper. “Care is an art fo
The Bell County Grand Jury recently indicted a Pineville High School student for making alleged threats. Lonnie Joshua Lewis, 18, of Flat Lick, was indicted for second-degree terroristic threatening, a Class D felony. According to the indictment, Lewis stated he was going to bring potassium cyanide to the school on Dec. 14 and saying that “e
The Bell County Board of Education is looking to start a volleyball program at the middle school level. During a recent board meeting, the board passed a motion to fund the new program if there are enough girls wanting to participate. Director of Personnel Jeff Saylor said he had a request from head coach Tom Allen to have an intramural volleyball
The Bell County Sheriff's Department arrested two individuals on Wednesday after police seized 49 marijuana plants. John Robert Fuston, 35, of Pineville, and Audrey Mae Fuston, 64, of Ambridge, Pa., were both charged with cultivating marijuana (five plants or more) and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the press release, Deputies Pat
Det. Kevin Goodin is a veteran when it comes to law enforcement. He has been working for the Pineville Police Department for four years. Prior to that, he worked at the Middlesboro Police Department for 10 years. The 38-year-old officer believes he is doing exactly what he's suppose to be doing. “I feel like it's (policing) something I've al
The Bell County School Board received an update on the Yellow Creek project during the recent board meeting. Roland Mueller of RossTarrant said everything on sight is going well and is on schedule. The board approved the pay application and direct purchase order summary. Doug Smith of Codell Construction, who is the construction manager on the pro
The Bell County School Board approved a pay application and the direct purchase order summary for the Bell County High School Renovation Project on Tuesday. Roland Mueller with RossTarrant Architects said progress was looking good and was on schedule. The approval of the payment includes materials purchased for the renovation. The move sparked so
A foot pursuit ended in drug charges being placed against a Middlesboro man on Saturday. Jason L. Schooler, 28, was arrested by Middlesboro Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson and charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Anthony Cloud|Daily News Students from Middlesboro High School were recognized on Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Middlesboro.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon was held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Middlesboro on Monday. The theme for the day was “We still have to overcome.” Master of Ceremonies Frank E. Smith explained that based on some of the actions that have taken place over the past year, there are still things to overcome in the Afric
The Pineville Police Department recently received guns and ammunition they purchased using a $8,843 grant from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. The grant was to be used for equipment. The department bought nine rifles and over 3,000 rounds of ammunition. “Rifles are something we've never had, and just about every department in the s
A Middlesboro man was arrested on Sunday after allegedly damaging a vehicle and attempting to steal a car. Brandon Scott Branscome, 18, was arrested by Middlesboro Officer Jeremiah Johnson and charged with first-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking under $10,000. According to the arrest citation, Branscome intentionally damaged t
The Bell County Sheriff's Department, along with the Cumberland River Drug Task Force and the Bell County Detention Center, conducted a sting operation on Tuesday based on information delivered to Sheriff Mitch Williams from Jailer Gary Ferguson. As a result, Jimmy Wayne Smith, 28, of Middlesboro, was arrested. He is an inmate at the Bell County De
Utility Manager Bill Bunch addressed the Pineville City Council during the regular meeting on Monday to give an update on the recent projects in the city. Bunch said the meter replacement project is going on, and they have replaced 1,700 meters. Most of the meters replaced have been out in the county — Brownies Creek, Colmar, Frakes and Fond
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said the KY 1534 Connector Project could be delayed for a small amount of time during the regular fiscal court meeting on Tuesday. He said they are trying to change the contract a little. Brock said when all the elevations were shot, they realized that there is a dip on 1534 that gets flooded. If the design
A Harrogate, Tenn. man charged with sodomy entered an Alford Plea to a lesser charge on Tuesday.Kenneth R. Haynes Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor. The victim's family authorized the plea.The Alford Plea is a guilty plea where the defendant admits the prosecution has enough evidence to receive a conviction.Accordi