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Kelsey Gerhardt

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The Middlesboro School Board voted to accept a 2015 Kentucky Education Technology System Offer of Assistance for $10,271 during their board meeting on Tuesday. Funding for this came from the School Facilities Construction Commission.
This assistance must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the board.
The board also welcomed a new technology director,

Middlesboro opts for technology assistance

The Middlesboro School Board voted to accept a 2015 Kentucky Education Technology System Offer of Assistance for $10,271 during their board meeting on Tuesday. Funding for this came from the School Facilities Construction Commission. This assistance must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the board. The board also welcomed a new technology director,

Pineville expecting cuts

Pineville Superintendent Terry Hayes announced that budget cuts are coming for the next semester. The cuts will come from the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky funding program. “We will know more about the capacity of these cuts by the meeting next month,” said Hayes. Winter standardized testing, including Measures of Academic

Photo submitted by Harold Jerrell
Hensley Settlement serves as a pristine landscape for a blanket of winter snow. The settlement is part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Snow blankets settlement

Photo submitted by Harold Jerrell Hensley Settlement serves as a pristine landscape for a blanket of winter snow. The settlement is part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Elk may halt industry in Bell Co.

Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority, Asher Land and Mineral and the Appalachian Wildlife Center continue to discuss negotiations about a potential wildlife preserve in Bell County, but there are still unanswered questions regarding the project. At the Dec. 4 PMRIDA meeting, AWC representatives Frank Allan and David Ledford ment

Another triumph in local efforts to celebrate families as partners in raising reading scores was marked on Dec. 5. It was Yellow Creek Elementary's first literacy event called “Once Upon a Friday.”
The Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia teamed up with Yellow Creek's Literacy Team which includes a parent liaison, the family res

Reading sessions open doors

Another triumph in local efforts to celebrate families as partners in raising reading scores was marked on Dec. 5. It was Yellow Creek Elementary's first literacy event called “Once Upon a Friday.” The Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia teamed up with Yellow Creek's Literacy Team which includes a parent liaison, the family res

Pineville's own pet shop, The Pawash Groomery, opened in late November.
Co-owners William Jones, Joshua Slusher and Kathy Lee have teamed up to offer grooming, daycare, boarding, pampering and treats for your furry friend.
“All three of us are very passionate about animals and each bring something different to the table that the chains' pet

Pawash pampers local pets

Pineville's own pet shop, The Pawash Groomery, opened in late November. Co-owners William Jones, Joshua Slusher and Kathy Lee have teamed up to offer grooming, daycare, boarding, pampering and treats for your furry friend. “All three of us are very passionate about animals and each bring something different to the table that the chains' pet

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Santa visited with children on Dec. 13 at the Bell Theater. The Pineville Public Library teamed up with the Children's Reading Foundation and Main Street Pineville to give children breakfast, a free book, crafts and a Christmas story.

Santa visits Pineville

Photo submitted Santa visited with children on Dec. 13 at the Bell Theater. The Pineville Public Library teamed up with the Children's Reading Foundation and Main Street Pineville to give children breakfast, a free book, crafts and a Christmas story.

The event is still a number of months away, but the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority began planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area at its recent monthly meeting.
The 7,000-acre off-road trail system, open to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and all types of off-highway vehi

Outdoor park readies for 10th anniversary

The event is still a number of months away, but the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority began planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area at its recent monthly meeting. The 7,000-acre off-road trail system, open to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and all types of off-highway vehi

As the new year approaches, many people look to a gym membership to achieve their fitness goals or begin resolutions. Local gyms have seen a rise in the demand for offering classes, free weights and cardio training.
“Women want the luxury of coming into the gym for a set hour, working out and going home or back to work or whatever they're do

Local workout trends

As the new year approaches, many people look to a gym membership to achieve their fitness goals or begin resolutions. Local gyms have seen a rise in the demand for offering classes, free weights and cardio training. “Women want the luxury of coming into the gym for a set hour, working out and going home or back to work or whatever they're do

Hunting is a way of life in eastern Kentucky, and no one knows this better than Sam Mars III, who has made conservation a priority as the chairman of the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Mars began hunting at age 7, which he remembers as a time that wild turkeys were sparse in the area.
“Thirty years ago, there were no turkeys

Mars makes conservation priority

Hunting is a way of life in eastern Kentucky, and no one knows this better than Sam Mars III, who has made conservation a priority as the chairman of the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Mars began hunting at age 7, which he remembers as a time that wild turkeys were sparse in the area. “Thirty years ago, there were no turkeys

Preserve means change for county

Recent news regarding consideration for Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Authority's to bring an elk preserve and educational nature center to Bell County raises some questions regarding the area being used and the future of the county. Land being used will stretch across almost 13,000 acres near Pineville which is owned in part by Asher Land and

Gala set for new year

Main Street Pineville will be outlining their goals and hopes for the new year at a gala which is slated for Jan. 24. The event, to be held at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and silent auction. “Our goal is to bring the community together so that we can explain the purpose of Main Street Pineville as w

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News
The Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter raised money last weekend through their Pet Photos with Santa project. Pictured are Ethan Shumate with his dog Mel and his brother Carson Shumate with Chase.

Santa helps furry friends

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News The Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter raised money last weekend through their Pet Photos with Santa project. Pictured are Ethan Shumate with his dog Mel and his brother Carson Shumate with Chase.

Kentucky State Police troopers joined with area schools to provide students with a Christmas shopping experience on Monday.
KSP Post 10 Harlan gave 64 students in the area — 10 of which were from Bell County — an opportunity to buy some new winter clothes and fun toys on their wish list.
The event has taken place for more than 12 year

Children shop with troopers

Kentucky State Police troopers joined with area schools to provide students with a Christmas shopping experience on Monday. KSP Post 10 Harlan gave 64 students in the area — 10 of which were from Bell County — an opportunity to buy some new winter clothes and fun toys on their wish list. The event has taken place for more than 12 year

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be offering winter events including a New Years Eve Bash, Gala and educational photography weekend.
The New Year's Eve Bash will begin at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and end at 1:30 a.m. DJ Brian O'Brien will be playing music late into the night.
Dinner is available at the lodge's Mountain View Restaurant for a separate

Winter events slated at park

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be offering winter events including a New Years Eve Bash, Gala and educational photography weekend. The New Year's Eve Bash will begin at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and end at 1:30 a.m. DJ Brian O'Brien will be playing music late into the night. Dinner is available at the lodge's Mountain View Restaurant for a separate

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News
Middlesboro High School Band marched down Cumberland Avenue during Saturday's Christmas Parade. The band played holiday music and was proceeded by floats from area organizations who tossed candy to children in the crowd.
Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News
Ellie Epperson, 2014 Jr. Miss Middlesboro, passed out candy during t

Parade cruises to Christmas

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News Middlesboro High School Band marched down Cumberland Avenue during Saturday's Christmas Parade. The band played holiday music and was proceeded by floats from area organizations who tossed candy to children in the crowd. Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News Ellie Epperson, 2014 Jr. Miss Middlesboro, passed out candy during t

Meet Louann! She is available at the Bell County Animal Shelter. Louann is a 5-month-old playful kitten who will purr when she hops up in your lap. Louann would be a great addition to any family for the holidays. Her adoption fee is $70 which includes a free vet exam, mild deworming, shots and spay surgery. If you are interested in meeting Louann o

Pet of the Week

Meet Louann! She is available at the Bell County Animal Shelter. Louann is a 5-month-old playful kitten who will purr when she hops up in your lap. Louann would be a great addition to any family for the holidays. Her adoption fee is $70 which includes a free vet exam, mild deworming, shots and spay surgery. If you are interested in meeting Louann o

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News
Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter will sponsor PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at Middlesboro Mall. Photos are $10 for one 4x6 or four wallets. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrying cage. Rabies vaccination is required for cats and dogs. Owners must be prepared to clean up after their

Pet photos with Santa at Middlesboro Mall

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter will sponsor PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at Middlesboro Mall. Photos are $10 for one 4x6 or four wallets. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrying cage. Rabies vaccination is required for cats and dogs. Owners must be prepared to clean up after their

Elk may find home in Bell Co.

The Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority met on Thursday afternoon at Pineville Community Hospital. The main topic of discussion included the potential addition of a wildlife preservation area near US 119 in Bell County. Representatives from The Appalachian Wildlife Center, Frank Allan and David Ledford, presented information ab

Meet Bandit! He is available at the Bell County Animal Shelter. Bandit is a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix who would love to be your fur-ever friend. He is a sweetheart and is very affectionate. His adoption fee is $70 which includes a free vet exam, mild deworming, shots and neuter surgery. If you are interested in meeting Bandit or any other of the ado

Pet of the Week

Meet Bandit! He is available at the Bell County Animal Shelter. Bandit is a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix who would love to be your fur-ever friend. He is a sweetheart and is very affectionate. His adoption fee is $70 which includes a free vet exam, mild deworming, shots and neuter surgery. If you are interested in meeting Bandit or any other of the ado





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